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Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Let us walk through life seeking a towel and not a title. Let us walk through life in humility, knowing only, through Christ can I do ALL things.
Often times I have seen people refer to the word "pride"  describing people with money.  I can assure you there are a great many people who stay in poverty due to their pride as well. Ignorant Pride leads to poverty. When you think that your opinion is the only one that matters and can never learn from anyone. That's pride as well. Lying is a form of Pride. Let's do a study on this Subject. When they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, ask God to let a strong wind blow you far away from a cycle of Pride. Generational curses
come with the spirit of PRIDE.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12 ; Luke 18:9-14.
Text: Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
You have heard it said that sin is sin, but all of us are aware surely that some sins are more serious, more dangerous and more destructive than others. John, in his first epistle, refers to the fact that some sins are not unto death as distinguished from the sin which is unto death.
What do you consider to be the most dangerous sin that a person can commit? the most serious, and the most destructive?
1. Pride puts oneself at the center
Our answers may differ, but there is a sin which, across the centuries, has been looked upon by many students of the Christian life as perhaps the most deadly of all the deadly sins. It is a sin which is common to human nature.
It is a sin, not of the few, but of the many.
It is a sin which appears in infancy and may follow a person all the days of his or her life.
It is a sin both of the young and the old, both of the educated and the uneducated, both of the rich and the poor.
It is a sin which may be found among church members right in the church on Sunday morning as well as in the lives of those who never darken the door of a church building.
Yet, it is normally not looked upon by the average person as being such a terrible thing, and many people are guilty of it who, if you were to accuse them of it, would deny it to your very face.
What is this dangerous, destructive, deadly sin?
Some call it self-centeredness.
Some call it conceit.
Some call it egotism.
Some call it vanity.
Some call it self-esteem.
The Bible calls it pride.
It is putting one's self at the center of life instead of God or others.
It is putting other people on a lower plane than one's self, thus erecting barriers between people, between races, between classes, between nations and between man and God.
It is feeling superior to other people even though we were all created by the same God and even though we have all sinned and come short of His glory and His plan for our lives.
It is wanting to be the center of attraction, the top man on the totem pole, the big man on the campus, the most popular girl in school, the most indispensable person in the organization, the star of the show, the frosting on the cake, the queen bee in the hive, and the biggest apple on the tree.
The valet of a German kaiser once said, "I cannot deny that my master was vain. He had to be (as All Highest) the central figure in everything. If he went to a christening, he wanted to be the baby. If he went to a wedding, he wanted to be the bride. If he went to a funeral, he wanted to be the corpse."
A man is quoted as saying that once when he was in a hospital, he had a nurse who was so conceited that whenever she took the pulse of one of the men, she always knocked off five points to all for the impact of her personality upon the patient.
Pride is thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. It is thinking that our opinions are more valuable than that of others. It is thinking that our way is better than that of anyone else, and that our interests are more important than those of others.
The Pharisee in the temple is a good example of spiritual pride as he prays, "God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess."
And, unless we are extremely careful, we, too, may be good examples of the same spirit if we say, "Lord, I thank Thee that I am not like the Pharisee!"
We may not consider pride as one of the most deadly and dangerous sins, but there are perhaps few sins in the entire world that can lead to more harm and destruction than pride. We read in Proverbs 11:2: "When pride cometh, then cometh shame...."
We read in Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."
We read in Proverbs 28:25 that a proud heart is sin.
John tells us in his first epistle that the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world.
In our Scripture lesson from Matthew 23, Jesus warns us against doing things for a show and to make an impression on others of our own importance, and He says plainly that whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased or brought low.
2. God is the true center of life
Why is pride or self-centeredness or thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought such a dangerous and destructive sin?
Well, for one thing it is putting ourselves at the center of life instead of God, our Creator. It is a violation of the first commandment in which God says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me."
If you think it is not such a bad thing to build your life around yourself rather than with God in the center, to want your own way in preference to God's way, just remember that it was this very sin - the sin of pride - that we are led to believe caused the devil himself to be cast out of Heaven. According to the Scriptures, we are led to believe that Satan was once the angel of light, one of the greatest of the angels, a real servant of God, but he let pride come into his life and let that pride cause him to seek to be higher even than God Himself, thus leading him into rebellion against the will of God and his downfall from Heaven to earth.
God is the Creator of everything. The life we have, the health, the strength, whatever abilities we have, the world we live in - all these come from God and thus all glory belongs to Him. Yet pride leads us to seek credit and glory for ourselves rather than giving it unto God to Whom it rightly belongs.
