Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Father God Likes Me and You! He likes that we are Bible Nerds! 

Father God Likes Me and You! He likes us that we are Bible Nerds!

A childhood song:

I may never march in the Infantry,   (march)
Ride in the cavalry,   
(pretend you're riding a horse)
Shoot the artillery.   
(clap hands together)
I may never zoom o'er the enemy,   
(spread arms out and pretend to be a plane)
But I'm in the Lord's Army.   
(point one finger up to God)
I'm in the Lord's Army, (yes, sir!)   
I'm in the Lord's Army, (yes, sir!)
I may never march in the Infantry,
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery.
I may never zoom o'er the enemy,
But I'm in the Lord's Army, (yes, sir!) 

Watch a video of this song:

I was emailed a Bible verse the other day and it really touched my heart and Spirit.  It touched the pain in my heart that has been there for years.  Please read Psalm 1 (The Message Bible):

1 How well God must like you—
    you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
    you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
    you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
    you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
    bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
    always in blossom.
4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked,
    who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
    unfit company for innocent people.
6 God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row (the place of the outcasts).

What this Bible passage means to me:

You see...I was raised as a little boy to be a lover and not a fighter.

So for many years I felt guilty that I was not a fighter and not more cold-hearted so that I could be successful.

I also felt for many years that I was less of a man because I didn't go out drinking and partying and having relationships with women.  I have felt like I was unworthy of Father God's love and partnership because I wasn't married and I wasn't fathering and nurturing children.

Do you see how easy it is for the lies of the devil to infiltrate the church? 

I have actually had church leaders look down on me for not being married or with a party or sexual story. 

And the Enemy would torment me because the liar would suggest to me that if the church leaders didn't think I was a 'real man', then Father God must be ashamed of me, too!

So...let's go back to the Word of God.  The Word of God is what we listen to!  Don't listen to others that give wise advice that will take you away from happiness.  Don't settle for security and money and community acceptance.

Learn how to be a friend to the church and community; but, you don't have to do what you are told by others to do to be loved and accepted.  You just have to love the Word of God (both the Bible and Jesus) and find some work to do and, maybe, you will get to love someone and have children and teach them the right way to live.

What should I do?

If you can...save money, give to God regularly tithes and offerings and give to charity.  Try not to have to rely on others to support you.  Try to get formal, accredited education so that you will have job skills and work opportunities.

Try to live your dreams. Try new faith opportunities. If you feel stuck in your life, try to look for a new job. Don't feel helpless and give up.

Your life is longer than you realize and you will keep being able to run the race!

Psalm 1 encourages me that loving Jesus and thinking about his ways and will has been the best times of my life!  

Jesus loves that I worship Him and sing songs that are fresh new songs to him.  Father God loves that I love Him and introduce Him to others.  

Father God has great things for me to do in this life and HE will empower Holy Spirit to comfort me and encourage me to keep trying new things and NEVER GIVE UP!

I have learned through my four-toe amputation to 'ride the Holy Spirit!'  Holy Spirit is larger than I realize and I can ride Him to Heaven and all throughout the world, the Universe and all creation.

Wouldn't you like to 'ride Holy Spirit' and live the best glorious, life amazing? This life with our beautiful God is more incredible than any short time liaison with a human or a beer.

Now that I have been loved and disciplined by my Father and I can't eat crazily anymore or I can never drink alcohol again, I am more of a Bible Nerd now than ever before...BUT I am more of a SON than ever before...

You don't need to have a major illness to change your life.  Take a moment and refresh yourself with Jesus.  Ask Father God to take you on an incredible life with HIM. Learn to 'ride Holy Spirit and you will be truly amazed at the beautiful man or woman you become.

You will look into your mirror and see that you are radiant BEING/HUMAN, blessed by our Lord God Almighty.

  Lord Jesus, bless this reader and help them to jump into your confidence and hope today. Reduce their 'blues' and anxiety.  Increase their faith and confidence in you and in themselves.  Let everyone be encouraged today and be happy that they are your Beloved forevermore. Amen!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Holy Spirit Energy---Come and Get It! 

