Acronym Heaven

March 31, 2015

jesus is my savior

The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection (HH)

If liberal scholars, adherents of world religions, or devotees of the kingdom of the cults are correct, the biblical account of the Resurrection is either fiction, fantasy, or a gargantuan fraud. On the other hand, if Christianity is factually reliable, the Resurrection is the greatest feat in human history. The apostle Paul made it crystal clear that no middle ground exists. The Resurrection is either history or hoax, miracle or myth, fact or fantasy:

 

If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men (1 Corinthians 15:14–19 NIV1984).

 

It is precisely because of the strategic importance of the Resurrection that each Christian must be prepared to defend its historicity. Apologetics—the defense of the faith—has a dual purpose. On the one hand, it involves pre-evangelism. In post-Christian America few people are aware that belief in the Resurrection is not a blind leap into the dark, but faith founded on fact. It is historic and evidential. Thus, it is defensible. On the other hand, it involves post-evangelism. During an age in which the Resurrection is under siege, knowing how to defend its reliability serves to strengthen our faith.

 

The Resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith—without it there would be no Christianity. It elevates Christianity above all other world religions. Through the Resurrection, Christ demonstrated that He does not stand in a line of peers with Abraham, Buddha, Confucius, or Muhammad. Jesus Christ is utterly unique. He had the power not only to lay down His life, but also to take it up again.

Because of its centrality to Christianity, those who take the sacred name of Christ upon their lips must be prepared to defend the reliability of the Resurrection. To make the process memorable, I’ve developed the acronym F-E-A-T. Each letter in this acronym serves to underscore an undeniable fact of the Resurrection:

Fatal torment
Empty tomb
Appearances
Transformation

 

More tomorrow,

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

can you hear the wings?

March 30, 2015

full custody

In The Shelter of His Wings

 

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of Thy wings.” Psalm 61:3-4

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Of the 6500 hymns written by Charles Wesley, surely none is considered finer than the one titled “Jesus, Lover Of My Soul.” Many accounts have been shared as to the inspiration behind this song, but whether any are true, indeed the song’s lyrics are a poignant picture of a young man’s journey into discovering the love of his life—Jesus.

The third verse of this great hymn begins, “Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find.”

 

Something a little different, I don’t know if I will always do this, but today we are; an Action Point, it’s not enough to do devotions and read your bible, there has to be an application, an Action Point. What changes will you make to your life after you read and pray?

 

ACTION POINT:
Where is your heart today? Are you suffering from a broken relationship or the loss of a loved one? Run, don’t walk, into His waiting arms of love. He wants to bind up your hurt and bring hope to your heart.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Thank you for all the emails about you praying for our prayer requests, there has been many thanks from those whom we have asked for prayers, thank you.

All Your Cares

March 29, 2015

good_shepherdblacksheep

Well not only do I like lists, I like acronyms,  and I’m always on the lookout for new ones. Preachers like three points and poem, or all the points to start with the same letters, but acronyms make it easy to preach and easy to remember.

 

So here’s ours;

 

CAST

Commit all your burdens to the Lord

 

Ask for His help

 

Search the Scriptures for all of His promises

 

Trust Him for does care for you.

 

Simple truths, easy to memorize or write in your bible.

 

JESUS CARES… WHEN I’M BURDENED
YES HE CARES… WHEN I’M ALL ALONE
YES HE CARES… WHEN I’M IN MISERY
OH, HE CARES… HE CARES FOR ME
AND HE CARES… WHEN I’M DISCOURAGED
HIS CONCERNED… IS SO EARNESTLY
YES I KNOW, I KNOW JESUS CARES
HE CARE FOR ME. OH YES HE DOES

JESUS CARES… WHEN I’M IN SORROW
WHEN MY PAIN… IS SO HARD TO BEAR
AND HE CARES… ABOUT MY SITUATIONS
IT’S SO GOOD TO KNOW… HE’S ALWAYS THERE
WHEN MY DAYS… ARE DARK AS NIGHT
HE’LL BE THERE… TO MAKE IT ALRIGHT
YES I KNOW, I KNOW JESUS CARES
HE CARES FOR ME.

