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Friday, November 23, 2012

Beware of False Teachers

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5)

Stay in your little missions if you must, puppeteers. We who fear the Lord should have no more tolerance for the judgments of you men and women with no real power or authority outside of the godless kingdoms you have built for yourselves. You are the modern day Pharisees having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. God help you before it is too late. There is no other help for you with your superior sense of worth. You loved us one day and hated us the next. So ungodly is your facsimile of love that your ministry has neither grown nor born fruit. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19) I pray that the light yet shine upon the darkness within the hearts of all who do such as you do. Move to Hollywood if you merely want to act like a servant of The Most High God. Lock the entrances to your sepulcher and let there be no more blood upon your hands. May the Lord have mercy upon you and anoint your ears to hear.

There are pastors who intend to keep us on milk for the rest of our lives, manipulate us in order to make themselves seem more important, and make merchandise of us (2 Peter 2:3). There is going to come a time when God will hold us accountable for our own immaturity. "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." (Hebrews 5:12) We need to pray for the ability to hear God for ourselves. Stir up the gift, saints, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don't touch their filthy things, and God will welcome you (2 Corinthians 6:17). Let us study to shew ourselves approved unto God, as workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Let us stop settling for hirelings mocking God behind the sacred desk. Let us really know those who are laboring among us (1 Thessalonians 5:12).

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Thursday, November 22, 2012


"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 10:11)

They will pick a fight with you (Proverbs 13:10). Not because they don't love you, but because they feel overwhelmed by loneliness, imaginary rejection, pain, discontent, and spiritual frustration. Faith seemed ineffective to them. Therefore, like Abraham, they chose to try plan B. In this case, plan B turned out to be aggravating you in order to get your attention.!form/cyd6

Furthermore, as it seemed to them that God was indifferent and unmoved by their incessant bellyaching, murmuring, negativity, and complaining, you, my friend, have been chosen as the next top supermodel in America most accessible and seemingly available to be terrorized by their nightmarish brand of charming annoyance and attempted manipulation. You are it. Congratulations! Yet, do not take the bait of Satan!!form/cyd6

Bring the matter to a conclusion. Stop the madness now, tell them to talk to the hand if need be, and preach them awake with the Word of the only living God (Matthew 4:1-11). Hallelujah! Bless His holy name! He is attentive to hear the cry of all who fear Him (Psalm 34:15), intimately know His name (1 Chronicles 16:8), and hope steadfastly in His goodness (Psalm 25:3).!form/cyd6

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Thanksgiving 2012

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

Is life a bowl of cherries? Will people smile in our face while they rob us blind or urinate on our head while telling us with a straight face that it is raining? I would say absolutely, friend. And yet, despite the total depravity of man, millions of us will gather around dinner tables today and enjoy

countless blessings of the Lord until, engorged with the fat of the land, we literally exhaust ourselves consuming good things. Has God given us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair yet again (Isaiah 61:3)? I would say affirmative, good people. God is good and His mercy endures (Psalm 100:5) no matter how far we’ve fallen, no matter how horrendously we have treated His ‘other’ children, or how disobedient and self serving we can be at any given moment in these lives we owe to Him alone. We can only achieve relative goodness whereas God is infinitely, absolutely, and preeminently so. Sin only needs opportunity to be realized in us. If we do not well, sin lies at the door (Genesis 4:7). Therefore, I thank God He has made a way that we, being weak in the flesh (Romans 6:19), once we have confessed our sins and accepted His blood bought forgiveness, can be cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and even come boldly to His throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Hallelujah! Yes. I am indeed thankful today and every day for so great a salvation as God has wrought for me in, by, and through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (John 3:16). I think this is what I will meditate upon before I lose consciousness from Thanksgiving stuffing today. Pun intended.

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bitter Root 2012

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” (Hebrews 12:15)

In negotiating with my own pain, please do not allow me to overlook the needs of my brother, Almighty God. I pray this prayer not only for myself but also for the entire Body of Christ. Heavenly Father, forgive us for sin committed in word, thought, and deed. Lord, as Your humble servants, we beseech You for more grace to endure offense without any root of bitterness springing up (Hebrews 12:5), to continue to give when we are unappreciated, and to love our neighbor so perfectly that they will thereby learn to give more freely to all in their sphere of influence. Help us to teach by example the perfect love of our Everlasting Father once You have perfected it in us, oh Lord. Make us to be ten thousand times more of a blessing than we have ever known how to be. Let Your light shine so luminously in us that more of Christ is seen where we stand than can be seen of us. Be glorified in everything we say, and do, and think. Perfect that which concerns us as only You can. Reveal to us by Your Spirit what flesh and blood is incapable of revealing. Help us, Almighty God, to get over ourselves today and see that we equal all those who offend us in iniquity. We are the all who have sinned (Romans 3:23). Purge us all with hyssop, and we shall be clean: wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). We ask it all in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Service and Reward

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Perhaps we would not have the benefit of Paul's ministry if it were not for Barnabas's support and encouragement. SEE (Acts 4:34-37) “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”" (Hebrews 3:13) Be in place today and serve faithfully whether or not you ever receive a pat on the back or an honorable mention. God is the master architect and builder orchestrating every detail despite your meddlesome free will. Listen... Your reward is in heaven where surely the full weight of God's glory shall make every seeming injustice you may have suffered in this life more than worthwhile. Hallelujah! Place ALL of your hope on things eternal, saints. Selah.

