AAHHHHH, ALL IS BETTER

July 31, 2019

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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).

  Restful trust is developed not so much by what the Lord Jesus does for us, but by who He is to us—and that necessitates fellowship.

 It is a wonderful thing to be so satisfied with the Lord Jesus’ company, that we can be tranquil about everything. You will often find that it is the one of the most anxious temperament who finds most in Him, when such an one begins to know Him. I remember when I used to think that I should be happy beyond conception if I were able to say, ‘I will fear no evil,’ ‘my heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.’ In order to reach this, you must find Him enough, without anything else. We all say that He is enough, but it is quite a different thing to know it practically. You can never prove the worth of anyone, until you are absolutely dependent on him.

  “What do you need? Ask your Father about it. Instead of harassing your mind about it, present it to Him; and it is not said that He will necessarily give you what you ask, but He gives you His peace. You put your cares into His heart, and He will put His peace into yours.”

Our Father’s purpose is an ‘eternal purpose,’ from eternity, embracing an eternity to come. He does not shape His thoughts according as circumstances arise, but the circumstances are controlled by His thoughts and plans. How blessed to know that He is absolute Master in all things; that even ‘He maketh the wrath of man to praise Him, and the remainder of wrath He restrains.’ It is the only thing that can give the smallest comfort in the midst of such a scene of confusion all around us.

  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6).

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Great to be back, thanks for all the prayers and emails and phone calls of encouragement.

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

Remember Pastor Paul, the VA is saying the cysts on his pancreas seem to be just that and they have not changed at all.

Remember me in Prayer I will be at the VA Hospital tomorrow getting more Ct scans. Hopefully like Pastor Paul I will get a report of ‘nothings’ changed.

just installed new motherboard and hard drive, didn’t burn any holes in the motherboard while soldiering, praise God,

we will be back up and running tomorrow,

God bless all for the prayers of patience. blessings

I will be installing a new one tomorrow from a canabalized computer

God bless, please keep us in prayer

No computer down

July 28, 2019

After 4 hours with microsoft my laptop is dead rip

Step One

July 27, 2019

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I was having lunch with a new friend the other day and he said that his Sunday School teacher was having a tough time coming up with lessons for his adult class. I recommended getting the Big Blue Book (AA, the twelve step program)and teaching that. He said he liked the idea but wanted a more Christian approach, so here we go.

  1. Step one; We admitted we were powerless over ___________that our lives

had become unmanageable. This is first step in the 12 step program and in

the AA handbook they say it is the hardest of all the steps to take.

This is the first step in the Christian program; We admitted we were

powerless over the effects of our separation from God-that our lives had

become unmanageable.

I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the

desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (ROM. 7: 18)

It’s hard for Christians to admit they have any problems, especially in the

Neo-Pentecostal or Charismatic church, because we are so busy claiming all

the promises and making all the statements of ‘who we are in Christ’ that

we can’t see the forest for the trees.

The opposite of this is the old classic Pentecost’s, their central belief

statement is; ‘I’m just sinner saved by grace’. Everything is a sin, and the

religion is based more on a list of rules and things you can’t do.

We need to meet in the middle and admit that left to our own devices we

screw stuff up. Without someone holding us accountable we manage to

make our lives unmanageable.

One of the reasons my marriage has lasted so long is my wife is not an

enabler. She can say no just as easy as yes and say stupid as quickly as I love

you. Do something wrong, dumb, stupid or moronic (which are really four

different classes of things men can do all at the same time, who says men

can’t multitask?)

But we all do it, we want to do good and we don’t, we make resolutions,

vows, take self-improvement classes, read the books and in a heartbeat we

do the wrong thing by nature; our sinful nature. That’s why we need to still

practice confession so we can constantly repeat step one every day, several

times a day if need be.

Hi my name is ______________ and I still screw things up.

Welcome to the program, scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

God bless and please send your prayer requests, questions or comments to the email address.

Tomorrow we will have our bible give away. simple question, simple answer and you get a free bible. No postage, no strings, just a free bible.

CHA, CHA CHANGES

July 26, 2019

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Jeremiah 17:5 New International Version (NIV)

5 This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,

    who draws strength from mere flesh

    and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

  Sooner or later the believer goes through a period of disillusionment and bitterness because of what he encounters in the lives of other Christians—leaders included. The Holy Spirit uses this revelation, along with what He exposes in his own heart, to teach him to abide in the Lord Jesus; and not to lift up any other person in church or in his spiritual life, even the pastor; as we are all fallible and all have our own struggles with sin.