How many of us really understand that Father God has great plans for our lives?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.--Jeremiah 29:11

Are you bored, boring, depressed or plain?

   I tell people to look in the mirror and begin to see how beautiful and wonderful they are...if we only really knew about the miracles that Father God has done to bring us to the place in life where we can enjoy 'the joy of our salvation!

1 Peter 1:6-7New Living Translation (NLT)

1 Peter 1:6-7New Living Translation (NLT)

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.

    ---We need to understand that we don't have to drift through our lives as victims and losers.  Instead, when we are with Jesus Christ, we are victors and winners!!! ---And we have great joy!!!

    'No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours

 through Christ, who loved us'.--Romans 8:37

    --As we know who we are in Jesus, we can start to receive great Divine energy from Holy Spirit that will impact and change the way we live our lives.  
It''s all Greek to Me:  A definition of Holy Spirit's Gift of Power To US!!!
   In the Greek orginial language of the New Testament of the Bible we see the word energia.  Enérgeia (the root of the English term "energy") means energy, which is "power in action" (Wm. Barclay, More NT Words, 46).  In the Bible this word typically refers toGod's energy which transitions the believer from point to point in His plan (accomplishing His definition of progress).

   So when a person comes to Jesus and asks for help and forgiveness from their sins, Holy Spirit will come and take away all of the bad stuff of a person and fill them with righteousness.  Then from the first day that they believe in Jesus, they have the POWER from God to change their life and change the world.

   When you believe, then you will truly be able to do all things through Jesus!

       It is very important for you to realize that Holy Spirit empowers you to be creative and happy and able to encourage and lift up others! Then...you can shine brightly in this life to those around you and they will become happy, too!
You Don't Have To Be Boring!  You ARE AMAZING!!!

   Don't let friends around you or family members dwell in depression and worry.  Don't let people waste their lives on thinking they are plain and unexciting!  You can encourage people every day in so many ways...  START WITH A SMILE AND A LITTLE PRAYER!

Watch This Awesome Movie Called Validation. It shows how a man can lift people to their highest heights! Click this link to watch this movie!
Watch this video to see how you can say a little prayer for someone and change their day!@
Be happy...you have Holy Spirit Power and Energy flowing all the time through your heart and veins!
Enjoy it!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

How YOU CAN Defeat The Enemy and Devilish Attacks That Depress Us! 

Thanks Everyone For Your Help, Prayers and Encouragement!!!   
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Yesterday was Sunday and it was a beautiful, wonderful day where a lot of people worshipped Jesus with us at The Comma Cafe and then they showered love upon Mother and I by helping us to have food for the week and to be able to go to the hospital this week.

    Matter of fact, this last week was a great week because many friends shared a little of their finances to help me to have food for the week and to be able to go to the hospital!!!  I am very thankful to everyone that has helped me.  It has been wonderful.

    I sent out my request for help to 70 friends and about 10 friends have responded.  I am very thankful.

    That doesn't mean it is easy for me.  I still may barely have enough finances to go to the hospital this week and to my doctor visit on Friday, but Jehovah Jireh the Lord is our provider.  See Philippians 4:19.

I want to thank all my wonderful brothers and sisters in Jesus that pray for me and love me and encourage me.  I have never thought that I would ever get into a situation where I have needed to ask for help.  Thanks.

   Great Hope and Then Spiritual Attack Comes 
And We Want to Die!!!

Instead, We Need To Put On The Armor of God!!!

   After a great day yesterday, I went home and rested and started praying and making Bible Verse videos to encourage people.  This is a new hobby that I am working on.

   So I created two new encouraging videos and then started to bed.  Now it is funny how on Sunday nights the Enemy tries so hard to attack us and discourage us from the beautiful things that happen on a Sunday.  That happens to all of us.

   Actually, The Enemy will try to attack you and distract you every moment of every day.  You just have to learn not to listen to negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness.  Most of the time these negative thoughts don't come from you.

   We need to understand that these Enemy attacks can be ignored when we put on the full armor of God.  