OH YES I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARE
FOR ME CARES FOR ME
YES HE DOES CARES FOR ME
YES I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME CARES FOR ME
OH YES HE DOES CARES FOR ME
SOMETIMES I’M UP
SOMETIMES I’M DOWN
I’M ALMOST LEVEL DOWN
TO THE GROUND
BUT I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME I KNOW HE CARES FOR ME

SECOND CHORUS:
OH I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME CARES FOR ME
THANK YOU JESUS CARES FOR ME
I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT JESUS CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME CARES FOR ME
OH YES HE DOES CARES FOR ME
WHEN MY FRIENDS DON’T
DON’T UNDERSTAND
WHEN I’VE DONE ALL I CAN DO
THE BEST I CAN DO
SAID I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME I KNOW HE CARES FOR ME

BACK TO SECOND VERSE

OH YES I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARE
FOR ME CARES FOR ME
YES HE DOES CARES FOR ME
YES I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME CARES FOR ME
OH YES HE DOES CARES FOR ME
BUT I KNOW I KNOW HE CARES
THAT HE CARES I KNOW HE CARES
FOR ME I KNOW HE CARES FOR ME 

 

GOD BLESS FROM

 

SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM

 

Pray for Carla who is fighting for custody rights to her children

 

Tommy who is in drug rehab

 

Beth Ann; who is praying for her husband to find the Lord

 

Larry, who wants his wife to forgive him

 

And Kim in her battle against cancer

suffering=joy

March 28, 2015

christ on cross

I was talking to an old friend of mine today and we share some common points, among those we both suffer from a life time a chronic, and sometimes crippling pain. We talked about pain management, the drugs, the depression and how we try to adjust and how sometimes we try to pretend it isn’t really happening to us. That we are both slowly going to be crippled, maybe in wheel chairs and it can and only will get worse. We both agreed that there is great relief in prayer and laughter, and fellowship. We also agreed that our pain is working a greater good in our lives in that it humbles us and makes us more sensitive to the sufferings of others.

 

 

Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be one of great joy? Yes, it is! There is no joy greater than that of knowing Jesus Christ, of being assured that your sins are forgiven and that you’re going to heaven. There is great joy when God answers prayer, or uses you to lead a person to Christ or to help him with his problems. But while the Christian life results in great joy, the path to that joy often leads us through great pain. We need to be realistic in our expectations of what the life of faith entails.

 

A life of faith in God yields ultimate joy, but involves great pain.

 

The pain comes as God prunes from our lives the things that do not honor Him. We all bring into the Christian life the baggage of the old life, what the Bible calls the flesh. The flesh is what I can do in my own power, apart from dependence on God. It includes sins, such as pride, immorality, anger, and selfishness. But the flesh also produces things that are outwardly good–deeds of service, giving money, helping the needy, etc. But if those good deeds stem from my flesh, they are offensive to God because they feed my pride and often are an attempt to balance out my sin and guilt, which can only be dealt with at the cross. So God has to tear away those deeds of the flesh, both good and bad, so that I learn to depend totally on Him for all that I do. It’s a painful process.

 

 

When God does great things for you, you laugh with joy and others rejoice with you. Laughter ought to be a part of every Christian home and church, as we see God do great things for us and as we enjoy His gifts to us. The poet, Thackeray, said, “A good laugh is sunshine in a house.”

 

Too often Christian homes and churches are uptight and rigid. The great British preacher, Charles Spurgeon, used humor in the pulpit, which wasn’t often done in his day. Once when a woman objected to some humorous remark, Spurgeon replied, “Madam, if you had known how many others I kept back, you would not have found fault with that one, but you would have commended me for the restraint I had exercised.”

 

 

God always keeps His promises! The Christian life is a process of discovering, unwrapping, and enjoying the many promises of God that are scattered throughout His Word. It’s like looking for hidden treasures. The apostle Paul wrote, “For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him [Christ] they are yes” (2 Cor. 1:20).

 

 

Do you fear death and judgment? God promises eternal life to those who put their trust in His Son. Do you struggle with guilt? God promises forgiveness of all our sins in Christ. Are you anxious about some situation? He invites us to cast all our anxieties on Him because He cares for us. Are you fearful? He promises His protection. You can count on these promises and more and have great peace and joy, knowing that what God promises, He does!

