MOMENT BY MOMENT

October 20, 2018

  “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

 

  We receive life by reliance upon the Savior; we grow in that life by reliance upon the Spirit.

 

  “Many think that because of faith they are cleared of everything before God through the Cross, and therefore by faith they are clear of everything in themselves. But that is the error of ‘holiness by faith.’ The objective (position) is that we are clear before the Father; the subjective (condition) is that we are cleared from ourselves by the growth ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

 

As you by faith in the positional facts realize that you are in the Father’s presence. You know His presence because you know that your position in the Christian life is a life of faith in the facts, nothing else, a life based upon what the Word of God tells us. Not your feelings, not a message in tongues, just the facts.

 

We are, naturally, suspicious of any offer to make us happy in God. Because our moral sense, our natural conscience, tells us of our having lost all right even to His ordinary blessings. But in the Word of our Father, faith reads our abundant title to be near to Him and happy with Him, though natural conscience and our sense of the fitness of things would have it otherwise. Faith feeds where the moral sensibilities of the natural mind would count it presuming even to tread.

 

 The moment we walk by sight we are outside of faith. The Father would never have us outside of faith; hence, even in answering faith, He so answers it that we need it again the next moment, even while we are enjoying the results of it. The Christian life is indeed moment by moment, faith by faith.

  “Faith is. . . the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

God bless from scumlikesuschurch@gmail.com

 

Pray for those struggling with cancer, Joe, Marybeth, Susan, Dave…

Pray for those struggling with depression

Pray for Susan, who just lost her husband in fatal car crash the funeral is tomorrow (Saturday)

TELL THEM ABOUT JESUS

October 10, 2018

I have the greatest job in the world, “Pastor”.

One thing that is great, is being in the same church for over 30 years. Infants that I have dedicated, now I’m doing their weddings or dedicating their children to the Lord.

Conversions, seeing people from all walks of life, transformed by the love and mercy, grace and kindness of God.

Included in my portfolio, prison chaplain, seeing seriously hardened men, moved by love and compassion. I will never forget Clarence, 6’6” tall, muscles in his pinky finger. A huge black man, shocked that this old white guy (me) would hug him and tell him God loves him. He broke like a china doll, huge tears, a trembling lip, “you mean God forgives me?” we knelt and prayed, he has never missed a week of bible class, always in chapel on Sunday. As I make my way through the prison he is always walking beside me carrying bibles or hymnals.

Well today I met Juan, from Guatemala (not in prison), he’s 34, at age 11 he was forced into a rebel group and inducted to become a Guatemalan hitman.

Lived half wild in the jungles, and at the age or 17 meet a missionary and became a Christian. With the help of the missionaries he became their son and made his way into the U.S.

Today, he’s a fine Christian, a fireman well respected, married, a family, a sweet wife and baby girl.

And now for one of my few commercials. Listen to BBN radio, Bible Broadcasting Network. If you don’t have the radio station listen on line or get the app.

There is not one program on their I would disagree with. But listen to “Unshackled” true stories reenacted about the conversion experience. It is a wonderful program.

Leading the lost to the Lord, what a blessing. When is the last time you handed out a track, remember the old “Chick Tracks” or the 4 spiritual laws track? How long has it been since you felt a burden for the lost?

Well it’s time to get out of your shell, read Dr. Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion and then get out there and witness.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Stevie, she is doing well after surgery.

Virginia M, called today and said thank you for all the prayers

Pray for Donal, that he would find the Lord.

the naughty list

October 7, 2018

THE ACTS OF THE SINFUL NATURE

No passage in the Bible draws a clearer contrast between the lifestyle of the Spirit-filled

believer and that of the person controlled by the sinful human nature than Gal 5:16-26.

Paul not only discusses general lifestyle differences by emphasizing that the Spirit and

the sinful nature are at war with each other, but he also includes a specific list of both

the acts of the sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit.

