Saturday, May 30, 2015

Since when did Homosexuality become the "WORST" Sin?

A Facebook friend posted an article today entitled, "Is Homosexuality Still a Sin?
What does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?
" With all of the attention on homosexual rights these days, I thought it would be fitting to write this blog post.

So many people are quick to jump on the bandwagon of calling homosexuals the "ultimate abomination", because the Bible calls homosexuality an abomination. Yes, homosexuality is AN abomination, but it is not the ULTIMATE abomination. The ULTIMATE abomination is the only sin in the book that cannot be forgiven, and that is hearing the gospel and making a final rejection of the sacrifice of Jesus.

People want to circle the wagons and get all worked up over a homosexual in their midst, yet there are probably more in their own circles of friends who commit adultery, fornicate, lie, steal, stir up discord by being busybodies, etc. ALL of those these are sins the Lord HATES.

I am not trying to water down the consequences of being a homosexual, or the seriousness of the sin. But, according to the Bible, the consequences to all sin is the same, and the only way to get out of paying the ULTIMATE PRICE for the sins that are committed by you is by taking the same action a homosexual can take -- accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, and His sacrifice at the Cross.

I do not support homosexuality by any means. But, then, I don't support adulterers, liars, thieves, murderers or any other such sin either. I'm just saying sin is sin. There is no sin greater or lesser than any other sin and everyone sins:

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)


Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

It does not say "For the wages of SOME sin is death". It says "the wages of SIN". Sin is sin. All sin leads to death.

I Praise God that He saved me, a sinner, through the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

As I said to a homosexual friend of mine who reads my posts on FaceBook: The Bible does not say it is a sin to be gay. It says it is a sin to lie with a man as you would lie with a woman if you are a man. (Leviticus 18:22) In other words, It is not your state of mind, your preferences, etc. that is the problem.

I have a preference to get angry, curse, go to bed with good looking men, etc., but THAT doesn't make me in err. What makes me wrong is if I ACT on those things, or give place to them in my life. It is wrong. And, it is against God's law. Nothing--no man made legislation--is going to change that. But, I am not trying to change the wording of the Bible or telling Christians they shouldn't exist because I have certain preferences, like some are. (See this article for reference: Gay activist says church leaders “must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list”)

I am all for having homosexuals join the church. What I am NOT for is homosexuals being in LEADERSHIP anywhere in the church. I mean, according to the Bible, Jimmy Swaggart should have stepped down, forgiven or not -- for the same reason homosexuals should not be allowed leadership roles in the church. (1 Timothy 3)

Supporting Verses:

Leviticus Chapter 18
18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex [her], to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life [time].

19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD.

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it [is] confusion.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit [any] of these abominations; [neither] any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which [were] before you, and the land is defiled;)

28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that [were] before you.

29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit [them] shall be cut off from among their people.

30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that [ye] commit not [any one] of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I [am] the LORD your God.


Deuteronomy Chapter 25
13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.

14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.

15 [But] thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

16 For all that do such things, [and] all that do unrighteously, [are] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.


Proverbs 11:1
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.


Proverbs 20:10
Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.


Proverbs Chapter 3
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

32 For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.


Proverbs Chapter 6
16 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Heath Greene's Motorcycle Awareness Fundraiser (June 6, Texarkana, AR)

Featured Site: Journey Community Church (La Mesa, California)

We think everyone should feel welcome — that church should be the most genuine place on earth. In fact, we don’t really care what you wear, who you voted for in the last election, or what kind of people you hang out with. We think everyone should be welcome at church. If you want to know our “line in the sand,” it’s grace. Plain and simple.

We think Christ-followers should be passionate about making this world a better place — that focusing all our energy on ourselves is a waste of time. We think that rather than trying to be the best church in the community, we should be the best church for the community.

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Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians in Culture After Marine Court-Martialed for Keeping Bible Verse on Her Computer

The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians.

Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed earlier this week after she was convicted Feb. 1, 2014, for refusing to remove the verse "No weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17) from her computer.

