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Gates Without Fences

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Gates Without Fences

 

A gate without a fence is like having standards in a church without enforcement. Some preachers say that they preach holiness and that they preach against sin, but they never name the sin nor enforce what they preach.

They brag about having a gate. They point at their gate. They might even decorate their little gate. But since there is no fence attached, the people feel they can live for God without any restrictions. Dress like they want. Go where they want. Watch what they want. Do what they want. Live like they want. They easily wander toward whatever worldly thing attracts them… Seemingly without consequence from their leadership.

Fences are built to keep the unwanted out. Fences are necessary for living Godly in an Ungodly World. Why wouldn’t you want a fence?

Advice from an old man? If you choose to put up a gate, make sure you include a good fence.

If you don’t, you will never be taken seriously as a man of God. You will have nothing but a congregation of world-minded members who are comfortable being carnal.

If a pastor is afraid to enforce doctrine and enforce separation from the world, because he may lose some of his members.  He is not much more than a hireling in God’s Eyes. He is not pleasing to God. His congregation is trying to survive spiritually on pop-psychology type sermons and may be lost. They sing and preach about a Holy God, without wanting to be Holy themselves.

They Brag about their Gate.  But, they don’t have a Fence!

(If You’re Serious About Being Saved. Make Sure You Have A Fence Around You For Protection.)

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 12, 2020 at 10:59 pm

My Dog Doesn’t Like Being A Dog Anymore!

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My Dog Doesn’t Like Being A Dog Anymore!

 

Rusty And The Love Of His Life… Marcia Ballestero

 

My dog doesn’t like being a dog anymore. Some might even say that he is going through an identity crisis. It’s so obvious that even a non-professional picks up on the situation. The canine in our house is currently choosing not to act like a dog anymore.

Little 6 lb. Rusty thinks he is human. He seems to enjoy passing himself off as a person, rather than a puppy.

For a short time, he seemingly enjoyed just being a puppy. He had his own puppy food, puppy toys, puppy snacks, puppy playpen, puppy bed, puppy stroller, puppy travel crate, and puppy play area. He was a happy and contented little pooch.

But, Rusty’s whole world has now changed. It changed when he tasted a bit of people food. Once he found out what people ate, his food didn’t taste as good to him as it used to. Whenever he now sees us seated at the table, he stands on his short hind legs and taps us on our legs to get our attention. He never gives up or stops trying until he is rewarded.

It didn’t stop with the food issue. He feels that if his mistress is sitting on a comfortable couch, that is where he should be, too. Oh, and now the bed. Yes! He doesn’t like his bed now. He wants to be on the same bed as his master.

Before you criticize Rusty, please be aware that he is just like you. You were happy being a sinner until you tasted of heavenly things. No wonder David wrote: Psalms 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good…”

Once you have tasted of the mercies and goodness of the Lord and have sat together with him in heavenly places, you come into His presence, and He can tell by the look in your eyes that you are not identifying as the dog you used to be, but you want to be like Him; You want to eat Angel food, rest in His arms, and be comforted by His care.

Once you have been baptized in Jesus’ Name and been filled with the Holy Ghost, your nature changes. You won’t want to be a dog anymore!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 12, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Posted in Christian Living

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

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To “Drain The Swamp” Has Become An Oft Heard Political Figure Of Speech.

The phrase is used to promote the idea that the other government party’s control, partisan thinking, and corruptness needs to be removed from power.

But, that’s not my focus and altogether how I see its meaning.

 

Swamps Are Not Easily Navigated. Most Of Us Do Our Best To Avoid Going There In The First Place.

Merriam Webster Defines A Swamp As:

  1. a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water especially: one dominated by woody vegetation
  2. a tract of swamp
  3. a difficult or troublesome situation or subject

 

When We See A Swamp, What Our Untrained Eye Sees Is:

  • Pollution
  • Scum
  • Stench
  • Brackish water
  • Disease Potential
  • Mosquitos
  • A Home For Snakes, Alligators, And Vermin.

 

One doesn’t have to look far or even leave their home to find the swamp that needs to be drained the most. It needs to be drained every day.

 

The Greek New Testament Word For Drain Or Empty Is Kenosis.

It first came alive to me when I read Philippians 2:6-7.

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

kenoō; from G2756; to empty: — emptied (1), made empty (1), made void (2), make…empty (1).

