Wednesday, December 28, 2011

One of my favorite verses.

Proverbs 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

A very good repost from another site. I highly recommend reading this.

Featured | December 6, 2011 by Mike LeMay
One year in the books…and what a ride it has been! We have talked with former Muslim leaders; men and women who God has delivered from sexual sin; social justice leaders; and every day people God has miraculously touched.

We’ve had a few listeners who insist we are divisive and causing problems for the church—many others who are grateful we are tackling tough issues that have too long been ignored. We knew going in, this show would not be everyone’s “cup of tea”. Some people would prefer that Christians be much more passive and not confront problems when we see them. The only problem is that is not what Jesus tells us to do. He confronted the wrong thinking and motives of the Pharisees, challenging them to live what the scriptures taught and to lead the people in the way of the Word.

I hope the one thing God has accomplished through this show is this: Challenging leaders to wake up God’s people from the state of sleep we have been in. For too long we have been complacent and allowed very subtle lies and half truths to infiltrate the church in America. We have become tolerant of false teachings, lending credence to teachers preaching a false or incomplete gospel. We have become too tolerant of our own sin and the sin of those we are called to lead. We have become obsessed with having “conversations” with nonbelievers instead of lovingly confronting them with the absolute truth of the bible.

People of God, things are changing at breakneck speed. The world we grew up in is undergoing a radical transformation. Our nation is teetering on the brink of social and economic collapse, and I fear the church is ill prepared for this major shift. False teachers are trying to chip away at the truth of God’s Word, leading many into a deceptive state of mind. We have become soft on evangelism and discipleship—and the price we may pay is losing most of an entire generation to the enemy.

This is not a time where we can afford to be passive. It is a time where we have to return to taking the Word of God seriously and observing the signs of the season. It is a time when real leaders must do what is right, not popular. It is a time when each of us who proclaim to be bible believing Christians start lining up our actions with our stated beliefs. War is upon us, whether we wish it or not. Our King is preparing for his return and he is separating his sheep from the goats. A time will come when we each choose who we will worship and fight along side with—the King of Kings—or the kings of this world.

We are blessed to play whatever part God has us playing in this great battle. We will continue to sound the alarm, questioning the lukewarm status quo and calling true believers back to the absolute truth of God’s Word and his true nature and character. And if the world and even the modern day Pharisees are upset, so be it.

Here's the source.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas hype??? It breeds greed and covetousness.

by David Stapp
(Disclaimer: This isn't intended to offend but to enlighten how selfish we really are. I saw WE because I am as much at fault as well. God has really brought conviction on my life because of selfishness.)

I think I may be labeled a "scrooge" but so be it. Could it be that the title of this blog might possibly be true? I know, I know but it is Jesus' birthday. That's what it's all about...right? WRONG! I don't care how much we sugar coat it with Jesus' birthday, deep down inside we are "longing" to get and give presents. Did I mention giving? Once someone mentioned to me that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). That is true but lets look at our motives in giving. Are we giving to please God?
3 Things about Christmas that clearly we have wrong motives about:

1) Only during this time of year are we really willing to "help" those who are less fortunate. Now lets be real for a moment. What about the hungry, poor, etc folks we pass every other time of year. How much attention do we show them? Those may be the folks we are afraid to give money to because they may "buy alcohol or drugs" with it. Matthew 25:36 mentions those people who are in prison. How do people get into prison. By breaking the law, drugs for example. Jesus commanded to do the opposite of what the world does, bypass them. I am getting to away from the main here so on to #2.

2) This is similar to #1 but of course in includes gift giving. How hard is it to you to shop for people? I find it terribly hard for some folks that I know. Why is that? Because they want for nothing or in better terms "have everything". How offended would they be if we didn't buy them a gift after they so graciously gave us one? Too bad our gift giving motives most of the time is out of obligation. That may not be the case all the time, but more than not. All this selfish gift giving while folks who have next to nothing...still have next to nothing.

3) This is where the rubber meets the road. I have heard it said that someone would get a good Christmas this year or that someone will not even have a Christmas this year. What do those statements mean? Oh I know let me translate: 1. that person will have a good Christmas = or a lot of presents this year 2. that person will not even get Christmas this year = or they will not get any presents. So a good Christmas depends on whether we or someone else gets presents or not? You see how greedy we have become. What does that teach our children. How to be greedy little monsters instead of raising them in the admonition of the Lord.

