The Company You Keep

Brothers and Sisters,

      The holiday season is coming to a close and it is time to start anew. It was a season of parties, family gatherings, meeting up with old and new friends. With everything that happened this year, relationships were strained due to disagreements on everything from life choices to politics. We let worldly things rule over us and there were many things that people became offended by even though they continue to listen, watch, or even conduct themselves in the ways and things that they found offensive (ex. Baby, It’s Cold Outside and they still listen to and idolize artists that promote sexual deviancy). With the New Year starting on Tuesday we must remember what Paul said about things that tempt us and staying away from those who do not consider those around them.

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. Romans 14:13-23

In today’s society this goes way beyond food and drink. So many boast in their sinful life choices and when we accept the life choices of others as a part of who they are, we are just as guilty (Jesus said that). This goes way beyond sexual preference and depravities, it is the materialism (love of money), addictions, fantasy worlds that become realities, life on the internet, all the distractions and idols that keep us from God. We live in a world where being sinful is the norm. This must end.  

It is time for us to welcome the Father back to our great nation. Jesus asked us to Love our enemies and bless those who persecute us but we have let them run over us. We also must remember to protect ourselves from those who may harm us. Remove, not welcome, those who do not conform and destroy our way of life. Give to those in need but ask God to lead you first. Too many seek to live off others while they are perfectly capable to be on their own.    

2019 is the year were we must take a stand against those who tempt us. Some of the things we can give up on our own but as for other things we must be vigilant and outspoken without the others thinking we are condemning and judging them. God gives us the way to helping others by opening their eyes to their sin by showing love and compassion through the Holy Spirit. We cannot let our convictions be compromised. I know many who are leading lives in sin, they know my thoughts and do not boast in their sinful ways. Some have given up their sinfulness and turned to God while others cannot escape it. By showering others with God’s Love and the guidance of the Holy Spirit we are able to protect ourselves from falling into their sin.

Rob, Servant of God


For Everything A Reason

Concluding our look at acronyms for fear I believe if we look at it from the Scriptural perspective we will find that everything has a reason for being. We are no accident, God made us for a larger purpose and each one of us plays an integral part in the total plan. I know, some of you are probably asking yourselves if all the troubles in this world are part of the miniscule plans for our lives and I cannot answer that. But what I can say is that everything happens for a reason and that reason is for God’s ultimate glory.

God brought everything known and unknown into existence then He created us. We are meant to take care of His creation. This purpose has many different intricacies about it though. First and foremost we were to live with the land and the animals and were charged with the well-being but God knew we would falter thanks to the darkness that took over our hearts. God gave each of us a mission to help mend each other to restore us to our original purpose but we messed that up too. 

Why is there so much wrong with the world?

There are many reasons but the ultimate one is the choices that we make dictate how the world will be. Too many people have forgotten God’s compassion and love even though it is built into our hearts. In fact, God’s Love is built into our DNA. When we chose to ignore God’s Love our whole self changes and we are no longer marked His. This is a win for the devil because he wants to be God. But those of us with the Mark of God (His Word and Love) can defeat the devil inside and bring those lost back to God. 

Why do we Suffer?

We suffer because we are separated from God due to sin. But the more we suffer for God’s Glory once we have turned back to Him, the closer the Kingdom comes to earth. We suffer in this life because there is a better life waiting for us In Christ. Jesus suffered for our sins even though He did nothing wrong. He was the innocent lamb led to slaughter by all of us. We have all held that nail that pierced His skin.

Why Do We Ask Why?

We humans are curious creatures who desire knowledge. We ask so that we may learn, we learn so that we may do, and we do so we may gain more knowledge. Are we trying to know everything? Some may desire that but it is not our place in our current state of existence.

What Do We Do?

We try to figure out the reasons things happen when what we really need to do is take everything by faith, trusting that God, in His mercy and grace, will grant us what we need when we ask but in His timing not ours. Our dependency should be on God because His is the reason for everything.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we need to pray for the world that it heals and turns back to God. It starts with our closest family, our community, and goes all the way up. To find the reason for all things we just need to turn back to God and put our faith in the Blood of Jesus which God used to save us for all time. Love One Another Just As He Has Loved Us. Have faith that God has all things in His control and it is His reason that things happen.

