February 17, 2019





Ok, I think I’m pretty shock proof.

After all I’ve been a psychologist for over 35 years. I counseled sex addicts for 15 years. 10 years as a prison chaplain, counseling violent repeat sex offenders, baby rapists, sadists, masochists, wife beaters, husband beaters. Golden showers, trannies, cross dressers. If it’s related to sex, I think I’ve seen it. You may have heard stories about the coke bottle, I’ve seen the coke bottle.

My personal opinion forget MMA or Ultimate fighting championship. Just put them all in general population with their crime tattooed on their forehead and let it get settled that way. No parole, no time off for good behavior. If you find out your husband has been putting Mr. Pokey up one of your kids butt, the wife gets 5 practice shots with a baseball bat before stepping up to a nine iron for the final t-off.

One reason I like the KJV of the bible is it gets it right on the head; “Reprobate” unredeemable. Lost forever, can’t come to Jesus, NKJV, a darkened mind, the tense of the word means permanent. Once you do that kind of deed you have stained your soul. You have crossed over to the dark side and you can’t come back. And worse if you were going to church and singing in the choir. Someone bring a noose.

The Apostle Paul says there are things so bad, so dark, so shameful, that it shouldn’t even be talked about. And believe me the list above is mild, Mr. Rogers mild to the truth of what pervs do.

Well those days are gone, now they go on Oprah and talk about their changed life. That is just one Satanist talking to another Satanist. (yes I do mean Oprah).

So what set me off today, this week’s issue of the Weekly Magazine. 2 page article on how to pimp out your kid for cash on the internet. Selling your cute little kids picture on the internet. 100k hits you get $5000 bucks, 500k hits you get 10 to 15k. and if you get a million hits, $100,000.00 dollars. Oh and I forgot to tell you that’s just for one picture, just one.

And if they are twins, double your bucks.

One lady said she’ll make more money when her twin girls are old enough to follow verbal directions because then the pictures will be cuter and bring more money.

One mother was F’n stupid enough to say she is careful to not let the pictures fall into the hands of pedophiles by her doing “due diligence” and not letting anyone “like” there pages if they don’t include an actual face on their own facebook page.

Oh, yeah and she takes an extra precaution and tries to have her twin girls have sunglasses in the pictures because she knows pedophiles fall in love through the child’s eyes. Honest to goodness, if I had that mother in front of me, I’d do a lobotomy with a chain saw.

The most precious gift God can give a husband and wife and you will pimp out their picture for cash. I guess everyone forgot JonBenet Ramsey.

In case you haven’t caught on right now I’m am thoroughly disgusted. God will have to say I’m sorry to Sodom and Gomorrah if He doesn’t reign down a plague on us. Oh, yeah and one of the websites is called “God and beauty” (>0u09eodu9ujsn9) that’s the sound of me puking.

These parents have no idea what turns a pedophile’s jets on. And it ain’t the eyes mom. The cuter they are, the nicer the outfits are and add twins. It’s a sicko’s wet dream.

But hey, Child Services isn’t going to do a damn thing about it. Because the parents are doing everything in good taste and not posting where they live. I guess hackers can’t track down your IP address either, you morons.

Ok, I’m about to have a stroke.

God please forgive us our sins and have mercy upon the USA for the evil we have become, not wonder the Muslims call us the great Satan. What a bunch of screwed up pervs and money hungry A$$wipes these parents are.

Ok, I’m stopping.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

And yes, I’m am grouping these parents with all the pervs mentioned in the beginning of this post.

Ok, I’m stopping.

Remember our prayer list, I’m not posting the names with this devotional because I feel it would be a disservice to these godly people that need our prayers.


February 15, 2019

Treasure after


  “I proclaim not myself, but Christ Jesus as Lord and Master, and myself your bondsman for the sake of Jesus “ (2 Cor. 4:5).

  All Christians are fit for heaven, but all too few are fit for earth. One of the true tests of one’s spiritual growth is in one’s influence: affecting others that they not only begin the Christian life but “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

We may be separated and yet not Christ-like; we may be orthodox and yet not spiritual; we may be ‘dead unto sin’ and yet not ‘alive unto God.’ We may have cut ourselves loose from every form of worldliness but in so doing we have become critical and self-righteous. We may be loyal defenders of the faith, ready even to lay down our lives for it and in so doing become bitter and unloving.

We may often have a measure of the power of the Spirit, but if there is not a large measure of the Spirit as the Spirit of grace and love, the defect will be manifest in our work. We may be made the means of conversion, but we will never help people on to a higher standard of spiritual life, and when we pass away a great deal of our work will pass away too.