 

 

You may be thinking, “Well, that’s nice to say. But I’ve been asking God for some things for years, but He hasn’t come through.”

 

 

God doesn’t work according to our timetable, but His. With God, a thousand years is as a day. Clearly, God is not in any hurry to bring about His plan! God wants each of us to come to that point of casting ourselves completely on Him so that He gets all the glory for the results in our lives. That doesn’t mean that we are passive. Coming to the end of ourselves doesn’t mean that we passively sit back and do nothing. It means that we actively obey God, depending totally on Him for the power and the results.

 

 

The painful obedience of saying no to myself and yes to God. It means denying my pride, my sinful desires, and all that stems from my old self, and consciously depending on God’s Spirit to produce His fruit in me. It is an ongoing process of submitting to God’s pruning my flesh so that He can accomplish His purpose through me. It hurts, and often I won’t understand. But my part is to obey.

 

 

There will always be conflict between my flesh (what I can do in my power) and the Spirit (what only God can do). The only way to resolve the conflict is obediently to put off the deeds of the flesh.

 

 

The life of faith yields great joy, but the path is often through great pain. Some of you are going through painful trials. You may be confused and disappointed and grieving. You didn’t expect the Christian life to be like this. God may or may not let you understand why He’s doing what He’s doing. But He does want you to submit obediently to his pruning process and to trust Him that by yielding to the pain, you’ll ultimately experience the joy of obtaining that which only God can do with your life.

 

 

Some of you have gone to churches that promised only prosperity, happiness and joy, but then real life hit you right between the eyes. You felt that the church let you down, you’ve been lied to, cheated, told your faith wasn’t strong enough, and there was secret sin, rebellion. You either quit church or switched from one church to another.  Yes you have been lied to, the Christian life is a life often filled with suffering. But we need to compare our affliction with what Christ suffered, none of us will ever suffer that much.

 

 

Not a real popular topic, but it is true, I pray if you have been hurt by the church, forgive those that mislead and enter in the joy of the Lord, by knowing the truth. As we often say, “this side of the veil;” mortality, God will do whatever is necessary to bring a harvest from our lives.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

I SEE YOU

March 27, 2015

thinking over feeling

I have a habit of reading books that were written by people who lived, in many cases, long before the twenty-first century. I particularly like to read the authors of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.

 

In the writings of these authors I consistently notice an acute sense of the presence of God. These men had a sense of an overarching providence. We see an indication of that sense that all of life is under the direction and the governance of almighty God.

In our day, however, we have focused so intently on the immediate activity of cause and effect that for the most part we have ignored or denied the overarching causal power behind all of life. Modern man basically has no concept of providence.

 

The one precept that all bible believers must accept is that no matter what is happening in our lives or the world is that God is still in control. That is a rather hard concept to grasp because in order to fundamentally grasp that concept one also has to accept that God is Sovereign.

 

God has revealed to us in the Bible that He not only created all things but He also preplanned everything that would happen in His creation. He both knows everything that has happened and everything that is yet future. He actively decreed every detail of this reality, and He is sovereign over all. But here is where the mystery comes in: even though God is sovereign, man still has real responsibility and freedom in the choices he makes. These choices are his; he cannot blame God for them. And they will genuinely affect and modify the rest of his life.

 

Ephesians 1; God’s sovereignty is self-determined, and this fact is emphasized three times (v. 5, 9, 11). In God’s loving purpose, all things have been designed to lead “to the praise of the glory of his grace” (v. 6, 12, 14). It is best that God works in all things, for only in this way will all things ultimately glorify God. This glorification is consistent with God’s love and kindness because He alone is worthy of ultimate glorification. (Nevertheless, God will also glorify all believers at the resurrection when He finally conforms us to the image of His Son. But even God’s act of glorifying others will bring greater glory to Himself).

 

 

God’s sovereign purpose extends to all things in His creation and is not limited by space or time. This plan is so complete that Scripture declares, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD” (Prov. 16:33). Consider the implications of a statement like this! Ultimately there is no chance in this universe because even the workings of probability and statistics are controlled by God. There are no real accidents and God is surprised by nothing.

