La Raison

March 18, 2017

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(ok, if you haven’t had french, this is a pun)

Imagine two friends, John and Jack, who engage in similar behaviors. John regularly eats vegetables, as does Jack. John regularly wakes up a 6 a.m.; so does Jack. John frequently comes to the aid of his neighbor, which Jack does too. On the surface, the behaviors might appear exactly the same yet be radically different in regard to their motivating factors. The reason is that Jack is a Christian and John is an unbeliever.

 Jack eats vegetables because he believes his body is a temple and wants to treat it well. John just likes the taste of them. Jack wakes up at 6 a.m. to pray. John does it to work on his fiction writing. Jack helps his neighbor because he feels called by God to do so. John just wants to be a nice guy. See how both perform the same action but are motivated by different things?

 Human behavior occurs when three factors come together: motivation, ability and a cue. Out of these three, the most important and influential is motivation. Motivation is the reason or reasons we have for acting or behaving in a particular way.

 This seems surprising because ability might seem more important. For example, if you lack the ability to perform surgery, you can’t successfully perform a heart transplant regardless of motivation. But in general, motivation is usually more significant because it can prevent us from engaging in a behavior whether or not we have the necessary ability.

 To change a behavior in a way that glorifies God, we need to have the right motivation. The source of our motivation is found in Colossians 3:1: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Because we have been raised from death and united with Christ, we are free to set our hearts on “things above.”

 In verses 23–24, Paul writes about another clear motivation: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

 Here are four questions to ask regarding your motivation for wanting to change your behavior:

  1. Does God want me to start/stop this behavior? Before considering how to change a behavior, we must first ask whether it’s something God wants us to do. In some cases, the answer is clear; the Bible requires us to engage in certain behaviors and avoid others. Similarly, some behaviors require that we rely on a Biblical principle to guide us in knowing what to do. Other behaviors can affect Biblically proscribed or prohibited behaviors yet are not required by God. For instance, we might need to set our alarm clock for 6 a.m. to spend more time praying or reading Scripture. While God doesn’t require we get up at a certain hour, that behavior might be necessary for us to be more faithful or obedient.

  2. Is God my primary motivation? Take an honest assessment of why you want to change a behavior. There might be nothing wrong with a secondary motive, but God needs to be the ultimate motivation. For instance, you might want to change a behavior to please a spouse. But the ultimate motive should be that your love for God compels you to act in a more loving way toward your spouse.

  3. What specific things has God done for me in the past? If you need to develop healthier habits, one way to become motivated would be to think of a time when God healed you from an illness. Remembering what God has done in the past can motivate you to behave differently in the future.

  4. Am I maintaining the right motivation? It’s not enough to have the right motivation to initially change a behavior; we also need to sustain the right motivation. For instance, we might initially begin an exercise program because it helps us have the energy to serve the Lord. After several months of activity, though, we might find our motivation has changed, and that we do it out of vanity or a desire to impress others. Frequently accessing your motives ensures that “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, [you] do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).

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Remember Lori in prayer as she goes through chemo

Her daughter Elizabeth.

Roger S, skin cancer

Praise from Bonnie B, 10 years today,, accepted Jesus

 

huh?

March 3, 2017

HUH??

(today is the anniversary of my grandfather’s passing, so in honor of him, thank you for stepping in to be my dad)

 

 

SO MY GRANDFATHER WAS VERY HARD OF HEARING, AND EVERY SUNDAY WE WOULD GET DRESSED UP AND GO TO CHURCH; WE WOULD SIT ABOUT HALF WAY BACK ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND HE WOULD GO TO SLEEP AS SOON AS THE SERMON STARTED. IF HE DIDN’T SNORE OR THROW HIS HEAD BACK WITH HIS MOUTH WIDE OPEN GRANDMA WOULD LET HIM SLEEP.

 

 

WHEN WE GOT OUT TO THE CAR SHE WOULD ALWAYS ASK HIM; “WHY DO YOU ALWAYS FALL ASLEEP DURING THE SERMON”? HIS RESPONSE WAS ALWAYS THE SAME; ‘I CAN’T HEAR HIM’.

