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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 18, 2018

Today’s Verse for 06/18/2018

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. — Ephesians 6:4 (KJV)

Thought
Mothers have such an inside road with children that it is interesting that God commands fathers to be about the work of spiritual nurture. I don’t believe he means to exclude mothers. No, I think he assumes they’ll do their part. But the father’s influence and intentional training is so essential.

Prayer
Abba Father, may my children come to find you in me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 17, 2018

Today’s Verse for 06/17/2018

Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the Lord — and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. — Psalm 68:4-5

Thought

I can’t help but think of what James, Jesus’ brother said: “Pure religion, undefiled before God the Father is this: keep oneself undefiled and care for orphans and widows in their distress.” Jesus showed clearly this was the Father’s heart in his ministry. Now it is up to us to continue it!

Prayer

Father, may my life, my compassion and my ministry reflect your heart for those who need care and protection and love. Give me eyes to see this need more clearly and a heart to responded more certainly so that your love may be demonstrated through me. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 16, 2018

Google does not know who Jesus is!

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 16, 2018

Today’s Verse for 06/16/2018

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. — Psalm 103:13 (KJV)

Thought

Compassion. Not pity, not anger, not shame, not impatience, not intolerance, not rejection, but compassion is what God, my Father, gives to me. He cares for my pain enough to enter into my world and share it in Jesus.

Prayer

Father of Mercies and God of all Compassion, thank you for not only knowing and caring about my struggles and problems but sending me help in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. By one I know your love and mercy and by the other I know your might and power. May your Spirit of compassion be found in my relationships. Through the grace of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 15, 2018

Today’s Verse for 06/15/2018

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. — Proverbs 23:24 (KJV)

Thought

The greatest gift I can give my father, and my Father, is to be righteous in my heart and life.

Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, may my life please you and bring honor to my father and his name. I know that if I please you, it will make his heart glad. Help me as I seek to know you and serve you in ways that show your character in my life. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 14, 2018

The Mark of the Beast (Antichrist)

Revelation 13:16 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” 666

6+6+6 = 18. Did you know that 18 numbers reveal everything about you and where you live is keyed to a 9 digit Social Security number and a 9 digit Zip Code. 9+9=18

DO NOT TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST. If you take the mark, you cannot be saved. You must die to resist it. “He that endures unto the end she’ll be saved.”

The best thing is to be saved today. If you are saved you will be a raptured when Christ returns (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). You will be with Christ before the antichrist comes on the scene with his mark.

If you want to know how to be saved, please private message me.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 14, 2018

Today’s Verse for 06/14/2018

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: — Philippians 3:20 (KJV)

Thought

No matter what your passport says, if you are a Christian, there is no earthly country that can hold you, no borders that can claim, you and no flag that flies above you but Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven. You have more in common with the believing aboriginal tribesman of Indonesia, the Christian refugee in Africa, the Bedouin brother in Egypt, the Spirit-filled Brazilian housewife, the high rise business person in Hong Kong who bows to pray in Jesus name, than you do your next door neighbors if they don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior.

Prayer

Glorious God and Almighty Father, I look forward to the day when people from every language, tribe, nation, and language join the angels and elders around your throne and worship you in joy forever. Make us one, if not here, then soon. We ask you Lord Jesus, please come. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 13, 2018

THINGS THE DUMBEST MAN IN THE WORLD TAUGHT ME (Happy Father’s Day, Dad.)

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THINGS THE DUMBEST MAN IN THE WORLD TAUGHT ME

Proverbs 1:8, “My son hear the instruction of thy father.”

Pastor Terry Kent Hagedorn (Retired), Calvary Baptist Church, Reedsville, WV

When I was fifteen (1965) I realized that my father was dumb. He had always been that way. It just had not been so apparent to me until I became a teenager. However, it was now becoming obnoxiously obvious to me that he was turning into THE dumbest man in the world! I am not exaggerating. It was a malignant condition. He kept getting worse. And, I kept getting more and more disgusted with his dumbness. It was a dreadful situation.