One may have a great zeal in God’s service, and may be used to influence many for good, and yet, when weighed in the balance of love, be found sadly wanting. In the heat of controversy or under unjust criticism, haste of temper, slowness to forgive and forget, quick words and sharp judgments, often reveal an easily wounded sensitiveness, which proves how little the Spirit of the Lord Jesus has full possession or real mastery of the life.

  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Cor. 4:7).










February 14, 2019

knock you down

  “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Ps. 92:13).

  Defeat reveals the flesh; testing reveals the Father.

 The inward exercise of Romans Seven and the testing of the wilderness serve the purpose of teaching us what sin in the flesh is, and what is in our hearts; while such special discipline of the Father as Paul’s thorn in the flesh is rather to protect us from the unalterable tendencies of the flesh. The latter is always needed and goes on in one form or other to the end of our course here.

 We belong to another sphere altogether. We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). We are like a tree that has its roots in heaven, and its branches down here. No doubt our branches are fretted and ripped by the atmosphere here, but nothing can touch the roots up there. Planted inside the realm of heaven, they flourish outside.

No one can question the right of the Father and the Son to have and to hold the sheep; and if we see what it has cost them to secure us, it cannot fail to give us the most blessed assurance. Much yet may have to be done for us. We shall need support, preservation, discipline. If we are left here a little longer, we shall need the grace, mercy, and forbearance of the Father in a thousand ways, but all that will be needed in the future to keep us from ourselves is small compared with the stupendous cost at which divine love forever secured us.

  “There is more in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, in the Spirit, in heaven to give us rest and peace and joy, than in the whole universe to disquiet, trouble, or grieve us.” -G.W.

  “Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Rebekah Grace, her mother passed away today at 88 years of age.

Pray for Caliste Burt. No plan b yet, for the removal of the third brain tumor, they are letting her rest for now while they consult other experts.

Remember to pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for all those that suffer like that, those that suffer in long term suffering will always have bouts with depression.

Pray for Nickie, she is newly saved and she is a real testimony to her non believing family who is doing everything to prove this isn’t real.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember the Perales family, salvation for all

Remember me in prayer, today was especially rough. 4 more days of this phase of the meds, the side affects have reached there max and I’m not sure today which is worse the cure or the disease.

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.


February 13, 2019

praying mom

If you have been spending anytime reading the devotions on this site you know I’m a big fan of the old hymns. They are certainly more enduring and inspiring than the 7-11 choruses of today. (seven words sung 11 times).

  1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

    Hear my humble cry;

    While on others Thou art calling,

    Do not pass me by.

    • Refrain:

      Savior, Savior,

      Hear my humble cry,

      While on others Thou art calling,

      Do not pass me by.

  2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy

    Find a sweet relief;

    Kneeling there in deep contrition,

    Help my unbelief.

  3. Trusting only in Thy merit,

    Would I seek Thy face;

    Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

    Save me by Thy grace.

  4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,

    More than life to me,

    Whom have I on earth beside Thee,

    Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

Psalms, songs, favorite bible verses, all lead to comfort. They draw us to God; the Holy Spirit embraces us. We feel the love of God and are reminded through these great hymns of His grace, mercy and compassion.

And that the journey we are taking is not often easy, there are burdens, sorrows, troublesome times. The empty-headed pseudo spiritualists of today would have you believe otherwise. The Joel Osteen or Benny Hinn, all that ilk of fake theology, fake promises, send in your $19.95 for the secret of success or happiness. Being told it’s just a matter of faith.

That if you are going through a trial it’s your fault, not the sugar daddy, warm cuddly fake god they are proposing.

As David says in this psalm, there is no victory without a fight. And that our walk is a battle, a war, but God is our fortress.

 Psalm 144 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 144

Of David.

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,

    who trains my hands for war,

    my fingers for battle.

2 He is my loving God and my fortress,

    my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

    who subdues peoples[a] under me.

3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,

    mere mortals that you think of them?

4 They are like a breath;

    their days are like a fleeting shadow.

5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

    shoot your arrows and rout them.

7 Reach down your hand from on high;

    deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

    from the hands of foreigners

8 whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;

    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

    who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

    rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth

    will be like well-nurtured plants,

and our daughters will be like pillars

    carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filled

    with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

    by tens of thousands in our fields;

14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.[b]

There will be no breaching of walls,

    no going into captivity,

    no cry of distress in our streets.

