IN THE LORD’S ARMY

June 20, 2019

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  “Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:3).

  What if there were conscientious objectors in the Lord’s army? Actually, our Lord does not have any noncombatant soldiers whatsoever in His service, since the battle line extends from the front all the way to the rear; to say nothing of the fact that we are all camped in enemy territory.

  “Luther, speaking to the young preachers of his day, said: ‘I did not learn to preach Christ all at once. The devil has been my best professor of exegetical and experiential theology. Before that great schoolmaster took me in hand, I was an unweaned child, not a grown man. It was my combats with sin and with Satan that made me a true minister of the New Testament. It is always a great grace to me, and to my people, for me to be able to say to them: “I know this text is true! I know it for certain to be true!” Without incessant combat, and pain, and sweat, and blood, no ignorant stripling of a student ever yet became an effective preacher.’“

 Every bit of truth we receive, if we receive it in faith, will take us into conflict and will be established through conflict. It will be worthless until there has been this process. Take any position the Lord calls you to take, and, if you are taking it with Him, you are going through things in it, and there will be an element added by reason of the pressure. You have taken a position, yes; but you have not really received as yet, the true value of it has not yet been established. You have not come into the real significance of the truth until there has been some sore conflict in relation to it.

I bear willing witness that I owe more to the fire, and the hammer, and the file, than to anything else in my Lord’s workshop. When my schoolroom is darkened, I see most.

  “We also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude; fortitude, ripeness of character” (Rom. 5:3).

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Keep young Daniel in prayer, this young boy is as courageous as any soldier.

Remember baby Eli, just over 2 months old, that he would continue to put on weight and be a healthy baby boy.

For Caliste and Stephanie, both living with inoperable brain tumors.

Salvation for Barbara d and Mona R, Norma Perales and her husband Rick and her adult son Rick Jr. and Cristina B, she and her husband Oscar need salvation, his dabbling in witchcraft has scared her into thinking about heaven and hell.

Remember Tommy, he is doing well on parole.

Pray for Steve H, strength and encouragement.

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

Pray for my wife Sharon, she is struggling with back pain.

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I have counseled with many women who profess to be Christians, but they are engaged to be married to unbelievers. I always ask, “Do you want God’s blessing on your marriage?” They always say, “Yes.” I’ve never had one say no. I show them in God’s Word that He commands us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This creates a trial for the young woman! She wants to marry this nice (they’re all “nice”!) unbelieving man, but God’s Word says, “Don’t do it.” Not only would it be very difficult to break up with him, it would also mean being single with no prospect for marriage in sight. That’s a trial! The test is, “Will she obey God, or choose her own selfish ways?”

One woman told me that she had prayed about marrying her unbelieving fiancé, and she “had a peace about it.” I told her that she had sinned by praying about this situation, because God has clearly revealed His will about marrying unbelievers. She didn’t want to know God’s will; she only wanted to do her will. So if we want God’s wisdom in any decision or in any trial, we must be fully committed to obey Him and His Holy Word.

I’ve never quite figured out why this is more of a problem for women than it is men.  Maybe it’s their biological clock ticking. What I see in men is ‘missionary’ dating. We’ll just date for a longer time and pray she gets saved before we get to the altar.

Or my all-time favorite, we can’t have sex (mister) until you accept Jesus. Talk about quick trip to an altar call. So the conversation goes like this; “well last night I accepted Jesus as my Savior, will you have sex with me now?” followed shortly by a pregnancy because we can’t’ use condoms because that would mean we planned on having sex and that would be wrong, versus “it just happened”. (of course, the brushing teeth and shaving the legs and taking a shower and putting on deodorant and cologne or perfume was planned either ‘it just happened’).

Folks, it’s pretty simple; ‘all the bible all the time’ you can’t pick and choose what parts you will follow and which you will ignore.

Yes, that right folks, God still expects us to be sexually pure, before marriage and after the marriage. It’s not old fashion it’s the bible.

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DIE SUCKA DIE (REDUX)

May 28, 2019

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LET’S KILL THE OLD MAN

NOT QUITE THE WORDS YOU WANT TO HEAR WHEN YOU’RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET. NOR IN AN ALLEY ON THAT SHORT CUT YOU TAKE TO THE GYM FROM WORK. THOSE WORDS WILL STRIKE FEAR IN THE VERY MARROW OF YOUR SOUL.