 

 

THEN MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD SAY, “WHY DON’T WE SIT UP FRONT THEY HAVE SPECIAL HEARING DEVICES IN THE FRONT LEFT PEWS AND YOU COULD HEAR THE SERMON”. FOR A MOMENT HE WOULDN’T ANSWER AND INEVITABLY SHE WOULD SAY, “WELL”.

AND THEN CAME HIS STANDARD RESPONSE, “I GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE YOU WANT ME TO, I DON’T NEED TO HEAR THE DAMN SERMONS AS WELL”.

 

 

I’D LAUGH AND GET THE LOOK.

 

 

IT WASN’T TILL YEARS AFTER HE DIED I FOUND OUT HE WAS RAISED IN A VERY STRICT (READ ULTRA) STRICT PENTECOSTAL HOME AND CONSTANTLY FOUGHT WITH HIS PARENTS ABOUT GOING TO CHURCH.

 

 

I CAME HOME ON LEAVE IN THE MILITARY WHEN I FOUND OUT HE WAS DYING OF CANCER, AND HE ACCEPTED THE LORD. I ASKED HIM WHY HE NEVER WANTED TO LISTEN TO OUR PREACHER, HIS COMMENT WAS,” I’VE HEARD ENOUGH SERMONS IN CHURCH AND AT HOME TO LIVE A LIFETIME”.

 

 

WELL NOW MY WIFE AND I ARE GETTING OLDER AND WE ARE LOSING OUR HEARING, AND OUR TWO MOST COMMON PHRASES ARE, “HUH” OR ‘WHAT DID YOU SAY’.

 

 

WHICH IS HILARIOUS BECAUSE WE USUALLY MISUNDERSTAND WHAT THE OTHER ONE SAYS AND COME UP WITH THE WRONG ANSWER TO THE QUESTION.

 

 

WHICH BRINGS ME TO OUR VERSE FOR TODAY;

 

PSALMS 135:17 They have ears, but cannot hear….

 

LET’S MAKE SURE WE DON’T GET SPIRITUALLY DEAF AND MISS OUT ON THE LORD SPEAKING TO US, IT CAN BE THROUGH HIS WORD, SONGS, FRIENDS, HECK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT EVEN A JACKASS SPOKE FOR THE LORD.

 

 

MY ADVICE LISTEN BETTER, LONGER, MORE OFTEN, WHICH BRINGS ME TO AN OLD CLICHÉ; “GOD GAVE US TWO EARS AND ONE MOUTH, WE SHOULD LISTEN MORE AND SPEAK LESS.”

GOD BLESS

 

 

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ALSO HAS ANY ONE HEARD FROM MONOCHROMATIC?

 

SHOCKER???

January 5, 2017

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SHOCKER??? (how many people don’t know whose picture this is???) (no it’s not Adam Sandler, although they’re both Jews)

            If I could pick one Christian album to recommend, not a worship album but a record for new believers to listen to and more mature Christians as well, you may be shocked.

But wait, before I tell you, I’m a hard-core rock and roller, my parents took me with them to Woodstock, (by accident we weren’t planning on going), I was at the Watkins Glen concert the largest outdoor rock concert in America. Then name any rock group but the Beatles, (don’t consider them a rock group). I’ve probably been at their concert, from Janis Joplin to Jethro Tull, Atomic Rooster to Moby Grape, Billy Idol to Led Zeppelin.

So the number Christian album……Bob Dylan, Slow train. Now I know his voice will peel glass, but listen to the message, the theology and I don’t believe there is a better album of theology out there.

So moral of the story, God uses the strangest messengers to carry the gospel, hey why do you think we are called scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Peace Out.

Blessings

 

PART TWO OF THE LIFE OF ASA

WOW, THIS IS AS GOOD AS A JOHN WAYNE MOVIE

ASA HAS 580,000 MEN, AND THE ENEMY ONE MILLION; 2 Chronicles 14:8-15

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 Now Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah, bearing large shields and spears, and 280,000 from Benjamin, bearing shields and wielding bows; all of them were valiant warriors.

