Movie Premiere – EXIT: The Appeal of Suicide – July 15th 7pm


 

Tahoe is one of God’s most beautiful places on the earth, so how could anyone, commit suicide here? Tragically Tahoe isn’t immune to suicide, it by some accounts is growing. Our community has a newly founded group meeting monthly to address this growing problem.:

The Suicide Prevention Network has formed a new Survivors of Suicide loss support group that will meet at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Barton Health Public Relations office located at 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite 400 in South Lake Tahoe…..South Tahoe Now .Com

Before you finish reading this, one individual will have ended their life by suicide—because they think they have no other choice. According to the World Health Organization, a massive 800,000 people take their lives every year—one death every 40 seconds. That’s over 2,000 a day. For millions who suffer from deep sadness and despair, “EXIT” points to a better way. This compelling movie shines a powerful light in the darkness and offers true hope to those who think they have none. Someone you know may be secretly considering their exit. Please join us to increase your understanding about the struggle many face, and learn about the high ground that has eluded many who are in despair.
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, we encourage you to remember four very important things:

1. YOU HAVE WORTH. You are not a cosmic accident; you are not here by chance. The Bible says God formed you in your mother’s womb. You are special, unique, and handcrafted by the Creator; and because of that your life has meaning. No matter where you’ve been, what’s happened, or what you’ve done, nothing can ever erase the incredible value God has placed on you as His creation.

2. YOU ARE LOVED. The Bible says, “God is love.” He not only knows your turmoil and pain, He cares deeply and promises that if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. You can be adopted into His family as His beloved child.

3. THERE IS HOPE. The Bible tells us that by trusting in Jesus we have a “living hope,” a hope that is an anchor for the soul. If you don’t know God personally, you can, through genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Your sins will be washed away. His Spirit will come to live within you and will never leave you, and you’ll be given a new heart with new desires. The meaning and purpose of your life is to truly love God and walk with Him. You can find healing, forgiveness, and hope in Christ.

4. HELP IS AVAILABLE. Like a mold of the soul, severe depression grows in the cold dampness of isolation. Please, open up and reach out for support. You can:
• Tell those closest to you. Confide in a parent, relative, friend, or school counselor, or find a respected Christian psychologist. Dragging a heavy load by yourself can be overwhelming, but if you let someone help carry your burden, it becomes far lighter.
• Call a hotline. You can call the “Suicide Prevention Lifeline” and talk with someone right now. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7. You can call them at 800-273-8255 or visit them online at http://www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org
• Speak with a local pastor. If you don’t attend a Christian church, visit http://www.TheEXITmovie.com and click on the “HELP” tab to help you find a church in your area.

Whatever you do, please, please don’t end your life.

Copied from, Living waters Ministry.

 

Life Choices 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala

Life Choices 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala  May 5, 2017

“You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14)

Our 2017 Spring Gala Dinner will be held at the Atlantis Resort Casino in Reno. Joining us this year as our guest speaker is Ray Comfort, Founder and CEO of Living Waters.

Registration begins at 6pm. Enjoy appetizers and a no host bar on the Terrace. Dinner and Program 7pm – 9pm.

The Atlantis Resort Casino, Reno NV
(in the Paradise Ballroom located on the second floor in the conference center)

Tickets $25 per person.

Life Choices 2017 Annual Fundraising GalaDinner includesyour choice of entree: Chicken Parmigiana or Herbed Fresh Salmon. To help us in planning, please be sure to list your preference in the box below when registering! If there are more than one of you, and you each have a different choice please add the quantity number with the choice. Ray is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the best-selling author of more than 80 books, including, Hell’s Best Kept Secret, Scientific Facts in the Bible, and The Evidence Bible. He co-hosts (with actor Kirk Cameron) the award-winning television program “The Way of the Master,” seen in 200 countries. He is also the Executive Producer on the movies “Audacity,” “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” and others, which have been seen by millions. He and his wife, Sue, live in Southern California, where they have three grown children.