YET IT IS A TASK WE ARE TO PERFORM UPON OURSELVES EVERY DAY.

KILLING THE OLD MAN,

 ROMANS 6:11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

THE PROBLEM IS FIRST WE BELIEVE, THEN WE STRUGGLE, THEN WE FAIL. WHICH IS WHAT IS PRETTY MUCH EXPECTED IN THE LIVES OF NEW CHRISTIAN, ONCE THE ZEAL, OR NEW CAR SCENT, OR WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT WEARS OFF.

IN SHOCK AND HORROR WE WATCH OLD HABITS COME BACK, PET SINS. AND WE FEEL GUILTY.

FOR MOST THEY WILL GO BACK AND LOOK FOR A NEW EXPERIENCE, OR TRY TO RELIVE OR RECREATE A MOMENT WHEN THEY FELT “REALLY SAVED”.

WHEN THE TRUTH IS WE NEED TO REMEMBER OUR TRUE IDENTITY “WE’VE DIED TO SIN”

HEB 6:12 …who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

WHAT HAS BEEN PROMISED IS A LIFE FULL OF FREEDOM FROM GUILT, (DIFFERENT THAN CONVICTION, BUT THAT’S FOR ANOTHER TIME).

1 PETER 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

OUR FAILURES ARE OUR SUFFERING, BUT WE HAVE THE PROMISE OF BEING RESTORED AND MADE STRONG AND STEADFAST.

SO A SIGN OF BEING A MATURE, COMPLETE CHRISTIAN IS YOU FIND YOUR SELF FAILING LESS AND LESS AND BEING MORE AND MORE STEADY. BECAUSE YOU REALIZE THE CRUCIFIED LIFE, I DIED WITH HIM TO SIN.

HERE’S A SURPRISE ABOUT GOD, ONE OF HIS BIGGEST TOOLS IN HIS ARSENAL OF OUR GROWTH IS TIME, HE HAS ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO BRING US TO THE POINT OF US JUST GIVING UP AND REALIZING IN OUR SELVES IS NO GOOD, THING, SO HE WILL KEEP DOING SOMETHING NEW IN OUR LIVES.

SO THE CLOCK IS TICKING, GIVE UP SURRENDER, KILL THE OLD MAN, RECOGNIZE HIM AS DEAD.

AS WE SO OFTEN QUOTE CHURCHILL, NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP.

GOD BLESS, STAY IN THE FIGHT BY SURRENDERING, SOUNDS LIKE A CONTRADICTION DOESN’T IT.

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Pray for Sherrie J, has lived life as a high profile celebrity, well she has crashed and burned for the last time, all her contracts are cancelled. Pray for her salvation.

Pray for Steve P, motocross accident today, lost a spleen and has a concussion.

Remember Caliste and Stephanie, both fine Christian women, inoperable brain tumors, Caliste is dealing better with it than Stephanie.

Jeremy b, pray for his 9 year old son, just diagnosed with Leukemia.

Remember Bill Warneke, depression, degenerative disks in his neck and the beginnings of Parkinson’s.

Pray for Eli, Olivia’s month old son, he needs to gain more weight.

Pray for Steve H, strength, encouragement, a blessing.

Remember pastor Paul, I’m having lunch with him tomorrow, he’s a bit overwhelmed over his medical situation.

OUR CHIEF AIM

May 21, 2019

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It’s fascinating when engineers strategically place explosives and then set them off so that an old skyscraper collapses into a heap of rubble. With the Christian faith, you only have to set the explosives at one point: Blow up the resurrection of Jesus and the whole thing comes tumbling down.

That’s what the apostle Paul said. If you can blow up this one thing, you totally destroy Christianity. That foundation is the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, and your faith also is vain…. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:14, 17).

What evidence is there for the resurrection of Jesus? Books have been written on this, so I can only be sketchy. First, there was the fact of the empty tomb. If Jesus’ tomb had not been empty, when the disciples began proclaiming his resurrection from the dead, their enemies would have simply marched to the tomb, produced the body, and the disciples would have been laughed out of town.

There are several ways to account for the empty tomb. Jesus’ enemies could have stolen the body. But they had no motive to do so. It was to their advantage to leave the body where it was, which is why they had Pilate post the Roman guard and seal the tomb.

