Don’t “Weary Out” – May 26, 2023

One of the character qualities of a mature believer, listed in the epistles, is that of “endurance” (“patience” in KJV*).  We are told in Romans 5, and in James 1, that this particular character quality is brought about by suffering, a.k.a. “trials and temptations.”  “Endurance” is a translation of a compound Greek word hypo meaning “under” and meno meaning “to stand”, so it literally means to stand up under the circumstances, under the hardships, under the pressure, and even to stand up when you’ve been knocked down….

The story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general and then the President of the United States. They knew of other men who had greater talent but who never succeeded. One of Jackson’s friends said, “Why, Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.” Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times and out?” “Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat — he would never stay ‘throwed.’ Jim Brown would get tired, and on the fourth try Andrew Jackson would throw him and be the winner.” Picking up on that idea, someone has said, “The thing that counts is not how many times you are ‘throwed,’ but whether you are willing to stay ‘throwed’.” We may face setbacks, but we must take courage and go forward in faith. Then, through the Holy Spirit’s power we can be the eventual victor over sin and the world. The battle is the Lord’s, so there is no excuse for us to stay “throwed”! 

There is a saying among soldiers and tough guys, “You can rest when you’re dead!”  We have a better one, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.”  So as long as I have breath in my earthly lungs, there is no need to “stay throwed!” Amen?

Yours, for His Church,

Pastor Scott

*As the Bible was continuously translated into English it was English that changed over time..     

Makrothumia {Long burn} – “Long-Suffering” in KJV is “Patience” in NASB

Hypomeno {To Stand Under} – “Patience” in KJV  is “Endurance” in NASB

Satanic Influence in 2023 – May 21, 2023

The textline has been fairly  quiet in recent months, but I did get an interesting email question this week: “Do you think plurality of demons, as portrayed in Matthew 8, is what is influencing the transgender movement?”

If you’re asking about the plural pronouns, I suppose only God knows (Psalm 44:21).  But in the bigger picture, yes!  All rebellion against God’s plan is ultimately wrought by Satan.  Satan first suggested to Eve that there was a better option than obedience and that’s still what is being proffered; alteration of God’s plan.  The 27th verse of our Bible (along with every cell in our body) indicates that we were each created male or female.  You may be a man who likes to sew; it may mean you are destined to be able to help your daughters with their wedding dresses. but it doesn’t make you a woman!  You may be a woman with a great arm; you may be destined to help your sons learn how to pitch, but it  doesn’t make you a man!  There is a huge spectrum of abilities within each assignment; but the assignment is ordained by God and is cell deep.  So yes, seeking to escape it is rebellion, which God calls “witchcraft” in 1 Samuel 15. Close enough to be demonic for me!

Speaking of demonic influence check out this news story, Jackie Hill Perry is one of the Conference Speakers streamed in for conferences here for our ladies.:    

I don’t know anything about Beyonce, per se, but I think this may apply to a lot of what passes for entertainment today!

Live in the light brothers and sisters!

Pastor Scott

The Diamond Merchant”  – May 5, 2020

A rich Dutch merchant was seeking to buy a diamond of a certain kind to add to his collection. A famous dealer in New York found such a stone and called him to come and see.

The merchant flew immediately to New York, where the seller had assigned his best diamond expert to close the transaction. After hearing the assistant describe in perfect technical detail the diamond’s worth and beauty, the Dutchman decided not to buy it. Before he left, however, the owner of the store stepped forward and asked, “Do you mind if I show you that stone once more?” The customer agreed.

The storeowner didn’t repeat one thing that the salesman had said. He simply took the stone in his hand, stared at it, and described the beauty of the stone in a way that revealed why this stone stood out from all the others he had seen in his life. The customer bought it immediately.

Tucking his new purchase into his breast pocket, the customer commented to the owner, “Sir, I wonder why you were able to sell me this stone when your salesman could not?”

The owner replied, “That salesman is the best in the business. He knows more about diamonds than anyone, including myself, and I pay him a large salary for his knowledge and expertise. But I would gladly pay him twice as much if I could put into him something I have which he lacks. You see, he knows diamonds, but I love them.”

👉 When it comes to sharing Christ with others, the issue is not how much we know about Jesus, but how much we love Him. God is not interested in how much we know but in how much we love. When we truly love Jesus, we love others as well, and that is how the good news of the Gospel is spread

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

~1 John 4:7-12 (first found “The Diamond Merchant” in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks, p. 1986) 


Pastor Scott 

Joshua 23:11