9 Now Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and he came to Mareshah. 10 So Asa went out [a]to meet him, and they drew up in battle formation in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah

CAN YOU IMAGINE FACING AN ARMY TWICE YOUR SIZE WITH CHARIOTS AS WELL. THE NATURAL TEMPTATION WOULD BE TO BE FILLED WITH DOUBT AND FEAR, BUT NOT ASA, HE HAS BEEN SERVING GOD AND IN A FAITHFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AS HIS SERVANT.

JUST LIKE IT SAYS ON OUR MONEY IN GOD WE TRUST SO SAYS ASA;  VERSE 11

Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You

WHAT AN IMPORTANT LESSON FOR US ALL, OUR ENEMIES WHETHER THEY BE HUMAN OR SPIRITUAL, THEY ARE NOT COMING UP AGAINST US, THEY ARE COMING UP AGAINST OUR GOD.

I MET A YOUNG MAN ONCE WHO TOLD ME HE WAS DEMON POSSESED AND THE SON OF A PASTOR. I ASKED HIM WHY WOULD HE ALLOW HIMSELF TO FILLED WITH A DEMON, HIS RESPONSE; “MY PARENTS HAVE CHOSEN GOD OVER ME, I WILL DESTROY THEIR MINISTRY.” I READ THESE VERSES TO HIM AND TOLD HIM GOD WOULD ALSO CHOOSE HIS PARENTS OVER HIM IN THIS SPIRITUAL BATTLE. WAS HE PREPARED TO BATTLE GOD?

THE QUESTION REALLY CHALLENGED HIM AND HE ASKED TO BE COMMITTED TO A MENTAL HOSPITLE, WHICH I GLADYLY OBLIGED, KNOWING THAT THE HEAD DOCTOR AND MOST OF THE NURESES WERE CHRISTIANS AND DEAL WITH BOTH THE MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS HE WAS HAVING.

NEXT TIME SOMEONE COMES AGAINST YOU FOR YOUR WALK WITH GOD, OR YOUR TESTIMONY, OR VALUES REMIND THEM THEY ARE TAKING ON GOD ALMIGHTY NOT YOU!

So the Lord [b]routed the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 13 Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar; and so many Ethiopians fell that [c]they could not recover, for they were shattered before the Lord and before His army

SUBTLE WORD HIDDEN IN THAT VERSE, BECAUSE OF ASA’S COMMITMENT TO GOD AND HIS PURPOSE ASA’S ARMY “BECAME GOD’S ARMY”

WHEN WE DEVOTE OURSELVES TO GOD WE BECOME HIS VICTORY, AND HIS VICTORY IS ASSURED.

WELL STAY TUNED FOR PART THREE.

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SCREW YOU TOO!

November 26, 2016

SORRY GIRLS THIS IS JUST FOR MEN; ALTHOUGH YOU MAY WANT TO PASS IT ON.

WOMEN MAY HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING THIS BUT YOU MAY KNOW SOMEONE IN THIS SITUATION. I’M NOT MAKING EXCUSES BUT THIS IS REALLY MOSTLY A GUY THING; AND I HOPE THIS HELPS SOME GUY OUT THERE.

BECAUSE I GREW UP TO BE A VERY VIOLENT PERSON, I BECAME THE GUY THAT WAS ALWAYS GETTING IN FIGHTS AND I ALWAYS STARTED THEM AND PRETTY MUCH ENDED THEM I THOUGHT VIOLENCE WAS THE ANSWER TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING; I MEAN SCREW DÉTENTE.

NOW I WAS NEVER PHYSICALLY VIOLENT WITH MY FAMILY BUT I ALL TO FREQUENTLY SCARED THEM WITH MY RAGE AND VERBAL OUTBURSTS. EVEN AFTER ACCEPTING JESUS AS MY SAVIOR SOMETIMES THE ANIMAL JUST CAME OUT. I’M NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPENED BUT I DID GET A HANDLE ON IT, AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH ANYONE THAT IS STRUGGLING WITH RAGE, ESPECIALLY IN A FAMILY SETTING TO HELP YOU GET OVER IT.

NOW DON’T DISMISS THIS AS TO SIMPLISTIC BUT IT REALLY CAN HELP. I READ THIS STORY IN READERS DIGEST ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO AND IT WAS A LIGHT BULB MOMENT.

