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-From A Dad: I Was Chosen by God!

Posted by Scott on October 10, 2007

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“…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.”  1 Peter 2:9 NLT

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No matter the choice of someone elses theology, doctrine, or belief…no one can take away my salvation nor the belief that in God’s sovereign will He came after me, because He chose me and elected me and I am one of His.  My love for the heavenly Father has never been greater in my life than it is at this very moment.  As Jesus gave up His life for mine, no greater love has any man shown me than He lay down His life for another…me.  He justified me in that one instance and by faith alone in Him I am saved.  On that cross He already knew I was one of those He was dying for.  He had already chosen me before that selfless act of love had taken place.  My witness this day is that Christ died for me and I am now one of His. 

“…I give eternal life to them and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.  My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”  John 11:28-30  NAS

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007 

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-His Glory Our Aim, a quote by C.H. Spurgeon

Posted by Scott on October 9, 2007

spurgin_2.jpg     This is another great quote by Charles Spurgeon.  I have grown to enjoy his sermons, stories, quotes, and biography.

“He who makes God’s glory the one and only aim before which all other things bow themselves, is the man to bring honor to his Lord.”

Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.”

I would encourage all the dads to look into the history of many of the great men of God.  In this way, it can produce an overwhelming desire to know the God of these men as their lives truly was a reflection of the Lord they served.  These men’s lives pointed people to Jesus not to themselves.  If you run onto anyone that the draw is to themselves and not God, stop the study and reading of that individual.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-The Seduction of the Evangelical Church!

Posted by Scott on October 1, 2007

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A quote from Al Mohler Jr, in 1996:

“The ubiquitous culture of consumerism and materialism has seduced many evangelicals into a ministry mode driven by marketing rather than mission.  To an ever greater extent, evangelicals are accommodating themselves to moral compromise in the name of lifestyle and choice.  Authentic biblical worship is often supplanted by the entertainment culture as issues of performance and taste displace the simplicity and God-centeredness of true worship.  Our churches are worldly in lifestyle, worship, and piety.  We have seen the worship of God too often made into a human-centered entertainment event.”

That quote sums up most of my personal on this topic and what is occurring in the churches today.  To find a church that has what is now called a “Traditional” church service are few and far between.  Some fifty years ago it was simply the way church was to be, now it has a label that has become negative to many “believers” or those “churchy” minded people.  John MacArthur has said in a warning thatthe rush to make churches user-friendly has become as excuse for importing worldly amusements into the church in an attempt to try to attract non-Christian “seekers” or “unchurched Harry’s” by appealing to their fleshly interest.”  He is absolutely correct on that.  The idea is to appeal to that “positive” thinking, money grabbing, over sexed, high maintenance person out there by making the programs in the church look more like the world.  I know that toes might get worn out here and I have had some of the same “stinkin thinkin” myself and believe me my toes have been sore for years.  Whenever you get serious about God and knowing Him and worshipping Him, your eyes and heart will be open to truths that the world and its “church” does not want you to see.  Right now much of the world has lost all respect for the church and Christianity.  They see us as spoiled, money loving, over spending, arrogant, hypocritical demons.  They have no respect for a god that looks no different than the world and cannot offer them anything different from what a psycologist can.  The contemporary church of today has dumbed down the scripture and dumbed down God.  For most their point of view is that He cannot be all knowing and everywhere.  Guys, the God I serve knows all things and is everywhere…He is sovereign.  He was, is and always will be the same.  God has never waivered on His word.  His design for worship has not changed with the times.  His methods are up to date.  All we need to do is present the gospel and get out of the way.  This is the same with musical worship….present the songs that draw people to Him, that glorify Jesus, that speak of His wonderous ways and terrific creation and removes us from the picture totally.  A great song that just came out not long ago is called “Wash Me Away” by Brett Rush.  Get it and listen to it.  That is worshipful….it does not attract attention to me or you.

Now, many of the church leaders today I must say are running church like a business as they think they are suppose to and they truly believe it is for God’s greater glory, but remember that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of God.  To quote A.W. Tozer, who was a very wise pastor, of what he saw over fifty years ago:

“I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb.  To great sections of the church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program’.  This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.”

The attitude found by many contmeporaries when questioned about this type of worship is that we are either a Pharisee, a legalist, or a hypocrite.  I try to refrain from calling anyone anything negatively, but in this case a “sham Christianity” has taken over our churches worship services and what a sad legacy the church is leaving behind. 

