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When The Bishop Withdrew the Prayer Request

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When The Bishop Withdrew the Prayer Request

There is in some a need to impress others with their knowledge. They try to find “Deep Things” to talk about and say things they deem profound. If they are invited to preach, they want to dazzle us all with their depth of understanding.

Long ago a Bishop was guest speaker at Convention in Indianapolis. This Bishop, my family knew. He was a well-known Bible teacher from the Midwest. While teaching one afternoon said, “Brethren, I am over the hill. I see the lights of home. Some of you have been requesting prayer for me. Save your prayers. My race is run. Pray for these younger men coming up. They need your prayers more than I do.”

This man was a great teacher. He felt the pressure to teach deep and profound things. Things never heard before. He left the preaching of the basics to those who weren’t as deep as he.  He was expected to be “DEEP.”

It was after the withdrawal of the prayer request, that he later got a “new revelation.” He became one of the early exponents of the “Adam Doctrine.” Teaching in essence, that Jesus Christ was actually the 1st man Adam, reincarnated. And that he had to die on Calvary for the sins he had committed in the Garden. He taught that, until Jesus was baptized in the River of Jordan, He was no better than a bum on the street. He died in his error. The Bishop died while still in his error. His church split several ways over that doctrine.

The Spirit of Error is real. Delusion is real. Don’t play with the Book. Stick to the Simple Act 2:38 Message. Don’t add to it, or take away. Don’t wrest it to your own destruction. We don’t have to look for new, for deep, or for profound. The simplicity of the Gospel still works. We know we can be saved doing what we’re doing, preaching what we’re preaching. Why gamble?

Ladies and Gentlemen, the things most surely believed among us, is what binds us together. I have spent nearly 50 years of ministry keeping it so simple, a 1st grader on the front row could understand what I was saying. I’m not deep.

The “You get what you preach” rule, still works. I preached a revival not too long ago in a church with about 140 people and felt impressed to teach on water baptism on Sunday night. I happened to see a tract on Baptism in Jesus Name. It showed 9 places where people were baptized or inferred that they had been baptized in Jesus name. I taught from the verses in the tract. I added very little. We baptized 7 that night and 15 came back Monday (our off night) to get baptized. This old message still works.

We don’t get a lot of people saved trying to appear “Deep” in the eyes of others. Preach the Word. “Simple” still works. Looking for the Masterpiece, thinking that you need to come up with something “NEW”, may curse you. It may load you up with some wild ideas. Guard your mind, watch your direction, be sensitive to the fact that if Paul didn’t preach it and you do, your ministry is accursed.

Gal. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Gal. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

I have read Prophecy for example, till I couldn’t focus. But I have no desire to argue about what horn goes on whose head. I just plan on being rapture ready, and understanding it better by and by. Some things we only see now, in part. We can be saved with what we already know. Don’t look for more revelations. Don’t get sidetracked on things that could lead you into delusion.

I had over 7000 books in my library when I was a pastor. (I gave them ALL away.) When I read an author with weird ideas or doctrines, I would throw the book in the trash lest I be influenced with error. I suggest you do the same. Gentlemen, protect the purity of this Message. Guard your mind and your heart. We know too much to mess up now.

And by the way, don’t forget to keep praying for me.  I may be over the hill and see the lights of home… but I still need your prayers!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 21, 2010 at 12:04 am

Posted in Christian Living

My Sermon Outline For Sunday Morning

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My Sermon Outline For Sunday Morning

Introduction:

Text:

Title:

Natural Illustration:

Spiritual Application:

I.

II.

(Try to awaken those that nodded off)

III.

(Cry here)

Conclusion:

Invitation:

__________________

(This is all I’ve got so far)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 20, 2010 at 9:15 am

Posted in Humor

What Is A Conservative?

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What Is A Conservative?

Some say they are Conservative and have a humble spirit,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and make Holiness attractive,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and are careful with facts and truth,

Others say they are Conservative and aren’t.

Some claim they are Conservative and have Internet access,

Others claim they are Conservative and don’t.

Some feel like they are Conservative and allow slits in skirts,

Others feel like they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and allow wedding bands,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some claim they are Conservative and know more sports facts than Bible,

Others claim they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and have large churches,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and run off more than they get in,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some claim they are Conservative and are given to hospitality,

Others claim they are Conservative and aren’t.

Some say they are Conservative and trust God for their healing,

Others say they are Conservative and go to doctors.

