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.

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

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

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

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

Why so much prayer? For two reasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO SIDES OF A COIN

September 5, 2021

“Psalm 51 is about how God meets us in our moments of deepest failure and transforms us by his grace. It is about how broken sinners can be brutally honest with God and yet stand before him without fear.”

Wouldn’t all of us look back and have regrets about things we have chosen, said, and done? None of us is able to commend ourselves to God on the basis of our performance. We are all completely dependent on the forgiveness of a God of grace, in order to have any hope for eternity.”

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

VERSUS THIS ATTITUDE

ROMANS 1:5, 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

A soft and repentant heart is needed to avert God’s wrath on the day of wrath, the final judgment. Such repentance would express itself in trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Paul disagrees with much of the Jewish teaching of his day, according to which the Jews were not storing up wrath but were in good standing with God through their covenant relationship, not needing to meet God’s standard of perfect obedience but needing only an intention to obey God.

A future revelation of the eschatological wrath of God is forecast for those characterized by hardness and impenitence of heart. Two terms are used in the N.T. to describe God’s wrath. Occasionally, thumos (Gk.) is employed, as in v. 8 (“wrath”). Generally thumos describes the ebb and flow of man’s anger. It is more passionate but also more temporary in nature. The word most often employed to designate God’s anger is orgēg (Gk.), defined as the eternal disposition of settled anger in the very essence of God’s nature against the destructive forces of evil in the universe (cf. 1:18). Men make themselves the object of that wrath when they sin and become a part of the destructiveness of evil. The concept of wrath includes God’s present displeasure with evil as well as the ultimate confinement and defeat of all evil in the eternal state of hell (Matt. 8:12). Wrath is as much a part of the character of God as is love. A God who does not exercise wrath against injustice is an immoral God. A universe in which evil exists unchallenged and ultimately unvanquished is inconceivable and could not be ruled by a good God of holy love. Essential to a good God of love is His wrath against evil.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Steve H, vim and vigor, bless his studies, encouragement. Pray for his wife Pam, relief and healing from chronic knee pain.

Pray for the Happy Zion Church in Missouri, they are waiting on God to send them the best pastor for them.

Pray for Margie, what a fighter, given less than a month to live, know her spirit she will outlast quite a few. And what a great sense of humor to boot.

FALLEN

September 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thinking over feeling

The word “BIBLE” is not found in the Bible. The word simply means “The Book,” so “there was a time,” as Trench says, “when bible might be applied to any book,” but in our present use of the word we use it in a restricted sense of the one Book. The Dictionary says: “The Bible is the Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as received by the Christian Church as a Divine Revelation.”

There are seven things about these Holy Writings.

  1. What is It? They claim to be “inspired of God” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). The word “inspired of God” is Theopneustos. Theos is the word for God, and the other part is a presumed derivation of pneo, which means to breathe or blow hard. It is rendered “bloweth” in John 3:8, and “wind” in Acts 27:40. Thus the word means to divinely breathe in. Some would render the sentence, “The Scriptures are the Divine breathing.” Our English word “inspired” only occurs in one other place, and that is Job 32:8—“There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” As God breathed into man the breath of life, and he became a living soul, so God has breathed this Book, and it breathes out what He has breathed in. It breathes life into the spirit, love into the soul, understanding into the mind, determination into the will, grace into the heart, beauty into the life, and harmony into the being.

  2. Who Inspired It? “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). The Holy Spirit is the Author and the Interpreter of the Book. The “men” who were “moved” were men, human beings; but they were not the common herd of men, they were “men of God,” and not only so, they were “holy men of God.” These men were in fellowship with God. “Holy men” and “the Holy Spirit” needed to be in touch with each other to produce holy results. The word “moved” means to be “borne along,” and is used of a ship being “driven” by the wind—Acts 27:17, of a man being “brought” on a bed—Luke 5:18, and of one who is carrying another—John 21:18. This at once makes the Bible different from all other books.