 

THE GOD WHO SEES

 

If you are reading this right now and something is fighting within you to accept this, it is the idea that you have a right to privacy. There is no privacy with a God who sees all and knows all.

 

If there is anything about the character of God that repels people from Him more than His holiness, it is His omniscience. Every one of us has a keen desire for a sense of privacy that no one can invade so as to pry into the secret things of our lives.

 

At the time of the first transgression, when sin entered the world, Adam and Eve immediately experienced a sense of nakedness and shame (Gen. 3:7). They reacted by attempting to hide from God (v. 8).

 

Here’s a strange truth, Most of the time, however, we want Him to overlook us, that’s one reason we try to be good, we think by having model behavior God will watch someone else, the sinner or the cold hearted, we fall into the trap that good behavior buys us privacy.

 

But the concept of God’s vision, of God seeing us, should be comforting to us. Jesus said: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matt. 10:29). That teaching inspired the popular song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Do you remember the lyrics? “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” I believe the writer of that song understood what Jesus was saying—that God knows every time any tiny bird falls to the ground. God does not overlook even the slightest detail in the universe. Rather, He governs the universe in total awareness of everything that is happening within it.

 

Take comfort that He watches over us, and we are never out of His sight, that’s a good thing, that’s a God thing.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

teeter-totter principle

March 26, 2015

balance

We must beware of the subtle danger of thinking that spirituality completes the requirements of Christ. To fall into such a trap—the trap of the Pharisees—is to substitute liturgical or ritualistic practices for authentic righteousness. By all means we are to pray and to study the Bible, and to bear witness in evangelism. However, we must never, at any point in our lives, rest from our pursuit of righteousness.

 

What a contradiction, we are complete in Christ, yet never whole, while on this side of the mortal veil.

 

We become righteous in the sight of God by means of the cloak of Christ’s righteousness. However, as soon as we are justified, our lives must give evidence of the personal righteousness that flows out of our justification.

 

 

We must lead “right” lives.

 

 

True righteousness must never be confused with self-righteousness. Since our righteousness proceeds from our justification, which is based on the righteousness of Christ alone, we must never be deluded into thinking that our works of righteousness have any merit of their own.

 

 

It’s the “teeter-totter” principle, or simple known as right balance. The balance of understanding, knowing what God has done for us and to us; and still knowing what we must do to be authentic believers.

 

 

And now for our dirty word of the day; “morality” it’s not private, it’s pervasive; God expects to live through our lives and biblical morality is to pervade every part of the fabric of our lives. God does not live in a box, neither is He homeless. He lives in you and you can’t exclude Him from parts of your life. He’s in your bedroom when you have sex, is it biblical sex, there’s a thought not to many people have. He’s in your car driving down the freeway, God doesn’t have a middle finger (please don’t write me on that it’s a metaphor).

You get the idea.

 

As an old hippie, “God is everywhere, dude” let’s take that literally, He should be in our schools, separation of God (church) and government (state), it’s not in the constitution. That’s a shocker to most people, it’s another lie cooked up by the ungodly to separate a nation from the covering and blessing of God.

 

 

Individuals frequently become irate when called to moral accountability. They often declare that the church has no right to intrude into their private lives.

If you believe in anarchy, raise your hand; if you think you can drive your car and ignore laws, raise your hands. Morality governs all we do, thus the reason God calls us to lead a life of righteousness. Only when He is allowed to set our moral compass will we become content and stop striving against His spirit and know peace.

The secret to world peace is moral harmony to God.

 

 

Well I’m not running for any political office, so we will stop there.

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Continue to pray for Kim in her continued battle against cancer

 

For Reagan as she struggles with being in college and out of the home for the first time.

 

For Sarah who is about to get married

 

And for Tim, who is going to prison tomorrow, he has a wife and two little children. 5 year sentence.

 

For Nathan who has been moved to federal prison, a boy I watched grow up in church, now doing 27 years, a wife and 6 kids.

 

Please remember Virginia M. who has been a faithful prayer warrior to our ministry for 27 years and is now bed ridden and suffering greatly in pain.

