Building

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127

Relationships are very important to God. God wants a personal relationship with us. Having strong, caring, and healthy relationships with family members, friends, coworkers, and others here on earth are just as important. The love, trust, grace, and mercy we share with each other (especially when God is central) is the physical representation of God’s everlasting Love for us. When our earthly relationships get damaged that does not mean that God loves us less, it is a way for us to show God’s grace and forgiveness.

Children are God’s gift so that we can understand how much God loves us by putting the future in our care. The more we love God, the more we are blessed. Do not think that you are not loved or blessed by God if you cannot have, for God has greater plans and will bless in different ways.

We build relationships to emulate God’s relationship He desires with us. Keep building and the Kingdom of God will increase.

Rob, Servant of God       

Stop The Corruption

Stop the CorruptionBrothers and Sisters, Rob here and I have to tell you I am getting sick and tired of hearing about churches embracing sinfulness. The liberal churches are going too far in this love is love and that we should love and embrace all people and tell them that their sin is ok instead of telling them they must repent and sin no more as the Master Saviour says we should do. Children are innocent and very easy to manipulate. Parents who let their young children believe they are something they really are not is very detrimental to the child’s health both physically and spiritually but even more damaging to the parent.

Those who understand the meaning of Proverbs 22:6 will tell you that we are not to teach children in sinful worldly ways but in the way of God but go against it because of societal pressure are basically condemning themselves as they are causing their children to sin. This is NOT OK. Look at what Jesus tells his Disciples according to the Gospel of Mathew.

“Yes! I tell you that unless you change and become like little children, you won’t even enter the Kingdom of Heaven! So the greatest in the Kingdom is whoever makes himself as humble as this child. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me; and whoever ensnares one of these little ones who trust me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and be drowned in the open sea! Woe to the world because of snares! For there must be snares, but woe to the person who sets the snare!” Matthew 18:3-7

Children are snared into sinfulness through the evil desires of man. Pedophilia is an ever growing problem, sex-ed is being taught at a younger age with homosexual influences, We have made evil good and good evil. We have allowed this sinfulness in the church by allowing open boastfulness of sin. When a person repents they are to follow the words of Jesus when He said, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). He did not say I forgive you and you may continue in your sin and be saved if only you believe in me. That is the statement that is being taught in some churches today which is against God’s Word and will be punished by Him.

Yes we are to love our neighbor as ourselves but we should not let sin influence decisions, especially in the church. Having openly gay persons leading the church means that entire congregation accepts the sin and will allow the influence to take over their thinking on Scripture as the leader tries to validate the sin instead of repenting and changing.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25

It was not too long ago that children who played with things that were meant for the opposite gender and it was called a phase. Now the second a child does this, some parents want to jump in and change their child’s gender. This has turned out very damaging for many who go through the reassignment leading some to commit suicide. We should not be playing God here. We are born a specific biological gender (gender is not a mental state) and that is who we are to stay. God does not make us LGBTQXYWhatever, but He does give us into our sins when the society is so corrupted and against Him. It happened in Sodom and Gomorrah, in Rome, and it happening now all over the world.

Society has refashioned the words and meaning of Proverbs 22:6 to suit their specific worldly desires. Instead of rearing a child in the ways of good moral and ethical behavior we have corrupted children who truly do not understand right from wrong.

How much longer are we going to let sinfulness influence our children. Gun violence is on the rise for people under 18, fantasy has overtaken reality, sexually immoral behavior is becoming less frowned upon and more accepted. We need to revive God in our lives so we can change these influences and teach right from wrong as we are supposed to. 

How???

Get off your donkey and start in your neighborhood. Everybody does not have to start in the church but it helps if some do. Find out where the outside influences are and begin to make that change. Make a difference. Bring God back to the front with Jesus at His right hand. Share the Gospel as it says in Scripture before we completely do what Israel did that caused God to send Jesus to us. Stay faithful to the words and teachings from our youth and grow in the truth of Scripture. Love one another as He loves us even if it means we have to have tough love. Be blessed today and all days brothers and sisters.
Rob

How Is Your Parenting???

There is something I must talk about that is eating away at many hearts to include some that are very close to me.
Train a child in the way he [should] go; and, even when old, he will not swerve from it. Proverbs 22:6
This does not mean put an extra amount of responsibility on a 6 year old girl by one parent when the two parents could not be together anymore. Nowhere does that instruction say to manipulate your children and tell lies about one parent that damage their love for said parent. You will only cause hatred to well up in the children and possibly cause them to be poor vindictive parents as they get older.
Just because two adults cannot be together does not give you permission to tell lies to the children to make them love one and fear or even hate the other. This is a big problem when both parents are living close to one another and have visits with the children. If both parents truly love their children they would not speak evil of the other adult involved. THAT IS ACTING LIKE A CHILD and is detrimental to the children as well as yourself. Sometimes this is a cycle where one parent has had manipulative parents or in the case that I am speaking of there is a large lack of father figures. This has been the case for a few generations now and the women have been able to manipulate their way through many things. THIS IS WRONG.

When two become one, both have a responsibility in raising the child. When one parent pushes the other out and then degrades that parent in front of the children, this is the most despicable thing a person can do The person will eventually be called out and be taken advantage of themselves. THIS HAS TO STOP.

Brothers and Sisters, we need a lot of prayer for this family. The mother has deceived the children, herself, and others and does not care about the consequences. The father loves his children to the ends of the earth and is being called a bad father without being given the benefit of the doubt and has not been able to prove that he is not the bad guy here. They both need our prayers and hopes that the children do not grow up hating both of them.
Love and peace to all,
Pastor Rob

It’s the Little Things

Brothers and Sisters, I am excited, elated, but honestly feeling very blessed to have two little ones staying with us for a bit. Little did I know how much these two would affect my heart. They are grandchildren of one of our board members and are just adorable. She is single and did not know what to do so I said come live with us. The oldest is a 6 year old girl and the young man is 4 and they have had a rough life so far. But that is another story.

When they came to us they had no set schedule, did not pray before bed, and were a bit rambunctious (what child isn’t) but after just a few weeks there has been an amazing transformation. They are used to a set schedule, we all sit either at a table or in the living room to read and they have developed manners and a sense of responsibility (the 6 year old helps make her school lunch). But here is the best thing, after a few nights of telling them we have to pray before bed, they come over to me, sit on my lap and tell me it is time to pray.

My wife and I are sharing the responsibility of taking care of them and each night there is something new or different but special nonetheless. Tonight after their baths we had story time. I volunteered to help the 6 year old read through her story and next thing I know I have two little ones on my lap. After she finished reading, I read a story to the little guy. Let me tell you, I am not ready to be a grandparent but I am so glad to have these two little ones here with us while the parents get things straight. 

Children are our future. How we raise them dictates a good portion on how they will be when they grow. I am a firm believer in Proverbs 22:6. This is now solidified thanks to our (recently) 20 year old Katie who you can see singing on this site and now these little ones to whom we have introduced Christ and watching them both grow in a desire to know Him more.

Caring for these little angels is certainly a matter of the heart.

God Is Great.