  3. Who Were the Instruments Used? “The prophets” (1 Peter 1:10). We naturally think of a prophet as one through whom events are forecast; but the primary meaning is a seer, that is, one who sees. “A prophet,” as one has said, is—

    “One who speaks forth openly before anyone, a proclaimer of a Divine message; among the heathen, the interpreter of the oracles. In the Septuagint, it is the translation of the earlier ‘seer,’ showing what really constituted the prophet, was immediate intercourse with God. The usage of the word is clear, it signifies one on whom the Spirit of God rested—Num. 11:17, 25, 26, 29; one to whom and through whom God speaks—Num. 7:2; one to whom God makes known His mysteries—Amos 3:7, 8; hence it means one to whom God reveals His truth, and through whom He speaks.… In the Old Testament prophets, their preaching was a prophesying of a salvation and purposes of grace and glory yet to be accomplished; while in the New Testament prophets, their prophesying was a preaching of those purposes of grace already accomplished, and also a foretelling of the purposes of glory which were still future.”

  1. What was the Purpose of the Bible’s Revelation? Christ Himself answers the question, for He says of the Scriptures: “They are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39). He is light in the lantern, to show the way; He is the life in the tree, to make it grow; He is the kernel in the nut, to make it worth; He is the glory in the temple, to make it beautiful; He is the heart in the body, to cause it to live; He is the spring in the watch, to make it to go; and He is the power in the wire, to electrify the machine.

The Old Testament characters in the Bible are types of Him. He is the Last Adam, to quicken; the offering Able, to sacrifice; the faithful Abram, to separate; the peaceful Isaac, to substitute; the working Jacob, to secure; the providing Joseph, to store; the leading Moses, to guide; the priestly Aaron, to represent; the valiant Joshua, to subdue; the strong David, to conquer; the wise Solomon, to teach; and the Kinsman-Redeemer, to redeem.

The offerings were all foregleams. He is the Passover, to protect; the Burnt-offering, to please; the Sin-offering, to be judged; the Trespass-offering, to release; the Peace-offering, to reconcile; the Drink-offering to rejoice; and the Red Heifer-offering, to cleanse.

All Scripture contains in Him, and He is the contain of all Scripture.

  1. What are the Two Fundamental Themes of the Bible? Christ Himself answered the question to the two disciples as He journeyed with them to Emmaus, and to the eleven gathered in the upper room—Luke 24:27, 36.

The sufferings and glory of Christ are the couplings of God, which couple up everything. Calvary and Olivet are His viewpoints. The Cross and the Crown are the Alpha and Omega of Revelation. The Lamb and the Throne are the fulcrum and lever of God’s purpose. The Passover and the Lamb are His starting point and goal; and the Altar and the Skekinah are the Genesis and Revelation of everything.

  1. What the Bible Imparts? Among the many things to which it is compared is seed—1 Peter 1:23. There are two things which are characteristic of seed. It contains life and produces like to its kind. Faith in the Living Word comes by means of the Written Word; and when the Living Word, by means of the Written, operates in a living soul, the character of the Word is reproduced. It is a Holy Word, to sanctify; a Righteous Word, to rectify; a Living Word, to fructify; a Wise Word, to edify; a Peace Word, to pacify; a Powerful Word, to electrify; and a Loving Word, to intensify.

  2. What the Bible Does? This raises another question: “What does it not do?” One has tersely said of the Bible in a general way: “Every hour I read you, it kills a sin, or lets a virtue in to fight against it.”

Many are the things the Bible does; the following will illustrate a few of the things:

Acquaints us with the theme of the Gospel—1 Cor. 15:3, 4.

Blesses us as we obey its precepts—Psa. 119:2.

Consecrates us as we follow its injunctions—Num. 6:1–7.

Defeats the enemy as we use it against him—Matt. 4:4, 7, 10.

Edifies the life as we heed it—Acts 20:32.

 Fires the heart to a faithful testimony—Jer. 1:1; 23:29.

Guides those who follow its light—Psa. 119:105.

Heals the spirit as it is applied—Psa. 107:20.

It forms the mind as to its secrets—1 Cor. 2:9; Isa. 64:4.

