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INTRODUCTION

I. God Opens and Closes Wombs – He Alone Decides Whether a Woman Can get Pregnant
– Gen. 29:31 “…and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.”
– Gen. 30:2 place of God, who has withheld from the fruit of the womb?”
– I Sam. 1:5,6 “for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.
– Psalm 127:3 “Behold children are a gift of the Lord,
Thus the ability to get pregnant is an intentional gift or grace from God. Continue reading Foundational Principles for Life January 19, 2014

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I use this little tool especially with young pre-marital couples – encouraging them to seek counsel as a lifestyle for the rest of their lives from anyone who has a solid marriage.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” Prov. 12:15

“Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.” Prov. 13:10

“Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.” Prov. 15:22

“He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.” Prov. 15:31

“He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” Prov. 15:32

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.” Prov. 19:20

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While hundreds of thousands (many of whom are adult educated women) march in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and other cities today to mourn the tragic U.S. Supreme Court decision infamously known as Roe vs. Wade, I thought I would post some quotes on the subject by women…starting with a former abortionist

“I got to where I couldn’t stand to look at the little bodies anymore”. -Dr. Beverly McMillan, former abortionist

Sorrow, quite apart from the sense of shame, is exhibited in some way by virtually every woman for whom I performed an abortion, and that’s 20,000 as of 1995. The sorrow is revealed by the fact that most women cry at some point during the experience… The grieving process may last from several days to several years… Grief is sometimes delayed… The grief may lie sublimated and dormant for years. -Dr. Susan Poppema, abortionist Continue reading Women Who See Life in the Womb Differently – 1/19/14

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I am ever more thankful that our God is a living relational God, who speaks to His children (and even to those who aren’t His children yet) in the now. But it is the written word of God – the Scriptures – that give us guardrails for hearing the voice of God and that reveal so much of His person, His will and His ways. He longs to speak to us and reveal Himself to us as we meditate in His wonderfully preserved written Word. So this resource is provided as a stimulus to motivate us all to carve out more time to commune with God in and through His written word. (some of this was inspired by the good ole Navigators)

I. Its Authority
A. Inspired by God – II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21
B. Endures Forever – I Peter 1:24,25; Matt. 24:35
C. Standard of Truth – Psalm 119:43, 142, 151, 160; John 17:17b; Acts 17:11
D. Verified by Jesus – Matt. 5:17,18; Luke 24:44; John 5:46,47 Continue reading The Scriptures – Our Foundation for Life and Ministry

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The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.– A. W. Tozer

The Bible is the written word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The Voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free. ‘The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.’ The life is in the speaking words. God’s word in the Bible can have power only because it corresponds to God’s Word in the universe. It is the present Voice which makes the written word powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book. –A. W. Tozer

To preach the Bible as ‘the handbook for life,’ or as the answer to every question, rather than as the revelation of Christ, is to turn the Bible into an entirely different book. This is how the Pharisees approached Scripture, as we can see clearly from the questions they asked Jesus. For the Pharisees, the Scriptures were a source of trivia for life’s dilemmas. –Michael Horton Continue reading Pertinent Quotes about the Bible

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Dear Fellow Shepherds and Leaders of Christ’s Church,

I hope this finds you standing in the grace of God, and believing God for great things for our Coastal community in the days ahead. I have put a lot of time and prayer into the material you are about to read. It came out of a six week series I did in our church on Biblical unity. Actually it has come out of years of seeking God on this subject. I know you are busy especially at this time of year. But I urge you to give some prayerful consideration to the thoughts below. In all humility I strongly believe our response to these scriptures and principles will have great bearing on the health, maturity and impact of Christ’s church in the days to come in our region.

Having grown up in a sports driven family, I learned early on what it was to engage in bitter rivalries. We literally grew to hate the athletes and in general the schools that were in our league in East Tennessee – especially the high school closest to us. Rivalry starts with siblings as early as one’s first year of life, and especially in the world of sports can continue to be a big part of our consciousness throughout adulthood. Continue reading An Open Letter to Church Leaders re: Unity – 11/12/2006

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While we disciples of Jesus should all long to hear His voice better, it is imperative that we grow in confidence that He delights in our asking in prayer. Indeed we can only grow as His disciples when we learn to ask freely, continuously and confidently. This list was compiled to deepen that confidence.

