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As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. KJV Matthew 10:7 -- I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. KJV Matthew 16:19 -- Ye are come … unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, KJV Hebrews 12:22 On my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: KJV Acts 2:18 -- That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. KJV 1 Corinthians 2:5 --
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3/4/01
Late, the other night, I was in my library, sitting in a chair, sitting in the dark, praying to the Lord. Like most people, I have certain favorite places to pray. In my case, it is the above setting. The room is mostly dark with only a soft green glow from a clock screen. Where I sit it is pitch black, but I like sitting there to pray because it is so peaceful. In my prayer ‘closet’ I have my chair just so, and my arms rest on the shelves just so, and I have a soft cloth on the floor just so, and beside me I have my cup of hot water just so. Comfy-cozy just so! As I was praying I instinctively reached down to grab my cup. I knew exactly where to grab for it, because I had it ‘just so.' I prayed, I drank; I prayed some more, I drank. Finally I paused for a moment to just sit in the silence; to hold my cup, to sip a sip, to think a thought. Sip. Think. Sip Think. Stare into the dark.
It’s funny how things seem so ‘normal’ to us after we have done them repetitively. I had done this routine countless numerous of times. Yet, never had I ever noticed the obvious; I was holding a glass cup (clear) filled with hot water (clear) in a pitch black room -- I COULD NOT SEE MY CUP.
I stopped to think of what it was like as a little kid trying to drink out of a cup. Man! That required two hands, two eyes, careful maneuvering, staring at the liquid in broad daylight and then STILL SPILLING IT! Yet here I was now doing it without any ‘proof’ that I was doing it right. Sound silly? It didn’t to me. My eyes had no proof that the cup was there, neither did my ears, neither did my smell. Only TOUCH (hands, lips, tongue, warmth inside) told me what I needed to know; that, and my memory of WHERE TO FIND THE CUP! Not seeing the cup began to make me feel a little ‘freaky’ inside. The cup was INVISIBLE to me! Yet, I enjoyed its substance. My eyes had no proof that it was really there, but my other senses assured me that I was indeed interacting with the cup and enjoying the refreshing water. I was AWARE no matter how blind I was as I STARED.
Something, deep inside me, became stirred. I thought: "God is INVISIBLE, and here I sit with Him whom I cannot see." Is He not my cup too? He said, ‘if any man thirst come unto me and I will give you drink.' He said He will fill us with His Holy Spirit and likened Himself unto water. Sitting there, I felt comforted. When my eyes cannot see, and my ears do not hear His Presence, it is no proof at all that He is not present with me. MY SPIRIT can FEEL what I cannot prove with my eyes. MY HEART can RECEIVE refreshing drink from the Fountain of His Spirit even if I cannot touch Him with my hands. I can TOUCH HIM and he can touch me! The only thing I indeed need to remember is WHERE I LAST REACHED HIM -- IN MY CLOSET. He promised that if I pray in my closet, THAT HE WILL LISTEN, and that He will fill me with Himself. I think I shall sit there more often. It is very peaceful in that place, drinking of that refreshing Spirit. The world may seem dark, but I am holding on to the invisible!!
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M. Th.M. 3/4/2001 
3/11/2001
The other night, I was sitting in front of the ole window to the world (t.v.) watching a documentary concerning a famous screenwriter/author/director and his movie career. In the midst of that broadcast the narrator showed two video clips of real life events.
In both clips the scenes were virtually identical. Crowds of desperate people -- clamoring, pleading, pushing, cramming together, hands stretching into the sky -- were reaching out to the supplier at the front of the crowd who was dispensing what the crowd so feverishly wanted. The scene was as turbulent as sharks rushing to a bloody carcass in the high seas.
What amazed, shocked, and bewildered me was what the crowds were frantically wishing to obtain. Their desires were completely different, yet their agonizing efforts were identical!
