JUST A LITTLE PRICK

October 11, 2021

Why is America (and the World) not experiencing revival even though many are praying for it?

Ask 10 different preachers, professors, and bible scholars the reason and you might possibly get 10 different answers.

Some believe that man can do nothing to bring about revival. That it is strictly in the providence of God, His schedule, His calendar, and nothing we can to can change that. And there is some truth in that.

Charles Finney one of the greatest American Evangelists that ever lived felt that way but with a plus. If a church, each and every member would deeply repent of their sins, then God might grant such a revival.

Therefore, if a person believes there can be human participation working hand in hand with God, then there can indeed be a revival.

Since there has not been a revival and people every where are praying for one there is only two possible answers. One, it is not in God’s calendar, perhaps we have gone to far in the wrong direction and/or two, people (Christians) are not genuinely repenting of their sins.

Many understand the term repentance to mean “a turning from sin.” Regretting sin and turning from it is related to repentance, but it is not the precise meaning of the word. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8–14; Acts 3:19). In summarizing his ministry, Paul declares, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds” (Acts 26:20). The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action.

Repentance involves recognizing that you have thought wrongly in the past and determining to think rightly in the future. The repentant person has “second thoughts” about the mindset he formerly embraced. There is a change of disposition and a new way of thinking about God, about sin, about holiness, and about doing God’s will. True repentance is prompted by “godly sorrow,” and it “leads to salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10) and in our thinking it can also lead to Christians having a revival.

In the Bible, repentance results in a change in behavior. That is why John the Baptist called people to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). A person who has truly repented of his sin and exercised faith in Christ will give evidence of a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:19–23; James 2:14–26).

No repentance, no revival.

Here is the dangerous part, not soul damning, but soul hardening.

If God has called us as a nation, meaning first of all YOU as an individual and the Holy Spirit told you which specific sin to give up and you did not become obedient, then you/we have hardened our heart and we will reap what we sow and it will not be a revival.

Think it over, is all that you do, think and act, pleasing to God?

NO REPENTANCE, NO REVIVAL.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Keep Margie in prayer, still in great spirit, still smiling, but her body is losing the fight, slowly but gradually. But what a testimony is shining through her. Many nurses have been touched by her sweet spirit and quoting of so many bible verses for each person.

Pray for Kaylee, a young (19) run away woman. Such a tale of sorrow. Needs salvation, needs healing, needs to let law enforcement do its part. Heartbreaking. We have her staying with Crissy, who is no stranger to abuse and will let Kaylee stay as long as she wants.

Less pain today, thank you for your prayers. I could actually walk today with out a cane or a walker.

Keep Steve H in prayer, guidance, encouragement, vim and vigor. For his wife Pam, we are praying for God to completely heal her knees.

DO YOU ENJOY CHRIST?

October 3, 2021

1 JOHN 2:3–6

Chuck Colson (1931–2012) of Watergate and Prison Fellowship fame wrote a masterpiece entitled Loving God. In it he said the essence of the Christian life is obedience:

  “But how do we love the Lord?” we ask. Jesus answered this in a discussion with His disciples: “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). Or, as the apostle John wrote later, “This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3). (Loving God, 40)

Dietrich Bonheoffer similarly states, “Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedient believes” (quoted in Colson, Loving God, 19). Both to love Him and to know Him is to obey Him. Knowing God and loving God are intimately wed ideas in 1 John (he will use the words more than 40 times each in this five-chapter letter), and both of them lead to obedience. To know God is to love God and to love God is to obey God. This obedience, John teaches us, reveals the genuineness of our faith (2:3), the authenticity of our confession (v. 4), the maturing of our love (v. 5), and our growth in Christlikeness (v. 6). For John—and it should be the same for us—there is a massive difference between merely saying and actually doing, between merely saying and truly knowing (1:6, 8, 10; 2:4, 6, 9). Matt Carter applies this truth in this way:

