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STOP PLEASE! I am dizzy…And it is hot…

STOP PLEASE! I am dizzy…

I want to use part of a devotion I wrote in 2011. I feel someone needs to read and know that God is in control. After you read the short story, I will do my best to put my two cents in, so you will realize that God loves us and He is doing what He knows it takes to make up into a beautiful image of God, himself.

Ephesians 2:1‑10
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Tea Cup ….
Author Unknown

Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this.

There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, “You don’t understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My Master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, “Don’t do that.” “I don’t like it!” “Let me alone.”

But He only smiled, and gently said, “Not yet!”

Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. “Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy! I’m going to be sick!” I screamed.

But the Master only nodded and said quietly, ‘Not yet.’

He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit Himself and then He put me in the oven.

I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. “Help! Get me out of here!” I could see him through the opening and I could read His lips as He shook His head from side to side, ‘Not yet’.

When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! “Ah, this is much better,” I thought.

But, after I cooled He picked me up and brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Oh, please, Stop it, Stop’, I cried.

He only shook His head and said. ‘Not yet!’.

Then suddenly He put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and He took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering “What’s He going to do to me next?”

An hour later He handed me a mirror and said ‘Look at yourself.’

And I did. I said, ‘That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful’!!!

Quietly He spoke, ‘I want you to remember,’ He said. ‘I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you’d have dried up.

I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.

I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked.

I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn’t put you back in that second oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'”

Now let me try to explain the above lesson.

I know you, as well as myself, questions why we go through things that we do not understand. And just when we think we have made it through, another journey begins… And we thought we had just succeeded at the first journey.

Well, to be honest with you, we probably never will understand, here on earth…But, we must have the faith to know that God is preparing us for the journey ahead of us. We are just on assignment here on earth. We are here to do a work for God, our Heavenly Father. One day we will return to our home in Heaven.

As for myself, I hope God will be able to say,”His lord said unto him, Well done, thou 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.” Matthew 25:21

First we must know that God knows what He’s doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this ..

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and
think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

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Get Up and Knock Your Giants Down

Get Up and Knock Your Giants Down

Author: Pat Aman…

Ephesians 6:10-18,says:”Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds! With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Everyone felt afraid of the Philistine giant, Goliath. He towered over nine feet tall. He wore a bronze helmet, bronze leg plates, and a bronze javelin was strapped to his back. In his huge hand, he carried a spear. The point alone possibly weighed about twenty pounds. His shield bearer walked or ran before him. Goliath told David to come here and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with a sword, spear and javelin, but I come in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” I Samuel 17:44

Before this, young David had taken his staff in hand, stooped down, and picked up five smooth stones and placed them in a pouch. With a Shepherd’s staff in one hand and a sling in the other he approached the giant.  With one stone He flung the stone, it hit Goliath in the head and killed him.

The key to this scripture is He came in the name of the Lord.  What are the giants in your life?  How can God help you overcome them? I believe it is good not only to pray, but to turn to His Word for the answers.

There are directions and power in prayer and God’s Word.

Whatever these giants are in our lives, we must not run from them. We must face them head-on as David did with Goliath. Put on your spiritual armor and stand firm, unafraid, trusting God for strength. The exciting thing about all this is when we put on the full armor of God and obey Him, then we can stand back, call TIMBERRRR– and watch the giant fall!

Joyfully, In The Master’s Service

Blessings, Prayers and Love,

Pastor Pat 

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Sin Will Take You Further…

Sin Will Take You Further…   Author: Pat Aman

“Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.” Quote Author: Unknown 

The following incident won the runner-up prize in the 1999 Darwin Awards:

A Vermont native, Ronald Demuth, found himself in a difficult position.

While touring the Eagle’s Rock African Safari (Zoo) with a group of thespians from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Demuth went overboard to show them one of America’s many marvels. He demonstrated the effectiveness of “Crazy Glue”… the hard way.

Apparently, Mr. Demuth wanted to demonstrate just how good the adhesive was, so he put about 3 ounces of the adhesive in the palms of his hands, and jokingly placed them on the buttocks of a passing rhino. The rhino, a resident of the zoo for the past thirteen years, was not initially startled as it has been part of the petting exhibit since its arrival as a baby.

