WELCOME to the September edition of our blog.
“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (II Timothy 2:16-19).
Counseling Adultery Situations
(Where both spouses are in church)
Each spouse should seek daily time before God in prayer, reading the Scriptures and asking Him for the ability to grow in Christ-like attitudes and actions.
2. No Contact
The unfaithful spouse must have no contact whatsoever with the third party. Like an addiction, the only way out is to go cold turkey.
The unfaithful spouse must be willing to make a radical commitment to regain the trust that has been broken.
4. New Lifestyle
The unfaithful spouse should commit to a lifestyle of transparency and honesty. Remind him/her that there is no area that is off limits for inquiry.
The faithful spouse should commit to the process of forgiveness. Forgiveness will be a multi-layered journey and the person will need to make daily decisions to continue the process.
Explain to the couple that forgiveness is required but reconciliation is conditional. Reconciliation is based on true remorse and repentance. While the Bible never commands divorce and many do stay together and heal, some may never be able to work through the brokenness.
7. Wise Counsel
The couple will need to commit to working with a counselor who can help them evaluate the communication patterns that may have contributed to the affair.
Source: Tim Clinton, AACC
To the counselor: As you can see, this is the path a biblical counselor would take them. Prayer, commitment, lifestyle changes, forgiveness, reconciliation and wisdom are all biblical terms and practices a Christian believer should embrace. The “counselor” Clinton mentions should be a man of God, a minister thoroughly acquainted with the Word of God rather than a psychological type who does not know how to apply the healing balm of Scripture.
The course Christian Counseling From Scripture has helped hundreds recognize how they can help people God’s way rather than lead them through the maze of psychological gobbledygook. Certification is available through the Institute of Soteric Counseling. Call Advance Ministries at 936-856-3419 for more information.
Get under, get out, get over
If one is to be delivered from Egypt (the world), he must get under the blood. When the Israelites walked out of their homes on their way out of Egypt, they walked under the blood of a lamb on the doorpost. It was the only thing that protected them from the death angel.
Pharaoh offered to let them leave temporarily and go out into the wilderness a few miles and worship there if that is what their God required. No, they had to get out of Egypt. Leave completely. Cross “under the cloud and through the sea” (I Corinthians 10:1). Total separation by blood and water was what God demanded.
Then the most difficult battle transpired—they had to get over “back there.” Removing themselves from Egypt was one thing; removing Egypt from their hearts was another. They had a difficult time removing the influences of their former estate. They had to quit longing for their favorite foodstuff, for the semi-security of a place to live and daily responsibilities. They had to stop remembering how good they had it in Egypt, and get over what they were presently experiencing in the arid, rocky terrain of the Negev.
Their experience was surely an example for us as we make the break from the world to the kingdom of God. This leap of faith is accomplished by first getting under the blood of Christ through repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Then we have to get out of the world and free ourselves from all the entanglements of our former lifestyle. Then we have to get over what we once were, what we once had, what we once did, and what commitments and personal sacrifices we had to make to get to where we are now.
So…get under it (the blood), get out of it (the world), then get over it (what you left behind).
Here is a link to a Wall Street Journal article worth reading if you are concerned at all about the movement to make churches “cool” and “hip” for the younger generation.
Play or carry the bag?
I recently heard a speaker use this analogy concerning some who grumbled about the participation policy of a certain church. The pastor pointed out that on the golf PGA Tour, the caddies are permitted to wear short pants but the professional players are required to wear long pants. “It’s your decision,” he said. “Do you want to play or just carry the bag?” Some people get bent out of shape if there is a dress code for membership or a platform policy. “Don’t let a few inches of material give you a bad spirit,” he added.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
A year ago I was in Ethiopia at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. They blocked the roads near the towns as they marched and chanted in celebration of one of their special days. They had no courtesy to let our vehicles pass and we had to wait until they either turned off the main road or reached their mosque.
Recently they blocked several NY City streets at the beginning of Ramadan during their prayers. One wonders what would happen if Christians blocked the streets on Christmas Eve or Easter. Would Obama’s “security force” show up with truncheons to move them along?
