Who is Jesus, part four

March 28, 2018

JESUS IS GOD THE SON. HE REVEALED THE NATURE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD TO US. HE SPOKE GOD’S WORDS, THOUGHT GOD’S THOUGHTS, FELT AND EXPRESSED GOD’S EMOTIONS, DID GOD’S WORKS.

Malachi 3:6 (NIV) I the Lord do not change.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The loving, gracious, righteous, compassionate God Jesus Christ revealed is the same today. He is our heavenly Father if we have trusted His Son Jesus Christ.

What he thought then, He thinks now.

What He felt then, He feels now.

What he did then, He would do now.

Maybe you are thinking, So What? What does this mean to me?

It means that your heavenly Father still has compassion for the poor, the oppressed, the helpless and the sorrowing. Your heavenly Father cares for you in the situation you are in right now. Your heavenly Father knows your heart is aching because of the failure of your marriage or the disappointment of children who have turned from the truth and bought the world’s lies. Your heavenly Father knows that your husband has been without a job for a long time. Your heavenly Father knows your needs and He cares. Your heavenly Father knows what sickness has done to your family and He cares. Your heavenly Father knows the difficulties in caring for an aged parent and He cares for both of you. He may not bring relief in the spectacular ways Jesus did while here on earth, but He does give strength, the ability to endure, moment by moment. And that is a quiet miracle, is it not?

Your heavenly Father does send provision for material needs in many unexpected ways, does not He? The anonymous gift of money, the friends who bring meals, who come and relieve you from the constant care of a loved one, the people who pray for you, who drive you to the doctor, who babysit your children. These are just a few of the ways your heavenly Father meets your needs today.

His heart is the same, His power is the same, but his method is different. Instead of Jesus Christ living in one human body on earth as He did 2000 years ago, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in each one of us who have trusted Him as our Lord and Savior. He lives in millions of human bodies. We together are His body on earth.

1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV) Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (Not an option)

He lives in us and through us to touch the hurting world around us.

He said that we would be the light of the world when He went back to heaven. How can people see God revealed in our lives today? How can we let God’s glory shine through our bodies?

Matthew 5:16 (NIV) Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Is it really possible to live in such a way at home and in the community that other people will see our heavenly Father in our everyday actions? That is precisely the reason for which we have been saved. We were not saved to just go on living self-centered, self-serving lives. We have been given a new motivation, a new reason for living and a new power to live.

2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV) And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

How do we live for Him in practical ways? How can our lives reveal our heavenly Father to others? By doing what Jesus did.

By showing compassion

By actively relieving the distress of those around us, first in God’s family, then the community.

By helping those widowed by death or divorce. Caring for orphans.

By visiting the sick and sorrowing.

By showing love and mercy for the aged.

By feeding the hungry, listening to the confused, sharing our material possessions with the needy.

By praying for the deliverance of those in bondage.

By moving out of our own tight circle of friends who buy their clothes at the same shops, drive the same kind of cars and become friends with people out of your social class.

By helping an unwed mother go through with her pregnancy, providing emotional, spiritual and practical support. It is not enough just to be against abortion.

Most of all, by bringing the good news of the Gospel to those who dont know Jesus Christ, the only way to God the Father. Jesus is the Bridge from earth to heaven, the giver of eternal life.

Here’s a prayer you may have not thought of, “Lord, make me a bridge between my world and You, help me to bring You to others, especially those outside my circle.”

Now I’m not proposing selling all your goods or putting your life in danger carrying little Gideon bibles to crack houses. Start by saying God bless you to everyone you encounter, the clerk at the gas station, the waitress at Luby’s. that’s assuming you’ve been polite enough and not an a$$ hat to everyone you meet.

Just food for thought.

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Keep Karen in prayer, she is going on 13 hours of labor and the doctors will say in another hour it’s time to go to plan ‘b’.

 

Jesus is the Rock

March 18, 2018

“The Show Must Go On” (by Freddie Mercury (Queen)

Empty spaces – what are we living for
Abandoned places – I guess we know the score
On and on, does anybody know what we are looking for…
Another hero, another mindless crime
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime
Hold the line, does anybody want to take it anymore
The show must go on,
The show must go on
Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on.
Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance
Another heartache, another failed romance
On and on, does anybody know what we are living for?
I guess I’m learning, I must be warmer now
I’ll soon be turning, round the corner now
Outside the dawn is breaking
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free
The show must go on
The show must go on
Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on
My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairytales of yesterday will grow but never die
I can fly – my friends
The show must go on
The show must go on
I’ll face it with a grin
I’m never giving in
On – with the show –
I’ll top the bill, I’ll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on
On with the –
On with the show –
The show must go on…

Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen, who died at the end of 1991, he wrote in one of his last songs on The Miracle album, “Does anybody know what we are living for?” In spite of the fact that he had amassed a huge fortune and had attracted thousands of fans, he admitted in an interview shortly before his death that he was desperately lonely. He said, “You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man, and that is the most bitter type of loneliness. Success has brought me world idolization and millions of pounds, but it’s prevented me from having the one thing we all need—a loving, ongoing relationship.”