   Read this Bible passage:  

Ephesians 6:10-18New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

Ephesians Chapter 6 (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

    The Enemy will attack with little lies that will question God's promises for you.

   Little questions will come up like, 'Did God really promise you this thing?' or 'Other people are blessed, but you are cursed by God...' or 'you are meant to be lonely because you were not created to be a beautiful person who is getting married today to a rich man...'

   The Enemy will try to distract you with lies every day every moment.  The Enemy will try to make you believe you are ill forever. The Enemy will make you hate your brother and sister because you envy what they have.  The Enemy will make you not believe that God loves you and will help you through every trial and tribulation.  The Enemy will cause you to doubt the existence of your Father God who tenderly cares for you over and over and over every day and every night!

   That is why you need to not listen to the lies of the Devilish!  Go to the Bible and rebuke the devil and the devil will flee way.  Rebuke the devilish and they will flee away!  Ephesians  6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians  6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

      The schedule for Devilish Enemy Attacks:

   You know how spiritual attacks get to you.  On Monday, you are tired and hate to go to work.  You wish you could just work at the church and praise Jesus and be happy all of the time.  Then on Monday everyone is tired and cranky and you go home ready to quit life.  On Tuesday through Thursday, you get busy and you get tired.  Sometimes you like your job.  Sometimes you hate your life and are so bored with life. Then you think if you had a new boyfriend or girlfriend or toyboy or mistress you will be happy!???

   Here is a secret about relationships:  Those who are not married long for a husband or wife.  Those that are married can be quite lonely in marriage and long either for another person to take them away from their boring, hurtful marriage or they just long for an adulterous fling to try to help their pain.  But adultery never works. YOU JUST FEEL WORSE!!!

   In some ways, single people should try to enter marriage with a little more perspective.  If you rush into marriage because you are lonely, after marriage you could get more lonely if your partner is not the right person watching out for you and deepening relationship with you.  What you learn from the movies and TV is not true; but, another form of devilish Enemy attack.

Other days of devilish attacks...
   Then, of course, on Friday you feel quite lonely if you are not going out and having a fun time with your boyfriend or husband. (or girlfriend or wife)...

   Saturday night, you either are depressed and feel lonely or you are going out to party and you drink a little too much alcohol and give yourself to someone that leaves you the next morning.  Then you wake up sick...and don't feel you can face God or the church members who will know you have a hangover either from a party or a self-loathing pit the previous night.

   Then Sunday, you either get worse until you meet friends for a Brunch with alcohol and then you start to feel better.  Many of your friends are Christians.  They love to go to church and be cool and the band is good and then time for Brunch to have a little alcohol and get 'high' again and complain about how bad life is and why God seems so far away.

 We need to know the schemes of The Enemy

   Bottom Line:  The Enemy wants to see you curse God and die.  The Enemy convinces you that there is not anything except self-gratification and trying to have a nice family life and building a nice community where everyone can have personal freedom.

   Instead, you need to read the Bible and ask Holy Spirit to comfort you in this life and teach you all things:  John 14:26 But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

    We need to stand on the Word of God and stand with God.  Last night I couldn't sleep because The Enemy hit me with lies that I will be sick the rest of my life and my life will be short.  The Enemy hit me with lies that I will not be able to pay back all of the loans that I have because of the hospital bill costs.  The Enemy hit me that I will never be able to take care of my mother and father as they are retiring and that I will be a HUGE FAILURE!!!

   It was so bad last night that I gave up hope.  AREN'T YOU GLAD I DON"T TRUST MY FEELINGS!!!

   Be like JESUS and resist the devil and the devilish!

   Matthew Chapter 4: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 

  Note that JESUS knew HIS FATHER and beat the devil and the devilish with The Word of God!  You can do it, too!  

   You may cry yourself to sleep at night, but wake up in the morning renewed and refreshed because you have put your life on Father God! And you know...God will make a way and will teach you how to live a great life with him!

   Remember, you can do all things through Jesus.  Don''t believe any more lies from The Enemy or the devilish.

