Jonah - The Reluctant Prophet

by csnyder 11. June 2013 04:55

I have preached the message of Jonah many times over the years and missed so much of what was there and was just wrong about other parts. I am so thankful to God that He gives us good forgetters. I believe God gives us the ability of a cow. He will cause people to chew up and swallow the hay and spit out the stubble.

I am seeing that God is MUCH bigger than my mind can hold. Sometimes I am afraid that people think God cannot exist outside of the range of what they can comprehend. That would make God very small indeed and it would bring God down to our level.

Having said all this, I am also glad God does not reveal all of Himself to us at once because we could not handle it on this earth. That is why we will need eternity for God to reveal Himself to us and to reveal who we are in Him.

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Thanksgiving

by csnyder 20. November 2012 03:09
I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving here in the United States. There will always be things that we don't like but we have so very much to be thankful for. It was George Washington that had this day set aside in the early United States, a day that we as a country would give thanks to God for His blessings on us as a country and as individuals. I am afraid that it is in danger of becoming just another holiday without meaning followed by a day of shopping with even less meaning.

This weeks message(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzoElt7kW9k&feature=share)is sharing the fact that we are no longer slaves but that we are heirs of the promises of God made to His SEED. Folks, His seed is Jesus and because of the covenant made between God the Father and God the Son we are part of that promise in Christ because of His finished work on the Cross. I ask people to believe that what He did on the cross was enough and that it was finished on the cross and in the empty tomb.

I will share this one thing. This past Wednesday night I was sharing to a group of students at a university in Georgia. When I was finished a young biology student who had not been a believer up to that point came to me and said, "This stuff is great." He was referring to Christ and His finished work on the Cross and His resurrection. That is referred to as the Gospel by Paul, the death burial and resurrection of Christ. I want to agree with that young student, "This stuff is great."

God Bless you all.

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The Gospel Is Known By Revelation

by csnyder 11. September 2012 01:12
The Gospel Is Known By Revelation

video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOF0CJ-xB0M&feature=youtu.be

The title of this new message also is the only way that men can know the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives the knowledge of the Gospel, His death, burial and resurrection, as a gift, just like the Gospel itself is a gift. If you don't fully understand all that happened at the cross and how it affects you ask Him to show you; He will. It is not something that can be learned as you learn your abc's, it is revealed. You can memorize facts and even quote scriptures, but not until the Holy Spirit reveals to you just what it was that Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit accomplished with the death, burial and resurrection, will you truly be set free.

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Deserting The Gospel Of Grace

by csnyder 4. September 2012 21:49
Paul said to the churches of Galatia in Galatians 1:6,7 "I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ."

To say that there is any other Gospel than the death burial and resurrection of Christ, and that there was anything unfinished concerning His death, burial and resurrection, is a distortion and is a deserting of the Gospel. Christ said, "It is finished", meaning the complete work that He was sent to do. He was 100% obedient to the Father and they both were involved with the Holy Spirit of reconciling the world to Himself. Praise His name.

Having said all that, our only part is to believe in what He HAS ALREADY DONE AND FINISHED ON THE CROSS. Even the ability to believe Him is a gift. We can't even do that in our own power. What a God, what a Gospel, I desire everyone to believe it and receive it as their own; all Him and none of me. We must believe this to be saved, but the gift of Himself has already been given, all that is His is given from the cross. This is the Gospel. Paul is admonishing the churches in Galatia for deserting this message of the finished work of the cross. There will be more coming in weeks to come.

There is a video of the message that you can watch on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HVO7RKKkvM&feature=share

Good news, my son and daughter in law, Stephen and Leah have a new baby boy. James Edward Snyder was born healthy to them on August 31 at 3:29 pm. He was small but he will grow. He was three weeks early but he is doing very well. Thanks for all your prayers for this little fellow and his mommy. Leah will begin her second round of chemo Thursday after next. She will have 12 treatments over 12 weeks and then seven weeks of radiation treatments and then finished. We are believing that she will be totally healed by our great and loving God. She is amazing and is teaching us all a great deal about believing God.

