5 MYTHS ABOUT BIBLE STUDY

January 31, 2020

Some Cowboy Brag Talk | Double Diamond Hill Ranch

5 MYTHS ABOUT BIBLE STUDY

Myth #1: You don’t need to study the Bible with others.

When it comes to studying the Bible, we often tend to think about doing it on our own. With a seemingly endless supply of resources available to us (both print and online), we might think that we can don’t need to study the Bible with other people. Now, of course, there is great value in personal study of the Bible! But when we only study the Bible on our own, we are cutting ourselves off from one of the main ways that God uses the Bible in our lives—the insight and wisdom of other believers. Scripture is so rich and multilayered that there are truths we often miss in our own individual study. Digging into God’s Word with others opens our eyes to see more from the Bible than we would see simply on our own.

One of the great benefits of gathering with God’s people is to be in the Word together. Paul stresses this when he writes to Timothy, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Tim. 4:13). In addition to paying close attention to the preaching of the Word on Sunday mornings, we should look for opportunities to spend time with fellow believers studying the Bible, whether that is in a small group, adult education class, or some other context.

Myth #2: You need a degree to study the Bible.

Theological education is a great gift to the church. Investing extended time to receive training in theology, church history, and hermeneutics pays benefits that last a lifetime. But God did not give the Bible just for the use and benefit of scholars and pastors. He gave it to all of God’s people, not just its leaders. Consider just a few of the things David says about God’s Word in the Psalms:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7)

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. (Psalms 119:97–100)

God gave us the Bible because he wants all his people to understand who he is and how we should live as his people. Gregory the Great was right when he famously wrote, “Scripture is like a river again, broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim.”1

Myth #3: You need to know Greek and Hebrew to study the Bible.

In a sense, this is another version of the previous myth. For many pastors and teachers, studying Greek and Hebrew in seminary was hard work. So it makes sense that they want to use that knowledge to help people understand the Bible. But sometimes they can do this in a way gives the impression that if you do not know Greek and Hebrew, you can’t really study the Bible.

That could not be further from the truth. Addressing the church in Rome, Paul writes:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

At least a sizable portion of the believers in Rome were Gentiles who did not know Hebrew. Yet in their local congregations, they regularly heard the Old Testament read and explained based on Greek translations of the Hebrew. Indeed, Paul regularly quotes from these Greek translations as he writes to believers.

God gave us the Bible because he wants all his people to understand who he is and how we should live as his people.

Without question, the languages are a great tool for studying the Bible, but they are not essential. The English language has numerous faithful Bible translations that accurately reflect what the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic mean. Careful study of these English translations produces us with life-giving spiritual food.

Myth #4: You need a lot of time to study the Bible.

Our lives are busy. We regularly feel the pressures of various responsibilities such as family, work, school, church, and relationships (among other things) competing for our time and energy. Sometimes studying the Bible can feel like just one more thing that we don’t have time to fit into our schedules because we think that it requires extended stretches of time to do it.

In reality, most of us probably have more time available than we realize. Consider, for example, how much time many of us spend on our phones, browsing social media, or watching our favorite shows. But even if we truly lack extended time to study the Bible, God’s Spirit is capable of using even smaller chunks of time (even as small as 10–15 minutes) to deepen our understanding of who God is, what his plan for the world is, and who we are as human beings.

Myth #5: You need a complicated method.

Some approaches to studying the Bible are very detailed and complicated, involving a large number of steps. When you have the time, energy, and patience, these methods can be very helpful for plumbing the depths of Scripture. But the more complicated the method, the greater the possibility that we might get bogged down or overwhelmed.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Jesus gave us guidance on what we should focus on when studying the Bible. When asked about the greatest commandment in Scripture, he responded:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:37–39).

According to Jesus, everything in Scripture in some way relates to loving God or loving our neighbor. So one very simple method for studying the Bible is asking good questions that help us to see the very things that God wants us to see in Scripture.

When it comes to studying the Bible, delight is the strongest fuel. If we truly believe that our very spiritual lives depend on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut. 8:3; Matt 4:4), we will make the time to study God’s Word. Like David before us, we will pray for God to give us life by his Word (Ps. 119:25, 37, 50, 93, 107, 116, 144, 154, 156, 159). Why not take a moment to ask God to open your eyes to see wondrous things from his Word (Ps. 119:18)?