 

In coming to earth, Jesus did not cease to be God, and He did not become a “lesser god.” Whatever the “emptying” entailed, Jesus remained fully God: “Col. 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

His self-emptying is our example. We too must empty our lives of every hindrance and everything that displeases Him. We are commissioned in God’s Word to drain our swamp. No one can do it for us.

 

Draining Your Swamp, Or Emptying Your Swamp Includes But Is Not Limited To:

Denying Yourself

Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

It’s A Daily Command. Every Day, We Must Say No To Our Flesh, Then Take Up Our Cross And Follow Him.

Heb. 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

It’s Possible To Drown In Your Swamp… Please Drain It!

1 Timothy 6:9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

 

Don’t Drown, Drain.

Drain The Pollution, Scum, Stench, Disease, Vermin, Filth, And The Sin. Drain The Potential Hazards From Your Heart And Life.

 

Are You Bitter?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Love The World?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have A Problem With Standards?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have Problem With Submission And Obedience?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have A Lust Problem?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have The Desire To Be Unfaithful To Your Spouse?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Is Giving God Your Tenth Too Hard For You?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Is Your Church Attendance Hit And Miss?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Don’t tell yourself that you can’t.

Don’t believe the lie that it’s in your DNA.

Don’t tell me, “I can’t change.”

 

Before the Holy Ghost was given, Jesus said to those He healed… “Go thy way and sin no more.”

  • Not sinning is a choice.
  • Chose to drain your swamp.
  • Chose not to sin.
  • Chose to live a life pleasing to God.

 

Now For The Good News!

What you find when you drain your swamp will surprise you!

 

When You Empty Yourself, He Fills The Void With Himself!

You Have Never Lived Until You Are Completely Filled With Holy Ghost Power!

 

Do It Today.

Drain Your Swamp.

 

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Twelve Things You MUST Know!

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It’s Not Where You’ve Been…

It’s Where You’re Going!

The Prodigal Son

 

 

It’s Not What You Were…

It’s What You Are Now!

1 Cor. 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.

 

 

It’s Not That You’ve Sinned…

It’s That Your Sins Are Forgiven!

Rom. 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom. 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Rom. 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

 

It’s Not What Others Say…

It’s What God Says!

Rom. 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

 

 

It’s Not What You’ve Left…

It’s What You’re Receiving!

Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

Mark 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

 

 

 It’s Not Just That You Speak In Tongues…

It’s That You Show Love To Everyone!

1 Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 

 

 It’s Not How Fast You Run…

It’s That You Finish The Race!

Eccl. 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift,

Matt. 10:22 …but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

 

 

 It’s Not That You Are A Servant Of God…

It’s That You Are Found Faithful!

Matt. 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

 

It’s Not That You Know…

It’s That You Do!

Jas. 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Jas. 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

 

 

It’s Not Just That You’re Living Holy…

It’s That You’re Ready For His Coming!

The Ten Virgins

 

 

It’s Not That You Believe…

It’s That You Receive!

Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

 

 

It’s Not That You Possess Spiritual Gifts…

It’s That You Have A Relationship With God!

Matt. 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matt. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Matt. 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

 

You Gotta Trust Him

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You Gotta Trust Him

 

 

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April 2, 2020 at 10:16 am

Pentecostal Driftwood Dealers

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Pentecostal Driftwood Dealers

 

Driftwood was once a strong growing limb connected to a tree trunk. It received its nourishment and source of strength from its roots. But, something happened that forever changed its appearance and characteristics. The harshness of the wind and sea forever marked it as unsuitable for residential or commercial construction. Lumber Yards do not sell driftwood.

Now and then, in coastal areas, a passerby may spot a store that seems to specialize in driftwood.

As a rule, the best that one can expect it to be now is a space filler or maybe an ornament. It can be painted, sprayed, bleached, washed, stained, and overlaid, but it is still what it is.

Most of us look at its unusual formations and decide whether or not it’s something we would like to look at all the time. Occasionally, pieces are picked up by some and taken home. Sometimes, a piece of driftwood is used as decoration on the lawn or flower bed.

If a cottage is located on a beach and a storm brings driftwood on the property, it’s next residing place is the county dump. Or, at best, dried out and used for firewood.

Driftwood dealers are unusual at best. The strangest driftwood dealers of all are the… Pentecostal Driftwood Dealers.

Some Pentecostal Churches seem to have a custom of keeping all the driftwood that appears in their pews. At best, it only fills space.

 

But, What Do You Expect To Build Out Of Driftwood?