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Ok, I’m done ranting, God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no progress on how to treat the third brain tumor. She is in good spirits and is a courageous Christian woman.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and dark depression.

Pray for Pastor Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

Pray for Paul C who has been laboring in Puerto Rico rebuilding a hospital after the last group of hurricanes.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. all in need of salvation.

Pray for Barbara D, cancer, several spinal and hip fractures, a bad heart, and in need of Salvation.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, still waiting for the doctors to come up with plan b for mass in my chest. I’m in a great deal of pain. So any grammar mistakes in the devotion is due to drugs not ignorance of grammar.


February 11, 2019


All’s Well!

Is the pathway dark and dreary?
God’s in His heaven!
Are you broken, heart-sick, weary?
God’s in His heaven!
Dreariest roads shall have an ending,
Broken hearts are for God’s mending.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Are life’s threads all sorely tangled?
God’s in His heaven!
Are the sweet chords strained and jangled?
God’s in His heaven!
Tangled threads are for Love’s fingers,
Trembling chords make heaven’s sweet singers.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the burden past your bearing?
God’s in His heaven!
Hopeless?–Friendless?–No one caring?
God’s in His heaven!
Burdens shared are light to carry,
Love shall come though long He tarry.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the light for ever failing?
God’s in His heaven!
Is the faint heart ever quailing?
God’s in His heaven!
God’s strong arms are all around you,
In the dark He sought and found you.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the future black with sorrow?
God’s in His heaven!
Do you dread each dark to-morrow?
God’s in His heaven!
Nought can come without His knowing.
Come what may ’tis His bestowing.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Peace and heaven lie all about us.
God’s in His heaven!
Peace within makes heaven without us.
God’s in His heaven!
God’s great love shall fail us never,
We are His, and His for ever.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

What a great hymn, written by John Oxenham.

Recently we wrote how every culture has one thing in common, a taboo against incest. Well there is another common element in every culture; the sense of sin and misery and a need for hope and redemption.

Mankind may not use those exact words, but that is what the world feels. Since mankind was created in the image of God there is an innate desire for redemption. But blinded by the god of this world (Satan) mankind seeks redemption through sex, drugs, alternate lifestyles, gender confusion. All vain attempts to find meaning in life.

The irony is they rejected the Creator to try and create their own redemption and reconciliation.

The ultimate truth is no other religion can compete with the witness of Scripture, no other can match the power of Christ’s death to bring peace to the sinner.

Here is something to chew on; there is no Scriptural record or mention of God desiring a sacrifice. And yet Cain and Abel felt compelled to offer one. And today we find people still willing to sacrifice something; family, career, offer to sell their body and soul to anyone but God. That is how lost mankind has become since the fall of Adam and Eve.

No religion offers free salvation, with the death of the very God who offers it. None, they all demand works, sacrifices, none offer grace and mercy.

I can’t tell you how many testimonies I’ve heard in 40 years of ministry of how all alone in a motel room or driving down a road, or plowing a field or lying in a gutter, drunk or shot, and hearing God say; “come home, I am the Lord your God.” And they did, they found a Gideon Bible or walked into a mission house or heard a street preacher and began their walk home, back to God.

I had a friend get saved in the midst of a Satanic Ritual, the power of God invaded the room and drove him to his knees.

So if you are wondering why everything you have owns you instead of you owning it, if in the midst of the party, the sex fling, what ever you are doing to numb the pain and it never goes away, consider Jesus and the free gift of salvation. Jesus said; “in my Father’s house are many mansions” there is room at the cross for you, come home to Jesus and find peace.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no word on what they are going to do about the third brain tumor. And they’re not sure she can stand another surgery so soon.

Remember Carly T, got saves when she was 16, became a super saint, excelled in bible memorization, witnessing, a steady church goer. Married a non believer, now divorced, pretty much wrecked her body and mind. Attended church today for the first time in over 20 years. It was a great reunion. Welcome Home Carly.

Bill and Lois Warneke, Bill is suffering with chronic pain, deep depression. And now showing signs of Parkinson’s.

Pray for the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr her husband and Rick Jr. they all need salvation. They are addicted to gambling.

Pray for Bob L, eyesight problems. Will see a doctor this week.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the antibiotics are having no positive affect on the mass in my chest and the pain is increasing. They are thinking about steroid injections into my chest and I said no way you’re sticking a needle into an already painful area. So we will see what the doctors come with next.