Judges the conduct and maketh wise—Psa. 19:9–11

Keeps us abiding in Christ’s love—John 15:10.

Leads to the true and beautiful—Prov. 6:20–24.

Molds us like to itself—Rom. 6:17.

Nourishes the spiritual life—1 Peter 1:2.

Orders the steps of our life—Psa. 119:133.

Purifies the mind—2 Cor. 7:1.

Quietens the heart—Isa. 30:15.

Rewards those who keep it—Psa. 19:11.

Sanctifies those who live in it—John 17:17.

Teaches those who are led by it—Psa. 25:4, 5.

Unites us to the Lord—Psa. 86:11; John 17:8.

Verifies the experience—2 Peter 1:19, 20.

Warns the observant—Psa. 19:11.

’Xamines the heart—Psa. 26:1–3. (I had to fudge on this one)

Yokes us with Christ—John 17:8.

Zeals the soul—Psa. 69:9; John 2:17. (and this one also.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Keep Steve H in prayer, strength, vitality, encouragement, blessings and for the church to believe unwaveringly that God is bringing them the perfect pastor.

Healing for his wife Pam’s knees.

Pray for J. C. Hickman, fighting off cancer, some days it is kicking his butt.

IF

August 6, 2021

shrug

A mixed group of five young people shrug and hold up their hands, indicating either that they don’t know or that they really couldn’t care about something. Whatever it is, it’s not their problem! Isolated on white.

2 Timothy 4:5

New King James Version

5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Sometimes we are not satisfied with the responsibilities God has given us, thinking we are fitted for a larger ministry. Looking enviously at the size or scope of a fellow believer’s calling, we think less of our own work and begin to neglect it. In his book Be Faithful, Warren W. Wiersbe illustrated how one Christian leader handled that problem. “A young preacher once complained to C. H. Spurgeon, the famous Baptist preacher, that he did not have as big a church as he deserved. ‘How many do you preach to?’ Spurgeon asked. ‘Oh, about a hundred,’ the man replied. Solemnly, Spurgeon said, ‘That will be enough to give account for on the day of judgment.’”

The truth of Spurgeon’s Statement is borne out in Paul’s reminder to “make full proof of thy ministry,” which means, “fulfill your ministry.” The apostle was telling his young friend in the faith to do all that God has called him to do. But this did not mean that Timothy was required to do the same things Paul was called to do. Nor did it mean that he would accomplish as much as the apostle would. Rather, it meant that whether Timothy’s task was large or small, in the limelight or behind the scenes, he was to fulfill his ministry in a diligent and commendable manner.

The same is true of us. Whether we are teaching three unruly boys in a Sunday school class, directing a girls club of hundreds, or preaching to thousands, we’re to do the job faithfully. That’s what God expects. And as we do, we will be fulfilling our ministry.

  1. If to be a Christian is worthwhile, then the most ordinary interest in those with whom we come in contact would prompt us to speak to them of Christ.

  2. If the New Testament be true—and we know that it is—who has given us the right to place the responsibility for soul-winning on other shoulders than our own’

  3. If they who reject Christ are in danger, is it not strange that we, who are so sympathetic when the difficulties are physical or temporal, should apparently be so devoid of interest as to allow our friends and neighbors and kindred to come into our lives and pass out again without a word of invitation to accept Christ, to say nothing of sounding a note of warning because of their peril’

  4. If today is the day of salvation, if tomorrow may never come and if life is equally uncertain, how can we eat, drink and be merry when those who live with us, work with us, walk with us and love us are unprepared for eternity because they are unprepared for time’

  5. If Jesus called his disciples to be fishers of men, who gave us the right to be satisfied with making fishing tackle or pointing the way to the fishing banks instead of going ourselves to cast out the net until it be filled’

  6. If Jesus himself went seeking the lost, if Paul the Apostle was in agony because his kinsmen, according to the flesh, knew not Christ, why should we not consider it worthwhile to go out after the lost until they are found’

  7. If I am to stand at the judgment seat of Christ to render an account for the deeds done in the Body, what shall I say to him if my children are missing, if my friends are not saved or if my employer or employee should miss the way because I have been faithless’

  8. If I wish to be approved at the last, then let me remember that no intellectual superiority, no eloquence in preaching, no absorption in business, no shrinking temperament or no spirit of timidity can take the place of or be an excuse for my not making an honest, sincere, prayerful effort to win others to Christ.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Keep Steve H in prayer, encouragement, guidance, vim and vigor, and to the church, believing God is bringing the right man to be their pastor. Pray for his wife Pam, healing of her chronic knee pain.

