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I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus and count them but rubbish.

Jul
04

The long awaited trip is here. We are headed down to Beattyville, Kyon a Mission Trip. Beattyville and its neighbor Booneville have been the trip destination of Teen Mission, USA for several years now. This is an area that God has opened up and is open to serving with building projects, Kids events and other forms of Ministry Outreach. Most of all opportunities have opened to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

The main contact in Beattyville is Cumberland Mountain Outreach.They are the main contact for all forms of ministry in that area. They have done a great job of building a relationship with the residents. This is a great way to get connected with Beattyville if you are interested in a future trip. Teen Mission is also a great place to start if you plan on going on a future mission trip. Click on the site for more details.

We are looking forward to the trip and its my plan to add further details when we return along with pictures.

If you would please pray God would work through us to bring the message of salvation and that God would be given glory.

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Jul
04

There has been another sighting. Jesus has shown up in the lives of a family. Were they converted and saved from their sins? No. They went to the doctor for a check up.

That’s right according to Zeitgeisthere on his blog a couple went to have a check up for their upcoming birth and found something more than just that their baby is fine. He is doing great b/c hanging with their baby is not just anyone in there, but Jesus himself. That’s right, the couple claim Jesus is in the photo of their child.

Now I’ll admit if I squint and stand on my head I can see Jesus there…kind of…no still don’t have it…

The big problem with this deal is not that it doesn’t look like Jesus, but that so many today seem to be chasing after supernatural experiences and they are so hung and this search they begin to dream up supposedly supernatural moments, signs and blessings.

Whether this couple find this picture to be a supernatural moment or not the fact remains that many seek to find something more when we have been given so much more in the true God and His Son Jesus who saves us from our sins.

My hope is this family will have a good laugh and move on from this. Is it neat that it sort of looks like Jesus. Yeah lets all have a laugh, but let’s never make more of these things than them just being odd. Especially when God’s Word says such things are false.

Jun
28

One of my favorite blogs had this pic and post that I thought was right on. Pic came via Way of the Master Radio and Hazardous Material.

Defending/Contending.

Jun
28

Wanted to post this in here. Answered this question for someone. It is concerning the Sabbath Day and how the Christian should or should not react to it.

QUESTION #1: Is it wrong to have a job that requires you to work on Sunday? Why was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday? What does God say about this?

                                                                                                            

Now I want to begin by asking you a question and answer it aloud if you like…

 

Christians should celebrate the Sabbath:
A. On Saturday
B. On Sunday
C. Every Day

 

This is sometimes a hotly debated topic.

 

It is usually for the NT Church broken down into several different questions…

 

  • Are Christians required to keep the OT Sabbath Observances?

 

  • Are Christians obligated to turn Sunday into the New Sabbath?

 

  • Are Christians supposed to leave the Sabbath and its observances behind b/c of the NT Covenant?
  • Is it even accurate to refer to any given day as God’s solely?

 

All these questions often come up and some of it is based on tradition and some not.

 

So what should the Christian do concerning the observances of a day for the Lord?

 

First let’s look at the obvious need to define this day…

 

                A.  OT Sabbath.

 

What was this day and what did God intend for it to do?

 

Leviticus 23:3 (NIV), There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD.

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Jun
16

We started a new series this week called Ask the Pastor. We have invited the congregation to ask those spiritual questions that perhaps have not ever been answered in any other way. I have done my best to answer them. I began this sermon by talking about how to properly interpret scripture. By doing so anyone can look at scripture and find the true meanings therein.

ASK THE PASTOR

2 Timothy 2:15 & 3:16

 

Today we start a new series I have been looking forward to all year.

 

I am thankful that you all have made it start out so well by producing your questions for me.

 

I am excited but at the same time there is a level of nervousness b/c there is a level of informality to this series.

 

Later as time dictates we will open up the floor to questions that you might have.

 

(PAUSE)

 

Now I would like to begin this series by setting up some preliminaries for us to follow and go by.

 

I. Series Preliminaries

 

            A. Why the ASK THE PASTOR Series?

 

Ill.: To be honest you might be asking this question. Why are you doing this? Perhaps you saw this and read how you the people would more or less help me build my sermon series and thought, “Oh we’re doomed, Jason has run out of ideas!”

