“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain” (Phil. 2:16).

  Many Christians are bogged down between the nursery and the schoolroom; between the playpen and the workshop. These resist the weaning period; but the spiritually hungry-hearted are eager to have their feelings replaced by faith.

It is true that the Father does take up those who are spiritually immature and permit them to speak His words years before they fully understand their import; but He does not wish any of us to stop there. We may go on that way for awhile, but is it not true that from the time when He begins in us His work of formation through discipline and chastening, it slowly dawns on us how little in fact we know of the true meaning of what we had been saying?

Our Lord intends that we should reach the place where we can speak, with or without manifest gifts, because we are that which we share. For in Christian experience the spiritual things of God are less and less outward, that is, of gift, and more and more inward, of life. In the long run it is the depth and inwardness of a work that counts. As the Lord Jesus Himself becomes more and more to us, other things—and this must include even gifts—matter less and less. Then, though we teach the same doctrine, speak the same words, the impact on others is very different, manifesting itself in an increasing depth of the Spirit’s work within them also.

Our Father’s hand is on the helm. We are being guided, even when we feel it least. The closed door is as much His Providence as the open, and equally for our good and the accomplishment of His own great ends. And one learns at last it is not what we set ourselves to do that really tells in blessing so much as what He is doing in and through us.”

  “Thou wilt show me the path of life” (Ps. 16:11).

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Caliste is doing great and says thanks for the prayers

 

Bill W, new medicine is helping somewhat.

 

Paul K, pray for healing of the two cysts on his pancreas

 

Olivia is doing great, appreciates our prayers.

 

Pray for Barbara D, the list of her illness and the hosts of other physical problems is amazing she can function, her cancer is back and we need to keep her in prayer.

 

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

 

Remember Steve H, and the church’s search for a pastor.

 

Pray for me as I am seeking new employment.

IS GOD ENOUGH?

January 1, 2019

Is God enough when you are submerged in suffering?

Now, do you know what the devil did, when the Lord took down the hedge? Do you know what the devil did? First of all, he took away Job’s family—just like that. Job’s three daughters and seven sons were killed in a calamity. And then, on top of that, the devil came, and he stripped Job of all of his wealth. Job’s vast financial empire came tumbling down like a house of cards, and it was gone; and, overnight, he became a poor man. But, the devil wasn’t finished yet. Job’s body was stricken with a vile and a loathsome disease; and, from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet, Job was covered with painful, putrefying, ulcerated boils that just covered him completely. Few people have known the suffering that this man, Job, knew. And, the devil had this theory that the only reason that Job was serving God was because of these things. So Job—the devil just knew, “If I take Job’s family from him, if I take Job’s wealth from him, if I take Job’s health from him, ole’ Job will curse God.”

But wait a minute. Not only was Job touched in the place of possessions, and not only personally, but he was touched in the place of his position in the community, because Job was a man who was known to have been a godly man. Everybody knew Job—that he was perfect and upright, that he loved what was right, and hated what was wrong. But, when ole’ Job lost it all—when Job lost his family, lost his health, lost his wealth—you know what people started to say, in that day? I’ll tell you what they started to say: “I wonder what’s wrong with ole’ Brother Job. I wonder what sin old Job must be committing. Look how God is judging Job. I wonder what Job did that was so bad,” because the philosophy in that day was this: that if you were healthy, if you were wealthy, if you were rich, if you had just been surrounded by blessings, it was a sign that you were right with God. But, if all of these things were taken from you, then that was a sign you didn’t have enough faith, and you weren’t right with God.

Now, I want to tell you, that’s an old philosophy, but it’s still with us today. Did you know that? And, if you don’t believe it, then you just tune in to some of these religious radio stations, or television stations, and see the trash—they’re not all trash, but I’m telling you, there’s some first-class trash on some of those programs. Some of these fellows, I call them the joy boys, the happiness cult. They’ll tell you, “Now, look—God just wants to bless you, and God just wants you to be healthy, and God wants you to be healthy, and God wants you to always be happy. And so, all you have to do is follow these neat little formulas; and, if you follow these neat little formulas, it’s just gong to be glory all the way. It’s going to be all honey and no bees. You’re gong to have health, wealth, and success, and prosperity all the way. Just name it and claim it.” Friend, there’s just one thing wrong with that philosophy: It ain’t so. It ain’t so. And, if you don’t learn that it ain’t so, the devil is gong to pull the rug out from underneath you.

