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.

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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.

BE ONE TOO!

October 9, 2021

NUMBER ONE REQUESTED RE-POST FOR DEVOTIONS AND BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY NEW READERS, BLESSINGS

WHO’S WITH ME, DO 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

BE SALTY

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

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PRAY FOR STEVE H, vitality and endurance, guidance for his old church THE HAPPY ZION BAPTIST CHURCH as they are seeking a pastor. Healing for his wife Pam, chronic knee pain.

Thank you for all the prayers, had a less painful day. Pray for all those that suffer chronic pain and the depression and tiredness that are all part of a vicious cycle.

Keep J.C. Hickman in prayer as he battles cancer.

Keep Margie in prayer, she is now in hospice but still smiling.

Do you actually believe you are changing?

You have to believe in change, you have to believe that God can change you. You have to delete unbelief from your life.

Now, you believe in change, you can see it, measure it. It may be small victories at first but they are still victories.

Along the way, how are you changing? Where were you before, and where are you now? That story deserves to be told.

Why not compose a simple narrative of your before-and-after—not how Jesus saved you in the past but how Jesus is helping you in the present. Be ready to share it with anyone at any time. Your story—the more vulnerable, the better—might earn you a longer conversation at another time.

Your experience will give hope to men who are drifting. They feel stuck. They want out. But they can’t see an exit sign anywhere in their world. That’s where you come in. Tell them how you’re breaking free. Many men will join you and your brothers. It starts with small talk—which is a big deal. How about sitting down at your laptop and thinking it through? Your goal is “a good story well told.” So make your words modest, few, and from the heart. When a friend does you the honor of listening, just tell him, in a forthright, gentle way, how Jesus is surprising you. It is very loving to open a new door for someone else, whether or not he decides to walk through it.

And humor helps. Laughter can’t be pompous. And surely your story has some hilarity built into it. Capitalize on that. Who expects a Christian story to include laughing at ourselves? But it should. I speak at a lot of men’s meetings and conventions. I always dress down a little bit and make my speech a little rough or course, no swearing, just honest, guys in the garage talking. No church speak. It is amazing how many men come up and say; “if you are a pastor,, then how come our pastor never talks to us this candidly?”

Doesn’t everyone need a hope bigger than their own idiot moments? And how can the porn industry thrive in a world where more and more men are talking Jesus up—and enjoying it—rather than dragging women down?

When I do group therapy for violent sex offenders in prison, I record the conversations. They all know it will not be used in court; I give them a contract which I sign declaring my confidentiality. Then I play it back and make one comment, “when you were seven, would you ever describe your mom like this?” It is like hitting a guy upside the head with a hammer, they realize they have devalued women.

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Pray for Betty C. her son who is mentally ill, was shot and killed by the police today because he did not understand their commands to put the gun down.

Remember J.C. Hickman in prayer, fellow biker, battling cancer.

Pray for Lauren, salvation and the most self destructive person I have ever met. She is on the edge and does not realize it.

Keep Steve H in prayer, vim and vigor, guidance at a new phase in his life or we should say assurance and encouragement. Pam his wife needs healing of her knees.

Linda, salvation, and very simple, if she does not stop drinking she will die and soon.

YOUR BATTLE AGAINST PORN

September 25, 2021

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I became a licensed sexual addiction counselor in 1991. Since then I’ve seen hundreds of men gain victory over pornography. I believe the battle against porn is tougher than the battle against heroin or any other drug addiction. And please do not think I am just some Ivy League theorist, I have conquered both wars through my relationship with Christ. It is a winnable war. But it is a war that you must wage forever, and it means a complete change in lifestyle to win.

Here’s your biggest contribution to God’s new world. Just be a man of growing integrity. Who you are deep in your heart empowers what you do out in the public eye.

Your personal goal is nothing less than to be “a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21). As your Master shapes you into that vessel for honorable use, the devil’s world of oppression loses ground, more than you can see. The crucial battle is won deep within you. Then you’ll be ready for whatever public impact he plans to give you.

