growth marks

  God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shone in our hearts” (2 Cor. 4:6a).

  The Father tolerates our side of things until we learn to value His side of things.

Make your Father’s side of things your interest and concern, and your side will be fully ensured; but turn your eye to your own side, and, with much apparent effort and work, you will look for much and bring in little. This explains the small progress in many souls in this day, notwithstanding the amount of truth and light they have received. May the Lord Jesus in His Word be more simply the Object of our hearts in this evil day.

Love really does not think of anyone but its Object until it is quite sure of its place with Him, and then when at rest about itself it studies the mind and heart of the Object. I find that the Lord Jesus loved me and gave Himself for me when I was in a most unattractive state; but He makes me suitable to Himself, and I am so assured of the permanency of His love and of my association with Him that my heart is free to study Him. The more I am in His company, the more I grow in the characteristics which answer to His mind and nature so I become more like His Son and less like myself.

All that is good here comes to me from one spring, and that source is the heart of my Father. You must connect your heart with the love and not with the benefit otherwise you will be legalistic and not full of grace. It is not merely His gifts, His power, His greatness, but it is the knowledge of what He is in Himself to me.

  “The law demands, love God; grace declares, God so loved!”

  “To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6b).

Thank God He loves us. You must focus on that no matter what your circumstances.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

A little housekeeping here, questions, comments or prayer requests send to the email address. If you want counseling use the email address.

Remember our prayer list. Caliste Burt. Recently had 2 brain tumors removed and cannot remove the third because of complications. Keep her and her family in prayer.

Steve H, the hunt for a great pastor.

All the friends and acquaintances we have that are unsaved, pray that someone comes into their life to share the gospel.

Remember Bill Warneke; chronic pain and depression.

Bob L, his eye surgery went fine, and he thanks all those who prayed for him.

Remember pastor Paul K, he’s already lost half a kidney to cancer, and now has 2 cysts on his pancreas. Have not heard yet if it’s cancer or something else.

Remember our quartet of former bad girls, that are now saved and left the adult performance lifestyle and they are doing remarkably well. I’m not only very proud of them but also our church ladies that have adopted them like daughters and have helped them secure safe jobs.

BIG NAME, LITTLE FLAME

February 15, 2019

Treasure after

ALL SMOKE AND NO FIRE

  “I proclaim not myself, but Christ Jesus as Lord and Master, and myself your bondsman for the sake of Jesus “ (2 Cor. 4:5).

  All Christians are fit for heaven, but all too few are fit for earth. One of the true tests of one’s spiritual growth is in one’s influence: affecting others that they not only begin the Christian life but “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

We may be separated and yet not Christ-like; we may be orthodox and yet not spiritual; we may be ‘dead unto sin’ and yet not ‘alive unto God.’ We may have cut ourselves loose from every form of worldliness but in so doing we have become critical and self-righteous. We may be loyal defenders of the faith, ready even to lay down our lives for it and in so doing become bitter and unloving.

We may often have a measure of the power of the Spirit, but if there is not a large measure of the Spirit as the Spirit of grace and love, the defect will be manifest in our work. We may be made the means of conversion, but we will never help people on to a higher standard of spiritual life, and when we pass away a great deal of our work will pass away too.

One may have a great zeal in God’s service, and may be used to influence many for good, and yet, when weighed in the balance of love, be found sadly wanting. In the heat of controversy or under unjust criticism, haste of temper, slowness to forgive and forget, quick words and sharp judgments, often reveal an easily wounded sensitiveness, which proves how little the Spirit of the Lord Jesus has full possession or real mastery of the life.

  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Cor. 4:7).

GOD BLESS FROM SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM

PRAY FOR CALISTE BURT, STILL NO WORD ON HOW TO HANDLE THE THIRD BRAIN TUMOR.

PRAY FOR PAUL K, 2 CYSTS ON HIS PANCREAS.

