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Sunday, December 4, 2016

His Mercy Endures Forever


 
Pastor Allan was ministering as I took notes and present his edited sermon here for you.

Psalms 136:1  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever

Who ever told you serving God would remove all your problems, was not telling you the truth.  Trials will come and the rain falls on the just and the unjust.  At times life gets crazy and unexpected things happen.  We try to figure things out and many times we ask the question “Why?” 
 
Yes we have Jesus and He is the God of all comfort, but there are times we need to comfort and encourage one another. 

Winter has arrived and it causes our trees to look bare and without fruit.  The trees are preparing for the Spirit season and for new growth.  Pruning is necessary.

Don’t be discouraged if things in your life appear empty and barren.

I remember Grandpa’s place and in the winter time we cut wood and loaded up the trailer.  It was a lot of work.  It was also time to harvest the potatoes and put them in the cellar.  It was time to prepare for winter.  The wood was ready when the house got cold, and the potatoes were our staple food.  But we had to prepare and get ready for winter.

When turmoil seems to hit us, it is not time to turn your back but to face it head on and move forward.

The New Year is ahead of us with interesting days ahead; but prepare your heart now to trust God.  Don’t worry about the future, because God has not forsaken you. 

Our hope is not in the White House, not in our Government or the interest rates, but our hope is in Christ Jesus.  Don’t look to man, but follow Jesus.  Don’t even follow me as your Pastor, but follow Jesus, - - yes do pray for your pastor realizing that he is human and is doing His best to follow Christ.

The Children of Israel followed Moses, but there was Something was rotten in the state of Denmark."   While Moses was on the mountain talking with God, the leaders were not right in their heart and were molding golden calves to worship instead of God. 

I would like to say we can always trust our leaders, even our ministers, but it is important to read and study your Bible for yourself.  Some places the preaching is nothing but a watered down sermon to tickle the ears and it is without substance.  It will not satisfy and feed the hungry soul.

Psalms 136:7-9  To him that made the great lights: for his mercy endures for ever:  The sun to rule in the day: for his mercy endures for ever:  The moon and stars to rule in the night: for his mercy endures for ever.

We look at our world created by a God of order.  He is concerned about you and everything about you.  Remind yourself of what God has done for you in the past.  He is our Savior, our deliverer our healer and our comforter and His mercy endures for ever.

Can you imagine the look on the Children of Israel’s eyes when the Red Sea opened up?

God is a God of miracles and He will make a way for you even in the wilderness.

The cross was plan “A” because His mercy endures forever.

If we are not careful, we get caught up in “religion” and judge others by our personal relationship with our Lord. 

When the Children of Israel were in Egypt, they had free rent and free food in exchange for slavery.  The instructions for freedom were to get under the covering of the blood of the Lamb.  The next morning, they had to act on the directions given and proceed to march out of Egypt.

As we move on to what we know the Bible commands us, be an encourager instead of a judge.  All sin is covered by the blood, yet there are boundaries and expectations. 
 
God is the same yesterday, today and forever, but we as Christians must be willing to change as God corrects, directs and challenges us to mature and grow in Him.

Move forward and be empowered as you are full of the Holy Spirit. 

Keep being reminded that His mercy is everlasting and His love endures forever.
 



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Who Are You Hanging Out With?


 
Who Are You Hanging Out With?
 
Have you ever thought about the fact that you might become like the people you hang out with?  This can be either a good thing - - or a not so good thing.  - -  Think about it?   

The disciples had been with Jesus for 3 years, witnessing his teachings and the miracles He performed.  They even viewed the Shekinah glory with Jesus on the mountain. 

Acts 4:13  Now when the religious leaders saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ordinary men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been (HANGING OUT) with Jesus. 

Paul said: Romans 1:11)  For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; (Paul was able to lay hands and do impartation.) 

May I be so bold as to say; those you associate with, something will rub off on you?

Think about it?   Who are you hanging with? 

At other times some people got into bad trouble because they were associated with the wrong crowd.  Some were even innocent bystanders, but they were counted with the wrong doers by association.  Some men watched Paul cast out evil spirits, and they decided to do the same thing.  However their hearts were not right with God so when they attempted to cast out an evil spirit, the demon spoke and said, “I know Jesus and I know Paul, but I do NOT know you,” and the demon proceeded to beat them up including those who were just hanging out. 

A few years ago, I visited a trusted ministry; Bethel in Redding California to sit with a counselor who prays and asks the Holy Spirit to minister during the session.  I was concerned because the church I was attending was tolerant of certain ungodly lifestyles.  God told me, "I am removing you from this church."  The Bethel Redding councilor and I talked and then she prayed that God would direct me to a place where I could set down my old Pentecostal roots.  The short story is God directed me to Open Door church, where I am happy to hang out with Holy Spirit filled believers. 

