Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas time again?


Christmas Time Thoughts From Stapp

1) Well, here we go. Another year gone by and Christmas is already here again. What to get people, what to buy? Present buying plagues the country every year. Debt goes up and morals go down. All because it is Jesus' birthday...right? Come on, Jesus is the reason for the season. My T-Shirt says so. Let me get this straight. Jesus is the reason we go into debt buying folks crap they don't need. Sure the motives maybe a giving attitude. Does that justify us scrambling around, elbowing people at walmart so we can get someone the lastest and greatest idols we can find? Sure it does for most folks because it is Jesus' birthday, remember.

2) Keep Christ in Christmas. This seems to be a legitamate arguement from people who very well may be great Christians and those that claim to be Christians. The only problem is the ones who complain people trying to take Christ out of Christmas are people you can't find in church on Sunday except on Christmas. Adamant and insistent on keeping Christ in Christmas but don't mention Christ as the Lord of their lives...no no no.

3) I recently saw a commercial about a small town. The commercial advertised to spend Christmas with them. In the advertisement was lights, decorations, santa clauses, snowmen, and giftshops. There was not mention of Christ whatsoever! Santa clause here, santa clause there. Good grief. Kids sitting in his lap. Looks to me that santa clause is what it is about.

4) Last thought, I promise. All this hustle and bustle we do wrapped up in a name that includes Christ pretty much sums it up. None of these celebrations or traditions were mentioned in the Bible. Jesus, the name above all names under which men shall be saved (Acts 4:12). Do you think that a Holy God wants His Son Jesus Christ associated with such rituals? I seriously doubt it.

This is just a few convictions God has laid no my heart as far as empty traditions go. Sure there isn't nothing wrong with getting together and celebrating the birth of our Savior, but let's take a deeper look at really why we do things.

Merry...The birth of our Lord and Savior who is not a baby anymore!

David Stapp

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Good equals evil and evil equals good? WHAT?

A word of warning to what is going on in our country.

Isaiah 5:20: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

I have been hearing about a hate crimes legislation that protects sexual orientation. What? If any word is spoken that offends a so-called "same sex" oriented person (homosexual)then they can be arrested. That would include those who preach the gospel in the pulpit. Think about it for a minute. The gospel tells us our wrong doings and that we can't save ourselves...period! That is why Jesus came to save us according to

John 3:17: For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

But if we don't claim Him as Lord submit our life to Christ then OH-OH. God's justice and wrath will be satisfied on us in judgement instead! Getting back to the main thought. The gospel is offensive. It judges our evil deeds and thoughts. Two ways satan has introduced evil as good of course is homosexuality and the other is through abortion. God's Word speaks about these two issues in more ways than one. Guess what the Bible says about them? THEY ARE SIN! No if, ands, or buts. Now we all have sin somewhere in our lives as believers, not to be judgemental here. 1 Corinthians 13:6 tells us that love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in truth.
In conclusion we have to be ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) and love them like Jesus by preaching the gospel no matter how offensive it is. Remember how life changing the gospel is in your own life! in the midst of the "good evil" keep this in mind.

Romans 1:16: For I am not shamed of the gospel, for t is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to he Greek.

It is what it is!
David Stapp

A quality representation

When you represent something, what does that mean? There are several definitions to the word represent but the main one would be "on behalf of." In other words an example of. You know like to represent our country to another country. Lets say your last name is Smith. Guess what? You represent the Smith family! One of the many definitions that caught my eye is "to impersonate, as in acting." I was reading in 2 Corinthians 5 and a verse jumped out at me. Verse 20 says "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." Now the word ambassador means an authorized messenger or representative. Do we not realize that we are a representative of Christ Himself?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We really can do ALL things IF....

You know, I always thought Philippians 4:13 was a great verse to proclaim my dependance in Christ. Most of us know what it says "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." I use it so liberally, but really don't understand the depth of it. Paul's dependance was COMPLETELY on Christ and thats it! Would I be able to say that? Oh yes, I draw my strength off of Christ for the most part, and at times. But is ALL my strength on Christ at ALL TIMES? I seriously doubt it. Now what to do about it and see what Paul did. Refer to the previous 2 verses.

"11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need."

