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Note: Messages are still in reverse order, with the oldest being the first you come to.  All sermons are aproximatly a five minute read. Each page will have ten sermons on them. (Another page will be added as needed) 
Here is an Index to the sermons on this page:
#01  Where do you put your value
#02  Know the direction you are headed
#03 "You heard what I said, but did you hear what I meant"
#04  Are prayers REALLY answered?
#05  We are BOTH correct
#06 The Plan of Salvation is NOT Insurance, it is Assurance!
#07 "Getting divorced just because you don't love a man/ woman is almost as silly as getting married just because you do."
#08 More of a poem / prayer, Still a great message!
#09 The Gift of Sight
#10 What Language do you speak?
 
 
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Message # 1 Page 5
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Where do you put your value? 
Have you ever noticed how a persons actions are directly related to the worth they place on them? Ask one of your children to help look for the car keys, and they do it with one eye open... Tell them when you find the keys, you are going to take them to the mall, and see how much help you get then!
Another example:
The teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he went inside and told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found. Undaunted, she went outside and in a few minutes, returned with the lens in her hand. "How did you manage to find it, Mom?" the teenager asked. "We weren't looking for the same thing," she replied. "You were looking for a small piece of plastic. I was looking for $150."
 
My point is this, the more value we put on things, the more time we are apt  to put into completing  the task. Now lets look at the value of your salvation... Is it worth 3 hours on a Sunday? Is it worth telling others about? Is it worth bringing your children to church? Is it worth giving thanks for at dinner time?
 
I guess I have problems with my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, not being proud of Our God and His Son. I know if they were related to Brad Pitt, they would tell everyone with an ear! Why do they lack this pride, when Jesus Christ made them a Child of God's! Christians never need to take a "back seat" when faith is involved. We can no longer just "Let it go". It is time to stand up and be proud of your relationship with Our Father....
Why...Because He is Worth it!
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Know the direction your headed 
 
 
There are many times we intend to do things, but in the rush of life, we forget. Sometimes we have the best of intentions, but do not think things through enough, and they back fire. How many people quit attending church, but not sure why or sometimes even when? The first time was an "over sleep", then there is the "Just this one time". Excuses are very easy to come up with, because it is easy to lie to yourself, without having to worry about a punishment. But what if you were also lying to God? Would the same excuses still hold water? We have to know what direction we are headed, or suffer the consequences. Sometimes we think we are doing right, but without Our Fathers Guidance, we will end up on the wrong side of the street. Here is a little humor to spread light on the subject:
Before boarding a bus, a man asked the driver, "What is the fare to the train station?"
"Sixty cents," said the driver.
The man raced alongside the bus until the next stop and then gasped, "What is the fare now?"
"Ninety cents," said the driver. "You're running the wrong way."
The point I hope I made is this: True wisdom comes from Our Father. Always strive to stay close enough to be in His Light. It is very easy to slip away from a scriptural living, if we do not stay focused on a Christian life.
 
1 John 2:15-17 (NIV) 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. Click here: BibleGateway.com - Passage Lookup: 1john 2:15-17 

1 John 1:4-9  (NIV)
4 We write this to make our joy complete. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Click here: BibleGateway.com - Passage Lookup: 1john 1:4-9

 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;  according to your great compassion  blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,  so that you are proved right when you speak  and justified when you judge.  5 Surely I was sinful at birth,   sinful from the time my mother conceived me.  6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;  you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;   wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.  10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  11 Do not cast me from your presence   or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation  and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. 14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,  the God who saves me,  and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips,  and my mouth will declare your praise.  16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;  you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart,  O God, you will not despise.  18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;  build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,   whole burnt offerings to delight you;  then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 51:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Psalm 51:6 Or you desired?; / you taught
  3. Psalm 51:17 Or My sacrifice, O God, is
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How many times have you misunderstood the meaning of a persons words? I would venture to say this is the #1 reason arguments start. Sometimes we forget that we use words with more than one meaning. I would also venture to say this is Satan's #1 tool to use against Gods Children. "The Argument" has caused many of legal marriages to end up in a courtroom on a weekday, rather than in a church on a weekend. This is one reason Our Father wants to make sure His Word is CLEAR to all that hear it. He also warns of the misuse of His Word. Taking it out of context is a sin, just as adding to it is a sin. Revelation 22:19 "And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book". Revelation 22:16 

My point being this. Always make sure that what YOU say is both clear and truthful to the person you are speaking to. Pray for knowledge, that the words you say are full of truth. Here is a "story" to show an example of my point.