 

Do those Pentecostal Driftwood Dealers ever wonder or ask where the driftwood came from, or why it detached itself from its source? Do they ever trace its back trail and call the former pastor? No? Why not? Sadly, some Driftwood Dealers play finders keepers.

 

Driftwood Has Also Been Called:

  • Flotsam
  • Jetsam
  • Debris
  • Wash-out
  • Wreckage
  • Junk
  • Trash
  • Waste
  • Scrap

And, about sixty more names on https://www.powerthesaurus.org/driftwood/synonyms

 

Pastor… Is This The Material You Expect To Use To Build Your Church?

 

How can you better your congregation by taking in someone who left their home church because they had a problem with Holiness or Standards?

Why let someone who has a problem Submitting to their Pastor’s Authority influence your congregation?

Warning!!! Their past Moral problems may easily continue.

 

If you expect driftwood to once again become connected to any root system you will be disappointed. You do know that what floats in, may also float back out? Is it the need for numbers that drive you to take in whatever you can regardless of the cost?

Are you so dishonest and unscrupulous that you never pick up a phone and call their former pastor? Or, even ask for a letter? Your greed for new members cheapens your ministry.

Who was your pastor? Why weren’t you even taught the basics of ministerial ethics? What keeps you from just sending the driftwood back to where it came from or let it continue on its way? Are you happy being known among your brethren as a Driftwood Dealer? Good men will question that about you, and if you persist, they may also question other things about you as well.

Ministerial ethics doesn’t carry any particular color of fellowship card. One is either ethical or not ethical at all. How can you consider yourself ethical when you keep what is not yours?

 

God Has A Problem With Those Who Keep Their Neighbors Sheep When It Strays Into Their Pasture.

 

Lev 6:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Lev 6:2  If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;

Lev 6:3  Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:

Lev 6:4  Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,

Lev 6:5  Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

Lev 6:6  And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:

Lev 6:7  And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

 

 

*If God Required Gopher Wood For The Building Of Noah’s Ark…

*If He Demanded That Acacia Wood Used In The Construction Of The Tabernacle…

*Then Know That The Lord Is Particular And Will Not Build His Church Out Of Driftwood!

 

God Detests Driftwood Dealers.

Neighbor Pastors Detest Them As Well.

 

Sir? Are You A Pastor According To God’s Heart, Or Just A Driftwood Dealer?

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 14, 2020 at 7:28 pm

Soooo!

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Guest Blog

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Pastor Dennis Morris

 

 

Soooo!

 

A few years ago I was looking for a Jeep to put a plow on for our church lot, I called Eld. Vanslyke to ask what model he had and he said, “Why don’t you buy mine?” So I bought a Jeep from Eld. Vanslyke. When I got it home I found the floor under the passenger seat had a rusty hole big enough to throw a Coon through and when I took the seat out to fix it, the seat was held in with two vise grips. By then I’m laughing my head off. I called him to kid him and when I told him about the floor, he said “Sooooo?” I didn’t get it till mentioned the vise grips and he repeated his first answer, “Soooo?”
Then I got it! I wanted a short Jeep, I got one! I fixed it and it worked great!

Thusly “If we want Salvation, God provides it! If the life around it has a hole in the floor and jury-rigged seats, Soooo? Just get busy and adjust life to fit salvation!

There’s an old saying, “Gettin’ old ain’t for sissy’s!” Well, living for God ain’t either! God isn’t looking for trained soldiers he wants servants that will serve in whatever circumstances He calls them into. He doesn’t just save the able, but He will enable the saved!

The question is not, Can we be saved? The question is, Will we have the intestinal fortitude to use and apply what God gives us to get the job done? He did promise to throughly furnish us to do good works!

Eden was ideal, a paradise, but the tempter was still able to sneak in and cause a problem! God provides all things good but we need to realize that a covenant requires two and both have to keep their part of the bargain. All God required of Adam and Eve was don’t eat from that tree! Easy as pie! Not forbidden fruit pie either… What did they do? Got themselves kicked out of paradise. PLEASE don’t think if you had a perfect environment, it would be a cinch to live for God. The Flesh is flesh, get the whiff? By the way, if you want to be a missionary don’t bother to put Eden on your application as a place you’re willing to go. It had to be relocated because of a lack of interest.

