LESSON MAKER

December 8, 2018

  “For when for a time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God, and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food” (Heb. 5:12).

  It is a great comfort, during our growing up in the Lord Jesus, to know that He is our perfect provision, and that He provides the perfect processing.

  When the queen bee lays an egg, there is deposited in the cell with it the food on which the larva is to feed during its development. Similarly, when the Father placed us ‘in Christ,’ He also made provision in Him for our whole life. Christ is made unto us wisdom to enable us to walk aright in a perplexing world, righteousness to replace our sinfulness, sanctification to impart the growth we so greatly need, and redemption of the body to consummate the whole.

As with the seed that is buried once for all, but then disintegrates through a gradual process that sets free the new life, even so does the Father deal with our old man by delivering it to death with the Lord Jesus once for all, and then bringing about its mortification in detail through the circumstances of life, until the power of the flesh has lost its hold.

Our Father is faithful and wise as well as a gracious and patient Teacher. He will not permit us to pass cursorily over our lessons. Sometimes, perhaps, we think we have mastered a lesson, and we attempt to move on to another; but our wise Teacher knows better, and He sees the need of deeper ploughing. He will not have us mere theorists, He will keep us, if need be, year after year at our scales until we learn to sing.

  “Solid food belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).

We don’t determine if we have mastered a lesson, He does.

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As we mentioned before the change that has come over Mr. Perales and his son, since we have put them on the prayer list is remarkable. This weekend will be the first large family gathering in years. We promised the mother that we will be in prayer, but my concern is to see such a change in someone and having it not be a part of a conversion experience, frankly, has me concerned. Knowing the wickedness of the heart, I worry about the mother being more superstitious than realizing that maybe it’s God at work. Who knows. The whole family 18 in all, none have a relation with Christ. Pray that door opens as well.

Pray for Sherrie, she had a near death experience, I know she has again made promises to God, but her lifestyle never changes for long. Even though she says that she asked Jesus into her heart, I think it was a bargaining chip mixed in with the event. I pray she truly commits her life to the Lord.

Pray for Todd T, shoulder surgery coming up soon and he doesn’t have insurance.

Remember Marilyn A, in your prayers, a great friend, a fine Christian woman, has been battling not only depression, but a fear of going crazy, literally. This fear has plagued her for years.

SCRATCH

December 5, 2018

This ain’t sexy but it’s short and it’s user friendly

If you lay down with dogs, you will get fleas.

That’s it.

 

So what’s the point you ask?

 

Simple, the reason we put such an emphasis on devotions, bible study, bible reading, good wholesome books, trusted books, alone time with God.

Do the math.

 

Whoever you spend the most time with is who you will be the most like.

 

So stop doing everything that makes you less like Jesus.

 

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Remember our prayer list from yesterday.

Only add one more name, Marilyn A, depression

changes that go down deep

December 3, 2018

  “We all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord. . . “ (2 Cor. 3:18a).

  During the first half of your Christian life you are concerned about your doing; in the second half you will be burdened about your being.

The more simply devoted you are to the Lord Jesus, who is worthy of all devotion, the more you will sense a closeness that will be in all your ways; for it will be manifested that you are not seeking yourself, not wincing because your rights are invaded, or that you are not as much cared for as you are entitled to be. Rather, there is only one governing thought of your life about everything, and that is, how you may distinguish Him who fills every need in your heart, and lights it up with unfading joy.

Nothing can be so divinely beautiful on earth as a believer so transformed by the Spirit of God, that he is in heavenly manners here on earth; so that he does not in any of his ways deny the Lord Jesus Christ; but in the most trying hour of his history upon earth the Lord can say of him, ‘thou hast a little power, and hast kept My Word, and hast not denied My Name.’

One of the greatest comments you can receive is when someone you knew from before Christ was Lord in your life says what a difference they see. Or when someone from your new days as a babe in Christ, sees the changes made even deeper in your life.

  In creation God planted a man in the garden in innocence; in redemption He has planted a Man in heaven, in glory. There is a glory that excelleth. The glory in redemption leaves the glory that was once in creation as nothing.

  “For every believer who actually crosses over into the Promised Land there are far too many who stand for awhile and look longingly across the river, and then turn sadly back to the comparative safety of the sandy wastes of the self-life.”

  “. . . are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord “ (2 Cor. 3:18b).

Thank God for the changes, thank God for the mercies he shows when we stumble.

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Pray not for the ones that have fallen in their Christian lives, but for the elder brothers or sisters that don’t practice forgiveness. Pray for those that need encouragement. Pray that God places new people in their lives to help love them.

Remember Karey P, she’s a great reader and today we’ve found a great book from a former JW, that gives their testimony and great bible verses to help them.

Remember Richard Perales Jr, that grace continues to build in his heart and as he forgives his mom he finds God’s forgiveness for him.