Jesus Christ said I am the way, and the truth, the only perfect ongoing relation you can have that will satisfy your heart and mind is to be in a relationship with Him.

Trust me, you name it I’ve done it, sex, drugs, violence, kinky, weird, satanic, outlaw gangs, booze, the list goes on, and a list of things that will never be listed, the Apostle Paul said there are things so shameful they should not be spoken of, well I have done a few on that list as well. Yet Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, still said He loved me and reached out to me and forgave all my sins; you can’t be to bad for Jesus. That hole in your life can only be filled by having Christ as your personal Savior. Another great old song; “Rolled away” all the burdens of my sin rolled away.

Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away

Every burden on my heart rolled away

Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away

Every burden on my heart rolled away

All my sin had to go, ‘Neath the crimson flow..

Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away

Every burden on my heart rolled away

If you need something in your life that Freddie Mercury never found, and you have questions feel free to email me at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com. It’s never to late and you can be forgiven anything.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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Pray for Chrissy M. she’s the prodigal daughter, pray for her return and for her to escape the crowd that draws her back into sin.

Pray for Sky P, 53, a female Freddie Mercury, has made millions, now has Aids, and has been ejected by her former so called friends

Got Pruned?

March 12, 2018

Got Pruned?

A great mystery surrounds the spiritual growth of the hungry-hearted believer.

The Spirit gives a foretaste of a deeper life before the believer is led into the fulness of it. Many believers mistake their foretaste for the fulness, not realizing that the Lord is just beginning to lead them

The hard-heartedness of our nature is the failure of our youth—our spiritual youth, as well as our natural youth; eagerness to run in God’s path, but not apprehending what the path is, or what it requires to walk in it. On the other hand, when the cost is counted, and our weakness known, the energy begotten of self-confidence being gone, we need a stimulating call on God’s part, to get out of the persistent occupation with our weakness now, as with our strength before.

Suffering is not meant by God to be loss and deprivation. Satan says that it is. God means suffering to result in increased spiritual capacity, which is the basis of added responsibility, trust, and fruitful sharing. The branch of the vine may bleed from the drastic pruning and feel stripped of much glory; but more and better fruit is the vinedresser’s vindication.

But we being of such stubborn nature, like the Apostle Paul, ‘kicking against the prods.” Thus, the school of the desert, the wilderness wanderings, the warring in our hearts with what we should and what we most heartily do naught. There is as much left undone in our lives as what ought to be done. Thus the reason that God is a Vinedresser and we the vineyard.

  “As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Cor. 15:49).

Thank God, He is patient, or we would be branches thrown in the fire.

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A special thanks to our prayer warriors, and a big shout to the encouragers. I can’t tell you how many nights I come to the keyboard and think there is no more to be poured out. And yet He gives more, all glory to God, He is worthy of all our praise. And to Ms. Kelly, yes, these are all rough drafts, “grammar be damned “ (G. K. Chesterton)

READ, READ, READ

March 8, 2018

Can we know truth? Where is it found? Can we logically verify it? Is there an ultimate authority? Are there absolutes which can guide our lives, our world? Is there meaning to life? Why are we here? Where are we going? These questions—questions that all rational people contemplate—have haunted the human intellect since the beginning of time (Eccl. 1:13-18; 3:9-11).

Many claimed to have answers to these ultimate questions, but after research and reflection I found that their answers were based upon (1) personal philosophies, (2) ancient myths, (3) personal experiences, or (4) psychological projections. I needed some degree of verification, some evidence, some rationality on which to base my world-view, my integrating center, my reason to live.

I found these in my study of the Bible. I began to search for evidence of its trustworthiness, which I found in (1) the historical reliability of the Bible as confirmed by archaeology, (2) the accuracy of the prophecies of the Old Testament, (3) the unity of the Bible message over the sixteen hundred years of its production, and (4) the personal testimonies of people whose lives had been permanently changed by contact with the Bible. Christianity, as a unified system of faith and belief, has the ability to deal with complex questions of human life. Not only did this provide a rational framework, but the experiential aspect of biblical faith brought me emotional joy and stability.

