Have you ever sat in church, listening to the soaring music or the impressive sermon, and your thoughts were all turned inward?

 

Here I am in church, 200 people, 4 friends, God how could I be so alone?

 

Thoughts like: No one here cares that I am hurting desperately. When I first was widowed or divorced or when this illness first was diagnosed, or when my child became a problem, people prayed for me, called me on the phone, visited me, sent me notes. But now that time has passed and everyone is used to me, I guess they expect that I do not need anyone, that I am coping with my problem and that I not really hurting anymore. Maybe they even think that if I were really depending on the Lord, I would be able to handle my situation without any difficulty. But I am in pain and I do not think anyone cares. I sometimes wonder if even God cares!

 

There was a woman in the synagogue one Sabbath morning when Jesus was teaching there that might have been feeling just like that.

 

Luke 13:10-11

Think about her a little. She was probably middle-aged. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. She had been crippled like this for 18 years! Can you imagine what her life was like? She could not stand at all, could not sit comfortably, could not lie down except on her side. Walking was difficult. Eating could not have been pleasant. Her appearance was pitiful, her face etched with pain. But what had caused her illness? She was crippled by a spirit? This was not a form of arthritis. This was a Satanic attack that affected her body. But do not you think that she also suffered emotionally and spiritually as well? She must have often felt discouraged, depressed, and even abandoned by God. Yet she still worshipped, she still was there in the synagogue on the Sabbath. She still listened to Gods Word. She still had faith. I have to give her credit for just being there.

 

It is interesting that her condition was caused by a demon. There are many different symptoms mentioned in the Bible that were caused by demon activity: Matthew 9:32-33, dumbness; Matthew 12:22, blindness; Matthew 17:14-18, seizures; Luke 4:33, 8:26, mental disorders, insanity, and abnormal strength. This of course does NOT mean that these conditions are ALWAYS demonic in source. But the Bible clearly says that this condition was. This should teach us that Satan is a real and very busy enemy. Over and over it is recorded that Jesus cast out demons of all kinds. He came to defeat Satan and to make him powerless against believers, and he clearly demonstrated his ability to do this while here on earth. We have to realize that His power and authority over the spirit world has not diminished one iota.

 

Ephesians 1:19b and 21

That is why we can have confidence that Jesus will protect us. He has authority over everything in heaven and earth. But we must be alert and armored, because Satan does not play fair or come out in the open. He masquerades, sets traps, hides behind fun games, self, development philosophies, even religion. He actively works to fragment our families, to destroy relationships, to cultivate selfishness and independence from God, to make us doubt God’s Word and distrust God’s character.

 

Peter warns us of that: 1 Peter 5:8. Likewise, Paul tells us about our armor—our protection— in Ephesians 6:10-14.

 

This woman had been the target of demonic attack for 18 years, but it had not destroyed her faith. She was still worshipping God on the Sabbath. As she stood there, bent over, with her head lifted as far as she could, listening to Jesus, and looking at Him, suddenly he noticed

 

Luke 13:12-13

He stopped in the middle of His teaching, pointed to her and called to her to come forward. She shuffled up to Him, surely wondering what He wanted her for. Then He spoke: “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”

 

He spoke these few words, He touched her and she straightened up instantly. She was totally healed and she immediately praised God. Did you notice the word Jesus used? He did not say healed. He used a word that is translated in other places, “loosed, put away, let go, set at liberty and released.” She had been bound by Satan and Jesus set her free.

 

Can you not imagine the joy she felt and the excitement that ran through the spectators as they realized what had happened? The noise level must have risen as the people turned to each other in their enthusiasm. Suddenly a stern cold voice broke through the furor.

 

Luke 13:14

The chairman of the board of elders was very displeased and scolded the people. I think he was just a little afraid of openly attacking Jesus directly after such a display of supernatural power. God had made the Sabbath day, the seventh day of the week, our Saturday, a holy day, set apart to worship Him. There were 3 major reasons given for Israel to keep the Sabbath.

 

Exodus 20:8-11 (10 Commandments)— It followed God’s example of doing the work of creation in 6 days and resting on the seventh.

 

Deuteronomy 5:12-15— It commemorated their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Egypt— where they never had a day off and could not worship their own God. God gave them the Sabbath to show them that they were a free people, free to rest from their labor and free to worship their God.

 

Exodus 31:13— It was a sign of the covenant given from Sinai between God and Israel. God had given them a day off a week for worship, joy, freedom and rest. 1500 years later it had evolved, by the addition of hundreds of restrictions, into a legalistic bondage that was more concerned with external behavior than with human need. The religious leaders watched Jesus like a hawk because He was always violating their manmade rules about the Sabbath. They had had several sharp confrontations with Him and had always come out the losers. In one incident when He healed a man with a withered arm, He reminded them that they would rescue a sheep who had fallen into a pit and a man was more valuable. Then He said: “Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:11-12, NIV)

 

Another time He reminded them that, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27, NIV)

 

God gave the day of rest because people need time to relax, regroup, change their routine, worship and serve God without the pressure of other responsibilities.

