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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pastor Caspar Commentaries - Fishing For Peace?

Learn to leave the past in the past so it does have an opportunity to destroy your future by taking away what yesterday stole from you. This is a new day the Lord has made so be glad in it, the devil didn't create this day, God almighty did.

Let us live each day to its fullest and keep your mind on Heavenly things as we walk on this earth, for in Christ we have hope for a much better tomorrow. Colossians 3:2,"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." For example, consider those suffering with Asthma, the Gospel has good news for you in that the Lord Jesus/Yeshua is able to heal all sickness and all diseases. (Psalm 103:3) Once again I tell you that your body is responding to your thought life. In a book called Pathophysiology, The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, on page 309 in Table 9-4 "Examples of Stress Related Diseases and Conditions" it is clearly stated that, "Asthma, is a hypersensitivity reaction, and therefore it is classed as a stress-anxiety disorder." This means there is an invisible spirit of fear operating that God did not give you. (2 Timothy 1:7) Because Asthma is a cell membrane rigidity disease. The old school of thought in the medical world of allergists and specialist have taught over the years that asthmatic attacks were caused by external exposure to certain irritants, pollen's, dust and dander and that sort of thing. Like the evolutionist teach we evolved from fish and then monkeys, but seem unable to give a proper explanation why not all fish and monkeys evolved. But I digress......

Nevertheless allergists and specialist were caught off guard when studies came out from the research team at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, which discovered that a asthmatic attack has nothing to do with what you breathe in. Instead, it appears some internal invisible dynamic is at work, causing the stiffening of the muscles of the lungs (alveoli) producing the rigidity. Causing the inability of the lungs to exhale enough carbon dioxide to get the proper amounts of oxygen into the lungs and into the bloodstream. In other words asthma is now considered an anxiety disorder which is a modern word for fear, stress and anxiety and this can certainly be inherited genetically. Let us learn to take control of our thought life and get into the Word of God so the Word of God can get into us as it will bring healing to all your flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-24)

Isaiah 26:3,"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27," My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Because "All", things are possible with God! I pray the Lord's supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Pastor Caspar Commentaries - Compound Interest

Are all sins equal before the Lord or are there actually some sins that shall bring even greater consequences? After the Israelite's ignorantly and foolishly made that Golden Calf the Lord had Moses inform them that indeed, "You have sinned a great sin,' implying there are degrees of sins, and yes they are all filthy before the Lord. So Moses needed to go and make an atonement for them. We read in Exodus 32:30,"And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin." We read in places where we see varying degrees of idolatry going on in the Temple, like in Ezekiel 8:13,"He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do."

We have often heard erroneously that all sins is equal. This is simply not true, in fact the Scriptures even tell us to flee sexual immorality because it is essentially a even worse sin.

1 Corinthians 6:18," Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."
Today we have people calling good evil and evil good, whilst many in the churches are believing in a message of grace on steroids. For example, how many "professing Christians" today support certain political parties whose agendas go completely contrary to Holy Word of God? How can you say you love the Lord Jesus/Yeshua and vote in and support those who openly oppose the Word of God? How can you support those who pass laws to murder infants in the womb as well as soon after they are born?

They who embrace ungodly things should be reminded of what the Lord has actually said and not ignore such warning as we read in Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'
The Lord Jesus/Yeshua desires a very deep and meaningful relationship with you. This is one reason He endured the sufferings of the cross to make it possible for you to be saved.

There is a big difference in knowing about someone and knowing them intimately. If you were to move to another city and go find a wealthy part of town with a neighbourhood of mansions could you just go knock on the front door of some mansion and tell them that you want to move in and live there with them forever? Mostly likely they shall say, I do not know you, and I have no relationship with you! You must go straightaway before I call security. Today is a good day to make your peace with the Lord Jesus and turn away from all poisonous pathways so you no longer travel with any demons in your life. Know the truth that makes you free. John 8:36," If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

Considering all this seems most professing Christians also never seem to associate joy with repentance. They want to experience Christianity, and they want results, they want signs and wonders and another great move of the Holy Spirit. But repentance as the Lord Jesus taught us does not seem to be taught much in our modern society. Our Holy Guide Book to the Supernatural tells us no one visible or invisible can take your joy, or make you feel inferior without your consent. The joy of the Lord is your strength.