The ark didn’t smell good and probably wasn’t comfortable either but nobody jumped out! The main reason for the ark was to save Noah and his family not to be a luxury touring vessel. For them to file a complaint because it was uncomfortable would have been ludicrous, to say the least. IT SAVED THEIR LIVES, PEOPLE! Mission accomplished. By the by, the animals were kept to save their lives, too. God really wants us to be saved, also. He’s got all the bases covered, trust Him.

The scriptures about the “Great House” let us know everything isn’t perfect there either. (VESSELS OF DISHONOR… really?) If we want to be saved, we can, in spite of the flaws and bad smells. Some of the responsibility for cleaning up the mess in the house is up to us. Could be if we sniff around a little bit we might discover the problem is us. It does say to qualify as a vessel of honor we need to purge ourselves. That’s clean up! Don’t dirty yourself and complain that something stinks. Don’t be the problem. Be part of the solution. It’s a GREAT HOUSE! Be thankful you’re allowed in the door.

Paul said to stay in the ship and live! They didn’t like it and some doubted and complained, they were battered, soaked, saltwater chafed, hungry and thirsty but everyone survived! Not too shabby Paul!

Even the group Jesus assembled had complainers, jealousy, animosity and the worst, there was a traitor! Yes, One of the disciples that Jesus chose was a bad apple but it didn’t stop Jesus or the Apostles from completing the mission they were called for. Oh, Instead of calling Judas a bad apple, I should’ve called him a “Forbidden Fruit“!

 

Soooo, in spite of the flaws and bad smells! This God idea called the Church works!

Though life sometimes can be difficult the Scripture still says “Let us go on unto perfection“!

I mean, after all, we are all just a piece of work… in progress!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Posted in Christian Living

You Ain’t Got Time!!

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You Ain’t Got Time!!

 

I Understand!

I Don’t Know How You Can Do What You Do!

You’re Busy! Very Busy!

I’m Even A Bit Sorry To Say Anything And Interrupt You!

 

Studies Show The Average American Works 47 Hours A Week. Or, 8.8 Hours A Day.

The Gallop Poll: https://news.gallup.com/poll/175286/hour-workweek-actually-longer-seven-hours.aspx

 

The Average American

  • Sleeps About 8 Hours A Day
  • Eats About 67 Minutes A Day
  • Drives About 101 Minutes A Day
  • Watches 2.8 Hours Of TV A Day

https://www.tempo.io/blog/7-time-consuming-things-an-average-joe-spends-in-a-lifetime

 

The Average American Spends 12 Hours And 9 Minutes A Day On Media.

https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-time-spent-with-media-2019

 

The Average American Spends 24 Hours A Week On-Line

https://www.technologyreview.com/f/610045/the-average-american-spends-24-hours-a-week-online/

 

Teens Spend Nine Hours A Day In Front Of Screens.

Plus, They Go To School For About Six Hours A Day.

Children 8-12 Spend Six Hours A Day With Screens.

 

Teens Spend ‘Astounding’ Nine Hours a Day in Front of Screens: – BY MAGGIE FOX AND ERIKA EDWARDS

 

Besides All This… There’s:

  • House Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Shopping
  • Lawn Care
  • Home Maintenance
  • Gym Work Outs
  • Meal Preparations
  • Caring For Your Children
  • School/College Classes
  • Homework
  • Cramming For Exams
  • Your Job

 

There Are Not Enough Hours in Your Day. I Get That.

You’re Overwhelmed With Your Schedule. Absolutely.

Your Plate Is Too Full To Add Anything Else. I See That.

  

I Understand That You Aren’t Able To Be Involved Much At Church Because Of Your Schedule.

 

So, I Won’t Ask Why You Weren’t At Church Sunday Night, Or At The Midweek Service.

 

 

I Also Noticed You Don’t Have Time To Help: 

  • Drive The Sunday School Bus
  • Work The Bus Route
  • Teach Sunday School
  • Help In The Nursery

 

  • Be Involved In Ladies / Men’s Groups
  • Do Visitor Follow Up
  • Be In The Choir
  • Play In The Orchestra

 

  • Do Bible Quizzing
  • Be At Prayer Meeting
  • Make It To Pre-Service Prayer
  • Be Part Of The Youth Department

 

  • Teach Home Bible Studies
  • Do Outreach
  • Help In The Easter Pageant
  • Help With Children’s Church

 

  • Serve After Church
  • Be At Men’s Work Day
  • Clean The Church
  • Join Usher / Greeter Department

 