POSITIONAL FAITH

December 2, 2018

  “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

My sorrow as a pastor is to see true believers continue to suffer in guilt and anguish, as though there is something more they can do.

  There will be no standing against the enemy’s accusations until we are firmly assured of, and settled on, the fact that our Father is at peace with us because of our living union with His Beloved Son. And this alone will give us peace with our Father.

We thought we were being more Christian by striving more, praying more, reading our Bible more, and confessing our sins more. But all that brought no relief. The awful gnawing in our gut continues. The sense of guilt increases. We need not a Nathan the Prophet to say, ‘Thou art the man!’ A thousand voices are forever ringing in our ears giving the lie to what we long with infinite yearning might be an altogether convincing testimony of a truly Christian walk.

Now the way out is to be found in a clear-cut recognition of the fact that, as Paul says in Romans 8:1, ‘There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.’ Let appearances, voices and feelings to the contrary be what they may, still this is a fact. The reason, of course, is found not in ourselves, but in Another.

It is a wonderful thing to have the consciousness that we are in living union with the Lord Jesus in heavenly glory, knowing our position in that risen sphere, participating in all that constitutes His life in the blessed circle of love and rest where He lives unto the Father. If we apprehend this we shall not be deceived by what goes on upon the earth.

  “Stand fast, then, in the freedom which Christ has given us” (Gal. 5:1, Weymouth Translation.).

pray for the Perales family, remember Paul C, the prodigal, pray for Sara as struggles to find the path God wants her on.

pray for Karey p. lost in the Jehovah Witnesses.

 

A book every one needs to read, is Walter Martin’s “kindgom  of the Cults” the best book you will ever find in witnessing to the JW’s and Mormons.

the good and godly marriage

November 29, 2018

What are characteristics of a godly marriage? What should we be aiming for when we are looking for a wife or a husband for those who are single? Understanding what a godly marriage looks like is very important so we can prepare for it.

It is good to remember that when God made man in his image (Gen 1:27), he made a husband and wife yoked together as one flesh (2:24). This means that the marriage relationship is a model of God and specifically the Trinity. When a marriage does not function properly, it mars the image of God and it breaks down every aspect of society.

For this reason, from the very beginning of creation, the home has been under attack. Satan attacked the home by tempting Adam and Eve in the garden. He attacks the home because it destroys the image of God, and therefore, our societies become farther and farther away from God, as the family decays and erodes. The family is the foundation of society, so when the home falls, the church falls, and when the church falls, the nation falls.

It’s not enough to have just a good marriage, it must be good, and it must be godly.

After being married for 44 years and being a pastor and marriage counselor for 40 years, let me give you a few tips.

  1. Do everything together, no separate vacations, no separate bank accounts, no secret post office boxes or secret credit cards. Trust me, this can be the straw that breaks the camels back.

  2. Your spouse is your best friend, you enjoy each other’s company, you have great conversations, learn hobbies to do together

  3. Respect the differences.

  4. Keep your sex life sacred, holy, godly. No porn, no sex toys, no acting out fantasies, no kinks. You cross a sexual boundary and your marriage will begin to crumble.

  5. To the newlyweds, or yet to be wed. your past sex life is your past sex life. You don’t lie about your virginity or lack of, but don’t share sex stories of your past. You can be honest but not vivid.

  6. Pray together, read your bibles together. Men be the godly leaders that God intended you to be. You the man, you do family devotions, you don’t skip church because you played to hard on Saturday.

  7. Don’t run you family like a democracy, kids don’t get to vote.

  8. Eat dinner at the table all together, no tv on.

  9. Set a time when all electronics are in a box.

There are hundreds of more tips but start there.

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Pray for Karey, that she would find the Lord and be led out of the JW’s

Pray for Ron P, upcoming heart surgery

Pray for Glenda and Stacey, they just lost their brother.

the behavior of prayer

November 24, 2018

The secret garden part ?

(1) Prayer should demonstrate a total consciousness of our need, a sense of our complete inadequacy along with a sense of God’s complete adequacy and willingness.

2 Corinthians 2:16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

(2) Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s ever present willingness.

(3) Prayer is not for emergency use only, when we get in a pinch and need someone to bail us out.

(4) Prayer is not an “Aladdin’s Lamp” or a trip to the wishing well for our wants.

(5) By contrast, prayer is a means of intimate communion, fellowship, and dependence upon God the Father who has promised to work in and through us through His Son, just as God worked through Him.

(6) Prayer is for everyday living, moment by moment.

(7) Prayer is a means of claiming God’s promises and knowing and becoming abandoned to God’s will.

In John 14:10-14, note the relationship to prayer mentioned in verses 13-14 and the works we, as disciples, are to do in verse 12.