The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27," My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Because "All", things are possible with God! I pray the Lord's supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Pastor Caspar's Commentaries - Microchip or Stiff Upper Lip?

The push toward the transhumanism agenda could jolly well be the beginning of the end of the human race as happened in the days of Noah. We read in places like Matthew 24:37,"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Could a world government in near future issue a mandatory injection, pill, or microchip from contact with alien technologies that would alter DNA, creating a world of hybrids, nephilim, and cyborgs as were living in Noah's time? How close are we now to fulfilling the Mark of the Beast? Asteroids, lions and bears - oh my!

The U.N. agenda 2030, experiments at CERN, along with the advancements for people to have their natural physical abilities extended well beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into their body has become a reality.

Scientists from Tufts University, the University of Vermont, and the Wyss Institute at Harvard have developed programmable living organisms called "xenobots," that are basically akin to work like tiny robots which are made with frog stem cells. Nanobots like a virus changing you from the inside out.
Seems many Bible scholars have taught about atomic bombs devastating this world, along with the asteroid Wormwood taking out 1/3 of the population in near future. However, perhaps there is even a more sinister plot beneath that which causes the Lord to shorten those days. Matthew 24:22,"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

We also read in Revelation 9:6," And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." I see a day coming when the Futurist/Transhumanist may achieve immortality without God and they will eternally regret it. This begs the question, what if anything needs to change in your life today to have a stronger connection in your relationship with the Lord Jesus/Yeshua so you can be more merciful and compassionate to others? To offer them hope and encouragement? To pray for them and bless them and direct them to the only true Blessed Hope we have in Christ. Titus 2:13," Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"

Today is still the day of salvation and there are plenty of people who you shall encounter that still need you to share the Gospel with them and pray for them. Rest assured those in Christ shall be blessed to live with the Lord Jesus/Yeshua forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:17," Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27," My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Because "All", things are possible with God! I pray the Lord's supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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by Rev. Joda Collins

I had a very good friend years ago (now deceased) who I met when I was in my mid-30's and he was in his late 60's.  He had severe degeneration of the muscles in his hands especially around his thumbs.  He could not hold a fork or spoon like most of us do, but did so like children often do; make a fist and slide the fork or spoon handle into the fist starting just above the thumb.  He told me, with giggles, of an incident  when he was eating at a restaurant and a boy of about four or five-years of age setting at the table next to him blurted out, "Mister! You are holding the fork wrong. Hold it like this!" as the helpful young fellow showed my friend how to hold the fork like a grown-up with thumb atop the handle, the handle guided by the index finger and resting on the next finger.

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Needless to say the parents were embarrassed, told their son to hush and profusely apologies to my friend.  My friend, who always had a good attitude, said, "Well thank you, young man for your help, but I hurt my hand and for now I have to hold my fork differently."  The boy smiled and said, 'Oh!" and everyone continued to enjoy their food as my friend and the boy's parents exchanged the kind of smiles that only the innocence of a child can create.  

In this instance the standard for right and wrong, good and bad was the way the boy had been taught to hold his fork.  The standard for everyone else, according to the boy, was himself.  My friend held his fork in a manner that violated the boy's standard, thus according to the boy, there was need for correction. 

I was once an administrator of a business. I cannot be too specific.  On my first day, as fate (God) would have it, I negotiated a contact with a business machine company that saved my company about $3,000.00.  The split second the machine company representative stated the price for our annual renewal of the service and replacement contract for the various machines strewn around our eight offices, I said, "SOLD!" Stuck out my hand we shook on it. I was the employee of a smaller company and a $3,000.00 annual savings was significant.  Actually, what happened is the employee of the business machine company was new and quoted the price from the line on his paperwork that stated, "Our Cost" rather than from the line that stated, "Client Cost".

A couple of days later the machine company employee showed up at my office and explained he was in trouble because he only charged me their estimated cost for providing, servicing and replacing the equipment for the year and forgot to calculate the profit.   I told him I understood and suggested we void the previous contact and begin renegotiating for the annual price.  He told me his boss said let the agreed on price stand for this year, but his boss told him to let me know the price for next year will not be so low.  I encouraged him to add some profit, but he said no. 

