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Traps 2/13/2009

817fxqcaeuxae8cad8ri45ca0g0z71cajrgz0pcak95zetcawcrkvaca3ad5wnca37rbdtca708pypcats0z7gca5iv4qdcawyg4ctcaegl7twca3qv0rpca41xixccat071a9casogr3acaq5ck0ecacvy2q76They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. John 8:6

Behind every question is a motive! If you’re not aware of this you need to be. When people ask you a question, they are looking to see what your response will be. For many, the question asked will be a basis for opinions and debate. What we as Christians have to be most aware of; the question asked, could be a trap; a trap to get you to answer in a way that would discredit the work of Christ, and discredit the witness that you have in this world. This morning I was eating breakfast and while sitting there; two men were debating on this subject, “Did God Use Evolution to Create”. The men realized that I was ease dropping and so decided to ask me the question. At that moment I realized that this is a trap to try to lure me into a debate and with my words discredit what God’s word says. So I, answered with this, “I believe what the Bible says, that God created everything that we see in six literal days and on the seventh he rested” They didn’t ask me anything else! Enough was said! The trap was pulled back empty for these men, but God got the Glory! Be careful out there! Watch what you say and the conversations that you get into. They could be a trap!

Until Next Time,


Harness Your Anger 2/12/2009

anger A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention. Proverbs 15:18 NKJV

Have you ever been angry? I’m talking about the type of anger that raises your blood pressure and causes the veins in the side of your face to pop out. Unless you have ice water in your blood, the answer is probably yes. Take a good look at the world around you; there is plenty to be angry about.  For instance many of you have known about our house situation up in Ohio. We tried to sell it, nope. We now have someone renting it starting on Sunday and this morning I got a call that a water line has broke in the wall and now needs repaired. Heating up the house prior to turning the water on would probably have prevented this from happening? Never the less, in every situation that God throws our way, it is a test! A test to see how we will deal with it! Today I failed, I got very angry! Anger leads to Sin! Sinful anger is one of the most dangerous weapons in the devil’s arsenal. When you find yourself not being able to calm down for hours upon hours that is sin. So know that all of us are thinking to ourselves “Wow, I have gone through that”; how do we deal with it? We first confess our sin! If we repress our anger rather than confess it, our anger can do all kinds of damage. You may say that you’re not angry but your stomach will keep the score. So, the first thing you must do to control your anger is to confess it to the Lord. Second, we must consider our anger! When you take a step back from your anger and begin to seek understanding from the Lord, He will show you the answer. It is so important to analyze the source of your anger. Finally it is imperative that we as Christians learn how to control our anger! Controlling our anger will allow God to Control Us!

For Me, Lesson Learned!

Until Next Time,


Judgment Seat 2/5/2009

2307_sBy myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. Isaiah 43:25 NIV

Every single one of us both strong and weak will stand at the judgment seat of Christ. We will not be judging each other but instead we will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ. This judgment seat of Christ is where we will have our works judged; this has nothing to do with our sin, since Christ already died for that sin. The word “Judgment seat” in the Greek is Bema, it means the place where the judges stood and judged the athletic games. If during the games a judge saw an athlete break the rules or cheat they immediately disqualified him. At the end of the contests, the judges would give out the rewards or prize. So since we all will face this judgment, how can we possibly prepare for this event? By making Jesus Lord of your life and faithfully obeying Him.

Until Next Time,


Source:Warren Wiersbe Commentary

Sweet Forgiveness 1/31/2009

forgivenessYou are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you. Psalms 86:5 NIV

Forgiveness is such a sweet blessing! But what’s even sweeter is God does more than forgive! He cleanses and forgets. His love is not rationed out, a little here a little there. No, He pours it out upon us if we genuinely seek him as our God and Father. We need this blessing of forgiveness because we all have failed him. God is so good! He is also so forgiving!

Until Next Time,


God Math 1/28/2009

408267285_97736b2d4d‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ Matthew 19:5 NIV

1+1=1, this is God Math for marriage. We must lay down our own desires, wants and dreams and meet our mate in the middle. This makes us one! Listen.  Good marriages thrive because of the effort on behalf of both partners realizing that they are one. Bad marriages exist because of the neglect of both partners, failing to realize this new arithmetic for marriage is God’s way for our marriages to be successful. We need to lay aside this world’s distorted and perverse concept of marriage. “It’s what I want”, “It’s what I need”, we need to get this kind of thinking out of our minds. Instead we need to realize the importance of this 1+1=1 and start thinking that way. What is your grade in God Math? 

Until Next Time,


Set Backs 1/26/2009


Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14 NIV

We all experience setbacks and disappointments in life. A natural tendency when we have suffered a disappointment is to place blame. Perhaps we hold another person responsible. Sometimes we blame ourselves. We might even get angry with God. Consider this, God has promised us a future and a hope, but unforgiveness can block our ability to experience all the freedom he has planned for us. As long as we are unwilling to forgive, the disappointment of the past will control our lives. It’s time to forgive those who have hurt us. It’s time to forgive ourselves. It’s time to open our hearts to the love and forgiveness of our heavenly Father. And then it will be time to move on to the wonderful plans he has for us.

Until Next Time,



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Sincerely In Christ,

Pastor Eric