Not that it’s easy. This old poem tells us, in blunt language, how the Lord hammers on us for his royal purposes:

When God wants to drill a man

And thrill a man

And skill a man

When God wants to mold a man

To play the noblest part

When He yearns with all His heart

To create so great and bold a man

That all the world shall be amazed,

Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects

Whom He royally elects!

How He hammers him and hurts him

And with mighty blows converts him

into shapes and forms of clay

Which only God can understand!

How He bends but never breaks

When his good He undertakes

How He uses whom He chooses

And with mighty power infuses him

With every act induces him

To try His splendor out!

God knows what He’s about.

Stay there on his anvil, Son, however his hammer falls. It’s a hard place. But it won’t make you hard. It’s where God reshapes you for the gentle authority that moves history.

The men who chip away at the porn industry will be the men who’ve had their own rough edges knocked off.

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BOMBS AND ROSES

September 11, 2021

First let me apologize to the folks who follow on twitter, I just now figured out how to respond to certain messages. And this is my standard response, “hi, I’m a pastor and husband of 47 years, and I am still trying to figure out how to use twitter, if you have seen our scumlikeuschurch devotions I hope they are a blessing.”

I still do not know what all the abbreviations mean and have no desire to find out. I am on the internet maybe 15-20 minutes top each day.

Number one non spiritual question asked, “how do you manage to write everyday, for over 8 years a daily devotion with hardly ever missing a day.”

First, I have been a professional writer for over 30 years. Text books, encyclopedia articles, mentoring Ph.D.’s with their dissertations.

Second I have styles of writing, professional, staid, straitlaced, academic, (no mistakes). Works of fiction or biographies a little more casual, less formal. Devotional works, kind of sloppy, I do not always check them for grammar or even spelling, because I do not want to over think what I am writing because it is more from the heart and less from the head (not really) but kind of.

As a good friend of mine has said about my devotionals they cover the good, the bad and the ugly in content. Meaning some of the devotions are gems, some are coal, and others just stink.

Having read back through 40+ years of sermons, I some times think “oh, these dear poor folks, that had to sit through these.”

The wonderful thing about spiritual writings such as sermons or devotionals, you can think you have bombed, I mean really gutted the cat, and someone will come up to you and say “you have no idea how that blessed me” or “I feel like you have been looking in my windows”.

I have shared a pulpit with some powerful, famous, even legendary preachers and it is humbling and a blessing when a mentor or a leader comes up and says, “do not ever stop, you have the gift.”

So for all you folks just getting started I have one word of advice, “learn to be a perpetual student of all that is holy and of the Lord and your well will never run dry.

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OPEN HEARTS, OPEN HOMES

September 2, 2021

One of the saddest declines in the church that really bothers me is the decline in after church fellowship. Not counting going out to dinner after church. But real extracurricular fellowship, “hey, come over to my house after church” or “lets all go out camping.” Not going to happen.

Why?

Because folks are afraid they will be embarrassed, our home is just average, my kids are rude, my husband is unsaved, your daughter is a slut and I do not want my perfect little angel to be corrupted (yes, I have actually heard a family use the last excuse).

The widow at Zarephath was down to her last meal. Drought had reduced her resources to a handful of flour and a little olive oil, and she expected that she and her son would soon starve. Even if she had wanted to show hospitality by fulfilling Elijah’s request for a piece of bread, she couldn’t have. She had nothing to give.

Or so she believed. But at his prompting the widow showed hospitality to Elijah anyway, and as he had promised, the “jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry” (1Ki 17:16).

The widow’s story provides us with one of the fundamental ways of practicing hospitality: simply share what you have. Our meals might be modest, but we can share them in a spirit of generosity and love. And if our hospitality is directed toward those who cannot repay us (see Lk 14:13–14), then it shouldn’t matter. To those who have nothing to eat, any meal can be a feast.

Along with that primary rule—simply share what you have—keep in mind these three realities when practicing hospitality:

  1. Hospitality must be offered without grumbling—Peter made it unmistakably clear: we’re to offer hospitality to one another without grumbling (see 1Pe 4:9).

