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January 20, 2018, 6:31 PM

What Is and What Should Never Be

That is the title of a Classic Rock song from the 70's by Led Zeppelin. That song is about love between a man and a woman. Yet, the title is quite appropriate to the condition of the church presently. Not just presently, but for some time now. This quote by pastor and author Jim Putman says it all:

"The church was not designed to be a group of spectators who attend weekly lectures; it was designed to be a trained army with a powerful message. All believers are the messengers who bring the message to others and then continue the process of discipling those who believe."

The way the church is: 95% of the attendees just attend weekly lectures. This should never be. We need disciplers! And these disciplers are everyday Christians, not clergy.

Lord, help us!


01-23-2018 at 9:01 AM
Suzanne Simko
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January 13, 2018, 11:36 PM

The Law


01-14-2018 at 9:05 AM
Suzanne Simko
Interesting comment.
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January 10, 2018, 7:38 AM

Starting Right

It is still a new year. It is not too late to start it right. The best way to start it well is to saturate yourself with God's word. Your thinking can be replaced by God's thinking. The way God thinks is reflected in the Scriptures since He has breathed them out. Your thinking is polluted. The Lord's thinking is perfect.

Getting His word into your mind means simply to memorize it. This is what Jesus did. You can do it, too. 

A few days ago, I recommended that you, the readers, memorize Philippians 4:4. Rejoice that you did!

Now, memorize Philippians 4:6. Here it is:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (ESV)

To help you, just memorize these prepositions first: in-by-with. Often, it is recollecting the prepositions that gets us tangled up. "In everything...By prayer and supplication...With thanksgiving..."  Just say out loud, "in-by-with, in-by-with, in-by-with." After you have that memorized, then start memorizing the whole verse. 

Getting God's word into you will help you navigate through life without anxiety. God's word is powerful!


01-11-2018 at 6:41 PM
Suzanne Simko
I will try that!
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January 9, 2018, 9:58 AM

Get Up!

Get up, dust off, and give it your all! “Forget what lies behind and push forward to what lies ahead!”


01-11-2018 at 6:46 PM
Suzanne Simko
Yes, forget what is BEHIND!
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January 8, 2018, 7:55 PM

Who is Jesus?

Today's blog is a "guest blog." The following is from the excellent website

Is Jesus really God? There are many cults and false religions today that deny it. What is the truth about Jesus Christ? We turn to the Scriptures for the answer.

Is Jesus really God? There are many cults and false religions today that deny it. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, believe Jesus was created by the Father billions of years ago as the Archangel Michael and is hence a “lesser god” than the Father. The Mormons say Jesus was born as the first and greatest spirit child of the Heavenly Father and heavenly mother, and was the spirit-brother of Lucifer. New Agers claim Jesus was an enlightened master. Unitarian Universalists say Jesus was just a good moral teacher. What is the truth about Jesus Christ? We turn to the Scriptures for the answer.

Jesus Truly Is God

There are numerous evidences for the absolute deity of Jesus Christ in the Bible. The following is a summary of the more important evidences.

Jesus Has the Names of God

Jesus Christ possesses divine names—names that can only be used of God. For example:

Jesus is YahwehYahweh is a very common Hebrew name for God in the Old Testament, occurring over 5,300 times. It is translated Lord (all capitals) in many English translations of the Bible.

We first learn of this name in Exodus 3, where Moses asked God by what name He should be called. God replied to him, “I AM WHO I AM. . . .Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’ ” (verse 14). Yahweh is basically a shortened form of “I AM WHO I AM” (verse 15). The name conveys the idea of eternal self-existence. Yahweh never came into being at a point in time for He has always existed.

Jesus implicitly ascribed this divine name to himself during a confrontation He had with a group of hostile Jews. He said, “I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). Jesus deliberately contrasted the created origin of Abraham—whom the Jews venerated—with His own eternal, uncreated nature as God.

Jesus is Kurios. The New Testament Greek equivalent of the Old Testament Hebrew name Yahweh is Kurios. Used of God, Kurios carries the idea of a sovereign being who exercises absolute authority. The word is translated Lord in English translations of the Bible.


To an early Christian accustomed to reading the Old Testament, the word Lord, when used of Jesus, would point to His identification with the God of the Old Testament (Yahweh). Hence, the affirmation that “Jesus is Lord” (Kurios) in the New Testament constitutes a clear affirmation that Jesus is Yahweh, as is the case in passages like Romans 10:91 Corinthians 12:3, andPhilippians 2:5–11.

Jesus Is Worshiped as God

Jesus was worshiped on many occasions in the New Testament. He accepted worship from Thomas (John 20:28), the angels (Hebrews 1:6), some wise men (Matthew 2:11), a leper (Matthew 8:2), a ruler (Matthew 9:18), a blind man (John 9:38), an anonymous woman (Matthew 15:25), Mary Magdalene (Matthew 28:9), and the disciples (Matthew 28:17).

Scripture is emphatic that only God can be worshiped (Exodus 34:14Deuteronomy 6:13Matthew 4:10). In view of this, the fact that both humans and angels worshiped Jesus on numerous occasions shows He is God.

Finally, Jesus Himself gives eternal life (John 10:27-30). Who else but God could grant eternal life?

Let us, too, worship the Lord Jesus! When we do it pleases the Father and the Son.

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