Gay pride, yes; patriotism, no
The Home Depot fired an employee for refusing to remove a “One nation under God” patriotic button from his work apron. Trevor Keezor, a Christian, said he wore the button to support his country and his 27-year-old brother, who serves in the military in Iraq.
Pro-gay messages are acceptable, but patriotic messages will get you fired at The Home Depot. Dozens of homosexual employees participated in Home Depot-sponsored gay pride parades and festivals. Many employees wore numerous signs and symbols on their aprons promoting the gay lifestyle. [These facts were first denied by Home Depot, but then retracted the denial when pictures proved they were true.]
The Home Depot defended them by saying homosexual employees will not be prohibited “in any way” when it comes to what they do and wear. The picture here shows employees who decorated their aprons for a Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in Seattle, Washington.
So…if you work for Home Depot and wear a “One Nation Under God” button, you will likely be fired. If you wear a “gay” button, you will probably get company praise. Under this administration, is anyone surprised?
I am not joining any official boycott of Home Depot, but I do have a choice of where I buy my building supplies in the future and I might remember how they use the money I spend there. – jre
No way, you say. There are less than 10 million Muslims in the U. S. today. But in twenty to thirty years, because of the birth rate of Christians compared to Muslims, they will demand to be governed by Sharia law, and and some say they will perhaps be able to vote in a president. Islam is not merely a religion, but also a system of governance.
Think about it. Jesus Christ sent messages by the apostle John to seven churches in Asia. That was a hot spot for Christians at one time. Lots of churches in the area. Today it is only a place for us to visit and try to remember when great Christian churches populated the area. Missionaries were sent from the churches. Offerings were generated from the churches for needy saints elsewhere. They had prayer teams that were appealed to by the apostle Paul.
Now the area is totally in the hands of the Muslim Turks, captured in the Middle Ages by sword-wielding Arabs who forced everyone to convert to Islam or die. Muslims claim that since mosques have replaced these Christian churches, it demonstrates the superiority of Islam.
Will our Christian churches in America one day be converted into mosques? No, it will not happen in America today, or tomorrow…but who knows what two or three decades in the future may look like? If we do not close our borders, stop taking immigrants from terrorist nations, and coddling the mullahs and imams who are already here doing their subversive work, we may one day see the flag emblazoned with the crescent moon flying above our own capital. Within eight years of the preemptive attack on 9/11, we have elected a president with a Muslim background, a Muslim name, and whose sympathies are clearly on their side. No wonder they believe terrorism is the path to political dominance.
Never happen in America, you say? Get your head out of the sand. At one point there were no Muslim nations. Now there are over forty-five where they have absolute control.
Who do we think we are kidding in Afghanistan? Are we defeating radical Muslims there? While we are fighting goatherds armed with AK-47s, the Imams are building huge mosques/cultural centers in Atlanta, Toledo, Portland, Murphysboro, TN, Dearborn, MI, and now want to build a huge mosque/cultural center near the site of the twin towers in NY City. They have begun to win seats in Congress, lobbying the lawmakers, and filing lawsuits if they are “profiled” in airports and government buildings. Their Qur’an is being studied in schools and colleges for student “enlightenment” while the Bible is outlawed. Their call to prayer is hailed from a thousand minarets across America while lawsuits have shut down the steeple bells in many Christian churches. Our government seems to be accommodating their every request while the communist-backed ACLU is steadily carving Christianity out of our American culture. For the history of the ACLU and the nature of their agenda, click here http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45959
Are we fighting terrorism on the wrong front? We are in Afghanistan enduring firefights and IEDs on dusty streets and in barren valleys when we need to be standing up in Michigan, NYC, Tennessee, Arizona, California and Texas. This administration is willing to give complete amnesty to those Muslims who crossed the southern border illegally but haven’t yet killed a dozen policemen, blown up a school bus or airplane, or car-bombed an outdoor potluck church dinner. Do we foolishly think that only Mexicans and Salvadorans are crossing down there? This administration is willing to let all the illegals and imprisoned felons vote, while it looks like many American soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will not even receive ballots. Where is the outrage? Where is the passion?