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Prayer requests, I was out driving through west Texas, trying to get home before dark. Ranches out here have tens of thousands of acres. There on a knoll about 50 feet in from a cattle crossing was a sheet of plywood painted white and someone with a can of red spray paint wrote, “pray for Me”.

Now I’m sure the locals know who this is. But if you know me, I have to know. So, driving down this caliche packed road, dust everywhere, 17-mile-long driveway, I come to a ranch house. I blow my horn once and step out and stand in front of my truck.

Out walks this typical west Texas rancher, tall, raw bone, narrow eye slits, rusty stained Stetson hat, a Lariat cowboy shirt and Justin boots, with low worn heels. And the stereo-typical two border collies.

He walks out and shakes my hand and says; “you’ve read my sign?”

Yes sir I have.

We walk into his house and for 45 minutes he tells me Job’s story, only it’s him.

I say let’s pray, he slides out of the chair right on to his knees, closes his eyes and raises both hands heaven ward.

I’m instantly choked up. This is one worn out old Saint. He opens one eye to look at me and says; “well, you gonna start or not.”

I laid my hand on his shoulder and we had a come to Jesus meeting.

I had to call my wife and tell her I would miss dinner. But I had beans and bacon, black coffee (milk and cream is for dandy’s according to Ray) and a plug of Yellowcake (chewing tobacco, it almost killed me, But when in Rome).

So pray for Ray. He loves the Lord and just wants to go home.

VERY SUPERSTITIOUS

January 30, 2020

Truth and Beauty: The Second Coming: Stevie Ray Vaughan

HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS, MR. STEVIE RAY VAUGHN, WHO SINGS, ‘VERY SUPERSTITIOUS’.

 

You say you’re not superstitious!

You’re a Christian and you tell me you’re not superstitious!

My next question is always the same.

How long has it been since you’ve read the book of Job?

Most Christians haven’t read it or the major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, yet they’ll read Daniel).

Why Not? Because they are superstitious. Those books detail horrible suffering. I often hear; “well, I was reading Job once,, and my dog died, my wife died, the gold fish died and I lost a golfing buddy”. (kidding, kind of).

Yes, they are hard to read, they are convicting, they show a side of God we would rather not think of. It’s a vivid reminder of that fact that some people are going to hell.

And the big one, it’s about suffering. The hyper faith, Joel Osteen cult members and their ilk don’t believe a Christian is going to suffer. Most Christians think if they do enough good works they won’t suffer. And when you do suffer as a Christian, Ms. Snooty Snot Pants will be the first to visit and tell you that it must be ‘secret sin.’

When you do suffer, notice I said when, not if. God is really concerned about one thing, your response.

Responses to Suffering—In the hour of suffering the Christian should attempt to determine first of all just why he may be suffering. One can suffer because of his position or his disposition. Peter brings this truth out in his first epistle: “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully” (1 Pet. 2:18, 19).

Suffering is often a two-sided coin. On the one side suffering may be viewed as coming from God to bring out the best in us. See Gen. 22:1, 2, 15–18; Heb. 11:17. On the other side Satan attempts to use the same temptation and suffering to bring out the worst in us (James 1:13, 14).

Finally, the believer can react to suffering in three different ways: a. Despise it, that is, treat it too lightly, as did Esau his birthright (Heb. 12:5, 16). b. Faint under it, that is, treat it too seriously (Heb.12:5).

  1. Be exercised by it, that is, receive instruction from it. This is the reaction desired by God ( Heb. 12:11–13). During this time both Peter and Paul advise us to commit our pain and suffering to God, realizing He is faithful to work out all things for our good and God’s glory (Rom. 8:28; 1 Pet. 4:19). James tells us to count it all joy when we experience these dark hours (James 1:2).

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Let’s pray especially for those we know that suffer from chronic pain.

WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A DOG

January 29, 2020

DOG BONE

Recently I wrote a devotion about jealousy and envy. I recently met a man who is the epitome of jealousy.

So Bob and Barb (not their real names) started coming to church. Very nice, had a letter from their pastor about their good standing in their home church. Bob travels all over the world and is gone extensively.

So we invited Barb over for dinner, it was the most reluctant acceptance of a dinner invitation I’ve ever seen. They are both in their late 30’s and both are an attractive couple. Barb called my wife and accepted the dinner invite on the grounds that dinner would be early and she could be home before dark. Sure thing we said.

