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It is important to understand the difference between being judgmental and discerning truth from error. In Matt. 7:1, the Lord said, “Do not judge lest you be judged.” Then, in verses 2-5 he warns against trying to correct others without first correcting what is wrong in our own lives. If we deal honestly deal with our own hearts, etc., then we have the responsibility to help others. But there is also a warning in verse 6. He said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine” (vs. 6). How can we know that someone, in their spiritual condition, is like a dog or a pig (i.e., someone who is incapable of appreciating the truth—apathetic, cold, indifferent), unless you judge, discern their character or their spiritual condition?

This passage does not teach that judgments should never be made. In fact, Matthew 7:5 specifically speaks of removing the speck from your brother’s eye. But the Lord’s point is that no one is qualified nor able to do that if they are habitually critical or condemnatory of the specks in someone else’s eye when they themselves have a plank—a hyperbole for effect—in their own eye. Such are not truly interested in righteousness, only in playing spiritual king of the mountain.

So, as in selecting elders and deacons for office (1 Tim. 3), judgment is sometimes needed, but those making the distinctions (krino„, judge, means “to distinguish” and thus “to decide”) must first be certain of their own lives and their motives. We need to ask questions like, Am I doing this to show how much I know? Am I trying to play spiritual king of the mountain? Do I think I am better than they are because I know something they do not know? These are some of the logs that we must remove from our own eyes (hearts). We are not judging people when we discern behavior or beliefs that are clearly unbiblical. For an excellent passage on having a judgmental spirit versus a discerning spirit, read Paul’s teaching on the problem of doubtful or questionable things in Romans 14.

Furthermore when seeking to help others, we must exercise care to discern their spiritual appetites and do what would be appreciated and beneficial. We need to test the waters, so to speak. Ask a question in a non-threatening way to see if they might be open to discussion. “Would you be interested in what the Bible has to say about astrology?” We do this because one should never entrust holy things (what is sacred) to unholy people (dogs; cf. “dogs” in Phil. 3:2) or throw … pearls to pigs. Dogs and pigs were despised in those days. This is one of the reasons the Lord spoke in parables. He did so to hide truth from the indifferent and to reveal it to those who were hungry and prepared.

Finally, remember that the ultimate issue is not seeking to get people to change their behavior, but come to know and believe in Christ. This includes biblical repentance, but in a salvation context, that means recognizing their sinful condition and need and turning from their sources of trust (religion, human will power, cultism, astrology, etc.) to trust in Jesus and His death for their sin. It does not mean cleaning up their lives and then trusting in Christ. Only Christ can change lives in a way that is significant.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for John B, prostate surgery coming up soon.

Pray for Gary L, mid 60’s, early dementia and socially dysfunctional

Pray for Celiste Burt, home resting after brain surgery.

Lonnie P, addiction to prescription pills.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember Bill W, chronic neck pain and depression.

Pray for Charlie C, dementia and deep anger issues

A trip to the VA hospital today and my doctor is going to try another mega dose of some antibiotic to treat the mass in my chest. I’m going to have to convince myself to take it.

Pray for Barbara D, salvation,

A SECOND FALL

February 27, 2019

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“Walk in (dependence upon) the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

That which we most dread—weakness and failure—are the very means by which our Father turns us from self-reliance to full dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

Walking in dependence upon the Holy Spirit leads us upwards in our hearts to where we are in the Lord Jesus. The new man finds delight in Him, and nowhere else. The Spirit is the living link between us and the Son in glory. He causes us to gaze upon Him, and we become changed into the same image, from glory to glory. This is true Christianity—the heart drawn off the earthly, carnal distractions here, and more completely occupied with the One who is our Christian life.

As the believer grows, and his path becomes more involved, he is taught more about the Holy Spirit’s ministry, for he needs this doctrine increasingly for his comfort and rest in trial. His faith is not so strong and unwavering as he imagined; the ardor of his love soon vanishes; the power of sin, which at first he fancied was utterly broken, makes itself felt again, prayer becomes languid, and joy seems to have taken flight.

