THE OLD MAN’S DEAD

June 20, 2018

THE STRUGGLE

  “Ye have put off the old man with his deeds” (Col. 3:9).

  Sometimes our Christian life and love are divided between the two Adams(the old man and the new creation). It may be 60–40 in favor of the Last Adam, still it is shared. But the Lord Jesus paid it all, gave His all, deserves our all, requires all, because He is our ALL. Ours is to be total separation—death to the old, life in the New.

  “Our Father has removed everything to His own satisfaction, and you learn in the first eleven verses of Romans 5 the terms He is on with you. It means much to the heart of the believer to know that he is received on the ground of another Man (Christ)who perfectly glorified God.

    “The only way to freedom is to leave Adam for Christ—to change your man; then it is ‘not I, but Christ liveth in me’ (Gal. 2:20). There are two sides; one, that you are cleared from the old in the eye of God in the Cross; the other, that you are now new in Christ risen. ‘For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death’ (Rom. 8:2). The old is held in the place of death as you walk in newness of life in the Spirit.”

  “And have put on the new man, that is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him” (Col. 3:10)

That old story about the two dogs, one white, one black, in some old ancient country, and whatever dog you feed the most wins. That’s a crock, the black dog (the old man) isn’t starving, it’s dead. We too are gloriously resurrected in Christ.

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Pray for Erin, stopped all the fertility doctors and hormones. It was driving her nuts. She is praying for a baby. If you’ve been in this situation you know the anguish. I don’t why it happens, but so often after the couple gives up, they get pregnant. God knows.

Pray for Robbie R, just joined the New York State Police, keep him in prayer and my nephew, Timmy, 12 years with the force.

 

ALWAYS LOVING YOU

June 19, 2018

2 Corinthians 12:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?

2 Corinthians 12:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

2 Corinthians 12:15 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?

If you don’t recognize this verse, it is the ending of yesterday’s devotion.

I am finding verses that in my 40 years of preaching I haven’t done a sermon on this verse is one of them.

So I’ve read it over several times yesterday and again several times today.

I always ask the 5 ‘W’s’

Who, where, why, what and when. What does this verse mean? To whom was it written? Where, why and when. And then I ask myself how it affects me and then you.

8 possible answers to 8 possible questions.

And then there’s the word studies, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Theological German, the English dictionary.

How about gut reaction, how does this verse strike you?

Will you love me less, if I love you more?

We are called to be lovers, love the world, love our neighbor, love God. Are we good lovers. Not sex, but relationships, how do we react when our love is not returned?

God talks about it, we should to, what happens when love is not returned?

Lot’s of questions, some answers. We are to love the unlovely, we are to love unconditionally when we do love. No matter if it is returned or not.

So here are our prayers for today. For you that are loving and not being loved back, not enough, not in the right way, keep loving as a commandment, but also because love always changes us first.

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OUR FATHER’S MERCY

June 18, 2018

Our Father’s Mercy

  “I endure all things for the elect’s sake” (2 Tim. 2:10).

  Our Father’s mercy is all-encompassing. It includes our salvation—” . . . according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5); and our service—” . . . by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice. . . which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

  Reasonable service is based upon sacrifice: “I, Paul. . . rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church” (Col. 1:23, 24).

 To truly minister to others is always to accept new happiness and new distress, both of them forever deepening and entering into closer and more inseparable union with each other, the more profound and spiritual the ministry becomes. The one who gives himself to others can never be a wholly sad person; but no more can he be one of unclouded gladness.

  The fuller the service, the greater the surrender and sacrifice. It is not giving what one can spare without feeling it, for I will not offer the Lord ‘that which doth cost me nothing’ (2 Sam. 24:24).

  “The service declares its virtue and aim by the suffering which is endured in rendering it, for what can be done at one’s ease is generally done without much concern for the one to whom it is rendered, and thus the true quality is lost.”

  “I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved” (2 Cor. 12:15).

