AS LONG AS IT TAKES

October 19, 2021

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We have very many prayer requests today, some of these folks I have known personally as their pastor for years. Some we have never met face to face, but they follow scumlikeuschurch.wordpress.com. we are blessed to have some very dedicated prayer warriors that take very seriously a sacred duty to pray for you at least once a day, some several times a day. We say, “God Bless you all”.

A common question I get asked often about prayer; “pastor, how long am I supposed to pray for this person or for this request”?

I have a couple of answers; one, until the prayer is answered, two, until the person is healed or passed away, three; God removes the burden to pray for the person, place or thing. fourth; God answers with a no.

I am sure there are more answers, but I feel like these are the most common ones.

Pray for Ray M. almost died of covid, only by getting Hydroxychloroquine did he recover, one more day and he probably would have died. He is a high-risk person and is fearful of getting a variant and is very fearful. So keep him in prayer.

Larry A, just diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Pray for Margie, still hanging in there dying what and when the doctors are saying about her dying, still smiling and still singing.

Keep Matthew in prayer, they are now saying a birth defect is what is causing all his hip pain.

Pray for Steve H, encouragement, guidance, a blossoming of his gifts. For his wife Pam, healing of her knees. pray the bid they put in for a home is accepted

Salvation for Lauren, Tara, Anne, Cheyenne, Cristina, Norma Perales, Hunter, Garrett, Tavon, Philip, Drew, Lubbock, Rick Perales and son Rick Jr. Oscar.

Allen says thank you for the prayers and the new pastor has been given a new spiritual heart.

Larry R, healing of cancer.

Dave I, as he battles his 5th cancer battle.

  1. C. Hickman, healing from cancer.

Pray hard, for Caliste Burt, problems with the last 2 brain tumors. This a great Christian warrior, surround her with prayer.

Pray for the Happy Zion Church in Missouri, looking for an exceptional pastor, fit just right for them.

PERFECT LOVE MAKES IT WORK

September 23, 2021

   The Trinity models an infinite love in perfect relationship that produces a oneness beyond our comprehension. It is not a relationship with a leverage of power and authority. It is not some hierarchical chain of command. It is a circle of relationships that looks out for the best in each other because of a deep abiding love for one another. In their infinite love, the three persons of the Trinity are so intent on pleasing one another that the very essence of their beings is indistinguishable.

   We tend to think of relationship in terms of position, hierarchy, authority, and who is responsible to whom to fulfill what roles. But in the Trinity we see this loving relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit played out.

   The Father perfectly anticipates the needs of the Son and meets them. He sends angels to minister to him during Jesus’ wilderness encounter with Satan. The Son understands perfectly the desires of the Father. He does everything to please his Father without obligation or pressure. The Holy Spirit perfectly shares in the joys and pain of the Father and Son. He comes to offer comfort, healing, and saving grace to the Father and Son’s lost creation. The Father so loved the world that he gave his Son. The Son so loved his Father that he gave his life. The Holy Spirit so loved the Father and the Son that he gave himself to God’s children. And this relational three-in-one God invites us to experience their kind of love with him and in relationship with one another.

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Keep Margie in prayer as she goes on battling cancer, no chemo or radiation doctors told her a month to live, today is one month. I do not see her giving up. Still cracking jokes.

Remember Mikaelah in prayer, 18 years old, good kid (I know, young adult) battling depression and anger over her dead beat dad. Who has broken every promise ever made.

Keep Steve H in prayer, blessings and an extra measure of grace and patience. Plus vim and vigor. Adjusting to change. Pray for Pam his wife, continued prayers for the complete healing of her knees.

OH, LORDY I’M SO TIRED

September 15, 2021

I’m So Tired, I want To Get Home

by E.M. Bartlett

1922, Stamps Baxter music

  1. 34 in Favorite Songs and Hymns

1 I am on my way to the land of day, I am going there I know,

I have journeyed long in this pilgrim way, I have suffered here below,

Now my time has come to enter in, Soon on earth no more I’ll roam,

I have come so far on this gospel road, I’m so tired, I want to get home.

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I’m so tired, I want to get home, To that land of rest and peace,

Where I’ll live with loved ones forever more, ‘Mid the joys that never cease;

I have come so far on this gospel road That I long for Heaven’s dome,

I have borne these years, such a heavy load, I’m so tired I want to get home.

