Oct 032015

thumbnail.aspxWhy do I keep relating to you as one of my many relationships, instead of my only relationship, in which all other ones are grounded ?

Why do I keep looking for popularity, respect from others, success, acclaim, and sensual pleasures ?

Why, Lord, is it so hard for me to make you the only one ?

Why do I keep hesitating to surrender myself totally to you ?

Help me, O Lord, to let my old self die, to let die the thousand big and small ways in which i am still building up my false self and trying to cling to my false desires.

Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you.

I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you.

I know and trust that this is the road to freedom.

Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend.



Oct 032015

Christianity tourism destinationsHebrews 4:14 – 5:2

Jesus is the Great High Priest

One of the major thoughts of this epistle is that Jesus is our great High Priest. The writer proceeds to reinforce his exhortation to enter the rest with a reminder of the character of our High Priest.


Jesus is one with his people and for them he offers the perfect sacrifice.

This is seen largely in terms of the Day of Atonement ceremonies in which the role of the High Priest (not simply any priest) was central. Note; Good Friday was the last Day of Atonement.

Here is the BIG question – Do we need a priest today to go to God? Yes, Jesus is that High Priest.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

  • What are the things that a high priest does?
  • Aaron was the first HP
  • All HPs come from Aaron’s family
  • Aaron was a Levite – Levites make up the priesthood – but all Levites are not priests.
  • Anyway, that was God’s plan and then it turned into a political favor type position – and that is where it was at the time of Jesus.
  • The High Priest passed through the curtain of the Holy of Hollies – but Jesus passed through the heavens.
  • Jesus, the Son of God. = not a distinction – not a lesser God.
  • John 5:18 “This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”
  • Let us hold fast our confession = what is our confession?
  • Law & the Prophets and the continuing revelation – the totality of scripture.

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

  • Jesus was fully man – this is important, because if he was anything different than me, then I could doubt this statement
  • What are the different views on Jesus’ temptation?
  • Could Jesus have succumbed to the temptation? I can and I do.
  • Is being tempted a sin?
  • The impeccability of Jesus deals with the question: could Jesus have sinned? While it is fundamentally agreed the Bible teaches that Jesus did not sin, there has historically been divided opinion as to whether or not He could have sinned.
  • Who was tempted – the divine or the human? (can they be separated?)
  • What is tempting – testing?
  • Think of when they build a new railroad crossing – they run a train across it – not to see if it will fail, but to show everyone that it won’t.
  • Adam and Jesus were alike – they were sinless
  • Adam succumbed and Jesus did not.

16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  • With confidence = believing
  • OK, you are to draw near – where is your throne of grace?
  • How about at the altar at the time of communion?
  • When is our time of need? Always – because we sin always.

Go daily in the power & confidence that comes with the power of Jesus.

1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

  • One man – Once a year – chosen to meet with God
  • One man – Once a year – chosen to transact man’s business with God… for all
  • What is our relationship??
  • If Jesus Christ is truly present in the elements at communion – are we not all “touching” God?

He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.

  • This is probably an “ideal” state that the High Priest should be – but we have seen then AND NOW – how prideful powerful clergy can be.
  • He can have compassion – he can be empathetic – because he is they.
  • The priests and the High Priest are ordered by Jewish Law to a higher standard
  • But he is still a man – with the passions of a man
  • He can … or at least should identify with the people.
  • The “ignorant and wayward” – not very Politically Correct”
  • The writer ascribes weakness to the priests.
Oct 022015

wmns_gfaWarren Throckmorton has the story…the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has terminated the membership of Gospel For Asia.

The charity was found in violation of five different accountability standards.

Under the stewardship of K.P. Yohannan,  Skip Heitzig, Gayle Erwin, and others the charity has been removed from the ranks of trusted evangelical organizations.


The battle isn’t over, but this is a significant victory.

I bless the name of Warren Throckmorton for his tireless work on behalf of truth.

I bless the brave members of the GFA Diaspora and the donors, pastors, and missionaries who risked their own reputations and ministries to help present the truth so that others would not be defrauded and abused.

Those who have chosen to remain silent have their reward.

Every pastor who has supported GFA from the pulpit has the responsibility to pass this news on to the congregation as well.

If you won’t…I will.

Feel free to make your own application…


Oct 022015

what-is-cancer“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13 ESV)

I’m very comfortable in my own skin, as long as my skin is covered in layers of clothes.

I’m not comfortable being exposed.

The examination would demand that I was very exposed.

A mass had been found where a mass was not supposed to be.

It could be relatively benign or it could be something that would contribute to my demise.

The only way to find out would be through procedures and examinations that left me without privacy or dignity.

Any attempt to cover myself would result in misdiagnosis that would keep me from being cured.

I had to be naked and exposed.

Though the  process was very uncomfortable and very embarrassing, it was necessary to preserve life.

When God examines a person, the process can be even more excruciating.

The worldly physician sees the naked body, the Lord sees the naked heart as well.

That can be far more embarrassing and painful.

The heart is full of masses  benign and cancerous that threaten the spiritual life of the believer.

 Physical cancers terrify us, we love some of the ones that infest our souls.

Covering ourselves, whether in piety or lies…is fruitless.

The Great Physician can see them, only He can remove them.

The surgery is often more painful than the discovery.