"Unbelievably, she was criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for displaying this encouraging scripture on her computer in her workspace. Give me a break, really? Can our society be at a point where a supervisor can order a young Marine to remove a Bible verse from her computer? Others are able to display secular messages without any opposition, but Sterling was targeted by her supervisor," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

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Events: 'Rethinking Hell' Conference 2015 2nd Annual Event at Fuller Theological Seminary, June 18 - 20

Washington, D.C. - May 29, 2015 (God Inspires) -- The Rethinking Hell project, referred to in the New York Times as "leading proponents" of conditional immortality, is pleased to announce the second annual Rethinking Hell Conference 2015, held June 18 to 20 at Fuller Theological Seminary, (135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101). The conference theme - "Conditional Immortality and the Challenge of Universal Salvation" has attracted a lineup of evangelical scholars and theologians who will present six plenary presentations, breakout discussion meetings, and panel talks that are open to public attendance and participation. The views represented and defended by speakers will include views commonly known as 'traditionalism (eternal conscious torment),' 'conditional immortality,' and 'universalism.'

Tickets for admission to the three-day event are available on the website, Rethinking Hell Conference 2015. Registration, which is open to the public, starts at 5-6:30 PM, Thursday, June 18, prior to the opening presentation, plenary speech, and Q&A starting at 7 PM. Friday and Saturday events include other plenary talks and themed breakout meetings between 9 AM and 9 PM on Friday and between 9 AM & the close at 4 PM on Saturday, June 20.

The conference features noted evangelical theologians, authors and researchers who will speak and present on a wide range of positions on the doctrine of hell. Speakers and panelists will present papers, give lectures and participate in panel discussions, inviting audience questions and participation.

Among speakers, are:

Oliver Crisp (PhD., University of London), Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of the new book Deviant Calvinism;

David Instone-Brewer (Ph.D., University of Cambridge), Sen. Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House in Cambridge UK and author of The Jesus Scandals;

James S. Spiegel (Ph.D., Michigan State University), a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and author of The Making of an Atheist;

Jerry Walls (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is a Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University and author of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things That Matter Most;

Robin Parry (Ph.D, University of Gloucestershire), author of the book The Evangelical Universalist (under the pseudonym Gregory MacDonald) and co-edited Universal Salvation?: The Current Debate.

Chris Date, co-editor of the collection Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism and steward of the Rethinking Hell project.

"In the last decade, there has been a growing number of evangelicals who have rejected the traditional view of eternal torment in hell," said Greg Stump, co-editor of the book Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism and organizer of Rethinking Hell Conference 2015. "This conference brings two of the main challengers-conditional immortality and universalism-into a dialogue with proponents of the traditional view to examine the biblical, theological, and philosophical merits of each view. Whether Christians change their minds or not, it definitely seems that there is ample reason to enter conversation with one another as we consider this grave topic."

The conference will present deeply informed and well-established views of the major Christian doctrines on hell in the spirit of open debate and edification for public discussion. Speakers will participate in discussions and be available for question and interviews. The public is invited to join in this lively debate and Q&A sessions.

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Federal Court Victory For Faith-Based Car Dealership In Challenge To HHS Abortion Pill Mandate

Charleston, WV - May 29, 2015 (God Inspires) -- Today, a U.S. District Court entered a final judgment in favor of the family owned, faith-based car dealership in South Charleston, WV, Joe Holland Chevrolet and its principal owner Joseph B. Holland, Jr. in their legal challenge against the federal government's abortion pill mandate. Today's ruling means that Holland and his dealership Joe Holland Chevrolet is no longer required to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.

"The Court's ruling reaffirms the constitutional principle that every American is free to live and work according to their beliefs, without fear of punishment by their government," said Jeff Mateer, Liberty Institute General Counsel. "The government should never coerce faith-based, for-profit businessmen to violate their religious beliefs."

Liberty Institute, Robinson & McElwee, PPLC, and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia represent Joe Holland Chevrolet and Joseph B. Holland in the legal matter. An online copy of the ruling is available at the following link:

Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty's vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our Founding Fathers. For information, visit

Radio Ministry: BreakPoint with Chuck Colson


"In an increasingly hostile, secular culture, Christians are faced with issues and choices we’ve never had to deal with before. BreakPoint is here to help believers of every denominational background develop a robust Christian worldview—seeing, understanding, and engaging the world from a biblical perspective." - Chuck Colson

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

God will Use This for Good by Max Lucado

Oftentimes when we are going through tough times we need some short and quick reminders that everything is going to be okay. In this short treatment of the life of Joseph from the Old Testament Lucado reminds us: ""You'll get through this. It won't be painless. It won't be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don't be foolish or naive. But don't despair either. With God's help you will get through this."