No wonder William Law, whose writings were such a great influence on the life of John Wesley, said, "Pride must die in you, or nothing in heaven can live in you...."
3. Pride shuts the door on help
Then, for another thing, pride tends to shut us off from the help we need if we are ever going to learn the things we need to know and secure the help we need to have to become and be the persons we need to be and do the things we need to do.
When we become proud and think we know more or better than others, we close the door to learning from them.
A woman once said, "What can Billy Graham tell me? I know as much as he does!" She had closed the door to learning from him.
There are times when all of us come up against problems that are too large for us to deal with in our own knowledge and strength, but pride can keep us from asking for help from those who are willing to help us if we would only ask.
There is a famous legend coming out of French history that is a good illustration of this. Charlemagne was known as one of the greatest French emperors of all time. In his army he had an outstanding officer by the name of Roland. On one occasion Charlemagne and his army were on the march and Roland and another officer, Oliver, with a small detachment of men were given the task of guarding the rear of the army. All unexpectedly Roland and his men were surrounded by their enemies, the Moors. Roland wore at his side a great horn whose blast could be heard miles and miles away. "Blow the horn," said Oliver, "and Charlemagne will come back and help us." But Roland refused. He was too proud to ask for help. One by one his men were killed until finally only he and Oliver were left. Oliver was slain and Roland was wounded to the death. Then, and only then, did he lift the great horn to his lips and sound the call to help across the hills and valleys. Charlemagne and his army came hastening back, but it was too late. Roland and Oliver and all their men were dead. Roland's pride was their undoing.
Napoleon and his army almost conquered all of Europe, but his army largely perished in the snows and ice and blizzards of Russia and that was the beginning of his downfall and eventual defeat.
He had been warned not to invade Russia. He had been told by the experts that in that particular year the birds had migrated far earlier than usual and that was a certain sign of a specially severe winter to come.
Yet, Napolean laughed at the advice.
Advice might have been useful for lesser people, but not for him.
He was proud. He would not listen to others. His army perished.
You say, "I would never be proud like that! If I needed advice, I would ask for it! If I needed help, I would let it be known."
Have you ever been in a strange town or part of the country, gotten lost or confused, and driven around and around trying to find your own way out rather than stopping and asking someone for directions? If so, you have the same problem Napoleon and Roland had, only in a different way and perhaps with less dramatic consequences.
J. C. Ryle, one of the great bishops and Bible students of an earlier day, once said that those from whom the Gospel is hidden are generally the wise in their own eyes and the prudent in their own sight. "Nothing is so likely to keep a person out of Heaven and prevent him from seeing Christ as pride. So long as we think we are something, we shall never be saved. The beginning of the way to Heaven is to feel that we are in the way to Hell and be willing to be taught of the Spirit... The sum of all our hopes must be that Christ has died for us. Yet one must humble himself and confess himself as a sinner before he can accept that doctrine, and pride makes it hard for a person to do this."
Pride is destructive because it tends to shut the door to knowledge and it tends to keep us from admitting our needs and our inabilities and from asking for help when we need it.
4. Jesus praised humble service, not pride
Not only so, but pride keeps many a person from walking the pathway of humble service that Jesus calls His followers to walk.
Pride seeks honor and glory. It does not seek humble and lowly service where one is not noticed and praised.
Two of the disciples asked Jesus for the privilege of sitting one at His right hand and the other at His left when He came into His kingdom. When the other disciples found out about it, they didn't like it a little bit and were moved with indignation against the two.
But, the night of the Passover supper, none of the disciples asked for the privilege of taking a basin, water and a towel and washing the dusty feet of the rest of the group. Jesus Himself finally got up, laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded himself; then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and to dry them with the towel.
One of the outstanding leaders in the Salvation Army in earlier years was Samuel Logan Brengle. When he applied for admission into the Salvation Army to go out as an officer following a period in a training home, he received little encouragement. He insisted that he be given a chance. The second day he was in the training home, he was sent down into a dark little cellar to black about half a cartload of dirty boots for the cadets who were in training. As he started the disagreeable task, the thoughts came to him that a few years before he had graduated from a university, that he had spent a couple of years in a leading theological school, that he had been pastor of a city church, that he had just come out of evangelistic work in which he had seen hundreds of people seeking Christ, and now he was only blacking boots for a lot of ignorant boys. Pride was cropping up and tempting him to chuck the whole thing and go back to where his talents were more noticed and appreciated. But then he remembered the life and example of Jesus and pride had to go out the door.
There are a lot of lowly tasks that need to be done in the work of serving Christ and His church and a needy world. If we give it half a chance, pride will get in the way and cause us to seek the places of honor while the more lowly and perhaps even more needful tasks go begging are even undone.
As John Jowett once put it, "We all want to be stars when our Lord wants us to be street lights. We want to stand in royal palaces and be cup bearers to the King, while all the time the King is saying, 'Give a cup of cold water in My Name.'"Reverend Donald K. Funderburk.
Date: November 7, 1979

