Friday, April 20, 2018

We Look Strange

We Look Strange by Keith Cook

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself." Matthew 22:37, 39

Christians are strange birds. We often look and sound different than those we regularly come in contact with at work or play. How we come across and how we present ourselves has a great deal to do with how well our witnessing efforts will be received.

How do most lost individuals view us? What kind of messages do we portray by our actions and words? Let's take a closer look.

I have talked with the unchurched, professing unbelievers, rebellious radicals, and confused seekers of truth all over the world and these are five conclusions I have come to.

1. The unchurched see believers as Bible Thumpers. They actually believe we know the Bible and have an answer or solution for almost every ill that befalls a person. They also are intimidated by some zealots who attack them with religious knowledge without "speaking the truth in love." Having found that out leads me to question why so many Christians do not use this great insight for their advantage by actually knowing the Bible and applying what it says to social ills and problems. Using a timely and true word from God has more weight than our opinion. Use the Word but be careful not to beat someone over the head with your scriptural insights!

2. The seeker sees Christians in general as being too busy to worry with them. They assume that we all are too busy and that that is the reason we never invite them to our events, services, and special activities. They drive by hundreds of churches with signs and posters proclaiming all the fantastic events going on inside. While most of us would not crash a party uninvited so no believers will not risk coming to most church events without a personal invitation.

3. Lost people believe that Christians have it all together. No problems, no worries, no needs. Because we put on a good show we can often risk not giving God the glory in how He directs and protects us. We need to be transparent in our relying on Him in the middle of crisis and when we must make tough decisions.

4. The non-churched also believe that Christians make great bosses, teammates, friends, and are basically good people. That is why a church goer who goes crazy and does something tragic makes headlines. It's not just an attack of Satan trying to expose Christianity, it often in a numb and unbelieving secular society who can not believe that someone who professes Christ could do such a thing. Believers are put up on a pedestal and must quickly confess their sins and shortcoming to all it effects. Waiting and covering sin always leads to ruin. We need to be examples and live for Christ all the time. We also must let Jesus be our guide for how to live and practice our faith.

5. A final word on how the lost see Christians. They do see us! They are watching us. They can judge us right or wrong when we display non-Christlike attitudes. The lost judge us most sharply when we live contrary to the Bible. They also critique us strongly when we act like we don't care about a social issue. They get hurt and feel like we do not value them when we dismiss them and do not share our real faith with them.

The Devil has made most believers feel that the lost will be offended if we share with them but I have found just the opposite. They want to talk, they want to begin a dialog about faith. They want to be religious. They need Jesus. He will direct them back to living right and being right with God.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will give you a deeper sensitivity to the needs of the non-churched and unbelievers in your family, neighborhood, and work place. Pray for a greater urgency to speak the truth with boldness.

On The Go Prayer Focus: All the local churches, committees, and leaders who will be working with On The Go Ministries and the Keith Cook Team in creative outreach efforts in the United States and around the world. On The Go is hosting the AMPED Festival in Spartanburg, South Carolina Friday and Saturday. Pray for Divine Intervention, Open Doors, Boldness, and Miracles that God may be glorified through each event at the Festival.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for April 20, 2018
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Love Is

Love Is by David Brandon

"By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you have love one for another." John 13:35

If someone asked you to finish this statement, "Love is..." how would you answer?

Some might say, "Love is running with my dog." "Love is riding a motorcycle." Or "Love is playing sports."

You might say, "Love is caring for your family." When I met my wife, Gloria, it was easy to fall in love with her and I love her more every day. At the birth of my son, Joshua I loved him immediately, because he was a gift from God.

Love is God giving His Son so we may have eternal life and avoid Hell. When I gave my life to Jesus, He forgave me of my sins and filled me with the Holy Spirit. I realized a deep sense of His love for me and I naturally loved Him back.

Love is Christians showing that Jesus is real inside and outside the Church. Many people today need to be loved by Jesus. Their lifestyle may be different from ours but they need Jesus. People without Christ need to see Him in us by our actions.

The Bible says, "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;" 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is not a feeling but a decision to take action.

Decide today to:

 Love God by getting alone with Him daily
 Love your neighbor by caring for them
 Pray for the unlovable and love them
 Do an act of kindness for someone that wouldn't expect it from you.
 Pray for Evangelists and Missionaries
 Give financially so that the love of the Jesus is carried around the world

On The Go has many fine men and women who are taking the love of Jesus around the world. You can join them with your prayers and financial giving.

Love is sharing with everyone we meet the Good News that "Jesus loves them".

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will allow you to show love to someone in need. Also, pray for the lost that they will see their need for a Savior.

On The Go Prayer Focus: GoTeam Missions Projects. Pray today for On The Go's GoTeams. GoTeams are teams of young people and adults ministering throughout the world who want to make an impact in another individual's life for Christ. This week our staff will be ministering in Spartanburg, South Carolina through nightly festivals, conferences, schools, and community events, and churches. Pray for a bountiful harvest as Keith, Joan, White Ribbon Day, Matt, John, and Calvin minister this week through various outreach events.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for April  19, 2018
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

By Faith We Stand

By Faith We Stand by On The Go Staff

Today the staff at On The Go would like to encourage you to spend some time meditating on the following verses on FAITH. We believe that faith can move mountains that seem impossible, and by faith you can serve the Lord in any capacity He has called you to serve!