In Pakistan the times are not good for Christians, having said that, people are trusting Christ and receiving the gift of Himself to them in a mighty way. It is just like the "Tail Of Two Cities" starts out, "It was the best of times and it was the worst of times." Our country coordinator in Pakistan, Robinson Sadiq, is being used of God to reach many all over the country and beyond with Gospel of Christ as he shares His grace with the folks.

We have moved our headquarters to a new and safer and bigger building. We are thankful for finding this place. Some landlords would not rent to him because he was a Christian. Others told him it would be too dangerous for him to be there because he was a Christian. This building was the perfect place at the perfect time for even less money than we were hoping.

If you would like to be a part of supporting this work in Pakistan for this building you can contact me, 229-425-7736 or Cheryl at our Grace Walk office, 800-grace11, or Mike Zenker in Canada at mike@gracewalkcanada.org. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Father Forgive Them - The Command of Christ

by csnyder 21. August 2012 21:52
Jesus uttered one of the most powerful COMMANDS ever uttered from the cross. He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Forgive is an Aorist Imperative verb. That means it is completed action, CAN'T be done again, and it also means begin to do something that you are not presently doing. Yes, Christ is actually commanding the Father to begin to do something, forgive. This is ok because they have the same nature and the same mind. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one," John 10:31. He also said, "He who sees Me sees the Father."

But here is the good news, the cross is eternal. It applies to all men for all time and was actually carried out in the mind of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, before the foundation of the world.

He became sin, we become His righteousness, 2 Cor. 5:21. His death, the death of the last Adam gives justification of life to ALL men, Romans 5:18.

It must be believed. The judgement is that some would not believe, John 3:17-18. It is for all men, but they must believe and receive what has already been given to them to benefit from the gift already given. Is hell real; yes. But know this, those in Hell have been given the gift of all that Christ is and they are fully loved and forgiven by God and have rejected it choosing Hell over eternity with Christ. I don't understand how people could reject this gift but some do.

If people could travel with me around the world and see people respond to the message of the Gospel of Grace, what God has already done for them on the cross, they would be overcome also. People readily receive the Good News of the cross, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

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Father Forgive Them - The Command of Christ

by csnyder 21. August 2012 19:16
Jesus uttered one of the most powerful COMMANDS ever uttered from the cross. He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Forgive is an Aorist Imperative verb. That means it is completed action, CAN'T be done again, and it also means, begin to do something that you are not presently doing. Yes, Christ is actually commanding the Father to begin to do something, forgive. This is ok because they have the same nature and the same mind. Jesus said, "He who sees Me sees the Father," He also says, "I and the Father are one," John 10:31.

But here is the good news, the cross is eternal. It applies to all men for all time and was actually carried out in the mind of the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit before the foundation of the world.

He became sin, we become His righteousness, 2 Cor. 5:21. His death, the death of the last Adam gives justification of life to ALL men, Romans 5:18.

It must be believed. The judgment is that some would not believe, John 3:17-18.The gift is for all men, but they must believe and receive what has already been given to them to benefit from the gift already given. Is hell real; yes. But know this, those in Hell have been given the full gift of all that Christ is and they are fully loved and forgiven by God and have rejected it, choosing Hell over eternity with Christ. I just don't understand how people could reject this gift but some do.

If people could travel with me around the world and see people respond to the message of the Gospel, what God has already done for them on the cross, they would be overcome also. People readily receive the Good News of the cross, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

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Missions Is Not What We Do

by csnyder 2. August 2012 06:07

Missions is not what we do.  For years I was encouraging people to be involved with missions.  Although that sounds good, getting people to do something productive in helping spread the good news; I think that I, along with many people, had missed the point.

Getting people to do missions is like getting people to breath.  Breathing is a natural bi-product of life.  It is necessary and something that healthy bodies do.  Only bodies that are sick or injured need to be helped to breath.  This is where the problem lies, the body of Christ is not always healthy.  The problem with people "doing missions" is the sympton and not the problem.  When people know their true identity in Christ and all that He has done for them and a world that He loves and died for on the cross, they will want to share the good news with everyone.