Matt. 7:7,8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matt. 18:19 “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
Matt. 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Continue reading Jesus’s Commands to Ask

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Job knew before the law ever came into being that “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway,” it would be a “lustful crime” and “an iniquity punishable by judges.” He also knew that such sexual sin is a “fire that consumes” and that it has a devastating financial impact as well “uproot all my increase.” Job 31:9-12

God said through Nathan the prophet to King David re: his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband that he “despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight” II Sam. 12:9 and later in vs. 10, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me….” God says the “man after His own heart” “despised Him”. Very strong language. Continue reading A Primer about the Sin of Adultery and Sexual Bondage/Immorality

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Psalm 22:27,28 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the Lord’s And He rules over the nations.”

Psalm 85:6,7 “Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord, And grant us Your salvation.”

Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Isa. 64:1-3 Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil – to make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence. Continue reading Old & New Testament Passages Re: God’s Intention & Ability to Awaken the Lost and to Revive His Church

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After my son became lead pastor one of the many things we are taking a fresh look at is how ministers of the gospel should think and feel about being paid by the church; and how the church ought to think and feel about paying ministers of the gospel. This little study came out of those discussions.

Attitude of Minister Re: Pay or Remuneration from the Church:

“Not peddling the word of God” – II Corinthians 2:17

“As poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things” – II Corinthians 6:10

Content with little or much Phil. 4:11-13: I Tim. 6:8

Not coveting anyone’s anything – Acts 20:33

More blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35 Continue reading Attitudes of Minister & Church Re: Pay or Remuneration

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INTRODUCTION –

1. She does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life. – Prov. 31:10-12 (through vs. 27 about wives)

2. She must fulfill her sexual duty to her husband unless she and he are in agreement re: the need to devote themselves to prayer for a season. (I Cor. 7:3,5)

3. She must be subject to or submit to her husband . Eph. 5:22, 24, Col. 3:18, Titus 2:5, I Peter 3:1,2

4. She must respect her husband. Eph. 5:33

5. She must love her husband. Titus 2:4

6. She must learn to ask her husband (once they are home from a gathering of believers) about things that concern her – instead of blurting out or challenging things in a meeting, where men are present and where prophesying is taking place. I Cor. 14:35

7. She must pursue inner godliness, not just outer beauty as she relates to her husband – following the example of godly women of old. I Peter 3:3-6

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INTRODUCTION –

I. Must leave their parents and cleave to their wife – Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:5 Eph. 5:31

II. Must satisfy your sexual desires/needs with her alone – Prov. 5:15-19

III. Must satisfy her sexual desires/needs unselfishly – I Cor. 7:3-5

IV. Must enjoy life with her every day of your life – Ecc. 9:9

V. Must not deal treacherously with her/divorce her – Mal. 2:13-16; Matt. 19:8,9

VI. Must live with your wife in an understanding way – I Peter 3:7

VII. Must grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life – I Peter 3:7

VIII. Must love her – Eph. 5:25, 28, 33; Col. 3:19 (most repeated command)

IX. Must not be embittered against them – Col. 3:19

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Anne and I took our first ever 3 month sabbatical in the summer of 2015, and one of the things the Holy Spirit led me to do early on was to search for and record the following scriptures as a reminder (to be read over regularly) of His many invitations to me to drink deeply of His endless river of delights; and of the examples of those who did so and how that went down for them.

When you catch yourself feeling dry, perhaps this little tool can help remind you to not waste your life on things that don’t satisfy, and instead to come to Him who wants to fill us with all of His fullness!

God’s Invitations, Declarations & Promises:
Psalm 81:13-16 “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Continue reading Finding satisfaction, fulfillment, identity, worth & pleasure in God

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The Psalms have been a great source of comfort and assurance for me for over 40 years. These select verses specifically speak to knowing God as our Provider and Deliverer. We should never doubt Him, especially after meditating on these passages.

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

“From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!” Psalm 22:25,26

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1

“Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, And his descendants will inherit the land.” Psalm 25:12,13 Continue reading Knowing and Trusting God as Provider & Deliverer in the Psalms

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

Pregnancy Support Centers
Tree of Life – 461-3405 117 W. Bunny (Atascadero)
Tree of Life – 543-6000 1329 Chorro Street (San Luis Obispo)
Adoption Services
Family Connections Christian Adoptions 542-9084 www.fcadoptions.org

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John 17:11 “Keep them in Your name.” John 17:15 “Keep them from the evil one.” John 17:17 “Sanctify them through Your truth.” All of this, so that “they may be one/perfected in unity” (Jn. 17:11,21,22,23)

Ephesians 1:17-19 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

Ephesians 3:16-19 “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, length, height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Continue reading Prayers of Jesus and Paul

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The enemy would have us respond to this as law. God’s heart is that we see the gift He wants to give us in the mornings before our day begins, and trust Him to enable us to receive it and walk in it.

