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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Ministry to Ministry By Jim Miller
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 01 June 2019

Ministry to Ministry By Pastor Jim Miller from Faith Community Church Lynden, Wa. Our son Mike is the Adminstrator and this is very will done!
A Blog to further the Kingdom of God.
Surviving or Thriving in Ministry
Ministry, in general, and the pastorate specifically, can be a joy or a grind. 
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Ministry, in general, and the pastorate specifically, can be a joy or a grind.  Those of us in pastoral ministry tend to blame the flock if it’s a grind and pat ourselves on the back if it’s a joy.  In reality, it’s not about the flock. I realize that some flocks are easier to shepherd than others.  I realize that some days it’s a grind and some days ministry is a joy.  But when we consider a body of work, what is the overall view?  Has your ministry been a joy or a grind?  In the big view of things, it’s not about the flock; it’s about you.  Jesus died to deliver me from me so that He could live through me. That is true for you as well. That means the ministry isn’t about my satisfaction or happiness.  It’s not about the flocks satisfaction or happiness. The ministry is all about the work of God through you, and so the point is to thrive in that ministry rather than just survive.  I think there are five activities that need to be true in the lives of those who minister to thrive.  When these aren’t true, we are merely grinding our way through our days of ministry.  That’s a tragedy! 
1. Preach the Word!
2 Timothy 4:1-5, I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.1
This exhortation to young Timothy is as relevant to us in the modern era as it was in the first century.  We live in an age of great apostasy, some of which is very subtle.  It is so easy for pastors to get sucked into the spirit of the age and leave the fundamentals of the pastorate, that being Biblical preaching!  The truth of the Word of God is always relevant; it never becomes outdated.  Yes, sometimes the truth of the Word hurts, but only for a season.  When it has accomplished its perfect work, the true disciple will receive it as intended, the work of the Holy Spirit.  As a minister, you are an opportunity in the body for the Holy Spirit to do His work.  If the sound teaching of the Word is rejected, don’t take it personally.  They aren’t rejecting you; they are rejecting Christ.  So preach the Word without fear and see what God will do. 
I think Jesus’ words to Saul on the road to Damascus are instructive to us.  
Acts 26:16 & 18, But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”1
What a sacred calling we have.  What a glorious task, to be used of God to transform lives.  That is why 2 Corinthians 5:19is so precious to us.  That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.1
He has committed to us, those who preach the Word, the ministry of reconciliation!  This is not about reconciling men to men, but men to God!  What an awesome and holy calling.  If God has called you to this, He will empower you for the task.  As you are empowered for the task of preaching, the Word of God will be at work in you first.  As you minister the Word by the power of the Spirit, you will find great satisfaction in your ministry because it’s not about you, but about God in you. 
2. Keep yourself in love with Jesus.
Philemon 4-7, I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,  hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.1
What was the first characteristic that Paul praised in the life of Philemon?  His love toward the Lord Jesus!  It’s so easy in ministry to get our eyes off the prize. The prize is not glory nor fame, nor fortune, nor full pews.  The prize is knowing Jesus and loving Him well.  When we love Jesus well, we love ourselves little.  That sort of love results in what we see in Philemon, “the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.” 
While loving Jesus allows us to love the flock well, it also help us to endure the hardships of life and ministry.  
1 Peter 1:7-8, That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.1
Don’t miss what Peter is saying here.  Even in those times of testing, our heart issues are what really matter.  It seems that testing just brings out what is really in our hearts.  So, if we love Jesus well, if we love Him more than anything or anybody, when the time of testing comes (and it will), the character of Christ in us will come to the forefront. When we keep ourselves in love with Jesus, we thrive in ministry despite our circumstances.  
Jude 21, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.1



[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Pe 3:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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My Concerns now today
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 24 May 2019

I am concerned with what goes on around the World and what we see happening here on the Yakama Indian reservation. We have lived in the Yakama Indian Reservation most of our lives and find it becoming more segregated and dysfunctional in so many homes and businesses, as alcohol and drugs has caused such hate for what has happened in the past.  We are seeing bitterness destroy people’s ability to feel ashamed and clean up their homes and lives. I have heard so many times attending functions within the community “White Man’s Religion” as they tried to force us to be like them. They tried to destroyed our traditions and way of life and I feel this has caused a lot of Indians to become full of bitterness towards the white man and his religion. 