In other words, the Father leads him into the valley, and lest he should make an idol of his faith, and a well-spring of a cistern, he is taught something of himself. Who does not know of this second stage of the Christian life, at first so painful, so humiliating, and filling the soul with perplexity? It is thus that we learn that the Spirit who has renewed our spirit must also sustain our new life; that we depend entirely on divine grace and strength, not merely to bring us to the Lord Jesus, but to keep us abiding in Him where He is.

“Kept by the power of God through faith” (1 Peter 1:5).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Barbara D salvation.

Pray for Bob L, fractured his hip falling off his tractor

Caliste is home resting and the doctors are consulting with surgeons from around the world to see if there is a way to do the surgery on the 3rd and final brain tumor.

Pray for Dave I, recovering for cancer surgery

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor

Pray for Larry, prostate cancer, and he really waited to long

Remember Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Pray for Cherry P, she has had a rough week and sorely tempted, but she calls and asks for prayer or a visit. (update; I’m so thankful when a new Christian is willing to be held accountable and knows when to ask for help).

Thank you for all the prayers, today was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.

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I want to ask you a third thing: Is God enough when you are draped in darkness, when you can’t understand?

You see, when you suffer, that’s bad; but if you have a friend, it helps some. But, when you suffer and your friends leave you, that’s worse. But, at least, if you can understand why you’re suffering, it still helps. Hmm? If you just know why. Did you know you can almost endure anything if you just know why? Why? You can’t be a pastor the years that I’ve been a pastor, without having that question asked you, so heartbreakingly, many times: “Pastor, why? Why did this happen?” “Why did my baby die?” “Why did I lose my business?” “Why am I so sick?” “Why is my career interrupted?” “Why? Why?” If we just knew why.

Now, I’m going to tell you something, friend: You don’t always know why. I want you to see ole’ Job, and what happened to Job. I want you to turn, if you will, to Job 23: “Then Job answered and said, Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.” That is, “I’m hurting worse than you can even tell from what I say.” “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!” That is, “His throne; where He is.” “I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me” (Job 23:1-5).

You know what Job is saying? “If I could just find God. I mean, if, if, if He would just answer me. I’ve got some questions; I’ve got some arguments. God, You deserve to answer me. I deserve to know, God. Now, tell me what this is all about. What’s happening, Lord? I mean, Lord, life is caving in all around me. The bottom’s fallen out. The walls have gone down. And God, You don’t even answer me.” You ever felt that way? Plunged into darkness?

Now, friend, I want to tell you, again, you can—you can—endure almost anything, if you know why. But, you don’t always know why. Now, when you get into this kind of trouble, sometimes, you’ve got little friends who’ll come around. They’ll give you some slogans. They’ll give you a motto to hang on your wall, a slap for your back, a handshake; and, they’ll give a few little verses, and utter a simplistic prayer, and they’ll tell you why everything’s happening. But, none of it fits your heart. Now, don’t ever get the idea that, if you’re right with God, that you’re always going to know the answers.

Isaiah 50:10, 11, are verses that you ought to jot down. They ask a question, and give a statement. Here’s the question: “Who is among you that feareth the Lord…”—now, to fear the Lord is a very wonderful thing. The fear of the Lord is a reverential awe of Almighty God. It is love on its knees—”Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant,”—now, here’s a person, not only who fears the Lord, but who obeys the Word of God. Sounds just like a wonderful person; sounds just like Job, doesn’t it? But now, listen—”that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?”—you can fear God; you can obey God, and there are times that you can be in darkness. If you find yourself that way, the Bible says—”let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God” (Isaiah 50:10). The word stay means “lean” upon your God.

Even when you don’t understand, dear friend, never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light. And, if God just withdraws His light… And, by the way, the only way the light can be taken away is for God to withdraw it. You see, the darkness can’t chase it away. You can’t go into a room and turn on the dark, can you? You can turn on the light, but you can’t turn on the dark. You see, the light can chase the dark away, but the dark can never chase the light away. The only reason the dark can be there is because the light has been taken away. You understand what I’m saying? So, if God sovereignly allowed the light to be taken away, and God drapes you in darkness, and plunges you into misunderstanding, and you don’t understand—not misunderstanding, but no understanding—then, is God enough? That’s the ultimate test: when I don’t understand.

