evil and the word

March 22, 2018

‎Evil (Heb. ra’; Gk. kakos, ponēros, phaulos). Evil has a broader meaning than *sin. The Heb. word comes from a root meaning ‘to spoil’, ‘to break in pieces’: being broken and so made worthless. It is essentially what is unpleasant, disagreeable, offensive. The word binds together the evil deed and its consequences. In the NT kakos and ponēros mean respectively the quality of evil in its essential character, and its hurtful effects or influence. It is used in both physical and moral senses. While these aspects are different, there is frequently a close relationship between them. Much physical evil is due to moral evil: suffering and sin are not necessarily connected in individual cases, but human selfishness and sin explain much of the world’s ills. Though all evil must be punished, not all physical ill is a punishment of wrongdoing (Lk. 13:2, 4; Jn. 9:3; cf. Job).

Have you ever had someone tell you that you are ill or sick because of ‘secret sin’?

We’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating about well-meaning and sometimes not so well meaning Christians trying to convince us that we are sick or ill because of sin.

Well guess what, we all sin, and we all live in a body that is riddled with sin, so I don’t know why so many people keep falling for this.

I guess my other pet peeve is non-Christians that are one step above ignorant savages who want to know how God who is supposed to be so loving; could possibly create Satan and evil if He’s so good.

Who’s that comedian who says; “here’s your sign” stupid?

Free will, choices, wow, we let that one out of the bag, guess they have never really read the bible, or I guess more importantly they don’t believe the bible.

So this devotional isn’t really about sin or evil it’s about belief, the question today is do you really believe the bible? That it is literal, alive, life changing and relative to our lives today. Inerrant, inspired, Holy, still good for giving the truth about God and ourselves, a road map for Holy living.

Well here’s another great quote from Rev. J. Vernon McGee; “sin will keep you from prayer (and bible reading) but prayer (and bible reading) will keep you from sin.” (Parenthesis mine)

And speaking of bibles, I’ve been reading the CSB (Christian Study Bible) which used to be the HCSB, or as some call it “the official southern Baptist bible.”

So far I’ve only read Acts and Genesis, next I’ll read Romans and let you know. I like it better than the NIV, but less than the NLT. How’s that for bible code. Their Pastor’s Edition has placed right in the middle of the bible, Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms and other stuff, at the end, before the concordance(which is pretty good) they have a topical section and it’s in goatskin, which is really durable, but they put in a stiffener, which ruins the whole point of goatskin and it’s more natural ‘rolling’. All in all so far I’m pretty impressed, though no red Words of Christ in the leather editions.

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March 21, 2018

  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various trials” (James 1:2).

  You can be sure that you are in the will of God when He keeps you dependent upon Himself, walking in the Holy Spirit, and abiding in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  “Often all we think of is, having our need met; but how little a thing is that with God! It would cost Him nothing, we may say, to meet the need of a lifetime in a moment; and a lesser love than His would supply it at once, and get rid of the constant burden.

  “But that is not His way. To supply the need is a small thing; but to supply it in such a way as to make us feel in each seasonable supply the Father’s heart never withdrawn from us, the Father’s heart ever employed about us—that is what He means. ‘Give us our daily bread’: is it not much more than to ask, ‘Give us now, that we may not have to come again?’”

  “The God-given experience of the Spirit’s working many a time passes away, and leaves the soul apparently dull and dead. This is only until the double lesson has been fully learnt: (1) that a living faith can rejoice in the Living God, even when feeling and experience appear to contradict the promise (Rom. 8:28, 29); and (2) that the divine life only predominates as the life of the flesh is held in the place of death, inoperative (Rom. 6:11a). The life of the Lord Jesus is revealed as His death works in us (2 Cor. 4:11, 12), and as in weakness and nothingness we look to him (2 Cor. 3:18).”

  “Knowing this, that the testing of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:3).

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the complete life

March 20, 2018

  “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18).

  The Word of life, the Lord of life, and the exigencies of life all must combine to give us a ministry of life.

There is no personal knowledge of God but as we count on Him, as we are practically conscious of depending on Him and of His caring for us. One without straits, and victories, really has no growing acquaintance with God; and where there is not this, however great the intelligence or sincerity, there is little or no savor.

It is the trials and difficulties of the way that are the opportunities for our hearts to grow in acquaintance with Him; and it will be found, while there may be a great enjoyment in ministry, and in the unfolding of truth, that really there is not strength but in proportion as one has learned how God has been for and with one in the trials and sorrows of the way; and as one has known Him in them, so is one able to speak of Him.