However, once it became aware of its being involuntarily stuck to Mr.Demuth, it began to panic and ran around the petting area wildly making Mr. Demuth an unintended passenger.

“Sally [the rhino] hasn’t been feeling well lately. She had been very constipated. We had just given her a laxative and some depressants to relax her bowels, when Mr. Demuth played his juvenile prank,” said James Douglass, caretaker. During Sally’s tirade two fences were destroyed, a shed wall was gored, and a number of small animals escaped. Also, during the stampede, three pygmy goats and one duck were stomped to death.

As for Demuth, it took a team of medics and zoo caretakers’ to remove hishands from her buttocks. First, the animal had to be captured and calmed down.. However, during this process the laxatives began to take hold and Mr. Demuth was repeatedly showered with over 30 gallons of rhino diarrhea.

“It was tricky. We had to calm her down, while at the same time shield ourfaces from being pelted with rhino dung. I guess you could say that Mr. Demuth was into it up to his neck. Once she was under control, we had three people with shovels working to keep an air passage open for Mr. Demuth. We were able to tranquilize her and apply a solvent to remove his hands from her rear,” said Douglass. “I don’t think he’ll be playing with Crazy Glue for a while.”

What in the world was Mr. Demuth thinking???? I believe it is safe to saythat he wasn’t thinking at all! Lest I be too harsh and critical, though,

I have to remember all the times in my life when I have “attached” myselfto something sinful. The results were just as disastrous, and I have often found myself wondering, “What was I thinking?” The truth is, I really wasn’t thinking at all.

That’s the very nature of sin. We “attach” ourselves, thinking we canalways quit whenever we want to. We don’t even consider what the consequences will be. I appreciate this quote by an unknown author: “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires andenticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)

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REVIVAL IN OUR SOULS…

Revival
Author: Pat Aman…

I remember growing up, at lest twice a year, we would sing the old song,
“Revive Us Again.” Why? It was time for Revival.

How sad, when we should be singing it everyday. Revive us again, Lord,
revive us again.

Then we would not have so many people jumping from one church to another, because when they finally get a true Revival within themselves, they
become a happier person and they stop running from church to church searching for something.

WOW! What a thought, people that experience true Revival and then they are ready to help build the Kingdom of God.

Yes, then they are able to reach the lost and dying world, by staying where God has them and start doing His work. Yes, because they have experienced true Revival.

I have the words to the song at the end of this devotion.

Psalm 85:6 Wilt Thou not Thyself revive us again, that Thy people may
rejoice in Thee?

Revival is one of those interesting subjects that everyone talks about, but few understand. It is for this reason that I would like to spend a little time looking at revival historically, and with a view to a response of Christian devotion.

Revival is a phrase that is applied to the spiritual state of a community.
A town is said to be in revival.

The mark or evidence of a revival is a escalation or surge in the hearts of individuals with concern over the condition of their souls.

Religious concerns, however, do not make a revival. Revival takes place when those religious concerns are married with a visitation of God’s Spirit, coming to a church, town, community or nation and awakening believers, reclaiming backsliders, and converting sinners.

This is why we can not plan revivals. The greatest misconception regarding revival is that we can have a yearly, or semi-annual revival in April or/and October. Churches fall into this trap all the time. They, in a sense, announce to the congregation that God’s Spirit will visit on this or that weekend in this or that month, and therefore, “we will be having a revival.” On Monday morning, after a planned revival, everything for the individual in the congregation is often back to normal.

This is NOT revival!

Revival is the spontaneous and unplanned, flowing of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the unsuspecting in such power, in such glory, that the world takes notice. In a revival in Windham, Connecticut in the early 1730’s the effect was so extensive, so pervasive, that there was not one household in the town that did not have a member in the local church. Every house was effected. Every person in that town and all the surrounding towns knew that something beyond human design was happening.

Are you in need of revival?

As noted above, revival awakens believers who have become comfortable in their circumstances and walk with the Lord, it reclaims backsliders, who have fallen into sinful practices and customs, and it converts sinners. Revival does these things to such an extent that in a town that experiences revival, all the bars, gaming houses, and similar dens of sin shut down their operations because there are no patrons.

Everyone of us fits into one of those above categories. We either need to
be converted, reclaimed, or awakened. Revival is not something that we can create in ourselves, but we can pray for it. Since we can’t create it, we
can attempt to “pray it down.”