THE ACTS OF THE SINFUL NATURE. “Sinful nature” (GREEK  sarx) pictures the human

nature with its corrupt desires. The sinful nature remains within Christians after their

conversion and is their deadly enemy (Ro 8:6-8,13; Gal 5:17,21). Those who practice the

acts of the sinful nature cannot inherit God’s kingdom (Gal 5:21). Therefore, this sinful

nature must be resisted and put to death in a continual warfare that the believer wages

through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:4-14; see Gal 5:17, note). The acts of the

sinful nature (Gal 5:19-21) include:

(1) “Sexual immorality” (GREEK  porneia), i.e., immoral sexual conduct and intercourse; it

includes taking pleasure in pornographic pictures, films or writings (cf. Lx 20:14; Mt

5:31-32; 19:9; Ac 15:20,29; 21:25; lCo 5:1);

(2) “Impurity” (Gk akatharsia), i.e., sexual sins, evil deeds and vices, including

thoughts and desires of the heart (Eph 5:3; Col 3:5);

(3) “Debauchery” (GREEK aselgeia), i.e., sensuality; following one’s passions and desires

to the point of having no shame or public decency (2Co 12:21);

(4) “Idolatry” (GREEK eidololatria) , i.e., worship of spirits, persons or graven images; trust

in any person, institution or thing as having equal or greater authority than God and his

Word (Col 3:5);

(5) “Witchcraft” (GREEK pharmakela), i.e., sorcery, spiritism, black magic, worship of

demons and use of drugs to produce “spiritual” experiences (Lx 7:11,22; 8:18; Rev 9:21;

18:23);

(6) “Hatred” (Gk echthra) , i.e., intense, hostile intentions and acts; extreme dislike or

enmity;

(7) “Discord” (Gk ens), i.e., quarreling, antagonism; a struggle for superiority (Ro

1:29; lCo 1:11; 3:3);

(8) “Jealousy” (Gk zelos), i.e., resentfulness, envy of another’s sllr.cess (Ro 13:13; lCo

3:3);

(9) “Fits of rage” (GREEK thumos), i.e., explosive anger that flames into violent words or

deeds (Col 3:8);

(10) “Selfish ambition” (Gk eritheia) , i.e., seeking of power (2Co 12:20; Php 1:16-17);

(11) “Dissensions” (GREEK dichostasia), i.e., introducing divisive teachings not supported

by God’s Word (Ro 16:17);

(12) “Factions” (GREEK hairesis) , i.e., division within the congregation into selfish groups

or cliques that destroy the unity of the church (iCo 11:19);

(13) “Envy” (Gkphthonos), i.e., resentful dislike of another person who has something

that one desires;

(14) “Drunkenness” (GREEK methel, i.e., impairing one’s mental or physical control by

alcoholic drink;

(15) “Orgies” (GREEK komos), i.e., excessive feasting and revelry; a party spirit involving

alcohol, drugs, sex, or the like.

Just how dark is humanity, well, you’ve read the list, we can be carnal, or we can be spiritual. In my sex addict counseling group, I don’t think I can be surprised and then I hear something that is beyond my imagination. It’s a good thing I have a great poker face. What is more surprising is that fact that these are supposed to be Christian people coming to me for counseling.

The most confrontational moment in counseling was when I told a man I didn’t believe he was a Christian. Not because of the magnitude of what he was doing, but by the fact that there was no pause button, no gaps, it was habitual sinning. This was a deacon, the song leader, the largest gift giver (offerings) in church.

It would take to long to tell the whole story. He stepped down from his church duties, confessed to his pastor his wrong doings, he looked repentant. That was until he called me from jail arrested for solicitation of a prostitute.

So here’s my warning. If you are fighting and struggling with a sexual sin I will give you the benefit of doubt. But if you are indulging and only sorry you got caught, then I say “liar” you are lying to me and to God.

So this may be the last waring God gives you.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

GET OUT OF THE WAY

October 1, 2018

  “The Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from evil” (2 Thess. 3:3, R.V.).

 

  When once we see and accept His purpose for our lives to the extent that it becomes our will also, the details of His process cease to matter. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job. 13:15).

 

The one purpose our Father has in view, in all His ways, is to conform us to the image of His Son. This may explain our perplexities as to the past; it will govern our behavior in the present; it is to be our guide in the future. The chief concern of our Lord is not to instruct us about a multitude of details, not to explain to us the reason for the trials which we are called to pass through. He is working out everything to serve His one supreme aim in manifesting the character of His Son in His saints.

