DARKNESS IS ON THE RUN

October 20, 2021

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Love One Another and Walk in the Light of Salvation

1 JOHN 2:7–11

John is good at simplifying the Christian life. Basically he says to know Jesus, obey God, and love others. Briefly introduced in verse 5, John will now give more intense attention to the theme of our love life. In verse 5 it was our love for God that concerned the apostle. Now in verses 7–11 he must address urgently our love for others.

John begins with an affirmation of his love for those to whom he is writing. He calls them “dear friends” or “beloved.” It is the Greek word agapetoi, and John will use it six times in this letter (2:7; 3:2, 21; 4:1, 7, 11). It is a term of endearment, of heart-felt love and concern. It usually serves John well as he begins a new thought. In this instance, though, it allows him to continue and expand on the idea of God’s commands. Here he will narrow his focus to one specific command: the command to love. Interestingly, though the idea of love is clearly the theme of this section, the word itself only appears in verse 10.

This section raises the question: Does John believe a right love for God (v. 5) is absolutely essential for a right love toward our brothers (v. 10)? I believe the answer is a resounding Yes! Indeed the two are inseparable.

In Christ the command to love one another is strengthened, deepened, expanded, and given a depth of meaning and understanding never seen before His coming in the incarnation. And now that same kind of supernatural love is being seen and experienced in those who love Him and abide in Him. But there’s more! Perfect love as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has dealt a death blow to darkness. Darkness is on the run and it cannot outrun the light. In fact the darkness is already departing and the true light already shines! The light of the world (John 8:12) has come. The King of light and love is already reigning, and the fullness and consummation of that reign is just around the corner. How we love one another gives evidence of all of this.

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AS LONG AS IT TAKES

October 19, 2021

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We have very many prayer requests today, some of these folks I have known personally as their pastor for years. Some we have never met face to face, but they follow scumlikeuschurch.wordpress.com. we are blessed to have some very dedicated prayer warriors that take very seriously a sacred duty to pray for you at least once a day, some several times a day. We say, “God Bless you all”.

A common question I get asked often about prayer; “pastor, how long am I supposed to pray for this person or for this request”?

I have a couple of answers; one, until the prayer is answered, two, until the person is healed or passed away, three; God removes the burden to pray for the person, place or thing. fourth; God answers with a no.

I am sure there are more answers, but I feel like these are the most common ones.

Pray for Ray M. almost died of covid, only by getting Hydroxychloroquine did he recover, one more day and he probably would have died. He is a high-risk person and is fearful of getting a variant and is very fearful. So keep him in prayer.

Larry A, just diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Pray for Margie, still hanging in there dying what and when the doctors are saying about her dying, still smiling and still singing.

Keep Matthew in prayer, they are now saying a birth defect is what is causing all his hip pain.

Pray for Steve H, encouragement, guidance, a blossoming of his gifts. For his wife Pam, healing of her knees. pray the bid they put in for a home is accepted

Salvation for Lauren, Tara, Anne, Cheyenne, Cristina, Norma Perales, Hunter, Garrett, Tavon, Philip, Drew, Lubbock, Rick Perales and son Rick Jr. Oscar.

Allen says thank you for the prayers and the new pastor has been given a new spiritual heart.

Larry R, healing of cancer.

Dave I, as he battles his 5th cancer battle.

  1. C. Hickman, healing from cancer.

Pray hard, for Caliste Burt, problems with the last 2 brain tumors. This a great Christian warrior, surround her with prayer.

Pray for the Happy Zion Church in Missouri, looking for an exceptional pastor, fit just right for them.

BLESSING THE BLESSERS

October 18, 2021

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Sometimes we lack in appreciating each other as believers in Christ. We need to follow Paul’s example, and record what we see in others. You probably have all heard this statement, “80% of the work done in church is done by 20% of the people”. Well that is a true statement, not only in work but in financial support as well.

There is always nameless brother, an elderly saint, a widowed person, that in the background constantly praying, writing cards, visiting shut-in’s and they are never heralded, nor do they want to be.

And there are those who just by nature are natural encouragers, God bless them.