 

2 Long has been my stay and my work for God, He has blest me in the way,

He has kept me straight in the narrow road, Has been with me ev’ry day;

Now my voice to me is sweet indeed As He calls for me to come,

I am ready, waiting to leave this world, I’m so tired, I want to get home.

 

3 I have fought the fight, I have kept the faith, And my course is finished now,

This tired soul of mine longs for rest, sweet rest, To His will I can but bow;

Jesus calls for me and I must go, Soon I’ll land in Heaven’s dome,

These tired feet of mine will find sweet relief, I’m so tired, I want to get home.

Weariness, it is the curse of those in the ministry, first responders, nurses and doctors. Who refreshes us?

We hear a lot today about stress and burnout, especially in ministry. It’s a complex problem that includes many factors that I cannot delve into in this message. Sometimes burnout stems from faulty time management or from being over-committed. Sometimes it results from trying to do it all yourself and not delegating properly. Our text does not deal with these aspects of the problem, nor will I. But it does give us two principles that offer significant help in preventing spiritual burnout:

The work that God gives us is to be His lampstand, both corporately and individually. The only way that we can fulfill that task is by depending on the continual supply of the oil of God’s Spirit. In that way, we will burn for God without burning out.

Zechariah’s fourth vision (chapter 3) encouraged Joshua the high priest with the message: “God will cleanse His chosen people through Messiah and use them to serve Him.” His fifth vision (chapter 4) encouraged Zerubbabel, the civic leader, with the message: “The temple that you have begun will be completed and My people will become a light unto the nations under Messiah. This will not be accomplished by human effort, but by My Spirit.” In the fourth vision we saw the cleansing that is necessary before anyone can serve God. In the fifth vision we see the testimony that results from a cleansed and Spirit-filled life. While our text will ultimately be fulfilled with Israel in the Millennium, it also applied to God’s people in Zechariah’s day and it applies to us as we seek to be God’s light to the nations.

Zechariah saw a lampstand of gold with seven lamps and a bowl at the top, which served as a reservoir for the oil. Two olive trees, each with a branch, stood beside the lampstand. A golden pipe extended from each branch to the bowl so that the golden olive oil poured from the tree. Out of the reservoir or bowl (according to most commentators) came 49 spouts or pipes, seven to each of seven lamps on the lampstand. This lampstand was similar to the one that stood in the holy place of the tabernacle, with three exceptions: (1) the bowl on top of it; (2) the seven pipes to each lamp; and, (3) the two olive trees. These additions point to the abundant, continual supply of oil to the lamps. In the temple, the priests had to keep the lamps full of oil, but in this vision, the supply of oil flowed constantly without help from any man.

The lampstand signifies the important task that God gives to His people to be a light to the nations, to reveal God and His truth to those who walk in darkness. The oil that flows in continual abundant supply so that the lamps can go on burning symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The two olive trees represent the priestly and kingly offices in Israel, with the two branches being Joshua and Zerubbabel. Together these two anointed ones were a type of the Lord Jesus Christ in His offices of Priest and King. Jesus is God’s Anointed One (that’s what “Messiah” or “Christ” means), who provides the Holy Spirit in abundant supply to His people.

The Lord encourages Zerubbabel (4:7-9) by assuring him that in spite of the mountain of problems in rebuilding the temple, he would finish the task. This would confirm to all of God’s people that He had sent His Messiah-Servant (“me” in 4:9b), in the person of the angel of the Lord, to His people. The old timers, who were disparaging this temple in comparison to the former one, should not despise the day of small things (4:10). Under God’s perfect providence (the seven eyes of the Lord, which range over the earth to watch over His people), the project will be completed.

We tend to burn out when we lose motivation, and we lose motivation when we lose perspective on the importance of the work to which God has called His people. That work involves being God’s lampstand to the world (see Rev. 1:12-20). It involves building God’s temple where His light shines forth. The world ought to see Christ, the light of the world, both in Christians individually and in the church corporately.

We burn out when we run out.

The oil of God, the anointing work of the Holy Spirit, being filled with the Spirit.