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Praying For Your Pastor & Family

Praying For Your Pastor & Family Exodus 17:9-15 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” 10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[c] the throne of the Lord,[d] the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” Father, We stand with our Pastor in Prayer lifting his hands to you. We surrender to your will and to the spiritual authority you have placed over us. We ask you blessing on our Pastor. *That his personal walk with God would be nourished and strengthened (Mark 1:35) *That his marriage would be a strong model of Christ's relationship with the Church. While Pastor tenderly cherishes and leads his wife she will respect and encourage Pastor submitting to his leadership (Ephesians 5:23:33) *That his children will not be discouraged or embittered by the pressures of the work of the Ministry. *That he will have good health, adequate family time, time of relaxation and renewal to balance the stress and pressure of the cloak of Ministry.(1 Corinthians 6:19,9:27) *That he will be able to focus on the Word of God and be courageous in the pulpit in proclaiming Christ, preaching with insight,transparency and humility(Ephesians 6:19, Colossians 4:3-4) *That we will have spiritual unity among the leadership and body in the church and that the enemy will not be allowed to create division, strife, or misunderstanding.(1 Corinthians 12:25-26) *That you will provide for our Pastor and his family financially as he is a wise steward of both personal and church finances(Philippians 4:19) *That you will give him a fresh divine anointing for his ministry and that your power will be evident in his personal life and the spiritual life of the chruch(2 Timonthy 1:7 and Romans 15:18-19)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Forgiveness in Offense