In retelling the story of Joseph the author takes time to provide ample applications (contemporary and ancient) to bring forth the principles that help us as we wait for God to bring forth good out of the messes in our lives whether we made them, inherited them, or we were the object of someone's evil plans. Ultimately nothing can thwart the plans that God has for us, and that means that all things will work out for our good and God's glory. The main idea brought out by Lucado in this book is that "in God's hands intended evil becomes eventual good."

This short book would make a good gift or recommendation for Christians that are currently going through a rough time. Lucado's story telling connects well with readers by continually making connections between the biblical subject and the relevant points to our own lives. Lucado has written a helpful manual for believers who need guidance in their pain by helping us trust in the God who always trumps evil for our own good. (Review By Dr. David P. Craig)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Featured Site: Circle J Cowboy Church

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We believe in one God that exists in three persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died to save men from their sins.

We believe that men are saved by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe that baptism is the means by which people are to publicly profess their faith in Christ and identify themselves with His death, burial, and resurrection.

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Elvis Tribute Show at Bowie County Cowboy Church June 13, 2015

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Declining Christianity

The Pew Research Center released the results of a poll last week showing a dramatic drop in the number of people who claim to be Christians in America. Over a period of only seven years, the number went down eight percentage points — from 79% to 71%. Meanwhile, the number of those who claim to be atheists, agnostics, or “nothing in particular” went up from 16% to 23%.

Headlines across the nation ballyhooed the news. But closer examination shows that it’s hardly a victory for the forces of secularization. National Review’s David Paul Kuhn put the poll in perspective. “The share of Americans who identify as Christian has been declining for years,” he wrote. “The share of religious Americans has not. For about 75 years, despite periodic fluctuations, the Gallup Poll has found that approximately four in 10 Americans say they attend religious services at least once a week. Religious Americans made up the same share of the presidential electorate in 2012 as they did twelve years earlier, 42 percent.”

The eight percentage point drop that Pew found comes primarily from people who weren’t serious about faith in the first place. They didn’t attend regular services, and religious faith wasn’t a big deal in their lives. Also, the old line, extremely liberal denominations continue their decline.

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Featured Web Site: BeHeard Project

The Be Heard Project is a voice for the persecuted church. Through law, public policy, and grassroots action, we amplify your voice to demand that world governments respect the most basic human rights and human dignity of persecuted believers. Join with us today and Be Heard.

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America Again - Carman

Carman needs your prayers today. His heart has stopped beating twice today, so he is at the hospital getting tests run. Please pray for him!

Those Crazy Christians - Brad Paisley

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 17 Sermon at 1st Bikers Church in Texarkana

Too Blessed to Be Depressed...

I started attending 1st Bikers Church of Texarkana in 2007, when there was a little over 25 people attending, holding service in Brother Gary's garage, where they had been since 2000. I owned a bar at the time, and I was helping a "girl of the streets" try to straighten her life out. (Still praying for her...) She is the one who introduced me to the church. If they could convince HER to attend, what WAS this church about? I wanted to see for myself.

I have never experienced such Agape Love as I have experienced from the moment I walked in. I FELT the Spirit of God there the whole service! I wanted more, so I attended again....and again.

They became family.

In 2008, I found myself homeless, but the church (1st Bikers Church) continued to teach and strengthen my resolve, they held me up with their love and their prayers. They supported me spiritually and encouraged me. They were my family.

Finally, Brother Gary said, "Shonda, when are you going to join our church and be a member?" Without hesitation, I said,

"Right now."

I watched and experienced the joy and happiness and tears and pain and heartbreak all of our members experienced when Brother Paul (My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter) joined our church and became an associate pastor, and Brother Matthew preached his first sermon (that was funny...) and went from being lead guitarist to ordained associate pastor. Me and my son who was visiting got to witness his ordination. A couple of years later, Brother Gary baptized my son.

Then the church became an official church and we grew so much that Brother Gary couldn't get us all into his garage. So we found the church we are in now.

It was a remnant of Hurricane Katrina. The old church had been gutted and junked out so bad that there were some who said it wasn't worth it. But, Joshua and Caleb's spirit prevailed in our church, and we decided to chance it. Brother Paul, a carpenter by trade, set himself to work.

During this time, we painted, threw out junk, tore down walls, and prayed. As we started rebuilding and restoring the beauty of the old church, Brother Trask, our air conditioner guy was up in the rafters putting our air system together and had a heart attack and died. This was a few short months after his conversion, over which a few weeks later he had said, "Someone oughtta put a warning label on this Christianity thing!"

Just a month later, Brother Paul when outside to test the water lines and was hit by a drunk driver and killed.