  1. Vernon McGee said it best, “sin will keep you from your bible and the bible will keep you from sin.”

I have a weird collection of antique yard sticks (rulers). Every hardware store in the nation had a yard stick with advertisements on them. Portable billboards.

Keeping a constant awareness of how full we are keeps us from burnout. An honest assessment, do we do devotions, do we do bible study, do we go to church, do we give generously to God, do we witness. Each one of those statements could have been a question. They are all increments of our spiritual life.

To me witnessing is the touchstone of all measurements. If you are full of the Holy Spirit, your mind filled with bible verses, an active and vibrant relationship with your Savior, then you will be overflowing with encouragement, and you cannot help but be witness to Christ.

One task of being a minister that I sincerely disliked was doing funerals for strangers. I did not do them often but occasionally it would happen. I had a family I did not know, who said they attended my church years before I came there, said their grandfather died and here was $200 to preach him into heaven.

You know you are in trouble when you have the mourners passing by saying things like; “did you know he was a Christian?”

So is your cup running over or is it half full or completely dried up?

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Pray for salvation for Anne, Drew, Oscar, Cristina, Tara, Lauren, Cheyenne, Nicole, Tavon, Philip, Lubbock, James, Hunter, Garrett.

Pray for Caliste Burt, 4 brain tumors, 2 removed, 2 inoperable, for the first time in 5 years she is not smiling and unwillingly to talk about what is happening. Think about how well you would be doing with a time bomb in your brain.

CURSES

August 26, 2021

I have a friend that is very interested in word studies of the bible and how it can bring out deeper, richer meaning to a passage. With that in mind here we go.

Keep in mind that looking at words in the original language may change the nuance of a word, but when let’s say a lexicon or Hebrew or Greek word book or the Amplified version of the bible lists all these word meanings it does not mean that the ‘word’ means all of those things. Context, word order in a sentence, how the author uses that word, all influence the meaning of the word.

For example;

In Gen. 12:3 we read a very famous verse: “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.” Things seem to be clear, but a very important nuance is lost in translation.

God promises Abraham that, “everyone who curses him” מְקַלֶּלְךָ  (mekalelcha) will in turn “be cursed” אָאֹר (aor). The strength of this promise, however, is lost in translation. The first word for “curses” – מְקַלֶּלְךָ  (mekalelcha) comes from a root that literally means “to make light of something heavy.” The second word for “curse,” אָאֹר  (aor), actually comes from a completely different root that means something like “to utterly destroy.” 

Taking these insights from Hebrew into consideration, the translation could be presented as follows:

“I will bless those who bless you, but the one who disrespects you, I will utterly destroy.”

The CSB and the NET bible come the closest to getting it right.

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Keep Steve H and his wife Pam in prayer as they are moving and going through the stress of that. 3rd highest stress factor, with death first and divorce second.

Pray for Steve L, grieving and not moving through the stages, still at denial.

Remember Steve C and Mark C, both have been seriously ill and keep having relapses.

Keep praying for Jim A, entering into his second year of dealing with a skull fracture, doctors say what healing does not happen this year will be the condition he has to deal with for the rest of his life.

UNTIL THE DAY THAT I DIE

August 24, 2021

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If we are to grow spiritually, we must be able to discern how we avoid God. One o pattern of avoidance is the “just a minute” syndrome. When I sit down to read Scripture, my eye will catch a magazine article that I want to read. I put down my Bible, telling myself I’ll get back to the Scriptures in just a couple of minutes. But somehow I never do. Another pattern is the “I’m too busy” syndrome. Initially, my excuse is that there is too much to do today, and I’ll get to it tomorrow. But “tomorrow” turns out to be a couple of weeks.

A.W. Tozer observed that “contemporary Christians have been caught in the spurious logic that those who have found him need no longer seek him.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The paradox of the Christian faith is that those who know him are those who seek him. Tozer writes, “Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.

You must have a plan, read any book on warfare, the art of war, chess strategy, Clausewitz on War, all great battles have a plan. Yes, you can adopt someone else’s plan, but it really helps if you come up with one of your own.

I will make one promise to you, and this is bullet proof, the deeper you go into the Word of God, the more of a spiritual hunger and thirst you will develop. Some people complain they don’t have the drive, or the ‘want to’ this is one area where only by developing the discipline will you get the reward.