We are seeing the results of this as we minister around the world the GOOD NEWS of Christ's death, burial and resurrection with a desperate and dying world.  We are seeing people say I want to believe and know a God, (Jesus) that loves me enough to die for me and give me His life.  We are also seeing many churches that have never worked together on any level coming together around the Grace of our Lord Jesus.  Missions is not what you do, it is who you are.  KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

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Not Good Bye, See You In Heaven.

by csnyder 1. July 2012 04:56
This is Jay Williams and my son Stephen. Jay has been a great friend of all my children and he is the first one that brought me to speak at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Yesterday he fell through a sky light while working on the roof of his father's business. He went to be with the Lord today. He and some friends painted two rooms as a surprise for Leah, Stephen's wife, while they were on a business trip/getaway to New Orleans this week. Stephen said, not good bye but see you again in Heaven.

We never know what a day will bring. Know that you are loved and love. Jay did.

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A New Letter Written On Your Heart

by csnyder 25. June 2012 05:06

In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul says some things that may upset some folks very much but I am glad that it was him that said them.  In  verse 7, he calls letters engraved in stone a ministry of death.   He went on to called it faded glory.  He calls the ministry of the Spirit more glory.  In verse 9 he calls the letters engraved in stone, a ministry of condemnation, in the same verse he calls the New Covenant, the ministry of righteousness.  In verse 10 he said, "Indeed, what had glory has NO glory.

Why do people treat the law as if it still has glory when Paul plainly says that it now has no glory.  In verse 15, Paul goes on to say the reading of Moses to this day causes the veil to remain unlifted.  

Ok, here it is, some people say that we need to balance Grace which equals Jesus which equals the Spirit in these verses, with law.  Why would anyone want to balance no glory with glory, condemnation with righteousness and death with life.  Life is not a balance, it is Jesus.  He has given us His life.  It is all Him and has always been all Him and will always will be all Him.  We simply believe Him.

In verse 18 the Paul said through the inspiration on the Holy Spirit that when we look in a mirror we see the glory of God.  It is from glory, Grace to save, to Glory, Grace to live.  All Him, but has been given to us on the cross.  It is now as much ours as it is Christ's.  He chose for it to be this way, we simply believe it.  It has been finished at the cross for all men.  Some choose not to believe this.  The veil must be lifted, only the Holy Spirit can do that.

Where there is Spirit, there is liberty.

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Trusting God

by csnyder 12. February 2012 05:14
My only part in being conformed into the image of God is to yield to the creative work of God. In eternity He is finished, but in time on this earth He is in the process of conforming me to His image. He is not fixing flesh, He is showing me that I have died and been buried and been raised to walk in His newness of life.

We don’t need to resist being conformed to His image or to try and speed it up. Sarah Young said in her wonderful devotional book, Jesus Calling; “Just enjoy the tempo of God breathing Life, His life in you.” I just hold His hand in childlike trust. But know this; we are not holding on to Him, He is holding on to us. Trust is an area in which the flesh does not excel. To trust in one’s own efforts is to be assured of failure. I don’t want to even try and trust God myself. I am asking Him for His ability to trust Him.

YHWH spoke through the psalmist in Psalm 73:23-24 when He said, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by your right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” We must give up the illusion that we deserve a problem free life. This is false hope. Jesus said, “In the world you will have trouble. Jesus did not promise a trouble free life, He said, “I will never desert you, nor forsake you.” He is not just giving me strength in every situation, He is my strength and in Him, in eternity it is already settled.

Jesus’ light shines most brightly through believers who trust Him in the dark. This is supernatural trust, a product of the indwelling Spirit. This is not something that can be worked up or prayed up. It is a gift that is given as He lives His life out in us. When things seem all wrong, by faith, we trust Him anyway. Faith, His faith, is a grace gift given to us. There is nothing wrong for asking Him to help me in my unbelief. Good news; He will.

He has spoken to me lately about trust. It is as if He smiles at me as if to say, “If you knew how mightily I am going to show myself in this situation, you would be smiling too!” We have a God that actually gets excited about the coming blessings that He is going to give us. I think it is like I felt when I had a wonderful surprise that I knew I was going to be giving my children. I knew how they would be reacting when the surprise was revealed to them and I enjoyed it ahead of time.

I want to go through life believing God that He is planning wonderful surprises for me and all those He loves. When we realize just who it is that He loves, this is huge. I want to be excited about being excited for the coming blessings from God to me and those I love. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

My trust and hopefully yours is not in a circumstance, good or bad, but in the ONE who has already overcome the world.

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About the author

Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.