Have We Forgotten how to Blush?

“Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done?
They certainly were not ashamed,
And they did not know how to blush;
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down,”
Says the LORD.”        Jeremiah 8:12

Is there any subject off limits from public discussion any longer? And when it is necessary to speak to a matter that is rarely talked about and likely should rarely be talked about in public hardly anyone blushes.

Look at your social media feed… no, really. Take a minute and go look.

Do we know how to blush anymore? There is hardly a subject off limits. Have we lost all sense of modesty of speech?

Do you give any consideration at all about the source of the video you share? Did you notice the language used that we once would say would even make a sailor blush? The side-bar advertisements unashamedly are inviting you to take a look, the headlines are calling to your flesh to awaken from the dead state of being crucified with Christ and rule your heart once again.

Look! Again! how often are you liking, laughing, reposting the offenses of God.

‘This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless. ‘For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.’ (Jeremiah 13:10-11)

“I will not show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them.” (Jeremiah 13:14)

The problem is not the wickedness of the world, the problem is that God’s consecrated people are rarely different from the wicked.

Ah Lord God, Is there no balm, is there no physician to heal our fallen broken souls?

Return to God.

 

Love for this Present World

“…having loved this present world, [he] has deserted.” (2 Timothy 4:10)

When I read these words from the apostle, the sober statement in Paul’s word to Timothy is not that Demas had deserted him, but that he loved this present world.

There’s no mention of a particular thing in this present world he loved so much that took his attention off of being on mission with God, Paul just states that his love for the world is what made the way for his turning away.

There are many in the church concerned about people leaving the church today. Surveys are conducted, blogs are written, pod casts are recorded, sermons are given, money is spent and it appears the exiting continues.

Is it because we don’t understand the problem yet? Is it because we don’t change quick enough for the fast pace of our culture? Is it because of a million other reasons?

Maybe those who are leaving the church are in love with this present world.

When we try to keep those who love the world we have to give them things that they love about the world. When we attempt to attract the world on terms that the world demands we haven’t done anything to address the reason people are deserting; their love for the world.

I get that Paul must have been heart sick over Demas’ love for this present world. He’s mentioned two other times in Paul’s writings and both of the previous times he speaks of his ministry partnership. There’s no mention of Demas ever coming back to the Lord after this, he could have; we just don’t have that information. There is evidence of another who deserted Paul on a mission, John Mark, who does return to the gospel advancing work of the Lord’s work; by the grace of God may this happen more.

But for Demas, his love for this present world stands as a warning for all of us. This present world offers so much, promises what it can’t deliver, constantly upgrading, making us lovers of this present world causes us to grow impatient with God and His church.

For more on this topic listen to recent sermons from 1 Kings 12 (A Bold Inventor of Wickedness) and 1 Kings 13 (Bury Me with the Son of God).

(disclaimer: There are real doctrinal reasons to leave a church to gather with other Christians in an honest community of faith, this is not addressing that topic.)

 

The Truth Is, They Are Not Telling You the Truth

Over the weekend I participated with over 100 other citizens from the Magic Valley in a nation wide movement to defund Planned Parenthood. I’m not one to quickly join protest without much information on the organizers and the intentions of all the participants.

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This was worth the risk for me.

I was pleased, it was largely a grassroots gathering, loosely organized and peacefully unified and respectful of all the participants. I did not participate with prayers to Mary and I didn’t require anyone to listen in on my Scripture reading and prayers. I was pleased to meet several people in the community with this common desire to see American tax payer funds stop going to Planned Parenthood, period.

My Letter to the Editor in the Twin Falls – Times News has generated mild traffic but heated emotion over the weekend. There is a lot of confusion over who’s statistics are accurate. Planned Parenthood argues that only 3% of their services includes abortions and the Susan B. Anthony foundation argues that it is really 94 – 97% of Planned Parenthood services include abortions. That’s quite a discrepancy and I don’t know which one is the more accurate. (My opinion is that it is indeed higher than 3%, but where is it factually? I have no idea.)