PRAY FOR BARBARA D, SALVATION

REMEMBER STEVE H IN PRAYER AS THE CHURCH LOOKS FOR A NEW PASTOR

DAVE I, THIS GUY IS PROBABLY IN THE GUINNESS RECORD BOOK FOR HAVING THE MOST CANCER SURGERY IN THE WORLD, YET IS ALWAYS SMILING AND READY TO GO. UNSTOPPABLE.

PRAY FOR BILL WARNEKE AND CHRONIC PAIN AND DEPRESSION.

SPENT THE DAY IN SILENCE AND SOLITUDE, WHAT A BLESSING.

DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIM

February 14, 2019

knock you down

  “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Ps. 92:13).

  Defeat reveals the flesh; testing reveals the Father.

 The inward exercise of Romans Seven and the testing of the wilderness serve the purpose of teaching us what sin in the flesh is, and what is in our hearts; while such special discipline of the Father as Paul’s thorn in the flesh is rather to protect us from the unalterable tendencies of the flesh. The latter is always needed and goes on in one form or other to the end of our course here.

 We belong to another sphere altogether. We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). We are like a tree that has its roots in heaven, and its branches down here. No doubt our branches are fretted and ripped by the atmosphere here, but nothing can touch the roots up there. Planted inside the realm of heaven, they flourish outside.

No one can question the right of the Father and the Son to have and to hold the sheep; and if we see what it has cost them to secure us, it cannot fail to give us the most blessed assurance. Much yet may have to be done for us. We shall need support, preservation, discipline. If we are left here a little longer, we shall need the grace, mercy, and forbearance of the Father in a thousand ways, but all that will be needed in the future to keep us from ourselves is small compared with the stupendous cost at which divine love forever secured us.

  “There is more in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, in the Spirit, in heaven to give us rest and peace and joy, than in the whole universe to disquiet, trouble, or grieve us.” -G.W.

  “Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Rebekah Grace, her mother passed away today at 88 years of age.

Pray for Caliste Burt. No plan b yet, for the removal of the third brain tumor, they are letting her rest for now while they consult other experts.

Remember to pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for all those that suffer like that, those that suffer in long term suffering will always have bouts with depression.

Pray for Nickie, she is newly saved and she is a real testimony to her non believing family who is doing everything to prove this isn’t real.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember the Perales family, salvation for all

Remember me in prayer, today was especially rough. 4 more days of this phase of the meds, the side affects have reached there max and I’m not sure today which is worse the cure or the disease.

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

PASS ME NOT BY

February 13, 2019

praying mom

If you have been spending anytime reading the devotions on this site you know I’m a big fan of the old hymns. They are certainly more enduring and inspiring than the 7-11 choruses of today. (seven words sung 11 times).

  1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

    Hear my humble cry;

    While on others Thou art calling,

    Do not pass me by.

    • Refrain:

      Savior, Savior,

      Hear my humble cry,

      While on others Thou art calling,

      Do not pass me by.

  2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy

    Find a sweet relief;

    Kneeling there in deep contrition,

    Help my unbelief.

  3. Trusting only in Thy merit,

    Would I seek Thy face;

    Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

    Save me by Thy grace.

  4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,

    More than life to me,

    Whom have I on earth beside Thee,

    Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

Psalms, songs, favorite bible verses, all lead to comfort. They draw us to God; the Holy Spirit embraces us. We feel the love of God and are reminded through these great hymns of His grace, mercy and compassion.

And that the journey we are taking is not often easy, there are burdens, sorrows, troublesome times. The empty-headed pseudo spiritualists of today would have you believe otherwise. The Joel Osteen or Benny Hinn, all that ilk of fake theology, fake promises, send in your $19.95 for the secret of success or happiness. Being told it’s just a matter of faith.

That if you are going through a trial it’s your fault, not the sugar daddy, warm cuddly fake god they are proposing.

As David says in this psalm, there is no victory without a fight. And that our walk is a battle, a war, but God is our fortress.

 Psalm 144 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 144

Of David.

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,

    who trains my hands for war,

    my fingers for battle.

2 He is my loving God and my fortress,

    my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

    who subdues peoples[a] under me.