  Be happy, love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself!!!

Have a beautiful week!!!

Pastor Ken Harley :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Christian Ministry and Money! Pastor Ken Harley's Money Thoughts! 

Christian Ministry and Money!

Pastor Ken Harley's Money Thoughts!
   There is always an attack on Christian ministers and workers that they steal money for their own personal use.  It seems like if you watch a comedy the minister is always stealing money and then doing other things like drinking alcohol, being inappropriate in behavior, putting people down or doing worse.

   But Christian ministers and workers on the whole join the ministry to serve others and give them the love of Jesus Christ!

   In this brief article I will talk about Christian ministers and money.  We need to get past how people make fun of Christian ministers and, instead, get to know Christian ministers in a more real way.

   Recently, due to my four-toe amputation, a lot of my friends have told me that God was punishing me and that I should leave Hong Kong and go back to America and give up serving others here in Hong Kong.

   It is not to easy to be told these hard things right after my toes were cut off and I was stuck in a hospital bed.  Some people don't have any class and want to show their superiority to someone who is very ill.  I am glad that Father God has helped me to overcome all the negativity I have experienced in the last few months.

   So what does my physical challenge have to do with Christian ministers and money?

  Well, one reason Christian ministers need money is that they work as a minister in a full-time job usually about 70 hours per week.  They need to take phone calls in the middle of the night and text messages and Facebook messages, etc.  People need their ministers to pray for them and encourage them.  Being a minister is a full-time job and the average minister will have a wife and children and need to have a car and work with the church to pay bills for the church building and to pay for events and accounting, etc.  The list goes on and on.

   So many ministers struggle to pay their bills and pay for their healthcare and save money to take care of aging parents and their children's education bills, etc.

   Church members will want ministers to work for free or take very little in salary.  Many ministers make less than a teacher for their salary and teacher's salaries are considered very low.

   Therefore, it is not easy  to be a minister.  It is much easier to work in the Financial industry or be an engineer or sell real estate or be a technology person or even an artist/media professional.  Think about it.  You only have to pay taxes when you work a regular job.  There is no law that someone has to give the first-fruits of their income to a church, ministry or minister and, ultimately...Father God!

   However, in the Bible we see God made some people to be ministers and others to give their first-fruits to help servants of God to minister to the people of God.

   Here are some Bible verses:

   Proverbs 3:9--Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.

   Leviticus 27:30: A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.

   Malachi 3:10: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

   2 Corinthians 8:3, 4: For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.

   2 Corinthians 9:7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."

   These verses give us an idea that everyone should give their first-fruits of their labor to God's servants to help them to show God to the world.

   So...many people share their money with their churches.  Many people do not.

  If you want to receive Father God';s blessings you should give a little of your money to the church!

   It can be any church or ministry or charity.  It can be given to a certain project.  It can be given on a monthly basis, weekly basis or as part of an inheritance plan.  There are many ways to give, but we should all give to The Lord Almighty:

   Psalm 29:1-2    Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
        Now back to money.
  Personally, I haven't had very many friends help me with ministering in Mongkok, Hong Kong.  I live in small 750 square feet apartment and I sleep in a single child's bed in a small room.  Every night when I sleep my head hits a wall and my feet hits the other wall.  
   Some people believe that is why my foot never healed because my foot would hit the wall in my room every night because it is not big enough for me.  I don't believe that, but I had an uncle that had leg problems because he slept in small Navy quarters for many years.
   You have to understand that I was taught that to minister was an honor from the Lord.  I was taught that I should give everything I have to share the Gospel with those around me.  I was taught that if no one wants to help me that The Lord will help me and supply all my needs!
   Philippians 4:19  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

   So The Lord has allowed me to work as a teacher in Hong Kong for ten years and then use the money I make to have church meetings and to do many outreach projects to share the love of Jesus.

   I have been very happy and I have learned not to save money on earthly treasures, but to invest my money (from The Lord) on Heavenly Treasures to encourage and bring people to Jesus.  And The Lord has blessed me so much with friends here and people that we pray with and encourage and lots of good things.  For example, I have been able to make worship cds to give away to share the love of Jesus and I have written a book and gave it away for free to teach people how to pray Bible promise verses to know they are not alone.