Some claim they are Conservative and wear only long sleeves,

Others claim they are Conservative and don’t.

Some look like they are Conservative and don’t eat were they serve alcohol,

Others look like they are Conservative and do.

Some feel like they are Conservative and laugh easily,

Others feel like they are Conservative and don’t laugh.

Some say they are Conservative and are men of great intellect,

Others say they are Conservative.

Some claim they are Conservative and are self-righteous,

Others claim they are Conservative and aren’t.

Some look like they are Conservative and say “I Love Lucy”,

Others look like they are Conservative and don’t know Lucy.

Some feel like they are Conservative and are Revivalists,

Others feel like they are Conservative and aren’t.

Some say they are Conservative and have a prayer life,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and wear costly array,

Others say they are Conservative and don’t.

Some feel like they are Conservative and are bitter,

Others feel like they are Conservative and aren’t.

Some look like they are Conservative and make it harder to be saved than God does,

Others look like they are Conservative and don’t.

Some claim they are Conservative and are straight as a gun barrel,

Others claim they are Conservative and are as empty as one.

Some look like they are Conservative and are gentle with others,

Others look like they are Conservative and aren’t.

Some feel like they are Conservative and allow video, for school, job, education, etc,

Others feel like they are Conservative and don’t.

Some say they are Conservative and are good looking,

Others say they are Conservative.

We are all different.

What binds us together enough to overlook each other’s differences?

What is the common denominator?

What are the things most surely believed among us?

Could it be we are here, trying to do our best to be careful in a world that isn’t?

Could it be we are trying to do our best to please God and not man?

Could it be that we are attempting to draw closer to God instead of re-evaluating all of our Holiness standards?

Could it be that we are very serious about pleasing God?

If So, Welcome!

I’m Happy To Call Myself A Conservative!

Martyn Ballestero

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

He’ll Take What’s Left Of You

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He’ll Take What’s Left Of You

Amos 3:12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; …

Amos – Two legs, A piece of an ear. Sometimes we don’t give the shepherd much to work with,

  • It Sounds Like A Description Of  A Basket Case.  How Easily We Make Messes In Our Lives And Feel Hopeless.

    • Backsliders
    • Sinners
    • Wayward Children

But There Is Still Hope! Remember, There Is No Such Thing As A Throw Away Soul.

Just Because You had a problem, doesn’t mean your life is over!

God to Israel: “I loved you when no one else did.”

  • Ezek. 16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
  • Ezek. 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.
  • Ezek. 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

God Can Still Make A World Out Of Nothing

  • 1Cor. 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
  • 1Cor. 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
  • 1Cor. 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
  • 1Cor. 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
  • 1Cor. 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 1Cor. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

When He takes what’s left of you, He will…

Forgive You
Wash You
Deliver You
Redeem You
Fill You
Transform You
Anoint You
Bless You
Use You

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 18, 2010 at 12:34 am

Posted in Christian Living

Forgotten Pentecostal Phrases

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There Are Some Old Pentecostal Phrases Not Often Heard Today.

When I was a boy, it was common to hear the saints use phrases like:

1. If the Lord wills!

2. If the Lord tarrys!

3. I plead the blood!

1Cor. 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

1Cor. 16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

James 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

I wonder why more of us don’t still include God into our plans and in our speech? Where or when did we lose that awareness? Is it possible to rekindle old fires?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

Posted in Christian Living

Two Things That Will Destroy You!

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There Are Two Things To Guard Against, According To This Old Testament Warning!

#1. Worldliness,
#2. Fanaticism.

(It is possible to be caught in either trap.)

Eccl. 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Eccl. 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

  • Worldliness will destroy you.
  • Fanaticism will destroy you.

These are verses no one seems to quote much. The danger is certain self-destruction. So one would think they should not be ignored.

How do you define, “overmuch righteous?” Is the definition, just “someone who requires more than you?”

I know what the various Bible Translations say, and what Strong’s says. I am curious how the people of God would apply these scriptures and definitions in their every day life and language.

(And….Lord forbid, we should try to define “overmuch wicked”)

How say you?

(Don’t destroy yourself, or die before your time!)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 15, 2010 at 1:15 am

Do You Know How Stupid You Will Look?

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Do You Know How Stupid You Will Look When You Go Charismatic?

Beware! Things like this can happen!

Before:

After:

If for no other reason than to not scare small children. Be part of the “Beautify America” program, and stick with the Holiness crowd.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

Posted in Humor