The mass in my body was benign.

The ones in my soul are not.

There will be surgery…

Regular checkups are necessary for health.

I will be exposed again.

So will you.

Make your own application…

Oct 022015

11224476_10206173860082993_1282498735809473751_nMost of you know by now that there was a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon yesterday.

Roseburg is about an hour and a half from Phoenix, the northern border of what is considered Southern Oregon.

It’s part of my homeland.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, let me share what those who do would affirm about me.


My first identity is as a Christian, my second is as an Oregonian.

I sometimes get the order reversed.

This is a deeply personal tragedy to me and to scores of others here in Southern Oregon.

Something like this was not supposed to happen here…

Social media exploded before the victims were even removed from the scene.

Before the shooter was identified, social media identified four different people as the shooter.

He was a Muslim for sure, no he was an atheist… he was black, he was white…he was a conservative, no, he was a leftist…the government is lying to us again.

Gun control advocates and gun control opponents wrote emotionally charged words with blood not their own.

Everyone wanted the shooter to be a representative of those they despise, that they might despise them all the more.

In the meantime we waited for the names of the victims…and the high school just south of us was locked down from another threat.

We no longer have the decency to mourn with those who mourn before looking for someone to blame that we might be “right”.

We no longer value decency, period.

The shooter was sick of mind and soul.

Those sicknesses became terminal for him and his victims.

What I saw last night makes me wonder what stage our societal sickness of mind and soul is at.

I said it last night, I’ll say it again.

Oregon doesn’t need you pontificating or your politics…it needs your prayers.

So does where you live…

Oct 012015

mission-fieldAccording to the 2014 990 filed by Tom Randall and World Harvest Missions, Randall spent $47,000 on attorneys fees.

Let me put this in perspective for you.

That is the combined average annual income for three attorneys working full time in the Philippines.

In places like the Philippines and India, cash talks.



It will buy you out of trouble and it will buy trouble for your “enemies”.

Men like Randall and K.P. Yohannan have lots of cash, every dime given by someone who believes in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I tell you this because you can’t read my email…email from people who don’t have cash and don’t have a voice.

Email from people who have witnessed the corruption of both men first hand.

Email from people who have devoted their lives to bringing the Gospel to places where it wasn’t before.

Email from people who are not known by their name outside of their work, families, and heaven.

Email from people who want to bear witness to the truth but are terrified of the consequences that come from telling the truth about men who have the cash and the names to destroy them.

You can’t read it…I read it every day.

They count on people like Warren Throckmorton and myself to speak for them.

It should not be this way.

There is now sufficient documented evidence against these organizations that every donor should suspend giving until every question is answered.

The well known and well heeled should be in the forefront of the investigations.

Instead, they are circling the wagons to protect those with power and wealth.

There are many men who know the truth…who know even more truth about these things than has been brought to light.

They are silent cowards who would subject Gods people to fraud and those working the harvest of God to abuse.

Silent, simpering, cowards who prefer the approval of men to that of God.

They will answer for every dollar taken, every child neglected, every brother or sister abused, because of their silence.

They will not answer to me, but to God.

God will not be mocked.

Their only hope is to stand now or bow later as God burns their “works” in front of them.

It’s time to stand for the least of these while they still can.


Oct 012015

ring-kissing1-croppedWarren Throckmorton has the story of a letter Gospel For Asia sent out to Calvary Chapels defending itself against charges of being less than evangelical.

Yohannan wants CC’s to know that his group is just like them.

The evidence Throckmorton has presented (photographic and otherwise) puts the lie to the letter.

Two things in particular stand out in this missive.

“This rumor was originally started by a few Pentecostal brothers who wanted to discredit us for their own gain.”

Never waste an opportunity to slime someone to defend yourself…

The Pentecostals have now been replaced by bloggers as the enemy du jour…

If you have any further questions, please call me, or you can ask Pastor Skip Heitzig…”

Birds of a feather…

The only similarity between Believers Church and Calvary Chapel is they were both run by autocrats.

However, the only robe Chuck Smith ever wore was in his bathroom.


Sep 302015

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aToday, like every Wednesday, we will remember Saeed Abedini.

We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

You can follow Naghmeh Abedini for the latest news on her Facebook page…

Sep 292015

timthumb.phpWhy spiritual abuse is on the rise…

Adam, Israels first king?

How immigration has shaped the U.S…

Celebrities on Jesus…

When heroes fall…

Using Scripture in pastoral care…

Humble evangelism…

Trump waves his bible…

You are not what you eat…

A new battle for the Bible…

What words did the Pope use the most on his trip?

A liberal looks at how conservatives spoke of the Pope…

When the Pope met Ted…

Protestant views on Catholicism and the Pope…

Blogs are Satans hit list…

I don’t want your good vibes, I want prayer…

Christian schools in Israel reopen…

Good piece on Nichole Nordeman…

Every year you grow…

What is marriage for?

What if you’re wrong? On the Second Coming and theological mistakes…

On connectualism…

The con artists at Charisma double down on their shemita bulls…

Blah, blah, lie, lie…

The “perversion” of a narrow faith?

Wenatchee the Hatchet on what Driscolls learned and much more…

Trueman rips Wilson…bravo!

Thanks again to EricL for all the link help…support his businesses at the top right.

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