3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,

    mere mortals that you think of them?

4 They are like a breath;

    their days are like a fleeting shadow.

5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

    shoot your arrows and rout them.

7 Reach down your hand from on high;

    deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

    from the hands of foreigners

8 whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;

    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

    who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

    rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth

    will be like well-nurtured plants,

and our daughters will be like pillars

    carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filled

    with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

    by tens of thousands in our fields;

14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.[b]

There will be no breaching of walls,

    no going into captivity,

    no cry of distress in our streets.

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Ok, I’m done ranting, God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no progress on how to treat the third brain tumor. She is in good spirits and is a courageous Christian woman.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and dark depression.

Pray for Pastor Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

Pray for Paul C who has been laboring in Puerto Rico rebuilding a hospital after the last group of hurricanes.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. all in need of salvation.

Pray for Barbara D, cancer, several spinal and hip fractures, a bad heart, and in need of Salvation.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, still waiting for the doctors to come up with plan b for mass in my chest. I’m in a great deal of pain. So any grammar mistakes in the devotion is due to drugs not ignorance of grammar.

ALL’S WELL

February 11, 2019

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All’s Well!

Is the pathway dark and dreary?
God’s in His heaven!
Are you broken, heart-sick, weary?
God’s in His heaven!
Dreariest roads shall have an ending,
Broken hearts are for God’s mending.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Are life’s threads all sorely tangled?
God’s in His heaven!
Are the sweet chords strained and jangled?
God’s in His heaven!
Tangled threads are for Love’s fingers,
Trembling chords make heaven’s sweet singers.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the burden past your bearing?
God’s in His heaven!
Hopeless?–Friendless?–No one caring?
God’s in His heaven!
Burdens shared are light to carry,
Love shall come though long He tarry.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the light for ever failing?
God’s in His heaven!
Is the faint heart ever quailing?
God’s in His heaven!
God’s strong arms are all around you,
In the dark He sought and found you.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Is the future black with sorrow?
God’s in His heaven!
Do you dread each dark to-morrow?
God’s in His heaven!
Nought can come without His knowing.
Come what may ’tis His bestowing.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

Peace and heaven lie all about us.
God’s in His heaven!
Peace within makes heaven without us.
God’s in His heaven!
God’s great love shall fail us never,
We are His, and His for ever.
All’s well! All’s well!
All’s … well!

What a great hymn, written by John Oxenham.

Recently we wrote how every culture has one thing in common, a taboo against incest. Well there is another common element in every culture; the sense of sin and misery and a need for hope and redemption.

Mankind may not use those exact words, but that is what the world feels. Since mankind was created in the image of God there is an innate desire for redemption. But blinded by the god of this world (Satan) mankind seeks redemption through sex, drugs, alternate lifestyles, gender confusion. All vain attempts to find meaning in life.

The irony is they rejected the Creator to try and create their own redemption and reconciliation.

The ultimate truth is no other religion can compete with the witness of Scripture, no other can match the power of Christ’s death to bring peace to the sinner.

Here is something to chew on; there is no Scriptural record or mention of God desiring a sacrifice. And yet Cain and Abel felt compelled to offer one. And today we find people still willing to sacrifice something; family, career, offer to sell their body and soul to anyone but God. That is how lost mankind has become since the fall of Adam and Eve.

No religion offers free salvation, with the death of the very God who offers it. None, they all demand works, sacrifices, none offer grace and mercy.

I can’t tell you how many testimonies I’ve heard in 40 years of ministry of how all alone in a motel room or driving down a road, or plowing a field or lying in a gutter, drunk or shot, and hearing God say; “come home, I am the Lord your God.” And they did, they found a Gideon Bible or walked into a mission house or heard a street preacher and began their walk home, back to God.

I had a friend get saved in the midst of a Satanic Ritual, the power of God invaded the room and drove him to his knees.