 

Jesus claimed authority over even the interpretation and observation of the Sabbath. Why not? Was not He the One who had established it in the first place? His restoration of the true spirit of the Sabbath had enraged these men so much that they plotted to kill Him because of it. (Mark 3:6)

 

Now here He was doing it again! The ruler had rebuked Jesus by scolding the people and Jesus answered him. He is a wonderful Defender. Have you ever been unjustly accused or misunderstood and the only thing you could do was to say to Him, Lord, You must be my Defender. You must reveal the truth. There is nothing I can do but trust You. HYPOCRITES! (Originally, a “hypocrite” was an actor who wore masks in amphitheatre plays.) They pretended to be zealous for God, to be righteous. But they were not interested in what God could do in their lives. Their hearts were cold in the face of human need. They had more compassion on their oxen and donkeys than on this poor woman. They released their animals so they could drink but objected when Jesus released this woman, a Jewess, from the bondage of the enemy on the day that commemorated their freedom from bondage. How wrong these men were! They claimed to represent God, but they were completely the opposite. Jesus revealed the true heart of God. Jesus exposed their hypocrisy by His true revelation of the invisible God. He hated their pretense and they hated Him for exposing it.

 

Earlier in Luke He gave a stinging analysis of the Pharisees and experts in the law where He accused them of being only concerned with being externally clean, but inwardly they were full of wickedness. He accused them of injustice and pride. Then He said,

 

“Woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. …you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering. (Luke 11:46-53, NIV)

 

Do not you have to wonder what He must think of the greed, lust, and crimes that have been done and are being done in His name today? He still hates hypocrisy. Yet closer to home. Do we make a distinction between what the Bible actually says and what other people say it means? Do we make our application as binding as God’s? That is how legalism flourishes. Always check to see if our applications are consistent and Biblical. When we have a lot of rules about what we can or cannot do in order to make little loopholes that violates the very spirit of God. The religious rulers did that. For instance, they had a rule that you could not journey farther from home than 3000 feet (1/2 mile) on the Sabbath. So the day before, they would go ahead and deposit some food by a stone a half-mile away. That would then become their home temporarily and they could go another half mile, where they had deposited another sandwich, so they could travel another half mile. In this way they found ways around God’s law about the Sabbath, and violated the spirit of this holy day. This is just one example. They had 60 columns of regulations about the Sabbath.

 

Maybe you are wondering at this point if we should keep the Sabbath today. The Sabbath was given to Israel. It is the ONLY ONE of the Ten Commandments that is NOT repeated in the New Testament. The disciples and the early church worshiped on Sunday, the first day of the week to commemorate the Lord’s resurrection. Sunday is the Lord’s day.

 

We do not have rules about it in the New Testament. But we do know what they did on the Lord’s Day. They met together, studied God’s word, prayed, celebrated communion, and gave their offerings. Surely the Lord’s Day should have some special meaning for us. It should be a day of worship, learning God’s Word, service, praise and thanksgiving, giving our offerings, joy and rest and a time with family and friends. It should be different from the other six days of the week. After all, we have so much more to commemorate than Israel did: the resurrection of our Savior from the dead.

 

Look at the effect Jesus had on the people in the synagogue.

 

Luke 13:17

Can you imagine what His power and His authority meant to the common people who were under the burden of religious oppression as well as political oppression.

 

What Did He Reveal About God?

Jesus revealed the compassionate heart of God in this story. He initiated this woman’s healing.

He demonstrated that God knows everything, the cause and the cure!

He revealed some of God purposes for the Sabbath. It was not a day for misery and bondage, but a day for praise and freedom.

He revealed that God knows the motives of the heart and is not impressed with external behavior that masks unbelief, jealousy, and hatred. GOD HATES HYPOCRISY.

He revealed that God is greater than Satan and has authority over him.

But now I want to go back to verse 12. Woman, you are set free from your infirmity. The word for “infirmity” is translated in other places as “diseases, sickness, weakness.” It means literally, “without strength.” Very few of us are sick all the time, but all of us know what it is to be without strength.

 

We ALL have weaknesses. Do not you have things that fill you with dread when you have to face them? Fear of flying, fear of anything. Do not you have areas where you have consistently failed? Are there not relationships that you just cannot handle, people that rub you the wrong way? Maybe your weakness is a sense of worth that you have let someone else impose on you. Maybe your weakness is a habit you have not been able to break. Maybe your weakness is a disposition that always sees the bad side of everything.

 

Maybe your weakness is a crippling sin that keeps you from going on to maturity in your Christian life. Is it love of money and the things money can buy? Is it a desire to please people more than God? Is it a thought life that you would be ashamed to have projected on a screen for all to see? Is it a selfishness that keeps you from making a commitment to anything that will interfere with your own plans? Is it self-pity, pride, hypocrisy, a violent temper? I have suggested a lot of things to stimulate your thinking, and I may have missed your issue. But you just thought of it, did you not? Jesus came to set us free from our weaknesses. How does He do it?

 

First, we must come to Him for help.

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

We come to one who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He was a human being living on this earth, subject to all the temptations we face and He did not sin. He will give mercy and grace to overcome.

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

He may not remove our weakness, because then we would be independent. My weakness is given me to teach me to depend moment by moment on His power. His power is demonstrated where I am powerless. This changes my attitude towards my weakness.

 

Instead of hating myself for failing, I can see this as God’s opportunity to work in my life. God becomes real. Jesus really does live out His life in me. But it is only when I admit my weakness and depend on Him that I will experience His strength.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ wants to say to each of us today, “Woman, you are set free from your weakness.” He calls you to come to Him for freedom and strength. Will you come?

