“The power that is in the Gospel does not lie in the eloquence of the preacher, otherwise men would be the converters of souls, nor does it lie in the preacher’s learning, otherwise it would consist in the wisdom of men. We might preach until our tongues rotted, till we would exhaust our lungs and die, but never a soul would be converted unless the Holy Spirit be with the Word of God to give it the power to convert the soul.”
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
In the midst of this Mitchell Report and the steroid era that has been taking place in and among baseball's best, one can't help but wonder "What HAS been real?" I have my opinions but this really has struck a cord within me. Some of my childhood heroes and their accomplishments are now "in question" because of this symbol. It has bothered me the past few days insomuch that I have turned off or deleted from my TIVO some of the reports. The asterisk (*) is a visible sign that there was something underneath - something has happened - someone hasn't been honest. Though disturbing as it is, that's not all that is bothering me. I look at this in the mirror as we all do and see how I can learn from others mistakes. Dictionary.com states this about this symbol this a small starlike symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc. I, along with many others in ministry, want to change the world around us but the enemy comes to "steal, kill and destroy" (Jn 10:10) and we cannot take this battle lightly. We must be real with ourselves and our God. You know the bible talks about a report. Whose report will you believe? The enemy accuses us night and day in his report. Are any of those allegations true? We must bite the bullet and fight the fight.
Believe this with me: I cannot doubt, I will not run, I must not faulter. Christ and His glory is my goal and no symbol will be put next to my name in The Book of Life.
Till all hear,
((As always, I welcome your comments))
Posted by Tony Cruz at 10:20 AM
Friday, December 14, 2007
I completed my exam today and I am mentally fried. In a little over 5 hours I completed this exam and I am one step closer to accomplishing something I've been wanting to do yet haven't made time to insert into my life - my ordination. It really made me think about something. Many of us think of the scriptures as a great thing to ingest but often neglect the time to memorize. I encourage you to take some time this season - for some of us it's a little lighter on the schedule - and MAKE time to learn something from the Lord. Well, for your viewing pleasure I have partaken in a ELF project Click here to see the Cruz family get their Christmas groove on! ((thanks Ericka))
Posted by Tony Cruz at 7:23 PM
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I stood today with my family in our warm home as the snow poured. I shoveled alot but still came home to warmth and my son who is running all over the place. I have just been studying the word of God, soaking up truth and have a renewed hunger and faith in God for 2008. How cool is that?! I am studying specifically for my exam tomorrow to be ordained.....look out world. :) I have been studying for a couple weeks and have so many scriptures ingrained in my head along with theology that I haven't looked at since my days in bible college. If you can, pray for me about 9:30 AM Friday morning for I will be taking a long test to upgrade my classification from 1/2 anointed to fully anointed. j/k In reality, I am honored to be a part of this fellowship and called of God. Thanks for your prayers.
Posted by Tony Cruz at 8:04 PM