  1. Of the Nameless Brother, he said his praises were in all the churches—2 Cor. 8:18.

  2. Of Epaphras, he said, “He labored fervently in prayer” (Col. 4:12).

  3. Of Epaphroditus, he said, “He ministered to my wants” (Phil. 2:25).

  4. Of Onesimus, the slave, he said, He is “a faithful and beloved brother” (Col. 4:9).

  5. Of the Women in Philippi, he said, “They labored with me” (Phil. 4:3).

  6. Of the Thessalonian Saints he said, “From you sounded out the Word of the Lord” (1 Thess. 1:8).

  7. Of Onesiphorus, he said, “He oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain” (2 Tim. 1:16).

We need to make sure as pastors and church leaders we are lifting up and encouraging those are laboring and striving for the church without wanting any spotlight on them.

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Remember Bill and Lois W, getting old and they need to admit they need help and fellowship.

Craig L, nationally known attorney, just retired and is driving his wife nuts because now he is home bugging her. Could be a homicide if he does not get a hobby.

Keep Dave I, in prayer, has battled and won 4 times against prostate cancer and now number 5 is back.

Margie is barely hanging on, doctors say she should have passed on last week but nope she is still praying and very feebly singing or humming old hymns and being a witness to Jesus.

Keep Steve H in prayer,vim and vigor, encouragement, blessing. And for his wife Pam, complete healing of her knees.

Continued prayers for the Happy Zion Baptist Church in Missouri, praying for the perfect pastor for them.

THE BARD

October 17, 2021

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There is an old illustration that’s hundreds of years old, but you might not have heard it yet and it does bear repeating.

In an old town in the Highlands of Scotland there was a small village that every summer they had a fair with all kinds of contests with rewards for the best tomato to the strongest man.

As it would be this particular summer a famous troupe’ of thespians happened to be traveling through the village and decided to stop and rest and perhaps even compete.

A master of the Bard (Shakespeare) decided that he could easily win when it came to the vocal speaking contest. Now it was time and the Bard stood and quoted the 23rd Psalm, masterfully, skillfully, his voice a resonant musical instrument pouring out a stirring rendition. The crowd applauded and threw coins to the talented Bard.

Then an old woodsman, grey haired and bent and hobbled with age and toil, painfully climbed the stairs to the podium. And in a voice just above a whisper, rendered his version of the 23rd Psalm. When done people bent their heads in prayer and others loudly praised the Lord. The Famous Bard approached the woodsman and said, “I truly know the oft quoted Psalm, but you surely know the heartbeat of the Shepherd.

There are those today who read the bible as an exercise in discipline, or read it out of curiosity, some for history and no doubt a host who seek to find errors or fault.

Yet blessed are those who read to find the Master and Savior of their souls.

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Have a blessed week.

SHOE LEATHER CHRISTIANITY

October 13, 2021

SHOE LEATHER CHRISTIANITY.

WHAT IS IT?

Sermons, Sunday School, Bible reading, all are worthless if there is not taught a way to apply it to our everyday living. Thus, shoe leather Christianity, it has to walk out the door with you and be able to be put to use.

One of the first lesson you need to learn especially if you are a new or young Christian is that a good percentage of the people attending your evangelical, or Pentecostal, Holiness church are fakes, wolves in sheep clothing, and they would like nothing better than to make you fall.

The simplest litmus test is how they act in church and how they act out of town.

The second most important lesson is realizing the devil will not just throw the temptation in your face (unless you are already more carnal that spiritual) no he will do it in increments.

For example;

How can a man of God fall into the trap of adultery? One wrong baby step at a time! The following breaks down the steps that many take leading to marital unfaithfulness or adultery. Note that each one is simply a “baby step” that any of us could take without seeing where it could ultimately lead.

  1. Sharing Common Interests.

  2. Mentally comparing with my mate.

  3. Meeting emotional needs.

  4. Looking forward to being together.

  5. Tinges of dishonesty with my mate.

  6. Flirting and teasing.

  7. Talking about personal matters.

  8. Minor yet arousing touch, squeeze, or hug.

  9. Special notes or gifts.

  • Inventing excuses to call or meet.

  • Arranging secret meetings.