Another possibility is that the Roman guards stole the body. But again, they had no motive to do so. They weren’t concerned about this Jewish religious trial. The Jewish leaders, who were scrambling for ways to explain away the resurrection, didn’t accuse the soldiers of taking the body or allowing it to be stolen.

A third possibility is that the disciples stole the body. The Jewish leaders actually promoted this theory by bribing the Roman guards (Matt. 28:11-15). But there are many reasons the disciples could not have moved Jesus’ body. The tomb was secured by the Roman guard. The stone was large and heavy and could not have been moved without cooperation from the guards. The guards would not have risked their lives to allow the body to be stolen, even for a bribe. If the disciples had bribed the guards and stolen the body, they would not later have suffered beatings, imprisonment and even death to preach Jesus’ resurrection.

A second major evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is his many post-resurrection appearances to the disciples. These happened in varied circumstances to many different people. J. N. D. Anderson, formerly Professor of Oriental Laws and Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, wrote, “The most drastic way of dismissing the evidence would be to say that these stories were mere fabrications, that they were pure lies. But, so far as I know, not a single critic today would take such an attitude. In fact, it would really be an impossible position” (Christianity Today [3/29/68], p. 5). He goes on to give several solid reasons for his assertions.

A third evidence is the changed lives of the many different witnesses. None of them were expecting a resurrection, in spite of Jesus’ repeated predictions of such. They were confused, frightened, and depressed after the crucifixion. At the first reports of the resurrection from the women who saw Jesus, the disciples were skeptical. But they all became convinced witnesses to the point that they boldly proclaimed Christ to the very audience that had crucified him. Many endured persecution and martyrdom. What could account for such dramatic change, if not the fact that they had seen the risen Jesus Christ?

A fourth evidence (and my list is far from exhaustive) is the unique person of Jesus Christ. Study the Gospel accounts of who Jesus was, what he taught, the miracles he performed, and the prophecies he fulfilled. As C. S. Lewis observed in Mere Christianity, no mere man, let alone a great religious teacher, could have said and done the things that Jesus did. The only options, said Lewis, are that Jesus is a liar, a lunatic, or Lord of all. Although formerly an atheist, Lewis became convinced of the third option.

If you’ve never done so, Easter would be a good time to go to a church that proclaims Christ’s resurrection. Read the Gospels. Carefully weigh the evidence. Your conclusion may, as it did with the apostles and as it has done with many millions since, dramatically change your life.

Which brings me to my point, as Christians what is our chief responsibility?

To tell people about Jesus.

To many Christians are more concerned about social injustices than the message of the gospel.

The national commander of the salvation army publicly said he didn’t care what the bible said, that the salvation army would end poverty and homelessness and the poor.

Wow, wasn’t it Jesus that said there were always going to be poor people?

Now don’t get me wrong the bible says we are to care for the poor and the less fortunate. But not at the cost of having a social cause first and the gospel message first.

In my first church we had a widow with 12 kids, her basic means of making money was making tortillas and tamales. When I went over to her house to visit and pray. I prayed that God would give her wealth (yeah, I was that green and stupid). She stopped and said no pastor don’t pray that prayer for me. If I had wealth I wouldn’t pray every day and depend on God to feed 13 people every day. (lesson learned)

The blessing of salvation is what changes people not a social gospel.

Well that’s my rant, I haven’t done one in a long while so you’ll just have to forgive me.

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 Remember Steve H in prayer, strength and encouragement.

Pray for Pastor Paul K, refreshment, a new anointing the VA is still saying that the two cysts on his pancreas are not cancer.

Remember Caliste and Stephanie, no fear, and encouragement, and divine healing.

Ricky R, another day of sobriety.

Pray for the salvation of Barbara D, Mona R, the Perales family.

Remember Bill Warneke in prayer, chronic neck pain, depression and the beginnings of Parkinson’s.

Pray for Fred N, advanced dementia. (medical tidbit for you, technically they can’t tell if you have Alzheimer’s until they autopsy your brain.) that’s why you have to be careful about what medication they give you if it’s a wrong diagnosis.

BUSHWHACKED

May 20, 2019

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“I find therefore the law of my nature to be that when I desire to do what is right, evil is lying in ambush for me” (Rom. 7.21, Weymouth Translation.).