Would you like to have all the people in
your town or city concerned with the state of their souls?

Well, then, revival has begun with you, for you know the value of concern for your soul. Go now to the Lord and beg Him for a special visitation of His Spirit upon you, upon your church, your town, your state, your nation!

Revive Us Again

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

Refrain

Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.

Refrain

Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Refrain

Love, Blessings, and Prayers
Pastor Pat

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Do You Truly Love Each Other?

Do You Truly Love Each Other?

Author: Pat Aman

Luke 6:32 If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them.

Love, ah… it’s easy for us to love each other. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s easy to love members of your family, of your church, and it’s easy to love friends. But how about the hard-to-love?

What about the person that has wronged you? The person who has talked bad about you, spread gossip, rumors? The person that did you wrong in a business deal, at school or at a social function? How about that person you truly feel you cannot love anymore, because of the hatred they have shown to you? 

Maybe you have had judgmental people in your life that seem to sit high up on their self built pedestal and judges everyone. They remember everyone’s short coming from 100 year ago. But, never look at their own sinful life. 

We all have them, don’t we? Or am I the only one? 

Jesus says,  “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:44-48 

Notice how the love of Christ turns the “world’s” value system upside-down. The world says, “hate your enemies;” Jesus says love your enemies. But how do we do it?

I remember one time someone ask my daddy, “hey do you like me?”  His answer was, “as a human man I do not like your ways, but as a child of God, and my brother in Christ, I love you.”  WOW!

Now as the sentence above states, Jesus says love your enemies. But how do we do it?

Ready for the answer? Hang on to your hats! 

Pray! 

Yes, prayer. Simple answer yes, but a powerful solution. Pray for that person who has wronged you. Now don’t go and pray like I used to pray, “Lord get back at that person. Lord, make them pay for what they did to me, or Lord, give me a chance to blow him out!”

You really don’t think God wants us to pray to change God, do you? Prayer doesn’t change God; it changes us. In my opinion, God uses prayer for two reasons. One — to allow us to participate in His plan and two — to change us. Pray fervently and earnestly for someone that is hard for you to love, and God will change your heart toward that person. God will show you what He Himself sees in that person.

How will the world know us Christ-Followers? They will know us by our love that flows from our love of Jesus Christ.

John 13:34-35  I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.

Well… tough stuff, but we need to do it, folks — and we can do it — armed with His love.

Love Pastor Pat

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Come On Now!!!

Come On Now!

Author: Pat Aman

I would like to start by saying I was raised Southern Baptist.

After Joe and I married, we went to a Freewill Baptist Church and later a Methodist Church because He was raised Methodist. But we ended up in a Pentecostal Holiness Church where I went thought seminary studies and received my Ordination Credentials. 

(Thank you Pastor King White for being my mentor. You have gone back home now, walking on the streets of gold. I know you had a beautiful crown to lay at the feet of your Savior.)

Anyway,  I love to read and study about the history of the Christian church.

John 1 The Word Became Flesh :1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

As many have started to get ready for Easter, you will begin to hear people talking about the ways different religious institutions celebrate this Easter season. And people will begin to also disagree and fuss over the teachings of God’s Word.

Now please bear with me on a little history today, because I need to share some things, to make a final point about how words that people speak can touch people’s lives.

I have had to handle situations through the years on Christian Celebrations. 

I have never cared to argue the Bible with anyone. But when I have been faced with those situations, I held fast, and only lost it one time. 

But, when someone tells you that you are not smart enough to know what you are saying, you kind of sit up in your seat. 

Well, really they were saying that all preachers, teachers, evangelists, and just people saved by the blood of Jesus, are dumb, believing in illusion.

You know that is when you want to say, “Lord, can I just lay hands on them one time? I promise I will pray for their healing afterwards.”

Now people remember to laugh, because the word says, (“Nehemiah 8:10)“The Joy Of The Lord, Is Your Strength.”)

I have had conversations with people who says the Bible was written by man for man’s own use.  

Also, there is a God, but Jesus was just a man who was on earth, did a good job while he was here, but that was the end of Him.