  1. I believe the Bible is the sole inspired self-revelation of the one true God. Therefore, it must be interpreted in light of the intent of the original divine author (the Spirit) through a human writer in a specific historical setting.

  1. I believe the Bible was written for the common person—for all people! God accommodated Himself to speak to us clearly within a historical and cultural context. God does not hide truth —He wants us to understand! Therefore, it must be interpreted in light of its day, not ours. The Bible should not mean to us what it never meant to those who first read or heard it. It is understandable by the average human mind and uses normal human communication forms and techniques.

  1. I believe the Bible has a unified message and purpose. It does not contradict itself, though it does contain difficult and paradoxical passages. Thus, the best interpreter of the Bible is the Bible itself.

  1. I believe that every passage (excluding prophesies) has one and only one meaning based on the intent of the original, inspired author. Although we can never be absolutely certain we know the original author’s intent, many indicators point in its direction:

  1. the genre (literary type) chosen to express the message

  1. the historical setting and/or specific occasion that elicited the writing

  1. the literary context of the entire book as well as each literary unit

  1. the textual design (outline) of the literary units as they relate to the whole message

  1. the specific grammatical features employed to communicate the message

  1. the words chosen to present the message

  1. parallel passages

Recent statistics (which can mean anything you want them to) show that actual bible reading is down by 37%. I blame it on social media, everyone is more concerned about ‘likes’ than heaven or hell.

Of course, we have no idea what segment of society was polled or where.

I have often written about the versions of the Bible, and although I still stand by those suppositions, I’d like to say “read any version you want, just read”.

It’s about quality, not quantity. I still remember reading a ‘comic book’ style of the bible and quite enjoyed it. if you are worried about understanding the bible while you are reading then get the “life application bible” that comes in many different versions. Get large print so it’s easier to read. Read with a plan or just flip it open and read anything you want.

I just bought Chuck Swindoll’s study bible, it’s a little lighter on notes than I expected and there isn’t a large print version yet, but it’s an excellent place to start and to trust.

You can find any version you want free as an app online, just read. Used bookstores are filled with bibles (I’m not sure that’s good or bad).

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heart knowledge

March 7, 2018

  “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Heb. 10:19).

  The written Word is meant to reveal the Living Word, not to hide Him. Many know prophecy better than the Prophet. Our Father gave us His written Word that we might know His Son, not only as Savior but as our very Life. “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).

The knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is the basis of the believer’s life. That is, it underlies our very relationship with God; it underlies all our growth in grace; it underlies every fragment of our service. There is nothing which comes within the compass of the life of the Christian which does not depend upon the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

Heart acquaintance with Christ is the secret of spiritual growth. One may know all the truths of the Bible, and yet be practically ignorant of the person of the Lord Jesus. It is possible to go back into the world with an acquaintance with the scriptures, but it is virtually impossible to return back to the world with a true scriptural acquaintance of Christ in the heart.

The believer should have but one object: knowing Christ has laid hold of him for glory, his heart is running after Him. He is to have no other object, though he may have many things to do. The Lord Jesus is ‘in all’ believers as the power of life, and He is ‘all’ as the object of that life. He is ‘all and in all’ (Col. 3:11). And, ‘all to Him I owe.’

  “Having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb. 10:21, 22).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Crystal, in her 30’s, three boys, and she has stage 4 cancer.

Good thoughts

March 6, 2018

  “We have known and believed the love that God hath to us” (1 John 4:16).

  The Spirit convicts us of sins that we may be convinced of God’s cleansing. We do not deserve to be forgiven, but the Lord Jesus deserves to be trusted.

  “We find the greatest difficulty often in bringing our sorrow to God. How can I do so, some may be saying, my sorrow is the fruit of my sin? How can I take it to God? If it was suffering for righteousness’ sake, then I would, but I am suffering for my sin; and can I, in the integrity of my heart towards God, take my sorrows to Him, knowing I deserve them?

Yes: the Lord Jesus has been to God about them. This, then, is the ground on which I can go. There has been perfect atonement for all my sins; Christ has been judged for them. Will God judge us both? No; I go to Him on the ground of atonement, and God can justly meet me in all my sorrow, because Christ’s work has been so perfectly done.