And, I had to live with him! It was almost more than I could bear. How could someone as suave, sophisticated, and sharp as me have EVER been born to this hillbilly? There must have been a mix-up at the…

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 13, 2018

Today’s Verse for 06/13/2018

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? — Luke 11:13 (KJV)

Thought

Think of all the great gifts you’ve been given. Next to Jesus, God’s gracious sacrifice for our salvation, the greatest gift we can receive is God’s abiding presence in the Holy Spirit! He is ours if we ask. In fact, when we ask God for anything, the Spirit is already in God’s presence interceding for us!

Prayer

Abba Father, through the precious Holy Spirit I come before you asking you to empower me, my loved ones, and our church through the power of your Holy Spirit. I pray for renewal to sweep over our country and our world led by your Spirit of grace, power, and love. In the name of Jesus, the giver of this great gift I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 12, 2018

HOW I MADE IT–SO FAR

Philippians 4:11 I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn, Calvary Baptist Church, Reedsville, WV

The first five years of my ministry were really rough. After that, things got worse until I learned what Paul learned–“to be content.” (Gk. autarkes, according to Strong’s Concordance, means “satisfied, sufficient for one’s self, strong enough… contented with one’s lot, with one’s means, though the slenderest.”).

True contentment cannot be counterfeited or copied. It is not carelessness, coldness, or complacency. Rather, it is a satisfaction, serenity and a sanctified self-confidence produced by growth in the grace and knowledge of God.

Contentment is neither automatic nor absorbed; rather, it is acquired. Paul said, “I have learned…”–i.e. I have gained knowledge by use and practice.

Many ministers have not learned contentment. This fact is obvious to even the casual observer. In fact, has there ever been a time when there was more seeming discontent? (I know that God moves men–sometimes every few years; however, I am convinced that You-Haul is moving more than Yahweh!)

It is always too soon to leave. Moreover, you do not go from trouble–you go to trouble! It is the same everywhere. People are people. You can change places–you cannot change people. If you don’t pass the test where you are, God will just give you the same test where ever you go–until you do pass it.

Also, remember that the green grass tempting you to move could mean one of three things: 1) It could be greener. Yet, that means there will only be more to mow. And, if you are having trouble mowing what you have now…? 2) It could be astro-turf–artificial to the core. Or, 3) it could be greener because it is growing over the septic field. You do not want to know why.

Green grass is green grass. Green-up the green grass where you are. Water it with the ministry of the Word and feed it with prayer. Learn to be content where ever you are; because, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” Learn what Paul learned::

LET OTHERS HELP Phil 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ

In seven of the fourteen Pauline epistles, the Apostles mentions his co-laborers in the first few sentences of his greeting. Obviously, Paul had learned the Old Testament wisdom of letting others help.

“Two are better than one; …For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up…And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclessiastes 4:9-12

If Paul had been like many other ministers, he would have tried to “do everything myself.” Which is the auto-epitaph of many otherwise good preachers.

When asked about letting others help, some preachers respond, “No one helps me! No one! I don’t need help. I am the pastor!” (This is the jealous dictator response.) Or, “Well, someone has to do it.” (Martyr’s complex.) Or, “I don’t have any one to help!” (Winner of the Whiner Award.) Or, “I’d rather just do it myself; than bother–or burden–someone else with the problem.” (Winner of the pseudo-Barnabas award.) Or, “At least, if I do it myself, I know it will be done right!” (Humorous response.) Or, “I’d rather just do it than have to put up with someone else complaining about having to do it.” (Easy-way-out response.)