God created us all with the ability to make decision that would bring goodwill and peace to all, as we accept the way, truth and life that is contained in His Word the Bible; the text book on how then should we live? It is not my way, truth and life, for we did not create this world, God did. God gave all men and women the ability to either be good, or bad. This is proved by how our conscience works for us or find it dead to where we do not care, but are given over to a reprobate mind set.  It seems like being bad is more beneficial, for one does not have to work at it, for we are born to do wrong and have to be taught what is right. That is the reason we need a savior to teach us how to achieve our potential He created for us all. When we feel we can be a god in control of our lives, we step into the way, truth and life of Satan that is full of bitterness and bereavement. Satan was cast out of heaven for the simple reason he was as good as God. He is still doing all he can to fool mankind into thinking he is the light of the world, for sin is fun for a season. We see this by the way gambling with our lives is common, for the thought of being in control is what the Devil specializes in. It is not until we see ourselves throwing up and eating our own vomit we want to change our life style and want to accept the love of the Lord that gives us a good self-image, to where we are proud of who we are, thinking of others the way God created us for goodwill and peace.

So, when I drop the I and replace it with Jesus others and you, to where our spirits become proud allowing us to become a blessing in eight different ways. When we accept abiding in the vine; Jesus we then are able to understand the beatitudes of Matthew 5 which begin with verse 3.blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. This is understanding we are conscience of our need for Help from God, as He gives us salvation over the power of Satan and we realize we are not our own, but Gods. This starts by feeling sorry, for ourselves as we can’t, but God can, as we cry out to Him every moment of the day for performing what is right, not doing the sins that causes the wages of no money, no friends, low self-esteem, loss of everything of worth. But thank the Lord He gives, or provides for us what we need as our consciences cry out for help! We are always in need of Gods help of grace and mercy, for we are sinners begging for God to allow us to open the door of our hearts, so He can come into our store house filling us up with His blessing. It is the joy of the Lord that He gives to those who are abiding in Him. 

Then the second beatitude becomes possible.  4.Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. Sin hurts and cause us to mourn, for we are missing out on God’s love and the love we need from one another.  Lord help us to see the need to be able to love ourselves the way God created us for goodwill and peace, that we can be a blessing to all. It is strange Jesus seemed to never laugh but that He wept for the needs of the people.

5. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. This is not being weak, but consecrated to God, for we are not our own, but abiding in Him, having a mark of being different doing goodwill and being peace to all regardless of who they are, for God created us all. We are not militant wanting to settle the account but waiting on God to settle the account of bad behavior and attitude.

 

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Supernatural: Good and Evil
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 17 May 2019

After reading this I felt it needed to be posted on my web site for all to see for we are in a battle of good over evil.

Supernatural: Good and Evil
Nathele Graham - twotug@embarqmail.com
 
Many Christians tend to see things with an "either or" mindset. Either something is good or it's bad. The distinction between good and bad is usually dictated by a particular denomination. Too often denominational teachings aren't as Biblical as they should be. God's word is the authority and it hasn't changed. Every Christian needs to look at all things through the lens of Scripture and act in a Biblical way. For instance, Scripture says not to judge. On the other hand it also says we are to discern. There's a fine line between discernment and judgment, and God gave us Scripture to use as a guide for our own actions and to discern the actions of others. We cannot expect people who haven't accepted Christ to act according to Scripture, and we cannot allow them to be members of a congregation. Unfortunately there's a lot of un-Scriptural ways entering into many congregations because Christians are so afraid of judging that they forget to discern. Even people who claim to be Christians embrace sin and must turn away from it or leave the congregation. Satan is trying hard to destroy the Christian faith.
 
 
Jesus related a series of parables regarding the Kingdom of God and one warns of satanic forces entering congregations. "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." Matthew 13:24-25. Jesus gives the interpretation of this parable. The One who sows the good seed is the Son of man (Jesus), the field is the world, the good seeds are the "children of the kingdom", and the tares are the children of the wicked one (see Matthew 13:37-43). This "infiltration" by the enemy is growing as God's truth is being ignored by Christians. As Christians sleep, Satan grows strong. We can't control the tares of the world, but we need to control ourselves and what is allowed into our congregations. Only Scripture will help you discern the difference between good and evil so as not to allow the tares to take over. If a non-believer wants to become a part of a Christian fellowship, they must first accept Christ and turn from their wicked ways. The battle is real, but it's a supernatural war we're in.
 
 
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines supernatural as "1) relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe. Especially of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil. 2) (a) departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature (b) attributed to an invisible agent (such as a ghost or spirit). Scripture tells us to stay away from certain things, such as drug use and witchcraft, because both allow demonic, supernatural forces to influence our lives. There are many other things which need to be avoided in order to serve the Lord. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lascivousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19-21. This is a short list of satanic practices which are the tares infiltrating Christian congregations. If you look up these words in a good concordance you'll see that many of these practices (such as homosexuality and other sexual sin) have a stronghold in Christian congregations. The word "witchcraft" is from the Greek word "pharmakeia" which is using or administering drugs, poisoning, and magical arts. Be very careful when taking drugs that alter your mind and behavior...prescription or non-prescription. When a person comes to Christ there must be an attitude change as well as a heart change. Jesus forgives all sin, but there can be no forgiveness without repentance.

 

 


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