God’s Grace and Mercy be with you

Rob, Servant of God

Accountability and Follow-up: The Unspoken Mission of the Church Family

When babies are brought into the church they are either baptized or dedicated (denomination dependent). Either way the parents and the members of the church take a vow to be guides and watch over the Christian upbringing of the child inside and out of the church walls. Being brought up in the church, those babies grow to into the youth groups and become more reliant on the Youth Pastor and peers for spiritual growth and their faith walk rather than the parents. This is partially due to the worldly influences of culture and the desire of the youth to go their own. The students then prepare for college or going out into the world and some are left to their own devices with church member and family hopes that they remain in Christ. Thing is, the follow up and accountability slowly falls away because people forgot their responsibilities agreed to when they were dedicated or baptized.

Seriously, parental and church member follow-up does not end when the Youth Pastor and Christian Educators take over. Nor is this to be avoided while they attend college. Guess what, follow-up and accountability continues into adulthood even though it takes a different form for those who pursue ministry.

What about the folks that are within the church even still. Yes we have Deacons, Elders, and Bible Study leaders but they are not able to watch over everybody. We are family no matter how much we may dislike each other but isn’t that the best way to keep accountability and ensure issues and spiritual fitness are followed up upon. Why is it so hard for someone to even ask how a day or week has been when outside the church walls while in passing or meeting for an outing or meal?

I myself am a victim of lack of follow-up and accountability. That is why it is very important for me to get this out there. When I was given an opportunity to go to a college that was an hour away from the church, there was little to know communication with the Deacons or Elders which was strange because I was a Deacon in the church before I left for the college at the age of 20. I was so involved in the college life that I did not even open my Bible. I went back to the church the next summer and they acted as if I never left. They were fortunate that I remembered where the church even was. 

 Does not the Scripture say to teach a child in the way he/she should go so they remember when they are older? Does not Scripture remind us to watch over those of like mind? How can we say we are following God’s Word when we cannot even do something as simple as contact the college student who is 10 miles away and attending the Campus Worship service much less the ones that are in a whole other state?

Every person at least once in their life falls due to something but if they are truly a faithful child of God they will return. Mine was while I first served the country by joining the Army. I fell away and did not talk to or even think about God for a few years. I returned to him on the “battlefield” while deployed. While in Bosnia I recommitted my life to Christ and was baptized as an adult yet still felt like a child in Christ coming home after a rough few years away. Thing is, you know it was the Holy Spirit tugging at you when under the water and you hear a voice undisturbed by the water and clear as if being spoken directly in the ear saying, “Welcome Home Son”. If that is not going to give chills then nothing will.

Following up and staying in the lives of fellow brothers and sisters no matter the age is of absolute importance. Of course you cannot control the temptations and the hurt that may cause some to slide but God will bring them home when it is time. Some need a Prodigal Son/Daughter moment to wake them up. It is during those times that we let go and let God but keep watch as the father did at his front porch and praising the day of their return.

When we see a fellow Christian outwardly struggling, do not pass by and think that someone else will take care of him or her. What if you are the third person that did that? What would the struggling Christian think? You see, God did not outright say accountability and follow-up but Jesus sure did put it out there plain as day if you truly understood Him.

Do You? If not then you might want to relook at yourself. Brothers and Sisters, continue to pray for guidance and direction so that when the time comes you know what to do if you are that Samaritan, that parent, that shepherd, that gardener that Jesus spoke of. May God grant you the wisdom and understanding of His Word to be the one that brings the lost, home.