The guilt which the throne detects, the altar removes. If in the light of the throne one object is seen, namely, ruined, guilty, undone self; then, in the light of the altar, one object is seen, namely, a full, precious, all-sufficient Christ. The remedy reaches to the full extent of the ruin, and the same light that reveals the one reveals the other likewise. This gives settled repose to the conscience. God Himself has provided a remedy for all ruin which the light of His throne has revealed.

  “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

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Tested

February 28, 2018

WORD STUDIES, PROBABLY MY FAVORITE KIND OF BIBLE STUDY.

TODAY PHILIPPIANS 1:10

            so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

“Approve” (dokimazōg, Gk.) is a word used for testing metal in order to find it genuine. The day of Christ will be a time of judgment; but as the recipients of the epistle have a personal relationship with the Judge Himself, they need not fear eternal separation from God (damnation; hell). Their works, however, will be judged (see 1 Cor. 3:10–15; 2 Cor. 5:9–11); so Paul urges that they approve and practice those things which would show them to be sincere and without offense in that day. Verse 11 delineates how they should want to appear before the One who judges each believer according to his or her works: “filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (v. 11). Although salvation is by grace through faith alone (Eph. 2:8, 9), judgment will still be by works, precluding, of course, the loss of salvation (2 Cor. 5:9–11; James 2:14–26). Paul does not want them to lose their rewards (1 Cor. 3:15

SINCERE; ONE OF MY FAVORITE BIBLE STUDY WORDS

BACK IN THE TIMES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, IF YOU WERE GOING TO BUY A STATUE, YOU ALWAYS WENT TO THE SCULPTORS AT NOON. THIS WAY YOU WOULD PICK THE STATUE AND HAVE THEM MOVE IT OUT INTO THE COURTYARD IN THE BRIGHT SUNSHINE; AND THEN WHILE YOU HAGGLED ABOUT THE PRICE AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES YOU WOULD BEGIN AT THE HEAD OF THE STATUE AND BEGIN PRESSING AND FEELING FOR SOFT SPOTS, THESE WERE PLACES WHERE EITHER THE MARBLE HAD A DEFECT OR THE SCULPTOR MADE A MISTAKE.

HE WOULD THEN TAKE CHIPS OF MARBLE AND MARBLE DUST AND MIX IT WITH WAX AND FILL THE DEFECTS. YOU HAGGLED OVER THE PRICE BASED ON HOW MANY SOFT SPOTS OR DEFECTS YOU FOUND.

THE WORD SINCERE LITERALLY MEANS “TESTED BY THE SUN” OR IN OUR CASE WE ARE BROUGHT UNDER THE SCRUTINY OF THE LIGHT OF GOD AND ARE “SON” TESTED.

THIS IS WHY PAUL TALKS ABOUT US BEING ‘APPROVED’ AND THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (ANOTHER GREAT WORD STUDY WE WILL DO LATER) WE WILL BE JUDGED AS BELIEVERS, NOT ABOUT OUR SALVATION BUT ABOUT OUR MOTIVES. IT IS HERE THAT THE ‘WOOD, HAY AND STUBBLE’ OF OUR LIVES WILL BE BURNED AWAY AND ONLY THE SINCERE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE WILL STAND THE TEST OF BEING ‘SON’ APPROVED.

THE SCUM OF OUR LIVES WILL BE TOSSED ASIDE AND THE CHRISTIAN SADLY CAN EXPERIENCE LOSS. SOMETHING NOT OFTEN PREACHED ABOUT FROM OUR PULPITS.

SO OUR PRAYER TODAY SHOULD GO ALONG OF THE LINES OF THIS; “FATHER LET YOUR SON TEST ME AND SHOW ME THOSE PLACES THAT APPEAR NOBLE AND GREAT AND IT EVEN LOOKS LIKE I’M BUILDING FOR THE KINGDOM, BUT YOU SEE THE MOTIVES OF MY HEART AND WHY I’M REALLY DOING IT. EXAMINE ME AND LET ME DO YOUR WORK FROM A SINCERE HEART.”

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Next time you feel overwhelmed by your obligations, consider what it must have been like for Moses. For the ancient Israelites, Moses served as the chief leader, primary lawgiver (delivering God’s laws) and sole judge in disputes.

 When Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, heard about these duties, he offered wise insight: “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone” (Ex 18:17–18).

Jethro recommended appointing other capable and trustworthy men to be judges. As he said, “That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you” (v. 22).

 For Christians, helping to share one another’s burdens is not just good advice; it’s a way we fulfill the law of Christ (see Gal 6:2).