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,// be patient and kind, but don't let it go!! Titus 2http://bible.us/Titus3.10.ESV Copied off of Pastor Tyler Padgitt's FB. Teach Sound Doctrine 1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,............ ........... 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. Below stops written form: Some people love division if they can not be in control. They do not want a shepherd, but only a chaplain. When a shepherd corrects, that is LOVE. It's not all peaches and cream. There will be a growing time. The pastor will use all five of the giftings. One of them is the pastor which means the protecter of the church. It is his responsibility to bring awareness and warn against any spirit the is trying to cause division. As a prophet it is his duty to expose the wolves that are manipulating the sheep around them. He is the one that will have to stand before God for doing what has called him to do in LOVE. The ultimate goal is restoration. But if they sit for hours with their arms crossed unrepentive, then that pastor has to follow his authority. What people do with that they will have to answer to God. The real test of true character only comes when there is a testing. That is when the pruning will start. You will find out where the weak are very quickly, if there is an offense. You will be able to tell what they are made of by how they leave. And You can look for all the ways to justify why your doing what your doing. Do they leave correctly? What spirits and attitude goes with them and remains with them and who follows? It's one thing to attend for 40 years and grow shallow roots. Then there is a challenge to break comfort barriers. It's easy to be there because your families theres or your mommies there. Or its a tradition but its lost its passion.Than it is, to grow deep roots that break cycles.   Remember when there is division in someones life there is every unclean spirit present. That alone should scare you silly. There is a warning, if it goes unrepentive then spirits will gather in great number deceiving and bewitching the sheep around them with clever lies and sayings. There are people who love to stir up trouble because they have set a cycle in their lives. Look at their fruit. You can see a lot by the fruit you see. If their kids and closest friends start having a bad attitude toward you then you know they have spread their poison. Sometimes all you can do is just pity them. They will stand before an almighty God and give an account for every word and deed. You just have to wash your hands of them. If they leave your church trying to steal as many as they can to go with you, they will be judged greatly. If you follow them then you will drink the bitter waters in time, if it goes unrepented. If all they say  your the best pastor ever, but offend one of them by having to correct them in love, watch how then they will change their tune by saying all of a sudden your the worst pastor ever and you don't love them. They then develope a gang mentality. To get in good with the ones who have left screaming and cursing, they will  have to put the pastor down and leave. They pick apart the pastor or his wife for every little thing they say or do , IT'S NOT OF GOD! After all it so easy to blame the pastor for everything and be apart of an easy route, blob with no indentity. (A very small mentality) Which is a true sign of imaturity. So where are the front line warriors? Where are the true soldiers and leaders who will stand in the face of the enemy of God? So, God is not able to build on them right now if they go unrepentive and stop their actions. If its the same cycle after the 3rd pastor, them it might not be the pastor after all. If they do not repent and stop their divisiona, gossip and blaming then just step away from them, MOVE ON, and set boundaries. You will have to be the mature Christian and say "Do what the bible says to do and go to the one your offended at and don't come to me." Love them and move on and do what the bibles says and FORGIVE

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Wolves Among Sheep

Be Wise. Be seekers of truth through the word. Cowards do not go straight to the source. They come from behind twisting lies through their own offense. Ignorance is hearing only one side. Go to the source. Stay close to the shepherd.

The only few places I have found where God uses the word Abomination to him is the Homosexual life style and to this scripture:

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 35 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Beware when these things start. You will have people who will join in because they love to stir up trouble. They are usually pew sitters. They don't get involved with anything else. But love to go around from person to person and stir the pot.
Sheep loves the shepherd but wolves  hates the shepherd.

Some of the many ways you will know there is a wolf in the midst of the sheep.
1. Their children  and family will start to waver.
2. Some of the new babies closest to them will start missing church more and more.
3. The people around them will feel anger, fear, anxiety,pressure, the feeling of not wanting to go to church where they attend.
4. New bad attitudes from different people will arise that never was there before.
I have been in ministry long enough to see and notice that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing. It becomes tiresome to see so many people who say they are a Christian and then undermine all that God is doing in and through the church. This doesn’t come as a surprise since Satan is continually trying to undo what God is doing. So we know that Satan is also at work in the church. Jesus warned us about such people when He said, "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matt 7:15, NIV) So what do these wolves look like?