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Push Buttons

“For thou hast possessed [set up] my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

Our least favorite events are encounters with passive aggressive loved ones who delight in pressing all the right buttons necessary to create and sustain emotional conflicts. They have known us since we came into the world, hence, they know just how best to provoke us to wrath. While smirking nonchalantly and shrugging their shoulders, pretending to wonder why in the world we might possibly have cause to be annoyed or frustrated with them, they project blame and shut down any productive dialogue by absolutely denying even the remotest fraction of responsibility for the incident. Words at such times only lead us further down a path of unrighteousness, no matter how hushed or polite the tones. Given the sin sick condition of our hearts, it is quite easy for us to murder the esteem, the psyche, and the basic human dignity of our brother, sister, son, daughter, mother, or father with a polished Hollywood smile on our faces. Such is the depravity in this flesh…

Lord, please perfect that love and patience of which I am incapable without You, God the Holy Spirit. Please hold my hand and guide me out of darkness and into Your truth and life. I so desperately desire to live, and move, and have my being in Christ my Savior. Help me, Lord. You alone are my peace and I desperately need Thee every hour. Try my reigns, Lord! Be Thou my vision in this fiery furnace of family dysfunction and confusion. I ask it all in Jesus’ holy and mighty name. Amen.

“Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” (Psalm 26:2)

“I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” (Psalm 16:7)

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Sunday, November 11, 2012

God Touched This Sinner

 Since words cannot adequately convey the reality of what took place, I will try again here: It was an incredibly overcast fall day in 1993 at Ramapo College and, when the warm light of the sun suddenly broke through the clouds and shone on my face, I wept uncontrollably. I was in the middle of a set with the reggae band, No Discipline, playing drums as usual as I did for a living most of my life up to that point. What was this new tension and why was I weeping?

Something in my heart was breaking. Up to that moment I had felt so wicked and so much was obviously wrong in my life. Yet God reached down through it all and touched me deeply that day, perhaps just to let me know that there was a reality bigger and more awesomely powerful than I had hitherto ever imagined. Hallelujah! The Son shone through the clouds and caressed me with His omnipotent love that afternoon. Hallelujah! The Son caused His countenance to graciously shine upon me (Numbers 6:22-27). Hallelujah! God was so concerned about this dread-lock wearing, screwed up, self-absorbed drummer boy that He reached down from heaven in that moment, as though He had nothing more important to do, and caressed me on my wretched cheek with His awesome omnipotent love. Oh, my goodness! Hallelujah! I was overwhelmed…

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

"Love Is Like A River" Brian L Hunter Drumming & Rapping? w No Discipline

"Love Is Like A River" Brian L Hunter Drumming & Rapping? w No Discipline

© 1989 Brian L Hunter (ASCAP) and No Discipline  aka Al Bazaz (BMI)


Friday, November 9, 2012

Epiphany #2309

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22) 

God is a very good public speaker. Therefore, I do not need an interpreter... Praise God! Hallelujah! You are the God who speaks, The Only Wise God, Our Savior! Hallelujah!
© 2012 Brian L Hunter

"Fire In The Soul" Episode One by Rev Brian L Hunter Philippians 4:7-8 Brief

"Fire In The Soul" Episode One by Rev Brian L Hunter Philippians 4:7-8 Brief

© 2007-2010 Brian L Hunter

Saturday, November 3, 2012

2012 Election Shame 3

“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (Romans 14:10-13 ESV)

Kings, Republicans, and Democrats shall all pass away. However, there is still something about the name of Jesus. Let us not love the glory that comes from any man more than the glory that comes from God (John 12:43 ESV). Why then, should I allow my opinion about any political candidate or issue to reveal anything but faith in God? If, rather, my opinion reveals fear, strife, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, or disturbances (2 Corinthians 12:20), then, though I should be praying for those my opinion condemns, I would do well in the sight of God to press my own way to the altar and weep for the sins of us all. Have the words of my opinionated mouth and the meditation of my heart during this election always been acceptable in God’s sight? It does not take much effort to assemble a lynch mob on either the Republican or the Democratic side of the political fence. I ask now, as I examine my own wicked ways (Romans 3:23), who is on the Lord’s side (Exodus 32:26)? Is my opinion salt and light to the world? Does my opinion point to the fact that God is in control and that even Satan must obtain His permission to sneeze? What does my opinion reveal about my theology and my faith? Selah