It is important where you hang out, because the spirit of the place you use as a covering will be united to your spirit.  If you have connected with an alliance that is contrary to God’s will, there will be nothing but trouble.  You will not enjoy the success you once had, and losses will occur.  People will begin to shun you and disassociate themselves from you. 

A friend proudly showed me a certificate of ordination he printed off the internet. Immediately I knew this Universal Church organization was one that would grand papers to Atheists, homosexuals, devil worshipers and ignorant Christians.  Anyone accepting their papers was joining themselves to an unholy alliance with trouble ahead.

Some ministries look good.  They offer a free meal when you attend their free conference, but when you decide to align yourself with them, that is when your problems begin.  If you have made any such agreement to accept a covering from someone or some organization that God did not send you to, it might be time to cut the strings. 

Where are you hanging out?  Come to the place where you can hang out with Jesus and with others who love and serve Him.
 
 
 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Apology in Five Languages


 

Donald Moore was our teacher at the Bible Study Sunday Morning at Open Door Church.  I took notes and also used his hand out from Pastor Gary D Chapman.  I present an edited message for you here.

Life is relationships with God and with people.  Sin separates us from God and daily living can separate relationships.

Romans 3:23 reminds us that we all fall short and with that in mind, at some point we must apologize or suffer the consequences of not apologizing.

Just saying, “I am sorry,” is not good enough.  We must attach the why I am sorry to the apology.

1.     Expressing regret:  It is important to be sincere.  Psalms 52:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart - -

The Prodigal Son showed regret although he did not apologize. 

Luke 15:21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

2.     Accepting Responsibility:  “I was wrong.”  This type of apology is usually proceeded by hiding and hoping it will go away.  Adam and Eve hid and covered their nakedness.

Closure is needed and an apology will bring Finality.  We all make mistakes, but don’t linger to make things right.  God is always quick to forgive when we confess.  First John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is time to own up and not delay our confession.

3.     Making restitution or at least offering to make restitution.  Luke 19:8  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

Perhaps it would be good to let the Lord determine how this is done.

4.     Genuine repentance expresses a desire to change and stop unwise behavior.

Acts 2:38  Repent and be saved and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:10  For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation,

It is difficult to continue a relationship once trust has been broken and a person has been betrayed.  Trust must be earned and true repentance made before fellowship can be restored.

Thankfully God does not follow this man made rule, but He is longsuffering and ready to restore broken fellowship when the person approaches Him with sincerity and a broken and contrite heart and is ready to follow Jesus

5.     Requesting forgiveness is necessary – not just apologizing. 

 One way of doing this is to let the person know that you value their friendship.  “I value our friendship”  “I appreciate you.”

A Poll was taken and 10% of the people polled never apologize.  Here are three suggestions for those people:

1.  Most sincere apologies will be accepted.

2. Verbalize so that it speaks to the heart.

3.  Recognition is just as important as application.   Be kind:  Confess and forsake, and perhaps offer a gift, to the person as you speak to them in love.

 

I am sorry I ate the Last Biscuit - Please forgive Me.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Deal With the Issue


 


Pastor Rodney was ministering today and I present his edited sermon.  He began reading Psalms 51.
Psalms 51:1-3 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
David admits his sin, and cries for mercy; because he knows God is full of compassion. 

How often do we try to justify our actions.  David did something totally different.  He openly repented and asked for his guilt to be washed away, because he was conscious of his rebellion and he asked for mercy.

God’s love and mercy is everlasting.

We need to walk out forgiveness.  We attempt to break away, and end up suffering depression and no peace.

It is up to us to step forward because God’s arms are always outstretched and ready to receive us.

Psalms 51:4 Against thee, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge. 

God is blameless when He judges.  When we say, we are okay, but we are not, we are lying to God not just to our brethren.

Don’t walk around with sin in our life and give excuses.  Pride keeps us from owning up.  We hide our sin from others, but we cannot hide from God.

Before we can help others, we must deal with the sin in our personal life.  Only then are we able to pray with others needing deliverance and help them out of their bondage.  All sin must be laid at the cross and left there.

God is ready to forgive, but are you ready to submit to God’s way? 

There is no excuse.

No you were not born that way.  No it is not the fault of your parents.  It is not because of circumstances in your life or your situation.  The responsibility is yours alone.

You must come to the cross of Jesus and ask forgiveness.  The reward of peace that He gives is worth it. 

God gives us the opportunity to begin again, but it is up to us to request and receive His forgiveness.

God then makes us worthy.

Psalms 51:6  Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

Deep within you desire integrity in your inner self and to be taught from the Holy Spirit, understanding and wisdom.