I just received an email from the UPCI’s World Network of Prayer that some of our missionaries in a totalitarian country were arrested and jailed, some put on death row. They can’t reveal where. Is it because we are afraid of whatever nation it is? That their cultural group here in America might terrorize us on our shores? Thanks, Mr. President. Thanks, Ms Pelosi for reducing us to the status of a cowering, fearful third world nation.
Tax dollars for mosques
This year, according to the Associated Press, the Obama administration will spend nearly $6 million to restore 63 historic and cultural sites, including mosques and minarets, in 55 nations, according to State Department documents. That includes $76,000 for a 16th century mosque in China, $67,000 for a mosque in Pakistan, $77,000 to restore minarets in Nigeria and Mauritania, and $50,000 for an Islamic Monument in India. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. program to restore Islamic and other cultural sites abroad is “money well spent.”
The Christian church that was virtually destroyed by Islamic terrorists on 9/11 across the street from Ground Zero in NYC is having problems just getting permits to restore their church—after nine years. No consideration for them, however.
Someone sent me this testimony:
It was going to be 400 ft. wide, have 100 ft. tall twin towers with 9 gun turrets at various heights, windows all over the place, and a loud outside entertainment sound system. It would have parking for 200 cars and I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim.
The City Council told me to forget about it.
So, I submitted the application again, but this time I called it a Mosque.
Work starts Monday.
“As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name. America gave him the White House based on the same credentials.” – Newt Gingrich
“A lot of preaching in our generation at large is good stuff. The greater question: is it God-stuff??? There is a big difference between good stuff and God stuff!” – Philip Harrelson
Grantland Rice, the noted sportswriter from the previous generation, once said, “For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks—not that you won or lost—but how you played the Game.” (In context, I like that quote.)
Fannie and Freddie collapse the system
This is the record showing how some congressmen, during the two years of a liberal/leftist-controlled congress before Obama’s election, tried to protect Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (their campaign cash cows) from regulation, saying that these entities that hold almost all of the home mortgages in America were fine and nothing was wrong there. They knew there were problems there but blocked all efforts to fix them. Was it so they could later vote them a bailout worth hundreds of billions and keep their sources of cash flowing?
These two entities control 96% of all the mortgages in America. The government won’t let them fail. They may be the largest donors to liberal causes in the history of campaign financing.
Someone recently reminded me of how often we USA citizens have to show our ID papers and/or prove our citizenship. They include when I am:
1. Pulled over by the police.
2. Making purchases on my credit card.
3. When I show up for a doctor’s appointment.
4. When filling out a credit card or loan application.
5. When applying for or renewing a driver’s license or passport.
6. When applying for any kind of insurance.
7. When filling out college applications.
8. When donating blood.
9. When obtaining certain prescription drugs.
10. When making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state.
11. When boarding a plane or train for travel.
I’m sure there are more instances, but the point is that we citizens of the USA are required to prove who we are nearly every day! Why don’t illegals have to show their papers?
Do your church a favor
The Texas Bible College ExCeLL Program (EXtension CEnters for Learning on Location) is still going strong after fifteen years. ExCeLL offers Bible college classes right in your local church, taught by you and/or your assigns, with every student and teacher receiving full Bible college credit. Brother Danny Lewis is the Director. Call today for more information! 409-423-6754
Ugly, with a hard crusty shell. They just lay around in murky shallows doing nothing. Virtually useless. Certainly never able to produce anything of value and worth. They are called oysters. Inside these crusty creatures a miracle often occurs. Somehow a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantle and the shell. It’s kind of like the oyster getting a splinter. It is painful. However, upon penetrating the outer shell, the “splinter” encounters a natural phenomenon. The oyster’s natural reaction is to begin to cover the irritant with layer after layer of a hard, smooth, colorful substance. Over time, a beautiful, valuable pearl has been created.