The one purpose which our Father has in view, in all His ways, is to conform us to the image of His Son. This may explain our perplexities as to the past; it will govern our behavior in the present; it is to be our guidance in the future. The chief concern of our Lord is not to instruct us about a multitude of details, not to explain to us the reason for the trials which we are called to pass through. He is working out everything to serve His supreme purpose in displaying the character of His Son in His redeemed ones.

  “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 4:15).

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Praise report, the cancer in Rosie’s ear is a lot less both in scope and in kind and the surgery will be minimum with no radiation or chemo.


March 19, 2018

  “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us” (Rom. 5:5).

  Acknowledging our insufficiency and appropriating His all-sufficiency are the basic building blocks for our growth in the “not I but Christ” life.

  “There is no child of God that has set his face to go through with Him, who has not grieved over the weakness of his love for the Lord Jesus. Our hearts have mourned, and we have suffered when we have realized our selfishness and mixed motives; the weak, unstable love we have for Him.

  “Truly none of us can rejoice in our love for Him. But when we begin to apprehend His great, eternal love for us, our hearts are filled with joy. And we praise Him for His love, His longsuffering and patience; and we magnify His Name for that love which never fails.”

  “When we slip out of communion with God, how wretched we are, and how we contribute to the unhappiness of others! Whereas in communion with our Father there is power to enable us to resist the devil, to enjoy the Lord and to promote the true blessing of His own. May we have our Lord Jesus constantly in held in highest esteem in our hearts.”

  “Nothing but an intelligent and growing acquaintance with the Lord Jesus can satisfy the renewed heart. The very mercy that delivers a soul becomes a hindrance unless the Lord Himself be the one Object.”

  “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Cor. 3:5).

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Jesus is the Rock

March 18, 2018

“The Show Must Go On” (by Freddie Mercury (Queen)

Empty spaces – what are we living for
Abandoned places – I guess we know the score
On and on, does anybody know what we are looking for…
Another hero, another mindless crime
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime
Hold the line, does anybody want to take it anymore
The show must go on,
The show must go on
Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on.
Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance
Another heartache, another failed romance
On and on, does anybody know what we are living for?
I guess I’m learning, I must be warmer now
I’ll soon be turning, round the corner now
Outside the dawn is breaking
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free
The show must go on
The show must go on
Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on
My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairytales of yesterday will grow but never die
I can fly – my friends
The show must go on
The show must go on
I’ll face it with a grin
I’m never giving in
On – with the show –
I’ll top the bill, I’ll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on
On with the –
On with the show –
The show must go on…

Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen, who died at the end of 1991, he wrote in one of his last songs on The Miracle album, “Does anybody know what we are living for?” In spite of the fact that he had amassed a huge fortune and had attracted thousands of fans, he admitted in an interview shortly before his death that he was desperately lonely. He said, “You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man, and that is the most bitter type of loneliness. Success has brought me world idolization and millions of pounds, but it’s prevented me from having the one thing we all need—a loving, ongoing relationship.”

Jesus Christ said I am the way, and the truth, the only perfect ongoing relation you can have that will satisfy your heart and mind is to be in a relationship with Him.

Trust me, you name it I’ve done it, sex, drugs, violence, kinky, weird, satanic, outlaw gangs, booze, the list goes on, and a list of things that will never be listed, the Apostle Paul said there are things so shameful they should not be spoken of, well I have done a few on that list as well. Yet Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, still said He loved me and reached out to me and forgave all my sins; you can’t be to bad for Jesus. That hole in your life can only be filled by having Christ as your personal Savior. Another great old song; “Rolled away” all the burdens of my sin rolled away.

Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away

Every burden on my heart rolled away

Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away

Every burden on my heart rolled away

All my sin had to go, ‘Neath the crimson flow..

Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away

Every burden on my heart rolled away

If you need something in your life that Freddie Mercury never found, and you have questions feel free to email me at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com. It’s never to late and you can be forgiven anything.

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Pray for Chrissy M. she’s the prodigal daughter, pray for her return and for her to escape the crowd that draws her back into sin.

Pray for Sky P, 53, a female Freddie Mercury, has made millions, now has Aids, and has been ejected by her former so called friends

Growing Up together.

March 17, 2018

But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you” (Rom. 8:9).

The Spirit’s ministry is to make us all more like Christ.