It is a lot like the “katas” of martial arts, the only way you can prove to your sensei that you have progressed is to do the exact ‘steps’ of each move to show proficiency. If we must do that to show physical progress, how do we show spiritual progress?

Bible memorization is one, knowing your way around a bible, all the books of the bible, basic content of each book. If I can know a person is proficient just by how they handle a gun or a knife, I can know by the way you handle your bible. It’s ok to start your bible walk with giant gold tabs for each book or an indexed tab bible in order to learn your way around the bible.

If during a sermon I say “let’s all turn to 2 Hezekiah chapter 3” you know I am joking or testing you.

How many churches no longer have prayer meetings? Again, lack of proficiency, if people have not learned to pray then do not expect them to show up for a prayer meeting. And if they have not learned to pray then shame on the pastor.

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Pray for Ethan who feels like he has lost his way.

Pray for Carrie Ann, battling prescription addiction.

Pray for Anne and Drew, salvation, but also pray for them as parents of a normal 5 year old boy that does normal 5 year old boy stuff in school but the school frowns on that kind of behavior and the punishment is harsh.

Remember the others on our salvation list; Cristina and Oscar, Hunter and Tara, Lauren, Nicole, Olivia. Norma Perales and husband Rick and adult son Rick Jr.

I sometimes get asked how long do you pray for their salvation, until either you die or they do or they get saved.

ONLY THE LONELY

August 16, 2021

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Lonely, But Not Alone

Loneliness. Even the word sounds sad, doesn’t it?

What does it mean? Is being with people a solution? Is being married a remedy? Is having lots of friends a sure cure? Is being alone the same as being lonely?

“Loneliness is a feeling of separation, isolation, or distance in human relations. Loneliness implies emotional pain, an empty feeling, and a yearning to feel understood and accepted by someone.”

Here’s another interesting “Loneliness is not the same as being alone. Loneliness is feeling alone . . . no matter how many people are around you. It is a feeling of being disconnected, unplugged, left out, isolated.”

This means that we can be in a crowded room and feel isolated, locked in a bubble of our own. We can be married and lonely, yearning to be accepted as we are. This is one of the saddest kinds of loneliness there is. We can be at family gatherings and feel at a distance from other relatives. Loneliness is a feeling, not a circumstance. And all of us have felt it at some time because I don’t think it’s possible to find anyone who feels completely understood and fully satisfied all the time.

Some of us experience isolation and distance from husbands, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, just because we are believers and are living in obedience to God. Perhaps you aren’t invited to family gatherings. Maybe your husband is angry because you won’t do some of the things he wants to do. Or it could be that some of your friends have dropped you since you’ve begun to be serious about living according to Scripture. Jesus knew this would happen to those who trusted Him. He invited us to take an eternal perspective on what happens to us here for His sake, saying, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:11-12).

There are three basic causes for feelings of loneliness or alienation: separation from God, from others, and from ourselves. Let’s examine each of these causes and consider ways to ease the pain of loneliness.

SEPARATION FROM GOD

God created us to live in fellowship with Him, but sin broke that fellowship. As human beings, we are born with a capacity to know God; but we are also born without the knowledge of God and without a relationship with Him. God loved His fallen race so much that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, to die for our sins so that we might be restored to fellowship with God through faith in Christ.

Even those of us who have trusted Him and have been given new life experience times when we feel alienated from our heavenly Father. Fortunately, we’re always the ones who have moved away—sin breaks our fellowship with God. That’s why He has provided a way for us to be continually cleansed and forgiven when we confess our sins to Him. He doesn’t want us to be lonely for Him.

We may be lonely for people, for friends, for a mate, but if we have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, we never have to be lonely for God again. We have His constant assurance that He is always with us and in us. Augustine rightly said, “Our hearts are restless, O God, until they find their rest in Thee.” In order to grow closer to Him, we need to cultivate our fellowship with God. There are some practical ways we can do that:

Quiet Time. Take just fifteen minutes at the start of your day to read some Scripture and pray.

Memorize Scripture. During the day, when you have to wait in a doctor’s office or even at a traffic light, work on memorizing a verse you have in your purse or taped to your dashboard. Have verses available in your office desk so you can work on them at lunch or during your breaks. You’ll be surprised at how many lost minutes you can recapture in a day.

