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.

A ROAD MAP TO BIBLE STUDY

October 16, 2021

When it comes to interpreting the Bible, faithful and well-meaning believers tend to make two types of errors. The first is to rely solely on the interpretation of others. While we can certainly learn from wise Christians, especially faithful scholars, we can also trust that the Holy Spirit will help us to understand what God’s Word means. The second error is the opposite of the first, being too quick to jump to an interpretative conclusion without first doing the hard work necessary to understand the text.
To avoid both problems, use an interpretative “road map” to guide you in the task of Bible interpretation. Here is a six-step process to use with 2 Kings 17 to get you started:
1. Identify units of thought—The manuscripts in the original languages do not have the same paragraphs or line breaks found in English Bibles; those were added by translators to make it easier to read. Those editorial choices, however, can sometimes make it difficult to follow the line of reasoning. Copy the text or mark it so that you can regroup lines of thought. A new unit of thought is indicated by a clear change in location, time, characters or topic. The ESV bible has a version with no numbers and no paragraphs, it is basically a regular book format. I find you will read longer because you are not measuring chapters or verses. I also recommend not marking this book up, unlike your regular book, just my opinion.
2. Identify the genre—How we read and interpret the Bible depends on the genre of the particular text. Identify the proper genre or subgenre and understand the basic ways of reading those forms.
3. Define words and concepts—Use a Bible dictionary or commentary to make sure you understand the meanings of the words and idioms (such as “stiff-necked” in v. 14). if you are not a Greek or Hebrew scholar do not pretend to be one. Use good, old, well-established works to do the heavy lifting of the original languages. Beware of interlinear bibles. A majority are based on Jay Green’s work and that is just a fake interlinear. The interlinear bibles in Logos and E-Sword are reliable. The Amplified Bible has limited value as it gives ALL the possible meanings of a word but not how the word is used in context.
4. Look up Old Testament references—Make note of any Old Testament callbacks (such as the reference to Ex 20:4–5 in v. 12).
5. Answer remaining questions—Armed with this new information, read through the text again to try to answer the questions you had on the initial reading.
6. Identify the core message—What overriding theme or purpose is the author trying to communicate in this passage? Compare your conclusions with those of other mature Christians who have studied the Bible. 2 Kings 17. Trust the proven, time honored commentaries that have been around for literal centuries. Matthew Henry, or Jamison, Fausset and Brown, F.B. Meyer, John Gill.

For the Greek, trust Vincent’s Word Studies or Robertson’s Word Studies.

For the Psalms, The Treasury of David.

Best study bible (in my opinion) The Life Application Study Bible in whatever version floats your boat.

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Remember Margie in prayer, she fades in and out, what a vibrant testimony to the love of God, she has touched so many people with her grace, dignity and love of God.

Keep Allen in prayer, our former Aryan pastor friend. The church he is attending has a new pastor and he has a problem with Allen, reverse bigotry. Unless he publicly asks you to leave do not leave as the church as come to love you, but be submissive.

Pray for Steve H, guidance, encouragement, blessings, Healing for his wife Pam’s knees.

Thank you for all the prayers, my surgery on my foot went great, pain free and healing well.

WINNING THE BATTLE

October 15, 2021

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The strategy for temptation targeting our spirit is to cultivate a deep, intimate, personal relationship with our Father God through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. We must also learn to hate (i.e., completely separate from) sin even as God hates it (Psalms 97:10.Proverbs 8:13.Hebrews 1:9). Then when temptation comes, we will realize;

This temptation threatens everything I hold dear! (Romans 6:23)

Jesus died a bloody death on the cross to purchase all of me! (1 Corinthians 6:20)

I have no right or authority to even consider this sin! (Ephesians 5:3)

We must “reckon” ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:11,12). We must live our Christian life based on the fact that sinful nature’s power was broken for us by Jesus at Calvary. Consequently, we are under no obligation to obey its orders (1 Corinthians 9:27). We have been set free from sin, and the proper response is to read God’s emancipation proclamation to the insistent demands of the Adamic nature!

We must realize we are responsible for all sins that we commit after salvation. The believer must know that before salvation, we could not help but sin. After salvation, we sin as a free choice (similar to Adam in the Garden of Eden) (Romans 6:14).

