How?

“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind”  Jeremiah 17:10a

What’s more important, where you go to church, or how you go to church?  Is the location of the church and the time of the service more important than your reason for attending?  While there are undoubtedly churches I wouldn’t recommend you fellowship in, I believe the Lord is much more concerned with “how” and “why” you go to church than “where” or “when.”  By “how,” I don’t mean your means of transportation, but “how” you approach the meeting of believers.  For example, can you honestly say why are you there?  Is it a habit for you?  Have you always gone to church, so that it’s possibly become more of a tradition than a time of worship?  And by saying “why,” Im asking you if you’re there to serve, and to worship… or if you are there to “see and be seen?”  Are you more concerned with how you’re dressed for church than with the condition of your heart when you get there?  Belive it or not many people who attend church every week (and some more than once), are no closer to Christ than some who almost never attend.  While I absolutely believe we should make every attempt to be heavily and frequently involved in a God-fearing assembly of believers, I believe it’s crucial to remember that the “how” and the “why” are far more important than the “where” and the “when.”

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?”  2 Corinthians 13:5

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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But I Thought ….

Are you ever confused by the Christian teachings?  Does one minister teach one thing, and another seemingly teach another?  Often the newest Christians I mentor find themselves led astray again and again by other “Christians,” having to come back to me repeatedly for an explanation or a clarification.  No doubt there are some things that separate Christian denominations theologically, but most of those issues really have nothing to do with the core of the Gospel–we can only find peace with God through faith in Christ!  What happens is that non-Christian teachings are dressed up as Christian and fed to those who are weak in knowledge and faith.  The Scriptures are filled with examples of such teachings and because of these warnings they should be easy to spot.  But that’s only true of those who’ve put in the hard work of learning the Scriptures and are able to spot counterfeit teaching.  Until then, newer Christians must put themselves under the authority of faithful teachers and commit themselves to growing as quickly as possible.  Like newborn deer, until we get our legs under us, we’re food for the wolves.

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.”  Ephesians 4:11-14

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Rites of Passage?

When I was a teen there were several “rites of passage” a teen needed to perform (or at least pretend to perform) before they were accepted as “cool” in the group I hung with.   I was a follower when I was younger, and I fell into the trap they laid more than once.  I did extreme things to be accepted by the group, only to find a new even more extreme challenge. The truth is the group really wasn’t that cool after all.  The years have proved that things that once were considered rites of passage have now proven very destructive in the lives of those who continue them.  Drinking, casual sex, drugs, and the like will take their toll on a person fast.  Thanks be to God He didn’t lose faith I would one day give Him my life.  Thanks be to God for the teens that have the strength in Him to stand firm in the face of taunting and other forms of negative peer pressure.  May they be an example for many others.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 
1 Corinthians 15:33

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Prostitutes?

What would you think if someone were to walk up to you and call you a prostitute to your face?  Frankly, I’d think they were either kidding or were just stupid.  After all, isn’t a prostitute one of those cheap women (or men) who sells their body for money or for drugs?  I may be a lot of things, but I’d be sure that I wasn’t one of them!  I’d be wrong though!  A prostitute is someone who allows himself to be used for his/her own personal gain.  Soooo, If I follow the ways of this world (or of Satan) in my pursuit of personal wealth, or comfort, or friendship, or…   Or anything!  Am I not prostituting myself?  And as a Christian, am I not a member of the Body of Christ–which is the “Bride of Christ!”  We are repeatedly warned about the “lust of the eyes” in Scriptures.  Today, I found an Old Testament warning to God’s people that seems quite applicable today.

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: … so you will remember all the commands of the LORD , that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.  Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”  Numbers 15:38-40

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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All or None?

