How We Treat People

HELLO EVERYONE AND WELCOME to another weekend! I hope that everyone made it through the work week in one piece and can enjoy some time of rest the next couple of days. Everyone ready for my message today? Let me know, I’ll wait…..

Ok, that’s enough time. So as usual, every week God seems to want to teach me something different. Which is fine but some weeks I’m like, “I haven’t even come close to mastering the other teaching yet”. But God is God and knows more than me so this week He changed it up again; focusing on how I treat people…

First off, you have to ask yourself, how do you view other people? Actually, I guess it starts off with, how do you view yourself? This is a vital first step because if you view yourself in a poor light, then typically you will view most others the same way. So, how do you view yourself? One that struggles with weight? One that struggles with addiction? One that struggles with your career?

Or do you view yourself as God sees you, which if you have given your life to Christ, is as a model of perfection! He no longer sees the sinful creature you used to be but instead a Child of Glory that He created and with whom He is pleased. So if God sees you that way, do you? Why not? I mean, after all, He did create you and lead you to salvation; do you think He really devalues your worth because you have gained some weight or struggle with a certain sin? Of course not! So again, why don’t you?

Now, once we come to terms with ourselves, that is where it really gets tough because God has called us to treat others, especially our enemies, better than we treat ourselves! So the only possible way to do that is to see others as God sees them. Not as Muslims or Democrats or Republicans or what ever they are, but as children of the Most High filled with potential to also be seen as perfect! Is this making any sense??

I see so much hatred against other people (yes I’m talking to you Christ-Follower as well). Yet we ourselves don’t follow the most basic of Scriptures…

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”- 1 Peter 2:9

 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.– Luke 6:27-36

A few years ago in college I read a book that changed my perception on male/female relationships forever. It was called The Five Love Languages and in that book it talks about how as men we need to look at our wives with “pink” sunglasses and wives need to look at their husbands with “blue” sunglasses because of how different men and women look at the world. Friends, it is time we put on our “God sunglasses”. To treat others the way God has called us to is impossible without first understanding how God sees them.

In this world of hate and insulting, can we listen to the teachings of our Savior and spread some hope? Can we do that CHURCH? Stop the insults of your supposed enemy and spread God’s love; whether you think they deserve it or not! Peace be with you all…

Blessings and Love,

David

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There Is Still Time

David Fischer

Joel 2:12 -“That is why the LORD says,”Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.”

During this Catholic holiday of Lent, I wonder how many have actually given their hearts to the Lord Jesus? First things first friends..

Blessings,

David

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Always Learning

One thing about being a Pastor, being in the ministry, heck just being a human being is that we are always learning; at least that is what we should be doing. We should never reach a point in our lives where we know without a shadow of a doubt that we know everything and can’t be taught. This happened to me yesterday and even though I knew better, I had to learn the hard way a very simple fact; some people don’t want to learn…

If I am wrong I say it; always been a trait of mine that I hold dear and to be honest expect from others as well. It’s right up there with honesty, kind of a non-negotiable. Over the last few days there has been quite the debate that I stirred up on whether Baptism is required for salvation. I will go to my grave saying it is not because the Bible just gives too many examples where it is Grace and Grace alone (with your acceptance of that Grace) that saves you. Baptism is an act that Jesus is very clear about in which acts can’t save you. Look at the person on the Cross with Jesus; “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. Was that person Baptized? No of course not. So if you are saying Baptism is required for salvation then you are saying that Jesus was lying on the Cross when He made that statement. (There are plenty more examples Jesus gave us through His Word but that is the most obvious one). ANWAYS….

What I learned yesterday is that no one is ever teachable when you play this back and forth game with them; especially over the internet. I would much rather have that type of conversation over coffee face to face, however, in this world today that is difficult so here we are….I should have taken a page from my mentor and just gave my position and left it there. Many people agree with my stance on this; why engage others that disagree? It just puts on a horrible witness and for that I am truly sorry. I guess for me when it comes to issues of salvation it drives me insane to see folks deceived, but again just like spreading the Good News itself, I am not responsible for what people do with the information I give them, only that I in fact give it to them. The Holy Spirit does the rest.

