“You See, He Lives In You.”

   Rafiki-the-lion-king-25952537-800-400     One of the famous quotes in “Lion King” is, “You see? He lives in you.” This is Rafiki talking to Simba saying that he is never alone, his dad will always be there with him. Simba was comforted by knowing his dad was with him. As Christians, knowing our Father is there with us should be a comfort. Unless, we are doing what God doesn’t approve of. God being with us at all times can be a comfort, or we might think it is uncomfortable because of what we are doing alone. I want to ask a question: Do we see God being with us as good or do we see it as bad? 

         If we think God being with us is bad, then we need to change this. When God is close we will have comfort, and Satan can’t tempt us beyond more than we can handle. In Job 1, we see God holding Satan back from taking Job’s life. God has power over Satan. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” If we don’t have God with us, we don’t have an exit out of the temptations that Satan sends toward us.

         So how can God be with us? First, we see that God cannot look upon us with favor when we sin (Hab. 1:13). So we must be sinless. now I know this is impossible, but the blood of Jesus continually washes us of our sins (I John 1:7). So if we are living continually in sin, God will not be with us. Second we must build our relationship with Him through prayer, and Bible study. 

        This next week let’s try to grow closer to God, and serve Him better.


                    Carl M. Pollard



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Lessons From the Lesser Known: The Other Thief


       imgres-1Whenever someone says “The thief on the cross” which one of the thieves do you think of? I always think of the one that gets saved by Jesus. But he is not the one I want to talk about. I want to talk about the thief that had no fear of God.

       This generation of people have sort of twisted the meaning of fear. Martin Luther came up with a way to distinguish these two kinds of fear. The first he call’s servile fear. This is the kind of fear that a prisoner in a torture chamber has for his tormentor, the jailer, or the executioner. It’s that kind of dreadful anxiety where someone is frightened by the clear and present danger that is represented by another person. Or it’s the kind of fear that a slave would have at the hands of a malicious master who would come with the whip and torment the slave. Servile refers to a posture of servitude toward a malevolent owner. The second he calls Filial Fear. This is the fear that a child has for his father. In this regard, Luther is thinking of a child who has tremendous respect and love for his father or mother and who dearly wants to please them. He has a fear or an anxiety of offending the one he loves, not because he’s afraid of torture or even of punishment, but because he’s afraid of displeasing the one who is the source of security and love. This is the kind of fear that is used in regards for the fear of God. When this thief that had no fear speaks to Christ, it sounds like he does not care about Christ he just wants Him to save his earthly body. He says “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 

       Why would a man that is about to die “hurl abuse” at the Christ that can save him? I saw a bumper sticker the other day that really make me think. It said: “If you are living like there is no God, you better be right.” This thief was at the end of his life, and was still sinning! He obviously did not fear Christ or, he would’ve done like the other thief and have the proper fear and respect for God. In the end, the thief that did fear God was saved. Jesus said to him “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” On the other side of Jesus, we have a completely different story. This thief is dying without a fear of God, but in the end this thief will submit to God.

       Do we have a Filial fear of God? If not we must come to fear Him. Luke 1:50 says: “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” If we do not fear God then we do not have His mercy, and we need Gods mercy! Let’s try this week to fear God by serving and abiding by what He wants us to do.

Carl M. Pollard


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Imagine you’re on a boat with a friend whenwels_catfish_by_andreyskull-d65cvhr suddenly a storm is upon you. The waves are higher than buildings and rain is crashing down with tremendous force! You call on your Bible knowledge and decide to cast lots as to who must be thrown into the sea! The lot lands on you (if that’s how it works). You are about to be thrown overboard! As you land in the icy water with waves crashing all around you, you see something. A large fish breaks the surface of the water! It’s mouth is open like a living cave. You’re swallowed alive.