So I hope you can see where I am coming from. I know it sounds pretty harsh, but them again so was our Savior to the religious bunch and how often do we act like them?

Finally, may God help us in our selfish pride and have enough mercy to give us time to repent.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Learning through Scripture

1. If I love my sin God doesn't listen to my babbling because it is disobedience. If I hate my sin and confess it and strive for righteousness...He then directs attention to me. (Psalm 66:18-20)

2. Had I never experienced God's greatness in past circumstances which includes salvation, then I would definitely be without hope. God has proven Himself to be trustworthy and I praise Him! (Psalm 27:13)

3. As much as it may hurt, we are called to be true disciples of Christ and that WILL guarantee suffering and persecution. Thanks be to Him to where our strength to endure comes from. (2 Timothy 3:12)

4. When it seems that I am at my wits end due to these worldly things and they seem to surround me and cave in on me. He is there to help me overcome. (Psalm 121:1-2)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My accomplishments = nothing.

You know at times I seem to attribute my accomplishments that I do to that of God's goodness towards me. Yes we should give him glory and seek to do all things as serving Him, but that is not always the case. Not all things I do are as if I am working unto Him. I tend to forget that at times and depend solely upon my own strength.
I was reading a portion of scripture and Paul writes this in Philippians 3:9-10; 9) and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
Notice verse 9, "not having a righteousness of my own" and in verse 10, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection."
I see 2 powerful truths and here they are:
1. (vs9) Nothing I do is righteous by any means. We know this but looking deeper into it we see that even our seemingly great deeds are filthy rags as scriputre says elsewhere (Isaiah 64:6). When I make decisions based upon my own "good morals" it is nothing more than a filthy rags compared to His righteousness.

2. (vs 10) This is particularly the main point here. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection...have you ever thought about that? Do we know what it even means? As much as the Holy Spirit has imparted to me, here are my thoughts on this. In any given situation, after I have tried everything in my own power, I still fail. After I have depended on people and things for fulfillment, they still fail me. When I get to the point of where all seems hopeless; I can turn to Christ and the same power that raised Him from the dead raises me to higher heights. Then and only then can I fully experience His righteousness.

Praise be to Him who delivered us from our darkness with His glorious light!
David Stapp

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Creation vs evolution

There is a lot to say on these issues and we can debate about them until we are blue in the face. In this post I am not arguing about young earth, or billions of years, or anything like that. I am not even going to get that deep into it. I am looking at these 2 today as foundational truths. What do I mean? Well there is a lot and I will sum it up. We as children of Creator God believe that God did create the heavens, earth, living creatures, and man. So with that said we tend to stand on that truth. The problem is this: our society doesn't stand on God being creator as He says He is. School text books, atheist lawmakers, liberal judges all try to tell us that is true regardless if theory or not. So what we have is a foundation on the belief of evolution. It may be made of sand but it is a secular foundation. So the big question is how do we defend this? God's Word tells us to be ready to defend our faith and beliefs: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15. Atheist and secular humanist know that if they can target our children and younger generation then we will lose them. The Bible stories taught in churches today are great, but there is no way Noah's ark portrayed as a floating bath tub with a bunch of animals with no room can compete with scientific minded secularism. These folks are ravaging wolves and they are good at what they do. The evolution belief is just the foot in the door to other issues we fight constantly such as abortion, secular humanism, homosexuals, and etc. Evolution was one of the first way atheists had their way into our culture. Now look at what they teach in school. This is an excerpt from various science books: Sciences show no evidence of a supernatural realm -- that there is only the natural. What does the Bible contain? Supernatural occurrences because of God and His miracle working power. Our kids are being bombarded with secular humanism such as this. How is the way we teach our kids about God's Word going to make a case? Well when we tell our kids Bible "stories" it's exactly that, a story. Secularism portrays Bible stories as fairy tales and that is taught now in our culture, but when asked, how do we defend that? For example; just how did God create the universe and the earth? Uh, I don't know for sure. I have heard Christians say "the big bang theory is true, God said bang and it happened." This tends to undermine the authority of scripture when we don't stand on it's authority. In conclusion we need to be ready to defend our faith and teach our kids the same. Christ didn't give His life for us to be timid and scared of everything, but to boldly stand and preach the gospel to all creatures. (Mark 16:15) We should be standing on scripture as absolute truth and not depending on our culture to shape our views and teach us its ways. By David Stapp

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Let us be diligent.