  Again... What about money and Christian ministers?

  I have learned to be thankful to have a small room.  I have learned to be thankful that I have people in my life that I can encourage and lift up.

   Now I have learned to be thankful that I have my leg and am only missing four toes.  I have learned to be thankful that I can walk and be healthy and not dead!

   So I have learned not to worry about other ministers that have more money and things than I do.  In Hong Kong many ministers travel and spend a lot of money on plane flights and holidays and alcohol.

   I haven't left Hong Kong to fly back to USA  since 2009 and I don't want to go anywhere, except for China because I don't want to waste money on personal gratification.  I would rather use my money (from The Lord by me working as a teacher) to produce ways to reach the Gospel out to others.

   So I have learned that ministers have nice cars and big houses and savings accounts and so many things.  I don't worry about them.  I want to serve The Lord and encourage his people.  I don't need a mansion and a million dollar account.  I just need The Lord and his peace and he will help me with my daily needs every day! Proverbs 30:8 is a great Bible verse to show what we really need:

   Proverbs 30:8  Make me absolutely honest and don’t let me be too poor or too rich. Give me just what I need.

   Hospital Nightmare with my Four Toe Amputation

   As you know, most of my insurance didn't cover my hospital expenses.  I was told that if I didn't pay for my private hospital care then I would lose my leg.  What stress hit me when I was told that...

   You see I felt guilty because I didn't save up for this problem.  I used my money for ministry and taking care of my parents and myself and helping other ministries.

   So I was in trouble...I was sitting in a taxi going home from the doctor's office wondering what was going to happen to me???

   Then I remembered that Citibank called me a few days before asking me if I wanted a loan.  I told them 'no' because I had been taught that Christians shouldn't take loans.  So I am riding home and worried and I called back the bank and in five minutes they gave me a loan so I could have the surgery that would save my leg and my life.

   Then a few months later around Christmas 2015 I was running out of money and no friend bothered to ask how they could help me.  Instead, many told me that I deserved to lose my leg and, possibly my life, because I was prideful.  They told me that I should have never tried to be a minister and share the love of Jesus with others.  They told me that Father God was punishing me because I must be evil and false.

   WOW!  I never experienced anything like this before... 

   Many of my friends were happy to have a church Christmas party and get a lot of gifts that I gave, but few asked how I was doing or wanted to sponsor a gift party.

   After the Christmas party, I was in trouble,  My foot wasn't healing.  My health insurance didn't reimburse very much on any of my hospital expenses (may ten percent), and I was running out of money.  It didn't look good.  It looked like I was going to have to go back to the public hospital and get my leg cut off.  I was hopeless and horrified.

   Then a bank called and offered me a loan and that money was enough to last me until the end of April.

   May has been a tough month for me as half of my teacher's salary goes to paying back the hospital loans and another third of my salary is for my rental costs and other bills.  This month I still have to go to the hospital and doctor at least three times a week and I had to ask friends for help because i ran out of money early in the month.

   The good news is that probably I will be done with my treatments by the end of May and I may be able to not struggle so much in June.  However, my loan is for 5 years and I have to work.  I will also keep ministering and keep contributing financially from my funds to minister to the Body of Christ.

   The other day I saw several ministers and their mansions and fine cars on TV.  It made me not feel so guilty that I wasted all of this money to save my leg.  But...you know it has killed me to spend all of this money over 200000 HK Dollars on hospital and medical bills that my health insurance will not cover.  And don't even mention the money on healthy food and vitamins and safe transportation  that I have spent the last 6 months..


   I wish that all that money could have been given to orphans and widows and needy.

   Thank you, Lotrd Jesus, for saving my leg and life.  Help me to spend the rest of my life encouraging and lifting up others...

   I am so sorry that so much money has been wasted paying for my foot treatments.  I hope that others will learn from my experience and not have to go through what I have lived.

Bless my friends.  In Jesus' Name. Amen!


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