Now, you’re going to find out, dear friend, that you can not understand and be in good company. Paul said, “We are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8). Ole’ Habakkuk, the prophet in the Old Testament, said, “I just couldn’t understand what God was doing, what He was up to” (Habakkuk 1:2-3). Ole’ John the Baptist got down in prison; John said, “I can’t understand it. If He has the power to heal the sick, why can’t He get me out of jail?” Dear friends, so many times, we demand to understand, and God is not going to give us understanding. It doesn’t mean that, because it doesn’t make sense to us, it doesn’t make sense. God has a plan. It may not be now, but in the coming years. It may be in the better land that we will know the meaning of our tears.

And, there, someday, we’ll understand. But, I’m asking you, when you are submerged in suffering, and when you are forsaken by friends, and, to compound that, you are draped in darkness, is God enough? Is God enough? Just God?

God bless scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Barbara D salvation.

Pray for Bob L, fractured his hip falling off his tractor

Caliste is home resting and the doctors are consulting with surgeons from around the world to see if there is a way to do the surgery on the 3rd and final brain tumor.

Pray for Dave I, recovering for cancer surgery

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor

Pray for Larry, prostate cancer, and he really waited to long

Remember Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Pray for Cherry P, she has had a rough week and sorely tempted, but she calls and asks for prayer or a visit.

Pray for me, chronic pain,

in His image

February 25, 2019

  “He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).

  When one begins to realize the complexity of simple spiritual growth, he learns to keep his hands off, and his faith on.

Regeneration is a birth: the center and root of the personality, the spirit, has been re-created and taken possession of by the Holy Spirit. But time is required for that center to extend through all the circumference of our being. It is akin to a seed: the life of the Lord Jesus within must grow; and it would be against the laws of nature and grace alike if we expected from the babe in Christ the strength that can only be found in the young man, or the rich experience and stability of the fathers. Even where in the new convert there is great singleness of heart and faith, with true love and devotion to the Savior, time is needed for a deeper knowledge of the old man and sin, for a spiritual insight into what the Father’s will and grace are.

The process of conformity to the Lord Jesus’ image is going on day by day in the growing believer’s life. It is a progression from obedience to obedience, from dependence to dependence, from righteousness to righteousness, and from love to love. As the maturing one gets a larger vision of his perfect Pattern through the daily study of God’s Word, he takes higher ground along the line of that blessed revelation, so that his life is a progressive growing up into the Lord Jesus in all things.

The more the believer abounds in the riches of the Father’s grace, the more unsearchable and inexhaustible he finds them to be. The spiritual man never stops growing, because he is always reaching upward to that still higher height that is just beyond.

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

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt is home resting and the doctors are still strategizing.

Pray for Barbara d, salvation

Pray for Olivia, that she will carry to full term (in April)

Remember Dave I and his battle with cancer.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain and deep depression.

Pray for Bobbie Y, a recently new believer, she has a chance for a huge job promotion but doesn’t want to leave the church and her church family, she has to give an answer tomorrow. (update, she is staying here, she feels she is to young in the faith to go out of her spiritual comfort zone).

Remember Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest isn’t growing, but it’s not going away. the pain has been less today. If I stay busy I can ignore it and if I quit poking at it I also feel less pain.

What, Me Worry?

February 25, 2019

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Matthew 6:25

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

In this passage Jesus strikes at the tendency to center our lives around food and clothing, thus missing life’s real meaning. The problem is not so much what we eat and wear today, but what we shall eat and wear ten, twenty, or thirty years from now. Such worry about the future is sin because it denies the love, wisdom, and power of God. It denies the love of God by implying that He doesn’t care for us. It denies His wisdom by implying that He doesn’t know what He is doing. And it denies His power by implying that He isn’t able to provide for our needs.

‎This type of worry causes us to devote our finest energies to making sure we will have enough to live on. Then before we know it, our lives have passed, and we have missed the central purpose for which we were made. God did not create us in His image with no higher destiny than that we should consume food. We are here to love, worship, and serve Him and to represent His interests on earth. Our bodies are intended to be our servants, not our masters

God bless and stay focused on what’s important this week, He will provide.