A PLUMBER GOES TO A LADY’S HOUSE TO DO SOME WORK AND ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG DOES, BUT HE DOESN’T LOSE HIS COOL. BUT WHEN LEAVES THE HOUSE TO GO HOME HE LEAVES A WRENCH THERE. THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE REALIZES THAT HE MIGHT NEED IT AND FOLLOWS HIM HOME TO GIVE HIM THIS WRENCH.

WHEN HE GETS TO HIS HOUSE BEFORE SHE CAN GET OUT OF THE CAR SHE SEES HIM GO UP TO A TREE IN HIS YARD AND HE STARTS PULLING INVISIBLE THINGS OUT OF HIS POCKET AND TIES THEM TO THE TREE; AND SHE’S THINKING ‘GREAT I’VE JUST HAD A PSYCHO IN MY HOUSE’.

THEN JUST BEFORE HE GOES INTO THE HOUSE HE KIND OF GIVES HIMSELF A SHAKE LIKE A DOG DOES AND GOES IN THE HOUSE.

WELL SHE’S FASCINATED AND HAS TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON SO SHE GOES TO THE HOUSE WITH THE WRENCH AND RINGS THE DOORBELL. THE PLUMBER ANSWERS THE DOOR WITH A BIG SMILE AND SHE CAN HEAR CHILDREN LAUGHING AND SMELLS DINNER COOKING AND SHE HOLDS UP THE WRENCH.

(WHICH HE IMMEDIATELY TAKES AND KILLS HER DEAD; SORRY JUST KIDDING, SEE WHY YOU HAVE TO KEEP PRAYING FOR ME.)

SHE JUST HAS TO KNOW WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH HIM TYING INVISIBLE THINGS TO THE TREE OUTSIDE, SO SHE ASKS HIM. HE GRINS RATHER SHEEPISHLY AND STEPS OUTSIDE AND WALKS OVER TO THE TREE, AND HE SAYS; “I TIE TO THE TREE EVERYTHING THAT WENT WRONG TODAY, EVERYTHING THAT BROKE, DIDN’T GOES AS PLANNED, MY ANGER, MY FRUSTRATION AND I TIE IT THERE SO I DON’T TAKE IT IN THE HOUSE WITH ME.” AND SHE ASKS “WHAT ABOUT THE SHAKE YOU DID ON THE DOORSTEP.” HE SMILES AND SAYS I’M JUST MAKING SURE NOTHING BAD IS COMING IN THE HOUSE WITH ME AND I TELL MY SELF I LOVE MY FAMILY.”

NOW IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY SCREWED UP AND THINK THIS IS TO SIMPLISTIC SCREW YOU IT WORKS.

BUT FOR YOU DIE HARD VIOLENT PSYCHOPATHS THAT ARE  SKEPTICS I HAVE PART TWO.

I TOLD MY WIFE THAT WHEN I GET HOME I NEEDED 20 MINUTES ALONE TIME TO RE-ADJUST TO A ROLE CHANGE. SO I WOULD STAY IN THE GARAGE AND THE KIDS WERE TOLD NOT TO COME OUT AND BOTHER ME; AND IN THAT 20 MINUTES I WOULD PRAY; “GOD DON’T LET A MONSTER WALK THROUGH THAT DOOR, THESE PEOPLE LOVE YOU AND CARE FOR YOU; YOU CAN’T BE MEAN, OR SCARY OR ROUGH OR MEAN SPIRITED BECAUSE YOU LOVE THEM. DON’T BE AN A$$HOLE WALK IN THERE AND BE A GODLY, LOVING CARING MAN.”

AND THERE IS A PART THREE; “CUES” ONE REASON I GOT MAD WAS I HAD A SCENARIO IN MY MIND OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WHEN I GOT HOME, MY EXPECTATIONS; PROBLEM WAS I NEVER TOLD ANYONE WHAT THOSE EXPECTATIONS WERE. I WANTED MY WIFE TO KISS ME AND TELL ME SHE MISSED ME (I TRAVEL A LOT DOING SEMINARS) I WANTED THE KIDS TO STOP WHAT EVER THEY WERE DOING AND JUST HUG ME FOR A SECOND, THAT’S ALL, JUST THAT LITTLE BIT.