  Struggle in yourself, and be trapped; rest in Him, and be free!

Many Christians keep themselves in a perpetual torment through hoping they will get into a situation where they can enjoy a better (and easier) Christian life. They feel enclosed in a net of circumstances from which they cannot escape. They are so wearied and baffled and beaten by the continuous pressure about them that they wish and itch for things to be different, quite sure that if they were only different Christ would be more real. It has not dawned upon them that at the heart of these very circumstances they are to find the Lord Jesus, find His grace sufficient, find the life more abundant.

You might be secretly attempting to correct and improve yourself, and suffering a good deal of private vexation and disappointment on account of the futility of your struggles. It was at a moment when I was utterly discouraged, and ready to give up the whole thing in complete despair, that the Father showed me how I was attempting to work upon the old material which He could only condemn.

My Father was not looking for any good in me, and had the Lord Jesus Christ before Him, the perfect and infinitely acceptable Object of His heart. And I, in my nothingness, had ceased to look for good in myself, and began tasting the deep joy of being in Christ, and free to have Him as my Object; while as to life, I entered in some degree into the blessedness of knowing that it was ‘not I, but Christ liveth in me.’

  “For to me to live is Christ “(Phil 1:21).

We need to remember that when God looks upon us He sees His Blessed Son and we get the benefit of His love and pleasure. It is difficult to understand that the redeemed are a pleasure to God.

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Remember Steve H in prayer, strength and encouragement.

Randy H, a financial blessing is needed.

Pray for Pastor Paul K, refreshment, a new anointing the VA is still saying that the two cysts on his pancreas are not cancer.

Remember Caliste and Stephanie, no fear, and encouragement, and divine healing.

Ricky R, another  day of sobriety.

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.

faith vs reason

May 8, 2019

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FAITH VS. REASON

REASON CAN NEVER ANSWER THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS

THAT GOD HAS A SON AS OLD AS HIMSELF

AND EQUAL TO HIMSELF

THAT THIS MAN JESUS CHRIST SHOULD BE IN HEAVEN WHEN HE WAS ON EARTH

THAT THAT GOD THAT MADE THE LAW SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE LAW

THAT GOD, WHO IS NOTHING BUT SPIRIT SHOULD HAVE BLOOD TO REDEEM MAN BY

THAT HE, THAT IS GOD BLESSED FOREVER, SHOULD BE MADE A CURSE

THAT GOD SHOULD NEVER BE MORE ANGRY WITH HIS SON THAN WHEN HE WAS MOST PLEASED WITH HIM

SO LET THE HIGH AND MIGHTY, THOSE WHO DEEM THEMSELVES WISE IN THE WORLD ANSWER THOSE STATEMENTS, THEY CAN’T, THAT’S WHY REASON MUST SIT AT THE FEET OF FAITH.

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Pray for Caliste, tomorrow is the brain surgery, 10-14 hours long. Pray for peace and calmness, no fear, for the family and for the surgeon.

Stephanie Taylor, still waiting for the phone call for her brain surgery.

Remember Norma, Rick SR, and Rick jr. salvation.

Praise report, John Blantton’s prostate surgery went fine, robotically done.

Pray for Ricky r, going on week 4 of sobriety.

Pray for Sherry, her abstaining from sex, just bombed.

Remember Bill Warneke,, chronic neck pain and depression.

IT IS ALL JOY

May 7, 2019

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  “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8).

  Although both faith and joy are included in ‘the fruit of the Spirit,’ joy can only flourish upon the foundation of faith. When faith is present and active, favorable circumstances are not necessary for joy; trials and tribulations cannot daunt it.

There are some Christians who seem to be afraid of enjoying all the rays of the Son of Righteousness. They are afraid of being too happy. Perhaps some of us have not really considered that ‘joy’ is itself a part of that fruit by which the Father is glorified. There is nothing to be gained by despondency. Doubts are not marks of humility; unbelief is really evidence of pride. And there is no cloud that so effectively shuts out the glad sunshine of our gracious Father’s face as the thick cloud of unbelief.