 

The God-given experiences of the Spirit’s working within many a time passes away, and leaves the believer apparently dull and dead. This is only until the double lesson has been fully learned: (1) that a living faith can rejoice in the Living God, even when all feeling and experience appear to contradict the truth (Rom. 8:28, 29); and (2) that the Divine life only predominates as the life of the old man is held in the place of death, inoperative, fully reckoned and experienced (Rom. 6:11a). The life of the Lord Jesus is revealed as His death works in us (2 Cor. 4:11, 12), and as in weakness and nothingness we look to Him (2 Cor. 3:18).

 

  “While our Father is dealing with someone in discipline, when He is applying the Cross in a life, be careful how you sympathize with that person. You may be taking sides with him against God. By such sympathy, you may, indeed, draw him away from the work of the Cross.”

 

  “For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11)

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Thank God for answered prayers. So praise reports.

 

Thank God for leading and guiding and providing.

One of my favorites

September 16, 2018

Pinocchio and the unruly lady

Again unique to a Pentecostal church and for those of you that don’t attend a Pentecostal service you might just read this and think we are all just nuts; well maybe we are.

There was a lady who used to sit on the front pew in every service, Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening. Same place same spot. And she would wait for me to start preaching and as soon as I started to preach she would jump up and in the loudest voice start speaking in tongues and then give ‘her’ interpretation.

I asked her husband to please ask her to stop, because she would go on forever and I knew she had real issues with me and you just knew it wasn’t the timing of the Holy Spirit nor really a true message.

Well she wouldn’t quit, the deacons were upset, people in the church were upset and still she continued to do this.

I talked to her and she said she had no control over when the Holy Spirit wanted to move her. (which is not scriptural) I Corinthians 14:32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit…

Now I usually preach in series, so you can kind of guess each Sunday where I’m going to go because I give outlines ahead of time so people can study and follow along, and one of the adult bible study groups share the outlines with senior citizen homes and some use them in their home study groups or with shut ins.

So now a theme is developing in her messages in tongues where she’s trying to preach my sermons before I can start. So now the deacons have gone to her and she still won’t stop. I’m about to bring the matter to a head in the service, but I decide to wait one more week and just pray more about it.

So now it’s next Sunday and wham off she goes loud and blustery, I’m about to step down and I can see her husband actually balling up his fists, he’s going to literally fight me over this. (Pastoring is so much fun).

When over in the next section about two pews back out steps the oldest, sweetest woman in the church. You know the type, the spiritual grandmother to everyone.

She steps up front, reaches up and pinches the lady’s nose shut. Our self-declared prophet opens her eyes expecting to see me and slap me and instead sees dear sister Ellen, who stills has a hold of her nose, and with this nose hold forces said prophet to set down. Sister Ellen leans in and whispers something to our out of control prophet; and man the color that comes to her face.

Next Sunday, no interruptions, no displays of hysterics, nothing the whole congregation and I are pleasantly surprised.

That Sunday as I’m shaking hands while everyone is leaving, sister Ellen comes up last and I stopped her and said; “just what did you say to our little trouble maker?”

This dear old saint and spiritual grandmother to half the church looks me in the eye and with the straightest face said; “I told her if she didn’t start behaving and respecting you I was going to kick her boney butt out the door.”

It was I all I could do to not just burst out laughing.

Man, you just have to love your flock, all of them, pastoring what a great gig.

God bless

Special prayers for ‘k’ we are praying for your son.

Pray for Maureen Lindner, shingles on her leg, she is in misery

Send your prayer requests to scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

be a good witness

September 15, 2018

The most important question an unbeliever can ask was posed by the Philippian jailer: “What must I do to be saved?” (Ac 16:30). The reason we proclaim the gospel, the reason we share God’s Word with others, is to lead unbelievers to ask that very question.

 But what happens when they do? Are we prepared to give them the most important answer they will ever hear?

 The first demand Jesus made during his public ministry was, “Repent and believe the good news!” (Mk 1:15). That is the heart of what we need to know to be saved. Keeping the message straightforward: “Repent, believe, confess. Keep it simple . . . Stick with the basics. The deep theological discussions can come later.”

 Here’s a helpful breakdown of what it means to repent, believe and confess and how each one is addressed in Scripture.