  2. Hospitality is not the same as “entertaining”—Entertaining (providing amusement or enjoyment, such as at a dinner party) has little to do with real hospitality if the goal is to impress others rather than to serve.

Entertaining says, “I want to impress you with my beautiful home, my clever decorating, my gourmet cooking.” Hospitality, however, seeks to minister. It says, “This home is not mine. It is truly a gift from my Master. I am his servant, and I use it as he desires.”

  1. Hospitality is not without risk—With the crucifixion of Jesus, the world displayed the ultimate betrayal of the hospitality shown to us by God. Since that was the way we treated the most perfect host, we shouldn’t be surprised when the practice of hospitality proves costly. We are not above our master, like him we will endure suffering, persecution, and perhaps even death as we approach the end times and as we learn love through the practice of hospitality. 1 Kings 17:7.

Do not be ruled by fear, take a risk and ask someone to come over just to talk. If your nervous ask your pastor who is “safe” to come over and visit.

I once attended a church for 18 months filling a counseling contract with the church. Every Sunday we asked someone to go out to dinner with us, “I’m buying”. And no one ever accepted, they were afraid that in a counseling session I might let something slip or worse yet, “psycho-analyze them.

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Pray for Margie, in her 60’s, doctors told her she has maybe a month to live. And yet she still had a joke for me today.

Keep Steve H in prayer, gearing up to be seriously committed to the ministry. Blessings and encouragement. Keep his wife Pam in prayer for chronic knee pain.

Keep my wife Sharon in prayer, she was verbally assaulted today and I mean severely, a vindictive, God hating, anti Christian, nut job. When my wife offered to pray for her as this lady shared a painful recent event. The woman further went online and continued her rant.

Keep Lauren in prayer, she is self destructing and defying all authority. She will even run a stop sign because it is a rule, a law, she is a female anti-christ. She will not follow any rules.

When the temple of the Lord was completed, King Solomon dedicated it with a prayer before the assembly of Israel (see 1Ki 8:22). Along with the significance to the original hearers, the prayer took on a special importance for the first readers of 1 and 2 Kings, who were living in exile after having lost the land in the very manner Solomon describes. For them, this was a call to repentance and a program for prayer. It teaches the readers how to restore their relationship with God.

Although we are not Israel, the church can use Solomon’s prayer as a call to repentance and corporate restoration. Here are a few ways we can pray like Solomon, as we see in 1 Kings 8:

➤ Acknowledge the uniqueness and faithfulness of God—Solomon begins his prayer with praise and acknowledgment of how God has been faithful in keeping the promises he made in the past (see vv. 23–26).

➤ Ask that divine punishment will lead to forgiveness—The Bible makes it abundantly clear that some natural calamities (such as drought and famine, disease) are a result of corporate sin. But Jesus also warns us against assuming we know who is to blame for such natural evil (see Lk 13:1–9). Instead of trying to identify divine punishments, we should use all tragedies to remind us of the need for repentance. We should ask that God, who alone knows our hearts, will lead us to fear him at all times (see vv. 39–40).

➤ Ask that other groups be drawn to God—We should remember also to pray for those who, like the foreigners in Israel, are outside of our own circle. This serves as a reminder that we are not merely seeking our own well-being, but the glorification of God’s name throughout the world (see v. 43).

➤ Pray for both corporate and individual forgiveness—When we pray as a group, we should remember that we have often sinned as a group. Like the Israelites, we should admit, “We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly” (see v. 47) and ask God to hear our pleas. 1 Kings 8:22

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Keep Steve H in prayer, peace, less stress, encouragement. For his wife Pam, healing of chronic knee pain.

For the Happy Zion Church, faith believing that God is working out all things to bring them the perfect pastor.

Keep Caliste Burt in prayer, 2 inoperable brain tumors, they have not changed or caused problems, pray they stay that way.

Keep Lauren in pray, pray for her salvation before she destroys herself and everyone around her.

WARNING ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED.

AFFAIR PROOF YOUR MARRIAGE.