Sometimes your the nail

March 25, 2015

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AFFLICTION, DISCIPLINE,

CHASTISEMENT, TRIALS

 

  1. Not all affliction is for specific sins. God often sends affliction to purify and strengthen our faith, for his glory.

1 Peter 1:6-7. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

John 9:1-3. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, ” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

  1. Job, a godly man, was severely tried; he lost his possessions and his children.

Job 1:1-22.

Job 1:1. In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:8. Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.

Job. 1:20-22 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

  1. God at times sends trials to develop patience in us.

James 1:2-4. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  1. The psalmist was thankful for affliction, for it taught him to keep God’s precepts.

Ps. 119:67-68. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.  You are good, and what you do is good; teach me you decrees.

Ps. 119:71-72. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from you mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Ps. 119:75-76. I know, O Lord, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.  May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

  1. God disciplines his children to promote sanctification.

Heb. 12:5-11.

  1. We must neither make light of God’s discipline nor lose heart because of it.

Heb. 12:5-6. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

  1. No discipline is pleasant, but later on we enjoy its fruit.

Heb. 12:11. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

  1. God disciplined and tried his people on their journey to the promised land to teach them important lessons.

Deut. 8:2-5. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna , which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

  1. god tried his people at Marah, where he turned the bitter water sweet and soon gave a time of refreshment at Elim.

Exod. 15:22-27

Exod. 15:25. Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

10.To the lukewarm church Jesus declares that he rebukes and disciplines those whom he loves.

Rev. 3:14-22 (the letter to the church at Laodicea)

Rev. 3:19-20. “those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

11  Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, a continual affliction to bear.  God promised him that his grace would always be sufficient.

2 Cor. 12:7-10. To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

12  In everything God works for the good of those who love him.

rom. 8:28. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

13  God will never give you more than you can bear.

1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

14  We cannot always comprehend God’s ways, as he, in his wisdom, carries out his plan.

Rom.11:33-36  Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has know the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

15  King Hezekiah praised God for his loving discipline.

Isa. 38:15-19.

Isa. 38:15. But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.

Isa. 38:17. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.

16  We can rejoice in our sufferings, which produce perseverance.

Rom.5:3. We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

17  Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Rom.8:18. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

18  God blesses those who persevere under trials.

James 1:12. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

19  Paul says that he suffered under great stress so that he might learn to rely more on God.

2 Cor. 1:8-9. We do not want to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardship we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But his happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

20  Paul says that God always has and always will deliver him.

2 Cor. 1: 10-11. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, and you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

 

God Bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

copper nails

Well I’m trying out how to tell this story and more importantly get to the point. So here goes.

 

I’ve been in gunfights in four countries, knife fights in three, obviously I’m still standing, PTSD, got it.

 

Been in jail, twice.

 

Depression, got it.

 

Battles with addictions, ongoing.

 

Guilt, my psychiatrist says it normal of survivors, and those with PTSD, I’m glad he said ‘normal’ in that sentence.

 

I battle with anger management.

 

Sexually abused, (seems now days everyone is).

 

Think of suicide every other day, (again, the psychiatrist says normal, again thank God for normal)

 

Insomnia, holy cow, it drives me nuts.

 

I cuss like a sailor with clap, and that drives me nuts.

 

  1. Pyrrhic victoryis a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way; however, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit (another term for this would be “hollow victory“).

This is what Satan does to our lives if we believe the lie, the lie is we are so screwed up that who could want us?

The list goes on, but the Apostle Paul says there are things so shameful they shouldn’t be talked about, well I’ve done some of those things.

 

The truth that is so hard to practice is that there has been a victory, the bible says old things will pass away, I can’t wait for that day.

 

But we need to realize the Grace that is given to us today, there is no such thing as a Pyrrhic victory, Satan doesn’t win, we will not be useless to God or to our families, nor to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

You are not Kleenex, something used and then just disposed of. We are the Prodigal Son, our Father God has waited for us to return and be totally restored.

 

You have to believe in that restoration, on the day you gave your heart to God and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, you were given a new name, a new hope, and a new future.