  When I am participating in an interview with someone we’re thinking about adding to our [church] staff … I let others ask the detailed questions. I ask the candidate only one question. I ask him or her, “When was the last time the thought of the gospel made you weep?” If the person we’re interviewing can’t answer the question, I simply won’t hire him or her. Why? Because I’ve realized there is a direct connection between a person’s love for Jesus and that person’s obedience to Him. (McCoy and Carter, The Real Win, 135)

What would your answer be? It is a really good question.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Rosie, today is her birthday and not one family member called her and she is from a huge family. She is a good wife, an excited Christian, but her blood family basically ignores her.

Praise from Jimmy H, Vietnam vet, a close friend, a longtime Christian leader, a man of great faith. Jimmy has had more bad things happen to him than anyone I know other than Job, literally, but he is like a Timex watch, takes a licking and keeps on ticking (you have to over 60 to remember those commercials). He said this is the best week he has had in months, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Keep Steve H in prayer, encouragement and guidance, vim and vigor, healing of his wife Pam’s knee.

Keep Margie in prayer, still fighting the good fight, still beating the odds. What an encourager.

I’m having minor surgery on my foot tomorrow, it is going to be painful and I hope I recover quickly.

NOT REALLY A GHOST

September 28, 2021

I read a staggering statistic this morning, “only 6% of evangelicals believe the Holy Spirit is real.”

WOW

6% of evangelicals, part of me wants to say how is that possible, but I know why. We are no longer a Christian nation and the church has failed miserably to be both salt (preserving) and light (evangelism) to the world. The United States is now a pluralistic nation. We are a nation of relativism. Hey, you believe what you want to believe but do not push your beliefs on me.

Well here are the Facts.

As early as apostolic times, false teachers doubted or denied the personhood of the Holy Spirit. Some pictured the Spirit as a force or influence exerted by God rather than a person. This tendency may derive in part from the word “spirit,” from the Latin spiritus, which means “breath.” The Greek word pneuma and the Hebrew word ruach both have the same meaning of “breath” or “wind,” as well as “spirit.” If we think of the Holy Spirit as merely the “breath” of God, then it is possible to perceive Him as an impersonal force rather than a distinct being having a separate identity from the Father. However, divine revelation is specific in its explanation that God is spirit (not material or physical). Like the wind, God exerts power and force while being invisible by nature. Observe the following proofs from Scripture (of which there are many) of the personhood of the Holy Spirit, as well as His separate identity from the Father:

  1. Personal pronouns are used in relation to the Holy Spirit: In spite of the fact that the Greek word for “spirit” is in neuter gender, the demonstrative pronoun ekeinos, “that One,” was used in John 16:13–14 to refer to the Holy Spirit. Paul used a masculine, relative pronoun to refer to the Spirit in Ephesians 1:13–14.

  2. Personal characteristics are ascribed to the Holy Spirit:

  3. a) Intelligence: The Holy Spirit is one who reveals the things of God (1 Cor. 2:10–12). Furthermore, “the word of wisdom” and “the word of knowledge” are gifts given by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:8).

  4. b) Emotion and feeling: The Holy Spirit loves (Rom. 15:30) and is grieved (Isa. 63:10; Eph. 4:30).

  5. c) A will: Gifts are distributed to people according to the will of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:11).

  6. Personal actions are attributed to the Holy Spirit:

  7. a) He speaks (Acts 13:2; Acts 21:11; Rev. 2:7; Rev. 2:11; Rev. 2:17; Rev. 2:29).

  8. b) He testifies (John 15:26).

  9. c) He teaches (John 14:26).

  10. d) He intercedes (Rom. 8:26–27).

  11. e) He guides (John 16:13; Acts 16:6).

  12. f) He gives commands and ordains (Acts 13:2; Acts 20:28).

  13. g) He works miracles (Acts 8:39; Rom. 15:19).