I will tell you that during these words of conversation, I so wanted to lay my Bible aside for just a few minutes, but I stood fast and worked hard at sharing with the person what God was telling me to share.

They would come back and say, well, who wrote the Bible? And who did this? And who said this? And we need to remember that evil is inside of us to do as we see fit.

I would used scripture after scripture, but they would come back and say, ‘Tell me the answers to my questions, without using scripture.’

Boy, oh boy, it just seem to deeper and deeper until I realized that Satan was wasting my time.  

See, Satan knows God’s Word also, and he even used it in the wilderness when temping Jesus.  He took it out of context, and quoted it to suit his own needs, but Praise God, he lost the battle, and Jesus was victorious.

Quickly, let me get something straight, and do not take me wrong when I said it was wasting my time. I pray that maybe I said something that will one day sink in, and the person or persons will turn their lives around. I will not give up on the them, I will continue to pray for them and I told them I would.  I told them that I pray they meet the Jesus I know, and then they would know without a doubt that the Word, (Bible) was with God, and the Word was God.

I explained how God, through the Holy Spirit, uses visions, and so many other ways to speak to man, (giving solid Scriptures again)  to write His Word for us. I even tried to explain that the only way over forty men could write the Bible and there be no contradiction, should be enough to know the Bible was and is the inspired Word of God.

I do read a lot of books, and I study many great theologians of all denominations. I have studied Charles Haddon Spurgeons (know as the Prince of Preachers) sermons, not all of them, I have a long way to go.

I have study the workings and history of Benjamin H. Irwin, of Lincoln, Nebraska, a former Baptist preacher, who organized the body into the national Fire-Baptized Holiness Church at Anderson, South Carolina in August of 1898.  By this time, Irwin’s group had organized churches in eight U. S. states and two Canadian provinces.

Abner Blackmon Crumpler, a Methodist Holiness evangelist in North Carolina,  founded the Pentecostal Holiness denomination in 1897,  as the inter denominational North Carolina Holiness Association. The first congregation to carry the name Pentecostal Holiness Church was formed in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1898. Pentecostal was dropped from the name in 1901, but was restored in 1908.

Gaston B. Cashwell,  a minister of the Methodist Church, joined the Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1903. He became a leading figure in the church and the Pentecostal movement on the east coast. In 1906, he traveled to Los Angeles to visit the Pentecostal revival at the Azusa Street mission.  Upon returning to Dunn, North Carolina, in December of 1906, Cashwell preached the Pentecost experience in the local Holiness church.

And I have studied many more great theologians.

But a statement that was made by Karl Barth caught my attention, and really touched my heart.

Karl Barth is considered by some the greatest Protestant theologian of the 20th century, and possibly the greatest since the Reformation. He went to a college to speak. When it came time for the question period, a student asked him,”Rev. Barth, what is the greatest thing the Bible ever taught you?” His answer was plain and simple, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

People, that says it all.  That is what the Bible is all about. Yes, it tells us of history past, and of things to come, but most of all, it tells us that Jesus Loves Us, This I Know.

Amen and Amen

Please take time to read your Bible. Take the time to dig deep into why we as Christians and many other religious organizations celebrate Easter and Christmas.

Do not just take for granted what you have heard others say and preach. Research and talk to God and let the Holy Spirit teach you. 

So, when you are faced with questions from others, you will know the truth. 

Below is a little study of Easter celebrations. Maybe it will help you begin your research and study. 

Love Pastor Pat

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The first Christians, Jewish and Gentile, were certainly aware of the Hebrew calendar. Jewish Christians, the first to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, timed the observance in relation to Passover. Direct evidence for a more fully formed Christian festival of Pascha (Easter)begins to appear in the mid-2nd century…

The Christian Liturgical Calendar:

Until the 4th century CE, Easter and Pentecost were the only two holy days that Christians observed. Easter Sunday was the main day of celebration, formally recognized by the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. Pentecost Sunday was also observed as a less important holy day, 7 weeks/49 days after Easter. Other occasions related to Jesus’ execution were gradually added to the church calendar:

Lent (in Latin: Quadragesima): This was a period of spiritual preparation for Easter which typically involves fasting, penance and prayer. It was originally established by various Christian groups as an interval ranging from a few days to several weeks. It was eventually fixed in the 8th century CE at 40 days. (The number 40 is one of many magical numbers with religious significance in the Bible. 40 days recalls the interval that Jesus, Moses and Elias spent in the desert. Other magical numbers were 3, 7, 12, and 70).  Among Roman Catholics, Lent lasts for 38 days spread across six and a half weeks before Easter; it starts on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday, and does not include Sundays. Other Western traditions observe Lent for 40 days, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday and also do not include Sundays. Among the Eastern Orthodox churches, it is a full eight weeks.