We must count on the fact of our possession of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). This will free us from depending upon our own strength to live sinless (1). We will then recognize the necessity of being moment by moment filled (i.e., lead) by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). The Holy Spirit will then do two things for us:

  • He will suppress the activities of the evil nature (Galatians 5:16).

  • He will produce in the believer a Christlike life (2 Corinthians 3:18).

There are just two things that the believer must do to be moment by moment lead by the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39):

  • Sincerely desire His leading demonstrated by living an obedient life (Acts 5:32).

  • Ask the Lord Jesus for that leading and believe that He will do it (Luke 11:13).

Three Tough Questions:

  • How long will you live as if you are free to do your will and not God’s?

  • How long will you fellowship with a sin that crucified our Lord?

  • How long will you continue to sin against our Holy God?

We can start today to win the victory over this sin in your life by praying the following:

Heavenly Father, I rebelled against You by committing the sin of ________.  I now see that You were right in forbidding it – this sin is destroying my life. I deeply regret this act of rebellion against you, my Holy and Loving Father. Please forgive me of my sin and cleanse me now from this defilement.  I ask for Jesus’ victory over this sin to be displayed in my life that you might be glorified. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the presence of the Holy Spirit in my heart.  Lord Jesus, may those seeing and hearing me see You – be glorified in and through my life today!  Holy Spirit, please reveal the thoughts, words, actions, and attitude of the Lord Jesus in and through my life today.  Let the world see in me the one they so desperately need – the Lord Jesus Christ!  Thank you for continually leading me in life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

(Please read in addition Proverbs 28:13.1 John 1:9.2 Corinthians 7:9,10)

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Questions, comments, prayer requests, just want to say hello, please feel free to email us, blessings.

SWEET, SWEET SALVATION

October 12, 2021

God freely offers all people the gift of eternal life—the opportunity to know and have a personal relationship with God and to be with him forever—through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. But understanding the exact process by which that life becomes available to us is sometimes difficult. For this reason, God paints various pictures in the Bible to help us grasp the concept and reality of spiritual salvation, each one with its own unique emphasis. This article examines three of those pictures: salvation, redemption and justification.

Salvation. Salvation (Gk sötëria) means “deliverance,” “rescue,” “bringing safely through” or “keeping from harm.” Already in the OT God revealed himself as the One who saves his people (Ps 27:1; 88:1; see Dt 26:8, Ps 62:1, Isa 25:6, 53:5,). The means, or process, of salvation is described in the NT as “the way”—the road that leads through earthly life to eternal life with God in heaven (Mt 7:14; Mk 12:14; Jn 14:16; Ac 16:17; 2Pe 2:2, 21; cf. Ac 9:2; 22:4; Heb 10:20). In order to inherit a place in God’s eternal kingdom (Mt 25:34; Heb 1:14; 6:12), we must walk the road of salvation to the very end of our earthly life. We can describe salvation as one way with two sides and three stages:

(1) The one way of salvation. Jesus Christ is the way—the only way—to God the Father (Jn 14:6; Ac 4:12). God offers and provides salvation because of his grace (i.e., his undeserved favor, love, kindness, help), which he showed through his Son, Christ Jesus (Ro 3:24). God’s gracious gift of salvation is based on Christ’s sacrificial death (3:25; 5:8), miraculous resurrection (5:10) and continued intercession (i.e., mediation, representation) in heaven for us (Heb 7:25). His death paid the supreme and complete price for our offenses against God and provided the only means for us to be forgiven for that sin (Mt 26:28; Lk 24:46-47). His resurrection showed, confirmed and secured his power and authority over life and death. It also provided the means for us to be victorious over spiritual death (Ro 6:4; 8:11) and, in the end, to be raised to eternal life. His constant interceding for us in heaven (i.e., representing and pleading our case to our heavenly Father) assures us of access to God and his continued mercy and help (Ro 5:2; Eph 2:18).

(2) The two sides of salvation. Spiritual salvation is a gift of God’s grace that is received through faith in Jesus Christ (Ro 3:22, 24-25, 28). That is to say, salvation is extended to us by God as a result of his grace (Jn 1:16) and is received by us through the response of faith (Ac 16:31; Ro 1:17; Eph 1:15; 2:8).