2 Peter 1:10-11

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

What are we to do about politics?

I often wonder about this. I hear all the time it is our Christian duty to go vote. I have always believed this for myself but now I am beginning wonder this. What is my duty? Here's an example of what I mean. I DON'T like to pay taxes but the government requires us to. As much as I don't like it...I have to pay them. Jesus says in Mark 12:28, "And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him. Also Romans 13:7 says, "Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Another example. Romans 13:2 says, "Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves."
Now don't get me wrong. We are not to be disobedient to God just to be obedient to goverment. We do however have a responsibility to follow laws that the government sets regardless of stupid I think they are.

Now about the voting part. Our vote does count toward a particular person running for office. I remember the last election my vote went for the lesser of 2 evils. I thought about that. Is being wrapped up in that really Biblical. I don't believe it is. Our culture tells us to vote, vote, vote, but what if there is no one worth voting for. Do I vote for the ones with the less evil beliefs? No, that is absurd.

Now on to my main point. The election is coming up in 2012 and everyone knows that this country needs to turn from it's wicked ways. Does that include us as children of God getting involved by trying to turn our country into Christians by our votes? Maybe 200 years ago that were true, but going to vote, along with other bad choices is what got us into this predicament of big government.

Are we commanded to go and try to change socitey by putting in folks with the best morals, or are we commanded to preach the gospel in and out of season and to every person?

Something to ponder on.
David Stapp

Monday, August 8, 2011

Why is it so dark around here? Hey, where did my lamp go?

Everytime we turn around we see darkness engulfing our society. Here are a few instances:

1) Harry Potter. These seem to make witchcraft fun and harmless.
2) Clothing. Especially females. Even the clothes for 6 and 7 year olds are sleazy.
3) Out doing each other. Movies like jackass and such where people try to inflict harm upon themselves or others.
4) Language. You can go anywhere in public and here any given person speak a conglomeration of vulgar and nasty speech.

These are just a few amongst many of the actions and words of darkness we see in our culture. So why is it getting darker?

I recall some verses I learned and continue to remember but not fully institute.
Matthew 5:14-16 says:
14) You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15) nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16) Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

How can we as children of God partake in darkness and not shine the light upon it? We get into American idol, CSI, or any reality show of taste and it consumes our thoughts, time, and conversations. Why don't we meditate and speak about God's Word like we do tv shows? Why is Justin Beiber a hotter topic than the God who gave Himself to save us? Why do we speak more of desperate housewives than that which is Holy? It doesn't just stop there. The music and all. This dark world has encompassed us as believers, but the light we have should expel darkness. As a matter of fact His Light WILL shine through darkness if it is true light.

So let me get this right? I can't even watch jersey shore or listen to lady gaga at all? Let me ask myself this: does listening to lady gaga bring glory to God as 1 Corinthians 10:31 says? NO, not even the slightest. It brings glory to world and the world is where the darkness is.

So tell me this, how is adapting to, or becoming like, or partaking in the world and its things shinning the Light of Christ to them. When we do this we affirm their godless actions and we show so by partaking. We are to be different. Darkness hates light, remember that.

Let us not EVER forget the light we are. We CAN'T hide it.

This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.
David Stapp

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This is not rocket science.

You know, I find it hard at times to focus on the main goal when there are an array of things coming at me all at the same time. In other words it is hard for me to go between several different tasks at any given time.

I am wondering why we do this with the great commision? We bounce between theologies that really have no eternal impact. We are busy taking the specks out of others eyes before removing the planks out of ours. When we multitask around spreading the gospel guess what happens? Our weak frail minds loses sight on the main objective. Christ gives us this command in Matthew 28:19-20, "19)Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Why is it so easy to get distracted? We should be salt and light everywhere we go. Be willing and ready at all times according to 1 Peter 3:15, "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and

The bottom line is that to many times our minds are not set on seeking first His righteousness (Matthem 6:33). We are too busy seeking our own selfish desires rather His. How can we serve the flesh while proclaiming all the while we are doing God's work in building the kingdom? We can't. Why not just stick to the original plan of teaching the nations? Just what are we supposed to teach them again? I was busy catching up on CSI, or American Idol. OH YEAH I almost forgot, we are supposed to tell them about how much Jesus loves them and put very little emphasis on His coming jugdgement.