So if you are wondering why everything you have owns you instead of you owning it, if in the midst of the party, the sex fling, what ever you are doing to numb the pain and it never goes away, consider Jesus and the free gift of salvation. Jesus said; “in my Father’s house are many mansions” there is room at the cross for you, come home to Jesus and find peace.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no word on what they are going to do about the third brain tumor. And they’re not sure she can stand another surgery so soon.

Remember Carly T, got saves when she was 16, became a super saint, excelled in bible memorization, witnessing, a steady church goer. Married a non believer, now divorced, pretty much wrecked her body and mind. Attended church today for the first time in over 20 years. It was a great reunion. Welcome Home Carly.

Bill and Lois Warneke, Bill is suffering with chronic pain, deep depression. And now showing signs of Parkinson’s.

Pray for the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr her husband and Rick Jr. they all need salvation. They are addicted to gambling.

Pray for Bob L, eyesight problems. Will see a doctor this week.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the antibiotics are having no positive affect on the mass in my chest and the pain is increasing. They are thinking about steroid injections into my chest and I said no way you’re sticking a needle into an already painful area. So we will see what the doctors come with next.

Remember Crissy, Sherry and Cherry. All have met Jesus and left the adult film world. They are now trying to live the suburban lifestyle and doing ok right now. They are in church every time the doors open, and the ladies of the church are keeping them busy and active in bible study.

the yoke

February 10, 2019

Senior Couple At Home

Census reports indicate that a frightening number of husbands and wives live separated from each other. Add to this the millions of couples who live under the same roof but are separated in spirit, and the outlook is even dimmer. Sometimes these homes are openly acknowledged battlegrounds, and sometimes there is a mutually tolerated truce—he goes his way and she goes hers, and never the twain shall meet! They may remain married for the sake of the children or for their reputations, but instead of enjoying heavenly bliss they endure a virtual hell on earth.

After interviewing two thousand married couples, one prominent marriage counselor reported that 70 percent of the women and 60 percent of the men would not marry the same partner if they had it to do over! Many reported that they wouldn’t marry at all!

As a pastor in whom people confide, I can attest that Christian homes are not exempt from this kind of marital unhappiness. We hear of marital unfaithfulness among Christians, of resentment and bitterness between Christian marriage partners, of loud outbursts of temper, of long periods of silence, of cutting criticism and declining affection. All of these are symptoms of sick and unhappy homes. Such people are a poor advertisement of the peace, purpose, and power which Jesus Christ offers. For Christ’s sake, as well as for our own well-being, we need to give serious attention to making our marriages work.

What is causing the breakdown of our homes? Sociologists have suggested several reasons for it:

(1) Mobility. One out of three families in which the husband is under thirty-five moves each year. This tends to breed insecurity and instability.

(2) The depersonalization of human beings in our computerized society. The resultant loneliness, aimlessness, frustration, despair, and self-pity are certainly not conducive to successful marriages.

(3) The sexual revolution. Premarital and extramarital affairs are among the most deadly and destructive forces attacking marriage today.

(4) Affluence. Our materialistic culture practically eliminates the meaningful interpersonal relationships necessary for a happy home.

(5) Growing permissiveness in training children. We are producing an undisciplined generation of young people who are poorly equipped to establish successful homes.

(6) Radio and TV. Their shallow portrayals of love and their addictive tyranny of time make an effective home life most difficult.

This multi-faceted assault on the home is really not surprising. The Bible teaches that marriage and the family are divine institutions. In fact, they were the first institutions established by God. He views them as essential elements in accomplishing His purposes for the human race. For this reason, we can expect Satan to attack them. However, his attacks need not be successful. The God who ordained marriage in the first place can certainly make it work today!

Yours can be a happy Christian home if you will learn and practice the basic biblical principles of marriage. I believe that any normally intelligent husband and wife can enjoy a happy marriage and a successful home life if they learn what the Bible teaches and obey it. Everything necessary to establish such a relationship is found in the Scriptures. These biblical principles will be of greatest value only if both husband and wife study them and claim God’s power to obey them. Even if only one partner obeys, however, there will still be a tremendous improvement in the marriage, and the obedience will have been well worth the effort! If both partners respond, their home can become a little taste of heaven.

