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Sad State of Affairs

The Sad State of Affairs

also a sorry in excusable state of affairs.

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Bishop Dr. M. Craddock, Sr..

We need to stop seeing things in a political sense and start focus on the Spirituality of all that has and will soon take place.

People are focusing so much on a man’s point of view and how he/she leads the company, that we are not watching the wall for the attack of the devil anymore.

They told you years ago, that the money was going to be shorter for you baby boomers. So, how are we expecting this government today to fix what was stolen from under you years before?

We knew the deficit was out of control before this government came into place.

What we have not watched was the increase of the communities that place our children in the loop hole of inclusion of everything we do not believe.

*a bad situation that you find upsetting.

*It’s a sad state of affairs when schools don’t provide a basic education for their students.

Usage notes: sometimes used in the form a sad state: Things have reached a sad state when you have to pay a bribe to get something done.

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PROV. 27:23

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
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It is terrible that the family of the Lord has fallen away from the strong truth of His Word

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When Do We Fight?

When Do We Fight?

Or, have we started behind me?

Bishop

Dr. Michael Craddock Sr.

(Sermon)

The Scripture says that we are to fight the good fight of faith.

I am wondering, when did the fighting began, because there is things going on behind the front lines that should be done to the enemy.

When we attack family and let the enemy get away with doing wrong. That is a sign of a traitor among us.

Matt. 13 25

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
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We cannot continue to stab each other in the back as we face forward in expectancy of the enemy.

We should not judge each other’s mistakes as if ours have never existed.

If you knew that your brother was sabotaging your steps, what else could you do but abandon that fellowship?

We need one another to stand together in the battle for winning souls to the Lord.

But, we have turned our allegiance to God and killed each other on the battlefield.

1 Pet. 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

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The question I’m asking is, did he get you?

Because we should never betray the trust of those in whom we care for.

Let me say this, if it was what we did in the past, whether the past was yesterday.

Let us fix the broken fences.

Mend the broken hearts of distrust among the believing body.

I have to trust you with my life too.

Even though I have taken the responsibility to see after your souls on earth as an Angel assigned to you like in the book of Revelations speaking to the 7 churches of Asia Minor.

I have your souls best interest at heart.

I cannot lose you to backslashes of miscommunication and distrust in leaderships ability to stick to the book.

We have come a long way in our walk together.

I have erred in decisions and have done some things right by my service to the congregation.

Yet, I can not lead with strife and envy among us.

I cannot help us to fix our eyes on Christ, if we do as the disciples did at one point.

They didn’t work together, they begin to bicker and murmur about what was being done and they didn’t have the vision that the Lord was instilling within them.

I wonder, do any of you who are with us truly know what we are going for in the future of the ministry?

Do you know our vision?

Have you focused on what you should be doing to build a better and stronger future for our youth, and for the elders who are with us.

Not to mention the elders we will all become?

We Do Not have the time to turn on each other.

God will not bless a mess.

Present this Temple as Holy into God which is our reasonable service.

Not just your bodies, but your minds and this sanctuary we have built for the Lord’s pleasure.

When did we start fighting for the faith, or have we started behind me, in the trenches arguing about enough space for everyone to be comfortable.

I ask you my brothers and sisters.

Was our Lord always comfortable?

Traveling on foot with men who have a heart but not the patience.

Dealing with the eyes of the enemy who assumes he is sleeping with Mary Magdalene.

They see girlfriends and tax accountants and doctors along with fishermen and others who seemed fishy.

Did He have the comfort of sitting pretty and coming to a place with His name on it weekly? No.

Why fight over someone else’s issues?

Why argue because you do not understand what God is doing through another person’s personal struggles?

I had a children out of wedlock.

How can I point do get a at anyone else and say anything that would degrade another’s hopes.

When did the fight begin again?

It did start in the very garden as soon as Adam bit in, we started fighting for our cause of forgiveness, for our desire to live happy lives.

We started fighting for true love, only to be constantly stabbed in the back. We started fighting for freedom from our sins. The devil will not allow you to be free.

So I tell you now.

Be ready to fight right after this message from our sponsors.

Let’s pray…

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The Pleasure Is All Mine

The Pleasures All Mine.

Why do we take pleasures.

Bishop Michael Craddock Sr.

Sermon 05.20. 2017

Introductions

Gods pressing us to break up the fallow ground in us that the Lord may cause us to be able to reap of the Harvest.

Good ground first means that we do not play on the land to make it hardened against us even more.

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Eccl. 2:8 (7-11)

7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: note

8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. note

9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

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We make the ground hard against us even more because of our need to be pleased.