BEING BOTH A PASTOR AND A PSYCHOLOGIST I AM ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE WAY MARRIED COUPLES HAVE RUINED THEIR MARRIAGES.

LOOKING BACK AT MY FIRST YEAR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE I AM AMAZED NOW THAT I WAS NOT SLAPPED WITH A LAW SUIT OR SLAPPED IN THE FACE. OF COURSE WE ARE TALKING OVER 40 YEARS AGO AND THINGS WERE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

MY FIRST PROBLEM I WAS NAÏVE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE COMING IN FOR COUNSELING WOULD BE TELLING THE TRUTH.

MY SECOND PROBLEM ALSO FROM BEING NAÏVE IS THINKING NO ONE WOULD EVER WANT TO SEDUCE ME. I’M AVERAGE EVERYTHING, NOW GRANTED 40 YEARS AGO I WAS A BODY BUILDER AND LOOK TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN I DO TODAY.

THIRD PROBLEM IS I DID NOT UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY THAT IF YOU ARE IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY THAT ALONE MAKES YOU DESIRABLE. YOUR LOOKS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

FOURTH, NOT REALLY A PROBLEM BUT YOU HAVE TO BE KEENLY AWARE THAT BY TRULY LISTENING AND BEING EMPATHIC TO A WOMAN IS ALSO A TURN ON BECAUSE THEIR HUSBANDS NEVER LISTEN AND THEY THINK YOU REALLY LOVE THEM.

FIFTH, THIS IS GOING TO SOUND HORRIBLE, BUT REMEMBER I WAS REALLY YOUNG AND DUMB IN MY FIRST YEAR OF COUNSELING. I THOUGHT ONLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE HAVE AFFAIRS. SERIOUSLY, SO WHEN A HUSBAND AND WIFE COME IN FOR COUNSELING AND THEY ARE BOTH PUSHING AROUND 450LBS EACH, I WAS SHOCKED WHEN THEY SAID THEY WERE BOTH UNFAITHFUL AND WANTED TO SAVE THEIR MARRIAGE. (EARLY IN YOUR COUNSELING CAREER YOU BETTER QUICKLY DEVELOP A POKER FACE). AND DO NOT SAY “YOU ARE KIDDING RIGHT?”

SIXTH, I DO NOT CARE HOW MUCH IT WILL COST YOU BUT BUILD YOUR OFFICE SO YOUR SECRETARY CAN ALWAYS SEE YOU. AND AUDIBLY RECORD YOUR SESSIONS, WITH THE PATIENT’S PERMISSION. THIS WILL SAVE YOU A TON OF MONEY AND YOUR REPUTATION AND SANITY. I HAD A WOMAN IN A FIT OF DESPAIR THROW HERSELF INTO MY LAP FACE FIRST, IT DID NOT LOOK GOOD. BUT MY SECRETARY WAS IN THAT ROOM IN A HEART BEAT PICKING HER UP OUT OF MY LAP AND SITTING HER BACK IN HER CHAIR. TALK ABOUT GRATEFUL.

SEVENTH, YOU BETTER HAVE THE BEST MARRIAGE IN THE WORLD AND BE CLOSER TO THE LORD THAN ANYBODY ELSE. HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE WAS TRUE WAY BEFORE WHAT EVER FLAVOR OF THE HOUSEWIFE SHOW. YOU NEED TO BE SEXUALLY SATISFIED WITH YOUR MATE, EMOTIONALLY SECURE AND IN A RIGHT FRAME OF MIND IN EACH COUNSELING SESSION, IF YOU HAD A FIGHT WITH YOUR WIFE CONSIDER CANCELING ALL THE WOMEN COMING IN FOR COUNSELING.