But this much I now know about the Twin Falls Planned Parenthood:

  • They are part of the Planned Parenthood of the North West (like all of Idaho’s Planned Parenthood clinics)
  • The Twin Falls Planned Parenthood clinic applied and was granted a direct grant, Title X. This is tax generated money for women’s health. It is a “competitive bid” process, meaning any women’s health organization is welcome to apply.
  • Twin Falls Planned Parenthood did receive Medicaid money for two murders (abortions) in Twin Falls between 2012-2014. (see chart below)
  • 203 unborn babies were murdered (aborted) in Twin Falls in 2011 (cited in previous posts)
  • Governor Otter has decided not to investigate Idaho Planned Parenthood clinics even though there are now 8 videos (as of Aug. 24, 2015) that show unethical activity is present within the organization of Planned Parenthood.

There is a better option for women’s health in the Magic Valley. Stanton Healthcare provides free healthcare for women regardless of income status. It is Christian based, but it is not required that you be a Christian to receive services. Help spread the word.

It takes work to get clear factual answers, but it can be done. Here is the truth about the state of Idaho and federal tax payer funding of murders (abortions) in Twin Falls, Idaho. This is money that is given directly to Twin Falls Health Center (Planned Parenthood). It is not a lot, but it is tax payer money (Idaho Medicaid) for the purpose of murder (abortion).

I do agree with the arguments being made that other tax payer money given to Planned Parenthood for “other services” frees other money to be spent for murdering (aborting) unborn babies. This is the reason for my opposition for any tax payer money being given to Planned Parenthood, period.

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NOTE: post was edited for spelling, grammar and photos by Paul Thompson at 1:59pm, August 24, 2015

There Is A Beast In the City

We’ve known this all along…

The murdering of babies is happening in our hometown.

There is a prayer vigil scheduled to happen: at 200 2nd Avenue N (Planned Parenthood), Twin Falls, Idaho Saturday, August 22 at 10:00AM.

Church, Planned Parenthood is murdering babies in your city.

Legally? Yes.

The selling of human organs and tissue may not be happening at 200 2nd Avenue North in Twin Falls, but babies are being murdered. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices. The Twin Falls Health Center (aka: Planned Parenthood) does receive state and federal tax money for services they provide. It is true that all funds given are for allowed women’s health services. And yes, this does free up other funds for abortions (over 200 in 2011)

The argument is that our tax dollars are not spent on abortions. This is not true. Yes, the argument is made that Planned Parenthood does not get direct money from tax payers to perform these abortions.

The truth is, that is not true.

The Twin Falls Health Center received both Idaho tax funds and federal tax funds money for two abortions over the past three years.

Two is two too many!

Grant it the funds were under $200.00 per abortion, but that’s $200.00 too much!

Now (take a deep breath), what must be done?

Church, repent of your laziness on this matter. Planned Parenthood is a monster and must be shut down completely. You and I can not make ourselves feel good about how good we are compared to the monsters we read about in the bible who participated in pagan, child sacrifices. We know this is happening today in our land.

If our elected officials will not aggressively put together a legal means to defund, and shut down all together, Planned Parenthood then we must call out, from among us, men and women who will allow us to elect them into public office.

Many say, “It can’t be done.”

It must be done. It must be done today.

By the grace of God, there have been faithful and courageous people and churches in the valley who have historically been active to speak out. We must continue.

NOTE: Planned Parenthood is scheduled to be open on Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. It is important that you be respectful of the legal right that Planned Parenthood has to be open. It would be inappropriate to speak rudely, arrogantly, hateful to anyone. Our fight is not with flesh and blood. There is a devilish spirit behind the monster of Planned Parenthood whom we will humbly ask our God to deal with.

 

Defund Planned Parenthood

Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time working on writing letters to elected public servants from county sheriff to local school board, from state government to national government.

When a person writes an elected public servant he feels like his concern it the most important matter and wants immediate attention given the the issue. It’s important to remind yourself that there are a lot of issues and serious matters that are being addressed and then when there are big issues that many people are writing in about that it takes time and the individual must be careful to listen to all his/her constituents and then give a logical and reasonable reply.

So far I’ve received a grand total of 5 replies. Three were automated and two personal. I’ll be patient.

In the mean time… have you written or called? Here is a starter list of who to contact and some samples of my letters HERE.

If you are writing letters, consider these helpful tips…

  • Keep Letters as short, yet informative, as possible. (three to four short paragraphs)
  • Be kind
  • Be respectful
  • Write your letter, get a second opinion, drink a tall glass of ice water (if your heart rate is still high, drink another glass of ice water), then re-read before sending
  • When you get a reply – be sure to repeat all of your previous steps and be sure to reply back and follow up on unanswered questions or new questions from the correspondence you receive.