In the Old Testament (please read Exodus 18:3-27) we learn that Moses was hindering the work of God, hurting his family (a concerned father, Jethro–probably prompted by a daughter’s lonely tears–spoke to his son-in-law); and, Moses was harming his own health. Moses was about to “wear away”–burn out. He was trying to administrate or “judge” the affairs of 2.5 million people (more than the population of my home state, West Virginia!)–all by himself. Moreover, he would have continued trying to do it until he dropped dead, if his father-in-law had not said something. If Moses had not been meek–the meekest man, he would have reacted to the criticism like many preachers do: resentment or rejection of the criticism. (Not all criticism is wrong. You are not always right. Your critics are not always wrong. In fact, every criticism has at least a kernel of truth. Or else, they would not be so bold to openly criticize you.)

It was not true that there were no others to help Moses. In fact, the remedy involved judges over a thousand, over a hundred, over fifty, and even over ten. Literally, tens of thousands of ready, willing and able ministers were being kept from a ministry by the naively monopolistic actions and attitudes of Moses.

Moses learned to be content. Paul learned to be content. So can you. Please let others help.

LOWLINESS Phil 2:2 In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Some, like Diotrophes in III John, have a high and haughty opinion of themselves. Just ask them. No. After second thought, it is not necessary to ask them.

Notwithstanding their greatness, many are discontented because they feel that they deserve a better position, better pay, better people and a better prospect for the future than they have received. Instead of being broken because of their sinful pride, they are looking for that illusive “big break.”

Young preachers think they are it–i.e. the perfect pastor, many middle-aged ones are looking for it–i.e. the perfect church, and many older preachers are bitter because they lament, “How did I, the perfect pastor, ever leave it–the perfect church?”

This misguided ministerial malaise will lead to a pernicious bout of discontent. Do you really want what you deserve? Really? Brother, be thankful that you have not gotten what you deserve–Hell. The ministry that you have now is better–far better–than you will ever deserve.

You do not deserve your calling, either–it is by grace. In fact, it is a grace (a gift). Do you realize how privileged you are to be a minister of the Gospel? We are the servants of the Lord!

Rather than seeking self aggrandizement, seek that the Savior might increase and that you might decrease. Remember that pride has “i” at the center. Jesus should be at the center. Jesus must be at the center, if you would be blessed. “God resisteth the proud” is not an idle threat. And, it is a threat.

What is the treatment or therapy for this discontent? The answer is in Christlikeness. Lowliness of mind means to have a humble opinion of one’s self or a deep sense of one’s unworthiness. True humility is not thinking less of one oneself; rather, it is not thinking of oneself at all.

How many preachers have preached J-O-Y (Jesus FIRST, Others SECOND, Yourself LAST )? Yet, how many have practiced it?

Jesus did. Paul did. If you do, you will learn contentment.

LEAVE YOUR BURDENS WITH THE LORD Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

There are three places to leave your burdens. On your back, on another’s back, or on the Lord’s back. We are commanded to bear our own burden. We are commanded to help bear another’s burden. However, we should cast all our “care upon Him, because He careth for” us.

When placing burdens on others, limit the burdens that you share with your wife. You are very foolish to take problems home. Leave them at church, on an intercessor’s back, on THE intercessor’s back; BUT, never take all the burdens home! She is your helpmeet; however, she is not your co-pastor. You are her pastor–poor woman.

Pray. If you are not praying, then you are playing. Pray. Pray because: His Command–we are commanded to pray, Christ prayed. If he needed to pray, how much more do we? Christians pray. The Church has prayed from the beginning (Acts 2); and, prayer is God’s Chosen method for saving the sinner (Romans 10:9,10), sanctifying the saint (Jude 20), sending forth laborers (Matthew 9:38), satisfying your needs (Matthew 6:11), seeking God’s wisdom (James 1:5), showing His will (Jeremiah 33:3, Proverbs 3:5,6); and, serenity (Philippians 4:7).

Serenity is at the root of contentment. (Isaiah 26:3) Christ prayed. Do you?