YOU KNOW WHAT IT WORKED, I WOULD WALK IN THE HOUSE SAYING MY LITTLE MANTRA; “YOU LOVE THESE PEOPLE DON’T SCARE THEM.” AND THEY WOULD TAKE THE 5 SECONDS JUST TO GIVE ME WHAT I NEEDED, CRAVED FROM THEM A MOMENT OF LOVE AND IT WOULD ALL WORK OUT.

SO IF YOU ARE A SCARY DAD, HUSBAND, FATHER, PLEASE WORK IT OUT, GIVE THIS A TRY.

DON’T BE A SCARY SCUM

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number one requested repost

October 30, 2016

SO WHO’S WITH ME, YOU WANT TO GROW UP AND BE A POTATO CHIP.

BETTER LET ME EXPLAIN, LAYS POTATO CHIPS THEY HAVE ONE THAT’S LABELED, ‘LIGHTLY SALTED; IN A WEIRD WAY IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT THAT EXPLAINS THE FOUR GOSPELS AND THE BOOK OF ACTS (NOT COMPLETELY BUT ALMOST).

GOD IS LIGHT, HIS SON IS LIGHT, AND WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIGHT. IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN IT SAYS THAT DARKNESS (EVIL, THE DEVIL) CANNOT OVERCOME THE LIGHT OR EVEN UNDERSTAND IT. THAT’S HOW POWERFUL LIGHT IS.

SO WE ARE CALLED TO LIGHT.

WE ARE ALSO CALLED TO BE SALT

THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW 5:13 SAYS WE ARE TO BE THE SALT OF THE EARTH. WE ARE TO BRING FLAVOR AND BE A PRESERVATIVE TO THE WORLD. BUT IF THE SALT LOSES ITS FLAVOR IT IS NO GOOD; AND THERE IS THE PROBLEM.

FOUR THINGS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO AS CHRISTIANS.ONE, BE LIGHT, TWO BE SALT, THREE BE CHRIST LIKE, AND FOUR BE MATURE.

WE CAN’T LEAVE ONE PART OUT, WE ARE TO SHINE IN DARKNESS AND LET THE WORLD KNOW A RESURRECTED CHRIST; WE ARE TO HAVE AN INFLUENCE IN THE WORLD THAT ACTUALLY STOPS OR RETARDS THE PEOPLE AND THEIR SINS (CONVICTION AND THAT GOD LOVES THEM). BE CHRIST LIKE IN ALL WE DO SO THE LIGHT SHINES FROM US. AND GROW UP SO WE CAN GROW OUT.

SO HERE’S MY PROPOSITION, SPEAKING JUST ABOUT AMERICA, WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH FAILED IN EVANGELISM, WITNESSING AND SPREADING THE HOPE OF GOD. SO EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG IN OUR COUNTRY IS PRETTY MUCH THE CHURCHES FAULT AND OF COURSE THE SINFULNESS OF MAN.

ONE WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER, THE OTHER WE DO. DON’T BLAME THE GOVERNMENT, OR POLITICIANS, THE QUESTION WE HAVE TO ASK IS ‘HAVE OUR LIGHTS GONE OUT AND IS THE SALT GONE FROM OUR LIVES.

HOW MANY FAMOUS TV AND BOOK PASTORS ARE SAYING THE BIBLE ISN’T HISTORICALLY RELEVANT, IT HAS NO PLACE IN THE PLACE OF MODERN MAN. HOW ABOUT ALL THE CHURCHES THAT HAVE ONE GOAL ON SUNDAY, TO MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY AND GOOD ABOUT YOUR SELF (BIG NEWS FLASH, GOD DOESN’T ACTUALLY CARE IF YOUR HAPPY).

THERE IS A WELL KNOWN PASTOR NEAR HERE THAT TOLD ME HE HASN’T PREACHED A MESSAGE ABOUT SIN IN OVER 15 YEARS AND WOULDN’T BECAUSE HE THINKS THAT MESSAGE WOULD DRIVE THE CROWDS AWAY.

