Hello Alice

August 31, 2014

christ on cross

 

Mankind has always had three fears: fear of guilt, fear of meaninglessness, and fear of death. Jesus Christ meets each of these fears head on, because He is “the way and the truth and the life.”

 

 

It is only by knowing who Jesus is that all three fears can be conquered.

 

 

 There is a great deal of evidence for Jesus’ existence. This comes not only from the Gospels and other Christian writings, but also from other sources. Nobody today would deny that there is not a historical Jesus.

 

 

 

It always amazes me the number of people that went out to prove that there is no Jesus. The result is almost universal acceptance of Jesus. Not just the historical figure but Jesus as Savior.

 

 

 

I would highly recommend a book by one of my favorite authors (yes Don he is dead, inside joke). F.F. Bruce, ‘The New Testament Documents, are they reliable?’

 

 

 

There are over 5,000 Greek manuscripts, over 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9,300 other manuscripts, together with more than 36,000 citings in the writings of the early church fathers. As one of the greatest ever textual critics, F. J. A. Hort, said, “In the variety and fullness of the evidence on which it rests, the text of the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone among ancient prose writings.”

 

 

 

No other writing in ancient history has the support of manuscripts like the New Testament.

 

 

 

If you’ve read my posts for any length of time you know I don’t mince words. But anyone that denies the authenticity of the New Testament is either deluded, ignorant or a fool. There is absolutely no proof that it is a lie.

 

 

 

You can pretend to be all wise and call yourself an atheist or agnostic and you don’t believe the bible. The bible addresses people that think that way, they are fools, even madmen.

 

 

 

So scoff, rant, say you don’t believe. If you’ve read this far I think you’re more curious than you think.

 

 

Welcome to Wonderland.

 

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

i am a christian

 

 

Hebrews 13:4

13:4 Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers.

 

 

 

Over the past 40 years, our culture has taken a U-turn away from the Christian view of marriage and sexual morality that was prevalent before that time. While divorce and sexual immorality are not new, they used to be frowned upon and marital faithfulness was viewed as desirable. But beginning in the 1960’s, our culture threw off Christian standards and openly embraced “free” sex and easy divorce. Openness toward homosexuality began to make inroads, so that now it is widely promoted as a way of life that should not only not be  condemned, but be accepted as normal.

 

 

 

 

 

To practice biblical love, husbands and wives must guard themselves against sexual infidelity. To restrict sex to marriage was a novel idea to many in the first century. Men often had mistresses or could go to temple prostitutes. To call people to lifelong fidelity to a single spouse was radically counter-cultural. It has become so again in our culture. We have an opportunity, through moral purity and godly marriages, to shine in the darkness around us for Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

  1. WE SHOULD HONOR MARRIAGE BECAUSE GOD ORDAINED IT AT CREATION.

Marriage is honorable or precious because God instituted it in the Garden, before sin entered this world. Before that, He concluded that it was not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18), and so He created Eve for Adam. Since marriage comes from God and was begun with the first man and woman, it should be held in honor among all. 

 

 

 

God created one woman for Adam, not many women and not a man! While God toleratedpolygamy in the Old Testament, you cannot find a single example of a harmonious polygamous marriage. It always created problems. Also, while God tolerates divorce under certain conditions, it always reflects the hardness of the human heart (Matt. 19:8) and God states plainly that He hates it (Mal. 2:16). As for the idea of homosexual “marriage,” there is no biblical basis for it, in spite of the attempts of some to justify it. Homosexuality is uniformly condemned in the Bible as sin (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10).

 

 

 

For those that honor the Word of God and believe it is sacred and divine the issues are black and white. For a world that has gone off kilter and for people so blind and self-elevated that believe they know more than God, or that they themselves are god, you can see what happens when there is no standards, no moral absolutes,  and truth is relative. Than anything is permissible.

 

 

 

As someone that has specialized in counseling sex addicts and ungodly standards of sexual practices I can sum up their lifestyles in one word; “misery”.

 

 

 

It may be a bumper stick quote but it works for me; “know God, Know peace, no God, no peace.”

 

 

 

And in our new day and age of being tolerant, well, we all just have to let everybody do anything they want. That’s why the modern person of today’s world is doing all they can to ban the bible, the concept of God, or the precepts of the bible from every aspect of living.