  • Cleaning Up After Meals / Washing Dishes
  • Decorating
  • Fund Raising
  • Working In The Fireworks Stand

 

  • Mow The Church Yard
  • Plant Flowers
  • Pull Weeds
  • Help In The Media Room

 

  • Being Used In Intercessory Prayer
  • Pray Around The Altar
  • Visit The Sick
  • Care For The Widows

 

 

You’re Very Busy! Yet, You Find Time To…

  • Keep Up With All The Sports Teams And Their Stats.
  • Know All About Politics And Politicians
  • Hang Out With Your Friends Regularly
  • Take Selfies At Starbucks And Nice Restaurants

 

  • Take Weekend Get-A-Way Trips
  • Go Hunting And Fishing
  • Enjoy Your Hobbies
  • Visit Friends And Relatives

 

And, You’ve Got Time To…

  • Gossip on The Phone
  • Go Out To McDonald’s After Church
  • Stay Out Past Midnight
  • Play War Games On Your Computer
  • Baby Sit
  • Play Ball With The Church Group
  • Take Your Dog Jogging

You MAKE Time To Do What You Want To Do!

 

 

Let’s Talk About Who You May Not Want To Confront You In The Judgment!

 

Jonah – He was too busy and filled with excuses to obey God’s Call. He ran from his duty. God sent a storm to get his attention.

 

James And John – Left their nets and their livelihood and followed Jesus.

 

Matthew – Walked away from his Tax Collecting table and followed Jesus.

 

Doctor Luke Closed his Clinic and sent his patients away and followed Jesus.

 

Martha – Too busy to sit at the feet of Jesus.

 

Elisha – Was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen. He killed his oxen and made a sacrifice of them and followed Elijah, not even taking the time to tell his family goodbye.

 

Woman At The Well – Left her water pot at the well to go tell everyone about Jesus.

 

Ruth – Walked away from her family, her people and her gods, to follow after Naomi and her God.

 

Noah – Put his life on hold to obey God’s command to build an Ark.

 

Phebe – “A servant of the church.”

 

 

 

God Even Used Teenagers In The Bible

 

  • Mary – Mother of Jesus
  • Joseph –  Was 17
  • Daniel – Teen when captured. Became Prime Minister
  • David – 17 when he killed Goliath
  • Jeremiah – 14 when he started Prophesying and said  “Ask for the old paths”
  • Esther – When she stood before the king.
  • James and John – teens when Jesus called them.
  • Timothy – A teen when he began to work with Paul

 

 

The Inhabitants Of Meroz Were Too Busy Taking Care Of Their Flocks And Herds To Help The Rest Of Israel Fight The Enemy.

 

Judges 5:23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

 

This Society Wants Everything Given To Them.

They Think Life Is Just About Them.

 

As In The Bible Days… They Follow Jesus For The Loaves And The Fishes.

They Want Heavenly Rain To Fall On Their Lives, Yet Refuse To Send Up Any Vapor.

 

 

Today I Make A Plea For Your Involvement In The Work Of The Lord

 

Your Lack Of Involvement Is

  • Hindering Revival In Your Church.
  • Causing Apathy To Spread.
  • Cursing Your Soul.
  • Killing Your Pastor By Making Him Take Up The Slack.

 

How Can You Say You Live For God When Your Life Is All About You?

You Are Not Living For God, You’re Living For You.

Actually… It’s Not YOUR Life At All. You’ve Been Bought With A Price.

 

Deut. 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

Does The Following Scripture Describe You?

 

Luke 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

 

If So, Repent And Live For God With All Your Heart.

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 9, 2019 at 7:48 am

How Shall They Hear Without A Preacher?

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Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

Although I love and support Holy Ghost Radio, I do not represent them in any official capacity. I am not paid by them, neither have I been asked to speak on their behalf. 

 

 

 

We Have Many Things To Be Thankful For This Year!

  • The Revelation of the Mighty God in Christ.
  • The Baptism in the Name of Jesus.
  • The Holy Ghost!
  • God’s provision and protection.
  • Our family and our heritage.
  • Our church.
  • Our health and our home.

 

One thing that may not have crossed your mind to be thankful for this year is Holy Ghost Radio! We all love it and have it bookmarked on our computers and have downloaded the app for our cell phones and tablets.

Every week for many years someone has mentioned a sermon or song they’ve heard on Holy Ghost Radio. No other Apostolic Pentecostal resource has been continually more effective in reaching the lost, edifying the body of Christ, and strengthening the church.