Now, go be a responsible citizen.

Did You Know?

I’ve been doing some research on Planned Parenthood and thought I would share some bullet point facts and site the sources in hopes that you too will be motivated to take action. The fact is, we have grown rather comfortable that Planned Parenthood exist in our communities.

Planned Parenthood should not only cease to receive federal tax money of any kind for any “service” it does, it should be shut down completely and charges filed against every employee.

History:

  • Birth Control Federation of America founder, Margaret Sanger, opened first clinic in Brownsville (Brooklyn), NY, in a in 1916. (citation) Reading any primary documents by Margaret Sanger will convince you of her hatred of God, church, family, and blacks.
  •  Birth Control Federation of America changed its name to Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942 (citation)
  • There are currently 59 affiliates operating over 700 clinics across the United States. (citation).
  • There is one clinic in Twin Falls, Idaho (operated under Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, citation) that murdered 203 unborn children in 2011.

Let me get straight to the point. At a minimum I’m asking you to join me in the nation wide efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of federal, state and local tax funds. I’m also asking you who live in the Magic Valley of southern Idaho to help me in a movement to shut down the Twin Falls (Planned Parenthood) Health Center located in down town Twin Falls, at 200 Second Ave N.

It was reported that there were 203 abortions at the Twin Falls Health Center in 2011 (cdapress.com and spokesman.com)

Recently Governor Butch Otter has informed the state of Idaho that he will not launch an investigation at any Planned Parenthood clinics in spite of the recent discovery of Planned Parenthood’s unethical practice of selling tissue from murdered babies. (citation) This is unreasonable and irresponsible.

I’m asking you to help me do four things right now:

  1. Pray. Repenting of this shameful behavior of our nation. Ask God to raise up courageous men and women willing to finally speak up for the unborn.
  2. Join me in a letter writing campaign, both electronic and physical letters to Governor Otter. Requesting him to reconsider his decision to not investigate Idaho Planned Parenthood clinics.
  3.  Join me in a letter writing campaign, both electronic and physical letters to Twin Falls County Sheriff, Tom Carter. Requesting him to investigate and arrest employees of the Twin Falls Health Center (Planned Parenthood) for murder and/or assistance in the murder of unborn babies.
  4. Share this blog post on all your social media accounts, email to your friends, and share with your church/Sunday School class/small group.

Contact information:


Letter to Governor Butch Otter:
Online contact: http://gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/contact.html
e-mail address: Governor@gov.idaho.gov
Physical Address

Office of the Governor
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Dear Governor Otter,

I urge you to reconsider your decision not to investigate Planned Parenthood in the state of Idaho. According to its 2013-2014 national annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. In the city where I live, Twin Falls, over 200 abortions were performed in 2011. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices.

There are other organizations that offer women’s health without involving themselves in the destruction of life in the womb. Women in Twin Falls will not go without good considerate care in absence of Planned Parenthood.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn.

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to defund and close down the murderous activity of abortion in our state. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity in our land and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Sincerely,

Paul Thompson


Letter to Sheriff Tom Carter:
mailing address: P.O. Box 146, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83303
e-mail address: twinfallscoso@co.twin-falls.id.us

Dear Sheriff Carter,

I have a matters of concern I would like you to hear and give response to;

First, I assume you are aware of Governor Otter’s decision to not call for an investigation of local Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the state. I would like to ask and plead with you to do an investigation on behalf of the citizens of Twin Falls County.

According to its 2013-2014 national annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. In the city where I live, Twin Falls, over 200 abortions were performed in 2011. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices.

Second, would you be willing to do an investigation of the content on Planned Parenthood’s website (http://www.plannedparenthood.org)? There is questionable content not suitable for minors. The content intended for teens (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/teens) is inappropriate.

There are other organizations that offer women’s health without involving themselves in the destruction of life in the womb. Women in Twin Falls will not go without good considerate care in absence of Planned Parenthood.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn.

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to defund and close down the murderous activity of abortion in our state. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity in our land and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Will you stand courageously in this day? It appears no one else is willing to take on the giant, Planned Parenthood. Please give consideration to what you are able to do for the life of all citizens in Twin Falls County.

Sincerely,

 


Letter to Twin Falls School District
Superintendent Dr. Willey Dobbs
e-mail: dobbswi@tfsd.edu

Dear Superintendent Dr. Dobbs,

I have a matter of concern I would like you to hear and give response to;

I’m aware that various organizations have influence on the students at our public funded schools in the Twin Falls School District. I respect the enormous responsibility upon you and all the staff of the TFSD.