ASK YOUR SELF ‘WHY DO I GO TO CHURCH?’ HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU’VE WITNESSED TO SOMEONE, OR TRIED TO HOLD A BROTHER OR SISTER ACCOUNTABLE FOR SOMETHING THEY ARE HAVING A PROBLEM WITH.

BE BIG

BE BOLD

BE BRAVE

SO TODAY WILL YOU RENEW YOUR VOW TO BE A POTATO CHIP, VOTE YES.

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The Social Nature of Man, part of God’s plan for man

According to Genesis 1, when God surveyed His creation piece by piece He affirmed it as “good,” and when He had finished His work He said it was “very good.” But there was one fly in the ointment: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him'” (v. 18). For the first time God announces something is “not good,” and it has to do with man’s sense of isolation and his inability to reproduce himself according to the divine instructions.

The “helper comparable to him” was absolutely necessary. There are as many opinions as to how long Adam was alone as there are opinions as to the significance of his mate being created after him. Some say that woman was clearly an afterthought, and others insist that when God looked at the man He had made He knew He could do much better so He made woman! One suspects, and sincerely hopes, that such comments are made with tongue in cheek!

 

 

This account of the beginning of man-woman relationships, however, is deeply significant. It is in the context of Adam’s review of the animal kingdom that “there was not found a helper comparable to him” (v. 20). Man and animals had their origins in the ground (adāmāh ), but as one species after another passed before Adam’s inquisitive and insightful gaze, it was clear that while he and the animals had much in common, they all had their mates, yet he was very much alone. So the Lord “caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs … then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman” (vv. 21, 22).

This beautiful, perfect woman was then presented by God to the revived Adam who immediately recognized that she was uniquely part of him. The estrangement and distance which he had felt so poignantly as he reviewed the rest of creation was gone. They were truly meant for each other!

 

 

Theologians and commentators through the centuries have had a great time working on the significance of the “rib” and some of the results have been somewhat fanciful. But it is safe to see the ideas of Adam giving of himself for her and of her coming alongside him in his aloneness and limited-ness, when we realize that the Hebrew word for rib can also be translated “side.” This “alongside” relationship receives more support when we consider the famous expression “helpmeet” or “helper corresponding to him.” It is unfortunate that “helpmeet” has been used in such a way that its meaning has been obscured. The word “helper” occurs twenty-one times in the Old Testament and on fifteen of those occasions it refers to God helping man in one way or another—a fact which casts doubt on the common suggestion that woman as man’s helper was in some way subordinate and inferior.

 

 

When man saw woman he was so excited that he exclaimed “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (v. 23). The expression translated “this is now” is really an exclamation of delight meaning “at last,” or as some commentators suggest maybe even “Wow, look at that!” Up until this point ādām has been used for “man” but now the word used is ˒ı̂š and the word for woman ˒išâh—a connection as obvious in Hebrew as the connection between man and woman in English.

 

 

The summation of all this magnificent truth about the oneness, relatedness, along sidedness of male and female is: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (v. 24). The words have a familiar ring, of course, not only because they are the basis for the Lord Jesus’ exposition of marriage in Mark 10:7-9 but also because they are usually quoted at some stage of the marriage service.

The social needs of mankind are to be met uniquely but not exclusively in the marriage bond. As surely as God built physical laws into the universe from the very beginning He incorporated societal laws, and as surely as we cannot ignore the former with impunity we cannot allow the latter to be disregarded and expect our society to survive unscathed. The “leaving” and “cleaving” may sound old-fashioned—and so it is—but it is still God’s societal law. The “one flesh” relationship of “a man” and “his wife” may sound very restrictive to a society bent on such high-sounding but low-living ideals as “sexual emancipation.” But the law stands today as surely as it did in the beginning, and when it is honored and practiced, the result is the same—man and woman in loving, mutual respect and support live in harmony and openness. It will be for them as it was when Moses wrote: they are “not ashamed” (v. 25).

 

 

Some years ago I picked up a hitchhiker who, in the course of conversation, told me he was “trying to find himself.” I told him somewhat facetiously that I knew exactly where he was; he was sitting next to me! He smiled rather warily but then we talked more seriously. He really meant that he was trying to find significance and meaning in his life. Like many other people I have met he needed to be told or reminded that man’s meaning is found in his relationship to God, and nowhere is it better explained than in these early chapters of Genesis.