Weakness of Being Wicked

1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”  Psalm 10:1-6
God is not fully absent from us right now even though it feels that way sometimes. These first six verses of Psalm 10 we see a worried man who is feeling separated from God as if He was allowing the Psalmist to stand on his own during a time of trouble. Is this God letting the wicked get so bad that they cannot escape from their own undoing? Seems like it doesn’t it. As I was reading this I was convicted into the wickedness of today’s world.
Many people have now heard of a man named George Soros who is very rich and has been accused of many wicked things. He preys on the weak minded who have turned away from God yet need a savior so he offers large amounts of money with the cost of doing his dirty work or schemes of his design. This man has fed the greed of others while desiring a one world open society absent from God. He believes he is above the law and mostly because he has so many governments in his pockets and he does not fear for his life.
You know what, he will be the first to fall. His kingdom which he is trying to create will diminish with time as people are actually beginning to wake up from the spell they were under. Yes his agents are still out there in plain sight, trying to keep people from returning to moral and upright ways, but they will not succeed.
America is not the only country that is dealing with this. The sickness of sexual immorality has become a world-wide epidemic and he is using it to control them as if to say, “I know what you have done, follow me and tracks will be covered.” He has control of the pedophiles, LGTBQZ, far left feminists, radicals, racists, baby killers, you name it he’s in control. His invincibility will be stripped away just as the previous ultra- rich world controlling families have found out: Money does not happiness make, nor can it save you from eternal damnation. In fact, it just might speed up death no matter how much is spent on trying to stay alive. No one leaves this world unscathed. But those who have Christ in their life will fare better at the judgement. We, not the wicked, will not be shaken. We, not the wicked, will not be moved. We all will suffer but our joy will come.
Be of Good faith, follow God’s instruction and you will live in His arms for eternity. Amen

Proverbs: Instruction for Right Life

King Solomon, when he was given the crown and praying did not ask God for riches, an enlarged kingdom or anything of the sort. He asked for wisdom and that God would be His guide throughout his reign. God not only made him wise but also provided the means to become very rich and powerful. This was a blessing and a curse as we now that even though Solomon had the first Temple built, he also went against the teachings of God and did many ungodly and immoral things later in life. One of the best things and the way he was forgiven was his imparting godly wisdom to his children.
In Proverbs, Solomon gave much direction and clarification on doing what is right and wrong, then providing the rewards and punishments that would follow. His Proverbs were taught in American public schools through the early 1920’s but somehow, some Americans stopped listening to then and followed their own hearts. Was this a test of the Adversary, a rebellion against God, or just people trying to teach the children about God in their homes instead of school. One thing to remember, at this time there were people who were already tempted by wealth and the other seven deadly sins as spoken by the Holy Roman Catholic Church as well as this being a still young country and slowly moving to capitalism. How do we entice people in our current era to get back on track with God? How do we, as Christians, pronounce the wrongs of world society and make the world right in God’s eyes again? I believe the best start is written in the Proverbs Because David, Solomon, and those who followed in the wisdom books knew right from wrong. The best way to learn is by recognizing our faults, finding the correction in God’s Word, and making things right.
There are a few Proverbs that I’d like to point out that I found while I was doing a short study this morning. But first, let us pray:
Father God, Supplier, Redeemer, Savior, Friend, Thank You for today. Father, teach us you wisdom through the Proverbs that were written so many years ago and are still, if not even more, relevant today. Guide and direct us to Your loving arms so that Your Word may correct and protect us from the Adversary and his mark in the world. Grant us insight so we may understand Your thoughts and live a life in You Father God. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, without whom we are fully lost. In Your Grace and Mercy we are saved. Father, we pray this in Jesus name, AMEN
There is a Proverb about too much time sleeping (being lazy) that the entitlement generation needs to hear:
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:10-11
Those that believe they can be lazy and rely on the government for means of living have another thing coming. The biblical consequence is to live in poverty and always wanting but never receiving enough. The consequence of a believer who is lazy in their faith: the lack of living for God and doing His work may lead to looking through the window at the great feast in the Kingdom.
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13
Not having an active faith will close Jesus ears to our prayers. If we truly believe and are in Jesus, doing the things He asks of us we will be rewarded, Hearing the cry of those in need and ignoring them is akin to ignoring God.
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. Proverbs 21:17
Living too much in the world and depending on it for happiness will never truly know the full Love of God. Dependence on worldly things for survival and not putting your trust in God will lead to unhappiness, loneliness, and poverty.
Receiving a reward for your labor requires doing the work as prescribed. This works in two ways: You must work for what you earn and follow the law for the higher reward. Those who believe must also be. Solomon understood that following God’s Word is more important than having riches on this earth. It is more important than engrossing ourselves in the pleasures of this world.
God’s Word provides for us instructions on living a good simple life without desires for anything outside of the basic means of being alive. When the people voted to remove God’s Word from the public school system (which was created initially by Christians by the way), it created an entrance for the Adversary to tempt and control us through earthly means. We have become numb to this and God’s Word has been modified, mistranslated, and corrupted to ease the society into a belief that is not truly of God.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is time to stand up for what is right, our faith is consistently in danger. Look at the school systems that provide for other religions and call it a deeper understanding of the other faith systems while leaving Christ out and corrupting the minds of our youth through telling them that certain immoral behaviors are ok. Is this truly how we want the future generations to live so that they may die and never see God? Stand Firm do not be moved by our iniquities but be moved by the Holy Spirit to do what is right in the eyes of God and not our own. Live for Him not against Him. Laugh for the Joy of the Lord is good. Love but understand when it needs to be tough love. Show God’s Grace and Mercy in our lives so others may desire God living in them as they see it in us. And Last but not least, Keep God’s Word in your heart, meditate on it daily and live as He desires of us, trusting in His Mercy and Grace.
God Bless