Dinner went well and then we played a board game and did some bible reading. We noticed Barb beginning to get teary eyed and my wife asked what was wrong. Barb broke down crying. Seems Bob is extremely jealous. She has no friends and the only reason Bob gave her permission to come for dinner was the fact that 1, we’re the pastor and 2, he commented often to her about how great our marriage seemed and that we were both very affectionate with one another.

Now Barb is a remarkable looking woman, a head turner if you want to use that expression. And Bob is constantly looking to see who is looking at his wife. And with all the traveling he does he has his mother constantly checking on her and he calls her several times a day.

Because he keeps her almost locked up, she is very timid and hardly knows how to get around even in our small town.

She said she started crying because my wife seems so happy and that my wife works and we seem like the perfect couple.

I told her I would be willing to counsel Bob and she almost had a stroke. “don’t you dare tell him I told you I am unhappy.”

Alarmed I asked if he harmed her, no, not ever physically, but he would berate her about being to ‘forward’.

Well Bob spent abut 25k (yes that is the right amount) on a highly trained German Shepherd. The dog would be her companion while he was gone, and she wouldn’t need to go anywhere except church and grocery shopping.

So Bob comes home after being gone for 44 days and gives Barb a hug and the dog attacks him and puts him the hospital. He wants the dog put down, but I tell him I will take the dog and put it to work here on the ranch.

While visiting Bob I asked him if he saw the irony in the situation. He just looks at me with a blank stare. “Bob, the dog bit you because it was jealous.”

Since he was a captive audience (bed ridden) I had a talk with him about how he was treating his wife and that we were going to have her move in with us if he didn’t straighten up. If he could have gotten out of bed right there we would have had a showdown. Cussing, swearing, threatening me. I just sat there and then played back the recording on my phone of what I said and what he said.

The look on his face was priceless. So keep Bob and Barb in prayer. They will be coming in for counseling when he is out of the hospital Saturday.

Oh, and Barb asked for the dog back. Rex is now back with Barb and we will see how this turns out.

Good boy, Rex.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

(and yes I do have a twisted sense of humor, that’s nothing new).

SWORD BEARING SAINTS

January 28, 2020

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We should all take great comfort in the fact that we cannot lose our salvation. One of the charges against those that believe in this manner is that we will live a careless and frivolous lifestyle, doing whatever we want because we can’t lose it. Trust me, none of God’s truly elect live this way. In fact scripture demands the very opposite of us.

One of the key texts of Scripture in regard to the pursuit of assurance is 2 Peter 1:10–11, where we read: “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Here, without ambiguity, the apostolic mandate is for us to inquire into the certainty of our election, and not in a cavalier, casual way. Rather, we are to make our calling and our election sure through a diligent pursuit. The apostle tells us this is very important, then goes on to give us practical reasons to be diligent in making our calling and election sure.

  Peter is very concerned about this concept of election. His first epistle is addressed to “those who are elect exiles” (1 Peter 1:1). He writes to the elect and teaches the elect what it means to be elect. Peter explains what election is supposed to look like in our spiritual journey. That’s why, in the second epistle, when he addresses the same people, he reminds them how important it is to make their election sure.

  Peter’s mention of “election” is very important, for it is here that we step through the doorway of theology. Many people do not believe in election, forgetting that it is a biblical concept. Others ask, “How do you know whether you’re elect or not?” I tell people who are struggling with the concept of election that I cannot think of a more important question to get resolved in the Christian life than the question of whether we are numbered among the elect. If we have a sound understanding of election, and if we know that we are numbered among the elect, that knowledge provides unbelievable comfort to us as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12) and as we encounter the various afflictions that are placed before us in our Christian lives (2 Tim. 3:12).

  In 2 Timothy 1:12, Paul writes, “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” Paul is talking here about his confidence for his own future because of his knowledge of where he has put his faith. He says he trusts not in his own power to persevere to the end of the race. Instead, his confidence is based on the One in whom he has believed, knowing that One is able to keep him. That is the kind of certainty of election that Peter is telling us to pursue with diligence.

  If we are called to make our election sure, then it follows that we are able to make our election sure. It is possible for us to know whether we are numbered among the elect. Therefore, we should not postpone seeking assurance till the ends of our lives. We should seek it diligently now. We should get it settled that we are numbered among the elect, that we are in the kingdom of God, that we have been adopted into the Father’s house, and that we are truly in Christ, and He in us.