Instead of using the ground for good. It has been trampled upon packing the top soil compacting it making it hard to pierce.

Pleasuring oneself only and for a long period of time.

Can cause the mind to be packed where the piercing Word has to break the topsoil to finally get in the needed seed and water to bring about goodness out of a life.

When you have more than you can do anything with, then where is a true need for God?

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Seeking our pleasure is a sickness and disease to our body and mind. Pleasure seekers hurt their process of good clear thinking because we are focused upon ourselves and not our purpose for life.

To be trapped in one’s own mind and not find a way to escape it. It is a labyrinth in itself. The mind plays images like the television. It envisions you doing what you are not supposed to. It traps you in the fantasies of false living. Because it is only in your thought process.

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2 tim. 2:22

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the. Lord from a pure heart.

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Seek to please God over self.

When we are young, I can understand that we haven’t thought out all avenues before we start imagining where our lives can end up.

We hold a desire to be great and to be accomplished.

Most of us are sidetracked by our innermost desires.

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Prov. 21:17

16. A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

17. He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

18. The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.…

When we let ourselves go. We need to pull back from things that draw our sensual desires.

Things that put us in a weird mood. Makes you feel a certain way that is satisfying to your eroticism.

We must put these emotions and feelings in perspective. Food should not move our erotic desire.

This message second title is actually.

The sensuality over spirituality.

When we are more sensual and sexual over being Spiritual and righteous.

We must control these physical urges, and place them under scrutiny.

That is not allow these feelings to escape the sanctity of our allowed places.

Marriage is the only place where sensuality and sexuality is truly Spiritual.

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Closing Scripture:

11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12. “Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything.

13. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will destroy them both. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.…

1 Cor. 6:11-13

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You have the right by the permissions of the Lord to choose your fate.

God will not force us to walk upright before Him.

Many people already know this about the Lord.

That is why they do not sweat it when they fail at walking right.

Sure we do not want the enemy to assume he can cause us to be discouraged in any way.

Just because we fall, we do not have to stay in that place or mindset.

You have power to get out of the place immediately and stand up right in repented center unto the Lord your God.

You and I have achieved such greatness through our confession.

But, do not lose what you said you stand on.

You are in the powerful position. You can repent and carry on.

Those who are not of the faith, cannot.

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Etch A Sketch

If God Creator restarts the process all over with the same criteria.

Man will still turn away from the way of God’s law for his own pleasure for power over his existence.

“The ultimate control is beyond mortal existence”.

Men cannot control where he will end up after his part of the sketch is erased.

We only exist within the criteria of what God has drawn out for us.

Our boundaries are set with a limited space and time.

We are the workmanship of the Potter on the wheel, who chooses what to do with His drawing.

Isaiah 49:16

“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me

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Jeremiah 18:1-12

The potter leaves His creative hands within the soil of His creation.

We cannot get away from this concept, because we are the clay of which we speak.

What I am getting at here in this message today, is that we don’t want to be wiped off the board.

Cooperate with the creator, and move in the direction that He is giving you to go.

Sometimes the knobs get stuck because we have turned.them so much and the boundaries are reset that is not what God wanted from us

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Belief in Him.

f you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

— Romans 10:9-10

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Because we believe in the Son of God, we are saved.  Sharing that information with people who do not believe, proves we appreciate what has been offered to us.  This establishes the fact our faith means something more to us.  Because, we share the story of who He is to us and why we believe in His mighty name.

They said; take the Lord along with you everywhere you go.  Which indicates that when we have rare conversations, that we should be telling others of His perfect love for the world.  We should let people know that the Lord had planned to save us through the forgiving Blood of His Sons sacrifice.  It takes faith to tell of the story of Christ in your life.  You need an example of who you were before salvation, so that others may understand what it means to you to be saved and set free from bondage of wrong thinking and doing.

We do not give the impression that He will allow us to remain stuck to who we were, but that through Him we can change for the better.  Before we were saved we might have been terrible at living life., but now we have something to live for, because we have been set free from the enemies persuasive conversation.

Salvation is about taking something that was once used for selfish pleasure and discarded as trash or worthless garbage, and turning it into a priceless treasure.

What the Lord has done for us, is make us worth something after we used our lives for various things that left us in a.position of being forever damned without Christ.

We tell the world and are not ashamed to share where He found us.  When your happy to be redeemed and saved from deaths grip, it should be easy to tell another person you find who is dealing wonderful issues, how much the Lord can do for that individual.  If they would only surrender to His love for them.

St John 3:16 is a scripture that everyone has seen and should know by now in their lives.  Just believe that He is the Son of the Living God, and that God has sent His Son to save the world from sin and death.  This is the start of true belief.