Mardi Gres (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday): This is  held on Tuesday, the day before the first day of Lent. The reference to “fat” refers to the custom of eating righ fatty foods on the evening before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

Ash Wednesday: This is  held on the first day of Lent, a Wednesday. 

Holy Week: the week before Easter Sunday: 

Palm Sunday (a.k.a. Passion Sunday): This is held on the Sunday before Easter Sunday and begins Holy Week. It recalls Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem one week before his execution.

Holy Monday commemorates Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, when he committed aggravated assaulted against money changers and other commercial interests who had tables within the Temple. Some believe that this triggered his arrest and crucifixion. It certainly would have been considered an act of insurrection by the occupying Roman Army, particularly because it occurred so close to a Passover when nationalistic feelings among Jews were at an all-time high.

Holy Tuesday recalls Jesus’ description to his disciples on the Mount of Olives of the destruction of Jerusalem.

Holy Wednesday (once called Spy Wednesday) recalls Judas’ decision to betray Jesus in exchange for 30 pieces of silver.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, Jesus agony in the garden and his arrest. “Maundy” is derived from the Latin “mandatum” (commandment of God in John 13:34-35 For centuries, people in authority have washed the feet of their followers on this day.

Good Friday recalls Jesus’ death on the cross. The origin of the word “good” has been lost. Some claim that it is a corruption of “God” and that the early Christians called this day “God’s Friday.” “God” morphed in to “good” just as “God be with you” has become “goodbye.” Others claim that “good” refers to the blessings of humanity that Christians believe arose as a result of Jesus’ execution. 

“A fourth-century church manual, the Apostolic Constitutions, called Good Friday a ‘day of mourning, not a day of festive Joy.’ Ambrose, the fourth-century archbishop who befriended the notorious sinner Augustine of Hippo before his conversion, called it the ‘day of bitterness on which we fast’.” 10

Holy Saturday (a.k.a. Easter Eve) is the final day of Holy Week and of Lent.

Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection. In the early church, converts were baptized into church membership on this day after a lengthy period of instruction. This tradition continues today in some churches…..

The Foolish Things of this World

The Foolish Things of this World.
Author: Pastor Pat Aman

God’s word, the gospel is real, it is radical, it is life changing.

The Bible says He uses the foolish things of this world, preaching to bring about racial change in people’s lives.

1 Corinthians 1:27
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.”

Psalm 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Today I pray that I can touch a spark off in each of your lives, through Jesus and God’s word to bring about change in your life.

I pray you through the word will forget about who you use to be, and what you use to be, before you connected to the gospel, because when Jesus cleans you up, you’re cleaned up.

If you have excepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you do not act or look like you used too.

Even though Jesus brings us through hardships, gossip, false accusations, lies and gives us the strength to have the ability to speak to demons, working through other humans, and they be delivered from Dominic powers, we must remember to stop and give praise to God.

Jesus gave us His POA to use His Name and people be delivered. But, those persons must want deliverance. Some have lived their entire lives and become comfortable and even happy, continuing to live under the powers of satan.

When it seems we try to live a Godly life is when satan uses the mouths of others to try and bring people down. Even to the point of sending curses out.

You must study, fast and pray to keep your life a shining light for others to see Jesus in you.

Maybe you feel you are not qualified to minister to do God’s work, when you feel the enemy is beating you up with condemnation, and you feel like your mistake has disqualified you, and you feel that you have to manipulate and lie to get people to do things for you, my friend you do not have to do this, because, because God can take our shortcomings, our failures and He can make us whole to be what he wants us to be.

Your mistakes do not disqualify you, but they actually qualify you to do his work.

It is the things you have been through, brothers and sisters that make you able to stand, and help reconcile people back to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We must remember that we must use our past mistakes to help others not to make those mistakes.