"But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour." Matthew 9:22

"Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt." Matthew 15:28

"After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." Genesis 15:1

"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20

"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2

"Where there is no vision, the people perish:" Proverbs 29:18

Stand in faith today! God will reward you for your faithfulness.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will continue to expand your ministry as you seek to faithfully serve Him.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook Crusades, Celebrations, and Festivals. God has given Keith the opportunity and privilege of sharing the message of Christ both stateside and internationally. During each opportunity, Keith presents a joyful and enthusiastic, yet powerful and clear presentation of the Gospel and a call to commitment to Christ. This week Keith and the Team are ministering in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Tonight they will be sharing at First Baptist Church.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion For April 18, 2018
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lord, I See

Lord, I See by Tekka Kelly and Laurie McTier

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:10, 13

As Christians we can all look around us everyday and see signs of God's Presence and Power in our lives. Our God is an awesome God, and He is truly worthy to be praised. All too often; however, we fail to thank God for the blessings He has given to us. May we never take His Presence and Power for granted.

Our walk with Christ is dependent upon the time that we spend with Him each and everyday in prayer and Bible study. May God reveal His truths to us so that in return we can bless others with the lessons He has taught us. God doesn't bless us and expect us to hoard the blessings, but wants us to share them with our family and friends that God puts across our paths.

Today I want to close by leaving you with a poem written by a young girl that has grown-up under the influence of On The Go Ministries. Tekka became a Christian as a young girl during one of our Neighborhood Outreaches, and God has blessed her with a gift of writing poetry and songs.

Lord I See

Lord I see your Mighty Power
Shining through the Light Tower.
Some may say He's a Coward.
But they don't know His Marvelous Power.

From where I stand
He is the Glory in all our land.
We shall Sing and Dance
For He will Rise Again.

From the bottom of the ocean
To the top of the sky.
He's our salvation
That we see rise.

From every nation
To every grand,
To every state he will rise again.

For the Lord
We seek will rise again.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that your Christian faith never become mundane or common place. Pray God will give you renewed zeal and a renewed sense of His Presence and His Power.

On The Go Prayer Focus: South Carolina GoTeam and Festival Team ministering in Spartanburg through April 21, 2018. Pray for a mighty move of God across the state as the Gospel is presented and for a bountiful harvest of souls. We will try to update our website daily as we have reports. Our web address is www.onthego.org. Thanks for your prayers and support.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion For April 17, 2018
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ambassadors or Terrorists

Ambassadors or Terrorists by Keith Cook

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ..." 2 Corinthians 5:20

As you allow God to begin directing your thoughts, He will begin showing you people who need to hear about Jesus and giving you the words you need to say.

Recently, I have come to a rather profound conclusion. It has changed my life and the lives of many with whom I have shared this with. The conclusion is a simple understanding that the opposite of an ambassador is a terrorist! Some of us are acting like spiritual terrorists.

While we would never bomb a building or take another person's life, we justly believe that these actions are ungodly and horrible.

Yet, because we are not thinking like God wants us to think, and are not doing what God wants us to do - we are, in a spiritual sense, causing just as much spiritual damage as the ungodly crazed physical terrorist. We are sending people into a Christ-less eternity because we choose not to think or listen to God's leading to share our faith with someone!

Actual terrorists cause people to die because of anger and demonic reasoning; some Christians, who are not serving as our Lord's ambassadors, allow people to die without a relationship with Christ. I do not want to be any form of a terrorist. I want to be an ambassador of Christ. What about you?

Live for Jesus this week. Be an ambassador for Jesus.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will be a faithful ambassador for Christ, directing people to Him, and not a terrorist by failing to share your faith.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook, Joan Cook, the U.S.A. Staff, and On The Go Board of Directors, as they add leadership and direction for the ongoing ministries of the Keith Cook Team and On The Go.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for April 15, 2018
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Being Alone

Being Alone by Keith Cook

Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers. 1 Samuel 12:7

Recently, I had a really strange weekend. I was all alone. It is really quite hard to suddenly find yourself alone when you are use to having people all in your life. Usually I have all kinds of people and things in my life - all kinds of activity. But not so that weekend.

Joan, my wife, was visiting family miles away. My son, Keith and his wife Megan, were away ministering in a local church revival on the Gulf Coast. My local friends all had plans for the weekend. All my staff were out ministering all over the world and I was home alone. Friends from out of town did stop in earlier in the week to visit for one night but they now had moved on down the road. To make things even worse - it was cloudy and raining outside.

I had tried to fill my life with activity. I had plenty of places I could go eat at or shop or look at. But they all had no appeal.

I had rented several movies I had been wanting to see, that my wife would not want to see, but they some how seem uninteresting.