We are the objects of the continual care and discipline of our heavenly Father. If we walk after the flesh, instead of after the Spirit, this may call for His loving rebuke and chastening (child training); but that in no way interferes with the precious truth of our continual acceptance and position in the risen Lord Jesus Christ, by whose one offering we have been perfected forever.

Through grace, we are not in the flesh, but in Christ, yet the flesh is in us; but our part is to reckon it as having been, before God and to faith, judicially put to death in Christ crucified, thus setting us free to be so constantly occupied with the triumphant Son of God, as to find all our resources, all our strength, all our being, in Him.

“If we have the Lord Jesus, we have all—without Him, we have nothing. You can be happy without money, without liberty, without parents, and without friends, if He is yours. If you have not Christ, neither money, nor liberty, nor parents, nor friends can make you happy. Christ, with a chain, is liberty; liberty without Christ is a chain. Christ without anything is riches—all things, without Christ, is poverty indeed.”

“If children, then heirs—heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ—if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together” (Rom. 8:17).

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Pray for Roger S, throat cancer

Pray for Lauren, not a Christian, many are praying for her, and her life has been shattered, she is so scared, she is in the bargaining phase with God, thankfully she has been turning to her Christian peers for advice not her usual crowd.


Slow Motion

March 16, 2018

  “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12).

  In faith we apprehend the growth truths; in fact the Lord Jesus apprehends us for growth in those truths.

  “I have been much struck by the thought of the hiddenness and slowness of God’s workings. It must be a matter of distinct faith. If we do not understand this it will make us impatient. If we understand it will teach us to rest in God and to yield ourselves all the more joyfully to Him to work out His purpose. In all creation time is the great perfecter of growth. So with us, God will perfect that which concerns us.”

  “‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness’ (Rom. 4:3), when his faith apprehended the promise of God; yet it was nearly 40 years after that this Scripture was fulfilled, when he offered his son. The faith had its apprehension and enjoyment for many a year before the work of faith.

  “In proportion as the revelation is of God, in like measure must there be an answer to it sooner or later. Effect must follow cause. If the light has been received, the day will come that it must assert and obtain an expression of itself.”

  “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

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It’s the mid-80’s, I just met a man with deep pockets and a big heart, great Christian guy. He’s just sold his company for piles of money and is looking for a big Christian endeavor.

Viola, here’s where I come in.

So we buy land and put in cabins, for wives’ and children who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual offenders. There’s no sign and a guard gate, no one is allowed in unless escorted by the sheriff’s department, not even myself.

The second parcel of land is bought, also very private and we build a small prison system, it can only hold 24 inmates. They either volunteer to go there or are remanded into our custody by the court. They sign a civil rights waiver in front of a judge and we escort them ourselves.

They are repeat or violent sex offenders. We’ve been given a four year grant by the county to see if we can “fix” sex offenders. (spoil alert, 99% of the time you can’t).

We can do chemical castration (which we quit 120 days into the program). Electric shock and or pharmaceutical intervention.

So here’s tip number one. As a Christian psychologist, be prepared to see a depraved, and or demonic inmate or both.

Number two, there are no excuses, doesn’t matter what daddy or uncle Billy did to you as a child.

Number three, no retelling of your crime in group therapy.

Number four, you better stay prayed up and leading the most exemplary life when the legal system or demonic host (there both the same) comes after you.

There’s a lot more but we will quit there.

Oh, yeah, we had to buy several straight jackets.

We will call him Bob, he spends 250k that’s right 250,000.00 per year on sex, drugs, hookers and hospitals and plastic surgeons for the girls he damages.

There are a few whorehouses that cater to the basest, lowest forms of sexual depravity. I’m sorry I ever had to go into one to drag this guy out of there.

Warning, the worse the depravity the more corrupt political officials you will meet. I’ve had the toughest ex abc guys bail when the threats to family and friends got so bad, they couldn’t help us anymore.

So back to Bob, I first met him over the phone, he’s married, Catholic, has 5 kids, owns one of the largest businesses in a city of one million people.

His wife is beautiful, the kids all in private school, and she finally after 20 years of marriage figures out that a huge chunk of money is missing every year.

She wants me to investigate her husband, do an intervention, lock up his sorry A$$ if I have to. With enough harassment and the threat of public embarrassment we get him into counseling. For 8 years we counseled this guy. And watched as he sank deeper and deeper into depravity. The longest he went without acting out was 119 days.

He joined a church, went to bible study, had a FBI security clearance of very top secret. Finally, during one of their investigations, everything came out. They had got fooled and came to me to ask this guy to go into the program.

