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.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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.

WHAT RINGS YOUR BELL?

November 28, 2018

growth marks

What rings your bell?

I used to do church growth seminars.

The one thing I tell pastors is don’t jump on the band wagon and do what mega church next door is doing.

Don’t imitate another pastor’s style, whether it be how he preaches or what he wears (really).

And just because the person in your church that gives the most money, that doesn’t give them any rights to dictate anything.

I had a pastor that came to me because the largest giver in church didn’t like the way he would preach a sermon. So he gave him tapes of his favorite preacher and told him to preach like that guy did.

I told him to either burn the tapes or ask the guy to leave. Good news the guy repented and became a follower not a bulldozer.

I’ve mentioned this before, but the most important part of church is the sermon, not the music leader, or singing off the wall. It’s the pastor’s prayer life.

If as a pastor, you are where you need to be in praying and bible study and faithful in your pastoral duties. It is God who determines what type of church you will have. Be satisfied with that.

I’ve conducted exit interviews for various churches and I will tell you one thing..

You can’t please everyone. So be yourself.

Second most important thing I can tell you as a pastor, don’t sacrifice your family for the church.

Well that’s my rant for today, been awhile so I feel entitled.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for your pastor, before you criticize.

Confession

November 18, 2018

Ok, I’m going to perhaps stir up some controversy with this devotion. But hey that’s ok, remember the devotion about the long list and the short list. The short list is the stuff we will fight and die over, the long list is the bible stuff that a lot depends on your theology.

So, you don’t buy everything in the grocery store, just the items you need or like.

This devotion is like that.

Kingdom principles, which include that Jesus is the Lord of the earth, and the Lord’s prayer is a kingdom prayer. Versus, the theology that the Lord will not be Lord of the earth until his Millennial Reign, the Lord’s pray also fits in that scheme. But the Jews rejected their Messiah and his Kingdom and therefore contrary to a lot of the confess and claim it guys or the “aw shucks” we’ve always done it this way, or the Kingdom is now people.

I’m going against the grain.

When you became a Christian, God, through us accepting His Son, Jesus and all the redemptive work by the Cross. He (God) forgave us all our sins upon our conversion, past, present and future. Therefore, the Saved, Born Again, Evangelical, Bible Believing Christian never have to pray for forgiveness ever again.

To do so is to deny the work of Christ on the Cross, his death and resurrection and the forgiveness for ALL our sins.

So when Christians’ sin, (and we will sin) we don’t ask for forgiveness, we confess our sins and accept the forgiveness that was already given.

Sin, confession, repentance, not sin, ask for forgiveness. Because all was forgiven.

NO, this is not a free pass for the Christian to just sin and go on their merry way.

So, before you reject this traditional, habitual asking of forgiveness, think about this.

Jesus died for all your sins, you asking him to save you, covers all your sins. Asking for forgiveness means you doubt his work upon the cross and your salvation.

Confession means acceptance of forgiveness and the recognition of your Lord, and King, and all He did for you.

So yes, this is a Dispensationalist theology, some may have a problem with that theology. Although I know a great deal of Baptists out there preach the same thing.

But hey, it’s okay, short list versus long list.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Questions, comments, prayer requests to the email address please.

 Pray for Dave H, needs employment

Pray for Dave I, prostate problems.

Remember Gwen in your prayers, financial problems.

AH HAH!

November 9, 2018

 shout

“He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit (with Him)” (1 Cor. 6:17).

1 Corinthians 6:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

  We are one spirit with the Lord Jesus by the one and only Holy Spirit.

  “I can always know when the Holy Spirit is leading me, because He ever occupies me with the Lord Jesus. True, He may have to call attention to my own condition, but if He does, He turns me to the Lord Jesus, not merely to convict me, but to relieve me.

Spiritual growth is the Holy Spirit engraving the Lord Jesus on a man’s heart, putting Him into his thoughts, his words, and his ways, just as the Law was engraved upon stones. It is not that there is no failure. A man who is seeking to make money does not always succeed; but everybody knows what his object is. Just so, the Lord Jesus Christ is the object of the believer’s life.

 The believer is not to clamor for the solution of perplexities or for intellectual mastery of divine mysteries. What knowledge he has in this realm is his because the Holy Spirit has declared it to him; and for the Spirit’s declaration he must wait.

 None of us is ever beyond the work of the Spirit in us. What amazes me the most is that after 42 years of pastoring and counseling, each day I’m blessed by some new nugget, a kernel, a different facet to the Word of God. It truly is new every day.

And all those “ah hah” moments, brought to you by The Holy Spirit.

  “He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify Me” (John 16:14).

Remember Richard Perales, that he comes to saving knowledge, hopefully before the bottom falls out.

Pray for Barbara D, for strength and encouragement during her very long battle with cancer.

Pray for Danny F, it’s time to come home.

Pray for all the prodigals’ and give hope to the parents.

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.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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

Pray, read, memorize, repeat.

  “Study to show thyself approved unto God” (2 Tim. 2:15a).

  There is as much error produced in failing to divide the Word at all, as there is in wrongly dividing it.

 Covenant Theology, at the utmost, is forgiveness of sins and divine favor enjoyed; and all that concerns their position in the Lord Jesus is ignored, or alas! guarded against as dangerous. Men are placed under the New Covenant which does not go beyond remission of sins and the law written in the heart. But being in Christ, and knowing it by the Holy Spirit, and what it involves now has dropped out of their creed altogether.