It is a part of our spiritual education to discover the fallibility of those in whom we trust. The experience can be a very painful one, but it is most necessary for us to find out that everyone else but the Lord Jesus is a failure. Sometimes He seems to take pains to bring them to notice. He never hid the failures of his disciples from the people, for he wants it clearly understood that we must place our trust in Him alone. Some Christians get offended with the idea that their pastor, or favorite author was struggling with their own issues.

I had a dear sweet old lady in one of my churches that would come up to me after a sermon and scold me because I talked about some shortcoming or a sin that I was struggling with. She actually accused me of ‘making’ these things up just to have a sermon illustration.

Our Father will allow us to prove the vanity and folly of all creature-confidences, human hopes, and earthly expectations. And on the other hand, He will prove to us, in the most touching and forcible manner, the truth and blessedness of His own Word: ‘They shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.’

Neither will you ever be transformed by continually looking at your own shortcomings, never! Nor will you ever be transformed by looking at the weaknesses of your fellow Christians. You will only be conformed by continually looking upon the glory of the Lord Jesus; for they who live looking and beholding, though they know it not, are ‘being changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.’

  “To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).

David Bowie;

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Rest in peace knowing that it is the Holy Spirit that works the real changes.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Please remember Wally in your prayers, his wife passed today, she had suffered a very long time. He has many children and grandchildren, but they are all brats, they have never paid him any attention until they found out recently how much money he has. We have helped him put all of his assets into a trust and had the court appoint a guardian just to protect him.

Remember pastor Paul, in a few months he will be retiring, keep him and the church in prayer.

Please pray for pastors that are lukewarm, cold hearted and false shepherds that are causing more harm than good.

GRATEFUL DEAD

July 25, 2019

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  “I have been crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20).

  The difference between numbing carnality and growing spirituality is the believer’s realization that he the sinner, as well as his sin, were taken down into grave, just as Christ was buried so was our old man. Seeing one’s identification in the Lord Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension is the necessary foundation for spiritual growth to maturity.

How often do we find believers plunged into the very depths of distress and darkness as to their spiritual condition and prospects! So many do not as yet see the application of the death of the Lord Jesus to their old man. They do not realize the glorious truth that in that death they were delivered from this present evil world, from the dominion of sin and the law, and from the power of the enemy.

All believers see that the Blood of the Lord Jesus screens them from the judgment of God; but most do not as yet see that they are ‘dead unto sin’ in the Lord Jesus; that their ‘old man was crucified with Christ’; that not only have their sins been put upon Him at the Cross, but they themselves, as sinful children of Adam, have been personally identified with Him in His death unto sin; that God pronounces them dead and risen with Him. But if this foundational truth is not apprehended by faith, there is no bright, happy, emancipating sense of full and everlasting salvation.

  “We are to hold by faith the position which the Father has given us in the risen Lord Jesus, and abide therein, occupied with the interests of our Father and not our own. Taking thought of ourselves is a divergence from the place of faith.”

  “We enter the heavens in order to be qualified for earth; we do not begin on earth, to reach the heavens. Our simplest earthly responsibilities require us to be conversant with the ‘things above.’“

  “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Each time you are tempted, say to both yourself and the tempter, “I am dead to sin, I have been crucified with Christ, I don’t have to do this.”

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Remember our salvation list; the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr, and Rick Jr. and then there is Mona R, Barbara D, Xonia K, Sherry M.

Remember pastor Paul in prayer, strength and encouragement.

Remember Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain and depression.

Thanks for all the prayers for my wife Sharon, she is doing much better, she was in pure agony yesterday from the minor spinal surgery, today she is doing much better.

A PIG’S EAR

July 24, 2019

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Not many people have the courage or authority to get away with criticizing a king. In ancient Israel, such rebuke could come from only one person: God’s prophet. The Old Testament records two kings who had very different responses when they were rebuked.

 Saul, impatient and fearful, overstepped his role and disobeyed God. Samuel rebukes the king, but there’s no indication Saul was sorrowful about his actions or committed to atoning for his sin (1Sa 13:11–15). Compare that to the rebuke Nathan gives David. David hears the criticism and is immediately contrite: “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD’ ” (2Sa 12:13).