Remember Crissy, Sherry and Cherry. All have met Jesus and left the adult film world. They are now trying to live the suburban lifestyle and doing ok right now. They are in church every time the doors open, and the ladies of the church are keeping them busy and active in bible study.

the goal of salvation

February 7, 2019


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Gal. 5:1, NIV).

Perhaps the finest and most concise summary of the message of this epistle is found in verse 1 of chapter 5. This verse also serves as a transition to the third and final section of the letter. It is an apt conclusion to the argument of chapters 3 and 4, where Paul has shown the superiority of the Abrahamic Covenant to the Mosaic Law and thus of grace to law. Since the Law leads only to bondage, and grace to freedom, it is foolish to seek to return to bondage by placing oneself under the Mosaic Law. In addition, this verse leads us to the goal of the gospel—liberty. Notice that a very similar statement is found in verse 13: “You, my brothers, were called to be free” (NIV). In chapters 1 and 2, Paul has defended himself against the charges leveled against his integrity and authority as an apostle. In chapters 3 and 4, Paul has defended his gospel as that which has historical and theological priority over that of law—works. Paul explains the goal of the gospel in chapters 5 and 6 as true liberty, which includes not only liberty from the Law but also from the bondage of sin.

Because of the crucial importance of verse 1, let us focus our attention on the implications of four of its phrases which deal with the Galatian problem.

The expression “for freedom” indicates the goal of the redemptive work of Christ, or, as I have suggested by the message title, “the goal of the gospel.” Christ freed us in order that we might be free. Bondage is the opposite of freedom, and thus since the Law produces bondage, living under it is inconsistent with the gospel. “Stand firm” indicates the diligence and commitment required to maintain our freedom. We have already seen that bondage is the natural condition of men, whether Jew or Gentile (3:10-11, 22-23; 4:3, 8-9, 21-31). Unless we diligently guard our liberty, we will be drawn back into bondage. Paul’s words here help me to understand why spiritual apathy is taken so seriously in the Word of God (cf. Rev. 3:14-22).

“Do not let yourselves be burdened” implies that there is personal accountability for falling back into bondage. It is neither entirely an unconscious choice, nor is such a choice the fault of another. We fall back into bondage because we allow ourselves to do so (cf. Heb. 2:1). Finally, “again” is Paul’s way of equating the evil of the Galatians’ former bondage in their pagan beliefs and practices (cf. Gal. 4:8; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Cor. 12:2) with the bondage to which they would succumb “under the Law.” This was a shocking statement to the Jew whose attitude is revealed in Galatians 2:15: “We are Jews by nature, and not sinners from among the Gentiles.” Nevertheless, Paul teaches that to turn from grace results in bondage. Whether the brand of bondage is Jewish or Gentile is of little consequence.

Let me illustrate how bondage under the Law can be almost synonymous (indicated by the word “again”) with bondage under paganism. Suppose that a European nation was once ruled by a cruel, iron-fisted dictator, then overtaken by Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and later “liberated” by Russian Communism. By whatever name, each regime was merely another form of bondage. Thus, Paul can say that to follow the teaching of the Judaizers was to return “again” to bondage, not precisely the same bondage, but bondage nonetheless.

Do not let anyone tell you there is “more” to do to be saved or sanctified, mainly the latter. Having been a Pentecostal pastor for nearly 20 years before leaving some of that doctrine behind in my latter years. I think I’ve heard most of the false claims, most of these have passed by the wayside but some are still with us.

In the Pentecostal/Holiness movement there were many more layers added to your Christian life just like the Judaizer’s in the Apostle’s Paul life, especially in the book of Galatians.

Don’t smoke, dip or chew, zero alcohol, no going to the movies, dresses had to be a certain length. When I was a Mennonite Preacher, women had to have their hair up in public and a least a doily in their hair to make them more modest. Dresses had to be 2” below the knee and the stockings had to have a certain opaqueness to them. Two of the older women would be at the door to make certain all was adhered to. If not in adherence you would either be given a blanket or told to go home if you were a member of that church.

During the mini skirt days, when we had altar calls in the Pentecostal churches there were the old maids with blankets to cover the “nakedness” of the scantily clad young ladies.

A married pastor had to make sure that any woman driven in his car had to sit in the back seat.

PDA, public displays of affection drew quick denouncement.

Mixed bathing, (opposite sex) swimming was a taboo. Meaning it was either all men in the water or all women but never at the same time.

When HBO first came out, if the pastor learned you had cable in your home you couldn’t hold a church office (I still agree with this, as we still don’t watch Tv).

Yes, times have changed and there is little difference between the world and the church.