 

 

 

Sex isn’t evil, it was created by God, it can be a beautiful thing, but its beauty is lost when practiced contrary to the Word of God.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

i pity the fool

August 29, 2014

the strong lion

 

 

I pity the fool

 

 

Yesterday I got stabbed in the back, not literally but figuratively. I would like to tell you that I prayed, forgave, and asked God to bless them. But in reality, I was P!ssed. I plotted, thought of revenge, cussed, swore, blasphemed, plotted some more, whined, simpered, cursed some more.

 

 

The result, I made myself sick, literally. I got so worked up about it that I made myself ill. The next day I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed.

 

 

 

So being a slow learner, I spent the next day praying, reading my bible, not cussing, not plotting, but prayed more and hopefully truly forgave them.

 

 

 

The bible says the power of life is in the tongue, now before you jump and exclaim that I am supporting some mystical mumbo jumbo I am not, nor have I ever been a ‘name it and claim it’, positive confession, NLP kind of guy. (if you don’t know what NLP is you are blessed).

 

 

 

But we do have to watch what we say, the bible also says we are to control our emotions. So since I failed at both, viola, sick, no sleep, wasted.

 

 

 

Unless you are a monk living in solitude in the desert you will always run into someone that is not a blessing. Should you be surprised that this was a ‘brother in the Lord’? Nope!

 

 

 

Will I make this mistake again, probably so, but I hope not. Live and learn, I hope so.

 

 

 

The good news is we have a bible quiz winner, Joann from Seattle, Washington. Congrats on the free bible and God bless. Oh and for Don who always asks after the quiz what was the answer; the question was why was the RSV version of the bible rejected by evangelicals, answer, because in the book of Isaiah instead of saying that Christ would be born of a virgin, they said a maiden. The editors quickly responded; “all maidens were considered virgins.” But hey you know how picky those evangelicals are.

 

 

 

Prayer requests at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

 

narrow the gulf

August 28, 2014

lightbulb

 

 

Genesis 2:23Revised Standard Version (RSV)

23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,a
    because she was taken out of Man.

 

 

I don’t read the Revised Standard Version as much as I used to, which is a shame, it is a great version of the bible, but was rejected by the evangelical church because of one verse. (this is not that verse). Hey great bible give away quiz, what verse was it that condemned this version to oblivion in the evangelical church, you will win a free bible with no shipping fees, just a way to pass on a blessing).

 

 

 

I like the way the RSV renders Adam’s initial response, “at last …

 

 

In this expression there is a mixture of relief, ecstasy, and delighted surprise. “This (for Adam has not yet named her) is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (verse 23a). The name of Adam’s mate is woman. The English translation nicely picks up the play on similar sounds. In Hebrews, man would be pronounced ’ish; woman would be ’ishshah. While the sounds are similar, the roots of the two words are different. Appropriately ’ishmay come from a parallel Arabic root, conveying the idea of ‘exercising power,’ while the term ’ishshah may be derived from an Arabic parallel, meaning ‘to be soft’.

 

 

 

For those of you who think there is no difference between men and women, your just plain nuts. From the very beginning of time God established that we are both unique creations, equal but different.

 

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

Pray for Mr. Sherrill who is rapidly declining and must soon move into a nursing home, giving up his independence is really stressing him out and delaying a decision he really can’t avoid much longer.

 

 

 

full custody

 

 

I find it most interesting that the Paradise of Eden was a place somewhat different from what we envision today. First of all, it was a place of work. Men today dream of paradise as a hammock suspended between two coconut trees on some desert island, where work is never again to be contemplated. Furthermore, heaven is thought of as the end of all prohibitions. Heaven is frequently confused with hedonism. It is very self-centered and pleasure-oriented. While Adam’s state was one of beauty and bliss, it cannot be thought of as unrestricted pleasure. The forbidden fruit is a part of Paradise, too. Heaven is not the experiencing of every desire, but the satisfaction of beneficial and wholesome desires.

 

 

No wonder the modern church preaches a life on easy street both now and in the hereafter. God is our sugar daddy and we are all rich adopted kids. Prosperity, blessings and every dream come true. To bad that’s not what the bible actually teaches.

 

 

There is a work to be done for the child of God. And that work is no drudgery, no duty to begrudgingly carry out. It is a source of joy and fulfillment. Many today have no real sense of meaning and purpose because they are not doing the work that God has designed for them to carry out.