  • Deceit and cover-ups.

  • Kissing and embracing.

  • Petting and high indiscretion.

  • Sexual intercourse.

(From Anatomy of Adultery – 15 Steps of Unfaithfulness by Keith Drury)

Someone quoted a tv speech to me the other day and it was the most vile, satanic, evil thing I think I’ve ever heard, with not one foul, dirty, cuss word in it. A woman of very loose morals made this comment; “I would never sleep with a married man with no kids, why should I ruin a married man’s life, no, I will only sleep with a married man, with 3-4 kids, that way I can wreck multiple generations”. That is evil incarnate.

Common deceptions or lies Satan uses to help men rationalize sexual sin:

  • Sexual sin is just part of being a man so there is nothing you can do about it.

  • You do not have a sexual addiction.

  • Partial obedience is good enough for God.  Remember, God is good!

  • Since my wife is unattractive or not sensitive to my needs; therefore, it is all right to have my sexual needs met somewhere else.  After all, God wants me happy.

  • You will only be happy with the woman who is your “soul mate”.  Consequently, it is permissible for you to be on the lookout for the right woman – your “soul mate”.

  • You married the wrong woman; therefore, it is all right to divorce her to marry the “right” woman because you were never really married in God’s eyes.

  • You can conquer your sexual problem(s) without God.

  • I was sexually abused; therefore, I cannot help myself.

  • Since I yielded some already, I might as well go all the way!

  • I sacrifice so much for the Kingdom of God that I deserve this indiscretion –  God understands.

  • No one faces the level of temptation that I face; therefore, God understands.

  • My wife is not meeting my needs; therefore, it is my right to have them met elsewhere – God understands

Strategies to stop the process of sin coming into our mind’s thoughts via our body’s senses:

Avert your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin from enticing people or things – immediately! (Job 31:1.1  Thessalonians 4:3-5.1  Corinthians 6:13-20. Galatians 5:19-21)

  • Concentrate on the other side of the road when female joggers go by (and do not look in the rearview mirror at them either!)

  • Change channels when sexual commercials are aired.

  • Do not rent any movies that are unsuitable for children, etc.

  • Install Web Blocking software.

  • Unsubscribe from provocative cable/satellite channels.

  • Block provocative channels that you cannot unsubscribe.

  • Go on a water fast because the desire for food is stronger than the desire for sex (the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach). (Psalms 35:13)

  • Flee – run away from the tempting person, places or things.

  • Have a strategy to avoid areas of temptation planned in advance.

Put these to good work and you will win the battle for moral purity.

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Keep the Happy Zion Church in your Prayers as they continue to seek a perfect (for them) pastor.

Keep Steve H in prayer, vim and vigor, guidance, encouragement, for his wife Pam, healing of her knees.

Keep Bill and Lois in prayer, all the things you hate about old age is hitting them.

Pray for me to lose weight, I have gained 50 lbs of covid fat. (not enough activity).

CAN YOU SMELL THE BIBLE

October 10, 2021

2 Kings 7

New International Version

Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah[a] of the finest flour will sell for a shekel[b] and two seahs[c] of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”

“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”

The Siege Lifted

Now there were four men with leprosy[d] at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”

At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.

Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”

10 So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.” 11 The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace.

12 The king got up in the night and said to his officers, “I will tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know we are starving; so they have left the camp to hide in the countryside, thinking, ‘They will surely come out, and then we will take them alive and get into the city.’”

13 One of his officers answered, “Have some men take five of the horses that are left in the city. Their plight will be like that of all the Israelites left here—yes, they will only be like all these Israelites who are doomed. So let us send them to find out what happened.”

14 So they selected two chariots with their horses, and the king sent them after the Aramean army. He commanded the drivers, “Go and find out what has happened.” 15 They followed them as far as the Jordan, and they found the whole road strewn with the clothing and equipment the Arameans had thrown away in their headlong flight. So the messengers returned and reported to the king. 16 Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of the finest flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley sold for a shekel, as the Lord had said.

17 Now the king had put the officer on whose arm he leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house. 18 It happened as the man of God had said to the king: “About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

19 The officer had said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!” 20 And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.