Pentecost and the world have been blessed beyond measure by the efforts of Brother and Sister Jeff Hoffer and Holy Ghost Radio.

Reports of listeners receiving the Holy Ghost or receiving the Revelation of the Oneness of God continually pour in. We rejoice with them, upon hearing these wonderful reports.

Twenty years ago, Bro. Hoffer felt led to make Apostolic preaching available to the world. It’s free for everyone to listen to. However, it is a huge expense to keep this service available.

Computers and technical equipment need to be upgraded to keep up with fast-changing technology. Technicians, programmers, and staff are needed to keep HGR on the air.

 

This Is A Voice That Must Never Go Silent!

 

While I have not been asked to make a plea for support, Partners In Missions are desperately needed!

Pastor… My Prayer Is That You Make HGR A Part Of Your Missions Giving!

As an individual, I have done a very small part by giving a modest monthly pledge. HGR needs us to show our Thankfulness to them by partnering with them on a monthly basis. (Have you ever noticed how God blesses you when you give to missions?)

Please consider blessing this missionary endeavor. Join me in helping them spread this Gospel around the world! 

 

 

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Below Is A Letter From Brother Jeff Hoffer To The Friends Of Holy Ghost Radio

 

Hello Friends,

Back in 1999, when the Lord directed us to begin a radio ministry, we launched out in faith. Our first conference was in 2002 and we’ve been going strong ever since.

2019 has been a tremendous year for Holy Ghost Radio and we could not have done it without you.

We are streaming Truth 24 hours a day, across the world and love hearing all the testimonies of souls being saved and backsliders praying through!

We’re writing today because we are in need of your help.

We are trusting the Lord to help us keep up with the technology to continue to expand, add new channels, pay for the overhead, the app, website, servers, streams, internet, and upgrade our computers to support all of our streams, add new ones, etc.

Technology is expensive and we really need more churches to partner with us monthly, to help us grow, expand, and keep up with the times.

We are extremely thankful for the WPF adding Holy Ghost Radio to its offering list for Global Missions.

Please consider a monthly pledge offering, either personally or through your church, to support Holy Ghost Radio by continuing to fund the gospel to every nation.

You can give online at holyghostradio.com and click donate or send in a check to:

HGR

PO Box 711441

Santee, Ca 92072

 

Lastly, we’d like to let you know about an increase in our live conference fee, next year to $1,500 plus accommodations and travel expenses effective January 1, 2020.To save you accommodations & travel expenses you can go remote for $1,500

Thank you so much for being a faithful listener and supporter!

 

Sincerely,

Jeff & Jeannette Hoffer

Holy Ghost Radio

 

 

 

 

Seven Ways To Be Lost

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Seven Ways To Be Lost

(The Evolution Of A Backslider)

 

1.) Neglect

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be   spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

  • Unconcern
  • Won’t Get Involved
  • Emptiness
  • Procrastination
  • Untreated Hearing Loss Leads To Dementia (In the natural and the spiritual.)

 

2.) Unbelief, Doubting

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

  • Unbelief Will Cause You To Depart From God.
  • Unbelief And Doubt Caused Israel To Never Make It to The Promised Land.

Hebrews 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

Hebrews 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

  • Getting Your Eyes On Others Will Cause You To Doubt.

 

3.) Unteachable

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

  • Believing What They Choose
  • Selective Convictions
  • Ever Learning…
  • Without Spiritual Maturity
  • A Proud And Self-Righteous Spirit
  • Rob God Of His Tithe And Offerings

 

4.) Compromise

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

  • The Steps To Worldliness Are First Slow… And Then Rapid.

 

 5.) Not Living By Faith

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

  • Simple Trust In God vs Letting Circumstances Steal Your Joy.
  • We Draw Back First… Only Then Does God Hide Himself From Us.

 

6.) Rebellion

Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

Hebrews 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

  • Rebellion And Bitterness Go Hand-In-Hand

 

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

 

  • The Danger of Pride And Spiritual Hardness

Failing To Obey Them That Have The Rule Over You.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Not Being Fed Because They’re Not Willing Or Obedient.

Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

 

7.) Willful Sin

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

  • The Practice Of Sin
  • Hidden Sin In Many
  • Resentment When Sin Is Preached About
  • In A Spiritual Stupor
  • Loss Of Conscience
  • Making Provision For The Flesh
  • Flaunting Worldly Life And Lifestyle