Jesus Himself showed the best way to spread the gospel in Mark 1:15, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

David Stapp

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Real God versus fake god.

First I will start with a real famous verse...Exodus 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before Me." In the circumstance when we devote more time to ANYTHING or ANYONE it becomes an idol. Which in turn is putting a god or gods in front of GOD.

What or who we put in front of God can be different. It can be anything material ranging from cell phones to compulsive clothes shopping. Idols can be people as well. Remember whatever we invest our time into more than spending time with God, that becomes idolatry.

So what does that say about my life? Do I put allegiance on other things besides the One True God? At times I do and sometimes don't even realize it.

Let me get to my main point here. Where do idols or false gods come from? Well they can be fabricated out of metal or wood. We also can make a god in our mind that we think is Jehovah God. We think we can twist and reshape Him into what we want Him to be. Sometimes we ourselves can become our own gods. We tend to think it is all about us, or should I say me, me, me.

Again...where do gods come from? My Savior Christ Jesus made an important statement in John 3:13. He said this, "No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man."

The God I serve was not made by man. He ascended into heaven. That's pretty interesting to me because at some time we as His children will also ascend to heaven with Him. What makes this a great truth is that He went back to where He came from to begin with. Which no man has ever seen. He came from being worshipped by angels. He came from perfect union with God the Father. He came from having ALL authority over ALL creation and the universe. WOW!! To me that is mind boggling. He came to this corrupt earth in which we did to ourselves by sinning to take the scorn and shame of our sin.

Has any of our idols ever descended from heaven? Has my ipod or tv reality shows in which I spend hours on top of hours watching ever died on the cross only to rise again? Has my lovely daughter in which I love very much ever been in charge of the happenings of the universe? NO that is absurd to even think.

How could I ever think of having anything in front of the One who spared me from His wrath? I pray and keep watch that I may keep His commands and the greatest is that I love Him with all my heart, mind, and soul.

The Real God is the only One for me!
By David Stapp

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Are we "Christians" or disciples?

I think about this often: What we as believers consider to be Christians and what the world considers are 2 different things. Not just because of the blood of Christ either. For example, in Acts 11:26 the disciples were called Christians by worldly, unconverted men. It was used as a term of abuse. Even though the disciples were glad even being ridiculed for their Lord.

Ok, with that in mind we take on the name Christians. That's all well and good, BUT what about those that take on the Christian title who doesn't know Christ?
You will probably relate to this scenario. I often ask people if they know Christ as their Savior. A very common response is: well yes because I go to church.
So here is the thought I have. It is easy to label ourselves as Christians because this is technically a "Christian" nation right? WRONG! Just because my grandma and grandpa were God fearing "Christian" folks doesn't mean that I am. Apart from Christ I am nothing but a wretched pile of dung that deserves judgement, but praise Him for making a way to The Father!.

Back to my main point. What is the role of a Christian. Well a good answer to be Christlike. I have been meditating on Matthew 28:19-21 lately. Here is the scripture: 19) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20) teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

These words came directly from Jesus. In verse 19 He says to go make disciples. The word in the Greek refers to a learner or someone being trained. Disciple also comes from the word discipline which takes on the meaning of training in correction.

Now this is a very different view from the eyes of someone who just claims Christianity. Our claims mean absolutely nothing. In fact we in our evangelical churches base an acceptance just due to "statement of faith" without ever seeing evidence of fruit. Then when there is no fruit at all but fruits of the flesh we call them backsliders. I have seen this situation in folks. Are we afraid tell the truth of what scripture says about sheep and goats or wheat and tares?

Disciples discipline themselves through the power of the Holy Spirit, but self proclaimed Christians depend upon their own works which are as the Bible calls them "filthy rags".

Training to be Christlike
David Stapp

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I have something to say!

Because of His great mercy, He saved me. If He can save me then He can save anyone who calls on the Name who can save. Yeshua the Messiah.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

This video will make SOMETHING happen to you.