So, my advice to all of you? Let Love be your guide! On most things concerning God and His Word odds are we have it all jacked up anyways. I mean look at all the different versions and today the lack of research people do into the original languages in which God’s Word was written. Other than the basics, I bet when we get to Heaven we will see how wrong we were about a great many things. So if you are passionate about something, be passionate and put it out there. Just stop engaging those that only want to argue and not learn. I know for me that is the approach I will be taking from now on.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Agape Love,

David

Do Not Fear

Good morning everyone and welcome to Monday! Normally I would not be writing a longer post on a Monday because I would be at work, but God blessed me with a job where I can be off today and enjoy one more day of family and relaxation. I pray most of you can do the same!

Fear…some say that this phrase of “Do Not Fear” occurs 365 times in the Bible. While I have my doubts about that number simply because of the human error involved with translations, the point is not lost. WE SHOULD NOT FEAR!!! Now if you don’t know God and His Son Jesus Christ then you really should fear; only because someday this evil and sin will be dealt with and you don’t want to stand accused without the lawyer of all lawyers Amen? As a Christ-follower though, God has given you a Spirit which knows no fear. The question today is are you willing to give yourself fully to Him and let Him wipe that fear away from you?

Fear causes so many problems; it starts with small things and before you know it you are scared of even waking up in the morning. Make no mistake on who that is from; it is from your Enemy Lucifer who hates you and will do everything in his limited power to keep you down. Using fear as a weapon is one of his biggest weapons against us. Problem for him though is God has given us the ability to shed that fear away like an old t-shirt! Are you willing to shed that fear and start doing the great things for God you were called to do?

My friends, despite the way the media (and some well intentioned Christians) would tell you, the world is really full of hope. There are many people like you and me with stories of redemption and tales of breaking free of those chains of fear through Jesus. Why not be one more of those stories this morning? Why not tell the Enemy he has no place in your life and watch him have to flee? Why not tell Jesus that He has all of your heart and let Him pull you up from the pits of despair?

As always, its your choice, no one can make it for you. God is a gentleman and will only come into your life if you ask Him. Will you ask Him today?

Love and Hugs,

David

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Do Not Fear

Good morning everyone and welcome to Monday! Normally I would not be writing a longer post on a Monday because I would be at work, but God blessed me with a job where I can be off today and enjoy one more day of family and relaxation. I pray most of you can do the same!

Fear…some say that this phrase of “Do Not Fear” occurs 365 times in the Bible. While I have my doubts about that number simply because of the human error involved with translations, the point is not lost. WE SHOULD NOT FEAR!!! Now if you don’t know God and His Son Jesus Christ then you really should fear; only because someday this evil and sin will be dealt with and you don’t want to stand accused without the lawyer of all lawyers Amen? As a Christ-follower though, God has given you a Spirit which knows no fear. The question today is are you willing to give yourself fully to Him and let Him wipe that fear away from you?

Fear causes so many problems; it starts with small things and before you know it you are scared of even waking up in the morning. Make no mistake on who that is from; it is from your Enemy Lucifer who hates you and will do everything in his limited power to keep you down. Using fear as a weapon is one of his biggest weapons against us. Problem for him though is God has given us the ability to shed that fear away like an old t-shirt! Are you willing to shed that fear and start doing the great things for God you were called to do?

My friends, despite the way the media (and some well intentioned Christians) would tell you, the world is really full of hope. There are many people like you and me with stories of redemption and tales of breaking free of those chains of fear through Jesus. Why not be one more of those stories this morning? Why not tell the Enemy he has no place in your life and watch him have to flee? Why not tell Jesus that He has all of your heart and let Him pull you up from the pits of despair?

As always, its your choice, no one can make it for you. God is a gentleman and will only come into your life if you ask Him. Will you ask Him today?

Love and Hugs,

David

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