Keep praying for Jim A, continued healing of his brain from the skull fracture suffered over a year ago.

Pray for healing of Matthew’s back.

Keep Caliste Burt in prayer, that the 2 inoperable brain tumors stay inert, unchanging.

REMEMBER THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 8TH, PRAYER AND FASTING FOR REVIVAL OF/IN AMERICA

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I can make your prayer life better in just one sentence. You will get more prayers answered, feel closer to God and enjoy a fuller, richer devotional life.

Pretty big claim, right?

 Well it is true and it will not cost you a penny, just a little time. So little you will be amazed. Some of you will understand immediately and benefit, some will have to think or analyze it. And a very few will resist the notion or worse, just not care.

Here goes, when you pray there is a right way and a wrong way.

The right way is YOU NEVER TELL GOD WHAT TO DO.

Wrong example first, “God, heal this woman in the name of Jesus.”

Right example, “Lord, if it is your will we ask with faith believing that you can heal this woman, which we ask in simple faith in the name of our Lord Jesus.”

If you are confused it is your theology, even though you claim you do not have a theology, you have one.

The name it and claim group.

Arnold Murray (Shepherd’s Chapel)     British Israelism, annihilation, pre-existence, modalism, serpent seed, and more

Benny Hinn  Word of Faith

Bethel Church (Redding, CA)       NAR

Bill Johnson  NAR

Brian Simmons        NAR, The Passion Bible

Bob Jones     NAR

  1. Peter Wagner NAR

Charles Capps          Word of Faith

Che Ahn        NAR

Creflo Dollar Word of Faith

Dominion Theology            NAR

Dwight Thompson  Word of Faith

Earnest Angley        Word of Faith

Eddie Long   Word of Faith

EW Kenyon   Word of Faith

Five-fold Ministry  

Frederick KC Price  Word of Faith

Hillsong (Australia and worldwide)        NAR

IHOP   NAR

James Goll    NAR

Jerry Savelle Word of Faith

Jesse Duplantis        Word of Faith

Joel’s Army   NAR

Joel Osteen  Word of Faith

John Avanzini           Word of Faith

John Wimber           NAR

Joseph Prince          Word of Faith

Joyce Meyer Word of Faith

Juanita Bynum        Word of Faith

Kenneth Copeland  Word of Faith

Kenneth Hagin        Word of Faith

Kim Clement            NAR

Kingdom Now          NAR

Latter Rain Movement     

Marilyn Hickey        Word of Faith

Mike Bickel   NAR

Mike Murdock         Word of Faith

Morris Cerrulo         Word of Faith

New Apostolic Reformation       

Norvel Hayes           Word of Faith

Paul Yonggi Cho      Word of Faith

Paul and Jan Crouch          Word of Faith

Paula White Word of Faith

Peter Popoff

Rick Joyner   NAR

Robert Tilton           Word of Faith

Rod Parsley  Word of Faith

Rodney Howard-Browne  Word of Faith

Spiritual Mapping   NAR

Steve Shultz NAR

Steven Furtick         NAR, Word of Faith

TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)     NAR, Word of Faith

TD Jakes        Word of Faith

The Elijah List          NAR

Third Wave 

Todd Bentley           NAR

Toronto Blessing / Brownsville Revival NAR

William Branham    NAR

Word of Faith         

I’m sure I have missed more than a few. The clue is you never tell God what to do. To the above named people they all falsely believe that your faith is what moves God to do anything. Therefore it is all about you and your faith. The truth is the object of our faith is God. We do not throw our faith at God and He has to do it.