I say all of this and have researched this in love.  It is my goal to worship in any way God allows.  I cannot see in the bulk of contemporary music or worship services today anything biblical or God glorifying.  Trends come and go.  Worship styles have come and gone before.  However, God’s word and His way remains the same.

Yesterday at our home church in North Texas we had the privilege of singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.  Then our beloved pastor had us all pray those same words.  The song is a prayer you know.  This was absolutely a moment I will never forget in my worship experiences.  To sing and pray of His great faithfulness.  God’s mercies and fresh and new each and every morning.  He is faithful and true at all times.  I hope that someday we can all worship together in heaven in the truest form of worship that is most likely not known to man.  What a glorious time that will be.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Music’s Place in Our Lives!

Posted by Scott on October 1, 2007

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The purpose for music is to worship, praise and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ!  It is that simple.  Music was not meant to evangelize or lift man up.  Most of the Christian music today does not glorify God in anyway….it is there to sell and appeal to the masses for a profit.  The Lord may allow the commercialization of music, but He is not glorified!   Any kind of melody of music that you can find at a rock concert or bar room has no place in the church….it is that simple and matter of fact!

I have been researching some time now about the proper kind of music that should be in the church and my families life.  I thoroughly enjoy most of the hymns that we sing at our church along with a variety of some of the contemporary songs.  It does not require holding our hands up in the air, bouncing around the place like bangies, or any of that sort.  It does bring my heart into a reverent place with a holy God so that I can worship God at that moment and not impair someone else’s worshipful experience. 

I recommend each dad, husband and man to thoroughly examine their places of worship and the music they find there.  Does it stand up to biblical test.  This is not to be legalistic at all.  It seems that the Contemporary Christian Music movement is very guarded when presented with God’s word against something they are doing or singing.  As an authentic Christian we should always welcome God’s word in our lives in every case unless we are living a worldly existence with a Christian mask over it.  we should never be ashamed of God’s word and that it might reprove us.  I have had to rethink many things in my Christian life once presented with the truth in the bible.  Reproof is a good thing if it is bringing us closer to God and growing that intimate relationship with Him.

Here are some biblical guidelines I found to help us keep on track:

BIBLE GUIDELINES FOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC
CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – NOT MAN

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my SONG will I PRAISE him. Psalm 28:7

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS FOR THE LORD – NOT FOR THE WORLD

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts TO THE LORD. Colossians 3:16

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS A NEW SONG – NOT AN OLD SONG

I will sing a NEW SONG unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. Psalm 144:9

CHRISTIAN MUSIC’S MESSAGE SHOULD BE CLEAR – NOT VAGUE OR DECEPTIVE

I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the UNDERSTANDING also. 1 Cor. 14:15

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIS THE MESSAGE – NOT THE MUSIC – NOR THE MUSICIAN

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:2

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH – NOT CONCERT HALLS, NIGHT CLUBS.

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the CHURCH will I sing praise unto thee. Hebrew 2:12

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT – NOT THE FLESH

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and SPIRITUALsongs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

CHRISTIAN MUSICIANS SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THE LORD – NOT WORLDLY

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:18-21

One thing has become very obvious to me as I have watched contemporary church after contemporary church and their congregations…..most of the people have a selfish/worldly bent about them.  They do not welcome God’s word to be presented to them if it is going to show them to be in error.  Their point of view is that “God accepts us just like we are”.  However, the translation becomes, “we can remain with God just as we are…sin and all”.  I am not a legalist and abhor legalism to the core.  I will fight legalism to my dying breath, however, with God there is order and that order is in His church as well as in life and His word speaks of that order and of His purposes.  Strip off any arrogance and high minded ways and let’s get down to reality when it comes to worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ.  Take time to measure all things to God’s word no matter what we are told….it will make all the difference in your life.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-The POWER of God’s Word!

Posted by Scott on September 27, 2007

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As men we often may wonder how to combat the sinful, fleshy everyday life we may live in and how to teach our kids to combat the flesh as well.  If we look at the world for the answers it would seem there is no weapon we have to fight off bombardment of scenes, excuses, attacks, and lies we are faced with daily.  It is amazing to me how absolutely weak the church in our day has become.  The dumbing down of God’s word is one of the many culprits.  People are fascinated with prosperity gospels that are heresies for the most part.  People want more of life….privileged lives!  