And remember the ones falsely accusing you, will be handled by and at the hands of God.

Jesus shook the church world. When he stepped on religious people. If you have to live a life that you cling to religion more than you cling to Jesus, then you’re not really ready for Jesus either.

If you have a tradition or a concept you have to hold on to, or a concept you have to hold on to more than Jesus, he will tear up your concepts, he will confuse your tradition, he will blow up everything because he is soveriegn and he does not have to read and go my your man made bylaws. He does not have to read your bylaws, he does not have to read your manual, he does not have to go through your doctrine before he moves, he will more if you want him to or not. He is God all by himself. He does not need you to do his work. He can do it himself, he is a sovereign God.

Do you really understand he is a sovereign God?

All power is in his hand. He can move the wind, he can say peace be still and the winds obey his voice. He can say to the mountain be removed and it will be done. There is nothing that happens on this earth that he cannot control. He gives the sun permission to shine, and the rain permission to fall. He can tell that giants in your life to fall down with one word and it is done.

God does not need to wait on us to move before he moves. He gave us our breathe in increments so we could understand, if he does not give us our next breathe, we cannot breath without him.

He is God, he is the alpha, he is the omega, he is the beginning and the end, he is here, you cannot hire him, you can not fire him, You cannot vote him in you can not vote him out, He is God. He is everything.

They could deal with him in the streets, they loved him in the streets, but when he hits the church that was an all to different story, because they did not know what to do with him.

It was the drunkards; it was the prostitutes, for they loves him because he loved the sinners. They loved him

It was the religious people, it was the church folks, who could not deal with him, they could not deal with his anointing, there are people who cannot deal with YOUR ANOINTING. So, they are giving you crap on earth, because they themselves live an unhappy crappy life. It is called jealously.

Jesus spent a lot of time teaching the church folk, because they had been forever learning, but never coming into the truth.

So he set in the synogod, teaching the saints of God, who knew the acts of God and the ways of God

The Bible says they were dull of hearing because their ears were uncircumcised. It simply meant that their hearing was dismished because excess flesh. Their ears were uncircumcised. They were constantly trying to catch and judge others, but never judge their own self righteousness.

And let’s take it a step further, How would the Pharisee who claim to holiness, know where to go to catch someone in sin, say like adultery?
Because they themselves live a sinful life.

You would be surprised to know just how many people constantly try to get just a little dirt on you.

Not a whole lot, it does not take a whole lot, something they could use against you, just waiting for you to have some kind of inconsistence in your walk with God. They are waiting for you on your job, so they can say, I thought you were a Christian, now how come you are acting like this. They are just waiting for you to have a bad attitude. They are lying in wait to catch you acting like an uncircumcised Pharisee.

It is bad when sinners do it to you, but it is terrible when the family and church folks to it to you.

They lie to your face, others faces, because they have done it so long, they believe it themselves. They have let the spirit demon of lying and confusion live happily in their lives so long they are comfortable with their living arrangements.

I know today that God is so displeased because your mistakes and low self confidence has made a job for you. You are continuing hurting others along the way. You need to stop and see who you stepping over on the ladder of ladder of life to get your name out there.

Accusers are more interested in destroying others not realizing they are hurting themselves, because that maybe accusing God, by accusing his child.

I am sorry to say, but today, you better watch people with their words, because they maybe just trying set you up they are just trying to flatter you like they did Jesus by calling him master. They were convincing, they were sly, they were being deceitful in their doings. This is how demonized people act.

There are a big difference between the facts and the truth.

You cannot base your life on the facts because sometimes the facts are not the truth.

The truth is the reason the devil is always rehearsing the facts, in your hearing is because he cannot deal with the truth.

The bible does not say you shall know the facts and the facts shall set you free, but you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

And here we are. People maybe bringing the untrue facts, but the truth is turning his back on the facts.

What do you mean the truth, he is the way the truth and the life.
He brings the facts to the truth and the truths turns it back on the facts.Because real truth is always able to ignore the facts.

When you start walking in real degrees of truth people will not always agree with you, some will think you have lost it.

Because they kept talking about the facts and your talking about the truth. Real truth always ignores the facts.

Remember, the devil side is saying justice and the other side is saying mercy. The mercy of God.,

Justice may say death, and mercy says live.