EIGHTH, WEIRD STUFF HAPPENS, BE PREPARED. SINCE I ALWAYS CARRY A GUN I ALWAYS HAVE FIRST AID KITS IN MY OFFICE, MY CAR, AT HOME. AND I’M NOT TALKING THE GROCERY STORE, BAND-AIDS AND TYLENOL KIT. TRAUMA KIT WITH THE TRAINING. WHY, I TELL YOU. I HAD A WOMAN STALKING ME, SENDING ME PRESENTS, PICTURES IN THE MAIL (THIS WAS BEFORE THE INTERNET) SHOWING UP FOR APPOINTMENTS SEDUCTIVELY DRESSED. I TOLD HER BECAUSE OF HER BEHAVIOR I COULD NO LONGER SEE HER. HER HUSBAND BEGGED ME TO KEEP SEEING HER BECAUSE SHE SAID SHE WOULD KILL HERSELF IF I DID NOT SEE HER.

I TOLD HER NO, ONLY IF HER HUSBAND WAS WITH HER. SHE SHOWED UP AT MY OFFICE, PULLED OUT A LITTLE COLT .25 AUTO PISTOL AND SHOT ME. I BOUNCED HER OFF THE WALL SO HARD I KNOCKED HER OUT. MY SECRETARY CALLED THE POLICE AND AN AMBULANCE. FIRST AID KIT SAVED MY LIFE.

NINTH, FUNNY STUFF HAPPENS, I AM A CERTIFIED SEX THERAPIST. FOR GOOD AND THE BAD. A WOMAN IS BOOKED FOR SEVERAL COUNSELING SESSIONS AND EVENTUALLY SHE TELLS ME SHE HAS BEEN MARRIED 20 YEARS AND NEVER HAD A CLIMAX. SHE HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY A DOCTOR AND ALL THE RIGHT PARTS ARE THERE. I HAVE HER HUSBAND COME IN WITH HER AND WE HAVE TWO SESSIONS ON HAVING GREAT SEX. TWO WEEKS LATER HER AND THE HUSBAND VISIT MY CHURCH AND AFTER THE SERVICE I’M BY THE DOOR SHAKING HANDS, MY WIFE IS NEXT TO ME AND CAROL JUMPS INTO MY ARMS WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM PROCLAIMS, “THANKS TO YOU PASTOR I HAD MY FIRST ORGASM LAST NIGHT.”

NEVER DAWNS ON HER WHAT JUST TRANSPIRED, HUSBAND JUST SHAKES MY HAND AND HEADS OUT TO THE PARKING LOT. NEXT GUY UP FOR A HAND SHAKE IS THE OLDEST MAN LIVING ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, HE SHAKES MY HAND AND WITH A BIG SMILE SAYS, “WELL, YOU YOUNGER PASTORS SURE DO THINGS DIFFERENT THAN IN MY TIME.

TENTH, WOMEN DISROBING, AND TELLING ME THEY WANT TO HAVE MY BABY. OR WOMEN TELLING ME THEY SEE HOW GREAT MY MARRIAGE IS AND HOW HAPPY MY WIFE IS, LEAVE HER AND MARRY ME. REALLY????

ELEVENTH, BE VERY KIND WHEN DURING COUNSELING A YOUNG MAN TELLS YOU HE IS IN LOVE WITH YOU. DO NOT SAY OR DO ANYTHING STUPID. BE VERY, VERY KIND. BUT BE CAREFUL HOW YOU HANDLE THE SITUATION.

SO BE PREPARED EVERY DAY WILL SURPRISE YOU.

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Remember Killean, in prayer, 19 years old just survived a brutal attack and rape and she managed to shoot and kill her attacker. Her life is changed forever in so many ways.

Remember Steve S in prayer, goes in Tuesday for prostate surgery, 39 years old.

Remember Jim Asbury in prayer, that he would fully recover from a skull fracture.

Keep Steve H in prayer, vim and vigor, blessings, enthusiasm, encouragement, guidance for both him and the church as they wait on God to bring them a pastor.

I think that most of us tend to discipline only after things have completely fallen apart. One of the words that we find in the New Testament is the term “admonish” (Romans 15:14; 1 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:15). Admonition is warning. When we see a brother or a sister heading toward danger, we should warn them in advance, and not wait until the disaster strikes. In my opinion, the person you are describing needs admonition at this point in time, not church discipline.