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”   (Hebrews 4:11-12 RSV)

The word of God has Penetrating Power….it can penetrate the heart of the most vile of sinners.  It penetrated my heart years ago and is still penetrating it today.  It has the power to bring about forgiveness for those that read God’s word, repent of sins and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  God’s word has the power to penetrate the most burdened heart of those of who are believers.  It can provide comfort and guidance in such times.  Our first response should be to cry out to God and spend time in His word.  The word of God tells us that His word is “living and active“.  If His word is living and active then no matter what time in history we are living, His word is still just as powerful and true as the day it was breathed into mans heart and mind and printed on paper.  His word requires action on our part….we can either reject it or obey it, but we will take action one way or another. We find that although the new life of Jesus Christ is in us we are still caught up living partially in the old life.  We catch ourselves reacting towards people with bitterness, impatience, anger, frustration, anxiety, worry, fear, and uncertainty.  What can assist us in our transformation into the new life that Jesus has given us?  The word of God!  The Holy Spirit uses the word to strip away falseness of our lives.  It penetrates deep into our hearts to areas we had no clue was infected by the old virus of sin we had prior to knowing Christ.  Something I have discovered in long-time believers and even in my own life is that the power of the flesh can be entrenched deep within us…..it doesn’t raise its ugly head all the time, but at crucial times it can surface. 

God’s word is here to strip away the pretenses in our life.  Not only does God’s word strip away the scales of sin that has flaked up in our lives, but it will unveil that which is true.  Whenever faced with a question in our life as to what is true or not….go to the Word.  It will reveal what is true and as it is always said, “the truth shall set you free.”    It is no longer necessary to go forward in this life “doggedly, wearily, fighting a battle that is already lost”.  It is God’s will that we step out each day with His glory in our lives unto victory..the victory that is already won. 

Jesus Overcame temptations by the Power of God’s word….And Jesus answered….Get thee behind me satan; for it is written….”  (Luke 4:8Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, tired and hungry, but still was able to fight off our adversaries darts of sin.  We need to force ourselves to spend time in God’s word in order to be able to fight off these temptations that are thrown at us daily.  It amazes me at the number of pastors and ministers that think they can stay on top of their ministries without meditating, studying and chewing on God’s word…..daily!  The falls that we have experienced around the country is due to this misguided effort to do God’s work out of the flesh rather than from a holiness that can only be developed through God’s word with the Holy Spirit’s directions.   Men, don’t think for a minute that we are immune to the same temptations that take down famous leaders.  We are equally in danger….be in the word daily!

God’s word has Wonder-working Power…..remember when Peter was out fishing and could not catch anything and as they were coming in Jesus told to throw their nets on the other side of the boat?   Peter could not believe his ears, but rather than argue at Jesus words, he throw the net over the other side and filled two boats with fish.  That is power…wonder-working power.  Another example would be Jesus calming the sea when the disciples were afraid.  The storm immediately calmed….even the weather listens to God’s word and obeys. 

God’s word has Everlasting PowerHeaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  (Matthew 24:35)  That is a promise and very strong words.  Today we have few things that are eternal….our souls and God’s word.   Other than that, everything else is simply temporal.  Listen guys, our fine cars, elaborate houses, expensive clothes, watches, diamonds, and money will all be consumed someday by fire…what do we have right now that can survive that kind of heat?  Are we planting the word of God in our children’s hearts and minds?  Survival in the future like now will require that we plant this everlasting power into our kids minds and hearts.  Do not think for a minute the godless public institutions like public schools and colleges are going to do that.  As a matter of fact, these godless, vile institutions are going to put things in your kids minds that will go against the word of God.  Look at the drug problems within our schools now.  How about the sexual problems….kids as young as 12 having sexual intercourse at school in plain view of the students.   Oh, I understand, that is somewhere else, but not the school your kid goes to…uh huh.  Well, God’s word planted in your childs mind and heart is all that will help them in time of temptation to follow what they are being taught 40 hours plus per week.   God’s everlasting power is in His word.