You see that is why I love Jesus, because when I should have been condemn, Jesus said wait one minute, because again justice said condemn but mercy showed love.

Even when justice wanted to condemn each of us. Jesus sets us up high in the secret of the tabernacle.

Jesus-gives us beauty for ashes, he gives us the oil of joy for mourning. The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

In Galatians 6:1 If you find your brother overtaken in a fault. Restore such a one. Remembering yourself.
Ye which are spiritual do not stone them but fix them. Restore them and I will be checking them you are restoring them with meakness, remembering yourself.,

So that tells us before we can restore ourself, we must remember where we came from.

YOU, cannot minister with the mind and heart of God, if you are constantly lying and trying destroy others.

People need people who love them.

Look where you came, you cannot help restore people in their mess if you cannot remember your mess and where you came from. Stop judging people

There has got to be something that keeps you in check that teaches you compassion and love🥤

God came to earth to give compassion.

John 3: 15 – 18

“that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You cannot redemn what you are not related too

Don’t comdemn people, but labor to touch someone.

Be someone who will touch others and help them out of their mess.

Worship God and become like him

In the Bible when the so called religious people wanted to stone the women caught in adultery, Jesus knelt down and starting writing in the dust. He was giving them a chance to remember where they came from, then asked which of you have not sinned throw the first stone.

Remember, Just when you get tired of helping somebody I charge you to remember you ton drop the stone.

Then listen to them quietness of your heart.

Drop the stone and remember you.

Remember how many times God had to work with you and minister with you and tell you, your going to make it. How many times he bought you out.

Stop judging others.

What stones are you trying to throw.
Whom are you accusing.
Whom are you trying to deceive.
Whom are you trying to get over something on?

I can say, I love and can put up with the unsaved. I do not like their sin, but I love the sinner.

And yes, just like God, I agitated and hate the so call religious unbelieving person. People who call themselves Christians, but daily walk in a demonize life….

“A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:12-19‬ ‭

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “Christian Faith Publishers

The Quilt

I want to share tonight a devotion I posted back in 2002. Please take the time to read The Quilt.

I think I needed to read this devotion tonight. I needed to remember, that even in times I fail, and fall flat on my face, Jesus picks me up.

Whether it be in actions or words, we all at times do not reach the mark.

But, in the end, can we say Christ shined through us.

God bless you,
Pat

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭

The Quilt
Author Unknown

As I faced my Maker at the last Judgment,

I knelt before the Lord along with the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives, like the squares of a quilt, in many piles.

An angel sat before each of us sewing quilt squares together into tapestries that represented our lives.

As my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I had endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. No one else had such squares.

Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and bright hues of worldly fortune.

I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty.

Finally, the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light. . . the scrutiny of truth.

The others arose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries.

So filled their lives had been!

My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to arise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and death,
and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it.

I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I had spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully; each time offering it up
to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the critical gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it had been.

I arose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air.

I gazed around at the others who stared at me with eyes wide.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image. The face of Christ.

Our Lord then stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, “Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine
through.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “Christian Faith Publishers”

The Quilt: Author Unknown

Bible Verses: The New King James Bible
Devotional Notes: Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible

It’s Party Time

Its Party Time 

Author: Pat Aman

I have gone back and refreshed myself with some old devotions. I am re-reading the book of Revelations. Mostly the first four chapters.

Does Your Life as a Christian make you feel like dancing?  It should. 

Being a Christian should be joyous. 

Revelation 2:4 

4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Revelation 2:4 (The Message)But you walked away from your first love – why? What’s going on with you, anyway?” 

I am including next a quote from Mike Yaconelli. 

(Mike Yaconelli once observed, “It doesn’t take much to make most of us realize that we have become too serious, too tense, too stressful. Theresult is that we have forgotten how to live life…What happened to the gleam in our eye? What happened to that joyful, crazy, spontaneous, fun-loving spirit we once had? The childlikeness in all of us gets snuffed out over the years…the sign that Jesus is in our hearts, the evidence of the truth of the Gospel is that we still have a light on in our souls.”) The End…

How can someone walk away from their first love, lose that gleam in their eye? 