  14. Personal reactions are ascribed to the Holy Spirit: The feelings resulting from certain human actions reveal the personhood of the Holy Spirit:

  15. a) He may be tested (Acts 5:9).

  16. b) He may be resisted (Acts 7:51).

  17. c) He may be lied to (Acts 5:3).

  18. d) He may be insulted and blasphemed (Mark 3:29–30; Heb. 10:29).

  19. Personal relationships are maintained by the Holy Spirit:

  20. a) With the Father: In the baptismal formula, the Spirit is associated on an equal plane, in name and personal identity, with the Father and the Son (Matt. 28:19).

  21. b) With Christ: The Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ and declare truths that relate to Him (John 16:13–14).

  22. c) With believers: The apostles sought the will and good pleasure of the Holy Spirit in forming the policies of the local church (Acts 15:28).

  1. Additional names of the Holy Spirit

It was observed earlier that God’s names portray His character. The names of God are not mere designations or identifications; they reveal a facet of God’s nature, attributes, or works. This same concept holds true with the names of the Holy Spirit. There are about 350 passages in the Scripture that reference the Holy Spirit in which more than 50 names or titles are discernable. The list below, while not comprehensive, is intended to provide an overview of the titles that add to the understanding of the Spirit’s nature or activity:

    The Spirit of God (1 Cor. 3:16)

    The Spirit (John 3:6)

    The Spirit of the LORD, Yahweh (Isa. 11:2, ASV)

    The Spirit of the living God (2 Cor. 3:3)

    The Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9b)

    The Spirit of His Son (Gal. 4:6)

    The Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19)

    The Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4)

    The Spirit of truth (John 16:13)

    The Spirit of glory (1 Pet. 4:14)

    The eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14)

    The Holy Spirit of promise (Eph. 1:13)

    The Helper (John 16:7)

I hope this helps you understand more of the nature of the Holy Spirit and that your faith and knowledge allow you to believe in the very real personhood of that part of the trinity known as the Holy Spirt.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Please pray for Jac Spruce, she was taken to the emergency room today very ill and doctors are not sure what is wrong with her.

Keep in prayer Mary A, her husband is also quite ill and his family have never taken to her and are treating her horribly.

Remember to pray for Steve H, vim and vigor, guidance and encouragement. Keep his wife Pam in prayer, complete healing of her knees is our prayer.

Pray for Cheyenne, salvation and a better self image.

Prayer is a surprising strategy for changing the world. Sometimes our prayers feels weak. We feel awkward trying. So we neglect prayer.

if we feel inept at prayer, it is because of our relationship to God. If we have been distant and negligent in our prayers, then they will feel the same way. We may need to have an individual revival in order to draw nearer to God. The best way to do this is to get a bible promise book and start reading all the promises God has made to us. He made those promises because He loves us and desires nothing more than to be close to us.

The second thing we need to do is discover a lost art in prayer. I can not remember a living preacher broaching this subject. Waiting on God in prayer. If you prayed 5 minutes than you should be silent and wait on God for Him to answer. Imagine talking to a loved one on the phone and asking a bunch of questions and then hanging up before they could ever answer.

Third, we need to plan, execute, evaluate, adjust, get better at it, and keep going in our prayer life. Like lifting weights. You will not gain strength or muscle if you do not increase the weight and intensity. We should do the same in prayer. We should also pray before, during, and after everything else we do. I am always amazed at the resistance I get in my prayer seminars from Christians who refuse to believe or put into practice praying about everything we do. The example I always give is, “do you pray before you go grocery shopping, that you do not over spend and the things you buy are actually good for you.” When I mention idea I hear “that is utter nonense.” But yet the bible says we are to bring all things to Gd in prayer. People who resist this idea are the same ones that have a boxed in God, He is allowed into some parts of our lives but not all.

Why so much prayer? For two reasons.

First, we’re picking a fight with demons: “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Eph. 6:12). What would you think of soldiers who go up against enemy tanks with squirt guns? That’s us—without prayer. We’re not just fighting websites. We’re fighting the unseen forces that put their dazzling, blinding powers on the surface of porn’s hideous evils.