God’s word has Revealing Power…through His word we are directed down a path He has designed for us to travel.  “The word of God…is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  (Hebrews 4:12)  It reveals God’s heart to us.  It shows us His mercies and kindness.  His word offers the promise of salvation for those who repent and call out to Christ to save them and believe in Him.  The Holy Spirit cleanses, empowers and directs us in our commitment to Christ.  John 16:13 tells us that “…He will guide you into all truth…”  What a way to live…in His truth.  The world is so full of lies that even believers have a hard time recognizing the truth anymore.  Our business practices and dealings suffer, because we think something is right and when placed on top of the word of God it does not stand.    

I want to encourage each of us men/dads/husbands to dig into God’s word deeper.  Allow the Holy Spirit to draw you closer to the word, and to the truth found in it…a much richer relationship with God will be found there.  Do not give in to the worlds way of doing things or get caught up in what the world calls “truth”…..match it up to the word!

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-The Vastness of God’s Love!

Posted by Scott on September 24, 2007

I find myself these days just lost in His vastness.  When I set down to ponder on all the things of God.  What has He created?  What does He do to keep the world or even the universe in balance?  What are the complexities of His creation?  How is it that He is sovereign?  What is the elect?  What is predestination?  How could He determine before the world existed who would live with Him eternally and who would not?  How, how, how and why, why, why?

Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man that you art mindful of him?”

Charles Spurgin once said, “As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the eternal God.”

What a verse and what a quote.  It is just awe inspiring to set back under a tree and ponder on God.  Just think about Him.  Try to remove the world from your thoughts for a moment to comprehend God….we cannot comprehend Him nor can we put Him in a box.  So, for me to understand these complexities is an eternal adventure I am enjoying.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Dealing with Stress!

Posted by Scott on September 24, 2007

Matthew 6:34

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.   -NLT

 34Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.    -ASV

I believe that either of those versions gives us a good idea of how we are to deal with stress in our lives.  As I look over each day, believe me it does have enough to worry about on its own without stressing over tomorrow.

 Consentrate on Things That Are Calming

Phil 4:8 says “Whatsoever things are lovely….of good report…think on these things.”

 In our world today everyone is caught up in the noise and confusion that surrounds them.  I admit I can easily get caught up in the same things.  For my families sake I have worked hard to try and slow life down as much as possible, but the hussle and bussle of our world keeps dragging us back in.  I mean the music is loud and getting louder, the entertainment explodes right in front of us….especially with the tv’s available now…wow.  This can creae stress in our lives, too.  We sometimes have a hard time separating the movies from real life or get ideas from a movie that sets us on a mission to go buy the latest greatest thing we saw or try to recreate that movie into our own lives.  It just goes on and on.

 As the Phillippians verse states for us to concentrate on the calmer things of life.  Meet with someone that is not bouncing off the walls ever now and then.  Watch a movie that is not full of suspenseful and constant action.  Drive to the country and just get out on a dirt road and walk for a ways.  Go to an old cemetary to read grave markers…now there is a quiet place!  Do anything that can help us to relax and refocus on what really matters…..our relationship with God.  If we will all think for a moment, how can we possibly hear God speaking to us and directing us if we have a constant roar in our ears and the driving force of this world has control of our actions?  It will be hard to hear Him.

 Another way of dealing with stress is to listen to some of the old hymn of our faith.  These can be calming, inspiring and revealing all at the same time.  While listening to these old hymns or slower paced worship music, pray and fellowship with God.  Just close your eyes and listen to what our Lord has to say.  He may be trying to get our attention, but everything around us is so loud we cannot hear Him.  Meditate on His promises.  The bible is full of His promises.

 Meet the Inevitable Condition(s) Head On

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”

Many us men suffer with stress because we fight the inevitable.  I know I do this.  I will find myself fighting something with all “my might”.  The key word is “my”.  We should fighting or flowing with God’s might not ours.  The greatest cause of stress I have experienced is working in my own strength.  It will literally wear you out if you make a lifetime of this.  Many suicides by Christians I believe are caused by men and women that were simply living in and fighting this life in their own strength and simply figured life was not worth it.  When we come to this place in our lives we need to let it go.  Run in the direction God is poking you in or drawing you too.  Don’t fight it.  There is something there for you and I when we give ourselves over to His will and direction.  He ultimately recieves tremendous glory from it.