A city slicker was driving through the country when he spotted a horse standing in a field. He was quite taken with the animal and so pulled over to ask the farmer if it was for sale.
"Afraid not," said the farmer.
"I'll give you a thousand bucks!" said the city fella.
"I can't sell you that horse. He don't look too good," replied the farmer.
"I know horses and he looks fine. I'll give you two thousand!"
"Well, all right, if you want him so bad."
The next day, the man returned the horse, screaming that he had been taken advantage of. "You sold me a blind horse!"
"Well," said the farmer, "I told you he didn't look too good."
I hope you all have a great weekend... Pastor Mark
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Are prayers REALLY answered?
We are promised by Our Father to "ask and you will receive". Many people just do not know HOW to ask. God is Our Father, He is REAL, not a genie! When you ask, you must show just cause for the gift you are asking for. If I pray to win the lotto, I will not win the lotto... for many reasons. The number one reason is God does not run the lotto! Another reason is there is not a reason for the request. If I pray for a truck, then I better have a service in mind for the truck, that involves a service worthy of Gods intervention. If I want a truck to "go mudding' " in, I did not include a service worthy of God's intervention. If I need a truck to be used to move things for the church, and to be used as a community vehicle that will bring Glory to Our Father, then consider this an answered prayer. God knows our heart.
 
We must be willing to do our part, for God to agree to do His part. Our words without deeds are dead.  Here is a short story to make my point clearer:
"Action"

 

 


 

Old Jeb was the laziest man in the county. One day his best friend drove by his farm and noticed his barn was on fire. "Your barn's burning down," he yelled.
"I know it," replied Jeb.
"Well, ain't ya gonna do somethin'?" asked the friend.
"Do somethin'?" responded Jeb. "'Bout what?"
"Why about puttin' out the fire, ya durn fool." answered the friend.
"I am doin' somethin'." replied Jeb.
"What the heck are you doin', jist sittin' there 'n all?" asked Jeb's friend.
"I ain't jist sittin'," replied Jeb, "I'm sittin' here prayin' for rain."
 
As always, here is the scripture (and links) to back up this weeks mini sermon:
 
14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 18But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.  19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.  20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"[b] and he was called God's friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:20 Some early manuscripts dead
  2. James 2:23 Gen. 15:6
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     There are many times we expect others to be able to understand our thoughts and moods, because we have always done things this way,  it feels so "comfortable" to us. We fail to realize that the thought process is not the same for everyone, and what is normal to us, may be strange to others. Allow me to explain it better with a short story.
        A young man, while bringing flowers to a cemetery, noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a nearby grave. The young man walked up to the Chinese man and asked, "When do you expect your friend to come up and eat the rice?"
The old Chinese man replied with a smile, "Same time your friend comes up to smell the flowers."
        My point is this, we must not assume that another's way is wrong, because it is different. If we tried to find common ground, and can agree in principal, there is never a reason to argue a point. Discuss, yes, this is how we may better understand ourselves. I recall discussing the biblical morals with a woman, and when asked EXACTLY WHERE in the Bible was her scripture located, she replied "Well, it SHOULD be in there!" This brings me to my second point. Know where your point of view comes from.
        Many times we are told "the Bible says" and we just take for granted that "it sounded good, so it must be in there" This may be  one of the reasons people say there are contradictions in the Bible. Always allow The Word of God to stand on it's own. I has done well so far without "adding or taking away scripture" to make it interesting.
        We also must remember that what I think I said, may not be what you heard (last weeks sermon). Terms we use on our job, may not be suitable for common usage off the job. We also must remember that today's words mean something different today, than they did a few years ago. I remember when if you swiped my credit card, it meant you stole it, and if someone said "he is so bad", you did not associate with him. This was also when I put my baby in a "crib". Have I made a point yet? I will end this with scripture, and a prayer that we all have a mild winter season, and Our Father continues to Bless all my brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
Revelation 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
 