But we’ve gone from legalism to anything goes, the command “to come out and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17) is no longer is preached in most churches.

This is a whole different devotion, but what is holiness in today’s culture?

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt in out of ICU, but things are rather grave, they were able to remove to of the three tumors, but the third they have been unable to remove surgically. Keep her and her family in prayer.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for Crissy M and Cherry P, Sherry N, all have come out of the porn industry and are wonderfully, beautifully saved, but have to adapt to an all new lifestyle.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

I start my second regimen of antibiotics and not enjoying the side effects, and there has been no reduction in the mass or lessening of the pain.

Pray for Norma, Rick Sr, and Rick Jr Perales for salvation

Christ our Sanctification

February 6, 2019


  “Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us. . . sanctification” (1 Cor. 1:30).

  If we keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is our Sanctification, the seemingly difficult subject will clearly unfold for us day by day.

Many folks debate the how of sanctification, some even subscribe different methods. The true scriptural means of sanctification is that you are set apart to God. It is not at all a question of whether there is evil in your flesh, for there is a great deal. Why, that is all the old man is made of!

But yet you are sanctified. Sanctification has nothing whatever to do with the extinction of evil in the flesh. That idea, begun with Pelagius, revived by Thomas a’Kempis, handed down through Jeremy Taylor, the French and Dutch mystics, Wm. Law and John Wesley, has passed into other communions where they have no notion whatever whence it came.

The Christian life is nothing short of the life of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:4). It is His life reproduced in us. ‘That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh’ (2 Cor. 4:11). The common conception of sanctification is that every area of the life should be holy; but that is not holiness, it is the fruit of holiness: holiness is the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we are conscious of pride we fancy that humility will meet our need, but the answer to pride is not humility, it is the Lord Jesus, and He is the answer to every need. The Father will not give you humility or patience or love as separate gifts of grace; He has given you the Lord Jesus, and if you simply trust Him to live out His life in you, He will be humble, patient, loving and everything else you need.

  “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).

Therefore put on Christ, as the very raiment of all you need to be.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, she is none the better and the doctors fear irrevocable damage.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Shirley M, having counseled her for over 20 years, I believe that she has never really had a genuine conversion. Therefore pray for salvation.

Cherry P, God grant her good Christian friends to help her in her new life as a Christian.

The Perales family, salvation.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest although not cancer, seems to be spreading. And the pain is getting worse. We are switching to a new medicine to see what happens.


January 31, 2019

sugar coating

  “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me” (John 15:4).

  A barren life means barren service, and no amount of self-effort will ever make up for that!

  “‘Not I, but Christ.’ The Lord Jesus does not ask that we should work for Him, but He intends to work through us. There is all the difference in the world between the two. In the one I plan and then ask His blessing upon it; in the other He plans and lets me into the secret of His glorious purpose. The one ends in futility and disappointment; the other in life, progress, and joy.

In the one I slave and work worthily for Him, and constantly feel the barrenness of a busy life; in the other I let His life flow through me in all His glorious effortlessness, and rest in the assurance that the Lord Jesus at work cannot fail. The one is a life of endeavor, always being keyed up to do something greater; the other a life of faith always looking to the Lord Jesus to reveal the next step and then give the enablement to carry it out.

 The great question is not what you are doing, how successful you are, how great are your crowds, how impressive your work—but the question is, by what power are you doing it? It is difficult to attend any large religious gathering without perceiving the governing influence, consciously or unconsciously, of the psychological—which is of the human. Many apparently successful ‘revival’ meetings have much more in them of psychology than Spirit. Large numbers of seekers are brought to the altar by human soul-power rather than by the power of the Holy Spirit. And this accounts for the large number of so-called backsliders and ‘repeaters’ at the altar.

  “Without Me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Caliste Burt, upcoming brain surgery, with some major complications that has moved out the surgery date.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Steve H, and the hunt for a new pastor.

Pray for me as I go for more testing and CT scan Friday

Remember Sherrie, needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting about her lifestyle

Pray for Charlie S, work stress

the school of hard knocks

January 30, 2019


  “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

  Our Father often uses our failure to foster and fortify our faith.

  “Faith is dependence upon the Father. And this God-dependence only begins when self-dependence ends. And self-dependence only comes to its end, with most of us, when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and hopes bring us to that place of self-helplessness where we throw ourselves upon our Father in seeming utter helplessness and defeat. And only then do we find that we have learned the lesson of faith; to find our tiny craft of life rushing onward to a blessed life of fruitfulness and service undreamt of in the days of our fleshly strength and self-reliance.”