The Psalmists’ Habit – Psalms 5:3; 55:17; 59:16; 63:1; 88:13; 90:14; 92:1-2; 108:2; 119:147;
130:6; 143:8

Jesus’ Habit – Isaiah 50:4; Mark 1:35

Daniel – Daniel 6:10 (implied that one of the three times a day was in the morning) Continue reading MORNINGS – A GIFT FROM GOD

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Numb. 12:1-9 – – God rebukes Aaron & Miriam for rising up against Moses.

Numb. 21:4-9 – – God judges because the people spoke against Him and Moses.

I Samuel 26:9,11,23 – – David’s attitude towards God’s anointed = King Saul

II Kings 2:23-25 – – Ex. Of consequences of not honoring authority

I Chron. 12:17,33,38 – – Heart attitude of people towards authority/leaders

Esther – God’s blessing on Esther due to her attitude towards authorities (Mordecai, King, etc.)

Psalm 31:18 – – David’s prayer for those who “speak arrogantly against the righteous”

Proverbs 28:25 – – The kind of person that stirs up strife (= arrogant)

Matt. 24:9-12; II Tim. 3:1-5; II Peter 2:1-22; Jude 8-16 – – how many people will be in the last days (i.e. rebellious, arrogant, hateful..etc.)

Romans 13:1-3 – – Attitude towards governing authorities

Romans 16:17,18 – – What to do with people who reject authority

I Cor. 5:11 – – How to relate to “so called brothers” in the church who are “revilers”, etc.

II Cor. 12:20 – – The kind of things Paul hoped would not be found in the church

Gal. 6:1-3 – – How the mature should restore those in sin

I Thess. 4:1-8 – – We are to teach sexual purity and realize that anyone who rejects this teaching rejects God Himself.

II Thess. 3:6,14, 15 – – How to deal with lazy irresponsible people in the church

I Tim. 1:18-20; II Tim. 2:16-18, 3:8,9; 4:10a, 14,15; III John 9-11; – – Examples of rebellious, factious people who were named in N.T. epistles/letters

I Tim. 5:17, 19 – – How to treat elders

Titus 2:15 – – How to exercise authority and deal with those who reject/resist it

Titus 3:1,2 – – How to respond to authorities and even to all men

Titus 3:9-11 – – How to deal with a factious man in the church

Hebrews 13:17 – – How to treat/respond to leaders/authorities in the church

I Peter 2:13, 14 – – How to treat/respond to people in authority

I Peter 5:5 – – How young men should respond to their elders and how all of us should relate to one another (i.e. in humility)

II Peter 2:9,10 – – God will rescue the godly and judge/punish the rebellious

Jude 16, 19 – – Description of apostate or rebellious folk in the church in the last days

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I wrote this about 12 years ago primarily for the pastors on the Central Coast of CA.

Dear Fellow Servants of Christ’s Church on the Central Coast,

Over the last 13 ½ years of seeking to help unify the church in my region (Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos), some below surface issues that have thwarted us to some degree have begun to crystallize. This week because my son is preaching for me, I have had some time to put some of these thoughts down on paper. This is in no way a finished product. If after reading it, you think it might serve as a helpful tool or resource (once it is edited and completed) I would love to get your constructive input. My email address is at the end of this document for that purpose. (Deut. 27:15-26 & Neh. 9:38f)

1. We agree that close to the heart of our Lord is the unity of His Church, and the effectiveness of our witness to a watching world is closely tied to that. (John 17:11,21,23)

2. We agree that Biblical unity is not just the defensive absence of out and out dissension, but is instead an offensive, aggressive, ongoing attempt to be “of one heart and one mind, intent on one purpose”. (Phil. 2:2)

3. We agree that the leaders of Christ’s Church on the Central Coast must lead our congregations and ministries forward in this regard, and that we will be held accountable to the Head of the Church for our obedience or lack of. (Eph. 4:11-13)

4. We agree that there are significant problems or obstacles (sin) to true Biblical unity that we must overcome by His grace and power.