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d]says the Lord. 20On the contrary:   "If your enemy is hungry, feed him;   if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."[e] 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 12:1 Or reasonable
  2. Romans 12:6 Or in agreement with the
  3. Romans 12:16 Or willing to do menial work
  4. Romans 12:19 Deut. 32:35
  5. Romans 12:20 Prov. 25:21,22
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The Plan of Salvation is not insurance, it is assurance! Funny how two little letters makes the difference between what some are told, and the truth. I know the Plan of Salvation has some denominations preaching one way, just for the alter call. I am not interested in the alter call made by pastors, as much as I am concerned about the Roll Call when Judgement is called. I want you to be made aware that God WANTS you with Him. I know that many of the members of SalvationFirst Ministry know the difference... It is my desire to try to explain it in a way YOU can retell it to others, without threatening them with Hell fire, or as a "what if your wrong" entering the conversation.
Adoption ....When we accept the Plan of Salvation, we become part of the Family of God.
Relationship with God....Do you have the type of relationship with God, where you sometimes slip up and call Him "Dad" or "Daddy". Do you feel you can discuss any of your problems with Him in prayer? Or do you think He would never have that kind of time for you. Remember, Our Father sent His ONLY son to die for you, not just for you to have claim to Heaven, but for you to have a Father here on earth to always pour your heart out to. He also would love to hear when things are going good for you. Do you know someone that brings "gloom into a room". Someone that always has something to bellyache about. Someone you love with all your heart, ... but sure wish  would smile more and share some good stuff with you! Our Father is the same way! So share the good stuff with Him.
Heaven on Earth, get the blessings now.... Who ever said we had to die to feel the presence of God! God has rewards for you NOW! My children do not have to be in my home for me to shower them with blessings, and I do not need to be near them for them to be a blessing to me. Every time someone says something good about my kids, I am blessed. Does Our Father deserve anything less? When you are a blessing to someone else, you are a blessing to Our Father also! How do you multiply a blessing from God?? You pass it on to someone else! People do a lot of things here on earth to retire in peace, and harmony, and with little to worry about. Well... my retirement plan has so many perks, it is hard to number them!
God knew you at creation...He also knew your children, your grand children, and their children and etc. etc. etc. So take some time, and get to know Our Father!
You know God the Father, and God the Son, ...how well do you know God the Comforter? Well... ? The Comforter is here for you NOW! He is your direct link to The Father and The Son! He is as much God, as God the Father, and God the Son. Have you ever taken the time to thank The Father or the Son for thinking about you enough, to send you the Comforter to look after you, when you didn't even know He was there protecting and comforting you? The Comforter is probably the most unappreciated of the Holy Trinity.  I guess many times we give the credit to the Father...
Well, I have given you much to eat this weekend. The scripture for this, will be below, in the form of a Love letter to you from Our Father.

You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being
(Acts 17:28)  For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16)  And it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect father (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)  My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalms 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34:18)  As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:3-4) And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15:7) I have always been Father, and will always be Father (Ephesians 3:14-15) My question is…Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you (Luke 15:11-32)
Love, Your Dad. Almighty God
 
Barry Adams, author of Father's Love Letter
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"Getting divorced just because you don't love a man/ woman is almost as silly as getting married just because you do."
 
Today's message is not really one of scripture, but rather one of thought. The above statement might sound "unromantic" but I would venture to say very true.
Think about your job. For years as a child, you thought about what you wanted to be when you grew up. In high school, you took the courses that would teach you a skill that would qualify you in that profession. If more education was needed, you went to a trade school or a college.
Then came the time to find an employer... You thought about location, wages, vacation, advancement opportunities, health insurance, and if this job would be a job you would enjoy doing day after day after day. Then of course we had to consider retirement benefits along with other perks.
Does the time we put into finding the right spouse deserve any less planning than your career goals?
Getting married because you love a person is like taking a job because you need to have an income. Eventually you will leave the job for one that makes you happier, one that  takes the stress of a day to day commitment, or makes you feel appreciated. Marriage works a lot like that also. I am not saying that love is not necessary in a marriage, I am saying it is just a small part of the TOTAL package.
Just as you trained for your career,  you should train to be a good husband or wife. Many times the only training we have is what we saw in our parents, and this leads to us making the same mistakes they had in their marriage. Remember what we saw as a father or a mother, may not be what they were as a husband or wife.
In closing, when you find "Your True Love" discuss what you expect from life. What kind of a house do you want to live in. Where do you want to live? Would they move if your job called for it? How important is God in your life? You must realize if God is not in your lives, then you will not be married in HOLY Matrimony, you will be married in LEGAL Matrimony. And as such, your  marriage could end in LEGAL Divorce. However Holy Matrimony does not have an "escape clause", because there will never be a need for one. "What God has joined together, let no man cause to separate."
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More of a poem / more of a prayer 
 
This week's message is a poem / a prayer TO Our Father. I have had a few attacks on my spirit, and felt at this time, this would serve better as a message. Thank you all for the many prayers. ~ Pastor Mark 
 
Heavenly Father, many times we talked at night,
we spoke just You and me.
I know they were all made possible,
When You put Your Son upon a tree.
 
He bore the sins of mankind,
From then till His return.
But some will still "eat the apple",
because some will never learn.
 
