CALLOUSED KNEES

July 21, 2018

  “He shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21).

  “Prepared unto every good work”—especially prayer.

  “It does not follow that because a thing is the will of God, He will necessarily lead you to pray for it. He may have other burdens for you. We must get our prayers from God, and pray to know them. There is no way around becoming a prayer warrior or intercessor, than calloused knees.

 Our Father is not in a hurry. He cannot do things with us until we are trained and ready for them. (or as I am fond of saying; God doesn’t do anything for us, until he does something to us) We may be certain He has further service, further burdens of faith and prayer to give us when we are ready for them.

In the true ‘prayer of faith’ the intercessor must spend time with the Father to appropriate the promises of His Word, and must permit himself to be taught by the Holy Spirit, whether the promises can be applied to this particular case. He remains in the presence of God, till He, by His Spirit, awakens the faith that in this particular matter the prayer has been heard.

In praying there are two alternatives set before us. The one, prayer as a means by which we get from heaven what we need. The other, prayer as infinite grace of God, lifting us up into His fellowship and love, and then when He has brought us to Himself, bestowing upon us the blessing we need. In the former case, the gifts that I can receive through prayer are the chief things. In the latter, God and His love, and fellowship with Him, and the surrender of the supplicant to His glory and His will is the supreme objective.

  “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).

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Pray for Peggy G, breast cancer

Bob L, eye surgery went great

Robert P, throat surgery coming up.

Lane and Betty, 7 years of dating, (not counting the 4 years of crushing)(I hope that still means what I think it means) are getting married tomorrow.

when dogs pout

July 20, 2018

This ain’t real sophisticated, uber smart, deep theology or even original but it will help.

Prince had his hit song, “when doves cry”

I have when dogs pout.

This is our American Bulldog, not wanting to go to bed. Stubborn, pouting and not about to give in.

Sound familiar?

You don’t know what God is doing, you’re suffering, in pain or maybe it’s mental anguish; you’ve punished yourself better than anyone else. Finances are a mess, health is shot, marriage on the rocks, kids on drugs, one’s pregnant.

You’ve lost your job, done something stupid. Said something you wish you could take back.

Hey, you’re not alone we’ve all been there in one way or another. There is simply no way you can live long enough and not have some kind of suffering.

Two choices; Pout or Praise; that’s it. One makes it worse, one makes it better. The definition of insanity is doing the same wrong thing over and over and expecting different results.

You know what? Maybe no one is coming, there is no rescue, no pat on the back, no good news, pout or praise.

Believe this, you can prolong the suffering, pout, or get immediate relief, praise. The circumstances in either might not change. But your heart will, your mind will. You can get relief from pain by praising God, you can stop heartache by praising God. You can see a glimmer of hope praising God. Yes, it will probably suck again, but you can have moments of closeness with God, clarity of thought, a change of direction, just by praising God.

How come you ask or why?

Because in that moment of praising God, you stopped being the center of the universe. So stop being an asshat and stop pouting.

It might seem impossible, but just say it out loud. “God, I love you” start saying Hallelujah, just shout, “praise the Lord”. Lift up your head, wipe away the tears and believe God loves you and Jesus suffered more than you ever will. Thank God for your salvation.

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clear the decks

July 15, 2018

We get several awards in heaven, I need to keep that in mind it will make a great devotion. However; there are things we need to do in order to live a godly life that reaps great rewards. Chiefly, keeping our bodies under control and not acting out. The secret is mind control, only the bible calls it “taking every thought captive”.

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that we are to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Here are 6 ways to take your thoughts captive:

 

Accept responsibility for your thoughts. You have the ability to exercise control over your thoughts. God warned Cain to focus his mind on the right things, but Cain chose to think about the wrong things – anger and jealousy – which led to his murderous actions. Are you willing to admit that you can, with God’s help, regain control of your thoughts – and think enabling thoughts instead of disabling ones?

Your mind – not just your behavior – must change. God calls us to change sinful behavior that does not honor Him. Instead of focusing on your outward behavior, work on disciplining your mind – from which the behaviors stem. Allow God to transform you by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).

 

Think through your problems rather than just react to them. When you experience difficult challenges, you can react to them and think yourself into despair every time. Or you can look forward to the next opportunity and ask yourself what you learned from this failure. Is your first thought I’ll never do anything right? You don’t have to get trapped by disabling thoughts. You are capable of getting out of your shame, despair, hopelessness, and anger – by taking control of your thoughts.

 

Take your disabling thoughts captive through confession. Paul urges us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (Rom. 12:21). Confront your disabling thoughts. Turn them over to God and become who He sees you can be. It will take work to take your thoughts captive each time they pop into your mind. But it is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

Choose to focus your thoughts on the right things. We are to think about those things that are “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable” (Phil. 4:8). When we think about those things, God promises to give us His peace. What a contrast that is to the thoughts of millions of people today. Don’t look to a movie, TV show, or how-to formula to accomplish this for you. It takes personal discipline and commitment.