Following this, I saved the business more than $600 on a painting contact.  

Within a few days I met several times with disgruntled employees who were upset with the boss and creating some discord in the business among the rank and file because of their frustration.   The boss was wrong and unapproachable.  The disgruntled employees had valid concerns. I made a list of the employee's concerns and asked the employees to give me four months to resolve every concern but in the meantime not to cause any further unrest in the business over their concerns. They all agreed.  I never took the list to my boss. I  never told him about my meetings with disgruntled employees.  I just started working on the projects a little at a time, making only slight adjustments towards correction at every opportunity.  If you make a 2% adjustment on an ongoing situation, over time the trajectory of the task changes greatly.  Ten 2% changes over time will typically correct most bad situations and a 2% change seldom disrupts a business. 

Except  for one, the policies the boss had in place were good policies but he administrated those policies in bad (disruptive) ways that produced bad results for everyone including the employees, customers and the boss (management). A wife can make a great meal for her husband, but if she throws the plate of food at him and nags him while he is trying to eat, the best meal loses it savor. My boss was not the kind of man that could be easily reasoned with.  However, I thought I had his okay to make minor changes as the administrator.  

Soon, the business was humming like a well-oiled machine.  Happy employees, production up, client base up, profits up, improvements abounding and the future bright. Everyone was happy except my boss.  Why he became more and more sour as the business was doing better and better was a mystery to me. 

After a few months, he called me into his office and told me I was fired. He said, "I like your results but you just don't do things the way I do them." 

I thought of the little boy whose standard for holding a fork was the way he did it, felt compelled to declare my friend in error and mandate correction to conform to him. That was cute and innocent.  This man was neither cute nor innocent.  He fired me because his gold-standard for the way to be an administrator was himself and I was deemed wrong because my approach to problem solving was soft, gentle, gradual and kind compared to his approach which was hard, aggressive, abrupt, and my way or the highway.  His approach is the reason the business was in trouble when I arrived as the administrator to fill that newly created position.  My approach was the reason the troubles disappeared and the troubles replaced with happiness and prosperity. 

What biblical principle did my boss violate?

For we dare not...compare ourselves with others....  Those that measure (judge)...others by themselves...are not wise.  Paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 10:12. 

"Oh, don't worry; we wouldn't dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!"  2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT.

My boss was not a wise person. He was arrogant.  It is that simple. 

Since then, I applied for work at another business for an assistant manager position.   The man who would have been my immediate supervisor made it clear to me from the beginning that I was expected to do things his way only but I would still be held accountable for the results. He was looking for some one to be his mini-me.   I immediately withdrew my application for employment. Been there. Done that.  I learned my lesson.  Do not give me tasks to do, mandate inferior ways they have to be done, and then hold me responsible for the inferior results. 

I served as a senior pastor for more than two decades.  I trained every staff member to do things my way and told each one to give my way a fair chance to work for him or her; however, if he or she found a better way to do things, do things their way.  As long as the results were positive, I left them alone to do their job the best way they knew how to do it. People who worked under my ministry leadership were both happy and productive. 

I am retired from the ministry and now have my own business (since 2008).  I have six mandatory rules that are basically business ethics.  I train employees to do operational things my way and tell them if they find a better way after giving my way a fair chance to succeed, do things their way.  As long as results are positive, l leave therm alone.  

Regarding my customers (service-oriented business), I tell them what I will do for them, how I will get it done and how much it will cost.  If they want me to do it their way, I give them a re-quote letting them know how much more it will cost to do it their way and if the results will be inferior because their way will not bring the best results.  Then I let them choose which way they want it done. Some are wise and let me do it my way. They end up getting more for less money.  Some lack wisdom and demand I do it their way even if it cost them more.  Either way works for me as long as I get paid.  Money from unwise people spends just like money from wise people; I just get more money from unwise people.  Once in a while a person wants me to do things their way, but only pay me for the lesser time it will take me to do things my way. I tell them what they are asking me to do is work for free, and I do not work for free.

I learned a great lesson from my unwise boss.  I have avoided a lot of negatives and made some extra money from the lesson he taught me. You cannot make an unwise person wise. The goal is to get away from unwise people or arrange it so their lack of wisdom costs them and not you. 