Now this is a bible based incarceration program. (I know sounds weird, but that’s where the Lord led us) The only one ever in existence.

After several confessions of faith, he came down with a very rare brain disease. In my heart, I believe God had enough and took him. I don’t know what happened to him spiritually. I can draw conclusions, but I want to say one thing…. Believe that anyone in your church can be Charlie Manson’s cousin!

Well, that’s as far as I want to go. Preachers, Deacons, watch over your flock, love the sheep, but get ready to put one down if you find out the cesspool they are living in starts to seep into the church. (I’m speaking allegorically here of course).

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answer the call

March 14, 2018

On my business card, it mentions all the counseling services I offer.

Sex Addictions

Anger Management

Drug and Alcohol Addictions

Marriage Counseling

Family Counseling

Biblical Counseling

Psychological Testing

Expert Court Witness (Sex offenders and Counseling)

Plethysmograph or SAST (Sexual Addiction Testing)

(yes it fits on a business card-Duofold)

Here’s the interesting part, when I hand the card to a woman, 80% of the time she’s going to say, “oh could you test my husband?”

For what I don’t know.

When I hand the card to a man 80% of the time he says, “could you fix my wife?”

Again for what?

10% of the time someone will say “oh my God, can you help me!”

5% will say, “ah, I’ve never needed counseling.”

And the last 5% will say something not listed on the card and usually weirder than what I can think of. Which in my line of work that is a surprise!

For a few years, I did cult abductions and deprogramming, more dangerous than high-risk warrant serving.

Yes, I have done a few exorcisms.

Had a face off, square off, whatever you want to call with a witch doctor.

I always leave my card with a tip in it at restaurants. The number of “over the phone can you fix me anonymously calls is interesting.”

If I remember, tomorrow I will tell you of the millionaire sex addict that wanted “help” over the phone, but to famous to risk coming in to my office.

So if you are looking for a career in the bizarre, become a counselor or psychologist.

Most rewarding? Maybe trauma counseling for surviving police officers of shootings or fatal encounters.(This was before we had the term ‘PTSD’).

Anyway, always say yes to people that God brings into your life when you are a minister. You will never be bored or rich for that matter, but you will feel blessed.

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hang on or let it go

March 13, 2018

For some reason the last couple of days I’ve remembered more of the bad stuff than the good. It doesn’t cause me to doubt my salvation, just my sanity. Sometimes I’m shocked when I recall some things. But it’s important to remember your past has no hold on you, it doesn’t have to dictate the decisions you make today. Only if you are conscious of the influence thoughts have and you are more strategic then whimsical (never thought I could use that word in a sentence) in your decision making.

So I purposely, occasionally pull out this list of things I may think about and then I can put them in the right context of what I am doing today. It’s one of the reasons I’ve studied to become a master chess player and a martial artist. Train the mind, train the body.

Remember the forgiveness of God and the complete restoration He has given. Salvation and Sanity seem to go together.

What special memories do you have about your childhood?

  1. How did you get along with each of your parents? What were they like’

  1. What did you like and dislike about your parents’

  1. What were your hurts and disappointments as a child’

  1. What were your hobbies and favorite games’

  1. How did you usually get into trouble’

  1. How did you usually try to get out of trouble’

  1. What did you enjoy about school and its activities’

  1. What pets did you have? Which were your favorites and why’

  1. What did you dream about doing when you were older’

  1. Did you like yourself as a child? Why or why not’

  1. What were your talents and special abilities’

  1. What awards and special achievements did you win’

  1. Did you have a nickname’

  1. Who were your close friends? Where are they today’

  1. What would you do on a hot summer afternoon’

  1. Describe the area where you grew up—people, neighborhood, etc.

  1. What were you afraid of? Do you have any of those fears today’

  1. How did you get along with your brothers and/or sisters?

  1. If you had none, which relative were you closest to?

  1. Who did you date and for how long? Where did you go on dates?

  1. How did you feel when you liked someone and that person didn’t care for you?

  1. What was your spiritual life like as a child? As an adolescent?

  1. How has being an adult changed your life?

  1. How are you different today than you were 20 years ago? Ten years ago?

  1. What have been your greatest disappointments? How have you handled them?

  1. What have you learned from them that you would want me to learn’

  1. If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently’

  1. What do you want to be remembered for?

The Apostle Paul recounted his past and the complete forgiveness of God, all things are forgivable, the only exception is refusing the call of God, the wooing of the Holy Spirit to salvation.

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