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June 17, 2018

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When you became a Christian, you became an ambassador for a kingdom. You were given not only “Good News” to share with others but also one of the most powerful communication tools ever developed: the conversation.

 A conversation is simply a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between people who are following unspoken rules of discourse in an agreeable and polite manner. What makes starting conversations about the gospel so difficult is we assume one of society’s “unspoken rules” is to avoid talking about religion.

 Consider all the Christians you’ve met. Almost every one of them came to the faith because someone had a conversation with them about Jesus. Similarly, millions of people of other faiths are “spiritual, but not religious.” They, too, are likely to have an interest in discussing religion.

 In his encounter with the woman at the well, Jesus showed how a conversation could be a powerful tool for revealing himself and his kingdom. We can unlock the power of conversations about the gospel by applying the following:

  ➤ Be open—When he sat at the well, Jesus was likely tired and parched and in no mood to talk. But when he encountered the Samaritan woman he remembered his mission was to “finish the work” he had been sent by the Father to do (see Jn 4:34). Remembering our mission makes starting conversations easier.

 ➤ Be interested in people—People like to talk about what they know. And the one thing they know better than anything else is themselves. People aren’t necessarily being narcissistic for wanting to talk about themselves; they might just want to talk about what they know with someone who appears interested. We will be interested in others when we remember we are called to love and serve them.

 ➤ Ask questions, but don’t interrogate—Rattling off a series of questions can be intimidating. Instead, show genuine interest by asking people about themselves. Asking follow-up questions based on their responses to previous questions shows you are listening and are sincerely interested in their thoughts and ideas.

 ➤ Uncover their burden—At some point in a conversation, a person is likely to say what they do for work or relate an experience they are going through. A simple way to establish empathy and signal you truly care is to respond with some variation of “that sounds challenging.” Almost everyone believes the work they do is difficult or unappreciated or that their life is, at least in some ways, burdensome. If they open up about the challenges in their life, it provides a key way to open the door to spiritual matters.

 ➤ The “prayer ask” opening—If the person is willing to reveal a burden, ask if you can pray for them about it. When you ask, though, the reason should be because you are truly interested in interceding to God on their behalf. It’s not a “technique” to turn the conversation, though it can help you gauge a person’s interest in talking more about the gospel. If it seems appropriate, you can then follow-up with other questions, such as “Do you think much about spiritual things?” “Does faith play a significant role in your life?” “What is your concept of God?”

 ➤ Listen carefully to their responses—You don’t have to agree with them, but avoid trying to show why they are wrong. Show them you are interested in their views, opinions and concerns.

 ➤ The “reason I ask” approach—After broaching a spiritual topic and listening to a person’s answers, you can transition by saying “The reason I ask is because . . .” and then explain why you think it is important to talk about Jesus. This is your opportunity to share the gospel, though you might find it easier to begin by first briefly sharing your testimony. Remember, however, that your testimony is your “witness”—it is not the gospel. It would be a shame to open the door for a discussion about the gospel only to forget the most important part.

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Pray for Matthew, 40 years old and is stressed and suffering from anxiety attacks.

Pray for Carl V, looking for a new job

Pray for Susan K, just graduated from high school and will be leaving home for college in a month and is freaking (a little).

WHO CARES?

June 16, 2018

  “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

  How difficult it is for the hungry heart to adjust to the Father’s pace. He is so deliberate and thorough, while our need is so pressing and paramount. Apart from never being behind time, our Father is an eternity ahead of time! We have but to see in the Word what He has accomplished on our behalf in the Lord Jesus, and then quietly rely upon Him, “according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3).

  “God will perfect that which concerneth His own; and even where there are mistakes and failures, as alas! there are in abundance with all of us, the Lord’s rich grace abounds over all, and actually takes occasion from our very mistakes to shine out all the more brightly—though, assuredly, the mistakes and failures must produce their own painful and humiliating results.