As children we’re taught to use our imaginations when reading. Adults ask us to visualize and describe what we’re seeing in our minds when we read stories about animals or tales of adventure. We naturally put ourselves into the tales and create “movies” we could watch in our mind’s eye.

But sometimes when we read as adults, we set aside our imaginative faculties. We read for a purpose so we skip the scene setting and instead try to extract and analyze “information.” Ironically, this causes us to miss much of value in a text.

Engaging with the Bible creatively and accessing the resources of our imagination enables us to perceive emphasis, tone, nuance, emotional-motivational force and aesthetic appeal that might be otherwise overlooked or misunderstood.

Here are a few exercises to help you to use your imagination to “enter the text.” Read through 2 Kings 7. Then read it again, using one of the following perspectives:

➤ As a newspaper reporter—Imagine you’re reporting on this event for a modern newspaper. How do you describe the scene and events? What background information do you include to make it accessible for your audience?

➤ As an eyewitness—Describe the scene as if you’re an eyewitness asked to provide evidence for a jury trial. What details do you include? How do you describe the people involved in the action and their motives?

➤ As a film director—Imagine you’re a director and this passage is a key scene in your movie. What camera angles do you use? What background music is playing, and how does it change as the scene progresses?

➤ As a character—Imagine you’re one of the people described in the passage. Everything happening is occurring in real time and you don’t know what comes next. How does that affect your understanding of the events taking place?

➤ Using your senses—Describe the scene using your senses. Start by creating as strong a visual impression as possible. Next move to hearing. Recreate the voices speaking and the ambient sounds (the clanging of the chariots and so on). Then, consider other senses. What smells are dominant? What do objects in the scene feel like when touched? 2 Kings 7

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October 7, 2021

THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FRUIT

After His Passion (Jesus was raised from the dead) by His Father, our God, to become the “first fruits” of all Christians that will be raised from the dead in the future (1 Corinthians 15:20. Romans 6:4). That is, those that have by faith accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and then die go to live in spiritual bodies in a spiritual place called Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8. John 14:1-3). Then, in the future, those humans that live in Heaven will be brought back to Earth to be reintegrated with their resurrected former “soul focused” physical bodies that have been transformed (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). Also, those that have accepted the gift of salvation and are still alive on Earth at this time will receive their transformed bodies then, too (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

That is, physical bodies transformed from being predominately concerned with self, with input from the five senses and subject to sickness, aging, and death, to a spiritual or rather “spirit focused” physical body that is impervious, powerful, immortal, and predominately concerned with God (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). Realize, our present physical bodies are made of flesh and blood with life in the blood (1 Corinthians 15:47-49. Leviticus 17:11). However, our future physical bodies will be made of flesh and bone – without blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). That is, our future bodies will be like the resurrected body of our Lord Jesus (Luke 24:39. 1 John 1:1. Philippians 3:20,21). With this body, Jesus was able to change from matter to energy (and vice-a-versa, E=mc^2) at will to walk on water, rapidly travel vast distances or walk through walls (Matthew 14:25-33. Luke 24:36-38. John 20:17). This transformation of our bodies will complete the process of what the Bible calls glorification (Romans 8:29,30). Thankfully, in the “Sweet By-and-By” we will have these wonderful new bodies not affected by sin and its effects.

What the world needs to see now is the character of God in our lives not simply more rules (John 13:35). However, this character only develops in a Christian that has a “passion (for the) fruit” of the Holy Spirit and in the context of a relationship with God the Father via Jesus Christ His Son. This fruit of our re-born spirits by the Holy Spirit transforms our character to that of Jesus Christ! That is, it causes us to be Christ-like in all that we say, do, think, and believe.

To grow the fruit of our spirit by the Holy Spirit, we must spend time fellowshipping with God in the dialog of prayer, in His Word the Bible, and in His service to others, etc. Jesus used the analogy that He is the vine and we believers are the branches (John 15:4,5). Meaning that we will not have fruitful lives unless we continuously fellowship with Him (Psalm 92:13,14). Note that fruit grows on a vine not by struggling but rather by remaining attached to the vine.