We believe in God. We believe in His promises. We believe in the Bible. We believe He still is a miracle working God who is sovereign and does exactly what it is His will to do.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

AUGUST 8TH, A DAY OF PRAYING AND FASTING FOR REVIVAL IN AMERICA, PLEASE JOIN US.

THE CHRISTMAS CHURCH

July 28, 2021

bad santaTHE CHRISTMAS CHURCH

I live about 13 miles from a small town, when I first moved here over 30 years ago the town had a population of 800 people. Now it is a town of 13,000 people. To say we have a traffic problem is an understatement.

Our main street has a one mile tourist trap, antique shops, book shops, a liquor store that has been there in the same location for over 70 years. Over the years many of the store owners have passed away and the kids are now leasing the buildings out at outrageous prices. One of the oldest shops on the main drag is a store called the Christmas store, it is open year round with vintage Christmas decorations, modern, far out decorations, Christmas trees that hang from the ceiling (a big seller). It sells handmade blown glass ornaments from Poland that start at around 100 bucks and your collection is insurable.

Now the town is changing and many stores that were old timey are gone and are now filled with custom breweries and craft beers. We have about 9 different specialty beer joints. Some guy from California moves here and opened a member only martini bar and bistro, membership is $1000 a year per person and you still have to pay at least $17 dollars for a martini and a sandwich about the size of a slider is $35 bucks. If you bring a guest it is $50 dollars per guest and they can only have access with you once a year.

This was an old German town and now new homes are selling for about 1 million dollars for a new 2500 square foot home. It is outrageous.

I live on a small ranch and my home is over 80 years old. The 4000 acre ranch to the north of me is been in the same family for over 9 generations. All German settlors.

So, now the devotion. What has happened to small towns is now happening to churches. We are a destination town, the streets and the shops and events are all orchestrated to draw a crowd. Sounds pretty much like most churches. How entertaining are they. The music director/choir director is being paid more than the pastor if he can bring in a crowd. Singing off the wall, because hymnals are passe’ and the choir has 5 different sets of outfits for special occasions.

Used to be a piano and if you were lucky an organ. Sometimes only a guitar and the pastor was the song leader and the wife played the piano. I know early in my ministry the interview question second on the list was, “what does your wife do?” my response was always the same, “you mean as a paid employee or as my wife and the mother of my children.” You know that answer did not guarantee a call back to that church.

So what is the Christmas Church?

It is not what you think. It is not about cantatas and live manger scenes. No special musical numbers. No dressed up little kids as angels who can’t sing to save their lives.

No, to me it is a question I often ask at the beginning of each service.

What have you brought to Jesus today for worship.

No, I’m not going to entertain you, no huge budget for a worship team. No fat ladies in spandex waving flags or throwing glitter. (do not write me about picking on fat people, I’m fat and old).

I do not want to hear you say after church, “well, that wasn’t very entertaining.”

What did you come to give?

Like the Wise men of old, what gifts did you bring to Jesus.

As a pastor I can guarantee you certain things, 1. I spent hours on each sermon. 2, I spent hours each day in prayer for you and your family. 3, I spent hours each day visiting the sick, the dying and the needy, the new families, the troubled teen, the young adult in trouble. 4, hours in counseling not only to the congregation but also to the community. 5, I am on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I take one week off for deer hunting, one 3 days off for turkey hunting, a motorcycle trip for 2 weeks and 4 weekends doing either revivals or speaking at conferences.

I mention the offering once per service. You can put your money in the donation box at the back of the church either when you come in or go out. we now have an IPAD where you can pay your tithes or offerings near the box. We will never have online payments, use an envelope.

Once a year we post the totals of what was received and what was spent. In problem churches where they were trying to starve me out, I posted each month what each and every person gave. That usually solved that problem. If you take a swing at me because you are angry at me I will punch you in the face, I’m a Christian, not a saint and I’m not Jesus, so suck it up buttercup.

But I will ask you at the beginning of each service what did you come to bring, not what did you expect to get out of the service. You want a happy, healthy church change your attitude not your pastor.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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CONTENTMENT COMES FROM FOCUSING ON THE LORD AS THE SOVEREIGN ONE TO WHOM I MUST SUBMIT.