 

But the fact of the matter is that I like this idea for this series b/c…

 

1.  JC often taught with interaction as a Center Piece.

 

  • During that time it was not uncommon at all for the Rabbi to spend ample time in teaching and then allow for the gathering to respond.

 

  • When JC taught the disciples many times they would reply with a question or comment seeking more information.

So this idea of having the gathering ask questions is founded b/c the concept of interaction between teacher and disciple in the Bible.

 

2.  But I also did it b/c there were questions that did not fit into a series per say.

 

Ill.: I have had several questions that have been asked that I could not really find a place to put it in a series. Some questions just don’t fit into the flow of the series of sermons we plan through out the year.

 

So ASK THE PASTOR gives us the chance to answer questions that are hanging out there and should be handled.

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Jun
13

I was reading my lessons this evening. I was reading about the Law given to Moses on Mount Sinai. God instructs the people to come near the mountain and the people reply in a very telling way as far as understanding the holiness and power of God. Power that even in just hearing His voice carries weight.

  • Exodus 20:19, [the people] said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

Now this passage struck me suddenly tonight b/c we live in a day and age when it seems like at every turn people are claiming that God has spoken to them as casually as any old conversation. People like Todd Bentley pass that on as casually as if they are doing stand up, not passing on something so holy as the Word of the Lord.

But scripture makes it clear that when God is present in form or word there is a reaction of respect and fear. The bible uses the word, “Awe.” That does not mean, “OOOooooo, look at the pretty colors.” No it means FEAR!

Moses: He himself though close to God in many respects still was told he could not get too close to God unless he die.

  • Exodus 33:21-23, The LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.  When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

Isaiah: Seeing what is understood as just a vision of the Lord brought about terror to Isaiah and his imperfection.

  • Isaiah 6:1 & 5, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple…”Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Now I know many will claim that under the New Testament age all this is over. This need to fear God or think that we should run and hide. But I would beg to differ and state that the only thing that has changed is as Christians we are no longer being counted as condemned in God’s eyes but that does not diminish His holiness.

Here are some New Testament instances of continued Holiness…

Paul: He was floored when Jesus appeared to him on the Demascus Road. Yes that is right all you who think Jesus is your buddy and pal or “yuck” boyfriend ladies, he was knocked down.

  • Acts 9:3-4, As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground.

John: John also despite his being a close apostle of Jesus on earth fell down before that same glorified Jesus when he had a vision of Him in heaven.

  • Revelation 1:17, When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. (means he couldn’t even move.)

Too many walk around today professing that they have heard from God specifically. Something that we only see happen a few times in Scripture to those who were chosen by God. When those conversations take place they are often accompanied by a high degree of holiness and honor…even fear.

  • Isaiah 33:6, He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
Jun
12

Well I have finally decided to get on board. I am now on the Todd Bentley Bandwagon. All across Christendom blogging and radio there has been an explosion of information about Todd Bentley and the Lakeland Revival.

My feeling is he is somewhere between Nutter Butter and False Prophet. Watching the video’s makes me one part laugh at how ludicrous he is and then cry at how many have flocked to seek salvation in the hands of the devil’s tool.

But my words aside decide for yourself by watching above, read Scripture and some of these recommended blogs and radio spots.

Contending/Defending

Way of the Master Radio, June 6th Hour 1

Malsteem’s Blog

Evangie Tales

Jun
11

Well not only have I neglected my blog but a long awaited moment of achievement came and past during my neglect. For shame. Despite my neglect there have been 10,000 viewings or visits to my blog. Not too bad for a year.

I think the sign above says it all. Thanks Warning Sign Generator.

And thank you my friends for reading.

Jun
11

Ok I feel bad about breaking one of the cardinal rules of blogging. Neglecting your blog. I never meant for this to become so behind. I have done nothing but work for the last few months. All my time is consumed in other activities. B/c of this my blog feels abandon and forgotten.

I even thought tonight if my blog could talk it would probably sing me this song (see above) performed by Dave Matthews.

So sorry blog. I’ll try better next time.

 

May
24

I have a heart for ministers. I am a minister and I am sure that helps. But I have a deep heart for them. This is especially true when on top of the stress and strife of ministry there is personal pain. I have been following this blog by John Dobbs for a year now when we planned a scouting trip down to Pascagoula. John is a great guy and we weep with them now. But I also celebrate with him b/c he has shown in this a hope that no doubt makes our God real in a special way.

Check his blog out and leave your support.