 

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pray for Tina Miller, young mother, 32, three children, her husband Todd was shot yesterday at an ATM, he survived, shot in the back for 50 dollars, he has a long recovery period. The perp was caught by a legally armed permit holder, as soon as he saw a man with a gun he literally threw his gun on the ground and fell down begging not to be shot. COWARD. Turns out he was only out of prison 6 days. Guess what for? Yep, you guessed it, the exact same thing.

 

Remember Caliste Burt, inoperable brain tumor, pray for divine healing and/or a lack of fear of what could happen.

 

Visited with Stephanie she says thanks for your prayers and asks for continued support. She is a very private person and sharing and asking for help in not really in her wheelhouse.

 

Remember those on our salvation prayer list, Barbara d, Mona R, Norma Perales, husband Rick and her adult son Rick Jr. and pray they are not only saved but delivered from gambling.

 

Pray for Steve H, strength and encouragement.

 

Bill Warneke pray he takes his medicine, it would help with 80% of his problems, chronic neck pain, chronic depression and the beginning of Parkinson’s.

 

Pray for Pastor Paul K. health concerns and he’s really sad about seeing his mom 90+ years begin her decline into dementia. Plus he has 2 cysts on his pancreas, not cancer or growing right now and they found spots on his lung.

 

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THE CONCEPT OF CONSECRATION., POSSESSED BY GOD, GRIPPED BY GOD.

1 : to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite

especially : to ordain to the office of bishop

2a : to make or declare sacred

especially : to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony

consecrate a church

b : to effect the liturgical transubstantiation of (eucharistic bread and wine)

c : to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication

3 : to make inviolable or venerable (Webster’s Dictionary).

Philippians 3:12 (Phi) …I keep going on, trying to grasp the purpose for which Christ Jesus grasped me.

Matthew 13:44 (Phi) “The kingdom of heaven is like some treasure which has been buried in a field. A man finds it and buries it again, and goes off overjoyed to sell all his possessions to buy himself that field.”

2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels…

Seized By God

1 Corinthians 6:20 (Jer) You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (Phi) For you must realize that you have been ransomed by your futile way of living passed on to you by your traditions, but not by any money payment of this passing world. No, the price was in fact the life-blood of Christ, the unblemished and unstained lamb of sacrifice.

Romans 12:1 (TEB) So then, my brothers, because of God’s great mercy to us, I make this appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.

Available Vessels

John 1:12-13 (NAS) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor or the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

F.B. Meyer: “The act of consecration is to recognize Christ’s ownership and to accept it; and to say to Him, with the whole heart, Lord, I am Yours by right, and I wish to be Yours by choice.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3,4 (NKJ) For this is the will of God, your sanctification, that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you show how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.

2 Timothy 2:21 (RSV) If anyone purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the Master of the house, ready for any good work.

Ordinary Jars In The Hands Of Jesus

John 2:5-10 (Wey) His mother said to the attendants, “Whatever he tells you to do, do it.” Now there were six stone jars standing there (in accordance with the Jewish regulations for purification), each large enough to hold twenty gallons or more. Jesus said to the attendants, “Fill the jars with water.” Then He said, “Now, take some out.” Then… [the banquet-master] called to the bridegroom and said to him, “… You have kept the good wine till now.”

God’s Will To Form Us Into Vessels Worthy Of Future Glory

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 6:13 (Phi) But, like men rescued from certain death, put yourselves in God’s hands as weapons of good for his own purposes.

Titus 3:5,6 (Phi) He saved us in his mercy–not by virtue of any moral achievement of ours, but by the cleansing power of a new birth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit which he poured upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Philippians 3:12(NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Philippians 3:12 (NAS) …but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:5-7 (Jer) In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus; His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave….

Malachi 3:2-3 (NAS) “…For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that He may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.”

Apprentice Priests…

Exodus 29:44 (NIV) “So I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests.”

Hebrews 9:21 (NAS) And in the same way, he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.

Exodus 28:41 (NAS) And you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.

Consecration Is God’s Prerogative, Not Man’s

2 Chronicles 13:9-10 (NIV) …Whoever comes to consecrate himself… may become a priest of what are not gods. As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the Lord are sons of Aaron…

E.W. Bullinger: “Thus it is now that the Holy Spirit consecrates all who are priests unto God. It is a Divine act, an act of sovereign grace. A grand reality when done for the sinner by God the Holy Ghost but a worthless vanity when presumptuously done by a mortal man.”

2 Chronicles 13:9-10 (GLT) …Whoever comes to consecrate himself … even he becomes a priest to no gods.

2 Corinthians 1:21 (Phi) It is he who has consecrated us to this special work, he who has given us the living guarantee of the Spirit in our hearts.

Defiled Vessels

Daniel 5:22-23 (NEB) But you, his son, Belshazzar, did not humble your heart, although you knew all this. You have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. The vessels of his temple have been brought to your table…

Daniel 5:30 (NEB) That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain.

Romans 9:22-23 (RSV) What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power has endured with much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction in order to make known the riches of his glory for the vessels of mercy which he prepared beforehand for glory.