So no missionary dating,(meaning you date an unsaved person  and force them to come to church and then convince them you can only stay together if they become a Christian). Sounds insane, doesn’t it, but it happens all the time.

And ladies, seriously, some guy starts coming to church and he has a nice car, nice hair, and knows church lingo. It could be Ted Bundy’s brother. Have your pastor check him out. I don’t remember how many phone calls I made to the church he was supposed to be from and either they didn’t know him or they gave the worst sketchy background info.

When I got stationed at my first duty station after boot camp, I remember a ranking officer telling us to go to churches to date and not bars, we’d have less trouble.

And protect your virginity. And if you made a mistake and lost it, it doesn’t mean you have to keep making the same mistake.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt, keep her in prayer, they can’t operate on the third brain tumor and they don’t know what happens if they can’t find a way to do it.

Olivia, due in April, the big worry is the meds she has to take to function and be healthy, then don’t know what they will do to the baby.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression, the law of diminishing returns.

Pray for Steve H and the search for a great pastor.

David P, an alcoholic, the maintenance kind.

Remember Paul K in your prayers, great Christian friend, two cysts on his pancreas.

Willie S, never expected to outlive his wife, kids are estranged, a Christian man who is very lonely.

Elena O, hard working woman, very religious, but not saved, and is becoming bitter over how hard life is getting. Working two jobs and is always tired.

Pray for the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. they need salvation.

every jot or tittle

February 9, 2019

the bible

In the time of Adam and Eve, such close unions were perfectly safe genetically, even though later the accumulation of genetic mutations over many generations would make them sufficiently dangerous so that actual legal prohibitions against incest (Leviticus 18:6) had to be imposed by God. Nothing, of course, is mentioned about 4th and 5th cousins which would not be considered a close relative.

You might also be interested in this comment from “The Bible Has the Answer,” by Henry Morris and Martin Clark.

In later generations, brother-sister marriages would come to be recognized as genetically dangerous and would be prohibited as “incest.” Not only the Bible but also most other legal codes refuse to sanction marriages of close relatives. The scientific reason for this restriction is that children of such marriages are more likely to be deformed or sickly or moronic than those of other marriages. The genetic basis for this probability is that inherited mutant genes, producing such unwholesome characteristics, are more likely to find expression in the children if they are carried by both parents.

In all the world, in every culture there is one universal taboo, and that is against incest.

Cannibalism, ok, head shrinking, ok, elongating the necks of the women, ok, in some countries it’s ok, not everywhere and not for everyone. But the taboo against incest is in effect everywhere.

As a Christian, there are some things you are going to find that you cannot do, the Apostle Paul mentions that there are different degrees contingent upon your maturity or lack of. This does not mean you can break the rules of the bible, if the bible calls it sin it will always be sin. And no matter how our culture changes it does not change the do’s and don’ts of the bible.

Know I can already hear someone protesting and coming up with an argument. But we are talking sin, not something like the issue of slavery.

The one thing the devil wants you to believe is that the bible doesn’t matter to you. You are culturally exclusive, it’s amazing how the militant anti-god folks have changed the rules in society. That still does not make the bible non relevant.

Like the old gospel song says, “every line in the bible is true.’

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 Caliste Burt, keep her in prayer, they can’t operate on the third brain tumor and they don’t know what happens if they can’t find a way to do it.

Olivia, due in April, the big worry is the meds she has to take to function and be healthy, then don’t know what they will do to the baby.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression, the law of diminishing returns.

Pray for Steve H and the search for a great pastor.

David P, an alcoholic, the maintenance kind.

Remember Paul K in your prayers, great Christian friend, two cysts on his pancreas.

Willie S, never expected to outlive his wife, kids are estranged, a Christian man who is very lonely.