The first three fruits of our spirit by the Holy Spirit are love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:22). Realize all nine of these fruits are products of our human spirit and not our soul. These three fruits are developed as we spend time in fellowship with God in the power of the Holy Spirit. These fruits are for our personal benefit. In addition, they enable us to discern whether thoughts are from God or not. Thoughts from God will always bring love, joy, and peace.

Love – The Greek word used here is agape. This is not a love of emotion (i.e., not the Greek word phileo (brotherly love), eros (erotic love) or storge (adoration love)) but rather an unconditional love of God. This is the love that God is and is grown in the heart of the yielded believer by the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:16. Romans 5:5). At its core is the earnest desire and willingness to self-sacrifice for the one loved (John 3:16. Romans 5:8).

Joy – This is not the same as happiness which is a product of the emotions but rather a spiritual quality that results in us being strong in the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10. John 15:11. John 16:24. 1 John 1:4. 1 Peter 1:7-9. 2 Corinthians 7:4. Romans 14:17. Luke 15:10. 1 Thessalonians 1:6).

Peace – Tranquility of mind – the one thing all the world wants but is doing all the wrong things to get. True restful peace is only found in God and living our lives the way He has said we should live them (Matthew 11:28-30. John 14:27. Romans 8:6. Philippians 4:6,7. Ephesians 2:14. Isaiah 48:18). Realize, being a “peacekeeper” by compromising with evil to avoid conflict yields a false peace (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3). Being a “peacemaker” by standing up for what is right – even though inconvenient – is the way to have true peace established in our lives and the world (Matthew 5:9).

The next three fruits of our spirit by the Holy Spirit are patience, gentleness, and goodness (Galatians 5:22). These fruits are developed as we spend time serving and ministering to others in the power of the Holy Spirit. These fruits benefit others in our relationships with them.

Patience – Steadfastness, forbearance, endurance, and longsuffering especially under ill-treatment without resulting in ungodly anger or revenge (James 1:3. 1 Peter 2:20. 1 Peter 3:17. 1 Peter 4:19).

Kindness – Kindness that pervades and penetrates the whole nature mellowing in it all that is harsh (2 Corinthians 10:1. Galatians 6:1).

Goodness – The quality of a man that is ruled by and desires what is morally good (Ephesians 5:9. 2 Thessalonians 1:11, Romans 15:14. Romans 2:4)

The last three fruits of the spirit by the Holy Spirit are faith, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22,23). This is an area that needs to be focused on more by all Christians. We have seen several ministers that have the first six fruits of the Spirit in their lives, but then because of a lack of self-control, they fall into the trap of sin (Proverbs 7:24-27). These fruits are developed as we live out the process of sanctification (Philippians 2:12). That is, we discipline ourselves to fulfill our God-given destiny in the power of the Holy Spirit. These fruits benefit our relationship with God.

Faithfulness – With developed faith a Christian learns to live independently of circumstances thus yielding a lifestyle of faithfulness to God (2 Corinthians 5:7. Hebrews 11:1. Philippians 4:11,12).

Gentleness – Meekness is not weakness but rather disciplined strength (Matthew 5:5). It brings a quality of mildness, gentleness, and humility to our lives (Ephesians 4:2). This is diametrically opposed to the view of the world that an ambitious, arrogant, and boastful person would make for the best leader.

Self Control –  Yes, the answer to issues of gratification delay! Having mastery over your mind, emotions and the desires or impulses of your body via a strong God aligned will (1 Corinthians 9:25. 1 Corinthians 7:9). Realize, self-control grows stronger every time you say no to evil and yes to good and vice-a-versa. That is, whatever you give attention to will grow to control your life for good or bad (2 Peter 1:5,6).

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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.

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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.

KNOW AND OBEY

October 1, 2021

Know and Obey to Be Happy in Jesus

1 JOHN 2:3–11

Main Idea: True followers of Jesus will have assurance in their salvation because they know, love, and obey Him.