Isaiah 52:11 (NAS) Depart, depart, go out from there, touch nothing unclean; go out of the midst of her purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the Lord.

From Desecration… To Consecration

Romans 6:19 (TEB) …At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness, for wicked purposes. In the same way you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness, for holy purposes.

Matthew 3:11 (NIV) “…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

Deuteronomy 11:22-23 (NIV) “If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow–to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways and hold fast to him–then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.”

Mark 11:15 (NIV) Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJ) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

2 Chronicles 7:16 (NAS) “For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My Name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”

Exodus 29:43 (NAS) And I will meet there with the sons of Israel, and it shall be consecrated by my glory.

2 Chronicles 7:3 (NIV) …and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

Beholding His Glory

2 Corinthians 3:18 (TEB) All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord who is the Spirit, transforms us into his very likeness, in an ever greater degree of glory.

2 Chronicles 29:31 (NAS)…”Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the Lord.”

Consecrated For The Wedding

Zephaniah 1:7 (NIV) Be silent before the Sovereign Lord for the day of the Lord is near. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.

Revelation 19:7,8 (TEB) Let us rejoice and be glad; let us praise his greatness. For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself for it. She has been given shining linen to dress herself with…

Leviticus 16:32 (KJV) And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments…

Matthew 22:12-14 (RSV) “My friend,” said the king [after imploring people to come…], “how do you come to be here without your wedding clothes?” He had nothing to say. The king then said to his attendants, “Bind him hand and foot; turn him out into the dark, the place of wailing and grinding of teeth.” For though many are invited, few are chosen.

The Sacrifice Of Obedience

1 Kings 19:19-21 (NIV) So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the ploughing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.

F.B. Meyer: “Consecration is only possible when we give up our will about everything.”

Luke 14:26 (NIV) “If any man comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.”

Luke 9:62 (Phi) But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts his hand to the plough and then looks behind him is useless for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 14:33 (TEB) “In the same way,” concluded Jesus, “none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has.”

Oswald Chambers: “We… have to deliberately determine to be interested only in which God is interested.”

Clay… Ready For Change

Hebrews 10:20,22 (NKJ) By a new and living way which he consecrated for us…. let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

James 4:8 (NIV) Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded.

Oswald Chambers: “Consecration means the continual separating of myself… We cannot consecrate once and for all. Am I continually separating myself to consider God every day of my life?”

Joel 2:13-17 (NAS) Rend your hearts and not your garments. Now return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate… Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the elders… Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers weep between the porch and the altar.

Romans 13:13-14 (Phi) Let us therefore fling away the things that men do in the dark, let us arm ourselves for the fight of the day! Let us live cleanly, as in the daylight, not in the delights of getting drunk or playing with sex, nor yet in quarreling or jealousies. Let us be Christ’s men from head to foot, and give no chances to the flesh to have its fling.

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Remember our Salvation list,

Barbara D, Mona R, Norma Perales, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr.

Pray for Steve H, encouragement and strength

Ricky R, Still sober

Sherry M, on a long streak of behaving, I think because I’m checking on her more.

Eli, is gaining weight…

Caliste and Stephanie, physically are doing as well as respected, but both are dealing with emotional aspects of the possible ticking time bomb with the brain tumors.

Remember Paul K, a little down about possible health issues and his mom at 92 years is beginning to have issues with dementia.

Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain, depression and the beginnings of Parkinson’s (maybe)

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  “You are made partakers of His resurrection, through the faith wrought in you by God, who raised Him from the dead” (Col 2:12).

  All true believers are gratefully aware that they are not going to hell, but few realize that they are already in heaven.

There is no question about there being a beautiful new position for the believer, but people limit it to its being theirs when they die. Scripture shows that it is ours now! People say, ‘You get to heaven when you die.’ No such thing. You have it now. It is not your death that entitles you to it, but the Lord Jesus’ death. There is not a single shadow that was between us and the Father, but the Lord Jesus has removed in His death.

The great work of the Lord Jesus was wrought on the Cross to bring us to the Father; His death and His Blood, His ascension and sitting on the Throne; all mean one thing—our being brought nigh to dwell in the Father’s presence. And with what object? That the Father may have us, to mature us, to work in us that which is well-pleasing in His sight. Let no one think that the entrance into the Holiest is the end; it is only the beginning. It brings us into the right position, in which the Father in His divine power can work out His will and purpose in us—conforming us to the image of His Son.

The Lord Jesus stood where I was, and now I stand where He is, and that is the only place I have before my Father. We may fail and grieve the Holy Spirit, but that is where we are set.

If there be progress upward there must be progress in my life down here; you cannot see the need for a change in your ways here until you are transformed by the influence of nearness to Him there. You thus gradually find things here are not suitable for the order and nature of the things which are so attractive to the renewed heart up there.

That’s a great way to gauge maturity, how attached is someone to their things or places.

  “Your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

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Pray for Stephen H, way overloaded

Prayer request from Shelly J, she is 29, single and want the Lord to bring the right man into her life.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain, chronic depression, and the beginnings of Parkinson’s.

Pray for Sharon W, low back pain and sciatica.

Ricky r, says thanks for all the praayers and praises God for his sobriety.

Olivia and Tim say thanks for the prayers, Eli, is doing well and putting on weight instead of losing it. Keep praying for this miracle baby.