In a way, I find the Bible’s teaching about Satan comforting. It means that we human beings aren’t responsible for all the evil in this world. But it’s also sobering. It’s why Jesus taught us to pray, “Deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13). Washington can’t do that for us. But God can. Only God can.

Which gives us a second reason for saturating every effort with prayer: we’re fighting our battles by God’s strategies. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4 NIV). We don’t have to get mean. We have prayer. The early Christians understood that, and it’s why they kept winning—against the odds. For example, the apostle Paul wrote, “Strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf” (Rom. 15:30). And this “striving” language means fighting, struggling. It’s how we call on God to send in the reinforcements only he commands against powers only he can defeat.

Think of your King this way, and you’ll pray more confidently.

The Lord Jesus Christ reigns today. He is in the control room of the universe. All the sins of man and machinations of Satan ultimately have to enhance the glory and kingdom of our Savior. We have become too enemy-conscious. We need to be more God-conscious, knowing that we have power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). He has already lost control because of Calvary, where the Lamb was slain.

So let’s pray not just against the allure of porn but also for the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13). We think, The better the gift, the less God is willing to give it. But the truth is the opposite. “How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit . . .” We don’t have to deserve the Holy Spirit, but we do have to ask: “. . . to those who ask him!” God is calling us into a lifestyle prayer so that we experience lifelong power. Real kingdom advance isn’t mechanical or automatic, like an assembly line with us pushing buttons and in control.

Real kingdom advance is personal—our King himself drawing near to you and your brothers, sensitive to you, listening to you. It’s you guys asking him for his power again and again. What he’s after is not just a whole new world of nobility but a whole new world of nobility so obviously miraculous that you’re blown away by what only he can do. Prayer is where that miracle keeps happening.

You can start each day with a simple prayer for yourself. Like this: “Lord, I needed you yesterday. I need you again today. You’ve given me a task that’s beyond me. So please increase my faith both right now and that it will grow, however you see my need. Thank you. In your holy name. Amen.” It isn’t complicated. It’s just the Lord’s Prayer—“Your kingdom come”—in your own words. It will work, not because you’re twisting God’s arm but precisely because you don’t have to twist his arm. Not because your words are convincing but because your Father is willing.

You can pray also for worldwide awakening. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see the next historic revival starting deep inside the porn industry? I have no time for “revival” if all it means is some nice suburban church improving its comfortable lifestyle while easing into heaven on cruise control. The revival I’m praying for is the risen King coming down into the lowest hell of porn and gently forgiving the bosses, the investors, the videographers, the performers, the website managers, the advertisers, the users, and everyone driving that engine of oppression. Our King can pour out upon anyone a joy they’ve never known. And I will never stop praying for that. Will you join me?

If we ask for that mighty blessing, I’ll be shocked if Jesus says no.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Questions, comments, prayer requests, testimonies, just want to say hello, I’m always excited to get pictures of where you live or pictures of how you mark your bible.

Scumlikeuschurch has one goal, spiritual growth.

There are only three things you need to grow as a Christian.

KNOWLEDGE

BELIEF

OBEDIENCE

Short and sweet, there is a level of ignorance never seen before. In the bible, the book of Hosea, 4:6, “my people perish from a lack of knowledge.”

To many churches today are making the bible non-relative to the congregation, it is now being presented as fables, allegories, myths, vague instructions from a limpid god.

I am always amazed when people come in for counseling and I say, “let’s see what the bible has to say about this.”

The most common response, “we did not know the bible talked about this.”

Because of a lack of knowledge about God’s word the world is believing every lie and untruth out there.

After consuming the Word of God, we must believe it is true and the path to righteous living. I know orators that can quote whole books of the bible, but amazingly do not believe any of it to be relative to today’s world.

