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Come to Church or You’re Not Saved!

Wait, what? What is salvation? I think it is time for a back to basics lesson, because as the days get darker and time seems to be steamrolling past us, it seems like people…umm..”Christians” have forgotten the basic mandate Jesus gave us.

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 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. -Matt. 28:19-20.

“Go therefore….make disciples…of all nations…”. I know later in our bibles we are told not to forsake the assembling of ourselves and other variations of gathering: Hebrews 10:25, Colossians 3:16, Acts 2:42, Acts 9:31, but in all these scriptures I did not see a mandate  that church attendance is a requirement to be saved. We have veered off-track people of God!

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What are YOU wearing?

No, sorry, this post is not about who wore what to which awards show, as if that even really matters in the long run. I had an interesting conversation with a lady at my salon about a week ago; many of you know that I go to a bi-weekly appointment, and I relish bringing the Word of God with me and sharing it with anyone that He puts in my path. The last time that I was there I was in the middle of talking to this lady and I suppose I mentioned that my husband was a pastor, and she responded with a side eye and said, “whoa, whoa, back up…you’re a pastor’s wife?” To which I smiled and responded in the affirmative. She had a quizzical look on her face which prompted me to ask what was wrong; well, her response tickled me: “You don’t look like a pastor’s wife”. Ohhh ok, I felt much better. Of course, with me being me I had to play along for a little bit; I asked her, “so what does a pastor’s wife look like”, and she began to stammer and look embarrassed, then she apologized as if she had offended me. To the contrary, I was humored and thankful, but I still wanted to hear her explanation and I waited patiently for it. She stated that I didn’t dress like a first lady, and that whenever she saw me there that I was always casual and laid back (I don’t know what that has to do with looks, but ohkay!). I got it though, I already knew where she was going… Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Homeless but not hopeless

That’s a gritty title isn’t it? A lot of people do not want to deal with the realities of life; they would rather a minister tell them that they are “blessed and highly favored” or that “your blessing is on the way”, but what if that is not in God’s will for you? What if God requires you to endure years of hardship before He chooses to bless you? Will you turn your back on Him, and seek alternate avenues toward your “blessing”? During this season of the year you will both hear stories of people losing their homes, either through devastating circumstances like a fire, hurricane, or another personal catastrophe, or perhaps through a financial hardship. Just last evening watching the news I saw that 15% of the U.S. population are using food stamps to survive. Stuff happens. When you watch those stories on the news do you just shake your head and “tsk” or do you pick up the phone to donate to help? Or are you like many and say, “if not for the grace of God, there go I”? There is NO correct answer here, just introspection.

See, I have been homeless. With kids. And a husband.

Many times we disconnect ourselves with the uncomfortable things of our past because we are just THAT deep. I prefer to embrace them because when I do, I remember that during those times that God’s grace was sufficient for us. I can tell the story from my perspective; if interested, please keep reading. If hardship makes you uncomfortable then…have a blessed day! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

 

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*WARNING* (Stranger Danger) To the Church!

WARNING CHURCHES

As a fellow Pastor and Christian, I feel It is my duty to warn all local churches and church members, especially in the immediate area.

There have been numerous reports of a man coming in many of our local churches and intentionally causing trouble. According to the description I was given, aside from having long hair and a beard, he is described as being rather plain looking, medium height and wears very loose clothing.

There was a report of him entering a church and acting quite berserk. Throwing tables, yelling and frightening allot of people with his violent behavior.

I’ve been told that this man drinks alcohol frequently and according to a very reputable church, has a serious drinking problem. (or as they put it, a drunkard)

He has literally been seen with loose women and other people of questionable character and morals.

He has on different occasions entered some of our finest churches and Tabernacles and intentionally, publicly insulted the priests in front of everyone present. 

Hopefully, if this man should try entering your church, your deacons and ushers can be prepared and if you wish, deter him from entering without any kind of violence or scene that could be witnessed by your congregation.

I have heard that several churches have refused to let him enter, though he seems very persistent.

Little else is known about him except that he goes by the name of “Jesus” and comes from a city called Nazareth, located somewhere in one of those “middle east” country’s where all the trouble is going on.

It is my sincere prayer that you or your church do not have to negatively confront this man. Then again, maybe he can be converted, so he could be more like us and no longer a threat to the church.

God Bless You

– Courtesy of Pastor D. Douglass

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Just for laughs…

come ON, we all had one of “these” in church at one time or another. Or if you don’t think that you have, then that person was probably you LOL! 😉 Enjoy your day and be blessed!

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Successful Ministry – According to Satan…

1. Just preach God’s love. Don’t mention His sovereignty, or His judgment of sin.

2. Amuse. Use jokes and plenty of music, and rock music. Don’t get deep into the Word of God.

3. Don’t preach separation from the world, and its pleasures.

4. Don’t preach holiness. God knows our weaknesses. We can’t be just like Him.

5. Don’t preach Bible prophecy; the return of Christ and coming judgment. It frightens people.

6. Preach that there’s a big revival just around the corner (although the Bible teaches the opposite).

7. Don’t preach sound doctrine. Major on emotional experiences, spiritual “highs”, feelings.

8. Don’t teach the Genesis record of creation. Educated people won’t accept that.

9. Don’t press for Bible study or prayer meetings. Give them plenty of fun and entertainment.

10. Don’t teach the Lordship of Christ. That’s taking things too far. Don’t talk about the Blood of Christ, repentance, or sanctification. All denominations and religions are heading the same way. We simply must get together.”

– Author Unknown (1999).

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Lies My Pastor Told Me Pt. 2

I had a pretty good email reaction to the first part of the LMPTM blog posting so I wanted to go ahead with the second part, as I know that many will be able to relate to it.

Lie number 7:

“My wife is my equal partner. If she tell you to do something it is as if I said. You are not to question the authority of the First Lady!” Hello! Scripture please! Of course I believe that all Pastor’s wives are due their modicum of respect, but so does the average layperson in the church, the Deacons, the Ministers, the children, everyone. There is not a scripture in the bible that states that the First Lady (which is unscriptural in and of itself) has the same authority in the body of Christ as the Pastor does. Paul states in Acts:

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. – Acts 20:29-21

Paul is telling the elders from the church at Ephesus about being accountable to each other, not to their wives! Considering that this Pastor vilified other ministries and forbid us to associate with them, we were basically stranded on a spiritual island with he and his First Lady as the authoritarians and he was accountable to NONE of his brethren.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Spiritual Abuse

 

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