Although as to His circumstances the Lord Jesus was the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief, yet He had a joy always before His eyes. But we never find Him rejoicing in anything but the will of His Father. ‘I delight to do Thy will’ was His true testimony. So may we ‘rejoice in the Lord’ though all is dark around, with the joy of faith that sees the unseen and looks beyond the present and temporal to the eternal.

The Old Testament believer had joy for God’s gifts to him. God’s power made things here contribute to him. But the Christian’s joy is in heaven and springs from what the Father is to him there. He demands nothing from this world, but in the life of the Lord Jesus he contributes to it, of the grace that nourishes and comforts him outside it.

  “Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound; they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance. In thy Name shall they rejoice all the day” (Ps. 89:15, 16).

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Caliste Burt, brain surgery May 9th, 10-14 hours of surgery.

Stephanie Taylor, brain surgery some this month, Just like Caliste’s surgery, the surgeon cannot have done any surgery for 3 days, so they will call and say come in today or tomorrow and bang, just like that. Talk about not wanting to answer the phone.

Brad T, fine police officer, good Christian, on the force 22 years, just had his first shooting incident. He’s fine, but shook up, says he can’t believe how fast it unwound.

Pray for Timmy C, New York State Trooper, needs salvation, and this is a tale I hear to often, married a daughter of a multi-millionaire. State Troopers don’t make much, and you know how the hours go. So he just found out she has a secret bank account and has been stashing clothes and shoes at a girlfriends house. How did he find out? When pull the girlfriend over for speeding and his wife who was supposed to be home was in the car and she got out to yell at him and he didn’t even recognize her in her “clubbing” clothes. OUCH. By the way Timmy is my nephew. He’s a great guy.

Pray for Brad and Denise Thurman, 6 year old daughter diagnosed with Leukemia.

Count it all joy…….even when you don’t understand it, God puts us places we don’t understand but it’s all Part Of His Plan, His Perfect Plan.

DEADLY SINS

April 27, 2019

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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

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 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.

ALWAYS THANKFUL

April 26, 2019

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Paul says we’re to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1Th 5:18). Is he saying we must be thankful for the troubles we endure? As Jim Burns explains,

  No. If you look closely you’ll see that Paul is not telling you to be thankful for these things; rather we are to be thankful in our circumstances. There is a major difference between being thankful for every situation in life and being thankful in those situations. He challenges us to find reasons to be thankful even in the worst of struggles.

  Here are three reasons believers can give thanks in troubled times:

  1. God is sovereign—As Christians, we can be thankful that we are children of the sovereign Lord. Even when our lives seem to be spinning out of control, we can trust that God is fully in control and he uses troubles to help us mature and make us complete. As James writes, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (Jas 1:2–3).

  2. We are not alone—No Christian ever goes through times of trouble alone. We are united not only with Christ but also with fellow believers through our union with Jesus. Our Savior does not remain outside of us, simply leading the way to a better life, rather, “We live in him and therefore in and for each other.” Letting others know of your trouble allows them to help share your burdens.

  3. We have an intercessor—Job was innocent, and he knew God was aware of his innocence. Yet God seemed to be treating him as if he were guilty. This made Job so distraught that he no longer wanted to live (see Job 2:1). Job had no “defender” (see 5:4; cf. 5:19), no mediator (see 9:33), “witness,” “advocate” (16:19), “intercessor,” “friend” (16:20) or “redeemer” (19:25) to come to his aid. What Job needed was an intercessor like we have in Jesus (cf. Lk 1:74; Ro 7:24; Gal 1:4; 2Ti 4:18; 2Pe 2:9).

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Well Olivia still hasn’t had her baby, and her husband’s out to sea, literally. So keep mom and baby in prayer. Oh, and it’s going to be a boy.

Bill Warneke, suffering greatly with neck pain and depression, keep him in prayer.

Caliste Burt, doctors still not ready to complete the final brain surgery that’s needed, she still needs more recovery time.

Ray M, over the last 40 years he has taken more falls and landed on his head more than I can count. One fall was over  25 feet and landed head first on a railing. Doctors are concerned about behavioral changes that rapid and a little scary. Keep him in prayer please.

Thomas P married 30 years and today his wife told him she’s been unfaithful for 20 of those years. The kids are crushed, mom’s moving out and Thomas is a zombie, shocked, outraged. Worse news, it wasn’t one man, it was hundreds. And no she wasn’t a prostitute, she was a realtor.