Practice the Presence of God. Send up “arrow prayers” all day. Keep the spiritual “phone lines” open. This will cause you to be more responsive to the nudging of His Spirit. You will be more sensitive to sin. You will be more obedient to His Word. And you’ll find that your close fellowship with your heavenly Father will ease the loneliness, which is the worst of all, that sense of separation from God.

SEPARATION FROM PEOPLE

God also created us to have relationships with other people. When He first created Adam, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” But every relationship has its times of stress and disappointment. We all want to be perfectly free to be ourselves and to be accepted as we are, but that never works 100 percent of the time. There are times, for various reasons, when close friendships are disturbed. Occasionally, we even feel a distance from those we love the most.

It’s very lonely to know a lot of people who are just acquaintances. We all put on happy faces when we meet. But how do we establish the kind of friendships in which we can be ourselves? How do we connect at a meaningful level? There are some steps we can take.

Reach Out to Others. Instead of waiting for the phone to ring, take the initiative. Many times the friend you want to know better is waiting for someone to call her. Suggest lunch or a casual dinner at your place. Plan an outing together, if you are both interested and compatible.

Share a Common Interest or Service. Another way to make friends is within church groups. Women get better acquainted when they share studies or serve in an outreach together. As we work side by side, share our needs, and pray together, we find other women who are drawn to us, and vice versa. Women need each other. We accomplish more as a team than we could ever accomplish alone.

Accept Others As They Are. Don’t make friends to reform them. This doesn’t mean that friends can’t help each other overcome bad attitudes and flaws. But it can’t be done within the context of condemnation. Love is the great motivator. When I know that I am loved and appreciated, it’s not as painful to hear someone advise me that I should try a different approach to a situation.

Share Your Thoughts As Your Confidence Grows. Friendships deepen when we realize we can trust another person. Once trust is established, we are able to open our hearts to each other, drop our masks, and be real. Many times we struggle with loneliness because we keep our problems and real feelings all bottled up inside. But when we begin to talk about them, they are whittled down to size. Even if a friend has no solution, just talking about a difficulty helps. Knowing that someone else cares and is praying for us often eases our sense of isolation. We need to recognize that pride is often what keeps us from being honest and real, adding to our sense of isolation.

Sometimes our feelings of loneliness indicate a sense of alienation from ourselves. When we are completely honest, we’ll admit there are things in our personalities we don’t like. There are times when everything seems to be going wrong and we are frustrated and discouraged. When we dwell on our failures and shortcomings, we generate our own loneliness. And this usually leads to more problems.

There are some positive efforts we can make to change our sense of self-alienation:

Respond to God’s Love. Choose to believe that God loves you, and receive His love. You are His unique creation. He will give your life significance. When you and I accept God’s evaluation of us, we won’t be controlled by our own feelings of inadequacy and loneliness. We will have confidence in His ability to make us the person He wants us to be. We will be free to be ourselves, controlled by His Holy Spirit. When you know you are loved, it changes the way you feel about yourself.

Jeremiah’s isolation and loneliness were eased when he remembered who God is and when he believed His promises. Jesus experienced the worst separation in time and eternity so that we could have the love, fellowship, presence, and guidance of God forever. The psalmist said it well:

Yet I am always with you;

you hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel,

and afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever . . .

As for me, it is good to be near God.

I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;

I will tell of all your deeds. (Ps. 73:23-26, 28)

The psalmist’s words are as true today as they were then. We may be alone, but we don’t have to be lonely all the time.

Knowing God loves us and has control of our lives should give us an assurance that He will meet our needs. He may not give us all we want, but He will give us what we need. If you have been living with a feeling of loneliness and you’ve put your life on hold until things change, stop it today! Tell the Lord that knowing Him is more important than any other relationship. Tell Him you want to get out of the spiritual playpen and grow to maturity. Emotional immaturity will hinder your spiritual maturity. Your feelings aren’t the most important part of you.

Act with Your Will. God gave you a will so you can make choices, and He intends for you to act with your will. He wants you . . .

To choose to obey Him.

To choose to be satisfied with the life He’s given you.

To choose to be thankful for the way He has made you.