Send your prayer requests to scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt is home resting and the doctors are still strategizing.

Pray for Barbara d, salvation

Pray for Olivia, that she will carry to full term (in April)

Remember Dave I and his battle with cancer.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain and deep depression.

Pray for William S, his wife of 6 years, just up and left. She called today and said she has AIDS from drug use and William is wondering who is this woman. And he will go in tomorrow for testing.

Pray for Bobbie Y, a recently new believer, she has a chance for a huge job promotion but doesn’t want to leave the church and her church family, she has to give an answer tomorrow.

Remember Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest isn’t growing, but it’s not going away. the pain has been moderate today. If I stay busy I can ignore it.

never forgotten

February 24, 2019

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  “For ye were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (1 Pet. 2:25).

  It is during the time of our being broken that we learn that His promises concerning us cannot be broken.

  “It is more than comforting to realize that it is those who have plumbed the depths of failure to whom the Father invariably gives the call to shepherd others. This is not a call to the gifted, the highly trained, or the polished as such. Without a bitter realization of their own inadequacy and poverty they are quite unfitted to bear the burdens of spiritual ministry.

It takes a man who has discovered something of the measure of his own weakness to be patient with the foibles of others. Such a man also has a firsthand knowledge of the loving care of the Chief Shepherd, and His ability to heal one who has come humbly to trust Him and Him alone. Therefore he does not easily despair of others, but looks beyond sinfulness, willfulness, and stupidity, to the might of unchanging love. The Lord Jesus does not give the charge, ‘Be a shepherd to My lambs. . . to My sheep,’ on hearing Peter’s self-confident affirmation of undying loyalty, but He gives it after he has utterly failed to keep his vows, and has wept bitterly in the streets of Jerusalem.

As to Simon Peter, we not only see him restored to the work to which he was called at the first, but to something even higher. ‘Feed My lambs—shepherd My sheep’—is the new commission given to the man who had denied his Lord with an oath. ‘When thou art restored, strengthen thy brethren.’ There is nothing in all this world nearer and dearer to the heart of the Lord Jesus than His sheep, His lambs: and hence He could not have given Peter a more affecting proof of His confidence than by committing to his care the dearest objects of His deep and tender love.

  “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. . . And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men” (Lk. 5:8, 10).

Do not fear failure, you may keenly disappoint everyone you know, but know that even if they never call or write. They as mere mortals might have ‘written you off’ your Heavenly Father will never forget your name, and if repentant, a deeper calling will follow.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt is home resting and the doctors are still strategizing.

Pray for Barbara d, salvation

Pray for Olivia, that she will carry to full term (in April)

Remember Dave I and his battle with cancer.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain and deep depression.

Pray for William S, he came home today to find his wife of 6 years, just up and left. No one had a clue. Packed her bags and not even a note.

Pray for Bobbie Y, a recently new believer, she has a chance for a huge job promotion but doesn’t want to leave the church and her church family.

Remember Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest isn’t growing, but it’s not going away. the pain has been moderate today. If I stay busy I can ignore it.

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  “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6).

  Rationalism defies God; Ritualism degrades God.

  “With Rationalism’s intellectual audacity on the one hand, which dares to speak against the Word of God; and on the other hand, the outward piety of Ritualism—there is really the same root of infidelity at bottom. There is the supplanting of the plain truth of the inspired Word. Both get rid of it, depriving the soul of that which is the only means of a living link between God and man.

Rationalism is the deification of human powers, in which man presumes by his own mind to judge the Word of God, and is therefore the infidelity of the intellect when either carried out to its results or judged in its principle.

On the other hand Ritualism is the infidelity of the imagination, very often with piety underneath it, with a love for the Saviour that may preserve from the full consequences of the system, but in itself always savoring of and tending to idolatry.

We cannot know the value of Christ the Truth unless we have the Spirit of Truth. Nevertheless, the test of having the Spirit of Truth, and of not being a prey to fanaticism, is that the soul is attracted and subject to the Lord Jesus Christ—and this cannot be without faith produced and nourished by the Word of Truth.

  “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:1).