Paul mentions that the Philippians had revived their concern for him. The word was used of flowers blossoming again or of trees leafing out in the springtime. He is quick to add that they always had been concerned, but they lacked opportunity. We do not know what had prohibited their sending a gift sooner, whether it was a lack of funds, not having a reliable messenger to take the gift, not knowing about Paul’s circumstances, or some other reason. But whatever the reason, Paul knew that God was in control, God knew his need, and God would supply or not supply as He saw fit. Paul was subject to the Sovereign God in this most practical area of his financial support.

Paul had a policy of not making his financial needs known to anyone except the Lord. Here he was in prison, unable to pursue his tent-making trade, and he was in a tight spot (“affliction” in 4:14 literally means “pressure”). He wrote a number of letters during this time to various churches and individuals (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon), and he asks for prayer in those letters. But never once does he mention his financial needs. Rather, he asks for prayer for boldness and faithfulness in his witness. He trusted in and submitted to the sovereignty of God to provide for his needs.

Sometimes God supplied abundantly, and so Paul had learned how to live in prosperity. Most of us would like to learn that lesson! But sometimes God withheld support, and so Paul had to learn to get along with humble means. At those times, he did not grumble or panic, but submitted to the sovereign hand of God, trusting that God knew what was best for him and that He always cared for His children (1 Pet. 5:6-7).

But notice, Paul learned to be content in all conditions. It didn’t come naturally to him, and it wasn’t an instantaneous transformation. It is a process, something that we learn from walking with God each day. Key to this process is understanding that everything, major and minor, is under God’s sovereignty. He uses all our circumstances to train us in godliness if we submit to Him and trust Him. Our attitude in trials and our deliberate submission to His sovereignty in the trial is crucial.

George Muller (a must read biography) proved the sovereign faithfulness of God in the matter of finances. He lived in 19th century Bristol, England, where he founded an orphanage. He and his wife had taken literally Jesus’ command to give away all their possessions (Luke 14:33), so they had no personal resources. Also, he was firmly committed to the principle of not making his financial needs known to anyone, except to God in prayer. He was extremely careful not even to give hints about his own needs or the needs of the orphanage. The children never knew about any financial difficulties, nor did they ever lack good food, clothes, or warmth.

But there were times when Muller’s faith was tried, when the Lord took them down to the wire before supplying the need. On February 8, 1842, they had enough food in all the orphan houses for that day’s meals, but no money to buy the usual stock of bread or milk for the following morning, and two houses needed coal. Muller noted in his journal that if God did not send help before nine the next morning, His name would be dishonored.

The next morning Muller walked to the orphanage early to see how God would meet their need, only to discover that the need had already been met. A Christian businessman had walked about a half mile past the orphanages toward his place of work when the thought occurred to him that Muller’s children might be in need. He decided not to retrace his steps then, but to drop off something that evening. But he couldn’t go any further and felt constrained to go back. He gave a gift that met their need for the next two days (George Muller: Delighted in God! by Roger Steer [Harold Shaw Publishers], pp. 115-116). Muller knew many instances like that where God tried his faith.

If you are walking with God and you find yourself in a desperate situation, you can know that you are not there by chance. The sovereign God has put you there for your training in faith, that you might share His holiness. It may be a small crisis or a major, life-threatening crisis. Submit to and trust the Sovereign God and you will know the contentment that comes from Him.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Jim A, this August will be one year since he fractured his skull. Still suffering and still finding brain disabilities. Doctors say if his brain does not heal itself in the coming year then the disabilities will be permanent.

Remember Olivia in prayer. Dealing with Lyme’s disease and Crohn’s. the treatment is worse than the disease somedays.

Keep praying for Steve H, strength, endurance, encouragement. Guidance for him and the church as they wait for God to bring them the perfect pastor. Pray for the healing of his wife’s knees, chronic pain.

Remember Bill W, in prayer, chronic neck pain and depression.

Bill L, heart disease.