Would you be willing to do an investigation of the content on Planned Parenthood’s website (http://www.plannedparenthood.org)? There is questionable content not suitable for minors. The content intended for teens (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/teens) is inappropriate.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn and treat sexuality with such silliness as the Planned Parenthood link for teens.

Does Planned Parenthood have access to the students in our school district?

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to protect the youth in our community and keep them safe from the foolish behavior of Planned Parenthood. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Sincerely,

 


State of Idaho Representatives

Idaho State Representatives: HERE
Local District: HERE

Idaho State Senators: HERE

All members of the State Affairs Committee: one e-mail for the entire committee HERE  (hstaf@house.idaho.gov)
Chair Thomas F. Loertscher, Vice Chair Gayle L. Batt, Ken Andrus, Lynn M. Luker, Brent J. Crane, Joe Palmer, Kathleen Sims, Vito Barbieri, James Holtzclaw, Shannon McMillan, Linden B. Bateman, Don Cheatham, Pete Nielsen, Elaine Smith, Paulette Jordan, John McCrostie,  Melissa Wintrow

Dear State Affairs Committee,

According to its 2013-2014 national annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. In the city where I live, Twin Falls, over 200 abortions were performed in 2011. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices.

There are other organizations that offer women’s health without involving themselves in the destruction of life in the womb. Women in Twin Falls will not go without good considerate care in absence of Planned Parenthood.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn.

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to defund and close down the murderous activity of abortion in our state. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity in our land and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Sincerely,

This will take quite some time. I sent a letter (basically the same, but personalized) to every member of the Idaho legislature. There may be a quicker, more convenient way to do this but this is all I knew.


Letter to U.S. Representative Mike Simpson:
Online Contact Form: http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=83301&Submit=FIND+YOUR+REP+BY+ZIP

Dear Representative Simpson,

According to its 2013-2014 national annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. In the city where I live, Twin Falls, over 200 abortions were performed in 2011. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices.

There are other organizations that offer women’s health without involving themselves in the destruction of life in the womb. Women in Twin Falls will not go without good considerate care in absence of Planned Parenthood.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn.

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to defund and close down the murderous activity of abortion in our state. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity in our land and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Sincerely,


Letter to U.S. Senators: Idaho

Senator Mike Crapo
Physical address: 239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
online contact: http://www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Dear Senator Crapo,

According to its 2013-2014 national annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. In the city where I live, Twin Falls, over 200 abortions were performed in 2011. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices.

There are other organizations that offer women’s health without involving themselves in the destruction of life in the womb. Women in Twin Falls will not go without good considerate care in absence of Planned Parenthood.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn.

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to defund and close down the murderous activity of abortion in our state. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity in our land and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Sincerely,

Senator Jim Risch
Physical address: 483 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Online contact: http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email

Dear Senator Risch,

According to its 2013-2014 national annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. In the city where I live, Twin Falls, over 200 abortions were performed in 2011. It is unreasonable to think that an organization willing to make a business out of murdering unborn children is not also capable of other unethical practices.

There are other organizations that offer women’s health without involving themselves in the destruction of life in the womb. Women in Twin Falls will not go without good considerate care in absence of Planned Parenthood.

I refuse to sit idle on this matter as long as our federal, state, and local governments financially participate in the genocide of the unborn.

I am not interested in idle chit-chat on this matter; I want to know what you intend to do to defund and close down the murderous activity of abortion in our state. If you are unable to give this kind of direction for me, I will begin looking for a man or woman courageous enough to stop this shameful activity in our land and convince my fellow countrymen to elect them into office at the next available moment.

Sincerely,

Weaned from Worship of God

In my current preaching series through the Kings (1st and 2nd Kings) I have become arrested by the description of Jeroboam’s efforts to wean the inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) from the practice of the worship of God.

Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.”
(1 Kings 12:26-27 NASB)

The historian’s description of Jeroboam’s sincerity is best seen in the first part of verse 26 “Jeroboam said in his heart,” He is seen as sincere in his motivation. He would have been known as devoted to the best interest of the people.

But the real motivation is understood within the next sentence. He’s literally meaning “If I am to win this people to me I must wean this people from worshiping God.”