Caliste and Stephanie are both struggling with the fact that the brain tumors were not surgically able to be removed. Keep them in prayer.

Salvation prayers for Norma and Rick Sr and Rick Jr, for Barbara D and Mona R.

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If you don’t come from a Pentecostal background you may not get this first part!

THINGS ONLY A PREACHERS KID COULD ASK

SO ONE DAY MY SON COMES UP TO ME AND ASKS; “DAD, IF YOUR TALKING TO GOD IS IT A LONG DISTANCE CALL?”

BEWILDERED AT WHERE THIS QUESTION IS COMING FROM I ASK HIM WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT?

HE SAYS WHEN HE HEARS MRS SMITH TALKING IN TONGUES SHE KEEPS SAYING; AT AND T, AT AND T, AT AND T, AT AND T.

That is an innocent person asking an innocent question. If only all our thoughts of God were so simple and direct.

1 corinthians 1: 18-25

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written; “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men…”

We can over think, try to out think, but there is a simplicity to understanding God, call it child like faith, simple faith, I wouldn’t call it blind faith, because God did give us reason; but if we simply read more of His Word and less of others, I believe we would all benefit.

So yes son, God is calling and it’s a person to person call (you have to be over 50 years old to get one to).

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Caliste Burt is recovering slowly, they were not able to remove the third and final brain tumor. As I mentioned before they decided to ‘wrap’ the tumor hoping that it will keep it from growing or migrating.

Stephanie t, is dealing with anxiety over the fact that she also can’t have her brain tumor removed because of it’s location.

Both these ladies are trying to live with calmness and peace and not fear.

Travis M, back surgery next week, it will be his third operation in two years.

Ricky r, still practicing sobriety. Still going to 2 AA meetings a day.

Mike Ballard, hand surgery went well, smashed his hand up really bad with an angle grinder that got away from him. Interesting bit of trivia, the most famous operating table made for hand surgery is made just down the road from me. Well 35 miles down the road.

stranger danger

May 12, 2019

May your life preach more loudly than your lips.

—William Ellery Channing

One of the Signers of the Constitution,

The problem with quoting people you know nothing about is that you appear to endorse them. I can’t in all honesty endorse Rev. Channing; not because he was a brave man, and a patriot, he certainly was but I can’t endorse him because he was a Universalist. (you know everybody is going to heaven)

Think about that the next time you recommend a book, a movie, a video. I once took all the deacons from my church to see a movie because someone said it was so funny. Imagine my chagrin when 5 minutes into the movie we are watching full nudity and sex. One deacon leans over to me and says; I thought you said this is funny, I didn’t hear the end of that for quite some time. (yes, we all left the movie)

I have people recommend “Christian books” that were pure trash, counselors that were ungodly, unscriptural, evangelists that I’ve stopped in the middle of their sermons and escorted them out the door.

The apostle Paul addresses this by saying if there are those preaching another doctrine than my own, punch them out (that’s my version of that particular verse)

In order to protect ourselves from heresy, false doctrine, being hurt, mislead, misguided and confused don’t recommend anything unless it is pure. Like books I’ve been given to edit or due a review on, I blacked out the bad parts so you won’t have to read them. (this was a theology book).

Like biblical prophets, you have to 100% right or you are not a prophet. 100% right or you are all wrong. That’s a tough standard. God’s a tough God and a jealous God. Stay on the path, keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times.

God Bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, as you know the doctors were unable to remove the third and final brain tumor. So she has to live with it and hopefully nothing bad happens, it’s like a ticking time bomb.

Pray for Stephanie Taylor. Doctors decided it’s to dangerous to operate on her brain tumor. So she as well is being told to ‘live’ with it.

Mike H, 35, and first heart attack. His dad died at 49. So he’s been all the right things but every year his anxiety grows.

Ricky R, starting week 4 of his sobriety. He’s attending two meetings a day.

Pray for Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. salvation. And deliverance from gambling.

Pray for Barbara d, salvation

Pray for Mona r, salvation.

OK THESE ARE JUST THE EVENTS, YOU DRAW THE CONCLUSIONS.

IN 40 YEARS OF COUNSELING FOR THE 5TH TIME I HAVE HAD THE SAME SYMPTOMS (FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM) APPEAR.

THE GIRLS WERE ALL UNRELATED, IN DIFFERENT STATES (UNITED STATES)BUT EVERYTHING ELSE WAS THE SAME.

WHEN THEY WERE 13 YEARS OLD, THEY WERE STILL VIRGINS, CONFESSING CHRISTIANS, INVITED TO A SLUMBER PARTY, AND PLAYED WITH A OUIJA BOARD. DURING THE ALL GIRL SLEEP OVER, THE EXPERIENCE WITH THE OUIJA BOARD GAVE EACH OF THE GIRLS NIGHTMARES, AND SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENED DURING THE PLAYING.

A RELIGIOUS PICTURE FELL OFF THE WALL, CATS STARTED ACTING STRANGE  (HOW COULD YOU TELL, CATS ARE STRANGE ANYWAY) OR THE NIGHTMARES.

FLASH FORWARD, ALL THE GIRLS ARE MARRIED, STILL CONFESSING CHRISTIANS, FAIRLY ‘NORMAL’ STRAIGHT FORWARD LIVES.