Paul has nothing to depend on BUT Christ. He was not married. He has no kids. He had no I-Phone, computer, tv or anything to really distract him. Not to say other things couldn't be distractions. Paul had been on top and bottom and side to side. He had faced more situations than we can only imagine. I personally have never faced most of the circumstances Paul faced. Paul mentioned to a few churches to follow his example as he followed Christ' example. Paul shares the secret to this in verse 11. He learned to be content in all circumstances and when that happened his dependance was on Christ.
Something God has showed me in all this. When I truly depend upon Christ in all things, then I can truly be content no matter what and it shows my obedience in Him. Also others see my dependance and contentment with Christ and guess what that does for them in their bad sitautions? You guessed it, they get curious.

Christ is my power, but I need more of Him.
David Stapp

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Something I noticed about being a living sacrifice.

I have read this verse plenty of times. You know, we tend to read and re-read verses over and over again. Soon they become mechanical and can lose meaning to us if we are careful. This time was different. Here is the verse in NASB translation:

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present bodies as living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship".
Romans 12:1

I have discussed this verse with several people over the years about the ways we could apply it and become more like Christ. By they way, Paul urges us to do this because it is our responsibility as children of God to give Him the worship that is due. How actually do you become a "living sacrifice"? Well God reveals the first step in the first part of the verse. Paul urges us, by the "mercies of God". What is mercy? It is not getting what we deserve, which is eternal condemnation. Mercy gives us what we don't deserve and that is God's love. On that note, why would we not want to live a life pleasing to God? I mean He did send His Son to save us and redeem us to Himself. That alone deserves nothing less than our ALL. To answer the rest of the question. We can daily become this the less we are like the world and what "it" wants for us. You know the world tells you it is ok to only be concerned with ourselves. The very opposite of God's will. Move on to verse 2:

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

The Lord says by renewing our minds in Him and not being conformed to this world. Get rid of the crap we involve ourselves in everyday and replace it with the Word of God which IS His perfect will.

Living to become His living sacrifice
David Stapp

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

But if it talks about God, it must be good, right?

To start off, I really don't listen to any secular music. Not to say all secular music is bad. I "overhear" it at work and for the most part, it is tuned into the country station. I know a lot of my Christian friends who listen to country music. That is not my taste. However I was paying attention to one particular song the other day. I noticed the chorus goes "God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy." I found it a little odd. If God is great, then the next in line is beer? Then I thought about James 3:9-12. This song praises God for His goodness and in the next 2 breaths praises the practices of this world and calls people crazy! Sounds to me like this song is downgrading other people.

James 3:10 says "Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."

I can see it now. We let out of church service after praising God. Then we clap in approval after some of those "crazy people" joins our church. We get in our car and it is set to 94.9 the bull. The songs on air. Singing it as we pull out. God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. Without even realizing it we have spit in the face of God. I wonder how God feels about our inconsistency? Here is the response of people to profess to be Christians about this song. "It must be a good song. Thet talk about God in it."
No wonder why our Christian witnesses are not much good.

Striving to get more serious about God and His will...not mine
David Stapp

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oh me of large discouragement.

When is it going to give? I can't take this pressure anymore! So many things cause me to be discouraged. Even being washed in the blood of Christ it is still easy to get discouraged. If the battle is won through Jesus, then why does discouragement come to me? Well there has to be a reason. The devil brings discouragement or the situation is discouraging. Well that may be where it comes from but our very mindset and focus can bring it on us as well. You know, right now in our economic times and uncertain circumstances it is very easy to say I give up, or I don't care anymore. Did you know that even face to face with Jesus, Peter had discouragement? Check it out:

Matthew 14:29-31
29 "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

You see when Peter took his focus off of Christ, discouragement and doubt set in. Then look at what happened...he began to sink in the water. Is this discouraging time in my life because I am too overwhelmed about circumstances and my focus is on them rather than Jesus? Maybe that is the case. When being discouraged sets in so does doubt. Never underestimate how easy it is to let this happen. We have to keep our view, focus, and mind on Christ at all times.

Getting in focus,
David Stapp

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Savior Lives and He Alone is in control!