Listen, if Jeroboam said directly that he plans to wean the people from the worship of God they would have rejected him. So rather, he redefines a worship practice that appeals to the comfort and convenience of the people. We love comfort and convenience. This method of ‘weaning’ people from the worship of God is proven to be successful.

Here is my sermon on this text from 1 Kings 12:25-33 – 1 Kings 13:1-10

The Manifest Presence of God

A few guys over at SBCVoices.com are discussing the topic of the manifest presence of God.

This is of great interest to me:

One of the most helpful things on this topic for me is two fold:

1) Psalm 139, 1 Kings 8:27, Jeremiah 23:24, Proverbs 15:3
2) Where there is no mistaking that the bible clearly shows us that there is nowhere God is not and that there is nothing that can singularly contain Him; there is no place that God is not already there. “Manifest presence” of God are those special moments where God’s presence is unmistakably present.

If God is everywhere, and I believe He is, then we must agree that he is equally present at a Mormon temple, a Muslim mosque, a kingdom hall gathering, a Masonic lodge, a Planned Parenthood clinic, a Satanic event, and a Baptist church service. He’s not being worshiped in these places just because they are places where He is.

Is it possible that God’s presence is manifestly different in places and times of His choosing where His people humble themselves? Yes.

O may He manifestly visit His church again.

Currently Preaching Through the Kings

Here are all of the current sermons as I’m preaching through the Kings. This past Sunday I began chapter 12 as the division of the Kingdom of Israel begins as the Northern Kingdom, Israel, separates from the tribe of Judah.

This is what a typical sermon looks like after being recorded and uploaded to an .mp3 file.
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Better to Love God

I was recently in Haiti to visit the New Horizon Home of Eastside Baptist Church. While there we made plans to take the girls (all 43 of them) to a Baptist church in the community where we have moved. I visited the church on a previous visit and met the pastor but this was the first visit with the girls.

I already knew I was in a special place because on the front wall, behind the preacher, was this statement from 2 Timothy 3:1-5

IMG_20150712_103805 (1)But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

I was very pleased to discover the girls have a very good church in their neighborhood that will boldly preach the bible. It will seem strange to many, that in a place like Haiti, there is a great mixture of a worldly message of prosperity attached to the preaching of the Bible. It is tragic that what is considered “successful” in an American church is imitated by anyone wanting to be rich rather than obedient.

As we walked into the church house we expected that we may have a hard time finding a place for all 43 of the girls and 9 Americans to sit together. After finding no place on the main floor we made our way to the balcony, there we were able to get all the girls together.

My dear brother, Alex, sat next to me and translated the sermon for me. The sermon on July 12 was from a visiting preacher and his text was Acts 28:1-5. I only have short bits of the sermon written down, but very convicting and encouraging that the church our girls will attend will preach the bible. This is a top priority for me.

Title: A Bite but A Blessing

  • Some come preaching: ‘come to God and be blessed’, but at this church we preach, ‘come to God and suffer.’
  • Paul did not think when he was in jail that something bad had happened to him.
  • When he was shipwrecked on the island of Malta he did not think that God had abandoned him because of the hardship.
  • When he was bit by a snake while getting wood for the fire, he did not assume he was being punished by God.
  • Paul was in the work of God; if you want to serve God you must be prepared to suffer.
  • There are two things we learn from Acts 28:1-5
    • Better to love and obey God than to just be busy in the work of God
    • First love and obey God – then – take pleasure in the work of God. If this is not understood you will think that you deserve blessings from God because you are busy in the work of God and deserve prosperity.
    • If you do not first love and obey God you will not be prepared to suffer.
    • It is better to love God and obey Him than to love the work of God without loving Him.
  • When Paul was in jail, he continued the work of God because he loved God and loved being with God
  • When you come to church, come to church to be with God and give glory to God because you love him.
    • If anyone wants to follow Christ he must pick up His cross (and suffer)
    • When you come to follow Christ, expect that you will face hard times.
  • When you are in a hard situation;
    • ask, is this the discipline of God?
    • ask, is this the result of following God?
  • If all things are going good you may want to ask God if everything is alright.
  • If all things are difficult, and you a sure it is not the discipline of God, you will want to bless the Lord for your suffering. He has asked of you to display his glory in your humility.

Acts 28:1-6 (NASB)
When they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.  When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.” However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.

This would be a good sermon for all.

 

 

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