  Some of you wonder what you are supposed to do with your life. Here is a vocation that will bring you more satisfaction than if you became a millionaire ten times over: Develop the extraordinary skill for detecting the burdens of others and devote yourself daily to making them lighter.

  Here are three ways to hone the skill of burden bearing:

  1. Be watchful for indirect opportunities—In many cases, we can’t bear others’ burdens directly. We can’t often take their place or do their tasks for them. We can, however, help them indirectly by reducing other strains and distractions in their life.

  1. Be willing to do small deeds—“So many of our good deeds are so small,” “They seem paltry. Instead of handing over the keys to a brand new car, we hand over a slightly over-cooked casserole. Instead of funding an extreme makeover for that person’s home, we show up on Saturday morning to help apply a new coat of paint.”

  1. Be ready for the boring—Burden bearing is often boring. It’s not exciting work that will garner you lots of attention. But it’s work that is absolutely essential. Don’t wait for a future time when you can be a hero; just be a help right now.

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Pray for Robin M, 16 years of drug addiction, 23 years clean, her mom and dad both passed away within 8 days of each other. They were her grounding, pray she gets closer to the Lord.

Pray for Jessie d, in the early morning fog, his truck struck a hitch-hiker, the guy is in the hospital with a concussion, several broken bones and a ruptured spleen. The Highway patrol is still investigating.

 

school of faith part three

February 14, 2018

PART THREE WITH A RANT IN THE MIDDLE. (never be afraid to speak your mind, no one has to agree with your point of view, but we do need to express our opinions)

The School of Faith part three

God’s photograph album of all his believers has his saints with warts and all. I mean, I’m glad because really if Abram is the father of all them that believe, that can be an encouragement to me. Because when I see how God helped Abram in his faltering faith then I can learn how God can help me in faltering faith.

Genesis 12:1: “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country”—underscore that—”and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will shew thee.” Nothing could be clearer than that. Get out. Leave your kindred and go to the place that I will show thee. Did he do that? Well go down to Genesis 12:4-5: “So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him.” Hey, wait a minute. Didn’t he say leave your kinfolks? Yes. Who is Lot? His nephew.

So first of all our faith falters or fails when we don’t follow the direction God gives us. Not being obedient to the Word of God. I’m always amazed at how people will say they believe the bible, literally, but refuse to follow the principles laid out in verses. For example; “not being unequally yoked” II Corinthians 6:14; that applies to marriage, business, all aspects. But it also has other applications, now these are just my personal applications from years of marriage counseling; a rich girl marries a poor guy, personally I’ve never seen it work; if they try to live in the ‘poor guys’ lifestyle, she’s unhappy. Either the daddy wants to ‘promote’ the guy or the keeps giving money to daughter, so she can be “supported in the manner she’s been accustomed to.” It never works out satisfactorily.

Or the mature Christian marries a newly saved person, oh, their marriage might make it but there is always discontent or frustration, or worse a compromise of values. Water seeks its own level(yes, there are always exceptions).

But, they didn’t go straight to Canaan and they didn’t leave everything that they had behind. Rather than going all of the way, he settled in Haran.

Now, does that remind you of anybody you know? I’d call them half way Christians. I mean, they’re saved, but they only go, it seems like they half way. Rather than forsaking this world as our Lord has taught us to do, we have those hang over sins. I mean, we bring the old things with us, just like Abram did. And, out there are the promises of God, but they’re unclaimed promises. And so, we’re sort of out of paganism, but we’re not into Canaan.

It’s kind of like the discussion of tattoo’s, mine are ok, because they’re Christian tattoos not pagan. Or they’re ok, because I’m not a pagan. Yet the bible says don’t do it. Will tattoos send you to hell, NO, will they cause confusion, probably, will they make you more spiritual, definitely not.

We do have this command in 1 Peter 3:3–4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Granted, this passage is directed at Christian women, but there is a principle here that may be apropos: namely, a person’s external appearance should not be the focus of our attention. Much effort goes into “elaborate hairstyles” and “fine clothes” and jewelry, but that’s not where a woman’s true beauty lies. In the same way, tattoos and body piercings are “outward adornment,” and we should be careful to give more effort to the development of the “inner self,” regardless of our gender.

In relation to tattoos and body piercings, a good test is to determine whether we can honestly, in good conscience, ask God to bless and use that particular activity for His own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The New Testament does not specifically command against tattoos or body piercings, but it also does not give us any reason to believe God would have us get tattoos or body piercings.