Could I walk away from my husband of 42 years? By all accounts, mylove for him is not same as that June day in 1977 when I walked down the aisle at our wedding. Since then we have had two daughters, careers, personal successes and tragedies and a growing walk with the Lord. nothing else, today my love for him is stronger and more intimate than in those precious and heady days as newlyweds.

Yet as I claim a stronger relationship with the Lord during this time, Ihonestly know that I have been living in Ephesus when it comes to my walk with God. Just as human relationships have plateaus, I must confess that I have not sought out the depth of God, pursuing the love and fellowship I knew in my early days as a believer. This is what is going on: I have walked away from my first love and forgotten how to live life!

I made a remark today to the receptionist at the eye doctor. If I were not saved and walked into some of the churches today, I would never get saved. 

Why? 

Because even our churches have walked away from their first love.

They are all doing their own things. Not the God things. Priorities have been misplaced in our personal lives as well as 75% of our churches today.

Regaining the life I seek with Him, returning to a childlikeness, requires intimacy. I know full well the intimacy I seek with Him willbenefit from improved spiritual disciplines (such as more time in His Word and in prayer). But I cannot rely on these activities alone, otherwise I have fallen under the Law and am practicing faith by works. Relationships grow out of intention and communication as well as in following through with responsibilities. Any life with Him begins and ends with making God the priority, not just one of many pressing concerns in my everyday living.

Living this life means adopting a willingness to live His life, not myown. Returning to my first love means saying “no” to all the competing interests and consistently putting the needs of my Beloved before my own. 

My marriage is no different and it suffers when attention and intentiongive way to selfish living. When my priorities are restored, the joy returns to the relationship.

It is the same with our relationship with God. When it  is not where itneeds to be, and when attention and intention gives way to selfish living, our intimacy with God gives way to hurt, grief, sickness. 

Why? 

Because we have left God out and let the devil sneak in.

I find hope and direction in Yaconelli’s concluding thought: (“Christians are not just people who live godly lives; we are people who know how to live, period. Christians are not just examples of moral purity, we are also people filled with the everyday challenges and joys of life.) The End

Christians not only know how to practice piety, we also know how to party. I believe it’s time for the party to begin.”

With the reminder of from Ephesus and hopefully a gleam in my eye, I know it is party time! We need to let the world know that we as Christians are happy and not just a long face, sad, bunch of people just attending a building one to three times a weeks just because of it being a habit. 

Jesus love to laugh as well as share the truth of His Father God to the world. 

Let us as Christians get busy. Yes, it is Party Time.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “Christian Faith Publishers”

Bible Verses: The New King James Bible

Devotional Notes: Dake’s Annotated Reference  Bible

Are You Spirituality Dead?

Letter to the Church of Sardis 

Revelations 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: 

1 These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 

2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 

3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 

4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 

5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blotout his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.

6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. 

What is our Lord saying to the church at Sardis, and through them, to us?

The diagnosis was spiritual death. But resuscitation was possible. 

Is your Christian walk lively? Or have you become stuck in a rut? Are you going through the motions, or are you excited about going to church, reading God’s word, conversing with your Heavenly Father? 

If church has become a habit, something needs to change in your spiritual walk. 

Once upon a time, most of us were excited about our faith. But eventually, it usually becomes “old” to us. We fall into, yes, that routine mode. 

How can we revive it? 

Try something fresh. If you usually prefer traditional worship, give one contemporary service a try. You may not want to attend all the time, but it could quick start your faith excitement. It speaks to people in the vernacular – just as Jesus did. 

Try a new version of the Bible. Oh boy, I hit a rock there. Remember, even the King James was translated by men, from the original transcripts, so do not let yourself fall into not reading the newer translations.

Read a new (to you) Christian author, or revisit an old one that inspired you. 

Start a daily journal of your Bible study time and prayers. 

Join a Men’s or Women’s weekly Bible Study. Even start on in your home. 

Get yourself an accountability partner.

Get involved, be a disciple. The disciples God’s intent for us to be. 

We aren’t complete spiritually, if we are not using the gifts He has abundantly blessed us with. 

And pray, pray, pray. God wants you to have a lively faith walk. But be

careful what you ask for; you will get it! He may drop you out of your comfort zone. 

Blessings, Love and Prayers,

Pastor Pat Aman

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “ Christian Faith Publishers”

Study Notes: The New King James Bible