Crowd one was in a major U.S. city; the people were shoving toward booths set for the obtaining of movie memorabilia! Crowd two was in Kosovo where war-torn, starving survivors were clamoring for BREAD! All I could think was: "What is wrong with this picture!" STARVING people and COVETING people were IDENTICAL in their desperation to have their DESIRES fulfilled! The hunger to crave a toy, a collectable, an earthly possession has become as desperate as when our forefathers once craved a twist of bread! Surely not, Lord, surely not.
As I pondered this absurdity, I began to visualize the day of the trial of Jesus. The ruler offers the mobbing crowds a choice to their desires. Choice one: BARABAS, a thief. Choice two: Jesus, the BREAD OF LIFE. With demand they starvingly say ‘give us the thief’. They want the appeasement of their carnal desire! I realized that their murderous heart screamed as loudly as the covetous hearts of the toy mongers and collectors. Bread? Who needs bread? We want toys! We want, want, we want, we want!!
We often times, wonder why it is that in the third world countries God is moving more mightily than He is in our more ‘civilized’ country. To the University crowd it is often viewed as a sign of ‘simple people wanting myths’. They are viewed as foolish! Yet, in contrast, these same ‘sophisticated’ people stand for DAYS to obtain a ticket to a new movie, or upcoming rock concert, or TO BUY THE HOTTEST TOY FOR THEIR CHILD! Is that not a sad indictment?

If we CRAVED God like we covet houses, cars, toys, trinkets, silver and gold, IF we yelled and screamed and demanded and waited in line for the supply of HIS hand like we do for everything else, would that not be better than what we do now? AND WOULD WE NOT FIND OUR HUNGER SATISFIED? Next time you say you don’t have time to pray, read, or worship, I say: "Try getting into a different crowd!"
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M. Th.M. 3/11/2001
 
3/18/2001
We sure are a movie-going, radio-listening, media society. Since the advent of the silver screen, and the invention of the television, we have all become starry-eyed experts on everything, it seems. We have become very comfortable with our special gift of being nigh unto God. Once upon a time, only GOD could see everything that was happening around the world. Now WE with all our technology have once again fully utilized our right of DOMINION and become GLOBAL in our awareness. From our armchair, our movie chair, our car seat, and even our bed chambers, WE WATCH THE UNIVERSE AS IT SPINS. Everything teaches us, and we LOVE it.
We can now KNOW a lot more about good and evil! We have indeed ‘become like God’. We KNOW THINGS, all kinds of things. Yet, there are several things that seem to have happened since we became so all-knowing smart. We love less, we demand more, we judge everyone and everything, we believe that whatever opinion (things we have concluded based on our all-knowing self) we hold must be right, AND we sin so much more easily now
All of a sudden, I am hearing an echo. All it is saying is: ‘in the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die’. God said this to Adam, the father of the human race. He said this would happen when we ate of the tree; the one that Eve quickly realized would make her wise. We thought that those Bible references only applied to them. I wonder. Seems to me that society is dying. All this epignosis (total knowing) is making us less agapeetos (all loving?)..
Here’s a little self-test you might try out this week:
1. When you go to the movies, are you the AUDIENCE or the CRITIC or the DIRECTOR when you watch? The audience allows their heart to be affected; the critic is detached.
2. When you watch the news on the television, are you MOTIVATED TO PRAYER and compassion, or do you use it as a platform to formulate more and more opinions; soaking your self with judgment? Love would demand that you care. Do you?
3. When you watch the Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, or Teacher on the T.V. screen do you put on your critic's hat or open your Christian heart? Faith would demand surrender not superiority.
4. When you look at your fellow man, family member, or nearby worker, do they seem REAL to you? Or do you feel like you are looking at them through the glass pane on your eyes? We are so used to having a ‘screen’, and a ‘plate of television glass’ between humanity and us that we live like watchers. Is that how you feel?
One last thought. God’s Word shows that as HE watches, HE ALSO GETS INVOLVED. Are you in His likeness and image? Or are you just another camera broadcasting the views?
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M. Th.M. 3/18/2001
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Original Quote by Pastor Anthony The fool says in he heart there is no God -- the bigger fool says there is a God and ignores Him
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