To choose to accept the love, forgiveness, peace, joy, and fellowship He offers you in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Every blessing of God is wrapped up in Jesus. When we act with our will to receive Him for our salvation, He comes to live within us, bringing with Him all the promises of God. We don’t have to look anywhere else to find joy, peace, acceptance, security, and significance. We must simply act with our wills to receive whatever we need from Him. Provision for our every need is offered to us without cost, through the mercy and grace of God. But it isn’t really ours until we take it for ourselves—by faith.

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Feel free to reach out to us with your questions, comments or wanting counseling, I have been a counseling therapist for over 40 years with a PHD in psychology and counseling and it is free.

Pray for those that are walking among us yet feeling isolated. We are called to be loving and friendly. Just saying hi to someone might be what it takes for them to reach out.

DIRT POOR

August 11, 2021

poor in spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit…(New International Version Matthew 5:3).

as it is written: “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” (New American Standard Version, 2 Corinthians 9:9

poor is poor right? Wrong!

Now I have been poor, twice. Once when I was a kid, after my drug addict father skipped out on us. We only had Christmas because the New York State Troopers would bring us a decorated Christmas tree and presents. I was 12 years old and already working full time and at 15, I was driving tractor trailer interstate. Managed to keep our home because of me working, so my mom and sister had a roof over our head.

Had a neighbor down the road that was once on the famous driving team of Mario Andretti. He had a horrific crash one time that left him permanently disabled, mentally and physically. Not being able to work just about drove him insane.

Two different kinds of poor.

You see in Matthew the word for poor is ‘ptochos’ meaning in Greek no ability to work or earn a living.

In 2 Corinthians the word for poor is ‘penace’ meaning poor but having the ability to find work or have work.

So we have 2 different kinds of poor in the New Testament, those with no ability to work ever and those who can work but for some reason at the moment they are unable.

The poor in spirit will always be so.

The ‘other’ poor can be helped, blessed, aid given and they can become productive and learn to be generous.

The poor of Matthew are bound to be poor forever, in spirit, in mind, in body and financially. But they will receive a spiritual blessing in heaven because they endured this total inability to do anything to improve their situation.

No matter how much you give them they will always remain poor.

That is one of the hardest things to accept as a social worker or charity. Just as there are those that will never be saved and perish spiritually so are there those that no matter what you do for them they will revert to being poor. They are like the dogs in Proverbs 26:11, dogs who always return to their vomit.

Yet, we are called upon to be merciful and gracious, but also good stewards of the Lord’s money. We can feed and clothe the one, but they will never prosper. But to the others we can lend them a hand and they can prosper because they have the ability. The trick is to discern which is which.

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We have had some great testimonies of people that were blessed by the time of fasting and prayer.

Larry, found a job after a year of being unemployed. And returned to church asking the Lord to rededicate his life to the Lord.

Wanda, was forgiven and reunited by her sister Laurie and are now talking after 40 years.

Terry, was diagnosed finally after several years and now given a life changing drug regimen that will restore her ability to walk.

Trey, age 19, was saved that Sunday, after the family had been praying for him for several years.

Anne and Drew have decided not to get divorced and recommit to having a faithful marriage.

man talking picture while smiling

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As a psychologist I have to say there is one factor that outweighs every other factor in guaranteeing raising healthy normal children. Two parents, a man and a wife. But especially a present, participating, practical father.

The role of mom is pretty well recognized by everyone (including the secular world) as vital to the family, but for some reason fathers have been relegated to the position of second class citizen, especially in our day with the active feminist movement. A well known feminist leader has gone so far as to say, “fathers are a biological necessity, but a psychological absurdity.”

From the standpoint of God’s word and the evidence of a great deal of research that has been done recently, such a statement is an absurdity. Dads have a vital role in bringing strength and stability to the home. Actually, both mom and dad bring ingredients into the home that are crucial to the spiritual and emotional stability of the home. Together they bring a blend of femininity and masculinity which in many ways reveal the image of God. These two influences together, especially when they are the product of godly parentage, are vital forces in shaping spiritually and psychologically healthy children.

Today, children who live in single-parent homes have increased 600 percent. But even when both parents are physically present, the father, and sometimes the mother as well are often spiritually and psychologically absent. This coupled with other factors have had devastating results on the family.