(3) The three stages of salvation. (a) The past stage of salvation includes the personal experience that takes place at a point in time when we choose to receive God’s forgiveness for sins and yield our lives to Christ (Ac 10:43; Ro 4:6-8). At this point, we pass from spiritual death to spiritual life (1Jn 3:14; see article on Regeneration: Spiritual Birth and Renewal), from the power of sin to the power of the Lord (Ro 6:17-23), from Satan’s control to God’s control (Ac 26:18). In this way, we enter a new personal relationship with God (Jn 1:12) and are rescued from the final penalty of sin (Ro 1:16; 6:23; 1Co 1:18), which is spiritual death and eternal separation from God.

(b) The present stage of salvation saves us from the practice, pattern and control of sin in our daily lives, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit living within us. This side of salvation includes several elements: (i) It includes the privilege of a person-to-person relationship with God as our Father and Jesus as our Lord and Savior (Mt 6:9; Jn 14:18-23; see Jn 17:3, Gal 4:6,). (ii) It includes the challenge to consider ourselves “dead” to sin and its influence (Ro 6:1-14) and to submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:1-17) and God’s Word (Jn 8:31; 14:21; 2Ti 3:15-16). (iii) It includes the invitation to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the command to keep being filled (see Ac 2:33-39; Eph 5:18). (iv) It includes the demand to separate ourselves from sin (Ro 6:1-14) and the corrupt beliefs, behaviors and lifestyles that are common among those who do not know Christ as Savior (Ac 2:40; 2Co 6:17). (v) It includes the call to engage in spiritual warfare for God’s kingdom against Satan and his demons (2Co 10:4-5; Eph 6:11, 16; 1Pe 5:8).

(c) The future stage of salvation (Ro 13:11-12; 1Th 5:8-9; 1Pe 1:5) also includes several elements: (i) It includes rescue and freedom from God’s coming wrath, or condemning judgment, against sin (Ro 5:9; 1Co 3:15; 5:5; 1Th 1:10; 5:9). (ii) It includes sharing in God’s glory (Ro 8:29; 1Co 15:49) and receiving a resurrected and transformed body (1Co 15:52). (iii) It includes receiving eternal rewards for faithfully following Christ and overcoming the trials of the world (see Rev 2:7). This future salvation is the goal toward which all Christians strive (1Co 9:24-27; Php 3:8-14). All present warnings, discipline and punishment prescribed in God’s Word are aimed at keeping Christ’s followers from forfeiting (i.e., giving up, losing) this future salvation (1Co 5:1-13; 9:24-27; Php 2:12, 16; 2Pe 1:5-11; see Heb 12:1, note).

Redemption. The root meaning of “redemption” (Gk apolutrösis) is to be ransomed or bought back or restored by the payment of a price. It also implies being rescued, liberated and set free. The term “redemption” points out the means by which salvation is obtained—by the payment of a ransom. The concept and teaching of redemption can be summarized as follows:

(1) Our sinful condition: The NT describes humans as alienated or separated from God (Ro 3:10-18) because our natural tendency is to defy him and go our own way. Apart from God we are under the influence and control of satanic and evil powers (Ac 10:38; 26:18), we are slaves to sin (Ro 6:6; 7:14) and we are in need of rescue from sin’s guilt, punishment and power (Ac 26:18; Ro 1:18; 6:1-18, 23; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1Pe 2:9).

(2) The price paid to free us: Christ paid and secured the ransom by shedding his own blood and giving his life in our place (Mt 20:28; Mk 10:45; 1Co 6:20; Eph 1:7; Tit 2:14; Heb 9:12; 1Pe 1:18-19). Sin is so opposed to God’s perfect nature and character that it requires the most extreme penalty, which is death (Ro 6:23) and permanent separation from God. There is no escaping that penalty without God’s forgiveness, and “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb 9:22). But only God could provide the perfect and complete payment for sin. He did so through the willing sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death provided the complete payment, and it is sufficient to cover all sin for all time. Those who accept his sacrifice for themselves and surrender their lives to him receive his gifts of forgiveness and eternal life (Jn 3:16; 6:40; Ro 6:23; 1Jn 5:11).