Maybe something incredibly painful is stuck in your heart. It is there. You feel it every moment of every day. It won’t go away. It seems as if the pain never lets up. You wonder if relief will ever come. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28: “We know that for those who love God, all things work together for good.” The “splinters” of life can be used by God to make us look more like Jesus (v. 29). Verse 31 encourages us by asking, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Whatever it is that has wounded you, take it to Him in prayer. Let him cover it with His grace, layer by layer. Hang in there with Him through the healing process, and that pain will eventually be transformed into a valuable, beautiful pearl. – Selected
The tenth Annual ATF will convene on January 20-21, 2011 at the First Pentecostal Church in Euless (DFW area), TX. The address is 709 Midway Drive West. Papers will be delivered on topics pertinent to the Apostolic faith as it enters the second decade of the twenty-first century. The current challenges to our doctrine, methodology and lifestyle demand that our people are aware of our unanimity on the fundamentals. We must constantly sharpen our sickle for the harvest.
Low room rates in great nearby hotels, excellent accommodations for the Forum itself, and interesting, relevant topics will make for a great meeting. Presenters are men of serious scholarship and represent a broad spectrum of the Apostolic faith. Plan to be there. For more information, call 936-856-3419. For motels, call either the LaQuinta Inn and Suites (817-836-4000) or the Comfort Suites (817-836-4040). For local information or directions, call Leah at the church (817-267-0254).
See you in Euless!
By David Kupelian
Simon and Schuster
Once in a while a book comes along that you wish you had ten thousand copies and could send one to every minister you know. How Evil Works is that kind of book! This is the second book by Kupelian that has been a blockbuster. (Surely you have read The Marketing of Evil.) I don’t think I have seen anyone state his case any clearer or simpler than he does. It is extremely well written and documented.
The subtitle is Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces that are Transforming America. Some things are trying to take root in our American culture that will curtail the work of God around the world. The attitudes that are troubling America are troubling the church. World missions depends greatly on our country. Whatever anti-corruption forces are in the world, most of them root here. What is going on behind the scenes that is affecting both our nation and our church? We can inform ourselves and arm ourselves and take a stand, or we can go quietly into a post-Christian America without a whimper. The latter is what the devil is counting on.
The author addresses government, sexual anarchy, terrorism, doctors and demons, the new spirituality, atheism, feminism, religious hate and other challenges facing today’s Apostolic church. Global Islamization is real. Future socialism and anarchy is real. This is not just good stuff; it is “God stuff.” Some of this will beef up your next few sermons. Kupelian tackles these topics:
– How does terrorism really work?
– Why are New Age religions becoming so popular?
– Why are big lies more believable than little ones?
– Why are boys doing worse in school today than girls?
– Why do we treat mental, emotional, and spiritual problems, like anger and depression, with drugs?
Here’s the good news: Once we really understand “how evil works”—not just in the disasters and mega-crimes that dominate the headlines, but in our own lives as well—evil actually loses much of its power over us, and the way out becomes more clear. Thus, How Evil Works bears a powerful message of genuine hope.
This book will be hard to put down and is worth every penny it cost. We bought a number of them at a discount and will pass it on to you. Order today while they last! Hardcover. Retail 26.00; AM price only 19.95!
Laugh to keep from crying….
One man, Glenn Beck, lifted his voice and dared to speak up about the many current crises in America. Within two years he was sufficiently influential to mobilize half a million people to leave their homes and join him for a peaceful rally on the mall in Washington, D.C. Not one political sign was seen, no one was arrested, and they cleaned up their own mess once it was over. Americans of every race, color and creed were part of the crowd. The event was billed as a national “restoring honor” rally. It sent a resounding note of concern about America’s direction. Congress heard it. The president heard it. Although I do not support the religion of Beck, he has proven that one man who is not afraid can achieve more than a thousand who cower in fear. David also proved that long ago. Be reminded of the words of that great English statesman, Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Thomas Jefferson paraphrased it like this: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” May we be silent before neither God nor men.