Man can touch heaven or heaven can touch man, both will be through the Word of God. Which we must handle daily, mixed with prayer, faith will grow and this person can touch heaven or be touched by heaven.

There is no other means to becoming a spiritual powerhouse.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt is home resting and the doctors are still strategizing.

Pray for Barbara d, salvation

Pray for Olivia, that she will carry to full term (in April)

Remember Dave I and his battle with cancer.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain and deep depression.

Pray for William S, he came home today to find his wife of 6 years, just up and left. No one had a clue. Packed her bags and not even a note.

Pray for Bobbie Y, a recently new believer, she has a chance for a huge job promotion but doesn’t want to leave the church and her church family.

Remember Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest isn’t growing, but it’s not going away. the pain has been moderate today. If I stay busy I can ignore it.

GROWING UP NEVER ENDS

February 22, 2019

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We’ve come to a study of the qualities that describe what Christ-like maturity looks like. Since becoming Christ-like makes one an example to follow, we will begin here. A mature Christian is someone who is a model, a pacesetter; someone who influences others in positive ways according to biblical standards! Modeling Christian virtues, virtues of true spirituality, is crucial to effective ministry in the world. Without biblical and godly models we are cast into a restless sea that can only toss up refuse and mud (Isa. 57:20). William J. Bennett recently said, “We—all of us, but especially the young—need around us individuals who possess a certain nobility, a largeness of soul, and qualities of human experience worth imitating and striving for.”

People can never be biblical leaders and truly mature until they come to realize that God has called them to be examples to others. As the Lord Jesus pointed out, “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). In this context, the Lord was showing that one’s true spirituality, or godliness (or lack thereof) is revealed in our actions and that such actions will of necessity influence others either for good or for evil. Students, sons, daughters, and the flock, tend to emulate their leaders, parents, guardians, teachers, or heroes. The tendency is for us to shy away from this responsibility and reality, but in order to be truly mature and a leader, one must accept this as a reality of leadership.

Principles Related to Being Examples

In regard to being examples to others, it is helpful to consider the following principles:

(1) Being a godly example is not an option, it is commanded in Scripture. Several passages dealing with this issue will be considered later in this study.

(2) We have no choice in being an example of some kind and having an impact on those around us, but we do have a choice in the kind of witness and impact we provide. Someone is going to follow us and be influenced by us. The questions are: Do we know where we are going? Are we providing the kind of example that will enhance their lives, or are we like the blind leading the blind?

I think it was Professor Hendricks who said in his tapes on leadership, “I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “don’t follow me, I’m lost too.” That’s the state of the world and, unfortunately, of many well-meaning Christians. They are like the commercial pilot who told his passengers, “I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is we are lost, but the good news is we are making good time.”

Motion in itself does not mean direction. Activity in itself never means effectiveness. We can be like the cowboy who rushed into the coral, bridled and saddled his horse and rode off in all directions. We need quality lives with quality motion aimed in the right direction with specific, biblical objectives.

(3) We need Christian maturity that provides people with real honest-to-God examples of authentic Christ-like living. Effective ministry to others is often equated with such things as dynamic personalities, with talent, giftedness, training, enthusiasm, and with charisma. But these things alone are inadequate, as is so evident by the leadership we have seen in the top government positions in our country the last few years. Much more is needed. In the Bible, the qualities that lead to effective ministry are found in the elements of spiritual character, in the character of Christ reproduced in us by the ministry of the Spirit (see Eph. 4:12f.; Gal. 5:22ff).

(4) Mature Christians and leaders have a responsibility to maintain a consistent example. This is a constant theme of the Bible. Other than the raw power of the Word itself, nothing is so determinative for spiritual change in the lives of others as one’s own example. This truth is strongly taught in 1 Thessalonians 2:1ff where Paul recalls his manner of life and that of his team to the Thessalonians.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Olivia, that she will carry to full term. Her medication that is saving her life also may put the baby to harm. It’s a wait and see situation.

Remember Dave I as he recovers from cancer surgery.

Pray for Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. in need of salvation.

Prayer works, I’m in less pain each day, thanks all. My doctor thinks it from one of the meds I’ve probably been on to long.