Violent crime has increased over 500 percent in just the last 3 years and in cities where there are more children raising themselves it is literally off the charts.

Illegitimate births have increased 400 percent. Never in my life did I think I would have to counsel with a pregnant 9 year old girls or 5-7 year old boys committing rape.

Divorces have increased 400 percent. When I do premarital counseling now over 50% of the young couples I counsel come from broken homes. At a conference I was recently speaking at I was upbraided by a peer telling me that saying a broken home is antiquated thinking and I should change my vocabulary. This coming from a professional shrink on his 4th marriage, one son in prison and he and his wife are raising 2 of their grandchildren. But nothing is broken.

Children living in single-parent homes have increased 300 percent. Our house was always overflowing with teenagers, I mean often there would be 10 to 15 young adults at our house. One kid in particular seemed to never want to leave. I asked him why he liked hanging out here. His answer was it quiet, well organized chaos and he knew the cops were never going to show up here to arrest me or my wife. And that no topic was ever taboo. How we ever managed to feed all these young adults all the time was truly a miracle. When they ran away from home they came to our house. Imagine my shock when a four year old girl showed up at our house late at night because she heard it was always safe here.

Teenage suicide has increased 200 percent. In our small town I have done 7 funerals for boys that have hung themselves. 6 for drug over doses, and several in single car accidents. Suicide by crashing. One young adult crashed his car into a huge oak tree going over 80 mph. a paraplegic. Four years later, crashed his car in the exact same spot, now he is a quadriplegic.  

S.A.T. scores have dropped almost 80 points, despite huge increases in support for education.

Another alarming statistic is that crime among the very young (7-12 year olds) has increased a whopping 60% in just the last few years. Why has this happened? There are many reasons, but one of the major causes is the breakdown in the home, and this includes the failure of fathers to take the responsibility for the spiritual leadership of the family according to the guidelines of the Word–giving, loving, serving, caring and strong leadership.

Scripture and history show us that as goes the home, so goes the society. And generally speaking–as go the fathers, so goes the home. The moral and spiritual condition of the society is always the offspring of the family.

That is why a very real Satan is doing everything to destroy God’s model for the home. A mom and a dad, a female and a male. Not two Bob’s or two Nancy’s. a married godly man and woman.

Men have to learn that it is not enough to work 60 hours a week and a be satisfied that the wife and kids had everything they wanted, except a present and accounted for father and husband.

My personal position is every man should join the military, do at least 4 years and then get married. Between the extra 4 years and the military lifestyle they are finally mature enough to be called a man. But that is just my opinion.

Most thoughtful parents, by contrast, want their children to know about God and moral living. But somehow in the hustle and bustle of life, they never get a chance to take stock of where such training will come from. They think if they send them to Sunday School that will do it, but that involves only one hour out of 168 hours in a week. But there is a place that has a great deal more impact than any other in society due to the dynamics involve–if those dynamics are utilized. Where is that place? It’s the home–the place where life makes up its mind.

I’ve said it before, but if you want normal kids, you have to home school them. Which means making sacrifices in a lot of ways. But it pays off.

Men, we have a herculean task before us. To be masculine, brave, courageous and yet loving and tender. To love our wives, honor our vows, to be present in our children’s life and not pass on value making to a coach, and especially to a satanic, immoral public school system.

Well, I have to quit or I will have a stroke right about now.

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July 27, 2021

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(MY FAITHFUL SERVICE DOG-BRANDY)

In both the Old and New Testaments, the supreme test of faith in God is obedience—a test his people often failed. Saul’s disobedience is a prime example, for it cost him his kingship. As Samuel tells him, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1Sa 15:22).

Saul was disobedient and lost his earthly kingdom. In contrast, Jesus was perfectly obedient and was crowned king of the cosmos (see Rev 11:15). If we are to model Christ, we, too, must learn to hear and obey God.

Here are three things you should know about obedience.

  1. Obedience presumes authority and communication—For obedience to be due there must be a legitimate authority—someone who has a right to command—and their requirements must be made known. We obey God because he has authority over our lives and has made his commandments known to us in Scripture. We therefore have no excuse for not reading the Bible and learning what God expects of us. The Bible is insistent that isolated external acts of homage to God cannot make up for a lack of consistent obedience in heart and conduct (1Sa 15:22; cf. Jer 7:22.).