This breaks my heart of stone as I watch this depiction of my Lord being slain for me.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

God's Word = Good prayers

I was listening to a radio station last night and the speaker was using this verse Proverbs 28:9 which says: He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. I got to thinking about this. How important is the Bible to me and how much do I implement it into my daily life? I read God's Word daily and take time to meditate on it. I know the importance of it because it contains the good news that brought salvation to me.

The word law is another word for the Bible. Do we read the Bible daily. I mean if it is as important as we say it is then we should. Maybe we just open it up on Sunday for church service.

Ever wondered why God isn't answering our prayers. I know I have. Ever seemed to go through a sort of "dry spell" in which you have drifted from God? Wonder why that is? Maybe it's because we haven't spend time seeing what God really desires for us and in turn pray selfish prayers.

Remember that Jesus says in John 15:5 says: "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."
Also John 1:1 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So we see that Jesus is The Word and if we don't abide in the The Word then our prayers our detestable to Him.

David Stapp

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I need to repent daily.

Look at the man depicted in the picture. Do you ever feel this way? I feel this way at times when I fail my Lord Jesus Christ. Why do I keep thinking about my failures and feeling so bad about them. If I didn't them I would not be a child if God. That is conviction that only the Holy Spirit can bring upon me. A specific passage of scripture comes to mind when I obey the lust of the flesh rather than my Father in heaven.
Hebrews 6:4-6 says 4)For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5)and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6)and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance,
since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

What a scary and fearful thought. When giving into sin. I am walking a thin line. If I continue to do so then it seems I am trampling on the blood of Christ which was shed for the sin I slip in to.
Hebrews 10:29 says "How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

I do not want to trample carelessly or insult the Holy Spirit's grace by quenching it. So repentance is necessary for me often. I am reminded of this because of Romans 2:4 which says "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?" I thank God for His grace by sending conviction upon me and giving me an opportunity to change.

David Stapp

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Is begging really Biblical?

I was "raised in church" (whatever that means). I have sat through many invitations in my life. Most of them had one thing in common. Let me say this first; I believe that the Holy Spirit can convict anyway and at anytime since that is how men are drawn to the Father. Ok now, the "response" of the gospel that was preached seemed to pose a "begging" type of characteristic. Now that statement may get me frowned upon, but that is the sense I got. Do you understand what I mean? It goes a little something like this: "Come to Jesus, I plead of you. Jesus is waiting. Will you please respond to Him now?"

Now it may not be word for word, but you get the picture. Now from studying scripture I find nowhere that anyone begged anybody to respond to preaching the gospel. Actually it seems to be the opposite.

Here's a verse that shows what I mean, Acts 17:30: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

Wait, that says COMMANDETH! Commandeth all men to repent. Now to me that is using authority to command people to repent. Which by the way IS THE FIRST STEP FOR SALVATION!

Here are some verses that uses the authoritative character as well.
1) Mark 1:15, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

2) Matthew 3:2, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3) Acts 2:38, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

So it seems that Christ commanded us to go make disciples. Just as John the Baptist, Peter, and etc did? He also granted us with the same Holy Spirit as well. With that
said, when sharing the gospel why can't we say "repent and believe the gospel" with authority instead of a timidly beg? What do you believe?

David Stapp

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sin, sin go away. Don't come back ANY day.

I love the book of 1 John and skim through it fairly often. I may read a chapter here and there and contemplate on it. In doing so I came across a verse that God used to break me, but first let me say this. I have heard the term "carnal Christian" before and really wondered what that is. As far as opposites go these are 2 great examples. Carnal and Christian. WOW! What can we say to that? To many of us have been tricked into believing that we/others can live this and everything is ok. IT ISN'T according to scripture. The verse I was referring to earlier was:

5) You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
6)No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
1 John 3:5-6

This makes me think...well I still sin at times. Does that mean I don't belong to Him? No this doesn't mean this. This is what it means: I have often struggled with "certain" sins in the past. Over and over again I would commit them while running back to God. The grace God offers can't be taken advantage of like that and I knew it. I had to truly repent and turn from those sins. As the days went by I gradually saw my desire to commit them go away as I depended upon Christ. Christ did die to save us from the bondage of those sins. While committing them I felt I was a slave to them.