Satan was trying so hard to stop our work. We cried. We wailed, We prayed. We loved and we held each other up. We were family.

And, we didn't stop.

For the last few years God has blessed us. Even though I wasn't able to attend for about two years like I wanted, my church family was still VERY important and close to my heart. When I finally started attending again, it was like coming home to my family.

Now, Brother Gary has moved on, and Matthew C. Butler has been our Pastor for seven years. Brother Danny has just been taken from us as an AWESOME Associate Pastor. And, this experience is still ongoing. But, the love, the joy, the tears we share gives a testimony that should make all other churches jealous. I love my church family dearly.

Today, we are praying God's will for a bigger Church Building. Our church is once again busting at the seams.

I wouldn't trade them for the World. (and I mean that literally!)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Let the Son Shine Through You: Women's Retreat (June 13, Atlanta, TX)

Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting: Columbus, OH June 16-17

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention consists of representatives, or "messengers," as they are called, from cooperating churches, who gather to confer and determine the programs, policies, and budget of the Convention. Each church may be represented by up to 10 messengers, depending on church size and Cooperative Program giving amounts, ensuring equal accessibility for small and large congregations alike.

Messenger cards which certify the information required by Article III of the SBC Constitution and SBC By-Law 8 can be obtained by any church from the state convention with which they are affiliated.

Members interested in becoming messengers should contact their pastors for information on the appropriate process of approval applicable in their church.

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Event: Statewide day of prayer planned in S.C. June 13, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Evangelicals from across the state of South Carolina plan to gather at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center for a day of prayer and fasting called by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The June 13 event, "The Response South Carolina: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis," will mirror a similar emphasis on prayer to be held during this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

"The Response is an evangelical all-day event of worship, fasting and prayer to intercede for a nation in crisis," said Brad Atkins, pastor of Powdersville First Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., and chairman of The Response South Carolina planning board. "The event is open to all those who believe that salvation is found only through Jesus. It is not a time for preachers to pontificate or politicians to make political speeches. It is a called time of repentance and worship."

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Louisiana: Jindal signs executive order for religious liberty

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Hours after a religious freedom bill was struck down in committee Tuesday (May 20), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal quickly signed an executive order that afternoon which appeared to capture the intent and much of the language of the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act.

"In Louisiana, the state should not be able to take adverse action against a person for their belief in traditional marriage," read a statement issued from the governor's office.

"That's why I'm issuing an Executive Order this evening to prevent the state from discriminating against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman," Jindal said. "We don't support discrimination in Louisiana and we do support religious liberty. These two values can be upheld at the same time.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Featured Site: Truth for Life - The teaching ministry of Alistair Begg

On February 27, 1995, Truth For Life began airing its 25-minute daily program on seven radio stations. Today, Truth For Life can now be heard in every major radio market across the U.S., and also in select Canadian markets, through 1,655 radio outlets.

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Greater Works

Mark 2:
1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Jesus came to forgive sins, not to heal the sick, blind, leperous and bed-ridden. He came to give us life abundant, not to raise the dead or walk on water. Those miracles by Jesus were by-products of the greater need man faced in His time, and that man faces today. The whole reason for conducting such miracles was to show man the power of the faith of a repentent heart. Jesus said that when He returned to the Father, we would do miracles greater even than the ones that we saw Him do.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This does not mean that we will all be able to heal the sick, make the blind to see, bring the physically dead back to life, or walk on water. I don't know about you, but I haven't met a man yet who could walk on water.

Though there are those in the New Testament that have done all the other miracles, and even in more present times we have heard of those who heal the sick and raise the dead, those miracles were not the "greater works" that He was talking about. And, as in the story of the man who was on his bed and lowered down to Jesus for healing, Jesus made the point that his physical condition was not the problem that we should be focused on.

"Your sins are forgiven," Jesus said. It was the first words out of his mouth upon seeing the man.

What greater gift from God could anyone want? In eternity with the Father, if the man never walked on the earth, that should have been enough. In eternity, the man would be leaping for all time in praise and worship. All he needed was for his sins to be forgiven.

Of course, this did not sit well with those around Him. They expected Jesus to heal the man of his physical condition. Those pesky Scribes and Pharisees chided Him in their hearts, taking offense that He had presumed upon Himself to do this. After all, who was HE to forgive sins?

Jesus knew what they were thinking and He asked them, "What would be easier to do? Forgive the man's sin or tell him to get up and walk?" After all, Jesus was there to show US how WE are to act. He was there to set the example. Only God can heal the lame. And, though He was God in the flesh, He was only here to show us the power He had given us as mere humans under God's will. But, in His divine mercy, He explained, "But, so you know that the son of man has power on earth to forgive sins," then He turned to the paralytic and said, "Arise, take up your bed, and go home."

This was still lost on the Scribes and Pharisees. What Jesus was saying to them was, "I am God. I can heal this man for the rest of his life here on earth. But, as a human being, I have the same power YOU have been given in My Name. I can forgive the man's sin. Then, he will be healed for all eternity. What is greater? Which is easier? Why do you want to make something hard out of something simple?"

John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

The whole message was lost to those who did not want to see it. Jesus told the disciples that they would be able to do greater works than those He had done while He was with them. Jesus healed people temporarily. He brought people back to life just so they could die again. I don't recall ever hearing that Lazarus was still alive today. But, that man who took up his bed and walked home was forgiven forever.

How many things in our lives handicap us on a daily basis because we refuse to have faith that everything will work out for the best? There are so many things that hold people back from reaching their true potential for God. The main handicap we all face is fear of the unknown (i.e. "I might lose my job," or "I might lose my disability check," or "I don't think I'd be a good supervisor," and -- this one always gets me -- "I don't want the responsibility." Okay, keep suffering from poverty. Keep struggling. Keep begging for hand-outs. You just had a hand-up and refused it. How much stress is that going to cause you later?).

When Jesus walked on water, it was Peter's FEAR that caused him to sink. The opposite of FEAR is FAITH, not courage. I bet Peter was saying to himself, "I don't have the courage to walk on water. But, I know what I see HIM doing! So, I'm stepping out...Wow, I'm doing it! Oh, no, I'm sinking! Master, help me! I have faith that YOU can help me!" And, Jesus did. But, what if He didn't? What if Peter started walking on the water and made his way to Jesus out there on that stormy sea? What would Jesus have said? I believe He would have said, "Faith as small as a grain of mustard can move mountains, or calm the sea. Your Faith will enable you to do much more than this one day!"

Today, when someone tells me I can't, I simply smile because I have faith that I can. And, usually, I do. When someone doubts my ability, I show them that their lack of confidence in me doesn't effect the faith I have in my God to sustain and uphold me, and pull me forward. When I don't have something I want, other's may be skeptical that I will be able to acquire it, but all I have to do is ask God for it, and (if it's something God can use through me) -- in time -- it's there.

Jesus said we would do greater works than the miracles He did. What greater work is there than giving others forgiveness so that they will be able to see the Glory of God through their testimony?

Jesus said that if I forgive others of their sins against me, God will forgive me. Jesus showed us in the story of the paralytic, as "little" gods here on earth, (Jesus said, "know ye not that ye are gods?") we have the power to forgive others here on earth. When we are forgiven, we are set free from the chains of sin that keep us from the perfect gift of freedom from God. We no longer have the weight of sin holding us down that keeps us from moving forward and making our lives better. So, when we forgive others, we are essentially lifting that weight from our friends or neighbors. We are giving them the freedom to move forward, without dragging the guilt behind them where-ever they go that ends up in front of them as a stumbling block sometimes, tripping them up. And, in forgiving others, we find that a weight is lifted off of our own shoulders, and we receive the freedom that we are seeking to give another.

And sometimes, in so doing, we create a testimony that draws others to the God we serve.

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Jesus Burgers (Longview, Texas Saturday, May 16, 2015)

The Biker Church Hallsville Texas has been asked to hold church for The Shade Tree Ministry on the corner of Eastman rd and Hwy 80 Longview Texas on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Bro. Allen Johnson serves lunch and ministers to the homeless community every Saturday. If you can ride in at 10:00 am. Y'all come help serve lunch and show our homeless community the love of Jesus.

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Featured Web Site: Grace to You (the ministry of John MacArthur)

From offices around the world, Grace to You extends John MacArthur's verse-by-verse Bible teaching using modern media-Radio, television, books, and the World Wide Web.

His sermons are well-verbalized, easy to understand and relate to, and in-depth toward our learning and growing as Children of God.

Click HERE to visit the site, GRACE TO YOU

Manliest Pie contest and Church in the Park (First Lutheran Church, Texarkana, May 17, 2015)

On May 17 we will be having Church at Spring Lake Park and our annual Manliest Pie contest! Don’t forget to sign up and bake those Manly pies!

For more information, contact the First Lutheran Church of Texarkana

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Featured Site of the Day: Church on the Rock, Texarkana, TX

Our Statement of Faith:

We believe in the full inerrancy of Scripture; in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; in the virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, physical resurrection and visible, personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ; in salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ; in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit expressed in His fruit, gifts and power; in New Testament evangelism, consecrated Christian living, the local church, the ministry of reconciliation and the urgency of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Click HERE to visit!

EVENT: Questions Worth Asking (Broken Bow, OK May 10-12, 2015)

A prayer of thanks for mom

Dear Lord,

I just want to take a moment to thank you for giving my mom to me. You made her unique, and no other mom could have influenced me to be the person I have become. Her imperfections taught me independence, while her discipline taught me responsibility. Her high expectations taught me self-discipline. She wasn't a perfect mom, but she was perfect for me. Her mistakes helped me search for YOU. Her laughter helped form my sense of humor. Her tears taught me not to judge a book by it's cover. Though my mom and I didn't always get along, You gave me the only mom I have, and that has taught both of us to accept and love each other for who we are. I couldn't imagine being someone else's daughter, nor would I want to. Thank you Lord, for giving me my mom, and matching the right mom with the me You wanted.

In Jesus' Name,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

What God teaches you on the mountain, He will test you on in the Valley

Why are Australians Praying for America?

(We at God Inspires would like to thank Australia for their prayers. There is no greater need for it than now, and having the prayers of other countries is greatly appreciated!)

General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, proclaimed a day of "fasting, humiliation and prayer" for May 6, 1779. He then ordered a one-day cessation of recreation and "unnecessary labor" so that his soldiers could observe the day.

236 years later, his proclamation is being answered for America by Christians in Australia.

Lana Vawser, an Australian Christian, explains: "There is a fight for the destiny of the USA right now. The destiny of America hangs in the balance. The Lord is calling His people to arise and pray for the United States of America. It is time to contend."


EVENT: Gerald Crabb (Texarkana, December 4-6)

Gerald Crabb will be visiting us at the First Biker's Church (1119 Walnut Street, Texarkana, TX 75501) in Texarkana during the weekend of December 4-6.

Soldiers for Christ National Rally (June 26-28)

The History of the National Day of Prayer

The Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance has offered this History of the National Day of Prayer.

Read it by clicking HERE

On the National Day of Prayer at Moores Lane

Just got back from the prayer service at Moore's Lane Baptist Church. First, we prayed over all, for the blessing of our God on our Nation, claiming His promise that if we would humble ourselves and pray, then He would hear us and heal our land.

Then, we prayed for all the churches, and all the pastors, and all the congregations. That our churches would stand fast, our pastors would not be deterred from HIS Word, and that they may not water down His Word in any way, and that He might speak through them, and the congregations would love and support their pastors as they do so, and would go out and bring others in, mentoring and teaching and living the faith in the eyes of the world around them.

Then we prayed for all the Judges, lawyers, courts, police, and all other LEOs in our country, that God would protect them and enable them to follow Him in their daily lives, and that He would use them for HIS glory. We prayed for Congress and the President, that they would turn to HIM.

Then, we prayed for our schools, our teachers, and our educational facilitations, citing the prayer that was introduced in 1955 for the purpose of daily prayer "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country."

Then all the children got a balloon with a Bible verse on it and gathered in the center of the lot where we were all gathered and they let their balloons go.

It was a beautiful prayer service. At least 200 people showed up.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Pastor Saeed Abedini Marks 35th Birthday in Iranian Jail, Says He Is 'Crying Out to God' for America's Revival

(The Apostle Paul wrote many instructional letters from prison to the budding churches in the New Testament. Today, we have Saeed. Please remain in prayer for him!)

Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has spent over two and-a-half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is marking on Thursday his 35th birthday by urging believers to pray for America's revival. The pastor noted in a letter that his birthday this year falls on the National Day of Prayer in the United States.

"As an American and as a prisoner for Christ, I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing. As Ezra's cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival," Abedini' letter begins.

The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and the couple's two children in Boise, Idaho, said that the letter was obtained from a family member in Iran who visited the pastor in prison last week.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Epiphany of faith...

Tonight, at church, Brother Johnny preached about the time when Nicodemus came to Jesus at night to question Him about spiritual things. Jesus told him that he wouldn't see the Kingdom of Heaven unless he was born again. (John 3:1-21)

While he was preaching his sermon, I got an epiphany -- you know, one of those, "OH, I GET IT!" moments.

When we are born of a woman, we are already condemned. The Bible teaches that. So, being condemned, we are as dead men walking. But, when we are born of the spirit, (saved, given new life, putting on the new man, however you want to say it) we are now eternally alive. We can't understand the spiritual stuff because we are not spirit. And, if we never get the new "spiritual" birth, then we will die never to understand, condemned for all eternity.

Brother Johnny didn't preach this, but it suddenly came to me. It was my epiphany:

This life is a transition from physical to spiritual. When you are born again, you don't all of a sudden go from being a physical, worldly person to being a spiritual Godly one. It is a transition. When you accept Christ, what you are doing is guaranteeing that the transition will take place, because the spiritual is already present.

Brother Johnny explained it like this: Danny lived in a sort of vehicle. When his vehicle got wrecked, he died. It was no good to him anymore. Immediately, he stepped out of his old physical vehicle and got into his new spiritual one.

So, (back to what Johnny didn't say) what happens is you get saved. You immediately gain your new spiritual body. But, you are still in your old physical body. So, both bodies are at constant war with each other -- hence the reason people deal with temptations and persecutions. It is not the temptations and persecutions that is the struggle, it is how we react to them. Because we are now the spiritual children of God, we have access to spiritual powers that we did not have access to before. (Johnny DID say that!) I kind of like that idea. But, what is amazing is that we have access to those powers EVEN THOUGH We ARE STILL IN OUR PHYSICAL bodies. But, the only way to make the spiritual things work in the physical world is by FAITH.

So, most saved Christians live with one foot in the physical world and one foot in the Spiritual world. Jesus was constantly calling us to step over into the spiritual realm and leave the condemned behind. "Go and sin no more." (John 5:1-15) "Faith, as small as the seed of a mustard tree can move mountains". (Matthew 17:20) The only way the spiritual man can work in the spiritual realm to make the impossible happen in the physical realm is to overcome completely the condemned physical man.

This sounds all like something in the supernatural self-help section of a book store. But, it's really all there in black and white in the Word of God.

He that has ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 11:15)

Johnny explained that there are things that are in the Bible that those who are not saved will never understand because they are not saved, therefore, they are not "born of the spirit", and only those who are "born of the spirit" can understand the things of the spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:14) And, I will add (because the Bible says it) that if you are among those who understand, then you are blessed, because God CHOSE you. (Romans 8:29)

Yes, I loved Johnny's message tonight. It made me think on things in a whole new level of understanding. It made me realize WHY it is that even though I struggle financially, I have never been hungry, or without shelter, or without clothes. I have always had enough, and then some, even when I didn't have much at all. It is why I am so confident in who and where I am today, and so content with what I have, and if I do desire more, it is so I might be able to give more.

National Day of Prayer at Moores Lane First Baptist Church

Join us outside the Central Foyer by the globe for a special time of prayer for our nation. Donuts, juice and coffee will be served.

The service will be held from 6:45 on Thursday, May 7th at the First Baptist Church on Moores Lane!

Event: The Hinsons (1st Bikers Church of Texarkana, August 30, 2015)

The Hinsons will be at the 1st Bikers Church in Texarkana, Texas (Corner of 12th and Walnut) on August 30, 2015 at 10:45 AM. Be there or be square!

Memorial Day Celebration with 1st Bikers Church (May 25, Bringle Lake)

1st Bikers Church of Texarkana will be having a Memorial Day Cook-out at Bringle Lake on Monday, May 25, 2015 from 11:30-3:30 PM. It will be at Park West.

Bring a Dish if you can!

Event: David Markham and the Truth Infusion Band (Texarkana, June 6, 2015)

David Markham and Truth Infusion Band will be at 1st Bikers Church 1119 Walnut Street (Corner of 12th and Walnut) in Texarkana on Saturday, June 6 at 6PM

Saturday, May 2, 2015

EVENT: Annual Memorial Day Cookout (Richmond Road Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas May 31)

Following Morning Worship. All donations will go toward the Debt Retirement.
May 31st, 2015 11:00 AM
Richmond Road Baptist Church
Texarkana, TX 75503
United States
Phone: (903) 832-2063

God loves you, no matter what kind of music you listen to!

Having children has taught me so much about how to relate to God. My children are grown, and gone. They both live in two different towns over 300 miles away from me. And, I don't hear from them as often as I'd like. I had a conversation with my children last night on Face Book and it made me think of my relationship with God in comparison with my relationship with my children.

They are my children. They will always be my children.

I am God's child. I will always be God's child.

When you have children, you give them everything they need to survive. You teach them right from wrong. You correct them when they need correcting, and you give them responsibilities as they learn and grow older. Any good parent is willing to sacrifice their life for their children. Then, you send them out into the world and hope they have learned enough to be able to raise children of their own.

As children of God, He provides everything we need to survive. He gave us the Bible to teach us right from wrong. When we stray from that, our lives are in shambles, we are unhappy, discontent and unfulfilled. But, Jesus sacrificed His life so we could have life and life more abundant! And, then He sent us out into the world to proclaim the good news, that there is hope, and to be each other's support as we learn and grown in Him.

Last night, once again, God taught me a lesson in the nature of the love that God gives to us, His children.

My oldest son was searching for music to listen to. Everyone was giving him pointers, and suggestions on what to get.

Life is like that. Sometimes when you are stumbling along, everyone wants to give advice, or put their two-cents worth in, on how you should live.

My younger son even chimed in with his favorite bands for him to listen to. I was appalled at their taste in music. So, I spoke up.

God is like that, too. He sees us down here on earth, and He takes note of all of the different talents and gifts He has given us, and what we do with them, and sometimes He is appalled. That is when you get nudged by Him as He probably says something like I said,

"Aw, c'mon! The new generation of music SUCKS!" Then I gave them a few suggestions they might like from MY generation.

They both laughed at me because, in truth, the music they were listening to has been around for a few generations.

Both of my children, being as different from each other as night and day, listen to different genres of music from each other. And, both of them are way different than me.

We, many times, don't step to the tune of our God, either.

So, noting my suggestions, and laughing at my comments, they each offered a tune for me to listen to that they thought I could like from their own genre.

We give God what we have from our own walks of life.

And, having received their tunes, I open the files and listen, and then give them feedback on it.

"I don't like that tune, it sends a message of confusion, scattered emotion, lost feelings," and, "I like the tune, but the lyrics are too offensive." In the end, I finally said, "I think I will stick to my positive, encouraging music. It gives me a sense of victory when the song is over."

Then, my youngest son said, "Hey, you know what? At least you gave it a listen. It's all one could ever ask for is an open mind."

God's mind is always open to what we have to say. He may reject what we ask Him to bless, just as I rejected the songs my children offered, but He listens. He takes everything into account. Then He reacts. If what we do is not pleasing to Him, He still gives us free will to do it. He tells us we are wrong, but He gives us the experience of being wrong so we can learn that right is so much better.

After taking into account that they were determined to listen to their own brands of music, and that nothing I could say would change that, I left them to it, truthfully saying, "I love you both no matter what kind of music you listen to."

God loves us all, no matter what kind of music we listen to. But, if you don't listen to HIS music, He isn't going to be there to enjoy it with you, just as I won't be hanging out with my boys with the music up.

Ephesians 5
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Watered Soul...

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

My neighbors are not well off. They live on a fixed income and Miss Cathy is on probation for something, not sure what, but she has to pay that every I try to help when I can to take her where she and Tom can get some groceries at the church when they have pantry days or feeding nights. I have also given sacks of stuff from Flower Acres. But, anyone who's been in their shoes can tell you that even with that little bit of help, they miss things like Milk and sugar and basics until the check comes in, then they pray they have enough after their rent.

Been there. Not on a fixed income, mind you, but half of what I am making now, and now is still not enough for just me, but I am much better off. So, I try to help when I can.

Today, Miss Cathy wanted to go to Albertson for some basic necessities. She just got paid, and bless her heart, she gave me $10 for gas and asked if I needed anything from the store. I just shrugged and said, I could use a little Milk, but she didn't have to buy it for me. She gave me enough in gas to make up all I have done for her and more. She waved me off, and I gave her my number to call me when she was done shopping, I'd come pick her up.

When I got back to Albertson's to pick her up, she was sitting there crying. I asked her what was the matter?

She said she was standing in line, and there was a gentleman there with a dozen roses in his hand. She complimented the roses and said, "She is one special woman to have a man who will do that for her!"

He said, "Here, let me get your groceries." He paid for ALL of her groceries. His girlfriend hugged her and said, "You might not know this, but Jesus loves you! and YOU are SPECIAL!"

Miss Cathy really needed that. And I reminded her that God's greatest blessings come when you bless others with what little you have, and God saw that.