Theology & Biblical Decernment


Who doesn’t love Paul Harvey, the sound of his voice, time travels me back to my childhood. He’s a master story teller, Christian, married 68 years, everyone loves Paul Harvey! We all waited for his famous “Good day!” or “that’s the rest of the story” on his radio show, so this blog over all is very positive about the man known as Paul Harvey. I’m  not judging him as either being a christian or not. As far as I can tell he was a true believer.

Made up stories are fun and for the most part harmless, Paul could tell a story like no one else, but he wasn’t a theologian, a good story masterfully told that didn’t line up with scripture can misrepresent God.

Parables are difficult to write, each character must match perfectly to the intended person or deity we are to learn about.  So without telling you the short comings of this story, listen carefully, pay attention to the positions applied and see if they line up with the biblical positions we find in God’s word.  Listen also for any applications and see if they match scripture. Then post your corrections here, and may-be we’ll call you a theologian.

Christianity is evidence that Jesus rose from the dead


Think about it, the fact that Christianity exists, is a very strong argument that Christ did resurrect. So I took this idea to the chairlift to see if it this line of logic owned the high ground or not. Watch and see that it does, Jeremy, resorts to the postmodern response “But you see I look at it” This reduces the conversation to subjective truth not objective, He couldn’t logically answer how we have Christianity today so he had to lean on his own truth not ultimate truth.

Forgiveness Incarnated by the Bible Society of Egypt

Forgiveness Incarnated from The Bible Society of Egypt on Vimeo.

Will the world come to know the King who gave these saints the power to become like steel? Their testimony has been seen for centuries, foretold in the scriptures, the Church in Smyrna…
Revelation 2:8-11, To the Church in Smyrna 8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. 9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander[a] of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
In Heaven they ask the Lord how much longer…
Revelation 6:9-11 9  When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been…
Then we see in  Revelation 20:4…Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years…
Is the Lord surprised?
Caught of guard?
Is He thinking of a plan?
No Church, He is lovingly waiting for His Bride to finish proclaiming the Gospel. God even has a complete number, so get busy church, living and dying for His truth.

Resurrection “Easter” Service, Tahoe Community Church, Sunday April 16th

Have you been resurrected?


Easter Sunday…Ok the term “Easter” comes from those nasty pagans, but Christ conquered death and BOOM! trumped the living daylights out of that pagan date..
Have you been resurrected? Do you realize that upon being born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, you have crossed over from death to life? Join us this Sunday at 10:30am to worship the risen King!

Good Friday Service April 14th 2017 at Tahoe Community Church

Tahoe Community Church

Behind the Curtain


So what happen behind the torn curtain? Jesus gasped “It is finished” then the curtain separating the Holy or Hollies ripped in two from top to bottom…
Please join us this Friday at 5pm to find out, bring a friend or two. Tahoe Community Church, 145 Daggett Way, Stateline, NV 89449 (775) 588-5860

Elder’s Children….What if?

Titus 1:5-9 Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

1 Timothy 3:4-5 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

So How do we understand this in light of the call for children to believe and be obedient and not wild? Churches vary on how to apply this to the church, is it only for Children in the home or is it life long? Is this achieved by our children being good citizens but not necessarily Christian? Would it vary depending upon culture? Can we grade on a curve? These questions and many more come to mind when we look at this passage. The black and white view is yes children are children for life, and God is clear on what the fruit of a christian looks like. Many churches simply govern their churches this way. Others have considered more variables, like the adult point or culture. It is important for Elders to have a determination before an issue comes up. To come to a conclusion while facing an issue will put the elder board in a position to be pragmatic instead of biblical.

We are still struggling in the flesh, Romans 7 gives us a clear confession from the apostle Paul’s struggle. So do we then attempt to judge the severity of the sins? Which always seems to be legalistic any way you cut it? Are the children of elders given less grace? How about this thought, are all children of elders automatically part of the elect? If not, then this can’t be black and white. We clearly see God save families, but it is never an absolute rule that all in a Godly family will believe. is it fair to say in Matthew 13:24 The Parable of the Weeds, there will be some unbelievers in the family and the church?