Election is unto salvation. In this view, if you are elect, you will be saved, and if you are saved, that is the clearest sign that you are numbered among the elect. Let me say it another way: None who are saved are not elect, and none who are elect fail to be saved. Salvation flows out of election, so if we want to be sure of our salvation, we need to know whether we are numbered among the elect.

  In Peter’s teaching, we see why it is so important that we be diligent in making our calling and election sure. If we are sure that we are numbered among the elect, we can be certain with respect to our salvation, not only for today but for the future as well. This is true because election does not simply make salvation possible, it guarantees the salvation of the elect. In other words, the purpose of God in election is to save the elect. That purpose cannot and will not be frustrated.

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Pray for America, we need a spiritual reformation first (back to all the precepts of the bible) and then a revival.

Pray for Christians to be bold and not cowering from the PC crowd. We need to be more outspoken that they are. I’m afraid to many Christians are cowards, ‘oh my, what if I offend someone.’ Jesus said He came so that we would be offensive, that families would be split, brother against brother, etc. in our bringing the Gospel message to a hostile world. (please look up that verse, I’m always amazed at people when they tell me that’s not in the bible).

in or out or back and forth

January 27, 2020

FAITH PICTURE

I spent over half my ministry preaching in churches that didn’t believe in the election of the saints, nor in eternal security. Surprisingly, what changed my mind was counseling Christian men in a sexual addiction group that changed my mind.

Those that believed in backsliding and leaving the economy (system/salvation) of God; were only motivated to change their behavior by having a ‘come to Jesus’ moment; i.e. getting saved again, and again and again. There was little to no shame because they felt they were no longer Christians and just needed to get saved again. Over and over. Most of them only came to counseling because they got caught.

On the other hand, those that believed in eternal security and the election of God, felt a deep sorrow and conviction and were ashamed of their behavior and were sorrowful over ‘wounding’ Jesus anew.

These men often heard the radio broadcast or heard of the sex addiction meetings for Christian men and felt compelled to come in for counseling.

You can already guess which group I had the most success with. (the latter, not the former).

One thing that always amazed me was when I tried to convince the ‘fall out of salvation’ group that they were still saved and still loved and needed to repent not have another conversion experience. They often showed incredible disbelief and anger that I wouldn’t accept the idea that they had ‘lost’ their salvation and just simply needed to ‘re-convert’ and that would solve the problem.

As you can see one group still felt the love of God and wanted that fellowship back. The other group couldn’t believe that they were loved and acceptable and needed a lifestyle change. Practicing righteousness, the putting off and putting on of Ephesians 4:22-24.

One set of verses that both camps seem to overlook regarding eternal security is this.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” (John 17:6–12, NKJV)

We are kept by God, not our works, although the Christian will manifest good works/fruit. The elect of God are given to Christ for safekeeping. We may really screw up our lives, but if our salvation was genuine than we are promised to be kept by God.

Ah, and there’s the rub, genuine salvation. Well that will be for tomorrow.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Andy O, salvation.

Remember Bill Warneke in prayer, chronic neck pain and the beginnings of dementia.

Pray for Katherine, married 51 years, 47 of them bad. After 5 years of being a widow, she informed today she wants me to find her a Cowboy.

WORD BOUND

January 26, 2020

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One of the most dangerous things we can do as Christians is to determine our theology by our experience, because no one’s experience is normative for the Christian life. We have to determine our theology from the Word of God, not from what we feel. Not only that, we are open to misunderstanding and misinterpreting the meaning and significance of the experiences we go through. That’s why we are called to check our experiences against Scripture, so that we define our faith by what Scripture says, not by what we feel or what we experience. If we rest our assurance on an experience and not on the Word of God, we’re inviting all kinds of doubts to assail us in our pilgrimages. We need to seek authentic knowledge of our salvation, not just some warm and fuzzy experience.

One of the best insults I was ever given was by another pastor. I was taking him to task for his bad theology and the affect it was having on people. This guy was the pinnacle of all smoke and no fire. Mr. warm and fuzzy. After confronting him about his unscriptural practices his response was; “Brother, you are just Word bound, God is doing a new thing and its based on experience.”

I can’t think of a greater complement than being called ‘Word bound.’

All of your theology, experiences, even your opinions, all have to be brought to the Word of God for a thorough and complete examination.

You too should be “Word Bound”

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Barbara W and Gerrie Lynn and clan, their mother and Aunt passed this morning into glory after suffering greatly and for a long time.

being me

January 25, 2020

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Was Jesus more introverted or extroverted?