John 14:10-14 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

There is no activity in the life of a believer which does not require a prayerful attitude—a prayerful dependence on and an expectation that God is at work and will work according to His purposes and leading. In ourselves we can do nothing. Christianity is living by faith in the Creator God who dwells in us, and prayer is God’s means for us to draw upon Christ’s miraculous life. Christianity is as Paul expressed it in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.” Faith for a committed believer is expressed in intimate, prayerful living.

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Pray for Raylene M, shoulder surgery today.

Pray for Macy G, she is a world traveler and has contracted something and the doctors don’t know how to treat it.

Pray Gwen, finances

Pray for Hector R, retired police officer and both him and his wife are about to go crazy.

LEFT OF BANG

November 5, 2018

Some will get this, some won’t.

 

Your car is not a holster (Pat Rogers)

 

Your bible is not a Weapon, the Word of God is.

 

So what do the two quotes have in common?

 

Quite a bit, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard, “I ran back to my car to get my gun.” Thus, your car is not a holster, if it’s not on you, it’s supposed to be in a safe. If it’s not on you, the 2 second rule means your dead, or someone else is.

 

Your bible is not a weapon, it’s just a book, the words ‘Holy Bible’ don’t really mean anything. The original manuscripts were inspired and inerrant. We believe in the fact the that bible is an accurate rendition of those originals (98% scientifically verified,100% by faith).

But it’s just a book. As it says itself, it is living, sharper than any two-edged sword. If it’s in you. When temptation comes, when you need to give a right answer, it’s what’s inside you. If you have to run and get it, well it’s probably to late. Just like the gun. 2 seconds, have gone by and you fell, gave in, gave up, fornicated, masturbated, lusted, looted, stolen, coveted, sinned. It’s all over but the confession. Left of Bang. (great book by the way).

 

Bible memorization, after salvation, learning to pray, it’s the next most important thing you can do in your Christian life. Bang, you failed.

 

Harsh, maybe, over exaggeration, probably not. The bible says we are to ‘eat the word’ digest it, consume it, hide it in our hearts. Because just like any other weapon if it isn’t on/in you it’s to far away.

 

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Get up, get over it, get going. We all get another chance if we survived the first encounter.

Pray, read, memorize, repeat.

the naughty list

October 7, 2018

THE ACTS OF THE SINFUL NATURE

No passage in the Bible draws a clearer contrast between the lifestyle of the Spirit-filled

believer and that of the person controlled by the sinful human nature than Gal 5:16-26.

Paul not only discusses general lifestyle differences by emphasizing that the Spirit and

the sinful nature are at war with each other, but he also includes a specific list of both

the acts of the sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit.

THE ACTS OF THE SINFUL NATURE. “Sinful nature” (GREEK  sarx) pictures the human

nature with its corrupt desires. The sinful nature remains within Christians after their

conversion and is their deadly enemy (Ro 8:6-8,13; Gal 5:17,21). Those who practice the

acts of the sinful nature cannot inherit God’s kingdom (Gal 5:21). Therefore, this sinful

nature must be resisted and put to death in a continual warfare that the believer wages

through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:4-14; see Gal 5:17, note). The acts of the

sinful nature (Gal 5:19-21) include:

(1) “Sexual immorality” (GREEK  porneia), i.e., immoral sexual conduct and intercourse; it

includes taking pleasure in pornographic pictures, films or writings (cf. Lx 20:14; Mt

5:31-32; 19:9; Ac 15:20,29; 21:25; lCo 5:1);

(2) “Impurity” (Gk akatharsia), i.e., sexual sins, evil deeds and vices, including

thoughts and desires of the heart (Eph 5:3; Col 3:5);

(3) “Debauchery” (GREEK aselgeia), i.e., sensuality; following one’s passions and desires

to the point of having no shame or public decency (2Co 12:21);

(4) “Idolatry” (GREEK eidololatria) , i.e., worship of spirits, persons or graven images; trust

in any person, institution or thing as having equal or greater authority than God and his

Word (Col 3:5);

(5) “Witchcraft” (GREEK pharmakela), i.e., sorcery, spiritism, black magic, worship of

demons and use of drugs to produce “spiritual” experiences (Lx 7:11,22; 8:18; Rev 9:21;

18:23);

(6) “Hatred” (Gk echthra) , i.e., intense, hostile intentions and acts; extreme dislike or

enmity;

(7) “Discord” (Gk ens), i.e., quarreling, antagonism; a struggle for superiority (Ro

1:29; lCo 1:11; 3:3);

(8) “Jealousy” (Gk zelos), i.e., resentfulness, envy of another’s sllr.cess (Ro 13:13; lCo

3:3);

(9) “Fits of rage” (GREEK thumos), i.e., explosive anger that flames into violent words or

deeds (Col 3:8);

(10) “Selfish ambition” (Gk eritheia) , i.e., seeking of power (2Co 12:20; Php 1:16-17);

(11) “Dissensions” (GREEK dichostasia), i.e., introducing divisive teachings not supported

by God’s Word (Ro 16:17);

(12) “Factions” (GREEK hairesis) , i.e., division within the congregation into selfish groups

or cliques that destroy the unity of the church (iCo 11:19);

(13) “Envy” (Gkphthonos), i.e., resentful dislike of another person who has something

that one desires;

(14) “Drunkenness” (GREEK methel, i.e., impairing one’s mental or physical control by

alcoholic drink;

(15) “Orgies” (GREEK komos), i.e., excessive feasting and revelry; a party spirit involving

alcohol, drugs, sex, or the like.