  “The divine counsel shall stand, and the divine good pleasure shall be accomplished. What relief for the heart amid rebuffs and disappointments! The Father will perfect that which concerns His own; and even where there are mistakes and failures, as alas! there are in abundance with all of us, His rich grace abounds over all, and actually takes occasion from our very mistakes to shine out all the more brightly—though, assuredly, the mistakes must produce their own painful and humiliating consequences.

It is the remembrance of this which alone can give calm repose in the midst of the most discouraging circumstances. If we take the eye of faith off the Father, our souls must soon be overwhelmed. It is our privilege to be able, in our little measure, to thank our Father in view of everything, and take refuge in His eternal counsels, which must be made good despite all the unbelief of the Christian, and all the malice of Satan.

  “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith groweth exceedingly” (2 Thess. 1:3).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, upcoming brain surgery, with some big complications.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Pray for me, spent the day at the VA being poked and prodded, have to go back Friday to get a ct scan, found a ‘mass’ in my upper chest and under my arm. They are going to put me on some heavy antibiotic to see if its an infection of my lymph nodes, while they wait for all the tests to come back. I’m on some pretty heavy pain killers so if some of these devotions have some quirks chalk it up to the meds.

Pray for Tim S, reloaded some hot stuff for an old revolver, pretty much blew up the gun and part of his hand. They are hoping to repair as much of the hand as possible.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr, Rick Jr, they need salvation

Pray for Tom T, lets just say he’s struggling with some addictions.

Remember Cherry P, wonderfully saved, incredible changes, but is dealing with downsizing everything as she goes from high paying bad job to working as a receptionist, we trying to get her to go entrepreneur and reinvent herself.

thinking over feeling

In Ephesians 2:14-16 Paul speaks of the barrier of separation which exists between God and man. As long as this barrier exists, there is no possibility of fellowship between God and man. The barrier, or literally the dividing wall mentioned in Ephesians 2:14, referred historically to the dividing wall in the temple in Jerusalem. This wall separated the court of the Gentiles from the rest of the temple and excluded the Gentiles from the inner sanctuaries. But this wall was a picture of the spiritual barrier that stands between God and man which precludes man’s access into God’s presence. The Jews could go beyond the dividing wall, but this was only because they had access through their God-given sacrificial system which pointed to the person and work of Christ, the Messiah, the One who would make peace and remove the barrier.

The study of the Bible reveals there are several spiritual factors which go together to make up this barrier of separation between God and man. Though sin is the root problem, it is not the only issue. A combination of factors make up this wall of separation. So just what constitutes the barrier between God and man?


We often think of God as a God of love—which He is—but more is said in the Bible of God’s holiness than of God’s love. In fact, Isaiah 57:15 even declares that His “name is holy.” In Isaiah 6:3, the holy cherubim continuously proclaimed the holiness of God. After seeing this in the vision of God’s absolute holiness given to the Prophet, Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Habakkuk spoke of the holiness of God and said, “Thine eyes are too pure to approve evil, and thou canst not look on wickedness with favor …” (Hab. 1:13). John wrote, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Abraham confessed God as the Judge of all the earth who had to act in accordance with His holy justice (Gen. 18:25). In 2 Timothy 4:8, Paul called God the righteous Judge. In Deuteronomy 32:4, Moses spoke of God’s holy character:

Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

These and many other passages point to the perfect holiness of God and stress the fact that God cannot and will not act contrary to His holy character. If He is without injustice and completely righteous in all that He is and does, how can He have fellowship with sinful man or anything less than His perfect holiness?

The holiness of God has two branches: perfect righteousness and perfect justice. God is absolute righteousness and perfection. It is impossible for God to do anything wrong or to have fellowship with anything less than His perfect righteousness. Since God is also perfect justice, which acts in accord with His perfect righteousness, He cannot be partial or unfair to any creature and He must deal with the creature in perfect justice. This means all that is unrighteous or sinful must be judged and separated from Him (cf. Ps. 119:137-138; 145:17 with Hab. 1:13; Rom. 2:5-6, 11; 1:18; 14:11-12; 1 Pet. 4:5).


pray for Marilyn A, depression

Olivia says thanks for all the prayers, being 1500 miles away from home, a husband who is on a submarine often, and knowing she is in our prayers is a real encouragement.

Pray for Chrissy, that’s she strong enough to resist the temptations of her old lifestyle.

remember Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

pray for Barbara D and her cancer, there’s no beating it this time, just a matter of how strong her will and body is.