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Pastor Marty (pastor to Navajos on the Navajo reservation) with Dennis and Lucy

COMMENTS AND POINTS TO PONDER
This page will contain comments from Lucy and Dennis, fellow missionaries, friends and anyone that has something interesting to say. It will also contain spiritual comments, short messages from scripture and things, as Christ followers, we need to consider (points to ponder).

If you have a comment you would like to have posted, send it to us and we will consider it. But please remember, it must be centered on Christ, mission activities or our walk with Jesus.

POINTS TO PONDER:

Messages we should believe will come from God, not man.

Indications you have left Jesus; lost the glow of life you had with Jesus, lost the ability to love others, lost the healthy perspective on your self, serving to the point of exhaustion, serving to avoid guilt, serving to be noticed, serving to be fulfilled. How to fix those problems; repent, return to Jesus; remember the joy you had, and change directions.

Growing in God takes work, salvation does not

Repentance is a change of mind that causes a change of heart that causes a change of life.

Repentance is also an internal change that has an outward effect.
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POINT TO PONDER: You don’t need gimmicks to bring people to church. What is needed is a pastor and members that walk the walk (James 3:13), practice what they preach, try to please only Jesus, and match their walk with their talk.

Pastors are to:
Deuteronomy 4:2 (NIV) Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
Deuteronomy 12:32 (NIV) See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
Proverbs 30:6 (NIV) Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Acts 20:28 (NIV) Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.
Galatians 1:9 (NIV) As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
1 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.
Matthew 23: 1-4 and 13 to 29 tells us about what do when listening to the Pharisees and what will happen to them for their hypocrisy. 23:1-4 (NIV) “A Warning Against Hypocrisy: Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: ‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
23:13-29 (NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.”
Revelations also tells us what will happen to those who do not follow God’s word. Revelation 22:18-19 (NIV) “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”
Remember these scriptures and check to make sure your pastor/church are following His principles. Also check them against yourself to see if you are following them …or are you like the Pharisees?

Peace and blessings,
Dennis Smith

Dennis@ManosdeDios.org

"But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love." Psalm 31:14-16 (NIV)

 

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