Just how dark is humanity, well, you’ve read the list, we can be carnal, or we can be spiritual. In my sex addict counseling group, I don’t think I can be surprised and then I hear something that is beyond my imagination. It’s a good thing I have a great poker face. What is more surprising is that fact that these are supposed to be Christian people coming to me for counseling.

The most confrontational moment in counseling was when I told a man I didn’t believe he was a Christian. Not because of the magnitude of what he was doing, but by the fact that there was no pause button, no gaps, it was habitual sinning. This was a deacon, the song leader, the largest gift giver (offerings) in church.

It would take to long to tell the whole story. He stepped down from his church duties, confessed to his pastor his wrong doings, he looked repentant. That was until he called me from jail arrested for solicitation of a prostitute.

So here’s my warning. If you are fighting and struggling with a sexual sin I will give you the benefit of doubt. But if you are indulging and only sorry you got caught, then I say “liar” you are lying to me and to God.

So this may be the last waring God gives you.

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GET OUT OF THE WAY

October 1, 2018

  “The Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from evil” (2 Thess. 3:3, R.V.).

 

  When once we see and accept His purpose for our lives to the extent that it becomes our will also, the details of His process cease to matter. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job. 13:15).

 

The one purpose our Father has in view, in all His ways, is to conform us to the image of His Son. This may explain our perplexities as to the past; it will govern our behavior in the present; it is to be our guide in the future. The chief concern of our Lord is not to instruct us about a multitude of details, not to explain to us the reason for the trials which we are called to pass through. He is working out everything to serve His one supreme aim in manifesting the character of His Son in His saints.

 

The God-given experiences of the Spirit’s working within many a time passes away, and leaves the believer apparently dull and dead. This is only until the double lesson has been fully learned: (1) that a living faith can rejoice in the Living God, even when all feeling and experience appear to contradict the truth (Rom. 8:28, 29); and (2) that the Divine life only predominates as the life of the old man is held in the place of death, inoperative, fully reckoned and experienced (Rom. 6:11a). The life of the Lord Jesus is revealed as His death works in us (2 Cor. 4:11, 12), and as in weakness and nothingness we look to Him (2 Cor. 3:18).

 

  “While our Father is dealing with someone in discipline, when He is applying the Cross in a life, be careful how you sympathize with that person. You may be taking sides with him against God. By such sympathy, you may, indeed, draw him away from the work of the Cross.”

 

  “For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11)

 

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Thank God for answered prayers. So praise reports.

 

Thank God for leading and guiding and providing.

OUGHT NAUGHT TO BE

September 17, 2018

OUGHT NOUGHT TO BE

I’ve mentioned this before but want to revisit the situation.

I can walk into any bar or tavern. And say; “I’m cheating on my wife, my taxes, my boss, I’ve shot the neighbor’s cat and I just found out my mistress is HIV positive.”

And someone will come over and by me a drink. Or someone will come over and say; “I know what you’re saying.”

But have any failure in a Christian environment and well they shoot horses don’t they.

Mercy, forgiveness, reconciliation, brotherhood, fraternity, grace, support, join AA because you may not get it from church.

Doesn’t seem to happen. It’s seems the membership for church is perfect people getting saved and leading perfect lives. Don’t dare tell them your past, you’ll find yourself not asked for dinner after the Sunday service.

Yet Jesus live and visited with the worst of his day, sinners. He laughed with them, broke bread with them and invited them to know Him better.

How can we expect a body of believers to grow intimate with each other when we hide our past, keep secret our current struggles and shove out anyone that fails?

So by pretending to be perfect we become false. And the brother or sister in Christ is afraid to share their struggles and failures, because on Sunday morning everyone is lying and saying, “all is well” and “I’m just fine.”

We don’t have an actual church plan in place to help the brother or sister to restoration, just condemnation and forced out of fellowship.

There must be a balance in church, yes, the mature believers acknowledging the less mature and their failures. And the saint that falls, needs support not an exodus.

Let’s pray that we as believers are gentler, more forgiving, and willing to acknowledge we are forgiven but still fall short of perfection.

There is a time for the rod, but we are to quick to use it.

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Remember Maureen in your prayers as she deals with shingles.

Pray for Gwen that is struggling financially.