Yes, Virginia, the bible is true, right down to Genesis chapter one, have you ever thought about that Genesis is mainly about Genes, the birth of man, the birth of the earth, and the beginning of the Scarlet Thread of Redemption, that blood red cord that intertwines the entire story into one great act.

Blessings from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

can the bible be weird?

October 25, 2016

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If there is one word to describe this opening chapter of Ezekiel, it would be weird.

It might seem like an insult to say any part of the Bible is “weird,” but when it comes to Ezekiel, the term applies in all its many variations. Originally, the word derived from the Old English wyrd, which literally meant, “that which comes.” The sense “uncanny, supernatural” developed from Middle English, while the meaning “odd, strange, disturbingly different” appeared in the 1800s.

If the Bible is to shape and sanctify our imaginations, we must allow it to be what it is, rather than attempt to mold it to fit our understanding. For this reason, we need to embrace the Biblical weirdness of Ezekiel’s visions. Here are three ways to do that:
1. Acknowledge all the ways it is weird—The weird parts of the Bible often have three components: they’re disturbingly different from our normal experience, they reveal a supernatural aspect of reality and they are “that which comes” from God, usually (as in the case of Ezekiel) taking the form of a vision.
2. Weird images aren’t literal—When the prophets saw a vision, it probably appeared to them much the same way our dreams appear to us, only much more real. If we try to imagine weird images (such as the “four faces”) literally, we fail to grasp what the prophets were really seeing.
3. Don’t rush to rationalize—When confronted with weird images in the Bible, we often rush to “translate” them into metaphors or symbols so we can rationally process them. We immediately ask, “What does this mean?” before “What am I seeing?” (i.e., the images produced in our imaginations from reading the text).
Most weird parts are found in oracles, messages from God delivered through a human spokesperson. Sometimes God speaks through the prophets to our rational minds directly, using words. Other times he reveals visions to the prophets, which use images intended to be processed first by our imaginations.

Don’t circumvent God’s intended form; if he uses images, he has a reason for doing so.

Don’t be dismayed when you read parts of the bible and they seem strange or difficult to understand. That’s normal, it’s what makes the bible the most studied book in the world.

Do you know that every government on the face of the planet studies the book of Revelation, Daniel and Ezekiel?

Because of all the prophecies that have come true, is that weird?

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the drip

October 8, 2016

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So I spent the better part of my evening fixing the upstairs bathroom sink/faucet. I took it all apart and put it back together 3 times and it still was doing more than a fast drip. I shut off the hot water line and it still dripped. I knew any moment my wife would call me to dinner and I was dirty, frustrated and about ready to put some C-4 on the faucet and fix it that way. But instead I prayed; “Lord, help me to fix this faucet and keep it from running.” Immediately the Lord spoke to me; “shut off the cold water faucet.” Here I had not completely shut the cold water faucet and that was the culprit. So God does answer the simplest of prayers.

“Therefore Consider Carefully How You Listen”
(Luke 8:18)

Introduction

We might begin by asking the question, “What exactly is the Bible?” Most Christians would answer with something like, “It’s God’s Holy Word, His special instrument of communication to man.” And they would be right. Then we need to ask another question. “If we believe the Bible is God’s Word and special means of communication, do we take the Bible seriously? Do we have a holy reverence for Scripture and the time we assemble together to worship and study this Word from God?”

Are we like the one God esteems or looks for in Isaiah 66:2? “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” (NIV) Or as the KJV reads, “but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” God is looking for people who have a holy reverence for the Word and His plan for learning and applying it. This means truly hearing God’s voice in the Word. God is the master communicator and biblical history is not only the story of redemption but it is also the story of communication and revelation from God. He encodes and transmits, and we are to decode and receive.

Isn’t it true that one of the keys to life and good relationships is effective communication? And for effective communication to occur, there must be effective listening. This is just one of the reasons we must take the study of the Bible very seriously, whether privately or corporately. This is true not only in Bible study, but in our prayer life and in all aspects of corporate worship. Why? So we might truly listen to God through the various aspects of a worship service, and especially our time in the Word.