EXCEPT NOW ONE FEELS SHE’S HARASSED BY DEMONS (NOT POSSESSED), ONE IS HAVING THE SAME NIGHTMARE, TWO THINK THEY ARE HAVING OUT OF THE BODY EXPERIENCES, AND LAST IS HAVING NIGHTMARES AND IT’S THE SAME EXACT SAME ONE SHE HAD WHEN USING THE OUIJA BOARD.

ALL HAVE COME IN FOR COUNSELING AND ALL ARE CONVINCED THAT IF THEY HAD NOT PLAYED WITH THE BOARD 20+ YEARS AGO ALL WOULD BE FINE.

ALL ARE SEEKING TO BE ‘DELIVERED’.

LET ME TELL YOU ANOTHER STORY, KIND OF RELATED AND THEN WE WILL GET BACK TO THE GIRLS.

BILLY GRAHAM, TM, TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION WAS JUST BECOMING THE RAGE, BILLY GRAHAM WAS ASKED IF THIS WAS A SAFE PRACTICE FOR CHRISTIANS, HE DIDN’T KNOW, SO HE BOUGHT A BOOK ON THE SUBJECT AND IMMEDIATELY DURING HIS FIRST AND ONLY EXPERIENCE WITH TM, BECAME STRONGLY AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF A DEMONIC HOST WAITING FOR A VICTIM TO APPEAR.

REV GRAHAM FELT THAT THE ONLY THING THAT PROTECTED HIM WAS THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE AND OUT.

HE THEN WENT ON TO EXPLAIN TO EVERYONE THE DANGERS OF EASTERN MYSTICISM AND HYPNOSIS (ANOTHER ALTERED STATE)WHICH WE CAN BLAME THE BEATLES FOR THE FORMER.

NOW BACK TO THE GIRLS, AFTER A LONG PRAYER SESSION, THE PARTAKING OF COMMUNION AND SOUND BIBLICAL COUNSELING THE GIRLS ALL WENT ON WITHOUT FURTHER PROBLEMS.

MORAL OF THE STORY, STAY AWAY FROM THE DARK SIDE, I COULD TELL YOU A HUNDRED MORE STORIES HOW ANYTHING FROM MARTIAL ARTS TO SPELLS, HOROSCOPE READING, PALM READING ETC. HAVE LED PEOPLE TO UNPLEASANT SPIRITUAL DANGERS.

FRIEND THE DEVIL AND HIS HOST ARE REAL, AND AS THE GOOD BOOK SAYS ‘HE IS A LION SEEKING WHOM HE WILL DEVOUR’ OR AS DR. J. VERNON MCGEE USED TO SAY ‘HE IS A LYING, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DESTROY.

GOD BLESS

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WE ARE GIVING AWAY AN “EVERY MANS BIBLE”, NIV VERSION. I JUST NEED TO COME UP WITH A GOOD QUESTION.

PRAY FOR CALISTE, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO REMOVE THE BRAIN TUMOR. IT WAS DEEMED TO DANGEROUS. THEY DECIDED TO “WRAP” THE TUMOR. BASICALLY, HOPING IT WOULD STOP THE TUMOR FROM GROWING OR SPREADING. THE IS REALLY AN OVER SIMPLIFICATION OF A REALLY COMPLICATED MEDICAL PROCEDURE.

STEPHANIE TAYLOR HAS NOT  HAD HER BRAIN SURGERY YET.

Ricky R, tomorrow will be his 29th day of sobriety.

Ray M, dementia and violent mood swings, they finally had to put him in home. His wife and adult children want them to all move closer together but Ray doesn’t understand the situation and is making things very difficult.

Pray for Bill Warneke, depression, chronic neck pain, not always taking his meds.

Jenna M, came to the battered women’s shelter yesterday, 2 small kids. Her court appearance didn’t go as she planned but is probably for the best. She either gets a guardian appointed for the kids (2) or they go into foster care. Her parents said they can take them for a few months. Jenna will have to have mandatory psychiatric counseling and a reevaluation in 6 months. Pray for the family and for Jenna’s salvation.

WAITING ON GOD

April 29, 2019

praying mom

Our prayers often resemble the mischievous tricks of town children, who knock at their neighbor’s houses and then run away; we often knock at Heaven’s door and then run off into the spirit of the world; instead of waiting for entrance and answer, we act as if we were afraid of having our prayers answered.

This quote is by Dr. D. L. Moody.

Psalm 27:14

King James Version (KJV)

“14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord”.

Think about all the books on prayer, spiritual warfare, and Christian growth. Very seldom in modern literature is there any mention of waiting on God.

Isaiah 40:31

English Standard Version (ESV)

“31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint”.

 I know someone that sent an e-mail to his wife and then called her by cell phone because he couldn’t wait for a reply.

God stretches our patience to enlarge our soul.

Ownership, another term not used often in today’s Christian jargon. But if we are believers He owns us. We can only become a person after God’s heart by learning to wait. Everything we have is from Him, He owns it and loans it to us. When we enter into heaven we will find ourselves giving account of our choices and motives of how we used His gifts, His resources.

The ability to wait on the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and in what God is doing. It means confidence in God’s person: confidence in His wisdom, love, timing, understanding of our situation and that of the world. It means knowing and trusting in God’s principles, promises, purposes, and power.