Bill F, loss of a son,

Remember to keep praying and fasting on August 8, 2021, praying for revival in America.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS

July 22, 2021

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Two things have to happen in order for America to have a revival. Number one, men must accept the mantle of leadership as husbands and fathers as God intended them to be. Second, pastors and religious leaders need to repent of the sin that has crept into their lives.

Being the pastors’ pastor is not all that fun. Getting phone calls from denominational leaders or the police does not run my motor. Wives’ calling, whispering for me to come and “do something.” Why is it that it is hardly ever the man himself calling saying “Doc, I have really screwed up.”

The greatest mystery of all is why the church tolerates it.

For example, Sunday morning the pastor gets up and announces he is addicted to pornography and would the church pray for him, really. The church did nothing to make him accountable or get counseling or some disciplinary matters or all the above. Now this once thriving church is almost empty as the same pastor keeps confessing adultery, more porn, a hooker, the list goes on. Why is he not kicked out? because he is the third generation of family pastors that started the church, built the church and he just inherited because of tradition.

How about this other church, the pastor receives a modest salary fitting for the size of the church and the demographics of the church. His twin daughters turn 16 and he buys them matching Land Rovers. Presents them to his daughters after Sunday service with a big church birthday party. And I do mean big, there was everything except a Ferris Wheel. Turns out he takes the money from the Missions account which his wife is the bookkeeper. The deacons confront him he breaks down and cries, oh boohoo.  Tells them he feels so dysfunctional as a father and had to make it up to his darling daughters.

Still pastoring that church, gone from 800 folks on a Sunday morning down to 150. They might have to sell the building.

How about a pastor with no moral peccadillos? No stealing, no porn or hookers. He just preaches more out of Reader’s Digest than the bible. Church attendance is dramatically down as he tells anyone who comes to church and wears a mask they have no faith and are pawns of Satan. You got, people leaving and he is only getting more angry. Confessing to folks he is mad at them and he has had a grudge against them for 20 years and lists the people he holds unforgiveness against them..

One common thread to all these churches. Even though they belong to a denomination it is a voluntary fellowship, and they can pull out at any time with just a vote. Second, there is zero accountability. There may be deacons, but they are second class citizens when compared to the power the pastor wields.

How about this bit of information; why is the church always filled with more women than man?

The exception is a phenomenon you may not be familiar with. It is called the cowboy church. It is a franchise (literally) like McDonalds. You buy the rights to call yourself a cowboy church and the basic sermon is give more money so I can pay my franchise fees. Supposed to be evangelical. But cowboys can still spit and chew and cuss and smoke and drink and come to church on a horse or 100k pickup tricked out to look like it actually might get dirty.

They were once booming here in the southwest and west. Popping up like Starbucks. Pastors had no education, no bible colleges, no bible knowledge, usually a split from a more formal church that ‘didn’t understand the cowboy mentality.’

They too are drying up as sincere christian cowboys are disheartened by lack of any spiritual emphasis.

So we have churches (we did not even pick on the congregational members) that are morally bankrupt, spiritually bankrupt, no leadership, no accountability and simply a majority of churches that do not want to offend anyone and stand for anything.

I actually heard an Elder say that if the ‘gays’ came in to take over the church there was nothing they could do about it because no one would be man enough to risk the church losing its tax free status, by preaching the bible.

Shove the tax free status right up your exhaust hole, fire the immoral pastors, the lazy pastors. You’ve heard the saying if you can’t do anything become a teacher. Well this goes beyond that, if you can’t even teach, become a pastor. And if a pastor is caught and is disciplined, they just become realtors.

Yet, we are praying for a revival when we really need a reformation.

Here is a prayer that very few will be bold enough to pray; “God, break my heart with the things that break your heart. Start a revival in me Lord.”

1 Peter 4:17

King James Version

17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

            HEY, IT IS NOT ALL BAD, DO NOT GIVE UP, THERE ARE ALWAYS A FEW GOOD MEN, THAT LOVE THE LORD AND LOVE THE WORD AND CAN KEEP THEIR ZIPPER UP AND THEIR HANDS OUT OF YOUR WALLET.