LOVE CHRIST SUPREMELY Phil 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death…

“To know” is to know in the most intimate, personal way. It speaks of love. It can speak of the physical relationship of love between a husband and wife. I.e. “Adam knew his wife…and she conceived.” On a higher plane–a spiritual plane–it speaks of the relationship of a saved person and his or her Lord. It is a spiritual, intimate and personal knowledge–a love. This is eternal life–to know God. (John 17:3) Everyone, whether lost or saved, will be somewhere forever. Everyone will live forever. Eternal life for the Christian is not a quantity; rather, it is a quality. It is love–for God and from God.

Love for people, praying, preaching, pastoring, programs, plans, or personal soul winning will not sustain you. Only, a love for Christ will sustain you.

Why should we love Him? For two reasons: 1) because we are commanded. (Deuteronomy 6:4,5) 2) Because we are constrained. His love for us constrains us–”no one ever cared for me like Jesus.”

The mother of a young teen was horribly scarred by a fire. Her face was terribly distorted by the burns. A school mate of the teen said, “If she was my mother, I would be so shamed to be seen in public with her.”

The teen tearfully retorted, “I love her. She received those scars a long time ago when she saved me from a fire. She covered me in a blanket and carried me to safety. So, I love her because of her scarred face. How can I be ashamed of her?”

We should Love Jesus because He saved us from far worse than a house fire. He saved us from Hell fire.

“Lovest thou me…”, He asks. If you love me, serve me (feed my sheep). Love must precede service. Love must prompt service. Without love–no service matters. (I Corinthians 13:1-3) Without love, no service succeeds.

Does anything create such contentment as love? Jacob worked an additional seven years–without complaint–for the right to marry Rachel. Genesis 29:20, “20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.”

Love for Christ produces such contentment. Do you love Him?

LEARN TO REJOICE–ANYHOW! Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

You cannot always rejoice in people, things and circumstances; however, you can always rejoice in the Lord: Who He is, What He has done; and, what He has promised.

Not only can we rejoice in every thing, we are commanded to give thanks–to rejoice–in everything. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

There are two ways to interpret I Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1) Give thanks for everything because whatever happens is the Will of God. 2) Give thanks. Because, it is God’s will that we be thankful. Not scornful! Not bitter.

In all that Job suffered, he did not complain or become bitter; rather, he recognized that he should be thankful for the good and the bad –since both come from the hand of God.

How many preachers have preached that “we should be thermostats–not thermometers.” A thermometer is influenced by the environment. A thermostat affects the environment. A thermometer-type Christian is influenced by people, things and circumstances. A thermostat-type Christian controls the effect that people, things or circumstances have in his or her life.

Faith that believes that everything that happens happens in God’s Will and purpose is a contented faith. Paul states in Philippians 1:12 “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” What contentment! Paul had this contentment–so can you.

LIMIT NEGATIVE INPUT–LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE Phil 4:8,9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

As a man thinketh–so is he. In West Virginia we say, “What is in the bucket comes out the spout.” Put good things in; and, good things will come out.

So many preachers are so negative! So cynical. So bitter! It is sin. It reveals a major defect in their spiritual development.

You cannot keep the birds of bitterness and negativity from flying over your head–BUT, you can keep them from building a nest–a three story condominium–in your hair!

Have you ever considered that everything in the above verse that we are to “think on” describes the character and nature of Christ? Christ is true–yea, He is Truth, Christ is honest, Christ is just, Christ is pure, Christ is lovely–yea, He is the altogether lovely One,” Christ is of a good report–the Gospel!, Christ is virtuous and praiseworthy.

Want contentment? Peace? Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Meditate on the Word of God–both the Living Word and the written Word; and, you will find contentment unto your souls.

Paul did. For him to live “was Christ.”

LET GOD BE GOD! Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

There is no problem that you and God cannot handle. No problem! You take care of the little things–with His help. Refer the bigger ones entirely to the Lord. And, you will do all right.

Learn to be content. Learn that “satisfaction, serenity and a sanctified self-confidence produced by growth in the grace and knowledge of God.” Learn what Paul learned–before it is too late. Learn to: Let others help, Lowliness, Leave your burdens where they belong, Love the Lord supremely, Learn to rejoice, Limit negative input, and Let God be God.

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