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

  “May God give us to increasingly know Him! If we had only to learn what we are, we should surely be cast down, and sink into despondency; but His object in giving us a knowledge of ourselves and of His grace, is to give us an expected end.”

  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps. 23:6

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SUPER POWERS

June 13, 2018

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  “Partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world” (2 Pet. 1:4).

  We are to find out in Romans 6, through the gracious teaching of the Spirit of truth, all that happened to the Lord Jesus there on the Cross. Then we will know our own position and standing, since we were judicially in Him there.

Have you ever thought about God’s thought about you, that you are ‘to be conformed to the image of His Son’? ‘It doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him’ (Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2).

This cannot fail. The Lord Jesus presses on our hearts that He brings us into association with Himself. He ‘hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (Eph. 1:3). He puts us in this position answering perfectly to His nature, and with a nature to enjoy it.

  “He imparts to us of Himself in order to qualify us for Himself.”

Not only is my blessing in heaven, but I need the Lord Jesus’ power to enable me to rise above the sense of my infirmity down here; for this world, instead of contributing to me, makes me feel my weakness and need, and that I must rise out of it to find and enjoy my blessing.

The very infirmity which this evil age makes me conscious of makes me draw upon the power of Christ, as the One outside it, passing into the heavens, so that I take pleasure in the very infirmity which is exposed here, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  “God forbid that I should glory, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Praise from Anne, 42 days sober

Pray for Rachel, severe ear infection

Pray for Jay P, having knee surgery on Thursday

Cam, pray for this young mom and her battle with cancer.

Pray for Christina and Todd, spiritually curious, pray the right people come into their lives

You may or may not have noticed there is one topic that I don’t write about in our devotionals.

That topic is the end times or eschatology.

I have studied it a great deal as a hobby. I hardly ever do a sermon on it. The reason is this. All the prophecies concerning the return of the Lord Jesus have been fulfilled. The rapture could happen at any moment.

One reason I don’t write about it is because there are a number of theologies concerning the rapture and the tribulation and all of them have some validity and should be considered as a whole to your personal theology.

So I do believe in a literal rapture, a time of tribulation, a second coming of the Lord, a millennial reign. A literal interpretation of the book of Revelation, Daniel and Ezekiel (as well as the whole the bible).

A real hell and a real heaven. And that some people have chosen of their own free will to go to a literal hell that is hot, and eternal. And a heaven that is for only believers that have chosen to submit and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, admitting their sin and helplessness to improve on that fallen state by any power of their own.

There will be the great white throne of judgement for non believers and the Bemas seat, the judging of Christians, not on their salvation, but on their motivation and works as a Christian.

This list could go on forever but it is a jumping off point. I am a Dispensationalist in theology, strangely enough more like a Bapticostal. (half Baptist half Pentecostal).

Questions, comments, prayer requests, please make them out to the web site at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Next week we will have a bible give away for a 100 dollar bible. With a question about the bible that you can’t find the answer in google.

So stay tuned.  And God bless.

Cool it

June 8, 2018

Anger is an emotion, an involuntary reaction to a displeasing situation or event. As long as anger is limited to this involuntary, initial emotion, it may be considered a normal reaction.

 It is when we respond improperly to anger – when we lose our temper (let anger get out of hand) or store it up so that it makes us bitter, resentful, or hostile – that is becomes dangerous.

It is here that the Bible calls us to account. In approaching the subject of anger, we must realize that not all anger is wrong. When the Bible deals with anger, it may be focusing on several different emotions.

For example: 1. Moses’ anger burned when he saw the unfaithfulness and idolatry of his people. (Exodus 32:19)

  1. On healing the man with the “withered hand, ” it is recorded that Jesus “looked around at them in anger” because he was disturbed at their (the Pharisees’) stubborn hearts. (Mark 3:5, NIV)

  2. Though not explicitly stated, anger is implied in the attitude and actions of our Lord as He drove the profiteers from God’s House. (Mark 11:15, 17)

  3. Anger is somehow involved in our attitudes and treatment of sin. “Be ye angry, and sin not.” (Ephesians 4:26, KJV)

It Is Scriptural To Control Anger: “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control” (Prov. 29:11, NIV). On attempting to control our anger, we must realize that each person has the right to his own opinions, and his life should be characterized by dignity and respect. At the same time, and in order to keep things in proper perspective, let us not forget that if Jesus had demanded His “rights,” He wouldn’t have gone to the Cross. There is a fine line of distinction here.