Jesus is a great example of dealing with stressful situations.  He did not fret about these things.  He conquered stress by simply turning impossibilities into opportunities.  Many times we miss out on opportunities to glorify God because we are fighting against that.  I know we encounter problems that seem could have no good end, but remember our ways are not God’s ways.  He has something else greater to accomplish with that issue in our life.  You know something that I have experienced many times in my life is that I had rather be in the middle of a very trying ordeal in my life with God than living like a king without God.  That does not make sense to this world, but it is the truth for the life of an authentic believer in Christ.

Many times we must accept the situations in our lives that we are powerless to change, while doing our best and trusting that God in all of His sovereignty knows best and will take care of everything.

We Should Comfort Others Who Have Complaints

2 Corinthians 1:4 states “Who comforts us….that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble.”

When going through trials in our lives and very stressful moments we can find ourselves not being a comfort or inspiration to anyone.  We become too concerned with our little or big tribulation to care for anyone elses.  I have encountered this with other people that always talk about their issues as though nobody else has any problems.  I am always happy too share what God has done for my family, but many times I cannot get a word in edgewise. 

We are living examples of Christ here on earth.  He cared about the trials other people were having.  If we see someone that has a need and we can fill it, then we should do it immediately…no matter what our problems are.  If we cannot fill that need personally, but have a way to get assistance for this person(s) issues then we should do what all we can with the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  He will guide us on what to do.

In many ways we can become mentors to others that may be in earlier phases of the same types of problems or even other issues and we can help.  Be on the lookout for people God has placed directly into our lives in order for us to minister to them.  Being a comfort for someone else can assist in healing on our issues.

Finally, Trust God with All Concerns

Pslam 62:8 says to “Trust in Him at all times.”

Conquering stress requires that we acknowledge God’s presence at all times.  He is with us, drawing nearer, and working His perfect plan always.  Now, we may not always feel Him as being there, but He promises that He is, so we need to rest in that promise.

God has told us in Hebrews 13:5 that “I will never leave thee, or foresake thee”.  We need to practice the presence of God.

Finally, something that all of us men have a difficult time doing is yielding ourselves to God’s will.  Let Him do His perfect work in, around and through us.  He is responsible for the outcome not us…..we just simply need to be willing to follow Him and obey His word.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Just Rambling On!

Posted by Scott on September 20, 2007

Hey Guys,

Today, I just wanted to lay out my heart.  If it encourages some to stay the course great…the course we run in this life is not easy or painfree.  If it bores you to death, then I totally understand…I have endured many a boring speech or sermon.  This blog site is to encourage dads and husbands to stay the course and grow in our devotion to Christ.  The theological portions are only to prick at your curiosity to help anyone who is drawn to grow.  Be encouraged, guys…stay the course.  Life is short and we will all soon be before our heavenly Father praising and honoring Him.

Right now in my life I have never experienced such hunger for God’s word, a deeper more intimate relationship with my Lord, or anything that has to do with Him than right now.  I cannot read enough of the bible and other books that bring HIm glory.  I cannot get enough messages from God’s men of faith or listen and sing enough songs exhalting our God and His glory or enough history on our reforming theology.  It is simply a fire that has taken 40 years of my life to really start to blaze…none of this is from my own “free will”, but a direct response to the call of God upon my life.  I hope it does not take anyone else that long, but the encouraging part is that if it can take 40 years to get me to this point then anyone else can rest assured that God will prompt you at such a time as He wants you nearer to Him no matter what the age.  He has a plan and He is working that plan unto this very day.

