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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

God Pleasers

I trust that today will be a great day to move forward in the Lord. When it comes to faith it is kind of like our Grade 8 Dance - some (mostly girls) were dancing while the rest (mostly boys) sat on the sidelines. If you can see the dance as faith and the sidewall lined with chairs as unbelief and doubt - then you - we should all do as the song, "I hope you dance" says. Dance! David said, "do not sit in the seat of the scornful." So my friends, if you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you DANCE! For without faith it is impossible to please God.

Monday, May 19, 2008

May 25th at 10:30

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Psalm 34
I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. I live and breathe God; if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy: Join me in spreading the news; together let's get the word out. God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see - how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.

God keeps an eye on his friends, his ears pick up every moan and groan. Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there;If you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath. Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time. God pays for each slave's freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Ezekiel 9
Then He cried out in my hearing with a loud voice saying, "Draw near, O executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand." Behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north, each with his shattering weapon in his hand; and among them was a certain man clothed in linen with a writing case at his loins. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar. Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case. The LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst." But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare.
"Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary." So they started with the elders who were before the temple.

How Many More Casualties?

Just how many more pastors and their families need to be cast away like yesterday's newspaper before we cry out against this injustice?

I met with a local pastor this week, he too has been attempting to heed God's call for change in the church. After coming to an impass several months back he felt it best to resign his post. Since then he has been left totally isolated from the denominational body that he and his family have served in for years. Not one call as to how he was doing... no one seems to be concerned with those who don't fit the typical mold... but wait there is another brother not far from here who is pentecostal through and through (even attends the ministerials) alas he and his wife are struggling in their church right now and guess what? Yes sir, they too are on their own. It would seem by all appearances that once you get placed in a church you are on your own baby. Pardon the expression - but that sucks!

Judi and I after spending 35 years within that same denomination have not been contacted by our leadership officers since our choosing to stay ministering in Osoyoos. We got a slap on the hands for being out of order and I can understand that, but what I don't get is the total lack of caring for one another as brothers and sisters. You'd be pretty hard pressed to sell that bill of goods to a non christian. People today are starving for relationships that work. God help us if the church can't do more than the world in that area. Is it any wonder we are loosing pastors to secular (not sure about that word) empoyment. Is it any wonder there is extreme lonliness in the ministry today?

God have mercy! We need you to reach out to the pastors and their precious families missing in action. God, please search out the MIAs in the prisons of discouragement.

What in the world is going on? Three pastors from the same denomination, within a 25 minute driving distance of each other, all seeking God's permission to be effective and relavent in this late hour - abandoned, neglected and seemingly judged not worth the effort by the very ones that should be loving on them. Absolutly inexcusable! The sad part is the denomination doesn't even blush, they just justify themselves. Shame on you!

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

The Wrecking Crew

I stood on the street of a busy town,
Watching men tearing a building down
With a ho heave ho and a lusty yell
They swung a beam and a side wall fell
I asked the foreman of the crew, "Are those men as skilled
As those you'd hire if you'd wanted to build?
Ah, no, no indeed, Just common laborers are all I need
I can tear down as much in a day or two
As would take skilled men a year to do
And then I thought as I went my way
Just which of these two roles am I trying to play?
Have I walked life's road with care,
Measuring each deed with rule and square?
Or am I one of those who roam the town
Content with the labor of tearing down?


James 4:11-12 James says that anytime I judge you, anytime you judge me, we're playing God. It's only God's responsibility to judge. James says we’ll be a lot happier if you learn how to deal with this issue.

Romans 2:3 So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them, and yet do the same thing, do you think you will escape God's judgment? Paul says one reason we tend to judge other people is to excuse our own faults. We think by pointing the finger at somebody else, we don't look so bad.

The always “Practical” James gives 3 reasons why we shouldn't judge other people. It's unchristian v11 Brothers, do not slander one another... anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law.

Notice it says, "Brothers, do not slander..." The word "slander" and the word "devil" are the same word. The word "devil" means slander. Satan is called the accuser of the brethren.

The devil's number one activity is putting people down. Sadly even church goers get involved in this activity. James warns brothers not to criticize, malign, or judge. When we do we're doing the devil's work for him. It's unchristian to judge others.

I heard about a guy who came to a pastor one time and said, "I only have one talent." The pastor asked, "What's your talent?" The man said, "I have the gift of criticism." The pastor thought a moment and said, "The guy who had only one talent went out and buried it. Maybe you ought to do that with yours."

We shouldn't judge others because it's unloving. James says when I judge you, I'm breaking the Royal Law - the law of love - Love your neighbor as yourself. James 2:8

We say, "It's just words - people will forget them."
It's unjustified "There's only one lawgiver and one judge." The word "lawgiver" is used six times in the OT and once in the NT each refers to God. Only God has the right to judge.

We tend to judge in other people things we dislike in ourselves. What we see is usually just a mirror of self.

We are to judge certain things, ourselves for example.

But there's seven times it says, don't do this. Romans 2:1-3 For at whatever point you judge others you're condemning yourself for you who pass judgment do the same thing. It's wrong to judge other people when I do the same thing.

Matthew 7:3-5 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? It's wrong to judge when it blinds me to my own faults. We are great speck analyzers, nitpicking specks when we have a logjam in our own eye.

It's wrong to judge others when you draw conclusions based on outward appearance. Ouch! 15 seconds is all it takes.. the way they look. Their face, clothing, hairdo.

I Samuel 16:7 God doesn't look at the appearance. God looks at the heart.

John 7:51 Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he is doing? It's wrong to judge when you condemn somebody before you hear the facts.

Colossians 2:16 don’t let anyone judge you by what you eat, drink, or in regard to religious festivals, new moon celebrations or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the thing to come. Reality, however, is found in Christ.

You can't tell where a person is at with God by the church they attend, what they eat or drink or if you worship on Saturday or Sunday. Just a shadow…. Reality is found in Christ.

v13 let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. Don't offend others. Don't judge each other. Whatever you do have a clear conscience about it.

v22 whatever you believe about these things, keep them between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

If you can't watch TV with a clear conscious, you better not watch it. Keep it between you and the Lord, don't flaunt it. Enjoy the liberty you have but you don't flaunt it. Don't use it to be a stumbling block.

v20 Don't destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean but it's wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It's better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else to cause your brother to fall.

It's wrong to judge when it causes you to speak evil about another Christian. Anything that causes me to speak evil about another Christian, is wrong. We are to hate wrong but we're to love people even when they are doing wrong.
Ephesians 4:29 speak only those things that build up and encourage.

We’ve no right to judge other people's motives. Nobody really knows what's in somebody else's heart. You can guess but you don't know. I Samuel 17

I have a hard enough time just trying to figure out my own motives, much less making a good guess at yours.

1. Realize that I'll be judged by the same standards I use to judge other people.
2. Realize that each of us will have to give an account of himself to God.
3. Realize how much God has been merciful to me.