  1. Repent—The first requirement for salvation is that we must repent of our sin (see Ac 11:18; 2Pe 3:9). As Charles Spurgeon once explained,

  Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.

  1. Believe—The second requirement is that we believe in the gospel, specifically that Jesus is Lord and that God has raised him from the dead (see Ro 10:8–10). And how does one come to believe this? Yes, through the preaching and spreading of the gospel.

  2. Confess—The last requirement is that we must confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord (see Ro 10:10). To confess Jesus is Lord we must believe he is God, the supreme authority over all that exists and the supreme authority over our lives.

    Repent, believe, confess. By keeping the steps to salvation simple, we can be sure we’ll always be prepared to answer the unbeliever’s most important question.

We are all called to be a witness. So you say you work in a secular environment. Then be a servant and be loving; people will ask you why you are so different. Now it your chance to tell them about Jesus.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for all those in the military. As a veteran I can tell you it can be a difficult calling.

TESTIFY

August 27, 2018

USEFUL

 

That’s the first word that pops into my head each day when I sit down and write a devotional. Can it be applied, does it make sense, is it useful. Grammar, spelling and punctuation be damned. (which you already know Mrs. K.)

I’ve been a Christian for 44 years, a pastor for over 40 years, a psychologist for 30, military service, marriage, family, prison chaplain, sex therapist, knife collector, gun collector, hunter, bow hunting, black powder hunting, pistol, rifle. I’ve been a gun instructor, combat instructor, urban warfare, jungle warfare training and trainee, martial arts and a huge Constitutionalist, politically active, street preacher. But always Christ first.

What draws to keep at this though is the aching heart of every person, believer or non-believer. That and watching my country U.S.A. change before my very eyes. And seeing Christianity being watered down, degraded, attacked, ridiculed and its believers fighting battles as great as any crusade.

Martyrdom,

A list generated by Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians, shows the Middle East accounts for a majority of countries ranked in the top 10 for extreme persecution of Christians. In order, the countries are as follows:

  1. North Korea

  1. Somalia

  1. Afghanistan

  1. Pakistan

  1. Sudan

  1. Syria

  1. Iraq

  1. Iran

  1. Yemen

  1. Eritrea

Egypt ranks No. 21. According to the Christian advocacy group, one in 12 Christians today experiences high, very high or extreme persecution for their faith. Nearly 215 million Christians face high persecution, with 100 million of those living in Asia.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, estimates that between the years 2005 and 2015, 900,000 Christians were martyred — an average of 90,000 Christians each year.

It’s harder to be a Christian in public even in America.

What amazes me is Christians when push comes to shove will deny Jesus or water down their religion, faith or experience in order to save embarrassment. I guess they forget the bible says, “if you deny me I will deny you “

Matthew 10:33 English Standard Version (ESV)

33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

So the one thing I want you to do as a Christian is perfect your elevator pitch. Your testimony, in 30 seconds be able to tell how you came into a relationship with Christ and how it changed your life.

The next time someone asks what you do for a living give them your testimony and then say “oh, as hobby, I work at ……………” or in other words, Christ is first in my life and I work to live, not live to work, but I do live for Christ.

Email me and let me know how that goes.

When is the last time you said, “thank you Jesus” in public, you may be surprised what happens.

Practice being a happy Christian, your life will change and so will everyone around you

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

the longest journey

August 18, 2018

Danger Will Robinson, danger, danger.

 

You know what is truly rare, a true Christian counselor.

 

When someone bills themselves as a Christian counselor ask them what their school degrees are in. 99% will say a masters in social work.

These are not Christian counselors. They are maybe Christians, and definitely not Biblical counselors. Now ask what church they attend, if it’s not evangelical they are not Biblical counselors. Now ask them if they’ve been divorced, if they have, don’t go to them for marriage counseling.

If you need counseling, and it’s not psychiatric, (mental disorder that can only be fixed with a prescription) then call some of the churches and see if they have a pastor that is schooled in pastoral counseling. Look in google for “pastoral counselors”.

The reason I make a big deal about this is Christian are to live their lives according to the bible, period. Not psychology, not sociology, there is no mixing of biblical principles with psychological principles. Stay the heck away from hypnosis, or someone who is “holistic” or someone that says they have a natural herbal remedy that God revealed to them, including oils, candles or anyone that tells you to stick anything in any orifice.