 Both Nathan and Samuel gave the kings godly criticism, “to give a corrective evaluation of another person and their service to the Lord with the intent of helping that person grow in faithfulness to God.” Being able to graciously receive godly criticism is a mark of Christian maturity. Here are four tips for how to do it well:

  1. Set aside your pride—No one likes to be criticized. But it becomes easier to take godly criticism when our desire to grow in spiritual maturity is greater than our need for prideful self-protection.

  2. Assume there is at least some truth in the criticism—“People are not infallible, so there are times their words of criticism or critique will be off-base and unwarranted.”. “Your first response shouldn’t be to shoot holes in what they are saying, but rather to see what bit of truth may be salvaged from their words. It’s rare that you can’t find a little gold in even the biggest load of trash.”

  3. Ask clarifying questions—Dig into the criticism by asking people to provide specific examples of the problem that needs to be fixed and ways you can improve.

  4. Be thankful for the criticism—If a brother or sister in Christ offers criticism that is warranted, thank both God and them for the rebuke and correction. While it might have been painful to hear, it will benefit your growth and likely have a positive impact on others.

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Please keep my wife Sharon in your prayers, she had her first minor back surgery today and is in quite a bit of pain.

LIVING INSIDE OUT

July 23, 2019

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  “To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).

Romans 4:5 New International Version (NIV) 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

  When our testimony concerning His gift of freedom from the power of sin is as valid as our testimony to His gift of freedom from the penalty of sin, we will have matured. So long as there is only the first half, we are but babes, albeit full-grown.

The Lord Jesus, you know, makes two offers to everyone. He offers to set us free from the penalty of our sin. And He offers to set us free from the power of our sin. Both of these offers are made on exactly the same terms: we can accept them only by letting Him do it all. Every believer has accepted the first offer. Many have not accepted the second offer. They mistakenly think that they must have some part in overcoming the power of their sin; that their efforts, their will, their determination, strengthened and helped by the Holy Spirit, is the way of victory.

All the powers of Deity which already wrought together in the accomplishment of the first part of the eternal purpose, the revealing of the Father’s likeness in the man Christ Jesus, are equally engaged to accomplish the second part, and work that likeness in each of the Father’s children.

Like Christ: the longer we meditate on that word, the more we realize how impossible it is without the other: In Christ. The outward likeness can only be the manifestation of a living, inward union. To do the same work as the Lord Jesus, I must have the same life. The more earnestly I take Him for my example, the more I am driven to Him as my Head, my Life. Only an inner life essentially like His, can lead us to a visible walk like His.

  “As ye have, therefore, received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him” (Col. 2:6).

Living our lives inside out.

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Thank you for all the prayers, the Lord has given me a respite today. I managed to stay shut in with Him all day. The silence was wonderful, and an equilibrium has been restored. That and I’m to tired to fight with anyone today.

CRAZY TRAIN

July 22, 2019

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Day 2, the angry games.

Well, I’m still in a bad mood, I’m still fighting with everybody, and I will confess that in my anger I have sinned. A lot. I’ve cussed more in 2 days than in 20 years. I haven’t read my bible in 2 days. I’m mean, sullen and just plain mad.

Now I realize that the Devil is working overtime on this. He is the destroyer and right now he’s got his foot in the door.

Now, I’m not shocked at my behavior, it’s the old carnal nature rearing his ugly head and to be honest I’ve done nothing to put it in check. Maybe it’s like the 7 year itch. I’ve been so well behaved, so pastoral, so ‘spiritual’ that maybe I’ve left things grow in my garden that should have been weeded out.

What scares the hell out of me right now is I’m like a cyclone, I don’t care what I tear down or destroy. Oh, I’m not charging out into the night banging hookers snorting snow and shooting every third person I see. It’s resentment, anger and I realize that I’ve used up all of my resources (earthly and physical) and that I’m at the end of my rope.

To all of you folks in AA you know that you have to hit bottom before you can look up.

I was in this same situation in 1985, out of money, health, resources, just been betrayed by my best friend and I was out throwing rocks in the air, trying to hit God in the head with one of them. My family was watching out the window wondering if I was ever going to calm down. Well I did and I know I will again. But you would think with all this experience, knowledge, background, foresight, hindsight, etc. I would come to my senses a little quicker.

Well, I’m not Nebuchadnezzar, so I’m not eating grass and running around naked like a crazy guy (to many red ants).

So keep me in your prayers and hopefully I calm down before I have a stroke.

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