How that person responds to an admonishment tells me all I need to know about the course of action that will be needed to be taken.

It is like spanking a child (which I believe is a biblical principle that should STILL be carried out) I used to tell my children how many spankings they were going to get, you know let the punishment fit the crime. Then I realized they would just tough it out and not repent and still be stiff necked and stubborn. When it was time for the spanking there was no conversation, no longer were you are going to get 4 whacks. I spanked until I saw the bad attitude melt and the defiance disappear. After that the spankings were almost never needed.

The bible says if you do not spank you will raise a fool. I will bet you money all these law breaking militant young adults running around today did not have two things, a active, engaged father and good sound spankings.

Ok, off topic, not really, If I went up to a man that was beating his wife and he immediately became violent with me or cussing or telling me where to go then I knew the church discipline was going to be harder, both on the church and on him.

If he responded to the admonishment in a humble, repentant way then we knew it was likely going to succeed. I have seen it go either way, more often the hard way.

The idea of church discipline is totally consistent with the basic purposes of the church—evangelism and edification. Evangelism ministers to those without the church who are in bondage to sin to bring them to faith in Christ where the transformation process begins. The edification process is designed to build up believers so they can be conformed to the image and character of Christ. Church discipline as a part of the edification process ministers to those within the body of Christ who are dominated by some area of sin so they can experience liberation from its power through fellowship with Christ.

How then do we define church discipline? Carl Laney states, “Church discipline may be broadly defined as the confrontive and corrective measures taken by an individual, church leaders, or the congregation regarding a matter of sin in the life of a believer.”

Discipline is further based on the holy character of God (1 Pet. 1:16; Heb. 12:11). The pattern of God’s holiness—His desire for the church to be holy, set apart unto Him—is an important reason for the necessity of church discipline. The church is therefore to clean out the leaven of malice and wickedness from its ranks (1 Cor. 5:6-8). A failure to exercise discipline in the church evidences a lack of awareness of and concern for the holiness of God.

Church discipline is to be patterned after and based on the divine commands of Scripture (1 Cor. 4:6). We have numerous passages of Scripture which both command and give us God’s directives on the how, why, when, and where of church discipline. Again, a failure to exercise this responsibility demonstrates a lack of obedience and belief in the authority of the Bible (1 Cor. 5:1-13; Matt. 18:17-18; Titus 3:10; 2 Thess. 3:6-15; 1 Tim. 5:20; Gal. 6:1).

The Purposes

of Church Discipline

(1) To bring glory to God and enhance the testimony of the flock.

(2) To restore, heal, and build up sinning believers (Matt. 18:15; 2 Thess. 3:14-15; Heb. 12:10-13; Gal. 6:1-2; Jam. 5:20).

(3) To produce a healthy faith, one sound in doctrine (Tit. 1:13; 1 Tim. 1:19-20).

(4) To win a soul to Christ, if the sinning person is only a professing Christian (2 Tim. 2:24-26).

(5) To silence false teachers and their influence in the church (Tit. 1:10-11).

(6) To set an example for the rest of the body and promote godly fear (1 Tim. 5:20).

(7) To protect the church against the destructive consequences that occur when churches fail to carry out church discipline. A church that fails to exercise discipline experiences four losses:

The Loss of Purity: Church discipline is vital to the purity of the local body and its protection from moral decay and impure doctrinal influences. Why? Because a little leaven leavens the entire lump (1 Cor. 5:6-7). This is the “rotten apple” problem or the “snowball” effect.

An illustration of this is the Corinthian church which showed a lack of concern for purity. They neglected the responsibility to discipline and suffered as a result. Their insensitivity to one moral issue may have led to their compromise on other issues. Laney writes, “The Corinthians engaged in lawsuits, misused their liberty, profaned the Lord’s Supper, neglected the primacy of love, failed to regulate the use of their gifts, and questioned the resurrection.”3 Failure in church discipline in Corinth could be compared to a snowball tumbling downhill.