  1. Obey Christ’s Commands and Enjoy the Assurance of Salvation (2:3–6).

  2. You will know that you know Him (2:3–4).

  3. You will know His love perfectly (2:5).

  4. You will know you are abiding in Christ (2:6).

  5. Love One Another and Walk in the Light of Salvation (2:7–11).

  6. God’s love has been with us since conversion (2:7).

  7. God’s love is seen most truly in Jesus and His followers (2:8).

  8. God’s love exposes the darkness of hatred (2:9–11).

Is it possible to know God and to live like the Devil? Is it possible to truly know God and have no life change? Adrian Rogers answered these questions this way: “Study the Bible to know about God. Obey the Bible to really know God” (Adrianisms, 33). The apostle John would agree. He explained in 1 John that it is one thing to say you know God, but it is another to really know Him. To help us be “sure that we have come to know Him” (2:3), John provides a threefold test that he returns to again and again in this letter. We can put them in the form of three questions. First, do I believe the right things about Jesus? We may call this the theological test. Second, do I obey the commands of God? This is the moral test. Third, do I love others? This is the ethical test. John addressed the theological test in 1:5–2:2. Now he will address the moral test in 2:3–6 and the ethical test in 2:7–11. His goal is that you and I would live in the assurance of our salvation and thereby be happy in Jesus all the days of our lives.

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Keep Caliste Burt in prayer, she has been having headaches, with 2 inoperable brain tumors it is not always easy to tell allergies from something more serious. So more testing is coming up.

Remember Margie in prayer, according to the doctors she was supposed to be dead by now, well she is not out playing golf, but neither is she dead. Still up and around and still has that great sense of humor.

Keep Steve H, in prayer, vim and vigor, encouragement, guidance. We are all believing God to heal Pam of her knee pain.

In the 1546 version of John Heywood’s book of English proverbs, we find the origin of a common saying: “Beggars should be no choosers, but yet they will: Who can bring a beggar from choice to beg still?”

If you make a request for something, you should not question, as in the case of Naaman, how it is given. Naaman wanted to be cured of leprosy, but was offended when told to wash himself seven times in the Jordan. He expected a more dignified ritual and was initially unwilling to submit to a method so ordinary (see 2Ki 5:12).

Like Naaman, we are beggars who should not be so choosy about how God primarily provides for our spiritual growth—the ordinary means of grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor extended to sinners, while the term “means” comes from the Latin word media, an instrument or method. A means of grace is therefore the term for the instruments or methods God uses to communicate his grace to believers.

Here are three things we should know about the ordinary means of grace:

  1. They are not considered the same in all traditions—Almost all traditions include baptism, preaching the Word and the Lord’s Supper. Reformed traditions also include prayer, while in Methodism, the means of grace include the broad categories Works of Piety (such as fasting and healthy living) and Works of Mercy (such as good works), each with individual and communal components.

  2. They are not the only methods for spiritual growth—The means of grace are a primary means of spiritual growth, though they are not the only methods we should engage in for spiritual formation. However, these means—especially prayer, preaching and the Lord’s Supper—should be the methods we turn to repeatedly and on a regular basis.

  3. They are not automatic—God never promises to bless any acts of obedience to the means of grace when faith is lacking.

The means of grace do not operate on the principles of mechanics. Baptism itself does not wash away sins. Nor does the Lord’s Supper automatically dispense the blessings of Christ. We must use the means of grace believingly, trusting the Lord—not the ordinances. 2 Kings 5

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Jac, is still in the hospital with a ‘mystery’ illness of the dozens of people we have mentioned that are hospitalized with a list of inexplicable illnesses there is one common thread, all have had 2 vaccines.

Remember the Happy Zion Church in Missouri, still waiting on the Lord for a pastor.

Our salvation list, at the top as usual is Lauren, a meaner, more cruel, selfish, self-destructing person, will submit to no form of accountability or of authority.

Then there is Anne, Drew, Tara, Hunter, Garrett, Lubbock, Tavon, Philip, Oscar and Cristina, Norma Perales and her husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr.

I have not mentioned in quite some time our wild girls, all saved from the adult entertainment world. All wonderfully, and gloriously saved and I wish I had 100 more like them. They are on fire for God and so anxious to be a help to the church. God bless them richly, Sherry, Cherry, Crissy and Mona.