Guess what? Christ Jesus is getting ready to rule and reign completely. Jesus tell us in Luke 21:36

"Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

So we see that Jesus and His work on the cross is for real. My Jesus Christ IS FOR REAL FOLKS! Bottom Line! Here is the deal. Many people look for salvation in so many things. For example...Obama, or celebrities. They almost seem to worship these people as if they can provide salvation. The truth is that Christ's work on the cross was so supernatural that the maker of the heavens and earth had to shed His own blood to save us! That to me is an AMAZING FACT, AND AMAZING LOVE!
Before putting so much trust or anti-trust in people remember this. People are not in control by any means. Isaiah 2:22 sums it up the best

"Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?"

The matter of the fact is this: He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12.

Trusting in the Way, the Truth, and the Life Christ Jesus!
David Stapp

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Do you ever?

Have you ever done anything you regreted? Sure you have. I do everyday. I say something or think something or even do soemthing I wish I had not have done. The one great truth is that no matter how we fail or how bad we fail Christ died to free us from that bondage. Just think, are you struggling with something? I know I do. Jesus' sacrifice was for that very thing you struggle with. What a great truth we have to know Christ is the answer to overcome sin!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WHAT, ME AN EXAMPLE?

Well let's get down to the basics. I am a Christian, right? Sure I am! If that is the case then I am to be an example of Christ too. Just professing to being a Christian and not living like one just don't cut it. Wonder why people think Christians are so hypocritcal? Well we forget that we are to be salt and light of the earth. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1...

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."

Can I honestly tell someone to follow my example because I follow Christ so perfectly? Well maybe at times I can say "ok do this or that as I do it." What if I slip up that and day treat folks bad and forget to pray and so? Do I tell folks to follow me then? Well it is a complete lifestyle as far as the big piture goes. All humans know that all humans make mistake. If you were to follow me around with a camera day in and day out then you would see my obedience to God outweighs my failures. So, look at what Jesus had to say...

Matthew 5:48
"Be perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect."

How can we be a "perefect example" if we make mistakes all the time. Jesus meant to be holy which in terms means "set apart." God through His Son, through His Son Christ Jesus has declared us perfect through a perfect sacrifice. That is how we are to be perfect. As long as we are glorifying Him then we will be a holy example.
This is something I struggle with this issue everyday. It would be hard to tell someone follow my example on a daily basis!

Striving to be holy as me Father is holy.
David Stapp

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

If I am not a judge, then why do I act like one?


Look at that boy with the earring, or he has got tattoos. Maybe you have heard or even said this...look at them, they drink alcohol or do drugs. I can't believe someone would do that, or I would never do that. Well that may be all well and good but we are actually doing just as worse by passing judgement. The bad thing about it we are doing it to 2 people. We condemn the person we are judging. Then we are heaping judgment upon ourselves.

Romans 2:1-2 says "Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things".

So instead of trying to take Gods place as judge let us do what Christ said and spread the gospel. I wonder if those very people we judge are actually hurting and broken people who are desperately in need of salvation? SURE THEY ARE! Now what is our problem? We don't have no idea what people are going through but we are so quick to say look at them. Until we set our standard as Christ then we will always find fault with others and not ourselves. Are we being like Christ or are we trying to put ourselves in His shoes?

Well remeber what John 3:17 says..."For God sent not His Son into the world to CONDEMN the world; but that the world through Him might be saved".

So if Christ didn't condemn the lost, then why are we?

Trying to love more with His Power.
David Stapp

Monday, April 20, 2009

Motivation Counts part 2

Reference scripture will be 1 Corinthians 3:9-15. Paul writes here he laid a foundation as an expert builder. Well his motivation for going in to Corinth and preaching the gospel until people were saved was Jesus Christ! That's it. Verse 12-13 tells us "If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work." So how motivated we are in serving Christ on this earth will determine how we stand up in front of Christ at judgement. We as believers will have to give an account for what we have done with the gifts and resources God gives us. This judgement for believers will be more like a reward ceremony. We will receive our rewards in heaven based on how faithful we were to Christ. Verse 15 reminds me that I don't just want to escape through the flames but I want to receive a crown that I can place at the feet of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Motivation Counts!

What motivates me? Is it a desire to be like Christ? Maybe a desire to be glorified by men? We all fall victim to pridefulness that desires to receive glory from men.

Mark 11:12-14 says "The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.

WOW, this tree had leaves that were beautiful, but guess what? Jesus found no fruit.