Adam and Eve real, Noah and the Arc, real, angels and demons, real. Crossing the Red Sea, real.

Jesus dying on a cross for you, a substitution for you, the gift of salvation, real.

And last but not least, and here is the world’s biggest problem, OBEDIENCE.

We will do anything but be obedient. Because being obedient means being submissive to a higher power. It means being held accountable for our actions.

In my over 45 years of ministry I have heard this more than a couple of times; a husband is sexually abusing his wife, I confront him, his response, “you and God have no right to interfere with what goes on in the bedroom.” Really, the bible says the opposite.

Three simple terms, knowledge, belief and obedience. Without them we will never see a revival.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

GOD IS PERFECTLY GOOD

September 4, 2021

This is where you take a moment and think long and deep about each statement. These are immutable facts. For those of you that remember the long list versus the short list, these fall in the short list category.

God is the definition, source, and measure of all good in the universe

Evil is not necessary or equal with good

Evil is not necessary for the existence or knowledge of good

Evil is not necessary for free will

Contrary choice is not necessary for true love

More questions concerning the “problem of evil”

Finite and fallen people are unqualified to pass judgment on God’s goodness

God’s infinite goodness in Christ comforts the soul amidst the darkest evil

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

This is where you take a moment and think long and hard about each statement. These are immutable facts. For those of you that remember the long list versus the short list, these fall in the short list category.

God is the definition, source, and measure of all good in the universe

Evil is not necessary or equal with good

Evil is not necessary for the existence or knowledge of good

Evil is not necessary for free will

Contrary choice is not necessary for true love

More questions concerning the “problem of evil”

Finite and fallen people are unqualified to pass judgment on God’s goodness

God’s infinite goodness in Christ comforts the soul amidst the darkest evil

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

FALLEN

September 3, 2021

(Romans 1:18–32) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

God’s wrath focuses on those who “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” God’s wrath is not like human wrath. It is not an uncontrolled explosion of anger but a settled and consistent holy reaction to that which is contrary to the nature and will of God. His wrath is of a personal sort, directed toward offenses against Himself (“ungodliness”) and toward offenses against others (“unrighteousness of men”).

1:19 A naive notion that those who have never explicitly heard the gospel are not under condemnation is corrected in this passage. That which may be intuitively known about God has been placed in the minds (heart, conscience, cf. 2:15) of all men by God. This does not refer to the cosmos itself, which is an additional witness (Ps. 19:1; Acts 14:17). Rather, the “invisible attributes” of God are clearly seen and comprehended, stressing two great truths: (1) the fact of the existence of the godhead or deity, and (2) the eternal power of that deity. The apostle’s conclusion is that all men are, therefore, without excuse (v. 20).

1:21–23 Paul continues the theme of the accountability of all men by listing four ways in which men have demonstrated their rebellion against God: (1) Although men realize God’s existence, they do not glorify Him (v. 21). (2) Men are universally guilty of ingratitude to God (v. 21). (3) In the process of time men become increasingly “futile” (“empty” or “vain”) in their imaginations, darkening their minds (v. 21). (4) Finally, the process climaxes in a tendency to distort the concept of God and of His creation (v. 23). From this develops idolatry (v. 23) and distortion, even of the biological designs of the eternal God (1:24–27).

1:24–28 Three times God is said to give sinful man over to the evil desires of his heart (vv. 24, 26, 28). Within these declarations is a note of sorrow, together with a pronouncement of judgment.

1:24 Homosexuality is pictured by Paul not as the ultimate sin but as the ultimate distortion of God’s creative genius. When the human family indulges in sexual behavior antithetical to that for which they were biologically, psychologically, and emotionally designed, the “futile” imagination has so “darkened” the foolish heart (v. 21) that it is virtually impossible to view anything as God intended. To these awesome sins of homosexuality and sodomy, Paul applies six terms of evaluation: (1) “uncleanness” (v. 24), (2) “lusts” (v. 24), (3) “dishonor” (v. 24), (4) “vile passions” (v. 26), (5) “against nature” (v. 26), and (6) “shameful” (v. 27). After listing a host of other iniquities, Paul concludes the section with the promise of the certainty of God’s judgment against all such sin. Additional passages demonstrate that homosexuality is a hideous sin which falls under the scope of God’s judgment (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9).