 

It is possible. It is not easy to retrain your thoughts or to respond in new Christ-like ways. Take heart: as God empowers you to focus your mind on the right things, it will become easier. You can develop a new frame of reference, based on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

It is possible to live a life aware of our thoughts and taking them captive! God gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us.

Start following these steps today to gain power over your mind and thoughts.

 

It’s not mission impossible, but it does take practice. While sinners we practiced sinning (and some of us were pretty good it) now as Believers we need to practice living right.

 

So tonight, we are praying we will start practicing or sharpening our skill set, what ever you want to call it.

Just do it.

 

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Okay, 2 weeks late, but better than never, our biggest bible giveaway. A $100, leather, large print, KJV, Thompson Chain Reference Bible. This is a classic study bible. Tons of notes, every topic covered. No shipping costs, no hidden fees, not even postage.

 

So here’s the bible quiz question that isn’t answered so easily. And be careful about google, it usually gives the wrong answer here. In the first return of the Jews back to their homeland( from Babylon, how many did return. (this was under King Cyrus) and no round numbers. And you need to check three different books of the bible to get the right answer. It might be better to use a calculator than a commentary.

A NORMAL WEDDING?

July 14, 2018

After doing hundreds of weddings I have arrived at a new standard for the marriages I will perform in the future.

I’ve done biker weddings, LA gang bangers, moonshiners, rednecks, Klansmen,

Traditional Mexican weddings, an Inuit wedding, one lady that this was her 7th marriage, pregnant (NOT HER), a few virgins, no cousins and one special dispensation to do a catholic wedding.

Indoors, outdoors, in homes, hospitals, hospice, one prison wedding, small churches, huge churches, an arena, in the woods, on beaches, hotels, ranches and a racetrack.

A wedding where everyone was armed, more than a few military weddings, a Scottish wedding. Everything but skydiving.

That was then, this is now.

I will only do weddings in church, they must have 8 pre-wedding counseling sessions and they have to be Christians.

I’m tired of drunk weddings or believing this might be the only time they hear about God. I’m tired of stoners getting married. The bride puking half way through the ceremony because she was to hung over. I don’t want to have to redress the bride, pulls skirts out of pantyhose or pick up condoms in the church parking lot.

I don’t want to mace the wedding party, put out fires, smell dope or wait for the Sherriff to clear the building.

If there is such a thing as a normal, God loving, not pregnant, couple that believe they have sought God’s will and have waited to have sex after the marriage call me.

The rest of you, you’re out of luck, I’m retired from driving home shocked at the crap that went on by ungodly, stupid jerks that think maybe blind stupid and drunk is the best way to get married.

So that’s one of my few rants for devotions. Tomorrow will more uplifting. The biggest decision of your life, besides believing in Jesus, shouldn’t be performed because of hormones or a shotgun.

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Go towards the light

July 12, 2018

  “Let us go on and get past the elementary stage. . . advancing steadily toward the completeness. . . that belongs to spiritual maturity” (Heb. 6:1, Amp.).

  “So many rest content with the thought that their sins are pardoned, and that they are in the path of life, but know nothing of a personal attachment to the risen Lord Jesus Christ as their life, or of faith that lives in the invisible and walks with the Father.

The profession of faith is not cast away; religious habits are kept up; but there is nothing to show that they have entered or are seeking to enter the Holiest to dwell there.

The power of the world, the spirit of its literature, and temptations of business and pleasure, all unite to make up a religion in which it is sought to combine a comfortable hope for the future with the least possible amount of sacrifice in the present.

 Struggle and effort in themselves will never secure blessing, but by leading to despair and complete self-disgust they serve a divine purpose in the experience of the soul. I do not think God gives anything without preparing us for it by making us feel the need and value of it. It is a divine principle that ‘He satisfieth the longing soul’ (Ps. 107:9).

  “He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger” (Deut. 8:3).

I guess that’s the big question, you have a potential for spiritual growth, if you have a hunger to know more about Jesus. “Just a closer walk with Thee” is more than a song.

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Pray for Charmaine, trust issues in her marriage

Pray for Roxanne, fighting depression

Pray for Peter G, 3 years today sober

 

THE PATH

July 11, 2018

  “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12).

  The joy of sowing is exceeded only by the joy of harvesting; and yet both sowing and reaping are a matter of death.

  “If we follow and note the history and ways of any true servant of the Lord, we shall see, that on the one side they, like Moses on the Mount, or Paul in Arabia, are entranced with the brightness and most marvelous display of divine glory; yet on man’s side, those who know most of the divine ways, suffer most because of the indifference of those who have professed to be the Lord’s people.