We so need to learn that we are here to listen to God even though He has chosen to use human instruments to communicate with us. It would be well for each of us to take to heart Paul’s praise to the Thessalonian believers in 1 Thessalonians 2:13: “And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”

The process looks something like this:

(1) COMMUNICATION: Listening to God

(2) COMPREHENSION: Understanding what God says

(3) CONFIDENCE: Trusting in what God says

(4) CHANGE: Being transformed by what God says

Without this process of communication, there simply cannot be any real spiritual change in the life of man. Because of this, God is deeply concerned about how well we listen when we are listening.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

hog wild

September 24, 2016

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Well here’s how my Friday went; promise you won’t laugh at least not too hard.

So I came home and first thing I did was to let the dogs out of the kennel, and as usual two went west and two went east to circle around to the front of the house. They know that out front is a feed box for the deer and a water tank for the deer and other animals out there.

As I came around the west side of the house I noticed my Belgium Malinois was in her standing scout position and was emitting a low growl. I crept up to the side of the house and drew my Texas bond defender, which is a two shot derringer carrying two 410 shot shells. I use the Hornady defender which is a soft lead slug with four or five lead discs some in front someone back. It’s a very potent load.

As I peeked out around the corner there in the front yard on the inside of the property was about a 400 pound Hog, wild and very mean. I cocked back the hammer on the pistol, aimed for just below his right ear and pulled the trigger. That hog went down like a sledgehammer had hit him in the head.

So I got the tractor and some chains and was driving out to pickup the hog and decided I would fix the fence first and then drag the hog out the back gate. Trying to round up the dogs and put them back in the kennel which is proving to be an exercise in futility as they were excited by the smell of blood and a dead pig.

I quickly pulled some large zip ties out of my pocket and fixed the fence and went over to the dead hog to wrap a chain around its back legs. So there I am with the tractor running, the dogs watching and snapping at the hog and I’ve got a hog by the back left leg and all of a sudden he decides he’s not dead and begins to get up and take off. This is the really important part of the story I forgot to let go.

So here I am being dragged across my own yard by a 400 pound pig being chased by four dogs that also total about 400 pounds of very excited dogs, and I still haven’t let go. Well as I hear the buttons ripping off my shirt and getting a face full of dirt I finally let go and come to a kneeling position redraw my pistol pulled back the hammer and that’s when I got hit from behind by four dogs after me and the pig. Well the gun went off and shot the pig right up the butt that pig did a somersault rearend  first overhead and the momentum from the dogs carried me onto the pig and the next thing you know I’m wrestling with four dogs and a dead pig. Right here is where I take my first whack to the head on a large rock and it’s like somebody’s clocked me in the head at a Golden gloves bout. I’m trying to make sure that when the dogs bite down it ain’t on me.

Well eventually I fell out of the pack and I’m laying there thinking okay I’m all right and I stand up and must’ve been the excitement because I fell right over bang my head on the same rock a second time and temporarily knocked myself out for about two seconds and yes just like the Road Runner cartoon I saw stars, little planets whirling around my head. Now  I get up on all fours kinds angry and I’m grabbing the dogs and dragging them into the kennel. I finally get them all corralled go back get the tractor wrap a chain around that pig’s leg and I’m dragging it out across the yard and I’m looking behind me to make sure that I have the chain securely fastened around the pigs leg. And that’s when I went under a low hanging branch on a live oak tree and caught myself square in the fore head and knocked myself off the tractor. Well I knock the wind out of myself and fortunately the tractor has a dead man switch and it stops.

Now this is the religious part of the story, I try my hardest not to swear or cuss but I have to confess at that moment when I came to I did a whole lot of swearing and a whole Lotta cussing; I pulled out my Mel Pardue four and ½ inch combat tactical knife and the start stabbing the pig out of my frustration. And that’s when my wife walked around the corner of the house and sees me covered in blood and stabbing a pig and cussing like a crazy man. And after being married to me 42 years she did the most sensible thing and turned on the garden hose and started hosing me down.

So that’s how my Friday went hope your Friday went a little bit more uneventful and not so dramatic God bless.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com (deep in the heart of Texas).