I have learned so many things,
and I really love our walks.
I love the way you listen,
And I love to hear You talk.
 
I feel Your arms around me,
I feel the protection that they have.
You bring wisdom to this child of Yours,
as You keep me on the path.
 
Thank You Father for protecting me,
You know all the places I have been.
Keep Your hedge of protection around me God,
In the name of my Savior Jesus Christ, AMEN
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The Gift of Sight
 
There was once a blind woman who hated her life just because she was blind. She hated being around everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend. One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. 
Her boyfriend asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" 
The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind also, and refused to marry him. While she could now see, she was still very much blind. 
Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying.
"Just take care of my eyes Pam."
 
This is how the human brain changes when the status changed. Only few remember what life was before, and who has always been there even in the most painful situations. We forget the faith we shared, the mountains that were moved, the Victories we claimed together. Although the woman in the story now had her boyfriends eyes, she did not get his "sight".  Perhaps the boyfriend should not have "given in" by leaving, after telling her of his gift to her.  We are told in the scriptures that we should not just start the race, but finish it. We are told to not give up, or to give in.
 
Love is much like this. We forget the special moments in life when we want to move on. God gives us freewill, as a way to see how well we have learned lessons He has taught us. The Adversary uses this as a means to take us from Our Fathers love. Just as Satan used this freewill on Adam and Eve, we must be on guard to stay in "The Light of Our Father". 
Who is exempt from this? NO ONE ! The Adversary even tried to tempt Jesus. We must be diligent when we are walking in the light, to see WHERE the light is coming from.  The Evil One can and has fooled the best of us. He can appear as Light, as a disguise. We must be careful not to let any darkness into our lives. Darkness and light can not cohabit the same space. Our Father will not remain where there is deception of the spirit. We must remain true to Our Father... Always
In Humble Service to Our Heavenly Father,
Pastor Mark to many
Brother Mark to all
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"What language do you speak"
Many times we may find ourselves offending people and have no idea we are doing it. We may say things that appear innocent to us, but make others feel uneasy. Some of the words I grew up hearing, were said so commonly , they became a part of my language. Although it allowed me to talk to others in my region in an "in the world" setting, people from other regions were offended. I do not ever remember my step-father saying three sentences in a row, without the use of at least one curse word in one of them. 
Some call it "Conditioning", Our Heavenly Father calls it wrong. It was after being convicted of this by Our Heavenly Father,  when I made this change. in my language. The strange part is this, I was not willing to change before I was first convicted. Prior to this, I made excuses, and I thought they were great ones.
Sometimes I could see my wife cringe when I spoke. **The thing is this, when I spoke like the world, I was not even aware Our Heavenly Father was no longer with me. Just as Sampson was not aware that Our Father was no longer with him when he was captured. The Adversary blinds the best of us. The Adversary may "appear" as light. So we must always check ourselves with The Word, to make sure we are getting our messages from Our Father.
Let me tell you a quick story, then clarify with scripture:
 
A Cherokee Indian was a special guest at an elementary school. He talked to the children about his tribe and its traditions, then shared with them this fun fact: "There are no swear words in the Cherokee language." One boy raised his hand, "But what if you're hammering a nail and accidentally smash your thumb?" "That," the man answered, "is when we use your language."
 
So again I ask, "What language do you speak".  Can others see The Word of Our Heavenly Father in YOUR actions? Or has The Adversary blinded you with parts of scripture to "justify the unjustifiable." This is why we must make sure ALL of the Word of God is used.  We must make sure we are hearing the message from Our Father, not The Adversary. If there is ANY part that can not pass 'The scripture test", then it is NOT from Our Heavenly Father. It was for this reason I temporarily stepped down from sending messages to members of SalvationFirst. I was not willing to compromise the integrity of this ministry, with a message not coming from Our Father. I felt it was better to be sure I was safe In The Word, than to risk leading a flock astray. Our Father needs to be spoken in our words, as much as we should be living in His.
 
Scripture notes:
Judges 16:20 -21 Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!"
      He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free."
But he did not know that the LORD had left him.
21 So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.
Below is the scripture that opened my eyes to some of the things I fell short on. I am not saying I was as bad as this, (praise God)  I will say I was not as good as I could have been! I have UNDERLINED and HIGH LIGHTED where I fell short. A glass can not hold all it's water if it has a crack in it. It might not pour out, but it will not all stay in either. I thank Our Heavenly Father for showing me my faults, and correcting them with me.
Ephesians 5
Living in the Light
 1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[a] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.  3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don't participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,    “Awake, O sleeper,  rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Living by the Spirit’s Power
 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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