  “It is nowhere admitted in Scripture that a servant can be merely the herald of the light of God’s grace; that is, that he should only have the joyful side of service. For every real servant, be he evangelist, teacher, or anything else, there must be the side of suffering, burden, and humiliation.”

  “We must bear in mind that, while it is the Father’s purpose, in His dealings with Job, to vindicate His own estimate of His servant; it is, at the same time, shown us how He educates or disciplines that servant so as to render him worthy of that estimate.”

  “In every trial, however gloomy, there are gleams of light and relief; but full deliverance is often delayed by our anxiety to obtain it. God Himself, and not the deliverance, is to be the satisfaction of His servant; consequently the deliverance is often postponed until we are without prospect or expectation of it; and then it may be accorded in a manner so transcendently beyond our conception, that we must see and understand the love and interest which surrounded us during the whole period of our trial.”

  “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:3)

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the object

July 10, 2018

  “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:11).

  It goes without saying that Christianity is a vertical relationship with the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually” (Heb. 13:15).

Somebody the other day asked me about my motivation for this devotional sight. My answer I think is simple; 1. To show that we can have a continuing hunger for the things of God, and 2. To always seek to grow. It is this cycle that keeps us in a perpetual pattern of desire for a daily connection to the Holy Spirit. That our days no matter how busy here on earth, we will carve out time for God. That fruitful prayer leads to daily prayers and always having our motivations constantly checked by the Holy Spirit.

 Grace is the Father’s favor to man according to His own heart, and for His own glory. If the need of man were the sole measure of His grace, then man only would be thought of, the work of the Lord Jesus would be simply for man, and the power of God expended merely in rescuing man and securing his relief. Man would be the object and end of it all, and not God.

When I have rest in the Lord Jesus, then I begin to find all my joy and strength in Him, and I occupy myself with Him. This is the foundation of true devotedness.

When the advantages of grace do not call forth praise to the Father, when He is not prominently before the soul, as the source of everything possessed, then the gifts take the place of the Giver in the heart, and must soon lose their vigor and value like flowers cut away from their roots.

  “The great question is, not whether I see a certain thing, and how it stands in relation to me, but do I see it as my Father sees it, and as it stands in relation to Him?”

  “Unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Eph. 3:21).

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WEIRD

July 7, 2018

So, it’s summer, (1986) I’m an evangelist, we are doing the home school thing and we are on the road preaching across America. Some churches are churches we’ve been to before or pastored, others are new to us and also cross denominational. Assembly of God, Nazarene, Church of God, Church of Christ, Lutheran and Four Square and a bunch of some crazy churches called Charismatic something or other.

Dinner on the ground, tent preaching, brush arbors, white churches, black churches, inner city or out in a hay field. A great time and a real blessing.

Last church on the list and then back home. Small west Texas town, very small church. We’ve been told the pastor is on vacation and we can stay in the parsonage (preacher’s home, owned by the church). We are supposed to preach a short revival series; Sunday morning, Sunday night, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

So we preach a real barn burner on Sunday morning, lunch in the fellowship hall and a short prayer time. We are given the key to the parsonage and told to make ourselves at home.

We unlock the door and step inside……

No furniture, no appliances, nothing but an empty house. The preacher isn’t on vacation, he’s skipped town.

Now this was before most people had cell phones. I have to walk down to the corner drugstore and use the payphone to call a deacon. Twenty minutes later all five of them are there with their wives. Some are angry, some of the wives are crying. They call the bank president and he comes over. Monday, he’s going to check the church accounts.

It’s 5pm and Sunday night service is at 6:30pm, they’re all standing there in shock. Do we preach or pack it in. I say preach. I ask one favor, tell the congregation after the sermon not before.

Whoops, the deacons decide to open the service by telling everyone what’s happened.

Well I tried to preach heaven down and hell out. I should have just ordered pizza. Service ends with a whimper. Deacons come up and ask if we can fill in until they find another preacher. I didn’t even have to think about it. “I’m sorry but I have other obligations.”

As we are driving home, my wife says “thank you” for not staying. We figure whatever is going on, wrong or right, either the church was really screwed up or the pastor was or both.

That was 32 years ago, and today totally by accident I had lunch with that preacher. One side of the story, he says it wasn’t him, that the church should have had “Ichabod” written over the door. God was gone. Out of curiosity I called a friend of mine in that little town. The church is indeed gone, a daycare and a pizza hut is now on that spot.

Churches with no spirit in them, it’s probably more common than I want to admit.

Pizza any one?

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Pray for Ryan, throat cancer

Joe r, shoulder surgery

Don H, hip surgery on next Friday.

Susie K, praying for the adoption agency to work things out.