Connect Reconnect Follow-up

Those three Words are very important for Christians

How many young Christians do you know that you have followed up with after they left the church to go to college or start a job in another area where they have had to leave your congregation? Of that number, how many have you followed-up with? If the answer is even just one then you are doing the right thing. If there are many and you have chosen a few and other adults share in the responsibility with the rest then the church is doing real good. If the answer is none, do you not care for the well-being and spiritual fitness of the soul you let out to the wolves?

The problem we are running into these days is that of epic proportions. Every child that has grown up in the community of the church no matter how old must maintain a connection with someone they can trust within the bounds of the community. But the problem is that many fall through the cracks and are seduced by the extremes of society. Think of the prodigal son on a grand scale but this son does not come back even in his/her lowest. That is what happened.

How many times have you heard it said of a youth that they are in a real bad way and just talk without any kind of action? WHAT IS WRONG? Have we forgotten that the college/young adult years are actually the most vulnerable? This is the time the Adversary moves in quickly unless they are firmly grounded and had a good healthy upbringing.

Then there are those who are in the church try to do their best and still have people downgrading them instead of guiding them including their own parents. For one, BAD Parenting. For two, bad congregation for not seeing the truth of it. What happened to guide and protect the youth, letting them explore but with the knowledge they can come home. If the situation is bad at home they will want to escape and maybe find the straight and narrow or be pushed into the Devil’s arms.

If we do not care for those who are in those very tumult years, the Devil wins and takes us with. You want to know what is wrong with society today, look into your own church first then look at those young adults sent out into the world from your church. Then look at the dangerous attitudes outside the church and you will see why this country is suffering from a Romans 1 type destruction. Churches lose people from 18-35 because they get lost to the world. They grow into bitter and lost adults when they are left from any kind of follow-up.

The distortion of the Christian world-view is also at fault. Yes, some traditions are archaic but we must keep God at the center. Everyone sins and there are some that God abhors more than others but everyone still sins. The issue should not be who is allowed in the church and who isn’t, all who sin and seek forgiveness and have faith in Jesus are allowed. Of course they must (as we should) be the same in and out of the church. The basic tenants of the Bible and the church need to be firmly stated, affirmed, and adhered to in all facets of life. We must stop separating personal and church lives.

People who see Christians doing as they say, living a Christ-like life the best possible way, will begin to understand how good it is and how hard it is to truly be Christian. When brothers and sisters in Christ become lost in the world and stay lost, there was a lack of Christians doing good follow-up. We are to check up on each other and remind ourselves of the oath of faith and the reason for the baptism. Remember, it was not, “I’m baptized, I got Jesus, I’m good and can go on sinning” (the Sola Jesu thinking of post-modern Christians). It is, “Jesus is my Lord and Savior and accepting Him means taking up my cross daily, doing my best to live in accordance with the teachings of Christ, emulating Him in my daily life”.

Are you ready to reconnect and follow-up?? Are you willing?

Heavenly Father Gracious Lord,

Please help us reconnect with the forgotten generation, they have lost Your teachings and need to come home. Shower us with Your Holy Spirit and revive us so that we may live a more Christ-like life. Grant us the desire once again to share Your Word no matter where we are or whatever situation in which we find ourselves. Teach us to love all people no matter who they are. Thank You Father for giving us Your Son as the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation.