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Ps 91:1-11 NLT
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High 
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord: 
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; 
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap 
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. 
He will shelter you with his wings. 
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, 
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, 
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, 
though ten thousand are dying around you, 
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes, 
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge, 
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; 
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels 
to protect you wherever you go.

As we reflect upon the ten-year anniversary of the most devastating day in American history, I pray for the ones who lost someone they loved on that terrible day. No words can be given that will bring a loved one back… and some wounds never fully heal with time.

When I think about the friends I have lost in the military it brings a tear to my eye. It is very hard to express the emotions of this day for me. As I sit in a Army uniform on a 27 hour shift, I cannot help but wonder, what would have happened if Americans did not respond to the call of their countries needs. What would have happened if no-one… no-one came to the aid of this great nation. It truly is a great nation, like no other. Sure we have our faults, but America will always be here… striving to get better… striving to be a light in this world.

I want to leave with a prayer for the nation and for the grieving. Please pray this today.

The Lord alone is my refuge on this day. He will keep you and sustain you. He will cover you with His love. We do not need to fear, for the perfect love of Christ casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Though we greave and mourn, we know that the night is the darkest before the dawn… We know that a nation that turns to the Lord will be healed (2 Chron 7:14). No evil is to great for God, even death could not hold our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (Rev 1:18). He orders the steps of the righteous (Psalm 37:23) let us turn to Him today.

God Bless


I want to touch on this for a moment, as I feel the Lord has put it on my heart this afternoon to share.
I was listening to the Bible while I trimmed my beard, and I heard a parable Jesus was telling

Matthew 6:14-15
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

I once read a book on forgiveness called the bait of Satan by John Bevere. The whole book was about not forgiving people. One of the stories was about a man who was running from the call of God on his life. This man had a heart attack and died. While waiting at the Lords gates, about to be cast into Hell, the man asked for a second chance, and said that if Jesus would send him back to his body he would serve Him the rest of his days. Jesus agreed, but first showed him his mother in law in Hell. He asked why was she there because she had gone to church her whole life, and Jesus said because she refused to forgive her relative, even though He had given her many chances.

Here is a parable Jesus talked about when it comes down to how much He has forgiven us and how often times we do not forgive others.

Matthew 18:21-35
Jesus, “the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.”
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

So here are two examples that we cannot ignore. We have to forgive; this is not an option.

Christians are so Judgment!

-A recent study said that the un-churched world perceives 87% of Christians are Judgmental.

-The most quoted verse in the whole Bible right now is Judge Not, that you not be judged (Luke 6:37, Matt 7:1).

-A common response to us trying to correct someone is, “don’t judge me.” Even if the correction is completely out of love, you will still find people telling you not to judge them, or who do you think you are.

-But the fact is that everyone Judges… Everyone! If you are saying in your head, “not everyone,” you are judging the statement I just made as false… hence the judgment. But there are different kinds of judgment.

Here are some definitions of judgment from the Webster’s dictionary
Definition of JUDGMENT
1) The Judgment of a boss
a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
a boss judges, I do not think that is good work, do better.

2) The Judgment of a judge
a : a formal decision given by a court
b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court
(2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
A judge can put you in prison, and that’s that.

Romans 13:1-3 applies to both boss and judge
1 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval.

3) The Judgment of God
a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God
b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
God says where you go when you die and that is that.

Acts 17:29-31
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Heb 9:27
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

4) The Judgment formed over evaluation / discernment
a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b : an opinion or estimate so formed
This is the judgment we all make everyday.

-Keep in mind I did not make these up, these are definitions in a dictionary of judgment. It’s not a horrible word or something we should not ever talk about, it’s just a word with many meanings.

-So, If you are a boss you are allowed to judge the work of your subordinates, if you are a judge you are allowed to put people in prison, if you are God you are allowed to cast a final judgment on all men and if you are a person you are allowed to judge situations.

Before we can go any farther, I know someone here is thinking of the scripture, judge not so that you will not be judged. So lets look at it together.

To me the way that Matt 7:1 is perceived in America is a lot like the monkey/hose experiment.
They put 4 monkeys in a room and on the top on a pole they put some bananas. The monkeys would try to climb to the top and get the treats, only to be shot with a water cannon! After they all tried time and time again to get the bananas they eventually gave up. They replaced a monkey with an outsider, one who did now about the water cannon. That new monkey went to go get the treat, but the other monkeys were pulling him down to warn him. Eventually the other monkeys got him to stop. Then another new monkey was traded for an original. The new monkey went for the treat, but the other 3 to include the one who was never shot with the water pulled him down so he could not get the banana. Eventually all the monkeys in the room were not shot with the water cannon and all the monkeys pulled the others down whver they went to get the banana so eventually they all just chilled in the room. The moral of the story is, just because something has always been done a certain way does not mean it is correct.

One day an Americans woke up and realized that he could quote a verse and the Christians would for the most part leave them alone, then his friends caught on, then the nation. Now it is once again the most quoted verse of the whole Bible.

Matt 7:1-5
1 “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.
2 For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye?
5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

-First off we have to look and see what context and who Jesus was addressing in the text.
Jesus is talking to religious leaders about being hypocritical. He is basically saying that they are correcting actions they are in fact doing themselves.
Its like if I go out and tell you not to do something, say rob people, and then you find out I rob lots of people all the time! I have a 2by4 in my eye, and I am being a hypocrite.
This verse actually has much more to do with being hypocritical than judging in my opinion.
Besides, if we do not judge anything how could we obey the very next verse?
Matt 7:6
Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.

We have to judge whether the people are pigs or dogs so that we do not cast our pearls before them.
Jesus doesn’t say do not do something and then change His mind in the next sentence.
We have to make righteous biblical judgments.

Biblical righteous Judgment, what is it?
John 7:24
Jesus, “Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.”
1 Th 5:21
Test everything; hold fast what is good.
How will we test something… by judging it!

Victor Shepherd, “Plainly there’s a kind of judgment Jesus forbids us to make; and just as surely there’s a kind of judgment Jesus commands us to make.”

Here are a couple things to keep in mind.
1. The point of righteous judgment is always to correct and to re-align the Christian brother or sister toward God.
2. We do not judge non-Christians… we can tell them about the Christian life, we can try to lead them to Christ, we can pray for them, but we cannot judge them because that is God’s judgment.

What is righteous judgment? We have an example in 1 Cor 5
1 Cor 5:1-5
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

-Paul, who is not even there, hears about a sexual sin in the church.
A man is sleeping with his own mother, and the people are arrogant about it.
They are a seeker friendly church. They are accepting of anything, they do not want to cast a judgment or say anyone is wrong, so they are letting anything go.
Verse 3 says that Paul has cast a judgment on the man.
His judgment is to cast this man out of the church delivering him over to Satan (because outside of the church is Satan’s realm), but Paul delivers him over so that his eternal soul may be won.
Paul does not want to punish the man for punishments sake, but to help him realize the error of his ways.

-This is Biblical righteous judgment. The point is always to correct the person so that they repent.

-Speaking on not judging those outside the church, lets examine the same chapter

1 Cor 5:9-12
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world (the non-Christians), or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world(because sinners sin).
11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13 God judgestthose outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

-If we were to say that we could never see those who are committing blatant sins of adultery, greed, stealing, ext, then Paul says we would have to leave this world because sinners sin! That is what they do.
If all scripture is really God breathed, then we cannot ignore this.
If you tell me your living with your GF, but that you are not a Christian, I can tell you what God thinks about it, I can ask you to change, but really I have no judgment toward you; that’s not my role.
Now if you tell me you are a believer and you are doing the same thing I am now going to compel you by love to change, show you scriptures, plead with you… but if you are on any sort of a leadership team, you will not be for long without repentance. That’s just the way it is.

-So, if you are here and you are not a believer and this makes no sense to you, that is ok.
But, if you feel God tugging on your heart, and you know you need to make a change, then get with me after this. I would love to pray with you or answer any other questions you may have.

-There are some who give Christians a bad name that judge out of pride or with the wrong type of judgments.
Unfortunately as a Christian we have to bear everything that was ever done with bad motives that Christ followers have done. Although I wish it were the same with the secular world. I mean can we say, “well look at what Hitler did, or Napoleon, or Attila the Hun? Look at what some of the great secular people have done that is so awful.
I mean if there were ever a spokesperson for a good moral secular life it was Tiger Woods, and that man committed adultery on his wife, lied to her and then got a diverse. Surely nobody should want to be a secular person now… but that is how people talk about Christianity. If they know someone or something that has happened in the Christian world they will say, “do you see why I cannot be a part of that world?” It is a ridiculous statement.

-Well, here we are a the end, and I hope this has clarified some things when it comes to Christians being judgmental. Some Christians do judge with wrong motives, but many secular people do also and I think this is an area where we all could use to know and work on so that we can make sure we are not casting a judgment out of wrong motives or one we are not allowed to cast.

Thank you for reading my post.
Please leave a comment.

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-This is the one I want to talk about today, how our media portrays Christians as wimps.
-Whenever we see Christians on tv, we always see these wimpy people with no back bone at all.
-They cannot defend the Word of God at all, they just say things like, “you have to have faith.”
-Well, we are allowed to stand up for our faith and ourselves.

Lets take a look at what Jesus did in His life when it came to standing up for what He thought was right.

To be a Christian means to be Christ-like, so lets look at some examples of whet Jesus did when confronted with a dilemma in His time on earth.

#1 Jesus gets angry

John 2:13-17
Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Zeal in Greek is translated ZELOS meaning:
excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit
a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything
1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing
2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal
b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

-Jesus walks in, sees that some people are there selling items, goes and makes a whip and comes back in with righteous anger, casting out the sellers and money changers and turning over the tables… Yikes!

#2 Jesus tells it as it is to religious people

John 8:44-45
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.

– He calls the religious leaders of His day ‘sons of the Devil!’ Yikes.
The Pharisees were saying that God was their Father.
It is no different today.
Have you ever had someone tell you, “I’m a Christian,” yet they blatantly deny Gods Word?
You see those are the cool Christians.
If you ever hear someone say, “you are not like other Christians, you are just like us,” it might be time to check yourself.
There is nothing wrong with fitting in, wearing cool clothes and things like these, but if you start getting drunk with unbelievers, or begin to flirt with sex before marriage, you are no longer a good witness for God.

Jesus goes on to say more later

Matt 23:27
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

-He said things like they were and had no fear.
He still tells it like it is today in His word.
You don’t find a hint of the Bible changing to get more people in church; you just see the backbones of preachers break under the pressure of trying to have a conforming message.
They have taken God out of the pulpit the moment they accept homosexuality, couples living together, drunkenness, and things like these.
The Bible has not changed; these preachers just do not have the guts to stand up for what is right.

#3 Jesus tells it like it is to His followers

Matt 16:21-23
Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!” But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.”

-I am quite sure He did not whisper to Peter here… He raised His voice and said, “Get behind me Satan!”
People act like Christians are never suppose to get mad, that is not true.

As we have seen, there is a righteous anger in the heart of Jesus.
One time I was at a small group table discussing an issue I was having as an early Christian.
I was overwhelmed with this problem, so I thought I would talk about it.
After I said it, I noticed that one man at the table was staring at me, like an angry stare.
He stood up and said, “ I want to turn this table over I am so mad that you do not think you can overcome this sin, It makes me so mad.”
I thought he was a weirdo at first, until I started to read the Bible… He was righteously angry about sin, and had every right to be.

#4 Jesus’ disciples are bold also

-If you read through your Bible you will see that Peter was at one time a bit of a wimp.
He denied that he had anything to do with Jesus when asked by a little girl while Jesus was dying for his sins.
Not to bash on Peter, but his backbone was lacking a little.
However, things changed after Jesus died.
He (Jesus) told the disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit and told them to stay in a certain location.
Now, the Holy Spirit came and they were preaching the Gospel in all sorts of languages.
The men of that day thought that they must have been drunk or something, and Peter takes his stand.

We pick up at verse 14 of Acts 2
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servantst and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

-How did Peter get so bold?
-Just a few chapters back we see him running for the hills when a little girl asked him if he knew Jesus, now he is calling out the very people who put Jesus to death. I think you know the answer, but I want us to read one more passage before spilling the beans all together

Acts 4:1-12
Now as they were speaking to the people, the priests, the commander of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, 2 because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example. 3 So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.
5 The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family.
7 After they had Peter and John stand before them, they asked the question: “By what power or in what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man-by what means he was healed- 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead-by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.
11 This [Jesus] is
the stone rejected by you builders,
which has become the cornerstone.
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

-Some people have made the Holy spirit into some thing that we have to pass out on the floor or sound like a weirdo with a little chant, but I want you to know that it is not like that.
You have the Holy Spirit in you, whether you know it or not.

1 Cor 3:16
Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Rom 6:6
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Also, Jesus said it is better if the Holy spirit comes and John 16:7 has several names for the spirit

John 16:7
New International Version (©1984)
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
New Living Translation (©2007)
But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

-How can we grow closer to God? By spending more time with God.

Rom 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

-Set your mind on the things of God, and you will grow in that area.

-Christians are not wimps; we are empowered by God to deal with anything that comes our way.
-We are allowed to be bold, we are allowed to tell it like it is, we are allowed to have righteous anger…

To Him be the Glory.

-Sometimes as Christians we are faced with a challenge or a question to our faith.
I know a professing Christian who was a pastor of a church that questioned the Bibles authenticity, believe it or not.
He wanted to know why only certain books were in any why certain books were not in.

-Let me tell you right now, the Bible is authentic.
Thre New Testament was set in stone by 250 AD with the Moratorium Cannon, and the Old Testament was set well before 95 AD with the evidence of the counsel of Jamnia, he still questioned why the book of Peter’s revelation was not in the cannon, or perhaps the book of Herod.

-At some point in your life and mine, we are going to need wisdom that we do not have.
Whether it is to make a decision on a financial issue, guidance in a family crisis, health issues, Ext.

-For instance, I have a bed Neck, Knees and Stomach issues. I used to pray for complete healing, but now I do not. Why you might ask… (somebody ask why now)
I came to the conclusion, which I believe to be God’s conclusion, that these injuries are to prevent me from staying in the Army, and so I can no longer kickbox, because God wanted me to do something else.
I at one point prayed for wisdom in these issues, and I believe God gave it to me.
Now, I just don’t eat certain things, don’t work out like a maniac, and I cannot run long distances, but I feel that if God does one day want to heal my body, He will.

-I lacked wisdom in these areas… so I turned to the scriptures for help

James 1:5-8 ESV reads,
“5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

-When we ask for wisdom, God does not get mad or upset.
He does not call us names or say we are dumb (even if we are)!
He gives it to us, without reproach.

The Greek word for Generously haplos (ha-plos) SAY IT WITH ME…
Meaning: simply, openly, frankly, sincerely

-Man, that is good news.
He gives it to us simple, because sometimes I get confused!

-BUT!!! And this is a big but, we have to believe in faith that God is going to give us the answer!

Have you ever asked something of God and thought He probably is not going to answer?

Odds are your right, because you asked with a doubting heart.

-Now, I want to show you that you have great faith already.
You have already exercised so much faith trusting in the risen Lord. You have.
We cannot see Him, all of the eyewitnesses are long gone… you already have faith.
I’ve been in youth ministry where kids would say that they had no faith, and I would tell them no, you are already exercising faith by believing in the unseen Savior.
Some people will not believe until they see a sign (which all of creation is a sign, but they have turned aside from that) they cannot have faith in what they do not see.

Heb 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Paul goes on to say, “for who hopes for what he sees!”

This is as far as we got. I will share the rest next week, as I wrote much more, but we had some great conversations. Come join us on Wednesday nights at 7pm. God Bless.