 

 

If you call yourself a Christian and frankly you are bored, may I suggest that you stop asking God for stuff, blessings and a life of ease and instead ask God to put you to work, “send me O Lord”.  A word of caution, don’t pray that prayer unless you really mean it.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

the bible

1 Corinthians 2:15-16J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

14-16 But the unspiritual man simply cannot accept the matters which the Spirit deals with—they just don’t make sense to him, for, after all, you must be spiritual to see spiritual things. The spiritual man, on the other hand, has an insight into the meaning of everything, though his insight may baffle the man of the world. This is because the former is sharing in God’s wisdom, and ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?’ Incredible as it may sound, we who are spiritual have the very thoughts of Christ!

 

 

The mature believer has a receiver for spiritual radio waves and his receiver is tuned in. He can therefore discern, appreciate, and understand the essence of spiritual truth. That means that we really can exercise moral judgment, because we have thoroughly studied the mind of the Lord in the Old and New Testaments. We have prayed about difficult issues and have examined them from every side; we have put them through the grid of biblical absolutes. Therefore, we have the courage to take a position on values and issues that the natural world is totally confused about. We have the courage to speak out on the wrongness of abortion, the destructiveness of the homosexual lifestyle, and the sins of materialism, racial bigotry, and oppression of the poor and needy.

 

Yes we get criticized by non-believers, and yes Christians still do stupid things, but because of the Word of God being a vital part of our lives we have an insight into our own human nature that the non-believer will never understand; because to them everything is relative, whereas to us it is written in stone and absolute.

But we need to make sure that we never come across as arrogant or sanctimonious, we are still struggling with sin in our lives and none of us are perfect, that’s why we need saved every day and our relation with God renewed every day.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

maggots or manna

August 25, 2014

lightbulb

 

After finishing the creation of our world, God was not like the artist putting some last delicate touches to his painting. Nor like the writer who finishes his article with a well-crafted sentence or two. Nor like the composer completing his score with some exquisite final notes.

 

 

God finished making our world by making people. And in doing so, he brought things to an astounding climax. Human beings constitute the very crown of God’s creative work.

 

 

The account of it, in Genesis 1.26-27, reads as follows: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.”

 

 

Here is something that sets us apart from all other creatures. God in making humans made us in certain important respects like himself. As holy and righteous and free from sin as he is, for example. With the capacity for intimate friendship with himself. In such a way as to be able to serve, glorify and enjoy him forever. And with gifts for a God-like task.

 

 

Reading on in Genesis 1, when God made our first parents he “blessed them and said to them, ‘…fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (v.28). For man the God-like creature God has a God-like task.

 

 

Why God-like? For God is a God who rules. He is Lord over the whole of creative reality. What he made he governs. And here now are humans made in the divine image. What are we? Rulers too. And the sphere of our rule is the Earth in its entirety. “You have given him dominion over the works of his hands; you have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8.6).

 

 

The importance of this is immeasurable. Take the evolution that has no place for God, that excludes any kind of intelligent design, that denies that there is a creator. What does that do? It robs us of our true dignity as humans.

 

 

For what are we, according to atheistic evolution? Merely the result of an infinite series of random occurrences, a chance product, something that might conceivably never have been, intrinsically no different or more valuable than any other members of the animal kingdom.

 

 

Furthermore, atheistic evolution destroys the notion of any ultimate “meaning” or “purpose” in life. Human existence is just an accident. As one writer has put it, “We are merely the product of matter plus time plus chance.” All search for ultimate meaning is therefore fruitless.

 

 

In an article titled “Life’s Great Riddle, and No Time to find its Meaning,” the late British journalist Bernard Levin, wrote: “To put it bluntly, have I time to discover why I was born before I die? … I have not managed to answer the question yet, and however many years I have before me they are certainly not as many as there are behind. There is an obvious danger in leaving it too late … Why do I have to know why I was born? Because of course, I am unable to believe that it was an accident; and if it wasn’t, it must have a meaning.”

 

 

God himself assures us that it most certainly does have a meaning. We have a creator. He has made us in his own image. And for a purpose commensurate with that high honor. He has made us to rule over his creation — now and for eternity. And supremely, through Christ, to know him, glorify him and enjoy him forever.

 

 

It’s still the biggest question, “why am I here?”

 

 

For the post modernist, there is no answer, only the barren waste of a life without a hope for the future. What’s the point to living if there is no eternity, nothing to gain from all your labor.