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Where Is Your Conversion?

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Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven.

— Matthew 18:3 NKJV

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Converted not modified.

Converted not compromised

Conferted and not convoluted.

Unless you are converted, there will be no entry into Eternal Rest.

We must be sure that we want the life of a true believer.  A lot of us go on with life as if we are in good shape.  We assume that we are not as bad as the next person.  I must say, to be without the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in your life, to have surrendered completely to Him that He changes your inner mans chore.  If you do not have Him, you donot have life.  Through Jesus is the source of life.  You and I cannot secure our own eternal future. It takes the BLOOD of the slain Lamb to be spilled over our lives so that we know we have been forgiven of sin and redeemed from the curse of the law of death.  I cant die twice.  I would really hate to loose on earth and in Heaven. 

Be a child who is willing and resdy to be molded and shaped into the image of what ever is there before them.  A chikd is pliable and an empty slate to place valuable information upon.  Thats why I cannot see how children already understand the difference between wanting to be male or female by choice.  To me I was born the way the Good Lord saw fit.  Now once you get to a stahe in your life and you find your not happy with who you have been all along.   That us when you make such choices, not that I agree with it, but at least you gave it a go in your linited understanding.  But, to exoect a chikd who is underdeveloped in psychology, who barely have a clear concept of childhood, to understand such chosen verbage.  Is beyond me.  We need to choose Christ our Savior when we are so confused in our lives and stop with changing ourselves drastically to where it may very well be just as hard to come back from such depth of foolishness.   That is not only for sexuality, but for everything that is geared to remove the Creators mark uoon mankind.  Converted is simply the word convienced and persuaded smashed together.  Once we have been converted to faith in Christ, no one should remove the information we have been given from birth.  A child is taught to know his/her parents voice at birth.  His voice is what we need to hear and not the voice of the serpent.  Protect your conversion.  Secure your true believe that lie at your chore.  The world will and have attacked everything that we believe down to the chore.  They are wiping our history of faith in the Lord and our true ability to follow a solid principal foundated on the truth in Gods Word.  If they can wipe Hus nane off of all our institutions.  Then all that means is.  Out of sight, out of mind.  A child sees McDonald Arches, and they start to scream. “HAPPY MEAL”. We should be so excited to see the will and purpose of God carried out in our lives and the lives of those in whom we have CONVERTED TO CHRIST.

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Tend To Recruits.


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Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

— Matthew 28:18-20 NLT

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Tend to the new recruits brothers and sister.  Becareful that it is not because of you they fail.  People who come to the Lord need a good example to follow after.  At times they may need you to hand feed them personally.  So, we do not have the time for in-fighting amongst the brethren, because we do not agree with personal interpretations of Scripture that the Lord warned us should not be in the first place.  No Scripture is of private interpretations.   We all must hear exactly the Words that have been spoken to us and follow those words to the T.  New believers as I like to call them, should not come into a church body that is full of disruption and disagreements.  If we do not agree on the fundamentals of Doctrine, then we should find us a place that comes to the same conclusions we have through earnest study, not dismantel the ministry efforts in the community because of discourse.  New believers should not have to defend from sly comments about another sister or brother in the church family because of issues that might have been misunderstood by either party, but they both refuse to budge on their side to reconcile.

We must take care to not be a stumbling block for those in the faith.  If you have an issue with a brother or sister.  Go to them and settle it.  If they wont recieve you. Follow the next steps according to Corinthians in dealing with disputes.  Dont just get mad and tare down the efforts of the faith.

Our faith is built upon reconciliation through Jesus Christ the Son of God.  As we come to the Holy Day of Resurrection.  We must respect and recall what He lived and died for.  Not for political gain, or power to use against each other.   We have a task assigned to all of us here.  Go ye therefore and teach all nations.  To observe the written and spoken Word of the Lord.

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Cursed To Die.

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Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”

— Galatians 3:13 ESV

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Your cursed to death without Jesus Christ Blood covering you.

What was the Law of God.  Sone assume it was only the 10 commandments.  The 10 were just an outline of many laws in the first five books (Torah) of the Old Testament. God outlined what must not be done by His chosen people in order for them to remain His particular selected nation.  Well, they could’t keep from dipping their hands in and out of the forbidden cookie jar.  Sort of like us on any given day.  We take advantage of the Grace God has given us.  That is because there is no quick reaction for breaking the law of God anymore.  You know how it is, now that your child has gotten to a point where your discipline doesnt not hurt them anymore.  That is what has given rise to many falling so easily into disobedience, because there is no one to immediately correct what has been done against the Word and Law of God.