Katie R, first stages of dementia

And Ross, a brand new believer in Jesus, gave his heart to the Lord while listening to some old preacher on a cassette tape he got in a garage sale.

curses foiled again

June 29, 2018

Don’t believe this lie

Two lies you don’t want to believe and again this may be foreign theology for some but that’s why we are covering it because it’s bad theology.

 

Lie number one; bloodline curses.

 

Lie number two; nation curses, or nationality curses.

There are actually spiritual idiots out there that as the apostle Paul says are preaching for the sound of their own voices, and to tickle the ears of the foolish or vain.

One favorite preacher/teacher now long time departed Donald Barnhouse who  preached a great sermon about Jack Ass preachers, with long ears with bells on them, love to hear themselves talk, or as he said listen to their own ‘braying’.

 

The two lies are similar versions of the same lie and can sneak into your life and cause you much needless suffering.

 

First the bloodline curse, this is the lie that you are prone to sin, a particular sin because of your parents, especially if you look like one of them or have learned negative traits that are similar to theirs.

 

So If your father was a rageaholic ( I know spell check is going nuts) then it make sense that you are also cursed to be a rageaholic. (rage + addicted to rage), it’s a learned behavior pattern, not a curse of bloodline. Sounds simple but unlearn the negative behavior; don’t blame it on a curse, or that demons can taunt you and hound you because it’s a family curse, you need deliverance, no such thing.

 

Reason number uno, and primary reason why its not true, is when you accepted Christ as your savior His bloodline became your bloodline and even if the curse was true it was broken by His resurrection and the fact that His sacrifice (blood) was acceptable as final payment to God.

 

The nationality curse, i.e. I’m Irish so I’m supposed to fight and drink, demons encourage it, they haunt me, tempt me, prompt me because the Irish are cursed, prone to depression, etc. very similar to the bloodline curse but it’s still hooey.

 

Never blame your actions on something external, never blame your actions on something like your race, nationality etc. yes some nationalities are more prone to alcoholism then others but that’s genetic not a curse.

 

The problem with curses, (even though Lon Chaney in the wolfman is probably my favorite movie) they have one purpose and that is to make you feel helpless or not in control, more hooey, you and you alone will stand before almighty God and give account for all your actions and motivations, and believe me there is no scripture to support a bloodline curse, (except that of being related to Adam and the sin of all mankind).

 

The other problem there is always some high and mighty super Christian snob, goody goody know it all that thinks they have super powers and have a deliverance ministry, more hooey, only you and your relation to Christ can deliver yourself. You don’t have to ‘take authority’ over anything, just believe in the work of God through his Son and bang, instant deliverance (speaking of deliverance and movie themes, absolutely hated the movie, I wouldn’t going canoeing or camping for years).

 

So don’t believe the lie, there is no demonic ties to your behavior, which as a bonus I going to throw in a free lie, if you are a Christian you cannot be cursed because you touched a crystal, or touched a Ouija board at a garage sale, etc. because we are blood bought, purchased and sealed, kept by God; so stop struggling so much and relax in Christ and the work he did for you.

 

God Bless,

 

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I didn’t forget the bible give away, hopefully tomorrow. blessings

ARE WE THERE YET?

June 25, 2018

  “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6).

  The Blesser sends trials because the trials are blessings. Most covet the “blessing” of having the trial removed.

 I find the brightest summer is when the winter has been longest and most severe. The wheat, the best grain, passes a winter in the soil. The bud, the blossom, or fruit, most fragrant of Christ, is the one which nobody knows what it cost me but Himself; and where one had hardly noticed it; like the beautiful wild flowers in the meadows, contending with bushes and briars, to shed their fragrance on the unthankful or unthinking traveler going by.

I think we are sometimes ready to say to the Lord—Could you not have taught me without subjecting me to so much sorrow and humiliation? The answer I have had is, You could not be effectually taught any other way. The Lord knows the nature of the obstacle in me which He has to overcome: a less efficient hand might think that it could be dealt with in some other way.

A weakness be it bodily or otherwise, is sometimes allowed to continue in order that there may be dependence, and when there is dependence, the weakness becomes a gain; the grit—the trying thing—is superseded by a pearl of great price.

  “The God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect [mature], establish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Pet. 5:10).

Yet, though he slay me (Job) are you there yet.

Please continue you keep my wife, Sharon in your prayers, it’s going to be a week of tests and doctors wagging their chins.

Pray for Connie W. she wants to stay married and work things out.

Pray for Bob C, just lost his wife of 38 years.

Praise from Marilyn A, all her tests came back negative.

Pray for Midge, a dear saint in the Lord for many years, and this last year has been the worst trial of her life. The pain is robbing her of a victory. We pray she feels encouraged by all our prayers.