swimming in dirt

November 30, 2013

The entrance exam to Christianity is admitting failure. You have to admit you are a sinner, going to church is about your relation to Christ, not to the pastor.

Yes there are always going to be Jimmy Baker’s, Jimmy Swaggert, Ted Haggert. Most pastors don’t get caught, and good news less than 1% actually get involved in sexual recreation (adultery, fornication, porn, etc.)

The pastor that falls prey to sexual sins all have one common denominator, no matter what size the church, they are lonely.

Pastoring is a huge drain on time, energy and relations.

You want to help your pastor, push through all the barriers he has erected to protect himself and be his friend. Most pastors have no real honest friends.

Pastors are actually taught by their peers to be aloof, unavailable, ‘hey, don’t be honest or share it will bite you on the @$$.’

We always talk about saving the lost, save your pastor

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com where failure is the norm.

 

evil

November 29, 2013

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).

I was in court one day as an expert witness, I was testifying against a man who was on trial for sexual abuse and child pornography. The prosecutor asked me why this man shouldn’t be allowed to see his children and why I thought criminal charges should be introduced.

I finished my testimony by saying the man was evil and even supervised visits would be a risk for these young children. The defending lawyer asked that my last statement be struck from the records and I stop using the term ‘evil.’

I told the judge I would not recant and that evil was a legal concept and needed to be included in my statement. The judged disagreed and ordered me to stop using that term. I refused and $200 dollars later I left court being declared a hostile witness and in contempt.

Good news the state attorney general stepped in and had the man arrested on the spot for the kiddy porn they just found on his computer. The kids were taken from the man and evil didn’t win that day.

Evil exists and in many different forms, and if you don’t believe that people can be evil then you haven’t met them face to face or you are just naïve.

As Christians we are to separate ourselves from evil and actively fight against it and its corruption. Which means it is a concept both spiritually and legally.

Fight the good fight and fight against evil in whatever form it takes.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Please pray for those suffering from depression, either holiday blues or chemical, hormonal imbalances, it is our number one prayer requests right now.

 

 

going to woodstock baby

November 28, 2013

Romans 13:11-14

English Standard Version (ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Ephesians 4:22-24

English Standard Version (ESV)

22 to put off your old self,[a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt throughdeceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self,created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

True religion, true holiness, true walking in Christ is about two disciplines.

Putting off negative qualities and putting on positive qualities.

Think about it;

Oil and water

Spirit and flesh

Light and darkness

Love versus hate

Up or down

Left or right

The list could go on forever.

But in nature, and in our walk with God there is a duality. We must constantly choose what part of our life we will lead. Carnal or spiritual.

Romans 8:2, tells us we are free the curse of death and given life. You get to choose what kind of life you want lead.

Well I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road
And I asked him tell me where are you going, this he told me:
(He) said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land, and set my soul free.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. (Woodstock, Crosby, Nash and Stills)

And so we are back to the beginning, Genesis, Adam and Eve, and the great choice. How will you live?

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone from Scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

 

sanity check

November 27, 2013

My favorite save my sanity verse in the bible; I quote this verse more than any other verse, mainly to keep my mind in order and not go down a dark path.

Philippians 4:8

English Standard Version (ESV)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Everything that is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy is found in Him. Let us look at these virtues one by one: True means not false or unreliable, but genuine and real. Noble means honorable or morally attractive. Just means righteous, both toward God and man. Pure would refer to the high moral character of a person’s life. Lovely has the idea of that which is admirable or agreeable to behold or consider. Of good report has also been translated “of good repute” or “fair sounding.” Virtue, of course, speaks of moral excellence; and praiseworthy, something that deserves to be commended.

Then I not only quote the passage to myself I name things that fit each description; what is true=his word; what is noble=Christ as my high priest; what is just, his salvation….

So we not only have to memorize portions of the bible, but we have to understand them and then as important apply them to our lives.

Like the where the bible says there are things we are to put on, or put off. This is a list we have to practically apply. Hhhmmmmmmmmmmm, I know where tomorrow’s devotion is going.

God bless, prayer for all those that have written about the holidays being so hard.

Celebrate with Carol that has 31 years sobriety today.

Prayer requests at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

i wish

November 26, 2013

Romans 8:10

English Standard Version (ESV)

10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Through the ministry of the Spirit, Christ is actually in the believer. It is amazing to think of the Lord of life and glory dwelling in our bodies, especially when we remember that these bodies are subject to death because of sin.

I guess that’s one area I really fail in, I don’t know why I don’t think of it as often as I should, especially during temptation. That Christ is living in me, the hope of all there is future and present.