(3) The result of being redeemed: By accepting Christ’s sacrifice and forgiveness of sins and surrendering our lives to his authority and purpose, we are freed from Satan’s control and from the guilt and power of sin (Ac 26:18; Ro 6:7, 12, 14, 18; Col 1:13). This freedom from sin, however, does not mean that we can do as we please. Since God has paid the ransom for us, we become his property. Choosing Christ’s freedom from sin makes us willing slaves of God (Ac 26:18; Ro 6:18, 22; 1Co 6:19-20; 7:22-23).

(4) The NT teaching of redemption was foreshadowed and symbolized by various instances of redemption in the OT. The greatest OT redemptive event was the exodus—the miraculous rescue and mass departure of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt (see Ex 6:7, note; 12:26). In addition, through a system of sacrifices, the blood of animals was the price paid for the atonement (i.e., covering over, forgiveness) of sin (see Lev 9:8).

Justification. “To be justified” (Gk dikaioö) means to be “righteous in God’s sight” (Ro 2:13), to be “made righteous” (Ro 5:18-19), to “establish as right” or to “set or put something right.” In a judicial sense, it means to be acquitted or declared “not guilty.” In this respect, it is directly related to God’s forgiveness made available through Christ’s sacrifice. All people are sinners in rebellion and opposition against God. According to his perfect law, we are pronounced guilty and condemned to eternal death. But those who truly repent—who admit their sin, turn from their own way, surrender to Christ and begin following his purposes—enter a right relationship with God. From God’s perspective, when a person accepts Christ’s atoning (i.e., sin-covering, forgiveness-providing) sacrifice for himself or herself, in that moment it is as if that individual had never sinned. God credits Christ’s righteousness to those who receive and follow him (see Ro 4:24-25; Php 3:9). This is what allows God to accept mortal humans into heaven, since no one could ever be good enough to merit or earn a place in heaven on their own. The apostle Paul reveals several truths about justification and how it is accomplished:

(1) Justification (i.e., being put right with God) is only one part of the spiritual “conversion” experience. When a person accepts God’s forgiveness and yields his or her life to Christ, that person’s life is changed from being subject to spiritual death to being guided in a new direction toward eternal life. At that moment, several other things are taking place. First of all, a person receives a new life: he or she is spiritually “born again” (Jn 3:3). Christ comes to live in and through the believer (Gal 2:20). The Holy Spirit also lives in believers, giving the power to overcome sin and live by God’s standards (Ro 8:5-13). The Spirit also confirms that Christ’s followers are God’s children and have an eternal inheritance with Christ (8:16-17). There are many other blessings that come to a Christian at the instant of spiritual conversion. Justification is the part of this experience that makes us right with a completely pure and perfect God. From that point on, however, a Christian must continue to rely on God and obey his Word in order to overcome sin, grow spiritually and serve God’s purposes effectively. In this way, justification marks a starting point on a spiritual journey with Christ. Christians continue to live in a “justified” and right relationship with God as they look to him for forgiveness when they sin and as they rely on him for strength and guidance to accomplish his plans.

(2) Being put right with God is a gift (Ro 3:24; Eph 2:8). No one can make himself or herself right with God by keeping God’s law perfectly (which is impossible) or by performing good works (Ro 4:2-6), “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Ro 3:23).

(3) Being put right with God is grounded in the work of Jesus Christ. It happens “through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Ro 3:24). No one is justified who has not been redeemed by Christ (cf. Gal 2:16) and set free from sin and its power.

(4) Being put right with God comes “by his grace” (i.e., as a result of God’s undeserved favor, love and enablement) and is received “through faith in Jesus Christ” as Lord and Savior—the Forgiver of sins and the Leader of life (Ro 3:22-24; cf. 4:3-5).

(5) Being put right with God is related to the forgiveness of our sins (Ro 4:7). Sinners are declared guilty according to God’s law (Ro 3:9-18, 23) and condemned to eternal death (cf. Ro 3:9-18, 23; 6:23); but they are forgiven through faith in Christ because of his atoning (i.e., sin-covering) death and resurrection (see Ro 3:25 4:5, 4:25; 5:6-11). As a result, they receive God’s gift of eternal life (cf. Ro 6:23; 8:1-3).