I had turned on my internet buddy list and internet phone service but no one was chatting or calling.

Every dish was clean, all the laundry was in the basket, the normal manly clutter was out of sight. Nothing left to do - nothing! I mean nothing!

My house was suddenly very quiet and very lonely.

Does this sound like something you have ever been through?

While my predicament sounds dire it was not really life threatening. It was not very serious but it was very emotional. My wife, son, friends, co-workers, peers, are all great and will be back in my world very soon. This is not a real problem. I am just spoiled with a wonderful life that is filled with wonderful people, activities, and blessings from God.

Many people live their lives in a kind of permanent aloneness. They never get beyond being just with themselves.

The Bible tells us, if we have a relationship in Christ, that we are never really alone. We have the presence of Christ in our life at all times. Isaiah 41:10 says, "Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness."

The Bible actually admonishes us to "be still and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10

Here are some insight about being alone.

1. Being temporarily alone is not a bad thing. You will survive. Use the time to reflect, catch up, clean up, relax, enjoy.

2. Take time to actually plan to get alone for a time or season. I am not talking about great amounts of time - simply - take the time, make the time, to get alone for some quality time of reflection and meditation on what God is doing in your life and what He may want to be doing in the future. This is something you may want to do on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis.

3. Plan a daily time to get alone with God. During this time you need to pray, read the Word (Bible), and have some time to reflect and wait on God to speak to your mind and heart.

4. If you have been through a crisis or suffered a loss due to death make sure you are allowing God, your church, your friends and family to minister to you.

5. If you do not have family, friends, or a church home now would be a great time to seek out a local church to help you in your time of need. We all need support and encouragement and the local church is a great - best - place to start.

6. If you do not know the Lord - now is a good time to come to Him. He loves you and will help you - not just through this situation - but with your whole life.

7. Do not retreat into perpetual aloneness. Allow time during times of grief and sorrow - but also allow Christ to heal your heart and mind. Seek Christian professional help if you do not seem to be handling your grief and situations in a way that you know is healthy and right.

So being alone is not really a bad thing. It may be boring. It may be unusual and seldom experienced but Christ can speak and lead even in times of aloneness.

You can probably tell what God has called me to do during my time alone - away for all my normal activity. He has led me to write this devotion! I hope it has been time well spent. I certainly do not feel all alone any more. I feel like you have joined me in this very moment. May God bless you as you live on for Christ. Never alone - always - in Christ.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will give you time this week to literally get alone with Him in prayer and Bible study. Pray that He will prepare your heart for the truths He will reveal to you!

On The Go Prayer Focus: All the local churches, committees, and leaders who will be working with On The Go Ministries and the Keith Cook Team in creative outreach efforts in the United States and around the world. Pray for Keith and Joan Cook and the Spartanburg Festival/Outreach GoTeam in South Carolina April 16-21, 2018. The Team will be ministering in area churches, schools, and neighborhoods throughout the week and close with the Amped Festival on Saturday.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for April 14, 2018
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Refuel Your Tank

Refuel Your Tank by Laurie McTier

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58

News Event: On April 16-21, Keith Cook and the On The Go Team will be ministering in Spartanburg, SC meeting with pastors, church leaders, and community leaders in preparation for our Amped Festival on April 21, 2018. Pray for Divine Appointments and Open Doors for the GoTeam next week.

Recently as I was driving down the road, my car began to hesitate and it appeared to be out of gas. As I looked down at the fuel gauge, I noticed that according to the gauge, I still had a quarter of a tank of gas. I delayed going to the gas station, thinking I could get to my next destination and then refuel. Embarrassingly enough, I ran out of gas sitting in my director's driveway.

I learned the hard way that my car responds differently when it is cold outside. I have to put fuel in the tank more often, and the gage is not quite as accurate.

How does that apply to our Christian walk? God wants us to spend time with Him in His word and in prayer each and every day. Only then, can we refuel our tanks and experience the joy of the Lord and be prepared for the tests that come our way. God wants us to apply 1 Corinthians 15:58 in our daily walk with Him.

1) Beloved Brethren. We are loved. God is our Father and we are His Children. He desires an intimate relationship with each of us.

2) Steadfast. Set your focus. Do not allow detours in your walk with the Lord. Take heed to warnings that the Holy Spirit gives you, do not try to take short cuts.

3) Unmovable. Stand your Ground. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. You will not always understand the trials and difficulties you experience, but stand your ground. Place your trust in God, He will never fail you.

4) Abound in the work of the Lord. Seek God's will and allow Him to direct your every step. God does not ask for your abilities, but for your availability.

5) Your Labor is not in Vain. The prayers of a righteous man are effective and productive. God will reward you for your faithful service. God's word promises that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.

There is no substitute for spending time with God. We must have fuel in our tanks in order to be effective for Christ and glorify Him.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will be steadfast, unmovable, abounding in the work of the Lord, and that your labor will be rewarded.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Safety In Travel for each On The Go staffer and GoTeam volunteer.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for April 13, 2018
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