As to activity, waiting involves three things:

(1) Things we do—doing the right things.

(2) Things we are not to do—refraining from the wrong things.

(3) Things that happen to us, in us, and for us in the process of biblical waiting.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

pray for Caliste Burt, her surgery is May 9th, the surgery could be up to 14 hours long, the doctor performing the must have 3 straight days of rest and no work before he can be allowed to perform the surgery. She is frightened, but knows lots of people are praying for her.

Olivia, still no baby, doctors are not concerned as due dates are just guesses.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain, depression and some memory problems.

Pray for Stephanie Taylor, a very private person, her brain surgery is some time in May as well.

Remember Norma Perales and her husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr. salvation.

Pray for Barbara D, salvation, she is the very definition of “praying for someone that has sorely abused you”

Pray for Mona R, salvation.

Remember Ricky R, this is his 3rd week of sobriety.

DEADLY SINS

April 27, 2019

the old pine box

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

SOLOMON’S LIST OF SINS ALSO 7

  1. A proud look

  2. A lying tongue

  3. Hands that shed innocent blood

  4. A heart that devises wicked plots

  5. Feet that are swift to run into mischief

  6. A deceitful witness that uttereth lies

  7. Him that soweth discord among brethren

Deuteronomy 8:18-20

18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.

So God gives us all, or He can take all, depending on how we live.

As always the choice is ours.

God bless

scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 pray for Caliste Burt, her surgery is May 9th, the surgery could be up to 14 hours long, the doctor performing the must have 3 straight days of rest and no work before he can be allowed to perform the surgery. She is frightened, but knows lots of people are praying for her.

Olivia, still no baby, doctors are not concerned as due dates are just guesses.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic neck pain, depression and some memory problems.

Pray for Stephanie Taylor, a very private person, her brain surgery is some time in May as well.

Remember Norma Perales and her husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr. salvation.

Pray for Barbara D, salvation, she is the very definition of “praying for someone that has sorely abused you”

Pray for Mona R, salvation.

Remember Ricky R, this is his 3rd week of sobriety.

THE CALLING

April 18, 2019

EVERY DAY I’M PRAYING WHAT WILL I DO FOR DEVOTIONS, THEY ARE NEVER WRITTEN AHEAD OF TIME. EACH ONE IS PRAYED OVER AND FRESH. SO I’M PRAYING ‘LORD, WHAT IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE TODAY’; AND FOR SOME REASON I CAN’T GET THIS ONE STORY OUT OF MY MIND.

WHEN I WAS IN SEMINARY I WAS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE OLD MEN, BECAUSE OF BEING IN THE MILITARY AND THEN WORKING FOR SOME ‘ABC’ GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, BEFORE STARTING ANY KIND OF COLLEGE I GOT A LATER START THAN SOME, BUT THERE WAS ONE GUY THAT WAS 40 YEARS OLDER THAN ME, HE WAS THE MOSES OF THE SCHOOL.

ONE THING THAT ONLINE COLLEGES WILL NEVER HAVE THAT CAN’T BE BEAT IS THE COMMON ROOM OR COFFEE ROOM. THIS IS WHERE ALL THE GREAT DEBATES TAKE PLACE AND YOU GET TO THINK OUT YOUR THEOLOGY OUT LOUD AND YOU HAVE TO DEFEND IT OR RESHAPE IT. IT WAS ALSO THE PLACE WHERE WE GOT TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER AND ONE OF THE TOPICS OFTEN COVERED WAS “THE CALLING”. BEING A PASTOR ISN’T A VOCATION IT IS A CALLING, IT IS A SACRED MOMENT THAT YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO BE PLACED IN A CHURCH, IN A PULPIT AND FILLED WITH A DUTY, A RESPONSIBILITY, TO BE HELD TO A STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE THAT BRINGS WITH IT A REMINDER THAT YOU WILL JUDGED DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT’S BEHIND THE CURTAIN SO TO SPEAK.

WELL BACK TO THE OLD GUY, HE NEVER SAID MUCH, BUT ONE DAY SOMEONE ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS CALLING. HE SAT THERE FOR A WHILE AND HIS EYES MISTED OVER AND HE SPOKE BARELY ABOVE A WHISPER. WE ALL LEANED IN TO HEAR THIS MAN’S STORY.

HE STARTED OUT BY SAYING HOW HE USED TO BE RUDE AND ARROGANT, PROUD AND SCORNFUL, HOW HE DIDN’T REALLY BELIEVE IN GOD BECAUSE HE BELIEVED HE WAS GOD. THERE WAS A SHOCKING QUIET, THIS MAN HAD DEMONSTRATED TO US IN THE LAST YEAR THAT HE WAS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE, QUIET, HUMBLE, A TRUE SERVANT, WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HAD CHANGED HIM SO GREATLY.

HE WENT ON WITH HIS STORY HOW HE WAS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S GREATEST HEART SURGEONS. ONE DAY AS HE WAS OPERATING ON A HEART AND PERFORMED SOME GREAT WIZARDRY OF SURGERY HE PROCLAIMED TO HIMSELF HOW GREAT HE WAS AND HOW ONLY HE COULD HAVE DONE THIS SURGERY, THIS HOSPITAL WAS LUCKY TO HAVE HIM. SUDDENLY GOD ALMIGHTY SPOKE TO HIS HEART AND SAID; “I MADE THIS HEART, THERE ARE WONDERS ABOUT IT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.”