(6) When we are put right with God through faith in Christ, we are “crucified with Christ” (Gal 2:20) and Christ comes to live in us (Gal 2:16-21). That is to say, we identify with Christ’s death for our sins so that we also can identify with and receive his gift of life and his power to continually overcome our pull toward rebellion against God. Through this experience, we are not only made right with God, but we also continue to grow in righteousness as we continually submit to Christ and allow him to live through us (2:19-21). This ongoing, life-transforming work of Christ is accomplished in us through the Holy Spirit (cf. 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2). Christ’s initial work of spiritual redemption cannot be separated from the Spirit’s ongoing work of spiritual sanctification, which involves purification, perfection, separation from evil, growth and development for God’s purposes. The work of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit are interdependent, cooperative and mutually supporting.

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Almost forgot our bible quiz winner, Suzanne Meyers, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Elijah and then Elisha, easy way to remember who comes first, “J” before “S”

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.

STAYING YET GOING

October 8, 2021

You Will Know You Are Abiding in Christ (1 John 2:6)

When God saved us He did not save us simply to take us to heaven. He saved us that we might be conformed to His perfect image—that we might become like Jesus (Rom 8:29; 1 John 3:2). He saved us that we might “walk just as He walked.”

Verse 6 is the second “the one who says” statement in this section (cf. vv. 4, 9). Here John speaks of our remaining, or abiding, in Him. Jesus said a lot about this in John 15. So will John. He will use this word 23 times in this epistle (Gk meno, translated “remain” in Holman Christian Standard Bible). Like obeying Jesus and loving Jesus, abiding in Christ is the natural outgrowth of knowing Him. The idea is one of continuing in Jesus.

John says we have both a statement to prove and a Savior to imitate. And the word “should” conveys a moral obligation for our walk to match our talk. To truly abide in Christ means I will live (walk) like Christ. This theme is not unique to 1 John but is repeated several times in the New Testament.

  Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. (John 15:4–5)

  Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ. (1 Cor 11:1)

  Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. (Eph 5:1)

  For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps. (1 Pet 2:21)

Like Father, like Son. Like Savior, like saint. Christ’s life becomes my life, my example, my goal, and my pattern. And we must note that it is abiding in Him that enables me to live like Him. I don’t do it in my strength. I do it in His! I don’t have to be like Him to be assured, I want to be like Him and am assured. John Stott says, “We cannot claim to abide in Him unless we are like Him” (Stott, The Letters of John, 97). But as we abide in Him we will be like Him because we will know Him.

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Keep J.C. Hickman in prayer, another round of chemo.

Keep praying for Margie, they admitted her to hospice today. Still a smile on her face and telling everyone her favorite bible verses.

Pray for Steve H, guidance, encouragement, blessings, vim and vigor, pray for healing of his wife Pam’s knees.

Praying for the Happy Zion Baptist Church for the right man to be their pastor.

Pray for me, spent the day lying on ice packs and then heating pads all day with back and hip pain. Been awhile since it has been this bad.

BEATING BURNOUT

October 5, 2021

Remember that burnout comes from being exhausted physically, mentally or emotionally. Sometimes it can come from all three areas. It can cause us to withdraw from life and others, feeling cynical, hopeless or despondent. But remember, that when you feel this way, not to isolate from others. Reach out to family and friends and let them know you are struggling. We need one another and we need the body of Christ.

We need to keep going. Sometimes, we need to hear the words, “You got this.” or “You can do this.” “Keep going!” We all know that there are days that are so much harder than others. And it feels like we take one step forward and three back. But these days will pass, and we will be so glad we didn’t give up and that we kept up the good fight. Because ultimately, when it comes right down to it if we know Christ as our Lord and Savior, then the work we are doing should be for Him. Even as I write this, it sounds trite, because when we are burned out, we are burned out. And that translates into not caring. Our feelings are blah, and our attitudes are blah. But, sometimes, if we act then our feelings will follow those actions. And we do want to hear at the end of our lives that God is well pleased with us. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

It is okay to take breaks to rejuvenate. Do something that gives you joy and energy. going to have lunch with a friend, taking a walk, get out on the old motorcycle and drive down your favorite ride. These things are good and needed when we feel burned out and beaten down by life. We need to do those things that make us smile and lift our spirits.

Stay in the Word and in prayer. I love the Psalms, because so many times I feel just like David. One minute he is telling God how much He desires Him and loves Him and the next he is pouring out his sorrows and disappointments. I love that we get to see how human David truly is. What encourages me so much about him is that we are told he is a man after God’s own heart. And yet, he struggled with his emotions and in life.