 

Like the poem by Shelly;

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

 

 

A life led in service to God, knowing you will step into eternity with loved ones and in His presence or just a maggot ridden corpse, choose one. (actually the choice is broader than that, but you get my point).

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

the show must go on

August 24, 2014

christ on cross

 

“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 theend of 1991, 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 relation with Him.

 

Trust me, you name it I’ve done it, sex, drugs, violence, kinky, weird, satanic, the list goes on, and yet He still said He loved me and reached out to me, you can’t be to bad for Jesus. That hole in your life can only be filled by Him.

 

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

 

 

 

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sugar coating

 

 

 

Hebrews 6:12

New International Version (NIV)

12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

The ‘principle of need;’ have you ever wondered why our lives seem to be two steps forward and three back?

Christianity is a lot like physics, an object at rest has a tendency to stay at rest; and it takes more energy (inertia) to move an object from rest than it takes to keep an object moving.

So the Holy Spirit actually plans events in our lives; (like Pilgrim’s Progress, the book).

The calculated failure (trials, temptations, setbacks) is used to cause us to move beyond the early infant-enthusiasm to the place where we have to dig in and settle down upon the explicit truth of the Word.

And this is the root cause of our spiritual warfare; whereas God is trying to make us grow in the Word, and Satan is trying to convince us there is no power in prayer or in the Word of God.

Since we live in the world of right now, we grow anxious and impatient with God. (hhmmmmmm, pride, sounds like the Garden of Eden all over) and in fact it is the Garden of Eden all over. The Devil has one trick and one trick only, lie, lie, lie.

We can handle everything, we can become like gods, He’s holding back on you, do this in your own strength (Samson) follow your own plan (Moses) plot your own course (Peter).

But we can only ‘inherit through faith, the promise;’  that’s why shortly after the act of Salvation, God wants us to stop being ‘babes’ and drinking milk and move on to strong meat, Hebrews 5:14

New International Version (NIV)

14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

And here comes my favorite saying; ‘ah and there’s the rub;’ the phrase “constant use” means gettting your butt kicked by life, until you’ve been trained by  faith and the Holy Spirit to respond spiritually to each and every one of life’s events.

For what purpose you ask, for one and one only; “By this means we are to be established in the truth, that we might “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).

So lard butt, put it in gear and grow, or whine like a baby.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

the bible

 

 

WHY AM I HERE, WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN LIFE?

I PROBABLY GET ASKED THAT QUESTION BY MORE PEOPLE MORE OFTEN THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER QUESTION. I SEEM TO GET ASKED THAT MORE BY PEOPLE THAT GREW UP WITHOUT A DAD.

LET’S LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS FIRST.

 

 

Genesis 1:26-31New International Version (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

 

First, man is the last of God’s creatures. The whole account builds up to man’s creation. Second, man alone is created in the image of God. While there is considerable discussion as to what this means, several things are implied in the text itself. Man is created in the image and likeness of God in his sexuality.

 

This is not to say that God is male or female, but that God is both unity and diversity. Man and woman in marriage become one and yet they are distinct. Unity in diversity as reflected in man’s relationship with his wife reflects one facet of God’s personhood.

Also, man somehow is like God in that which distinguished him from the animal world. Man, as distinct from animals, is made in the image and likeness of God. What distinguishes man from animal must therefore be a part of His reflection of God. Man’s ability to reason, to communicate, and to make moral decisions must be a part of this distinction.

Further, man reflects God in the fact that he rules over creation. God is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. He has delegated a small portion of His authority to man in the rule of creation. In this sense, too, man reflects God.

 

Man’s worth is directly related to his origin. No wonder we are hearing such frightening ethical and moral positions proposed today.

Any view of man’s origin which does not view man as the product of divine design and purpose, cannot attribute to man the worth which God has given him. To put it another way, our evaluation of man is directly proportionate to our estimation of God.

I am no prophet, my friend, but I will venture to say that we who name the name of Christ are going to have to stand up and be counted in the days to come. Abortion, euthanasia, and bioethics, to name just a few, are going to demand ethical and moral standards. The bedrock principle upon which such decisions must be made, in my estimation, is the fact that all men are created in God’s image.

WELL THAT’S GOOD FOR A START.

 

GOD BLESS FROM SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM

Pray for Virginia at 85, she’s slowing down and not liking it. For John who went into hospice today and for Hunter who left church and just now came back and has to face the reality of some of his choices.