Elena O, hard working woman, very religious, but not saved, and is becoming bitter over how hard life is getting. Working two jobs and is always tired

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A good lesson for life

  1. Reality never meets up with your dreams

  2. Learn this lesson early, it is never your way, but only His way.

  3. Accept the new reality

  4. Bring God into your reality, ask Him to help you grow up

  5. Pray your anxiety, honestly acknowledge your emotions to God.

  6. Don’t edit your prayers, talk to God like you would your best friend.

  7. Don’t believe you can keep anything secret from God.

  8. Live in the moment, your past, and your future don’t matter.

  9. Make your life an adventure, ask God for an adventure

  10. You are never to old to be used by God.

Long time since we’ve done a list. This is the list you print out and keep in your bible or your favorite devotional book or prayer journal.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt, keep her in prayer, they can’t operate on the third brain tumor and they don’t know what happens if they can’t find a way to do it.

Olivia, due in April, the big worry is the meds she has to take to function and be healthy, then don’t know what they will do to the baby.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression, the law of diminishing returns.

Pray for Steve H and the search for a great pastor.

David P, an alcoholic, the maintenance kind.

Remember Paul K in your prayers, great Christian friend, two cysts on his pancreas.

Willie S, never expected to outlive his wife, kids are estranged, a Christian man who is very lonely.

Elena O, hard working woman, very religious, but not saved, and is becoming bitter over how hard life is getting. Working two jobs and is always tired

the goal of salvation

February 7, 2019

faith-origin

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Gal. 5:1, NIV).

Perhaps the finest and most concise summary of the message of this epistle is found in verse 1 of chapter 5. This verse also serves as a transition to the third and final section of the letter. It is an apt conclusion to the argument of chapters 3 and 4, where Paul has shown the superiority of the Abrahamic Covenant to the Mosaic Law and thus of grace to law. Since the Law leads only to bondage, and grace to freedom, it is foolish to seek to return to bondage by placing oneself under the Mosaic Law. In addition, this verse leads us to the goal of the gospel—liberty. Notice that a very similar statement is found in verse 13: “You, my brothers, were called to be free” (NIV). In chapters 1 and 2, Paul has defended himself against the charges leveled against his integrity and authority as an apostle. In chapters 3 and 4, Paul has defended his gospel as that which has historical and theological priority over that of law—works. Paul explains the goal of the gospel in chapters 5 and 6 as true liberty, which includes not only liberty from the Law but also from the bondage of sin.

Because of the crucial importance of verse 1, let us focus our attention on the implications of four of its phrases which deal with the Galatian problem.

The expression “for freedom” indicates the goal of the redemptive work of Christ, or, as I have suggested by the message title, “the goal of the gospel.” Christ freed us in order that we might be free. Bondage is the opposite of freedom, and thus since the Law produces bondage, living under it is inconsistent with the gospel. “Stand firm” indicates the diligence and commitment required to maintain our freedom. We have already seen that bondage is the natural condition of men, whether Jew or Gentile (3:10-11, 22-23; 4:3, 8-9, 21-31). Unless we diligently guard our liberty, we will be drawn back into bondage. Paul’s words here help me to understand why spiritual apathy is taken so seriously in the Word of God (cf. Rev. 3:14-22).

“Do not let yourselves be burdened” implies that there is personal accountability for falling back into bondage. It is neither entirely an unconscious choice, nor is such a choice the fault of another. We fall back into bondage because we allow ourselves to do so (cf. Heb. 2:1). Finally, “again” is Paul’s way of equating the evil of the Galatians’ former bondage in their pagan beliefs and practices (cf. Gal. 4:8; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Cor. 12:2) with the bondage to which they would succumb “under the Law.” This was a shocking statement to the Jew whose attitude is revealed in Galatians 2:15: “We are Jews by nature, and not sinners from among the Gentiles.” Nevertheless, Paul teaches that to turn from grace results in bondage. Whether the brand of bondage is Jewish or Gentile is of little consequence.

Let me illustrate how bondage under the Law can be almost synonymous (indicated by the word “again”) with bondage under paganism. Suppose that a European nation was once ruled by a cruel, iron-fisted dictator, then overtaken by Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and later “liberated” by Russian Communism. By whatever name, each regime was merely another form of bondage. Thus, Paul can say that to follow the teaching of the Judaizers was to return “again” to bondage, not precisely the same bondage, but bondage nonetheless.