 People who are more extroverted get energy from human interactions and are often talkative, assertive and outgoing. They are energized when they are around other people. Even from a young age, Jesus seemed to exhibit the traits of an extroverted person; his parents thought he was hanging out with family or friends on their journey home from Jerusalem (see Lk 2:44). Maybe Jesus tended to be extroverted.

 In contrast, people who are introverted get their energy from solitary activities and gain their drive from being alone or with close friends, rather than with groups of people. Jesus displayed many of these tendencies too (cf., Mt 8:18). Maybe Jesus tended to be introverted.

 Or maybe he was both—or neither.

  Jesus perfectly embodied both types of personalities. He knew when to withdraw from people and he knew when to move towards them. He knew when to step back and pray and he knew when to move forward and heal. He knew when to talk and he knew when to listen.

  Most of us lean toward one end of the introversion/extroversion spectrum. We all have natural abilities and inclinations that can affect how we respond to God’s calling. But because we are called to imitate Christ, we will find ourselves following his example. Jesus didn’t let his temperament prevent him from doing what was necessary, especially when it required loving others.

We can expect that following Christ will require us to move beyond our “comfort zone.” But that doesn’t require we deny or ignore our natural temperament. Our natural dispositions are part of God’s design and can be used to enhance our spiritual growth.

 Many spiritual disciplines favor certain temperaments. For example, solitude might come more naturally to an introverted person, while fellowship might be easier for extroverted people. While we need to engage in both, our inclinations can lead us to delve deeper into certain disciplines that seem to be a “natural fit.”

 We can even find ways to tailor the way we practice disciplines to our personalities. For example, an introverted person might feel more comfortable with indirect forms of communal engagement of Scripture, such as using Bible study tools, while an extroverted person might find reading the Bible in a group setting to be more effective than solitary engagement.

It’s important to know your temperament because when you need to rest and revitalize it will be according to your temperament.

It’s also important to accept how God created you and to work with your temperament and not against it. You can go ‘across the grain’ once in awhile but it will wear on you in the long run.

I’m highly independent, so meetings and staff meetings irate me. I view them as controlling and insulting and a huge waste of time. But they are a part of my world. Even as the guy in charge, I know I have to conduct these meetings in order to keep everyone (including myself) accountable and be able to make corrections.

The secret for me is to tell myself they are 1; infrequent, 2; short, and 3; necessary. When I keep that in mind the meetings go quickly, plus all my staff know that’s what is expected.

Discover your temperament, accept it, don’t work outside of it to long and realize God created you that way.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Baron, he took a new job after working at the ‘old’ 30 years. Today he is now out of work and there is no job to go back to.

Pray for Bobbie, married for 28 years. I think his wife was faithful maybe the first week. 5 kids, possible that none are his.

Remember Olivia and baby Eli and Trey. Pray especially for Olivia’s health.

Salvation for; Mona r, Lauren M, Tara, Anne, Nicole. Norma Perales and her husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr. and Cristina and Oscar.

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So it kind of bothers me when I hear well respected Bible teachers saying the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not needed today.

Now I understand probably better than most the damage the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement caused. I also think that I’m about as well rounded denominationally as anybody can get. Started out as a Lutheran, then 20+ years as a Pentecostal pastor, than Church of Christ and now, non-denominational vanilla.

I also traveled extensively with Oral and Richard Roberts, Gene Scott, Kenneth Hagin, John Hagee, Dr. James Kennedy and many more of various theological persuasions. I went to a Pentecostal Bible College, a Brethren Seminary and a secular college for my Ph.D.

It’s been my experience that the more mature a church is spiritually the gifts of the spirit seem to lessen. No, I don’t think its spiritual numbness or cold hearted it just seems to work out that way.

I will also say that traveling as a church disciplinarian for churches with some serious problems, that a major abuse was the ‘gifts’ of the spirit. (not of God but human abuse or counterfeit.

So in conclusion as long as 1 Corinthians 1:7 is in the bible there can be no doubt that the gifts are to be in use until the return of Christ. It is utter nonsense to believe those that say as long as we have the bible it’s all we need. Pastors that nullify the gifts today are in my opinion, ignorant, domineering and control freaks. Pastors that practice all the gifts are often, ignorant, domineering and control freaks. You can see the problem.

My best word of advice is attend a church you are comfortable with, that believes in all of the bible all of the time. And don’t let anyone use the ‘gifts’ to control you. But don’t shy away from them because they have been abused.

