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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Christians Need To Learn How To Live The Christian LIfe God's Way


CHRISTANS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE GOD’S WAY.
Every day pride in performance battles with the humility of neediness for the self-view of your heart; takes grace to know you need grace. Paul Tripp

Every day love of the world and love for your Lord battle for the allegiance of your heart. Only grace can deepen your love for Jesus

You have to share your faith in such a way that people will wish that it is true. Tim Keller
It’s said there’s 3 qualifications for a pastor: the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, & the hide of a rhinoceros.

Charles e Whisnant October 25, 2012

CHRISTIANS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO KEEP BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.  CHRISTIANS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DARE LIVE THE CHRISIAN LIFE WITH PURPOSE.

YOU ARE TODAY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN BECOMING IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.  YOU ARE TODAY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARD THE LAST FIVE YEARS.  Charles T. Jones 

What is your five year plan as a Christian?  To the average Chrisitan they have no clue. They just live one day at a time with no though of growing in grace.  They go to church, hear the sermons, go home and have no thought about what they have just heard.  They have not learned to apply the principles of the Word of God into their lives. They have not learned to live life God’s Way.  Doing the Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way.

Dare to Live With Direction. 

They just don’t listen.  They may hear the sermon but they don’t listen to obey.
I used to go to  workshop meetings when I worked at Hillcrest Heath Care in Fredonia Kansas, and the purpose was to help us be better workers.  Most of the people who went were really not wanting to learn how to be better workers. They believe they were already good workers and didn’t need any help.  And that seems to me much of what members of the church think.  “Why is the preacher preaching on this subject, I don’t see any relevance in  it for me at all.”

As I have often said, “Every sermon I preach has a message that will help us become the kind of Christian God wants us to be.  Every sermon I study from Romans or Luke or Isaiah will give me 
insight into the mind of Christ. 

Develop a mind of Christ likeness in living as a Believer. 
John MacArthur says:
by John MacArthur
You probably know that most people in America and many more worldwide identify themselves as Christians. But how many of them can explain and defend the gospel, articulate basic biblical theology, or live lives that support the claims of their faith? The tragic fact is that compared to the vast number of people who claim to be Christians, very few are actually growing to be more like Christ.
That process of spiritual growth is called sanctification, and it’s a vital part of every believer’s life. For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at some popular, purported methods of sanctification—commonly called spiritual formation—and weighing them against the biblical models for spiritual growth. As we near the end of this series, I want to highlight some basic, clear teaching from Scripture about the nature of sanctification and help you properly evaluate your own spiritual growth.

It’s important to distinguish what sanctification is and is not. It is not simply feeling closer to God or experiencing His presence. It’s not a collection of secret insight and personal encouragement from Him to you. And it’s not a vague sense of subjective spirituality—in fact, it’s not measured, engaged, or informed by your emotions or feelings at all.

True sanctification, according to Scripture, is the process of God’s transforming work in your life. In the moment of your salvation, you are declared justified by the Lord through the sacrifice of His Son and freed from the guilt of sin. From there, sanctification frees you from the pollution of sin, helping you destroy sinful patterns and relinquish your former wickedness.
And just as with salvation, sanctification is not accomplished by our will or actions—it’s the work of the Lord in the lives of His people. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul prayed that the Lord would complete His sanctifying work in their lives.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians5:23-24