Remember that this too will pass. My grandfather has always told me this when I am feeling down or struggling. Some days are going to be great. Others are tiring or boring or disappointing. Don’t let them pull you under. Remember we serve an infinite, powerful, God who created us to need Him. Let Him invade every aspect of your heart and being today.

And the biggest bit of advice is do not act out or do something you will need to repent of.

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It is back to the VA hospital tomorrow for another look at my foot, still in a lot of pain.

Pray for Stanley W, he has outlived 3 wives, all his friends and bought a motortrike (motorcycle) I was supposed to take him out tomorrow for his first ride but a friend of mine is going to take the honor. Stanley is not a christian so keep him in prayer for depression, loneliness and salvation.

Keep Steve H in prayer, encouragement, and guidance. Healing for his wife Pam’s knees.

Margie says God bless and thanks for all the prayers. I think she might outlive us all.

FRAGILE CHRISTIANS

October 2, 2021

“Be Not Anxious” Matt. 6:25, R.V.

“Glass, with anxiety!” Strange expression this! What does it mean? These words accompanied a parcel sent from Norway to England, and they were intended to indicate that the sender feared, from the fragile nature of the contents, that some mishap might befall it.

Is there not a lesson here for Christians? Might not some of us be rightly labelled, “Christians with anxiety?” In many instances there is no need for a label, as anxiety is only too plainly stamped upon the countenance, although the apostolic injunction is, “In nothing be anxious” (Phil. 4:6. R.V.). Some obey this command in certain circumstances only, while others reverse the reading, and live as though they were to be anxious for everything. The Lord wishes His children to carry their worries and anxieties to Him; and to leave them with Him. Here are seven things which He bids us cast upon Him, or commit unto Him.

  1. Commit Yourself unto Him. “He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). Paul deposited himself in the hands of the Heavenly Banker; and, as the money in the Bank of England is kept safe in the strong-rooms within and by the guard without, so was the apostle, for he was kept by the Holy Spirit within, and by the Lord who encamped round about him.

  2. Commit Your Soul unto Him. “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). Suffering we shall have, but if we commit the keeping of our souls unto the Lord in well-doing, as the three Hebrew young men did, we shall, like them, cut loose our bonds, and gain the company of Jesus.

  3. Commit Your Spirit unto Him. “Into Thine hand I commit my spirit” (Psa. 31:5). If the Lord has the control of our spirit, He will control us altogether.

  4. Commit Your Way unto Him. “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass” (Psa. 37:5). If we commit our way unto Him, we shall never stray from Him.

  5. Commit Your Works unto Him. “Commit thy works unto the Lord” (Prov. 16:3). If the Lord controls the works and the workers, there will be no clashing in the working.

  6. Commit Your Burden unto Him. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord” (Psa. 55:22). If the Lord is our Burden-bearer, we shall be free to bear one another’s burdens.

  7. Commit Your Care unto Him. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). One, John Careless, a martyr, in writing to a friend, said: “Now my soul is turned to her old rest again, and has taken a sweet nap in Christ’s lap. I have cast my care upon the Lord, who careth for me, and will be careless, according to my name.” If we cast all our cares upon Him, He will take all care of us.

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Thank you Patty for the pictures from Hungary, beautiful.

Jac, is doing great and she reiterates her thanks for the prayers.

Margie is not slowing down one bit.

Caliste is concerned and fearful, her brain scan is Monday.

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.

NOT REALLY A GHOST

September 28, 2021

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

WOW

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

Well here are the Facts.

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

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

  2. Personal characteristics are ascribed to the Holy Spirit:

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

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

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

  6. Personal actions are attributed to the Holy Spirit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Personal relationships are maintained by the Holy Spirit:

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

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

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

  1. Additional names of the Holy Spirit

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

    The Spirit of God (1 Cor. 3:16)

    The Spirit (John 3:6)

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

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

    The Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9b)

    The Spirit of His Son (Gal. 4:6)

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

    The Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4)

    The Spirit of truth (John 16:13)

    The Spirit of glory (1 Pet. 4:14)

    The eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14)

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

    The Helper (John 16:7)

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

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

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

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

Pray for Cheyenne, salvation and a better self image.