John 15:2 says "He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

What happens to the branch that bears no fruit? It is thrown in the fire and burned. That reality makes me question my own motives. Am I doing what I am doing for Christ or for men. I believe it is a sad reality to so-called minister to people and not ever love them or be concerned about them. When this is the case what is really the motive behind it?

Well look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

So, what do we gain by falsely attempting to serve God and bear fruit? NOTHING, but when we do truly allow ourselves to be humble and serve the Almighty Jehovah...then we begin to see stuff happen and HE RECEIVES THE GLORY!

Let me check my motivation
David Stapp

Monday, April 13, 2009

What do we do?

How can we reach this radically depraved world for Christ? By showing them that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN! We as sinful human beings have to be made aware of our sin before we realize we need someone to save us from it. From our sinful standpoint we don't see a need for a savior since we don't know what we are doing wrong.

Paul, in Romans 7:7 says "For I would not have known what coveting was if the law had not said, do not covet.

This can apply to people who proclaim Christ with their mouth and not with their life. Why would we see a need for healing if we don't know we are sick? Living for Jesus is not always easy and a bed of roses. But this life is temporary, and HE promises eternal peace. Thank you for reading, and God Bless you. If you feel like God is convicting your heart and drawing you to Himself please send me a message. Jesus said in John 6:44 "that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws him". So if you need ANY help or questions about this SERIOUS issue send me a message.

Striving to be like Christ
David Stapp

Thursday, April 9, 2009

You don't have to go to church to be saved.

Now do I have your attention? How many times have you heard this quote. Well there is a small amount of truth to this and a large amount of lie, mostly because of the motive behind it. First, God can draw you to the point of salvation no matter where you are at. That is right you don't have to be at church. You can be at home or even at work for goodness sake. So we see there is truth in that, but there is a false sense to this saying and it goes like this..."I am a Christian, but I don't believe you have to go to church." Translation: I live my life in sin and do what I want and have no regard for and Almighty God and I never will, but praise Jesus I am saved. You see, if you ARE REALLY SAVED then you will have a desire to fellowship with God's people. Plus we as Christians have responsibilities in the church so neglecting it should raise a red flag about our salvation.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?"

When you examine yourself, do you have the desire to be with fellow believers or do you just have a false sense of salvation thinking it is completely ok to live all your live in sin and denying the need to do so. Well let me tell you something. The closest thing to heaven on earth is the assembly of believers lifting one another up and worshiping Christ. So if you "want" to go to heaven and who don't, then guess what? You will be spending eternity with the very people were neglecting.

Hebrews 10:24-26 says "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left".

One more thing: Everybody wants to go to heaven. Some people just don't want God there when they get there. Remember this when living in sin and claiming Christianity at the same time...

The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did". 1 John 2:4-6.

This means we should want to be assembled with believers and if we could care less then we had better...like Paul says "check ourselves."

Under His conviction for a world who desperately need Christ:
David L. Stapp

Monday, March 30, 2009

Who matter's most?

Have you ever realized how we seem to "recognize" people in power or famous people? For example, we as humans seem to put our trust in someone who is just as frail as we are. I remember when Obama was inaugurated. People were screaming and crying as they chanted his name as if he were a savior. Well Isaiah 2:22 is a great verse for us to understand. It says "stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?"(NASB) How much breath can a man hold in his nose? Not much at all. We are not promised the next nose full of breath are we? This life is fragile and short and there is only one who we should esteem as high and lifted up. Isaiah says in chapter 6 that he say The Lord on His throne, exalted. Now is any human being in anymore control than another? NO! So we should esteem God as He should be. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is filled with His Glory!(Isaiah 6:3).

Thankful for His faithfulness!
David Stapp

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What are we really?

Are we somebody that just goes to church? Sing songs we don't even think about when we sing them. Sit and listen to a sermon that we can't remember by the time we get to Golden Corral? Then we have done our "church" thing for the week. Or, are we somebody that rightly divide truth from falsehood. Could we actually defend creationism or could we just come up with a duh, I dont know? When we claim to believe something and can't even defend it, then what happens?

Hebrews 5:11-14 addresses this. 11. We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13. Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Here our country is being decayed from the inside and we are so watered down in our doctrine as a whole. How we can stand for what is right when we ourselves don't even know from the lack of knowledge.

Proverbs 1:7 says "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge".

Looks like we ain't got enough fear of the Lord!

Thanks,
Convicted by Almighty God
David Stapp