What would you be thinking in a situation like that? Would you see that fish and think, “Hurray I’m saved!” I don’t think any sane person would. The Bible doesn’t give any details as to what Jonah’s face looked like, but It’s pretty easy to envision. The fish from Jonah is not your average savior. When we think of being saved, we probably think of a police man, firefighter, or doctor.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Sometimes life has tragic events, like a death in the family, what good could possibly come from that? What if “Dave” has fallen away from the Church and the death in the family makes him think about the day he will die? All of the sudden Dave realizes that he’s not ready to meet the Lord and restores his life to God. Sometimes the “fish” in our life can be for our own good. James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Having joy in trials sounds almost as crazy as rejoicing over a giant fish about to swallow you!

We all have or will face large fish in our lives. What will we do when we meet one? Realize that it may be there to help you in your Christian walk. There are times when you may be sacred or confused, but God always causes everything to work together for good…for those that love Him.

Crazy thought, what happened to the fish after it spit Jonah out? Maybe it’s fossil is still somewhere at the bottom of the sea? Maybe others heard about the fish and made a meal out of it! Maybe it married another large fish and its descendants are still around today! We may never know until Heaven.

Faith In Giving (Lessons From The Lesser Known)

loaves and fishesJohn 6:5-13 (NASB)


5. Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” 6. This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” 8. One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9. There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10. Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11. Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. 12. When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” 13. So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.


This is a very well know passage in the Bible and it is one of those we all have probably heard from since we were babies. It is a great account showing Jesus’s great power and authority. What I want to look at though, is the kid in this account.


“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish.” This is all we ever hear of this boy in the Bible. This account is in all the gospels, but John is the only one that ever mentions this boy. What he did should be a lesson to all of us. He gave all that he had with him to Jesus, which wasn’t that much. Through this gift Jesus was able to do something that no one could imagine.


Like Andrew in this passage, sometimes when there is not much that we can give, whether it is through finances or through service, we get discouraged about what we can’t give, and forget about the little bit that we can. This boy had very little resources he could give, but he gave what he had. I can only imagine that he was expecting to give enough to feed maybe a couple people. I doubt he had any idea of the great miracle he was setting up.

I hope you take this to heart, and know that if you feel like what you have to give is not enough; God can do great things through even the smallest of gifts! Do we have enough faith in the Lord to give Him all that He asks of us knowing that He will take care of all the details in our lives?


-Adam M. Warnes


Image     When you are talking to someone from a different faith, do you ever feel like you’ve run into a brick wall? They are so set on their beliefs that they don’t even try to listen to what you have to say. Some denominations hold to doctrines that have no basis in truth, such as salvation by faith only. They get this idea from Eph. 2:8, 9 which says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast.” Some say that we are saved by grace through faith, not works. Therefore baptism is a work, which we obviously don’t need now. So why is baptism even in the Bible? They will say it’s an outward act of an inward change. This idea still renders baptism ineffective and pointless. It’s to show man that you’ve changed, not God.                                  

        So how how would we handle this misunderstanding of scripture? Well if you look at 1 Peter 3:21, it says, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Baptism is an appeal to God, not man. Another good verse is Mark 16:16 which says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned (emp. mine). So we have to believe and be baptized. Why would we need to show others that we have been saved by an outward act? That doesn’t make any sense. Let’s look at what the Bible says on how to be saved. Acts 2:38 says; And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Also Acts 2:47, “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” So, believing and being baptized adds you to the Lord’s church.

       Concerning the defense of our faith, go through the Bible and see what it says on how to become a Christian. Ask them if they are doing anything against what it says. Are they adding to it? A man named Sir William Mitchell Ramsey once made an attempt to prove the book of Acts of historically and Biblically inaccurate. Once he actually began to search and look for evidence against the Book of Acts, he actually ended up becoming a Christian! The “evidence” he found actually served to refute his own beliefs. So ask that person, and maybe he will start digging. Who knows? He might pull a Ramsey and the Bible will have won again! Jn. 8:42

   Carl M. Pollard