Well the Bible is clear that if we continue to sin then we are slaves to that sin which leads to death (Romans 6:16). That is a very sobering statement and it took God revealing that to me before I could fully realize what it meant. It meant to me that if I continue in this sin that I was abusing the blood that Christ shed for me. In short I was an enemy of God no matter what I spoke. That is how real this stuff is. There is no way we can commit the same sin day after day, over and over again and still belong to Him. Profession then becomes worthless.

Then you have this verse: 1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

So we see that scripture says about us that there is still sin lurking. We as children of God should be able to say no to sin because Christ is our redeemer who redeemed us from that very sin. After Christ makes us a new creation we are to have a different relationship with sin. We aren't to enjoy them anymore PERIOD. We are to love righteousness as God does.

God has been making these spiritual principles very real to me lately as I look at things in my life that needs changes.
David Stapp

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Almost Time!

I look at the things going on around us. Such as the situations in Egypt and Libya. Also the battle for "gay-unions" they call marriage and, less and less people going to church, and morals becoming so loose. We are becoming desensitized daily to the blatant evil in front of our eyes. My wife and I have a 5 year old daughter. It is scary the absolute evil in this world that can "infect" her mind. I am not saying she is born perfect by any means, but children do have more of an innocence than adults. hence the reason Jesus says in
Matthew 18:3:
"Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."
Going back to what I was saying, I meant typing. There are so many things that are happening around us and that influence us. We have to be rooted in Christ and teach our children the same. Otherwise we and our children will slowly but surely compromise truths in these last days. We are definitely heading towards the end times.
Jesus also said in Luke 21:28:
"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
Luke 21:36 says:
"But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Praying to escape
David Stapp

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's easy to be a Christian on facebook.

Being a former "facebooker", I have seen numerous statuses such as "Jesus is my Savior...copy and re-post." I thought, what a great idea to spread the gospel on here. I would have at least 500 to 600 see my statuses everyday. That's a good bit of people exposed to these post's.

One day, it struck me. As I sat there contemplating on what scripture to put on a group I was an "admin" of. Am I REALLY pleasing God? Sure it can be a good witnessing tool and all, but let's be honest. We can sit on facebook and waste precious minutes, or even hours reading or playing games. I ask myself this: who am I fooling? It was definitely myself.

This so-called "ministry" was robbing me of my time with God. Don't get me wrong here. There is nothing wrong with a "here and there" on facebook and using it as a messaging tool, BUT, what kind of time does it rob?...Very important time. Time we could be using to seek what God desires from us either through prayer or His Word.

Now here's where it got personal. Does what we post and the attitude we portray really who we are in real life situations? Probably not. You see, facebook can become an alternate reality or a fantasy world. This wasn't really issue but I see it daily in people I know. Given the instance some people I know would look at facebook 24 hours. The Bible says to meditate upon God's laws and commands (Psalm 1:2). How are we to do this while "catching up" or reading what so and so plans to do Friday night?

I'm not just knocking facebook, but we all can fall victim to the internet or any kind of media. I'm just asking you to play it straight because our Savior is watching how we spend the time he gives us.

Just be careful on how we go about things on social media. It's easy to sound all "good and religious" with our posts and be lost as ever. It's easy to "like" or sound compassionate to someone who is truly hurting, when you could care less about their problems. Remember we are to be Christ-like at ALL times.

Perfection only comes from the blood of Christ (Matthew 5:48)
David Stapp

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do we really have a choice?

Can Man Choose God?

By Justin Edwards

Does man have the ability to choose God? What is man's free will? Can man, out of his own volition, choose to respond to God's call to repentance apart from His sovereign grace?

John Samson from the Effectual Grace blog answers these questions and more in his article, Three Views on Man's Condition. By no means an exhaustive presentation on the sovereignty of God and the free will of man, John presents three different views on the condition of man, namely Pelagianism, Synergism, and Monergism. In defining Divine monergism (the doctrine that God saves by His Divine power alone), John explains,

Lazarus, being a lifeless corpse in the tomb, did not cooperate with Christ with regard to his own resurrection. Jesus simply cried out “Lazarus come forth!” and this call was powerful and sufficient in and of itself to bring dead Lazarus back to life. Christ did not interview the dead man Lazarus and ask if he would like to be resurrected, and once he got the “all clear” went ahead with his plan, now having obtained Lazarus’ permission and assent. Nor did Lazarus, once brought back to life, immediately take Jesus to court in attempt to sue him for violating his free will – his libertarian rights as a dead man to stay dead! No, for the rest of his earthly life, Lazarus was deeply grateful for the unspeakable mercy he had received from the Master.