1. Wolves gossip. They go around talking about people they are offended with and don’t actually talk to the person they are offended by. This may involve lies and slander. Always beware of those who gossip. They are bad news. (2 Tim 3:1-5; 2 Pet 2:3; 1 John 4:20)
2. Wolves are easily offended. (Prov 18:19; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 1 John 4:20)
3. Wolves misuse the scriptures. (2 Tim 4:3; 2 Pet 2:1-2, 12)
4. Wolves speak against the spiritual authority God has placed over the church. This applies to speaking against the elders, but primarily against the pastor. (2 Pet 2:10; 1 John 4:20)
5. Wolves are always right. They have the attitude: “it is my way or the high way.” (2 Tim 3:1-5; 2 Pet 2:14)
6. Wolves are argumentative. It is as if they look for fights. (Prov 18:19; 1 John 4:20)
7. Wolves do not seek all the information needed to make a decision. They will only listen to what supports their opinion. (2 Tim 4:3; 1 John 4:20)
8. Wolves vie for power. (2 Pet 2:14, 19)
9. Wolves undermine the work of the church as commanded by Jesus, to make disciples through discipleship and evangelism. (Matt 28:19-20; 2 Pet 2:1-2, 12)
10. Wolves are unwilling to admit when they are wrong and never apologize or ask for forgiveness. (2 Tim 3:1-5; 1 John 4:20)
11. Wolves are proud. (2 Tim 3:1-5)
12. They control through guilt, fear, rejection, intimidation, stories of fear to control, warnings of being deceived, and throws  fits of tantrums, or they paint themselves a victims. Beware they love to gather and put pressure on the other sheep to conform. You will especially see this if they start to lose power.

13. Look for changed behaviors and patterns. They start clustering together. They start going around being very friendly to others when for years they never did. Their whole goal is to gain favor and groups to support their twisted views of influence. Look at the mates of these wolves. How is there attitudes? You can see a whole lot through the attitude of others.How can you tell if you yourself are a wolf in sheep’s clothing? You read the above list and are offended by it.

This list does not mean that Wolves fit the whole of it. Even if we see one of these points we must be cautious at the possibility and wait for more signs before concluding that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Church leadership needs to be aware of such people, because these people are very destructive to the church. Church leadership also needs to watch for it in their own ranks, because church leadership are not immune to having wolves in sheep’s clothing. When a wolf in sheep’s clothing is identified the church leadership needs to deal with the issue promptly so to keep the damage at minimum. Some may be afraid of dealing with these wolves because of how this might affect the church. Let me be clear with this. No matter what you do, wolves will cause damage; it’s just a matter of how much damage you allow them to do. The sooner the wolf is dealt with, the less damage there will be.

The next question may be how do we deal with wolves? We must follow the example Jesus gives us in Matt 18. We are first to go to the person. If there is no change, then one or two witnesses must be brought. If the person still does not comply they must be brought to the church leadership for discipline. This discipline may include expulsion from the church should the person fail to comply with the church leadership. This doesn’t mean that the person cannot come back to the church; but that they can, should they follow the directives given by the church leadership. Remember, church discipline is always about restoring. It is up to the person being disciplined to comply with the standards God has given in order to be restored to fellowship.

It is always good to be proactive so there is less chance of a wolf to gain power within church leadership. One way is to be diligent to follow 1 Timothy 3 when choosing elders and deacons. This will minimize the possibility of selecting wolves in leadership. The pastor or search committee must ask good questions of the elder or deacon candidate. This includes asking the person if they agree with the vision of the church and support the pastor. If they don’t, DO NOT ENTERTAIN HIS/HER NAME TO STAND FOR LEADERSHIP. They will cause problems. 

Here are a few vital questions to ask of a elder/deacon candidate.

1. How frequently have you been reading your Bible in the past four months?
2. How frequently have you been praying to God in the past four months?
3. In your prayer times have you been praying for the church and it’s pastor?
4. How have you been helping to fulfill the vision God has given this church?
5. What has God been teaching you in the last week? Month? Year?

If the elder/deacon candidate cannot answer these questions to the degree expected for the church leadership, then do not entertain the person for church leadership. They will cause problems in the church, because they are not hearing God’s voice for the clear direction needed to be a part of church leadership.

Let us be diligent in the work God has called us as leaders, to lead the church in His direction, while protecting the flock from ferocious wolves. Pastor Kevin Christian Forum

TOUR OF LIFE MOMENTS: 2012 Ladies Luau Party

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 Ladies Luau Party

When: Friday Sept. 7th
Where: It will be hosted by Marcia Millard
What time: 6:30 p.m.
Bring a finger food.
Come to swim or just visit.

It'a Girls Night Out!

We will be having mini Spa stations set up(mani and pedis, bring a tip)
 Come to make a new friend, have fun, and just bring your favorite game to play!