 

Don’t believe the lie about your worthlessness, don’t believe the lie that you’ve committed one sin to many, the blood shed for us washes EVERY SIN out of our lives. Forgive yourself for still failing, still having nightmares, don’t believe it when your own body betrays you, the flashbacks, the setbacks, Christ risen from the grave is the only thing we need to think of.

 

One of my favorite sermons is about the soul, sin cleansing blood of God, that there is a giant washing machine in heaven that no stain can fight against. You can’t get rid of bloodstains, and in Christ we are covered in it.

 

Romans 8:31-39New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was [a]raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of [b]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

for those of you praying for Kim as she battles cancer we have not heard from her recently and are praying and hoping to hear from her soon.

Bam, on the noggin

March 23, 2015

not ashamed

I was in third grade, my teacher gave me a “D” on a test paper. I was living in upstate N.Y. near Buffalo the snow belt of the USA. I lived in a dairy farming town, on a dead end road that led deep into the woods.

 

When I got off the school bus I buried that test in a deep snow drift at the bottom of the road.

 

Imagine my shock when I got up to shovel the snow in the drive way the next day and looked down at the shovel full of snow and there was my test, made worse because the wet snow had made the “D” larger and stained like blood.

 

And then my mother’s voice “what have you got there?” before I could hide the test she was there scooping it off the shovel.

 

My mother and I have always had a strained relationship, even at that age, she was half crazy and mad as a hatter with a streak of rage that could curl the lashes off a sailor. (I’m not sure what that really means, I just heard that saying a lot growing up). But I never lied to her. (Which is not really noble, I enjoyed telling her everything I did which was usually bad just to curl her hair).

 

“It’s my test, I was trying to hide it from you.” Bam, a whack on the side of the head, then a bible quote, which was a shock, there was no bible in our house and going to church was rare.

 

“You have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

 

I went over to my neighbor and asked if they had a bible, nope, so I walked down the road to an old guy that I knew went to church. I asked him about that verse, he showed me in the bible where it was at and the context. His next comment was one I never forgot. “If that’s the worst thing you do in your life, you are to be commended.”

 

Needless to say it wasn’t.

 

Without the whack on the head, it’s still true, you sins will find you out, always.

 

God bless.

 

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Comfort

March 22, 2015

praying mom

Well you know by now, I’m the List Guy, so here’s my list on Comfort

                                                                    COMFORT

 

  1. The Lord is our shepherd, always leading us in the best way and protecting us.

Ps. 23.

  1. As an eagle stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, so God cares for his own.

Deut. 32:10 – 12. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hover over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them on its pinions.  The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.

  1. As a father cares for his children, so God cares for his own; his love is everlasting.

Ps. 103:8-18.

  1. God always shelters those who put their trust in him.

Ps. 91:1-2. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

  1. God know us most intimately; he holds and guides us by his hand.

Ps. 139:1-12.

Ps. 139: 1-3. O Lord, you have search me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying  down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Ps. 139:9-10. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

  1. The wicked appear to prosper for a time, while the righteous suffer; but actually God is always leading us in the best way; he comforts us with his presence. Ps. 73.

Ps. 73:23-24. I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

  1. The sufferings of the present time are not worth comparing with the coming glory.

Rom 8:18. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

  1. God works all things together for our good.

Rom 8:28. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  1. If God is for us, nothing can separate us from his love.

Rom 8:31-39.

Rom 8:31. What, then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Rom 8:38-39. I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. Jesus, the good shepherd, died for his sheep; he knows, leads, and protects each one; he gives us eternal security.

John 10:11. I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:27-29. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

  1. God’s grace is sufficient for every need.

2 Cor. 9:8. God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

  1. Paul had a thorn in the flesh; God’s promise: My grace is sufficient for you.

2 Cor. 12:7-10.

2 Cor. 12:9. He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

  1. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their little faith and calmed the storm.

Matt. 8:23-27.

  1. God directs all things by his infinite wisdom and his ways are beyond tracing out.

Rom 11:33-36. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has know the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

  1. One day this life of suffering will be over and all will be made new.

Rev. 21:1-4.

Rev. 21:3-4. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

  1. Cast your concerns on the Lord, for he will support you.

Ps. 55:22. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

  1. God is the source of all comfort.

2 Cor. 1:3-4. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.