Prayer for Barbara d, cancer, heart problems and a host of other problems.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for Paul K, 2 cysts on his pancreas

Pray for Caliste Burt, she is home resting, while doctors puzzle out how to remove the 3rd brain tumor

WASHING OUR MINDS

February 21, 2019

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  “The life-giving power of the Spirit. . . has set us free from the power of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2, Williams Translation, you probably cannot find this translation in bookstore anymore but thanks to the internet it is still available. It was only on the New Testament and always hardbound).

  The Holy Spirit ministers to our mind via the Word, and He conditions our heart via our daily experiences. That is why the devil does all he can to keep us from reading his word and tempts us daily with carnal pursuits during the day.

A believer may know that he is positionally free, and yet have to mourn the fact that his experience is that of a wretched captive. The freedom is so entirely in Christ Jesus, and the maintenance of the living union with Him is so distinctly and entirely the work of divine power, that it is only as we see that the Spirit dwells within us for this very purpose, and know how to accept and yield to His working it, that we can really stand in the liberty with which Christ has made us free. It is all Grace, there is nothing we can do that makes us more saved.

There is no strength or power in ourselves against the law of sin which is in our members. The Father has left us as much dependent upon the Lord Jesus’ work for our deliverance from the power of sin as for our forgiveness! It is wholly because we died with Him on the Cross, both to sin and to the whole legal principle, that sin’s power for those in the Lord Jesus, is broken.

  “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable. . . free from doubts and insincerity” (James 3:17, Williams Trans.).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Just a note about prayer requests, if we ask for prayer for someone and don’t mention salvation then the request is always for a Christian. If the request is made and symptoms are mentioned and they are not saved we will also ask for salvation.

We only know that if you include it with the prayer requests.

Remember Caliste Burt in prayer, still no solution to removing the third and final brain tumor.

Remember Olivia, that she can carry the baby to full term in spite of the medication she has to take for the rest of her life.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression. Visited with him today and he is going down hill physically and mentally.

Pray for Barbara D, salvation

Pray for Steve H, and the search for a great pastor.

Remember me in pray, they have taken me off all supplements and a couple of meds. There seems to be a reduction in pain with only brief flare ups during the day.

Pray for Celeste, 6 months ago she almost lost a 13 year old daughter to of all things tonsils that literally exploded and she almost bled out. Now the daughter is having problems from the surgery.

RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

February 20, 2019

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There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils,” wrote C. S. Lewis. “One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”

 Every era tends to lean toward one extreme or another. Today, many Christians tend to sway toward the materialist side. As R. C. Sproul, Jr. says, unlike the pure materialist we have to believe that demons exist. Yet we act as if they were relegated to a “demonic realm” and have ceased to have any influence on the human stage:

  Demons exist, we are willing to confess, but they have been sitting on the celestial sidelines since the apostolic age. What drives this, I’m afraid, is less a careful exegetical study of the matter, and more an embracing of the modernist worldview. We look down our noses at our brothers who pay attention to the spiritual realm not because we find such to be unbiblical, but because we find it unsophisticated.

  Satan and his forces are real—and still active. So how do we respond to the demonic?

  ➤ Focus on the victory—Because of Christ the forces of darkness are defeated foes: “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (Rev 17:14). I often hear Christians say they are fighting for victory. But the reality is that Christians fight from victory, not for victory. Jesus has already won the victory on our behalf, disarming and defeating every power of darkness that threatens us.

 ➤ Focus on the light, not the darkness—Jesus has given us power over these enemy forces, but reminds us that they shouldn’t be our focus (see Lk 10:19–20). Focus on obedience to Christ and his message, not on the enemy he has already defeated.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Rickie M, she just miscarried today, this was their first pregnancy and husband and wife are very distraught.

Remember Olivia, that she will carry to full term. Her medication that is saving her life also may put the baby to harm. It’s a wait and see situation.

Remember Dave I as he recovers from cancer surgery.

Pray for Steve H and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. in need of salvation.

Prayer works, I’m in less pain today than I have been in weeks, thanks all.

Prayer for Barbara d, cancer, heart problems and a host of other problems.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.