Now, I speak all this today with a heavy heart.  These days I do not even think my family really knows what is happening inside me…spiritually, health wise or anything else.  I do have days that I simply am depressed beyond comprehension.  I have become good at seeming to be alright.  Days that I really do not want to get up and go anywhere or do anything.  Days that I would like to sleep or go far away.  My body just wants to lay down and sleep you know…it is tired.  These 40 years have actually been for most people about 70 years….I have been good at craming 70 years of livign in to 40 admittedly.   I have days that just driving to my office I want to pull over and weep.  Although God has began a tremendous work in my life, I do experience many days of feeling useless to my friends, my church, my family and my employer.  So much of this may be selfishness I will admit although it does not seem that way, but alot of it I think is just the overwhelming amount of work God has had to do in me in a short amount of time that has taken my physical body and spiritual being by surprise and simply overwhelmed it.  Please, do not misunderstand and start preaching at me.  I have become very aware of what seems to be in my own strength, which is a waste of energy and that which comes from God’s strength.  I understand this all too well.  It seems as though I am pulled in many directions.  I am to be this outstanding Godly husband that fails miserably in that catagory.  I am to be this model father for my children that again fails miserably.  So much of my teaching methods are very unorthodox for my kids and wife.  Now, if you think I am speaking of legalism you are very wrong.  I abhore and detest legalism in all of its forms pertaining to Christianity.  I will fight legalism in the church and my family until my dying breath.  Simply my version of teaching the kids in different ways is teaching them in daily life.  As I have an opportunity to raise a question, speak with them alone, use a situation that prompts a lesson, etc.  I guess I simply hate too much structure and rules.  You have it….I am kind of a rebel to the status quo in everything.  When it comes to serving my local church family I fail miserably.  I fail at everything miserably, BUT God is working His perfect plan in my life and it is all to His glory.  He leads me into crisis and in the end will receive the glory.  If I know going in the glory of the Father is at the end it help to endure the process of getting to the end.  However, if I knew what was coming I would never go in that direction.  Read on the Exodus and the Red Sea event to understand what I am saying.

Today, as I was driving over here to the office with such a heavy burden on my heart as we have some issues financially that must be addressed and I am not sure where to go with it, the thought of just opening my heart up in this blog for literally the world to watch and see as it bleeds out.  It really does not matter, because as each day goes by I simply ask for God to “wash me away”.  More of Him and much less of me.  To be saturated by Jesus and washed away by Him….this is the thrill of my life today.

Well, in order to stop this rambling on I will let you know that I am going to make it in the strength of Christ my Lord.  My family will prevail inspite of me and any of my short comings.  It is true that beyond Christ the love of my life is my wife of 17 plus years and her ministry and then each one of my 10 children to be able to see them grow up serving and loving Jesus with all their hearts.  As it seems my life moves further to the back of the sideline and my wife and kids rise to the top I just need to understand and come to grips that my job is to obey God, teach His word without shame or apology, and to love my family unconditionally.  God is at work in the life of my wife in a huge way to encourage moms and women and I want to make sure that ministry is funded well in order to pass God’s encouraging words along as the Lord sees fit.  He is at work in the lives of my children as they grow and are drawn deeper into a relationship with Him.  As my teenagers become so active within our churches youth group and the desire to serve Him grows deeper.  What a tremendous legacy can be left here someday.  As I fade away into the arms of Jesus….my hope and prayer is that I have branded the cross deep into each member of my family and friends hearts.  All my hearts desire is to serve Him faithfully and to know Him intimately.  To God be the glory for the great things He has done in all of our lives!  Be encouraged guys…the Lord will not stop working on you or with you until His plan is done.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Unconditional Election!

Posted by Scott on September 19, 2007

“God’s choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will.  His choice of particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response or obedience on their part, such as faith, repentance, etc.  On the contrary, God gives faith and  to each individual whom He selected.  These acts are the result, not the cause of God’s choice.  Election therefore was not determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man.  Those whom God soverneignly elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of Christ.  Thus God’s choice of sinner, not the sinner’s choice of  Christ, is the ultimate cause of salvation.”

Steele-Thomas “The Five Points of Calvinism” 1963 Copyright

Look far beyond what we as humans think God is.  Think of the ultimate purposes of God and why we exist.  His Word is where you find the answer…dig in.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Total Depravity of Man!

Posted by Scott on September 19, 2007

“Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel.  The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and deperately corrupt.  His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature, therefore, he will not-indeed he cannot-choose good over evil in the spiritual realm.  Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit’s assistance to bring a sinner to Christ-it take regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature.  Faith is not something man contributes to salvation, but is itself a part of God’s gift of salvation-it is God’s gift to the sinner, not the sinner’s gift to God.”

Steele-Thomas “The Five Points of Calvinism” 1963 Copyright

I will be putting on this blog a different point on Calvinism.  However, I will not try to explain it at all.   I think each of us should develop his/her theology from God’s word and understand what they believe and why.  Take each point and measure it to scriptures to see if you agree or disagree.  It is our responsibility to know what we believe and why we believe it.  One idea I can throw out there is that to really understand these 5 points you must understand who God really is and what His ultimate purposes are.  That my friend is found in the Word of God…so, dig in!

Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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