Get your Bibles, lick your fingers, and turn to Hebrews 11. Now, let’s begin in verse 32. Paul has written a marvelous sermon on faith; the entire chapter is on faith. And, it gets down to the end of the sermon, and like somebody else I know, he runs out of time. And so, since he’s run out of time, he starts to try to sum things up. And, beginning in verse 32 of Hebrews 11, you’re going to find, as he starts to sum things up, he says, “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:”—now, notice what all of these people did, and see if you couldn’t shout through these things—”who through faith subdued kingdoms,”—well, hallelujah!— “wrought righteousness,”—praise the Lord!—”obtained promises,”—amen!—”stopped the mouths of lions.” Glory! “Quenched the violence of fire,”—marvelous!—”escaped the edge of the sword,”—beautiful!—”out of weakness were made strong,”—fine!—”waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Amen and amen! Boy! That’s shouting ground—all of it—isn’t it?

And, how did they do it? By faith. It even gets better—look in verse 35: “Women received their dead raised to life again:”—oh, it sounds like glory all the way. Who wouldn’t want to live in that kind of an atmosphere? You say, “Oh, faith, mighty faith! Wonderful!” But, let’s continue to read, friend—”and others…”—now, just underline that, and put a star by it—”and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report”—now, watch it—”through faith, received not the promise” (Hebrews 11:32-40). These were people of faith, too. Just like those other people, they had faith, also. Now, friend, some had faith to escape, but others had faith to endure. Some had faith to be healed, but others had faith to die.

Now, I want to ask you a question: Are you ready for it? You’re suffering today, some of you. Some of you are sick, and God may want to heal you; and, by faith, God may heal you. He may do it by miracle, or He may do it by medicine; but God may heal you. But, the great question that I am asking this morning is not, “Do you have enough faith to be healed?” The question I want to ask you this morning is, “Do you have enough faith not to be healed, if it would bring greater glory to God?” Hmm? Do you have enough faith to be in that “and others” crowd?

Now, you talk about faith—that’s where faith comes in. And, these people did that… These people did that by faith. By faith, they endured these things; by faith, they bore these things. And, it wasn’t a lack of faith. Well, somebody says, “Oh, if you’ll just have faith, God will heal you.” No, dear friend, they endured those things. By faith, they were put to death. By faith, they wandered around, and they lived that life, by faith. Now, if it’s God’s will for you, that may be the kind of faith that God wants you to have.

I want to tell you, around this world, millions have died for Christ. Did you know—listen to me—more people have died in the name of Jesus and for Christ since I’ve been alive than died, since the time of Christ up until that time? Did you know that? Don’t you just think that the martyrs were in yesterday. The annual number averages between 100,000–160,000. This would make the daily average between 274–438. That’s today 2018.

And, how did they die? By faith! By faith! And, they loved God! They found out that God was enough. God was enough. And, they could say, with ole’ Job: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). You see, if you get the idea that, when you become a Christian, you’ve just got a ticket to Glory, without any trouble, the devil has set you up for a fall.

You can read the 73rd Psalm—and it’s a Psalm of Asaph—and Asaph said, “You know, I’m almost backslid”. He says, in Psalm 73:2: “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped” (Psalm 73:2). He said, “I almost tripped up and fell.” You know what it was? He got the idea that, when he got right with God, he wouldn’t have any more troubles. You say, “Can you be sure about that?” Yes. Psalm 73:13, 14—here’s what he said: He said, “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning” (Psalm 73:13-14). What he says is, “It is not working—it’s not working. Well, man, I got right with God, and I still have problems.”

But, the question is—are you ready for the question? If it happens to you—and, I’m talking to some who are there, listening to me, right now, on a hospital bed, a bed of affliction, where some greedy malady is gnawing away at your body, and your body is wracked with pain—I want to ask, “Is God enough?”

Some of you who have lost your fortune and lost your job, some of you who’ve lost your family: Is God enough? If, in the midst of this, you can say, “God is enough,” I’ll tell you one thing you’ve done: You’ve shut the devil’s mouth. You have shut the devil’s mouth! The devil says, “Well, she serves You because of this; he serves You because of that. You’ve bought him; You’ve bribed him; You’ve coerced him—what a fat paycheck!” God says, “No, he just loves me for who I am—not because of the blessings that I have given him.”

Happy New Year and Blessings

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LESSON MAKER

December 8, 2018

  “For when for a time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God, and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food” (Heb. 5:12).