According to scripture, our standard is the Lord Jesus Christ and the written Word of God.  When we replace ourselves as the standard, that says something quite critical about our character.  I no longer invest my time and energy trying to do things the best way when my supervisor thinks he is the gold-standard for how to do things and his way is not good.  I do things his way while I look for a gracious way out from under his egotistical thumb.

My mother often applied the following saying to me when I was growing up.  She said, "You are the only person I know of who can fall into a bucket of manure and come out smelling like a rose."  That is because I do not quit, I am always moving in the direction of improvement, I prefer many little changes rather than wholesale abrupt changes, I am always working behind the scenes to equip and facilitate the success of others and let them take the glory and I do not reinvent the wheel (throw the baby out with the wash).  All of that is bathed in prayer as I try to follow the Lord's leading. Those are my tools.  They may not work for others or receive the approval of others, but they work for me. I am in my 11th year of operating a business in this community that others who tried it over the decades announced to me that it could not be done!   However, this article is not really about me.   It is about you. Does everything have be done your way or deemed by you as being done wrong?  Is your way of doing things the gold-standard for everyone else in the world?  Is your motto, "It is my way or the highway"   Do you have any idea how nauseating that attitude is for those who serve under you?  

When I was a pastor, God used me to fix bad churches. One of he ways I would do that is to write at the top of a piece of paper, "Job Description for" followed by a staff member's name.  The remainder of the page was blank. I gave that paper to the staff member and said, "When you have completed your Job Description please sign and date and and return it to me."  When the staff member did that, I would read it over, sign and date it, make a copy and hand the original back to him or her and say, "Thank you. Here is your Job Description."  In other words, I was saying to each one, "Tell me what God has called and equipped you to do." When they did, I told them to "Go do it."  I gave them the ultimate freedom to do what God put in their heart and to do it their way.  I did not say, "I am the pastor of this church and you will do what I say the way I tell you to do it."  

Well, anyway, and in conclusion, I am not the gold-standard for how to do things and neither are you. God is.  Set those under your leadership free to be what God has called them to be. Leadership is mostly about finding the right people and then freeing and facilitating them to succeed.  You do not have to tell everyone how to hold their fork even if they hold it differently than you hold yours.

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Rev. Joda Collins

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Gratitude Affects Attitude

By Rev. Joda Collins

I was speaking with one of our communities well-known and respected Christian-Church leaders a few days ago. We were reflecting on an individual of mutual acquaintance that is often in need of assistance through no significant fault of his own. He is handicapped, has chronic medical conditions, nearing senior citizens age, cannot work and is trying to live on a very limited income in a world that takes a lot of money to make ends meet.  

We have both helped him several times over the years in small ways and significant ways.  Neither one of us have ever heard the words, "thank you" from this individual.  We each confessed to the other that we did not do for others for a thank you, but both agreed that it is always easier to help people who appreciate the help compared to those that act like help is owed to them; thus find no reason to express a thank you. When a person is thankful, it makes it easier to sacrifice time, energy and money to assist him or her. His attitude of no-gratitude affects our attitude when he asks us for more help.

It also works the other way around. If a person expresses thanks it is always easier for the recipient of kindness, favors, work and money to feel appreciative.   It is this phenomena I would like to address.  This is an article and not a book, so I do not have the word space to mosey up to my point. So, I will just be blunt.  I am a member of a really, really, really good church. I know what a good church is because I have been in a lot of churches in the last 52 years. I have been in some good churches and some bad churches. I know a good church when I see it.

My church has three Pastors and every one loves the Lord, loves the church, loves people and is doing his very best to serve the Lord with a pure and devoted heart. They live clean, dedicated and godly lives and each has done so for decades. To find one such pastor is a blessing. To have three in the same church is a miracle. It is a favor from God to the congregation.  The Church is peaceful and members care about and for one another.  The church body ministers unselfishly to one another, our community and beyond. It is a really, really, really good church.  I am grateful every day to God.  I am grateful every day for my Pastors and my church for doing the consistent hard work to be superior.