1:32 This verse seems to imply that to “approve of those who practice” evil deeds is worse than the deeds themselves. In a sense this is true. To set up a favorable atmosphere in which evil is encouraged or applauded may have a much more disastrous effect ultimately than the committing of a single deed, because more evil eventually results.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember to pray for our salvation list, Lauren, Tara, Cheyenne, Nicole, Anne, Drew, Oscar, Cristina, Norma P and her husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr.

Keep Margie in prayer, doctors say a month tops. She is a tough cookie.

Keep the Happy Zion Church in prayer as they are still waiting on God to bring them a pastor.

Keep Steve H in prayer, encouragement, and guidance in the ministry, blessing for both him and his wife Pam, who needs relief from painful knee pain.

JUST ANOTHER LIE

August 27, 2021

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This is going to be a different devotion than all the rest IT IS A WARNING.

There is a video going around that is expertly crafted, and I do mean crafted. It is emotional, appealing, appears intellectual, it hits all the buttons. BUT IT IS A LIE.

First let me tell you that I am qualified to make this statement. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Ancient languages, Summa Cum Laude, a Master’s in Greek, an M.Div. in Biblical Theology and Counseling Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Plus 45 years of pastoring and teaching both Hebrew and Greek and Biblical counseling.

As you notice, my devotional page is simple, very simple. No banners, ads, archives, just text. I have something to say and I want you to read it. If it is important to you then print it out because there is no way to find it later.

HERE IS THE LIE.

The video makes you believe the sincerity, the heartfelt desire to help you, it is a miracle, the hand of God had to intervene. Well, it is all Bullshirt.

This video tells you that a certain scribe, bishop, translator, someone made a mistake and the secret to longevity, health, vitality has been hidden for hundred of years because a word for centuries has been mistranslated. The video tells you that the secret, a newly discovered word is really ‘cannabis’ not another plant that they say has no medicinal qualities and the hidden formula has been discovered. IT IS A LIE. THE WORD CANNABIS IS NOT THE MISSING WORD, OR THE HIDDEN WORD. IT IS NOT THE DISCOVERED WORD. GOD NEVER USED POT IN ANY RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AND ALL THE PATRIARCHS THAT LIVED HUNDRED OF YEARS DID NOT DO SO BECAUSE OF POT.

Whenever you see someone telling you they have a secret and it is from the bible and oh, by the way I’m going to sell you something, IT IS A SCAM. THERE ARE NO HIDDEN, UNDISCOVERED SECRETS IN THE BIBLE.

THERE ARE HIDDEN TRUTHS THAT YOU HAVE TO DISCOVER BECAUSE OF SIN AND OUR FALLEN NATURE AND OUR DARKENED MINDS NEEDING ENLIGHTENED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

BUT THERE ARE NO SECRETS AND NEVER BELIEVE ANYBODY THAT SAYS THEY WILL SELL YOU WHAT THEY DISCOVERED IN THE BIBLE.

NOT HOLY WATER, ANOINTED CLOTHS, SPLINTERS OF THE CROSS, INDULGENCES. A PIECE OF THE SHROUD.

It is a sad testimony that people would rather believe a cleverly wrapped lie than the truth. To be fair, it is an excellent video, I wish I had the where with all to produce the truth and disseminate it like quality production like that..

In love, scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Questions, comments, prayer requests. Drop me an email.

God Bless.

TURNING POINT

August 21, 2021

“He has created us through our union with Christ Jesus for doing good deeds which He beforehand planned for us to do” (Eph. 2:10, Williams.).