Titus 1:5 “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”
Consider the context here Titus is assigning the task of choosing elders, upon choosing an elder the family is seen in time, a snap shot so to speak, an elders family at that moment would look to be saved, but consider what Jesus taught in Matthew 13:1 The Parable of the Sower, Some do follow for awhile, but in time turn back to following the world.

Titus 6:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. KJV
“Having faithful children” (v. 6b). Faithful means “believing.” The bishop’s children should be Christians. After all, if a servant of God cannot win his own children to Christ, what success can he expect with outsiders? The Bible exposition commentary
This commentary puts the “winning” into the hands of the elder alone. We proclaim, plant water and pray! It is God that does the winning.

it’s most likely true that many daughters of elders have lost their virginity and no one knows. If they get pregnant, and know their dad will lose his position in the church, they may go off and get an abortion and no one knows. If she gets pregnant keeps the baby then it’s known, the witness of the church is tarnished, But what about the daughter? The failure of the elder to impart to his daughter how serous sin is to God needs to be shown. The elder should be disciplined or suspended for the sake of the body, but for the daughters sake, the punishment should not be a complete disqualification from the elder board, so her guilt isn’t overwhelming. Efforts to minister to the daughter must also take place.

Don’t ask don’t tell, comes to mind, some children are sexually active without the churches knowledge. It would be up to the elders to discern what kind of relationships their children are having, and for that matter what other sins they may be enslaved to. It would be reasonable for the elder of an adult child to continue to express God’s standard and their disapproval of their lifestyle. They’re always going to be your children and they should always honor you so it will go well for them. (Deuteronomy 5:16)

Here’s our conclusion, We go forward only, which is to say, over time the Church leadership should improve if the high ground of Holiness continues to be preached and lived out. Since Elder’s children are either born again, on the path to becoming born again or unregenerate it would be reasonable to view Titus 1:6 as the preferred high ground rather then a black and white command. Please understand, as an Elder board we will pick elders that have believing children, but in time we will choose grace first with a prayerful look and what discipline we may apply to the elder if his child were to go wayward.

Church leadership is judged more severely and likewise their children are held to a higher standard. So continue to pray, counsel and raise up the children of the church in the ways of the Lord. Consider giving grace when wayward children of elders are examined.

The Merciful Death of Sam Kinison


Sam Kinison, use to drive me nuts. How could this wretched sinner call himself a christian? Raised in the church, a former preacher, then a stand up comedian? Who drank, drugged, and womanized?…..But look at the mercy of God for his children even when sin abounds, Sam’s death was merciful, God’s grace for Sam was shown, through God’s discipline….                            1 Corinthians 11:29-32

"Sam Kinison

Wild Things are not beyond God’s love

“29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world”

So am I saying all those who just say they believe, can party on?  Dope not at all, it looks like Sam had a true relationship with Jesus. His inner self knew Christ, He never denied Christ, He maintained his belief in Christ to save him.  The account of his death, looks like he’s talking to angels or God, I believe their story, because of the deaths of Moses, Ananias, Sapphira and those in Corinth.  Think about it, Moses upset God by displaying anger when he struck the rock, this misrepresented who God is. So…

Numbers 20:12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

Moses’s punishment is that he’ll die and not go into the promised land, When we hear promised land we often think “Heaven” why? because it is a metaphor for Heaven.

Where do we next see Moses?  The Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-3  1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Moses was not forbidden entrance to Heaven, His punishment was to not get into the promised land here on earth.

Ananias and Sapphira, did they belong to Christ?  In Acts 4:32  it says “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”   So in Chapter 5 the mention of what Ananias and Sapphira did includes them as believers, who choose to sin against the Holy Spirit.  Which is just another sin covered by the blood of Christ, but it was a Sin that lead to physical death.

1 John 5:16-17 “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death,”

There is no absolute consensus on what this means. But, most conclude that there are sins that God’s Children can commit which God takes seriously enough so as to end their lives.

Amazing Grace, comes to mind when we understand God’s Love, Mercy, and Patience.