An important scriptural principle on issues the Bible does not specifically address is if there is room for doubt whether it pleases God, then it is best not to engage in that activity. Romans 14:23 reminds us that anything that does not come from faith is sin. We need to remember that our bodies, as well as our souls, have been redeemed and belong to God. Although 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 does not directly apply to tattoos or body piercings, it does give us a principle: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” This great truth should have a real bearing on what we do and where we go with our bodies. If our bodies belong to God, we should make sure we have His clear “permission” before we “mark them up” with tattoos or body piercings.

I don’t condemn them, but I will never endorse or promote them. It’s one more sign of how much more like the world we’ve become, and I believe they are a sign that most preachers are failing to reach out and make meaningful connections and relevancy to all generations. But that’s just my opinion, and comparing them to another abuse like overeating, is a straw man, and like comparing apples to oranges.

We’re sort of separated from sin, but we’re bringing some sins with us. In other words, it’s just a time of compromise. Now, I’m speaking to many today, you’re saved, and if you died right now you’d go to Heaven, but your faith is so weak. Now, I’ll tell you one of the reasons your faith is so weak, because you’re like Abram was with worldly compromise. Now, what’s the result of worldly compromise? I’ll tell you what is, it’s weakened faith.

Not a popular message, I’m sure, but trust me my heart is in the right place.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

The School of Faith part two

February 13, 2018

God wants you to know if your faith is real or whether it is bogus. Your faith is more precious than gold, 1 Peter 1:7, and again I want to tell you that a faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.

Now, so many times we get the idea that if we’re trusting God—that if we are obeying God, if we’re doing what God has tell us told to be—it will be all milk and honey. As a matter of fact, that it’ll be all honey and no bees. That is not necessarily so. So many times when we get saved we say, “Now, wonderful, I’ve trusted God and He’s brought me into the land of plenty.” We think it’s all milk and honey, but it’s not necessarily so.

You’re going to meet the devil, you’re going to be tested in many, many ways. And, many of us are tested in ways after we got saved in ways that we never were before we got saved. Sometimes we get married and we think, “Oh, this is the land of milk and honey.” And, God brings heartaches and tears and trials right into the land of promise. And, you know, it is so. Sometimes in our prayer life we pray—and we’ve been told prayer is the land of promise—to trust God. And, we pray and people have simplified this matter of prayer. And they say, well, you know, God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says, “Yes,” and sometimes He says, “No,” but He always answers prayer. (make sure you keep reading).

Sometimes He doesn’t say anything. Have you noticed that? I mean, sometimes you just pray and you don’t seem to get an answer. And, I mean, it just seems to be darkness out there. Famine in the land of plenty. Sometimes we go to church and we get the idea that, you know over in church everything’s going to be wonderful. Oh boy! You know, all the sinners are out there and all the saints are in here. Ain’t necessarily so folks. I think it was one great theologian who said that, “The church is kind of like Noah’s ark,” he said “We wouldn’t be able to stand the stench if it weren’t for the storm outside.”

I’m not saying that the church is a failure. I’m not saying that at all. But friend, I’m going to tell you whether it be in your prayer life, whether it be in your marriage, whether it be in your salvation, whether it be in your church life, or wherever it is God will bring you into the land of plenty, but He’s going to test you there. He’s going to test you there in ways you’ve never thought. He’s going to see what your reactions are going to be. Go and read the book of Judges, just read chapter 2, a land filled with lots of ‘ites’, Hittites, Canaanites, all these ‘ites’ with just one idea, something more appealing to your 5 senses.

When testing comes don’t try to understand it. Learn something else. As Christians we do not live by explanation. We live by promises. We do not live by explanations. God has not promised to explain it to you. As a matter of fact, he says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8).

Real faith is obeying in spite of circumstances or consequences. Did you hear it? Real faith is obeying in spite of circumstances, a famine, or consequences. If I perish, I perish. I am going to go where God sends me, and I’m going to stay where God puts me until God moves me. I’m going to live by faith.

God will test your faith to find out whether you have the real thing. Now, God knows, but he wants you to know. God’s not trying to find out something about you, He wants you to find out something about you.

I’ve said this many times, being a Christian may be the hardest thing you ever do.

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Pray for Nurses, especially Surgical Nurses in general, do you know they have one of the highest divorce rates. They harden themselves to not feel all the pain going on around them and they don’t realize they are shutting out their families as well.

We’ve started a group therapy for nurses to reconnect with their feelings and families and it has been amazing. And helping them to become better time managers and not get burned out if they want to stay in their career field.