We are come ‘to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant’ (Heb. 12:24). We are not come to the new covenant, but to Jesus the Mediator of it. I am associated with Him who is the Mediator; that is a much higher position than if we merely come to the covenant. He will make this new covenant with Israel on the millennial earth.

  “Non-dispensational teachers have endeavored to bring over the many promises of the physical and material aspects of kingdom salvation into the present dispensation, giving hope of material prosperity and physical health, as well as political peace. Failure to realize these promised goals has caused many to lose faith and to become bitter toward God Himself. The failure, of course, is not of God, but of teachers who have refused to rightly divide the Word of Truth.”

  “Calvin attempted by discipline of Church and State to make everyone live like a Christian—as did the Puritans as a result. This effort resulted in the need to use the Old Testament rather than the New as an ethical guide.”

  “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15b)

Ask God for wisdom and read His word and you will work out a lot on your own. If you have questions about something being taught, ask others and study for yourself. As I have recommended before, “The Application Study Bible” is one of the best study bibles to start with.

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Questions, comments or prayer requests please feel free to use our email address.

And one common question about prayer requests; “is it ok to ask us to pray for someone and not give a name”, yes of course.

So for all those “unspoken” requests and private prayer requests, they are being prayed for but please tell us the good news when the prayers are answered.

EUTYCHUS

October 30, 2018

Luke relates the peculiar tale of a young man who fell asleep during Paul’s sermon and tumbled three stories to his death. Fortunately, the anecdote has a cheerful ending as God used Paul to restore Eutychus back to life.

 While many preachers have likely used the story as a warning against falling asleep during their sermons, there is probably another explanation for the accident. Eutychus was a common slave name, so it’s possible the young man came to hear Paul after a long day of work. That would account for the apostle “talking until midnight” (Ac 20:7).

 Although he came to feed his soul by hearing the Word of God proclaimed, Eutychus’s body could not overcome his exhaustion. He serves as a reminder that our spiritual formation can be impeded by a lack of rest.

 Obviously it can suggest to us that we need rest to function at a capacity that allows us to serve the Lord. But the story also points to how we can be a blessing to others: by giving the gift of rest.

   Many of us have offered to help a fellow believer with other spiritual disciplines, such as prayer or Bible study. Yet how many of us have offered to help our neighbor get some much-needed sleep?

 For example, parents of newborns and infants are constantly in need of sleep and rest. We could offer to come by their home and watch their kids for a few hours on the weekend, giving them time to nap or simply enjoy some peace and quiet.

 Similarly, caretakers of invalid family members have work that keeps them in a constant state of busyness. By offering to spend time each week caring for their loved one while they rest, we can help carry their burden.

 Many of us could also open our homes, especially on the weekends, to college students who need a quiet place away from the noise and distraction of campus life and roommates.

Do you like to cook, offer a meal to a busy single working mom. Mow the pastor’s lawn.

To many kids are over tired, between school, homework, karate classes, swimming classed, scouting or 4H, hobbies. When do the kids get a rest? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen moms conked out, dead to the world asleep in the church parking lot, picking their kids up from daycare or choir practice.

 To whom in your congregation or neighborhood can you give the gift of rest? Imagine the impact you could have by helping the “Eutychus” in your life.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Pray for Jimmie C, 34, and they just discovered a brain tumor, will decide tomorrow about surgery.

 

Remember Randi, she is taking her citizenship test on Thursday.

 

Pray for Lisa, trying to get her husband to come to marriage counseling, she’s tired that she’s doing “all the lifting.”

 

Pray for Connie, her son is having legal problems.

 

Pray for Veronica, ever since her divorce she has been “the wild child” everyone thought it was just a phase, but she is neglecting her kids, ruining her health and her first scare with the law.

SO SWEET

October 29, 2018

One of the most beautiful words in the human vocabulary is forgiveness. How much pain and unhappy consequences could be avoided if we all learned the meaning of this word. The King David shared some of the emotion he personally experienced after he asked God to “wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2, NIV). “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1,2, NIV). In one bold stroke, forgiveness obliterates the past and permits us to enter the land of new beginnings.

God’s forgiveness is not just a casual statement; it is the complete blotting out of all the dirt and degradation of our past, present, and future. The only reason our sins can be forgiven is that, on the Cross, Jesus Christ paid their full penalty. (But) only as we bow at the foot of the Cross, in contrition, confession, and repentance, can we find forgiveness.

 The Basis for Forgiveness: 1. Reconciliation. When God forgives, there is an immediate and complete change in relationship. Instead of hostility, there is love and acceptance. Instead of enmity, there is friendship. “God . . .reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19, NIV).

  1. Purification. The very essence of forgiveness is being restored to our original standing before God. “Purge me. . .and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7, KJV). (See also 1 John 1:9, Romans 4:7.) Another aspect of purification is that God forgets our sin when He forgives it. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12, NIV). (See also Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 38:17.)

  2. Remittance. Forgiveness results in God’s dropping the charges against us. He will not enforce judgment because of our sins. Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery,” . . . Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11, KJV). (See also Romans 8:1.) What a great privilege the counselor has in sharing the joy of God’s forgiveness!

  3. It doesn’t matter what you have done, God’s love is so amazing that He will forgive anything you’ve done. You can’t claim to be worse than anyone else. the very fact that you want to have God’s forgiveness is His way of showing all you have to do is ask.

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