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Lots of people are cool with the concept of God, but when you try to define that concept further, they start to get squeamish.  For example, you can tell just about anyone you believe in God and they probably won’t get too aggravated even if they don’t agree.  But, if you tell someone that you believe that Jesus IS God, then you’ve spoken fighting words in many circles.  Jesus addressed similar arguments many times during His earthly ministry, but probably never as succinctly as this:

“He who hates me hates my Father as well.”  John 15:23

God clearly tells us that there are three parts to His nature; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Deny that any part of God is in fact God, and you have denied God all together.

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Smart Guy?

Are you one of those “brainiacs” who knows something about everything?  Some people are blessed with brains that can absorb tons of information, but most of us “regular folk” are good at a couple of things, and struggle with most everything else (like math for example).  I find it interesting that much of what I thought I knew before I became a Christian has been completely rewritten because it was based on a faulty premise.  Once I learned that fear for God is the beginning of wisdom, then I learned to accept the fact that even things I thought I knew were worthless before I first acknowledged Him as the author of everything! 

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.  To him belongs eternal praise.”  Psalm 111:10

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Moderation!

The Monday after Thanksgiving’s feast is “payday” for many of us.  Often we eat more than we should, and I, for one, eat all the wrong foods!  As I grow older, I’ve learned to dislike the penalty for gaining weight more and more — Dieting is never fun for me!  Still, the damage is not done in a single day.  The Holidays just seem to cap-off an already bad trend.  Like a friend told me recently, it’s not the stuff you eat between Thanksgiving and Christmas that gets you — it’s the stuff you eat between Christmas and Thanksgiving!  

As Christians, we need to be ever mindful to live lives pleasing to and honoring our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Gluttony is a sin just like any other.  Moderation and sacrifice should be the first helping we serve up!

“For as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,…”  Philippians 3:18-20

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Happy Thanksgiving!

As my family and I celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we give thanks for all of you, and what God has chosen to do through this ministry. May we all continue to be grateful for His awesome grace! 

A friend left this acrostic on my desk sometime ago, and I would like to share it with you once again as Today’s “Thought4Today.”  The first letter in each verse goes together to form the word, “THANKSGIVING”. 

THANKSGIVING 

Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. (Colossians 4:17) 

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. (2 Corinthians 7:1) 

Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. (2 Peter 1:5-7) 

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (1 Timothy 4:14) 

Keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 21) 

Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15) 

God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10) 

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7) 

Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that send me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24) 

In him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28) 

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (John 15:3) 

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38) Source Unknown

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Envy?

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Do you sometimes find it necessary to speak ill of people?  For the most part, I like everybody, but I’ll admit there are a few people whose personalities rub me the wrong way.  For me, those are the people who I could easily find a sharp word for, or who I would have no problem running down to a friend.  While it’s true that most of us will never get along with everybody, it is also true that much of the bad-mouthing we do to each other comes out of envy.  It makes us feel bigger when we can take a big-shot (or at least someone we see as superior to us) down a notch or two.  Unfortunately, it’s the ones who are doing the gossiping who are actually getting the bad end of the stick.  For starters, we look smaller to the people we’re talking to, and we are in fact clearly tearing ourselves up inside because of our selfish and spiteful acts.

“Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you:  Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’  For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.”  Matthew 27:17b-18

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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Temper, Temper!

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James 1:19 :  “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

In this day and age, a person who’s going to make any kind of impact in the business world needs to be outspoken, outgoing, and possibly even outrageous.  I spent more than 20 years in the world’s workforce, and I can tell you that it was a rare moment indeed when a quiet person was promoted.  Instead, those who felt comfortable shamelessly touting their own accomplishments, sacrificing their children for their jobs, and even using fits of anger, sex, corruption and foul language seemed to be the first rewarded for their actions.  Whether we get the promotions, change the world, or even get ridiculed for chasing “heavenly rewards,” Christians are called to be counter culture, if not radically different.  Quiet, patient endurance is our road–love is our main ingredient. 

“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”  Proverbs 16:32

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, he entrusted
himself to him who judges justly.”  1 Peter 2:23

In Christ,


PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
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