You are aware that the Word of God is the Law?  Breaking the law and disobeying the Word is the same thing.  So, when we do not adhere to the Word of the Lord when we are out of order, that is disobedience.  He died that you and I might live.  We deserved death for what we did against the Lord.  Breaking the rules and not carrying about it.  Because, people assume Grace will exceed what they have done.  That is true, but we cannot just slide under the radar because we want to go on with life as we know it.  We are released to be free from sin, but we need to realize that we have an obligation to live a certain way in life.   We can not get away with just misusing the favor we didnt earn.  It is free to all, but there is stipulations in lnvolved with staying under the Grace of God.  Do not touch sin is all we are asked to do.  Yet, we sometimes go head first into something we know will get us into trouble with God just because we count on the good Graces of God to stand in for us.

Christ died once and for all.  He will not do it again.  Also, grace is not used as a drying towel for the dirt of sin.  We can’t continue to allow sin to conceive its bastardly child in our hearts and leave us soiled and used up.  I apologize for such descriptions, but I had to say it in that mamner so we all understand what that Scripture actually means.  Conceiving something is to leave a seed to grow.  Whether it is a thought conceived or a child in the womb.  Once sin has left its stain upon your heart, it takes the BLOOD of the Lamb to wash it white as snow.

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With-Holding Good.

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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it

        when it’s in your power to help them. 
If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,
        “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”

— Proverbs 3:27-28 NLT

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When there is something you can do to help a brother or sister in need.  The Word of the Lord says; do it.  Stop with the excuses as to why you cannot give a piece of bread to those who sit over night hungry.  All because they refuse to find a job and keep it.  This is baring the infrimities of the weak that the Bible talls about.  Being stronger than a person does not give us the right to loothe them.  To hate what they ask for from us.  It is bullying in its greatest form.   To make some one beg because you can.  I remember hearing someone I was taught by saying that if people do not open their mouths and ask, then how wil anyone know they have a need? I ws shocked to hear that type of mindset coming from a purveyor of truth and teaching of the law and Word of God.  We who see a need and donot try and relieve it in some way.  Are worse then murderers and molesters.  We watch people squirm in the seats when we can help them by offering our services.  People will break their knecks to save a dear on the side of the road.  But, a homeless man sitting on corner asking for help. We question his motives. 

How dwells the love of God in us, when we shut our bowels of compassion.  That is actually considered constipated.  It eventually makes us sick wjen we cannot relieve our selves.   So does not opening our hands to help another, it eventually makes us sick in the soul.  Last part family.  Lets not use a person in need.  You know, when people habe something they can do for you before you do for them.  God never said for us to barter in our giving.  We do it because we are able, and because He has suplied what we store up in our cupboard.

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Still To Come

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come–the Almighty One.”

— Revelation 1:8 NLT

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If your looking for someone else to come and do what it takes to save the world in the end.  Guess what, the Lord put you here to do His work.  The end time will require those who are not afraid to stand in the gap.  Those who can be on the front line of persecution from everyone they know and still hold up the true banner of righteousness.  The Alpha and Omega will finish what He started in us.  What was started in the New Covenant.  None will escape the tragedies of loss and pain in this war against good and evil. If we thought Jack Nichols played his part in the movie ‘Batman’ with his line, “wait til they get a load of me”.  I say wait until the world see’s what the Lord has in store for its doom.  Sorry, siants. I can not speak flowers and sunshine day after day.  I am a prophet of the end time and must reach into the chest and repump the adrenaline that is needed to get us back up and fighting against this wrong that has settled in upon the church and the beleiver.  He is the beginning of it all.  God is the Father and Creator of all things and who ever wants to keep the breath flowing.  Should join the chorus and give His name the praise. Let everything that have breath(Spirit) praise the Lord.  

He is not hinting around here playing with words just to get a rise.  The Lord is true in saying.  He was and is to come.  The Savior will breach the skies and come down with a shout of the Arch Angel.  When it is truely time, we will not have a second chance to get in order.  The last is here and the first is here.  The front and back line will come all at once. It will over run the enemy.  They will bow their knee in fear and trembling for the Great and Almighty Terrble God and King has come.  It is to late to say your sorry to your neighbor then.  Making up wont do.  What ever is on our slate at that time, will be on it forever.

Force yourself to get in line.  Just as you keep your dog on the leash. Let us put a muzzle on that quick fire come back tongue.  Let us not retaliate because we can. Fighting one another because of what someone told you another has said.  Is done with.  The Alpha and Omega is close to completing what He has planned.  If your in.  Stay in.  If your out.  Get in.