  The turning point in our Christian life comes when we begin to “let God be God,” the day we throw all caution (fear) to the winds and look to Him to carry out His purpose for us in His own time and way.

Our Father never does a thing suddenly: He has always prepared long, long before. So there is nothing to murmur about, nothing to be proud of, in the calling of God. There is also no one of whom to be jealous, for other people’s advantages have nothing to do with us. ‘It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy’ (Rom. 9:16). Our heritage, our birth, our natural equipment: these are things already determined by God. We may pick up other things in the way, for we are always learning; but the way is His way. When we look back over our life, we bow and acknowledge that all was prepared of God. To have such an attitude of heart, that is true rest.

  “Let us take care lest we get out of soul-rest in seeking further blessing. God cannot work whilst we are anxious, even about our spiritual advance. Let us take Him at His Word, and leave the fulfillment of it to Him.”

  “For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire” (Phil. 2:13, Weymouth.).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Questions, comments, prayer requests, counseling requests. Just send us an email.

Blessings.

HOW TO FAST

August 7, 2021

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REMEMBER AUGUST 8TH, 2021 IS A DAY OF FASTING AND PRAY FOR REVIVAL IN AMERICA.

Ever notice that when you’re moved to tears by grief you lose the urge to eat? When we grieve, our family and friends often have to plead with us to eat because our body’s appropriate response to grief is to fast. A prime example occurs in 2 Samuel 1:12, where David and his men are described as having “mourned and wept and fasted till evening” for their friends, their enemies and their nation.

Fasting is possibly the most misunderstood of all Christian spiritual practices because we tend to confuse fasting with similar practices (abstinence from food, Sabbath) or think it guarantees our prayers will be answered. Let’s look at what the Bible really says about fasting.

➤ Why do we fast?—Fasting is something we humans naturally do, not something we need to do to feel more spiritual.

➤ When should we fast?—In Scripture we find many situations where fasting is appropriate. Here are six of them:

  • Bereavement (see 1Sa 31:11–13; 2Sa 1:11–12; 3:31–35; 1Ch 10:11–12)

  • Distress (see 1Sa 1:7; 20:34; 1Ki 21:4–6; Est 4:3; Ps 109:1–5,24; Da 6:16–18; Ac 27:33)

  • Penitence (see 1Sa 7:5–6; Ne 9:1–3; Da 9:3–6, 20; Joel 1:13–14; 2:12–15; Jnh 3:5–9)

  • Seeking God’s intervention (see 2Sa 12:15–17; 2Ch 20:2–4; Ezr 8:21; Est 4:15–16; Ps 35:13–14)

  • Seeking guidance (see Dt 9:9; Jdg 20:26–28; Da 9:1–3, 20–23; 10:1–2,12; Ac 13:1–3)

  • Serving others.

➤ What are reasons not to fast?—Below are several reasons why fasting might not be a good idea:

  • When fasting endangers your health. Fasting can potentially be harmful to bodily health. There is no scriptural warrant for harming yourself to undergo a fast.

  • When fasting becomes an empty ritual (see Jer 14:11–12; Isa 58:1–7; Zec 7:4–7)

  • When fasting becomes mere show (see Mt 6:16–18; 9:14–15; Mk 2:18–20; Lk 5:33–35)

  • When fasting is imposed for false motives (see 1Sa 14:24–30)

➤ What can we expect to get out of fasting?—If fasting is done correctly, we can expect many results, including growing closer to God, feeling more solidarity with those who suffer and increasing our self-control. Of course, none of these things is guaranteed. We can hope God will respond to our prayers (which should always accompany fasting), but we should not assume we will always see profound results from our fasts. 2 Samuel 1:12.

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It is still 2 to 1, for every one American fasting on the 8th there are 2 people from other countries. In 1980 America saw one of the largest immigrations of Koreans. The reason they were coming to America to pray, fast and witness, as they had heard we were failing as a nation to evangelize.