The thing to remember is that the Christian must be careful of his responses, remembering that our position may be right but our attitudes wrong. Bill Graham writes: “The Bible does not forbid displeasure, but it sets up two controls. The first is to keep anger clear of bitterness, spite or hatred. The second is to check daily on whether we have handled malevolent feelings. There is an old Latin proverb, “He who goes angry to bed has the devil for a bedfellow.” Of course, there are many irritations in life. They become prime opportunities for Satan to lead us into evil passion.”
Anger Is Excessive or Uncontrolled If:

  1. It results in out bursts of temper and/or bad language.

  2. It results in bitterness, resentment, and hostility (the urge to “get even”).

  3. It is spiritually debilitating, causing inner turmoil, unsettles one’s tranquillity and sense of well-being. Do I have the feeling that my attitude is displeasing to God or that I am “giving place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27, KJV)?

  4. It results in harm to other people.

Does it negatively affect my testimony as others observe my bad responses? Are they victims of those responses?

How Can We Learn to Control Excessive Anger?

  1. Try not to interpret everything as a personal offense, oversight, hurt, etc. At the same time, attempt to pinpoint the things that cause you to become excessively angry.

  2. Make your attitudes and responses a matter for serious prayer. We ought also to take the irritating behavior of others to the Lord, realizing that God uses people and circumstance to refine our character. One may have many rough edges that need to be filed down!

  3. Cultivate the practice of confessing excessive anger as sin. The importance of “immediacy” in this matter of seeking forgiveness is to be interpreted in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Do not let the sun down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26, NIV). Learn to balance the books at least by the end of the day.

  4. Realize that the Christian must learn to cope with two natures, each striving for supremacy.

We must learn to practice the “put-off,” “put-on” principle of Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV):

  1. “Put-off” the old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires (verse 22).

  2. “Put-on” the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Verse 24).

  3. The effect of practicing the “put-off,” “put-on” principle is to “be made new in the attitude of your minds” (verse 23).

This is the way to validate 2 Corinthians 5:17.

  1. Strive to focus your anger away from yourself to the problems that are causing it.

  2. Surrender each day to the Holy Spirit. “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16, NIV)

  3. Let the Word of God permeate your life as you read, study, and memorize it. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom . . . ” (Colossians 3:16, NIV)

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THESE ARE USUALLY IN THE DOG BOWL IF I FORGET TO CLOSE THE SCREEN DOOR.

Everything here wants to bite me.

I thought life was supposed to get easier in old age, hah!

Not happening, I have an evening routine

Step one, it’s 10pm time for a final trip around the ranch.

Step two, put on my jeans, slip my .45 into its holster, lace up my boots, put on my hat and grab two flashlights. One is a tactical light the other a flood light.

Step three, pick up my Mossberg, 12 gauge with three loads, the first is double 00, the second a turkey load, the third is a slug, repeat, there is a light on the shotgun.

Step four, turn off the alarm on the first door.

Step five, go to the front door turn on the flood lights.

Step six, go to the garage door turn on the flood lights.

Step seven, hit the master switch and the yard and barn lights come on.

Step eight. Step out side and sweep the south yard for racoons or porcupines.

Step nine, sweep the west side, more raccoons or pole cats or bob cats.

Step ten hit the north side, watch for 300 to 400 lbs wild pigs, or skunks, or once every five years a mountain lion.

Step eleven, sweep the east side, usually a herd of 10-12 Axis deer.

Step twelve back to the south side where I radio my wife to let the dogs out.