This is a beautiful picture of what God does in our regeneration from spiritual death. Man, once receiving this grace of regeneration, then infallibly responds in faith to the effectual call of God.

By effectual grace, John simply means that all of whom God has called will indeed come. We see this clearly in John 6:37

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

Without God's spiritual awakening of our hearts, without His making us alive while we were yet the walking dead, without His removing our spiritual blindness, we cannot awake, we cannot be made alive, and we cannot see the truth of our depraved condition before a holy God and the need for His redeeming blood. It is by His grace we are saved, and those He has called by His grace will indeed respond to the calling. His grace is therefore effectually applied, or absolutely effective. God's grace will bring about it's intended effect. In other words, His sovereign grace cannot be resisted, and that is a glorious truth! This effectual grace guarantees a redeemed Church for which Christ shed His blood, otherwise Christ would have died in vain as man's free will leads him to choose himself, not God.

This was an article taken from THIS BLOG which I read at times.
David Stapp

Monday, January 17, 2011

Putting on Christ...How do you do that?

I was engaged in a conversation yesterday about holiness. How do we obtain holiness? We are called to be holy according to 1 Peter 1:16 which says: "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." These questions were asked yesterday...what does it look like to be holy, and how is that utilized? Well lets dig in and see if we can answer these questions according to scripture.

First we start with what does holy mean. It means in the simplest words to be "set apart." God is holy because nothing outside of Himself influences Him. He is completely different than any other. We can compare ourselves to others because others are like us. God can't do that because there is none to compare Him to.

Now that is out of the way, how do we determine how we go about being or should I say becoming holy. Who is the only one who walked the earth that we can say was holy? Of course it was Jesus Christ our Savior. A good point and some food for thought is brought up in Romans 13:14 which says: "Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh." do we clothe ourselves with Christ? We allow the teachings of Christ to shape and form our wills to His. For example, what comes to mind when you think of Matthew chapter 5? The beattitudes hopefully. Well Jesus gives us some directives to become in order to be like Him/God. They are as follows: 3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4) Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5) Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. 7) Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11) “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

It speaks for itself. Obtaining holiness can be identified as clothing ourselves with Christ. So we take on Christ's characteristics through searching His words and applying them to ourselves.

Striving to be He is holy
David Stapp

Friday, January 14, 2011

A gift God has blessed us with!

My baby girl is 5 years old today. Happy birthday Hayley!

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Scripture Twisting

I came across this posting the other day on one of the blogs I read. This is eye-opening truth that children of God need to see. The site name I "borrowed" this from is

5 Classic Bible Twists (And How To Correct Them)
Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

The Wrong Application: God loves you and has an adventurous plan for your life. Quit living the same-old boring life of just going to church, and go do something great for God.

The Problem: If you zoom out and look at this verse in context, you see the background. Look at verse 4: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon…” These verse are not written about you. They are written about the Jews during the exile in Babylon and thus when God says that he knows the plans he has for “you” he was not speaking about the general reader of the book of Jeremiah.

The Right Application: God disciplines his covenant people when they engage in idolatry by delivering them into the hands of their enemies, yet faithfully promises to rescue them according to his predestined plans to bring them to repentance and bless them by grace.
John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

The Wrong Application: Your marriage, your finances, your relationships, your children, your health and everything else in your life may be ok, but couldn’t it all stand to be a lot better? The enemy wants you to give up and give in to just living the normal life, but God doesn’t want you to be mediocre. He wants to give you life abundantly. By applying biblical principles to our lives we can learn from Jesus how to quit being average and live the abundant life God has for us.

The Problem: With Jeremiah 29:11 we saw that the context and the audience make a big difference when it comes to biblical interpretation. Based on the wrong application above, who would you guess Jesus is speaking to? His disciples? A blind, lame, or leprous person that Jesus is about to heal? No, at this point Jesus is arguing with the Pharisees. If anyone applied biblical principles to their lives, it was the Pharisees. They also were rich, in places of honor, and seemed to generally maintain decent relationships with people. By most people’s standards, the Pharisees applied biblical principles to their lives and were living the abundant life as a result. Yet Jesus is in the middle of arguing with them.