HE SAID RIGHT AFTER HE HEARD THIS VOICE INSIDE HIM, HIS VISION WAS LIKE LOOKING DOWN A TUNNEL AS GOD TOOK HIM INSIDE THIS HEART AND SHOWED HIM THE WONDERS OF WONDERS ABOUT THE HUMAN HEART. AS HE JOURNEYED DEEP INTO THE HEART HE HAD JUST OPERATED ON HE FELT ALL HIS PRIDE, ALL HIS ARROGANCE FLEEING AS HE REALIZED HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE HEART AS DID THE CREATOR.

WE WERE SPELL BOUND, HE LEANED FORWARD AND SAID; “I QUIT MY POSITION THAT DAY AND DECIDED I NEEDED TO KNOW ALL I COULD ABOUT GOD; SO HERE I AM AT SEMINARY MARVELING AT THE WONDROUS WORKS OF GOD; AND GOD HAS CHANGED ME AS SURELY AS I LIVE AND BREATHE HE HAS GIVEN ME A NEW HEART.”

THANK GOD THAT HE TAKES SCUM LIKE US AND MAKES US NEW, NEW HEARTS, HEARTS WILLING TO FOLLOW HIM, CALLED BY HIM.

“The Call of the Christian”

from “Poems” (1893 Edition)

John G. Whittier

(NOT THE COMPLETE POEM)

Not always as the whirlwind’s rush

On Horeb’s mount of fear

Not always as the burning bush

To Midian’s shepherd seer,

Nor as the awful voice which came

To Israel’s prophet bards,

Nor as the tongues of cloven flame,

Nor gift of fearful words, –

Not always thus, with outward sign

Of fire or voice from Heaven,

The message of a truth divine,

The call of God is given!

Awaken in the human heart

Love for the true and right, –

Zeal for the Christian’s better part,

Strength for the Christian’s fight.

The summons to the right and true

And merciful is made.

O, then, if gleams of truth and light

Flash o’er thy waiting mind,

Unfolding to thy mental sight

The wants of human-kind;

If, brooding over human grief,

The earnest wish is known

To soothe and gladden with relief

An anguish not thine own;

Though heralded with naught of fear,

Or outward sign or show;

Though only to the inward ear

It whispers soft and low;

Though dropping, as the manna fell,

Unseen, yet from above,

Noiseless as dew-fall, heed it well, –

Thy Father’s call of love!

GOD BLESS FROM SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM

Pray for Lance Huffman, last week he was in a car wreck and hurt his back. Lance is a good Christian man, husband and Vietnam Vet.

Caliste is recovering slowly, keep her in prayer.

Remember Stephanie Taylor in pray, they are still holding off on her brain surgery.

Pray for Bill Warnecke, chronic neck pain, depression and not good at taking his medicine.

Remember Pastor Paul K, 2 cysts on his pancreas. As you know he got his truck and trailer back. The cops left a crack pipe, a joint and a drug vial in the truck. Go figure, and he just found out he left his brand new George Straight Straw hat in there and it’s long gone. I think he’s more upset about the hat then the whole ordeal.

Remember Vickie J, another round of cancer treatment for her breasts.

berry close up cooking delicious

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  “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Cor. 1:31).

  There should be a progression in one’s faith from objective facts about the Lord Jesus to personal fellowship with Him.

It is sad to see the Lord’s people, even many who pass for spiritual, who have very little concern about the Lord Jesus Himself. They can talk much about His work, but show very clearly that the Person of the Lord Jesus has never really won their hearts. They could not truly say, ‘Yes, He is altogether lovely.’ They are interested in His work because that is for them—there is the selfish element in it. But to find in the Lord Jesus Christ what the Father saw in Him when He said, ‘This is My Beloved Son in whom is all my delight,’ this place in the purposes of the Father all too few seem to have found.

It is a proof of immense favor from the Father if in our heart’s estimation the Lord Jesus is ‘fairer than the children of men.’ It is easy to sing hymns, and to use the most precious expressions in Scripture in a sentimental way, but it is another thing for our hearts really to find rest and satisfaction in the moral perfections of the Lord Jesus.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the only object for faith, the only One that satisfies us, as indeed He is the Father’s object; and if we have got but one mind with the Father about Him, our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

If you are walking in the Spirit, the Lord Jesus is the Object before you; when you are walking in the flesh, yourself is your object.

  “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Caliste as she recovers from brain surgery.

Pray for Stephanie Taylor, who also has some brain tumors, but the doctors are saying let’s not do surgery until there is a problem. Really?

Pray for Rick as he enters his second week of sobriety.

Remember to pray for Norma Perales, and her family salvation

Pray for Barbara d, salvation

Mona R, salvation.

Remember Steve H, and that their new pastor, works out.

Pray for me, 4 months of job hunting, with no benefits available at all.

Pray for Matt and Rosie that their home would sell.

Remember Tommy, he is doing well.

Pray for Noni, claims to be a Christian, yet is doing meth and coke and is the worship leader in a church. (and this has been a long time problem).

Bill Warneke, chronic pain, and depression