 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Friday, November 2, 2012


"Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14)

Thank God for forgiveness because offending people most often seems to be what I do best in this life. Can I get a witness? If not for the fact that God has called those who trust wholly in Him and His goodness to prove true love by keeping no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5), we might have long ago succumb to reasoning which suggests that we must be the only ones who have ever sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). However, such vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5), though dramatic and good for reality show ratings, are anchored neither in the day to day experience of mature believers bearing spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23) nor in the Word of God which testifies against those who think of themselves as wise (Isaiah 5:21).!form/cyd6

When we arise from our knees with open arms and repentant hearts of thanksgiving to receive new mercies each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), having been purged with God's hyssop (Psalm 51:7, Isaiah 1:16-18, John 1:29) and cleansed by the washing of His Word (Ephesians 5:26), we cease to carry the burden and stigma of yesterday's hurt, suspicion, pain, misfortune, guilt and regret.

What a wonder fresh bread is (John 6:35) to those who hunger and thirst after God's righteousness (Matthew 5:6), having realized that all the righteousness within themselves is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). All of our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. Oh yes! There is peace in the realization that we can lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us in order to run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2). Hallelujah! Bless the holy name of Jesus!!form/cyd6

© 2012 Brian L Hunter


"Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

We are no less intelligent than unborn babes in the womb. We can sense hatred, discomfort, resentment, and ill will in our environment whether connected by blood or separated by several miles or continents. The spirit of Antichrist reveals itself when it reacts violently to the presence of God's Anointed One and His anointing in the earthen vessels which carry His treasure (2 Corinthians 4:7). This is why people can react violently to unsolicited messages of faith, hope, and love received in their Facebook inbox.

Sadly enough, the serpentine spirit seems most often to raise its ugly head within the community of those who profess to be disciples of Jesus Christ. God forbid. This is the epitome of deception and misrepresentation. More so-called Christians (In contrast to John 8:31-32) act unseemly and react violently to unsolicited messages of faith, hope, and love than any other group of people in and of the world. Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, and even Satanists are often more civil than many who wear crosses and claim to be Christians.

Even Elmo's friends on Sesame Street realize that something is wrong with the picture of hypocritical inhumanity painted by the visible church throughout world history. Yet, the invisible church, the called out ones so conspicuous in Acts 17, disciples of Christ who fear the Lord and heed His Word, "Be holy, because I am holy (1 Peter 1:16)," are not ignorant of Satan's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). No. Lest Lucifer outwit and deceive us into complacently believing that his bite is as awful as his bark, or, worse yet, that he does not exist, we do well to remember always that he was more crafty and subtle than any other beast of the field (Genesis 3:1) and that, being an angel who fell and introduced the very concept of disobedience to God's creation, he often appears now to be and to act as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Warning, Will Robinson! Do not drink that particular Kool-Aid!

George Benson once asked, "Are we really happy here in this masquerade?" Nay! What are our best intentions and whom have we chosen this day (Joshua 24:15)? The very concept of social media was birthed out of the knowledge that the practice of open communication and freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions is a good thing for any society wherein the majority of people are honest about who they really are and from whence, in reality, they have come. Therefore, the apple of God's eye should speak, be, and live bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1) because, no matter how violently the big bad wolf of intimidation, hatred, and malevolence huffs, puffs, and threatens to blow the household of faith down, since we belong to God, dear children, we have already won a victory over the unfriendly people, because, the Spirit who lives in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world (1 John 4:4). Hallelujah! Glory to God Almighty!

Sovereignty and omnipotence have wrought for the beloved children all the glorious favor and grace of the King of Glory (Psalm 24:8). When the blood of the Lamb of God was shed upon the Cross at Calvary for the remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22), the final score was posted and it was finished. Hallelujah! Therefore, boldly, as though believing that we have access to the throne of grace, let us proclaim the good fortune of God's truly efficacious, propitious, encouraging, prosperous, and most auspicious gift from the rooftops. Glory to God! Let us go and tell it on the mountain. Hallelujah!

Let us fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. If we can think about phone bills, data plans, iPhones, boyfriends, girlfriends, cancer, Duck Dynasty, war, revenge, Kim Kardashian, sports, and politics, why don't we more often think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)? In conclusion, regarding social media, just as many have learned that orange juice is not just for breakfast, some have realized that the Internet is not just for entertainment, secular business, and concupiscence anymore. What dominates the heart and mind controls the body. What is controlling us, church? Faith, hope, and love remain forever and the greatest of these is love. Therefore, let us think more diligently, carefully, zealously, and consistently about God's love (John 3:16, John 13:34-35, John 14:12-17, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 John 4:8) and not be slothful in making Him known by any means available in Jesus' holy and most publishable name. Amen and amen. 

© 2013 Brian L Hunter