Do not let anyone tell you there is “more” to do to be saved or sanctified, mainly the latter. Having been a Pentecostal pastor for nearly 20 years before leaving some of that doctrine behind in my latter years. I think I’ve heard most of the false claims, most of these have passed by the wayside but some are still with us.

In the Pentecostal/Holiness movement there were many more layers added to your Christian life just like the Judaizer’s in the Apostle’s Paul life, especially in the book of Galatians.

Don’t smoke, dip or chew, zero alcohol, no going to the movies, dresses had to be a certain length. When I was a Mennonite Preacher, women had to have their hair up in public and a least a doily in their hair to make them more modest. Dresses had to be 2” below the knee and the stockings had to have a certain opaqueness to them. Two of the older women would be at the door to make certain all was adhered to. If not in adherence you would either be given a blanket or told to go home if you were a member of that church.

During the mini skirt days, when we had altar calls in the Pentecostal churches there were the old maids with blankets to cover the “nakedness” of the scantily clad young ladies.

A married pastor had to make sure that any woman driven in his car had to sit in the back seat.

PDA, public displays of affection drew quick denouncement.

Mixed bathing, (opposite sex) swimming was a taboo. Meaning it was either all men in the water or all women but never at the same time.

When HBO first came out, if the pastor learned you had cable in your home you couldn’t hold a church office (I still agree with this, as we still don’t watch Tv).

Yes, times have changed and there is little difference between the world and the church.

But we’ve gone from legalism to anything goes, the command “to come out and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17) is no longer is preached in most churches.

This is a whole different devotion, but what is holiness in today’s culture?

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Caliste Burt in out of ICU, but things are rather grave, they were able to remove to of the three tumors, but the third they have been unable to remove surgically. Keep her and her family in prayer.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for Crissy M and Cherry P, Sherry N, all have come out of the porn industry and are wonderfully, beautifully saved, but have to adapt to an all new lifestyle.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

I start my second regimen of antibiotics and not enjoying the side effects, and there has been no reduction in the mass or lessening of the pain.

Pray for Norma, Rick Sr, and Rick Jr Perales for salvation

Christ our Sanctification

February 6, 2019

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  “Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us. . . sanctification” (1 Cor. 1:30).

  If we keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is our Sanctification, the seemingly difficult subject will clearly unfold for us day by day.

Many folks debate the how of sanctification, some even subscribe different methods. The true scriptural means of sanctification is that you are set apart to God. It is not at all a question of whether there is evil in your flesh, for there is a great deal. Why, that is all the old man is made of!

But yet you are sanctified. Sanctification has nothing whatever to do with the extinction of evil in the flesh. That idea, begun with Pelagius, revived by Thomas a’Kempis, handed down through Jeremy Taylor, the French and Dutch mystics, Wm. Law and John Wesley, has passed into other communions where they have no notion whatever whence it came.

The Christian life is nothing short of the life of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:4). It is His life reproduced in us. ‘That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh’ (2 Cor. 4:11). The common conception of sanctification is that every area of the life should be holy; but that is not holiness, it is the fruit of holiness: holiness is the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we are conscious of pride we fancy that humility will meet our need, but the answer to pride is not humility, it is the Lord Jesus, and He is the answer to every need. The Father will not give you humility or patience or love as separate gifts of grace; He has given you the Lord Jesus, and if you simply trust Him to live out His life in you, He will be humble, patient, loving and everything else you need.

  “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).

Therefore put on Christ, as the very raiment of all you need to be.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, she is none the better and the doctors fear irrevocable damage.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Shirley M, having counseled her for over 20 years, I believe that she has never really had a genuine conversion. Therefore pray for salvation.

Cherry P, God grant her good Christian friends to help her in her new life as a Christian.

The Perales family, salvation.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, the mass in my chest although not cancer, seems to be spreading. And the pain is getting worse. We are switching to a new medicine to see what happens.