  It is a great comfort, during our growing up in the Lord Jesus, to know that He is our perfect provision, and that He provides the perfect processing.

  When the queen bee lays an egg, there is deposited in the cell with it the food on which the larva is to feed during its development. Similarly, when the Father placed us ‘in Christ,’ He also made provision in Him for our whole life. Christ is made unto us wisdom to enable us to walk aright in a perplexing world, righteousness to replace our sinfulness, sanctification to impart the growth we so greatly need, and redemption of the body to consummate the whole.

As with the seed that is buried once for all, but then disintegrates through a gradual process that sets free the new life, even so does the Father deal with our old man by delivering it to death with the Lord Jesus once for all, and then bringing about its mortification in detail through the circumstances of life, until the power of the flesh has lost its hold.

Our Father is faithful and wise as well as a gracious and patient Teacher. He will not permit us to pass cursorily over our lessons. Sometimes, perhaps, we think we have mastered a lesson, and we attempt to move on to another; but our wise Teacher knows better, and He sees the need of deeper ploughing. He will not have us mere theorists, He will keep us, if need be, year after year at our scales until we learn to sing.

  “Solid food belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).

We don’t determine if we have mastered a lesson, He does.

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As we mentioned before the change that has come over Mr. Perales and his son, since we have put them on the prayer list is remarkable. This weekend will be the first large family gathering in years. We promised the mother that we will be in prayer, but my concern is to see such a change in someone and having it not be a part of a conversion experience, frankly, has me concerned. Knowing the wickedness of the heart, I worry about the mother being more superstitious than realizing that maybe it’s God at work. Who knows. The whole family 18 in all, none have a relation with Christ. Pray that door opens as well.

Pray for Sherrie, she had a near death experience, I know she has again made promises to God, but her lifestyle never changes for long. Even though she says that she asked Jesus into her heart, I think it was a bargaining chip mixed in with the event. I pray she truly commits her life to the Lord.

Pray for Todd T, shoulder surgery coming up soon and he doesn’t have insurance.

Remember Marilyn A, in your prayers, a great friend, a fine Christian woman, has been battling not only depression, but a fear of going crazy, literally. This fear has plagued her for years.

SCRATCH

December 5, 2018

This ain’t sexy but it’s short and it’s user friendly

If you lay down with dogs, you will get fleas.

That’s it.

 

So what’s the point you ask?

 

Simple, the reason we put such an emphasis on devotions, bible study, bible reading, good wholesome books, trusted books, alone time with God.

Do the math.

 

Whoever you spend the most time with is who you will be the most like.

 

So stop doing everything that makes you less like Jesus.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Remember our prayer list from yesterday.

Only add one more name, Marilyn A, depression

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.

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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.

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.

 

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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.

A CLANGING CYMBAL

October 28, 2018

Colossians 1 New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

 

2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father [a]and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Their Faith in Christ

3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth [b]fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

 

Preeminence of Christ

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and [c]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption [d]through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

 

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or [e]principalities or [f]powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

 

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

 

Sacrificial Service for Christ

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the [g]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [h]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: [i]which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

The apostle greeted the Colossians (1:1-2), gave thanks to God for their faith and love (1:3-8), and then followed with a specific prayer for their growth in the knowledge of God’s will (1:9-14). Many would be content with the fact the Colossians were demonstrating faith and love, but the apostle Paul prayed for further spiritual growth, because without it Christians will become stagnant and unproductive (cf. 2 Pet. 1:4-11). The same emphasis can be seen in Paul’s prayers in Ephesians and Philippians (cf. Eph. 1:15-23; 3:14-19; Phil. 1:9-11). The thrust of these prayers on spiritual growth and understanding should teach us that imbalances and foolish conflicts often exist in the Christian community over the issue of Bible study versus the expression of love. In some churches, the emphasis is on expressing love in meaningful relationships both within and without the body of Christ. In others, the emphasis may be on the corporate life of the body, or it may be on evangelism, teaching, or theology. One is often used against the others as though they were contrary to one another.

All of these responsibilities for the body of Christ are necessary, and should never be pitted against each other. They are allies and go together like a hand in a glove. The important principle is that they are not mutually exclusive. Instead, they are interwoven and related, much as cause and effect when properly and biblically understood. The opening verses of Colossians illustrate this beautifully. The apostle Paul felt able to commend the Colossians for their faith, love, and hope (1:4-5), but this was not sufficient. One’s walk with Christ is not a static relationship. As Christians, we can never sit still or rest on our laurels. People have a tendency to live out of their past or even their present experiences and to stick with what’s comfortable for them. Since no one ever arrives at ultimate spiritual maturity in this life, there is always room for spiritual growth.