If you have a diagnosed mental illness see a psychiatrist that is a Christian and stick to your medicine.

If your depressed, take your medicine.

If your addicted, see a doctor and stick to your group and your sponsor.

If your Pentecostal or charismatic, and been told you’ve been healed, don’t go off your meds. See your doctor first.

If your diabetic, the above is true.

Do I believe in divine healing, strangely enough, yes I do. But I also believe in using some common sense and not putting myself or others at risk.

The boundaries of the mind are vast and still uncharted. Spiritual illness is as real as any other sickness. It may take a team of doctors, pastors, counselors, sponsors, prayer and ministers to help you to wellness.

I ask all of our readers to pray especially today for our brothers and sisters that struggle with depression, mental illness and spiritual anguish, guilt and shame.

There is relief, there is healing, it is a journey. And there are relapses, there are new “do overs”. Time to begin again.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matt. 17:5).

 

  Seeing the blackness of my heart provides the perfect backdrop for the bright and shining glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is my life. I am to be as well pleased with Him, and Him alone, as is my Father.

  “The learning of what I am and of what I have been in Adam, is truly humbling; but it need not be distressing if I see that all those conditions which have been present with me have just been the occasion for my Father to bring to light what is in His heart concerning me. When I see this, those very conditions magnify before my soul the greatness of His salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The weakness that is in myself, and the many things which I have to deplore in my past, or perhaps even in my present, make me thankful to know that my Father has brought in the Spirit of Christ within me, and has secured in Him all his own thoughts of blessing towards me for accepting His Son..

There is what is perfect and absolutely for God’s satisfaction and delight in the Lord Jesus, and it remains unaffected by what I find in myself. Nay! every self-discovery makes His perfection more a necessity to my heart. What I learn and experience in myself makes me rejoice to believe on Another in whom every promise of God is Yea and Amen.

The secret of being like the Lord Jesus is, that we are to count ourselves dead to the old and alive in the new. We are to give up our self-efforts after likeness to Him; we are to distrust our own strength as much as we distrust our own weakness and our own sin; and instead of striving to live like the Lord Jesus, let Him live through us, as He greatly desires to do.

How often do I have to have this conversation with myself? As often as I can think about it. As Brother Lawrence said in his little book; “Practicing the Presence of Christ”, the habit to be developed is to make yourself think about Christ as often as possible. Now I’m not nuts about “junk of Jesus” but as simply as carrying a little bible with you to touch as well as read or wearing a cross or a ring. A chime on your phone to ring softly every hour to make you conscience that God sees all and is watching over you.

  “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Barbara D, her cancer is back, doctor says it’s the slowest form of cancer there is.

Pray for Paul, depression

Pray for Susan H, depression

Pray for Roger L, his wife of 20 years just walked in the door today and said “I’m divorcing you”.

free at last hallelujah

August 13, 2018

  “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law” (Gal. 3:21).

  Paul devoted two full chapters to establish our freedom from the fallen Adam. Romans Six sets forth our freedom from the dominion of Adamic sin; Romans Seven explains our freedom from Adamic law.

  Whereas our liberty was won on the Cross, it is worked out in our daily life and experience by the Holy Spirit. On the Cross, by the Spirit, in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  “If ministers and teachers of God’s Word would set saints free and establish them in the Gospel, let their preaching and teaching be based upon the sixth and seventh of Romans, the central theme of which is our union with the Lord Jesus in death and burial; and our resurrection and ascension with Him into newness of life; where not the law, but grace, reigneth; where not the letter but the Spirit, moveth the heart and life of the believer. Satan will fight most fiercely against such teaching, but no other will establish the Lord’s people.”

  “If God has declared that we died, we did die. If God has declared us discharged from the law, we are discharged and are hereby God’s free children, ‘new creatures,’ ‘created after God in righteousness and true holiness.’

 Our longing for conformity to the image of God’s Son shall be confirmed and fulfilled by the Holy Spirit who hath been given unto us. No man can believe he has a right to walk freely and fully in the Spirit until he believes himself to be free from the law.

 Law cannot give eternal life, nor have, therefore, any control over it.

  “But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were held” (Rom. 7:6, ASV.).