To much dependence on self, trying to do good works, struggling and losing to often. I’m going to try and be more conscious of the fact and faith of this principle. Hopefully you are doing better at it than myself.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

shadows and darkness

November 25, 2013

The holidays are fast approaching, for some this is a festive time of fun and family. For others it is hell on earth.

Do you know why deer go into rut? Less sunlight, it triggers a hormonal response and the mating season starts.

Less sunlight for humans can mean seasonal affect disorder, ‘winter depression’.

For those that are saved, blood bought, redeemed; yet are struggling with winter blues. Now more than ever start reading your bible and literally keep telling yourself that you are a new person in Christ.

It’s time for the winter pep talk. Don’t be afraid as Christians to talk to someone about depression. It’s not a lack of faith to take anti-depressants.

Don’t hide from the thoughts you have, admit it to yourself and to someone to keep you accountable. For those that dread this time of year, remind yourself how many times you’ve made it through the holidays and you will be ok. 

You will be ok.

We are praying for all good folks that are struggling this time of year.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Sophia

November 24, 2013

You know what a sucker I am for lists, statistics and the arcane, so here from guest writer Ray Deck, is his list about wisdom.

106 verses in the book of Proverbs that contained the words “wise” or “wisdom.” Here are seven, plus the best known one from the New Nestament. 

God bless, Sophia is greek for wisdom (arcane)

 

 

d2 to d4

November 23, 2013

Isaiah 55:1-3

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Compassion of the Lord

55 “Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

 

55:1, 2 In ch. 55 the Lord issues a general call to all who would call themselves by His name, to abandon the Babylons of this world and to find their satisfaction and their security in Him alone, and in that city of joy and peace that He will build. This passage is a call to revival for all who have wandered far from the Lord or from that grace which is the basis for our relationship with Him.

The human condition, we chase after things that won’t satisfy, that don’t bring any lasting satisfaction.

I remembering counseling a guy one time that was dealing with sexual addiction. The reason he came in was he just had fulfilled his ultimate sex fantasy, and as he was leaving the apartment where this act had taken place he understood that in 10 minutes he was wondering what he would do to top that, and all of a sudden he realized the lust was still there; it hadn’t been satisfied at all.

Sin is like that, lust of the flesh, the eyes, the mind; drugs, booze, sex, shopping; it never ends.

But God.

One of the greatest sermons in the bible; “But God.”

Only He can give us satisfaction, rest, peace, and end to self-destruction.

Come all that are weary, and He will give you rest.

The first move is up to us, come, seek, then He does His part.

It’s your move

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for all those searching for a good church home

 

 

a fine wine

November 22, 2013

I hope this is helpful. One of the most frequent question I get is what bible translation should I read. My answer is all. The more you read the more you know.

Like cigars and bourbon, wine and cheese, it works best to pair bible translations.

For precision of interpretation there is no better translation than NASB (new American standard bible) but it can be an awkward read. So read a chapter in that and pair with a re-read of the NLT. (new living translation)

Read the KJV (king james version) and then the NIV.

Get a bible without notes or commentary and just read the Word.

Then there are great study bibles with great notes. You can usually pick the version of the bible you like and get the study notes you want.

The John MacArthur study bible stands out as my favorite study bible, then the ESV (English standard version) study bible probably comes up next.

So like a fine wine, enjoy frequently. (Since I’m in AA I mean that figuratively not literally).

Hope this helps.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

mud minds

November 21, 2013

The apostle James contrasts the wisdom of the world with the wisdom from above in James 3:15–17.

James 3:15-17

English Standard Version (ESV)

15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

So there are only two ways of thinking, the cosmic thinking of human viewpoint versus God’s way of thinking. The three terms employed in this description:—“earthly, natural, demonic” (James 3:15)—this should shake us up about many of our deeply cherished opinions. Here James clearly delineates that human-viewpoint thinking is not merely neutral, or wrong, but is specifically defined as demonic.

Think about that (pardon the pun), if any thought is not biblically based, any thought, speech, practice, decision, opinion, it is demonic.

I never talk about politics in these devotions but I will make one comment here, any law passed not based on biblical concepts is demonic. Any rhetoric by a Politicians not based on the word of God, it’s demonic.

To be fair to politicians than includes radio talk show hosts, talking news heads, any opinion spoken not honoring God is demonic.

Thus the biblical admonition that every word will be judged.

No wonder silence is golden, or how Proverbs says ‘even the fool is considered wise as long as he keeps his mouth shut’ (gw version)

God bless

Pray for those that are lonely and afraid, it seems that I visited more people in that category this week than any other type.

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