5. We agree that the sheep we steward are really not ours, but His. (John 10:27, 21:15-17) We are stewards and under-shepherds. (I Cor. 4:1, I Peter 5:1) He is still the Shepherd. (John 10:11)

6. We agree that the fold these sheep belong in is best left up to the Holy Spirit, since He places the members in the body just as He desires. (I Cor. 12:18)

7. We agree that the members of Christ’s body on the Central Coast should seek and obey His placement, and the leaders must trust Him to place them appropriately.

8. We agree that the members of the Church were expected by all the New Testament writers to be a faithful contributing member of a defined fellowship of some kind. How else can one possibly fulfill all the one anothering commands such as, “…fervently love one another from the heart” ? (I Pet. 1:22)

9. We agree that every member of the Church should be under someone’s leadership and oversight. How else can one fulfill the command to “Obey your leaders and submit to them…”? (Heb. 13:17)

10. We agree that ministers of the Church should not ever elevate themselves or their ministries; rather they should at all costs exalt only Christ. (II Cor. 4:5; Gal. 6:14)

11. We agree that any marketing that in any way exalts our church or ministry in a way that implies that ours is better or more spiritual than another is not pleasing to the Lord, and harms the unity that our Lord prayed and died for. (Prov. 27:2, John 17, Phil. 2:3)

12. We agree that it is God’s business and responsibility to “confirm for us the work of our hands” and to “commend” us. We must resist the temptation to commend ourselves. Psalm 90:17, II Cor. 3:1, 10:18

13. We agree that the kingdom supercedes the Church, and that ultimately it is the kingdom that we are to be building and expanding, even if our church or ministry appears to suffer as a result. (Matt. 6:33, Acts 28:31)

14. We agree that the primary method of growing the Church and expanding the kingdom should be saving and discipling the lost. (Matt. 28:19,20). We agree we need more of the apostle Paul’s passion to “preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named..” (Rom. 15:20,21) While there may not be as many committed mature Christians to go around as we would prefer, there are plenty of lost people headed for hell that should increasingly be the focus of our ministries.

15. We agree that the only hope for the members of our congregations to learn how to resolve conflicts biblically, is for their leaders to model it with one another in our respective regions. We dare not pretend that offenses have not happened. They have, and we must humbly and obediently do whatever is in our power to rectify these offenses. (Matt. 5:23,24; 18:15f, Romans 12:18)

16. We agree that if our initial attempts at this have not been successful, we will pursue some expression of the elders of the Church on the Central Coast to step in and serve His church – recognizing the gravity of what is at stake if we do not see these conflicts resolved.
(Phil. 4:2,3)

17. We agree that it is time to turn from judging one another. (Matt. 7:1) Instead we will increasingly give ourselves to affirming one another’s gifts and callings and unique contributions to what Christ is forming on the Central Coast. (Rom. 16:1,2; I Cor. 13:7; Heb. 3:13)

18. We agree that “boasting” by the big congregations needs to stop, “challenging” by the doctrinally pure congregations needs to stop,
and “envying” by the smaller congregations needs to stop if we are going to be a vital part of the Church on the Central Coast that Jesus
Christ is building. (Gal. 5:26, Matt. 16:18) It is time to “rejoice” that “Christ is proclaimed” and to leave the purifying and judging of motives to our Lord and Master. (Phil. 1:18, Rev. 2:18, 23)

19. We agree that when we hear of a fellow leader’s trouble or fall, we will not inwardly rejoice, but instead we will mourn with him, and seek in some tangible way to bear his burdens. (Prov. 24:17,18; Gal. 6:1,2)

20. We agree that it is our isolation from one another and/or lack of seeking to love one another “in deed and in truth” that sets us up for suspicion, judging, jealousy, mistrust, etc. (Prov. 18:1, I Jn. 3:18)

21. We agree that divisions and factions will happen from time to time, and that in God’s sovereignty they can actually serve us as they provide an opportunity for the mature to rise up and be counted. (I Cor. 11:18,19)

22. We agree that we are our brother’s keeper, and that it is in the best interest of our local congregations or ministries to do what we can do to see the leaders (and their spouses) of the whole church in our region thrive. (Gen. 4:9, Ecc. 4:9-11)

23. We agree that crucial to the health of the Church on the Central Coast is the headship of the home being restored to husbands/fathers. Anything and everything we do as leaders of Christ’s Church should serve this purpose, which of course is dependent upon the husband/father being submitted to Christ. ( I Cor. 11:3)

* I have capitalized “church” when I am referring to the city wide or universal church as opposed to a local congregation.

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