The Loss of Power: Sin in the life of the church grieves the person of the Holy Spirit and quenches His power. If sin remains unchecked by the loving application of church discipline in a body of believers, the Holy Spirit must abandon such a church to its own carnal resources. The unavoidable result will be the loss of the Lord’s blessing until the sin is dealt with.

The defeat of Israel because of the sin of Achan in Joshua 7 illustrates the principle. This is just as true for the church today, especially when we know certain things exist but ignore them or simply look the other way because it is difficult to deal with or because it involves one of our friends and we do not want to risk causing problems in the relationship.

The Loss of Progress: A church that refuses to practice church discipline will see its ministry decline. The church may want to grow and reach out and it may try all kinds of stop gap measures, promotional campaigns, and programs in an attempt to turn things around, but if there is sin in the camp, it will all be to no avail. See Revelation 2:5 and 3:16 for illustrations of this principle.

The Loss of Purpose: As His ambassadors to a lost and dying world, God has called the church to be a holy people, a people who, standing out as distinct from the world, proclaim the excellencies of the works of God in Christ (1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2:9-15). If this is to occur, we must be different from the world and church discipline helps us to both remember and maintain that purpose. One of the recurring judgments against the church today as demonstrated in various polls taken across the country is the fact there is little or no difference between the church and the secular world when it comes to attitudes, values, morals, and lifestyle. We have lost our sense of purpose.

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Remember Jim A in prayer, recovering from a severe skull fracture.

Pray for Paul k, depression.

Keep Steve H in prayer, vim and vigor, encouragement, growth of leadership skills, passion for study, blessings and guidance in finding the perfect pastor for their church.

Pray for us, if it has a motor it has broke, burned up, got hit by lighting or just died of old age. I’ve spent more money this months on repairs than I have in 10 years.

DIRT POOR

August 11, 2021

poor in spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit…(New International Version Matthew 5:3).

as it is written: “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” (New American Standard Version, 2 Corinthians 9:9

poor is poor right? Wrong!

Now I have been poor, twice. Once when I was a kid, after my drug addict father skipped out on us. We only had Christmas because the New York State Troopers would bring us a decorated Christmas tree and presents. I was 12 years old and already working full time and at 15, I was driving tractor trailer interstate. Managed to keep our home because of me working, so my mom and sister had a roof over our head.

Had a neighbor down the road that was once on the famous driving team of Mario Andretti. He had a horrific crash one time that left him permanently disabled, mentally and physically. Not being able to work just about drove him insane.

Two different kinds of poor.

You see in Matthew the word for poor is ‘ptochos’ meaning in Greek no ability to work or earn a living.

In 2 Corinthians the word for poor is ‘penace’ meaning poor but having the ability to find work or have work.

So we have 2 different kinds of poor in the New Testament, those with no ability to work ever and those who can work but for some reason at the moment they are unable.

The poor in spirit will always be so.

The ‘other’ poor can be helped, blessed, aid given and they can become productive and learn to be generous.

The poor of Matthew are bound to be poor forever, in spirit, in mind, in body and financially. But they will receive a spiritual blessing in heaven because they endured this total inability to do anything to improve their situation.

No matter how much you give them they will always remain poor.

That is one of the hardest things to accept as a social worker or charity. Just as there are those that will never be saved and perish spiritually so are there those that no matter what you do for them they will revert to being poor. They are like the dogs in Proverbs 26:11, dogs who always return to their vomit.

Yet, we are called upon to be merciful and gracious, but also good stewards of the Lord’s money. We can feed and clothe the one, but they will never prosper. But to the others we can lend them a hand and they can prosper because they have the ability. The trick is to discern which is which.

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We have had some great testimonies of people that were blessed by the time of fasting and prayer.

Larry, found a job after a year of being unemployed. And returned to church asking the Lord to rededicate his life to the Lord.

Wanda, was forgiven and reunited by her sister Laurie and are now talking after 40 years.

Terry, was diagnosed finally after several years and now given a life changing drug regimen that will restore her ability to walk.

Trey, age 19, was saved that Sunday, after the family had been praying for him for several years.

Anne and Drew have decided not to get divorced and recommit to having a faithful marriage.