Think about yourself.  What are you hiding?  What are you holding back?  Are you ready to humbly come before a Holy God and ask forgiveness? 

Are you ready to walk out repentance and a turning away from that which holds you captive?

If so, then rejoice that you are forgiven and move forward without doubting into the joy of our Salvation.
 
We are justified by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Work of the Holy Spirit. 
 
 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

TWAS THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS


 
 
 
TWAS THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS
author unknown  received by e-mail

 
Twas the month before Christmas when all through our land,
 Not a Christian was praying Nor taking a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

 
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would sayDecember 25th is just a ' Holiday'.
 

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
 

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
At Targets they were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found
 

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.

 
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
 

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.  

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully; choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
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Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone you meet 

A MERRY CHRISTMAS 

Christ is The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season! 

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This Post is shared with Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays Blog Party
 

 

Friday, November 25, 2016

My Wife Has a Dress Just Like Yours 2


 
Wearing hand-me down clothing has never bothered me. 
When I was a teen, my two cousins sent us a box of nice sweaters, and skirts they had outgrown. 
 

Mother was a whiz at making adjustments to fit our skinny frames, so my sister and I enjoyed a new winter wardrobe. 
 

Time passed and one Sunday at church, the Pastor’s wife took me aside and asked if I would be offended if she offered me a nice dress that no longer fit her.  I was very happy to say “Yes,” because at that time, my Sunday outfits were meager. 
 

She handed me a paper sack with the dress inside and I thanked her for her kindness.
 

The next Sunday, I proudly wore my new dress to church.
 

At the end of the service we were in line to shake the Pastors hand, and he looked at me and exclaimed, “My wife has a dress just like yours.”
 

I could not help it, and decided to have some fun.  I laughed as I replied, “This was her dress, but now it is mine.”
 

By now Pastor was embarrassed and was apologizing profusely for his slip of the tongue.
 

These days, I have more dresses and clothes than I need, and often find it necessary to hand-down some of my many things to our local organizations.

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As I considered how this story might apply to our Christian life, I realized that when we accept Jesus as our Personal Savior, He makes us into a brand NEW creation.  He creates in us a NEW heart with new desires and goals.
 

Jesus places upon our shoulders,  the NEW royal robe of His righteousness and gives to us NEW garments of praise equipping us with brand NEW protection armor including NEW shoes of the gospel of peace.
 

In Christ Jesus our spirit is made NEW, and old things have passed away, our past sins are gone, never to be remembered by God anymore.
 

His mercies are NEW every morning and we are blessed.
 

So if you have some old spiritual hand-me downs in your religious closet, it is time for a good house cleaning.  Time to get rid of self pity, fear, reminders of abuse, guilt and oppression from the past.
 

Don’t hand them down to anyone else, but throw them into the junk burn pile and turn your back on them.
 

Face the Giver of life who offers you abundant grace to live life NEW in Him.
 

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 
 
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crown Him with Many Crowns


 

 
Our Bible Study teacher at Open Door Church, desired to go further in the study of crowns we may receive.  I took notes and present an edited lesson here for you. 

“Salvation is a gift, but it comes with responsibilities.  

Don’t worry if you are persecuted, as were the prophets of old.  Persecution brings a reward.
Matthew 5:10-12  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Pilgrims from England came to America to have religious freedom. 

Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets. 
 
Our Teacher asked;  Have you ever suffered persecution in any form?  Several students spoke of examples in their lives.

Let your good works glorify the Father.

Paul says to forget the past and go forward toward the goal.

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it  (his crown and reward) yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Moses refused to be part of Egypt’s world but rather chose to be known and acquainted with his own people of God.

The reproach of Christ was greater riches than the respect of Egypt.

Our teacher gave an illustration about an airplane on its way to Korea with a small error in navigation. At first the error was hardly noticeable, but eventually after several hours they ended up in Russian Air Space and were shot down; at a great loss of lives.

We as Christians cannot afford to allow our walk to be detoured even by things that seem innocent at first.  We must keep our eyes on Jesus and the goal before us. 

James instructs us to count it all joy when temptation comes, because the trying of our faith works patience.  Overcomers will receive the Crown of Life.

James 1:12  Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 

Take correction and learn from it.  Have a teachable spirit and heed the voice of the Holy Spirit.

In reviewing the crowns we are reminded the Scriptures mention many crowns which are symbols of honor, power and eternal life: 

Crown of Rejoicing

Crown of Righteousness

Crown of Glory

Crown of Honor

Incorruptible Crown

Crown of life.
 

We cannot earn these crowns, and of ourselves we cannot be good enough.  We must understand and realize that our righteousness is of Him.  He has given us all things.

It is important to go forward and share the Gospel of Good News by our words, and by our example.