  2. Obedience is not about meriting our salvation apart from grace and faith, but it is part of our sanctification—We don’t earn God’s favor by obeying him. Only faith in Jesus atoning work on the cross can save us from God’s wrath (see Ro 5:9). We obey out of love for God and a desire to please him, not out of an attempt to earn our way into heaven.

  3. Obedience must be rendered to other authorities—Along with obedience to God, Christians are also expected to render obedience to a variety of people. For example, children are to obey their parents (see Eph 6:1; Col 3:20); citizens their government officials (see Ro 13:1–7; Titus 3:1; 1Pe 2:13–14). 1 Samuel 15:22

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Pray for those on our salvation list, top of the list is Lauren, a walking, self destructive mess, suicidal thinking, wicked temper, out of control life and one of the most selfish, self centered persons you could ever meet. Anne, Drew, Tara, Hunter, Garrett, Lubbock, Nicole, Tavon, Phillip, Oscar and Cristina.

Praise be to God, twice in the last 10 days I have been rescued from death or disaster or both, only divine intervention kept me safe. I am in awe.

REMEMBER August 8TH, A DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYING FOR REVIVAL IN AMERICA.

THE DAY OF THE LORD

July 17, 2021

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The Day of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

What Is the Day of the Lord?

In considering the Day of the Lord, we at once are plunged into a tremendous Old Testament doctrine, a doctrine that covers many pages in the Old Testament. Before examining the Scriptural revelation, it is necessary to determine precisely what this expression, “the day of the Lord” means. We say that the present age is the day of grace. We do not mean that there was no grace shown by God in the previous dispensations. Obviously, many of God’s dealings with man from the Garden of Eden down to the present day have manifested the grace of God. But God in this present age has especially singled out the doctrine of grace for display, revealing grace as a basis for salvation and for our Christian life. Grace speaks of God’s unmerited favor to us through Christ who loved us and who died for us. The Scriptures picture that after this day of grace has come to its close, which may be simultaneous with the translation of the church, the Day of the Lord will begin.

The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. Today a man may be a blasphemer of God, an atheist, can denounce God and teach bad doctrine. Seemingly God does nothing about it. But the day designated in Scripture as “the day of the Lord” is coming when God will punish human sin, and He will deal in wrath and in judgment with a Christ-rejecting world. One thing we are sure of, that God in His own way will bring every soul into judgment.

The word day is used in the Bible in various ways. Sometimes it is used to refer to daylight; for instance, the hours between dawn and sunset. Sometimes it is used to refer to a twenty-four hour day. The Jewish day began at sunset and continued to the next day at sunset. That also is referred to as a day. Sometimes the word day is used in the Bible as a period of time, just as we use it in English. We speak of the day of our youth; what do we mean by that? We do not mean that we were young only one day, but we mean the extended period of time in which we were young. In 1 Thessalonians 5 the Day of the Lord is used in the sense of an extended period of time, but having the characteristics of a twenty-four hour day. That is, it is a day which begins at midnight or in the darkness, advancing to dawn and then daylight. It will close again with another period of darkness after daylight has passed. That apparently is the symbolism involved in the Day of the Lord. A few sample passages, out of literally dozens of them in the Old Testament, will give the general content of this period.

Verses 1-5 have revealed that the Day of the Lord will come suddenly as a destruction upon the wicked, but we as Christians will have no part in it because we do not belong to that period of time. In verses 6-11 Paul makes the application. All true prophetic teaching has an application. The study of prophecy is not just for prophecy’s sake. God has taught us concerning future things because He wants us to be informed and, being informed, to be better Christians. One of the reasons for presenting the doctrine of the imminent return of Christ is that it is an impelling motive to be living for Him every day. There is no better reason for working for Christ, apart from real love for Him, than the motive that we may see Him today. It makes a tremendous difference whether Christ is coming now or whether our prospect is that we will go through the tribulation and our only hope of seeing Him without dying would be to go through that awful time of trouble. The imminency of the Lord’s return is a precious truth.

People, including preachers tend to stay away from teaching prophecy because there are so many diverse roads it can take, that is true. But we study prophecy so we know how to live for Christ (all of 1 Thess chapter 4).

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