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If we stop being thankful for anything, soon we lose appreciation for it!  And, once we lose appreciation for it, we will treat it as common. And, once we treat something that is valuable as if it is common, we are destine to lose it or give it away. It will either slip through our hands due to our carelessness/neglect, clouded judgment (inability to value the blessing, thus we toss it away) or taken from us as an act of God for our lack of gratitude.

"Every good...gift comes from above."  James 1:17.   My Pastors and my church are a gift from God. The fastest way to discourage God from allowing me to enjoy those gifts is to be ungrateful.  That is one reason the Bible commands, "...be ye thankful."  Colossians 3:15.  Unthankfulness is a sign of demonic activity/influence in one's life.  "...in the last days (days of increasing evil) perilous times shall come.  For men shall be...unthankful...."  2 Timothy 3:1-3.

Do not let God's blessings slip through your hands. Do not treat good things from God as if they are common or you will find yourself not valuing them enough to protect them or even want them!  Do not tempt God to remove his blessings from you due to being unthankful. 

When was the last time you bowed before the Lord and just spent time thanking Him for his blessings, not as a group of blessings, but one by one?  If you have a good wife, husband, son, daughter, friend, pastor or ..., when was the last time you showed those individuals open and honest appreciation for the blessing they are in your life. When is last time you shook their hand or gave them a hug, looked into their eyes and said "thank you!"   Show appreciation to God and to others for your blessings or you may lose those blessings. Great friends, a great spouse, great parents, great kids, great pastors and great churches are hard to find. Do not throw them away! 

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Pastor Caspar's Commentaries - Things Are Not As They Seem

Today we are observing many prophecies being fulfilled in our lifetime as never before. It is certainly important to be aware of what is going on around us and yet we are not to fear the future with wars and rumours of wars, famines and earthquakes and the managed agenda of a new world order. We know the Lord Jesus/Yeshua is returning to put the world into proper order.

When Benjamin Disraeli was Prime Minister of England he was quoted as saying, "The world is governed by very different personages than what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes." About 15 billionaires and six corporations own most of the U.S. media outlets, is it any wonder why the official narratives don't add up, or how most newscasters all say verbatim the same things.....

Yes indeed friends, something very sinister is at work in this fallen world on many dimensional levels and much more sinister than those public figures and world leaders portray.

Yes Artificial Intelligence, Chemtrails, nanobots, UFO's, Nephilim and the transhumanist movement are advancing at an alarming rate, nevertheless for all those who abide in Christ we shall be victorious.

Best to follow the Lord Jesus/Yeshua for all things, so you are not deceived, because in these last days, many will be deceived who have not studied the Holy Guide Book to the Supernatural and become a doer of the Word of God.

For we read in 2 Thessalonians 2:11," And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie."
We are warned in Matthew 24 in verse 11, "And many FALSE prophets shall rise, and shall DECEIVE many." Could it be they do not take the Word of God and study it for themselves like the Bereans did? So instead of walking in blessings and divine health they end up allowing poisonous thinking to shape their future. Maybe this is why so many are today taking pills instead of the Gospel, which is free and all the side effects beneficial.
Keeping in mind the pharmaceutical industry has grown so powerful they dictate how doctors are able to practise medicine. The pharmaceutical companies aim is to keep the cash flow coming in with you as their ongoing customer.

Let us remember true believers are called to be ambassadors of Christ. Do you think anyone up in Heaven is really concerned about the outcome down here? They know how it will end. On earth we see time passing like a parade, as we watch all the people and animals going by, but if we could get into a helicopter and fly above we could see the whole parade and where it will all end up. In Heaven they are seeing everything going on here, both visible and invisible. The Lord gave us the Holy Scriptures so we could understand what we are to do here in the meantime and how it will all end. I tell you most assuredly Jesus/Yeshua wins and is coming back suddenly!

We read in 2 Corinthians 5:20,"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."

As ambassadors we are to represent the Lord and be doers of His Word. When you understand how much the Lord loves you, it causes you to worship Him and understand how much He loves everyone else. Worshiping the Lord is more a state of mind than a state of sound. John 9:31," Now, we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."
You still need to have the Lord hear you to get your prayers answered.

The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27," My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Because "All", things are possible with God! I pray the Lord's supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
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