The Right Application: Jesus is the great shepherd of his people. He lays down his life in order to save his sheep, because he knows his sheep, he loves his sheep, he gathers his sheep, and he has received the charge from his Father to lay down his life for his sheep. Jesus wants to give his people abundant, eternal life where he may dwell with all who have entered through the door: faith in himself. Any who enter another way have come to steal people away from the joy of life with Jesus.
Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

The Wrong Application: If you have never accepted Jesus into your heart to be your personal Lord and Savior, know this: Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, asking you, begging you to let him in. If you have never done that before in your life, I want you to pray this prayer with me. Just repeat after me. “Lord Jesus…”

The Problem: In chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation, Jesus is dictating letters that are to be sent to the churches of Asia. This particular portion is written to the church in Laodicea, a church with a reputation for well-being. By all appearances Laodicea would be a church where Jesus had been invited in a long time ago. Jesus is not knocking on the door of anyone’s heart, but knocking on the door of the church.

The Right Application: The reason that Jesus is at the door knocking is because the church has effectively removed Jesus. He is no longer present at the church and they are only keeping up appearances. Jesus is highlighting the irony that a church with a reputation of spirituality is a church where he needs to knock on the door and wait for it to be answered. Therefore, today we must recognize that outward growth and spiritual reputation can be present when Jesus is not. We need to bring Jesus back into our church by preaching the gospel and performing works that are worthy of the gospel of God.
Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

The Wrong Application: The Bible is not a book all about rule-following and keeping every “i” dotted or every “t” crossed. The Pharisees were experts with their traditions and kept thousands of man-made laws thinking that this made them right with God. God says this, “You want to know what the whole Bible is about? You want to know how to please God? You want to know how to live a life of meaning and purpose? Love God, love people. That’s it. This is the whole Bible whittled down to 4 verses.”

The Problem: It is certainly true that the entire law is summarized and fulfilled by the two commandments to love God and love people. In fact, it is even perceptive to notice that the commandment for us to love our neighbor is in fact a commandment to love mankind in general considering that Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan in response to the question “who is my neighbor” and furthermore Jesus has also said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Having stated this, the problem with the wrong interpretation is that the commands “Love God, Love People” are an adequate summary of the law, but not the gospel! See Romans 3:20 – “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” So the incorrect application of this passage actually teaches salvation by works rather that salvation by faith!

The Right Application: Since the entire law is summarized by the commandments “Love God and Love People,” consider the full scope of how gravely we break this every day. The requirement of this law is absolute, uninterrupted love for God. That is a terrifying thought. With or every action that does not stem from absolute love of God we are guilty of breaking the greatest commandment. The very commandment that seemed to be life-giving has actually condemned us! Yet thanks be to Jesus, who did in fact keep this commandment perfectly! Jesus always loved his Father and neighbor with perfect and unfailing love. Meditate on 1 John 4:10 – “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Through faith in Jesus, we are counted as if we lived Jesus’ life of perfect love. We are counted as if we loved God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. From this righteousness that comes from outside of us we can learn to actually obey Jesus. We learn that there is no sin that loves God and there is no good work without loving God.
Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision the people perish.

The Wrong Application:Your local mega-church pastor has been reading books by business gurus again and announces the newest topic of a sermon series: Vision-casting. When you totally surrender your life to God he will make a vision for your life to well up within you until you just can’t help but do something about it. This church was born from a vision we had a few years ago and if you’re not on board with the mission and vision of this church then it’s not you who is going to perish, but everybody else. This is a church for the unchurched, and if you’re not on-board with the vision of this church, you need to leave and find another church. Preferably one who doesn’t care about reaching the lost.

The Problem: Most fundamentally, the verse itself is quoted wrong. The verse actually says, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” The proverb is not talking about a church’s vision or mission statement but about God’s legal revelations.

The Right Application: If you are familiar with the Book of Concord’s three primary uses of the law, the correct use for this proverb would be the first: to curb sin in society. When there is no revelation from God concerning his moral law sinful human beings do whatever they consider right in their own eyes causing absolute havoc. When the God of Love reveals a law, it truly is good for society for that the law be kept and enforced.