If we are to continue to please the Lord, bear fruit in every good work and genuinely grow in Christ, it is necessary that we “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Why is this true? First, because love and ministry without biblical insight and the knowledge of the truth will become only a soft and cheap imitation largely motivated by selfish concerns and desires. Because of this reality, Paul warned against simulated or hypocritical love (Rom. 12:9). And secondly, because without biblical insight and motivation, even genuine Christian love will grow dim and die. Acts of Christian love and service will be turned into drudgery and sour resignation, if they are present at all.

Without love and close relationships within the body of Christ, the knowledge we gain through in-depth study of the Bible will invariably become cold, critical, boring, and mere intellectualism. Knowledge without application is inept because it fails to grasp the meaning and purpose of knowing the Word. Bible study is never an end in itself, but it is an essential element in the life of the believer and one sorely neglected in the church today. As the apostle Paul warns, knowledge without discernment and Christ-like love becomes arrogant, literally, puffed up or inflated, and fails to fulfill the will of God (cf. Col. 2:18; 1 Cor. 8:1). If our knowledge of the Savior and our life in Him does not lead to the practice of genuine love, we are nothing (1 Cor. 13:2).

Having pastored Pentecostal churches, independent churches, and everything in between for over 40 years, I can tell you about churches having the wrong priorities. We must have both the love and the knowledge. The one thing I look for in a congregational member is teachability. Someone that wants to learn is always easier to pastor than the person that thinks they know all there is to know.

I’ve kept all my sermons from 40 years and I can tell you that some of my parishioners are here out of love not because of great sermons.

I pray that God gives us the wonder of children, the sense to be adults, a heart full of love and a hunger to know more about God.

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Pray for Pete, a old man but a young believer, he works a secular job and is having a hard time at work because his life has changed so much since becoming a new Christian. He is being sorely tested by men he once considered good friends. Pray for strength to endure and the wisdom to give a right answer.

IMAGE BEARER

October 25, 2018

  “Now we have received. . . the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God “(1 Cor. 2:12).

  The Holy Spirit ministers the truth of the Word via the mind, that we may share the One who is Truth via the heart.

  “If you do not know the Bible as the very Word of God, all is lost! Where have you learned anything from the Lord distinctly, but where every counter influence was inadmissible—in the sacred enclosure of His own Word and Presence, where nothing to qualify what He says can exist?”

  “I must not only be an expounder of the truth, but an exponent of it. There should be the sense, I have learned that word for myself. It is not just being able to describe it, or to put it in correct dispensational order; but having that word for myself from the Spirit.”

 

The mistake with many saints in the present day is that they think because they can describe a truth, that therefore they have learned it. When a truth is really accepted, the conscience demands that there should be accordance with it. And in a phrase I haven’t used in quite some time; “there’s the rub.” All across America there are bibles in almost all the homes, some homes have many bibles. In certain churches most people bring their bible to church. But so many who call Jesus, Lord, are ignorant of even the basic tenets of the bible.

Heart truth, yesterday we talked about spiritual brain power, I’m not contradicting myself it’s just part of the equation. You can read it, memorize it, but does it rule your life? Will it make you stop what you are doing, or thinking? It’s called the Living Word because it must live in me, active and activating.

 

The Scriptures tell me what the Father gives me, but they do not give it to me. The Spirit applies the Word to me in its divine meaning, and then I possess what Scripture tells me is mine through God’s grace. For instance, the Word tells me that if I behold the Lord’s glory I shall be transformed. It doesn’t transform me, however clearly I may see what it states. It communicates to me a very great thing, but it is the Spirit who makes it experiential to me.

  “Changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. “ (2 Cor. 3.18).

Are you changing? Do you see yourself become more Christlike, an image bearer of Jesus?

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Pray for Larry R, just divorced wife number 5, and it’s never his fault. If you were to look up bitter in the dictionary it would have his picture.

Pray for Olivia, that she will carry to full term.

Pray for Jimmy H, I could write 5 volumes on this guy’s walk with the Lord. But his health is dealing him a real blow, this 6’7” giant, needs to start asking for help.

Pray for Steve and his family, blessings all around

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).

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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.

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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.