Then repeat steps 2-11, then put the dogs back in, turn out all the lights , turn on the alarm. Put my wife to bed, and then write the devotional post for the night.

You gotta love the Texas hill country, fire ants, rattlers, black widow spiders and now that the drought has started, a house full of scorpions. I usually get bit at least 3 times a year, at least one in shower.

Two legged varmints I hardly worry about, it’s 13 miles into town. And not much in between. And they have to get past all the cattle fences, and all the other creatures I’m trying to not get bit by.

Oh yeah, a bible verse, He is my rod, my staff and my shield, but I also pick up a colt 1911 just to be on the safe side.

Whew, I’m worn out and that just the evening after dark routine, forget all the other animals, chores and equipment, pumps, wells, water tanks…

Praise God for country living.

Prayer requests, comments, questions, send to scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

If I remember we will have another bible give away this week, I picked up some nice bibles this week. Already gave several away to people while going around town.

Blessings.

REVIRGINIZATION

June 1, 2018

WELL AFTER YESTERDAYS DEVOTION THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE

It sounds ridiculous. Become a virgin again? Why not ask to relive last week? Yet if you’ve had sex, you may be saying, “I’ve asked for forgiveness. Now please tell me how to answer people who want to know whether or not I’m a virgin.”

Maybe the best answer to the question, “Are you a virgin?” is “None of your business.” But what do you tell yourself? If you want to start over, is it possible? Can you be a virgin again?

A man once posed a similar question to Jesus: “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” (John 3:4) Jesus answered by talking about a second, spiritual birth. “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven” (John 3:6).

You can lose your physical virginity just once. If you did it, you did it. You can’t get that first time back again. And the past carries with it physical and emotional consequences. If memories have been etched on your brain, you can’t pretend they’re gone. But spiritually, it is quite possible to start all over again.

Spiritual rebirth doesn’t destroy the past. It transforms it. A second chance, spiritually, means there are no limitations to what you can become. The God who made the universe out of nothing can take your past and make from it something beautiful.

The apostle Paul talked about this transformation when he wrote to a group of Christians in Greece. They had plenty in their past to regret. But because they trusted Jesus to redeem them, the past had been transformed:

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshippers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers-none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

How do you begin that kind of transformation? You can’t manage it on your own. You need God’s power and forgiveness. And where do you find that? You ask for it. Spiritual transformation begins as simply and as mysteriously as that. You ask, admitting your need. And God goes to work in your life.

So when you’ve stopped having sex and asked for forgiveness, can you call yourself a virgin? Perhaps you are no longer a virgin in the physical sense. But because you have been purified by God, you are virgin in his eyes. That may not clear up your reputation or your memory. But it does clear up your future with God. You are as good as new.

Once you’ve experienced God’s forgiveness, you’ll still have to deal with the leftovers of your past, like guilt.

Feelings of guilt are your internal, emotional response. They aren’t always reliable. What we call a guilty conscience is often a mixture of feelings: regret, loss, sadness, self-reproach. These are natural feelings for someone who’s been heavily, emotionally involved in a sexual relationship.

The sense of guilt won’t instantly change. Like other natural consequences-pregnancy, disease, or painful memories-feelings don’t necessarily disappear when God transforms your life. But their sting is taken away. So, even though you may still feel guilty, it’s vital to know that, as far as God’s concerned, you’re not guilty. That’s the truth of

1 John 1:9, where God promises to forgive us and cleanse us when we confess our sins to him. And that’s the truth of Jeremiah 31:34, where God promises to forget your sins … forever.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross to take away your feelings. He died to take away your sins. Cleansed of sin, you can work on transforming your feelings into a useful tool for God’s service. They need not lead you downward. Transformed, they can give you compassion for the pain of other people. They can give you deep determination not to go wrong again.

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Pray for Joey S, kidney stones

Pray for Dave I, 4 time treating prostate cancer

Samantha R, that she carries her baby to full term