1 Corinthians 1:7 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

7 so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

  1. The Word of Knowledge

  2. The Word of Wisdom

  3. The Gift of Prophecy

  4. The Gift of Faith

  5. The Gifts of Healings

  6. The Working of Miracles

  7. The Discerning of Spirits

  8. Different Kinds of Tongues

  9. The Interpretation of Tongues

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Comments, prayer requests or questions feel free to email me.

Go to church, be happy.

ENVY VS. JEALOUSY

January 23, 2020

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There is a distinction between jealousy and envy. To envy is to want something which belongs to another person. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, his wife or his servant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” In contrast, jealousy is the fear that something which we possess will be taken away by another person.

Although jealousy can apply to our jobs, our possessions, or our reputations, the word more often refers to anxiety which comes when we are afraid that the affections of a loved one might be lost to a rival. We fear that our mates, or perhaps our children, will be lured away by some other person who, when compared to us, seems to be more attractive, capable and successful.

Webster’s definition of jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself.

mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.

vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.

a jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.

Being the fallible human beings that we are, we should never think that we are never jealous or envious. It can be subtle or rampant, mild or psychotic.

It might even be active in our life and we don’t know it. A good example is; “I wish I could __________ like so and so can.” Ok, that may be harmless unless we start fixating on it or being obsessive.

Suggestions; pay attention to your inner dialogue. Are you making statements about desires that are unhealthy?

Never want more than what God has given you. If He gives you a desire for something that is His will, He will lead you and guide righteously to obtain it.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Farheen, she is new to America and experiencing culture shock. Also embracing feminism to the point where there are family problems. Pray her father is more patient.

Pray for George G, eye surgery tomorrow.

Remember our girls, Caliste and Stephanie, both with inoperable brain tumors. Both doing well and most days no fear or dwelling on what could happen.

There is a distinction between jealousy and envy. To envy is to want something which belongs to another person. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, his wife or his servant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” In contrast, jealousy is the fear that something which we possess will be taken away by another person.

Although jealousy can apply to our jobs, our possessions, or our reputations, the word more often refers to anxiety which comes when we are afraid that the affections of a loved one might be lost to a rival. We fear that our mates, or perhaps our children, will be lured away by some other person who, when compared to us, seems to be more attractive, capable and successful.

Webster’s definition of jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself.

mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.

vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.

a jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.

Being the fallible human beings that we are, we should never think that we are never jealous or envious. It can be subtle or rampant, mild or psychotic.

It might even be active in our life and we don’t know it. A good example is; “I wish I could __________ like so and so can.” Ok, that may be harmless unless we start fixating on it or being obsessive.

Suggestions; pay attention to your inner dialogue. Are you making statements about desires that are unhealthy?

Never want more than what God has given you. If He gives you a desire for something that is His will, He will lead you and guide righteously to obtain it.

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Pray for Farheen, she is new to America and experiencing culture shock. Also embracing feminism to the point where there are family problems. Pray her father is more patient.

Pray for George G, eye surgery tomorrow.

Remember our girls, Caliste and Stephanie, both with inoperable brain tumors. Both doing well and most days no fear or dwelling on what could happen.

WHAT’S MY NAME?

January 22, 2020

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Thank God he is in charge of the details.

We recently did a devotion on God knowing us.

Good news is He knows us and names us even when we get the facts wrong.

For the longest time we’ve been asking you to pray for Olivia, baby Eli and Tim. He’s in the navy and is on a submarine crew. Even though he missed Thanksgiving and Christmas, he got back early.

Even better news, he doesn’t go by Tim but by Trey. So the prayers are still good, just now they can get even better, (by human standards).

We need to keep Olivia in prayer, she has had for as long as I’ve known her a serious disease. It has been crippling. It was a miracle she got pregnant and a miracle the baby was healthy and she survived giving birth.

So keep Olivia, Eli and husband Trey in prayer.

Isaiah 43:1 ESV

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1-28 ESV

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. …

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

John 10:14-15 ESV

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

No matter where we are, whether it’s day or night, whether we are at home or thousands of miles away. God knows our name, and what we truly need. Operative term there, needs, not wants.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember bill warneke in prayer chronic neck pain and the beginnings of dementia.

Sherry M. still behaving and coming to church.

Pray for those that suffer with seasonal affect disorder, yes SAD. No sunshine and no regular contact with folks because of the weather causes seasonal depression.

Remember those on our salvation list.