I so love Pastor Don Kimbro! Pastor Don has been a mentor of mine for several years! Pastor Don has been preaching for many years, he remains so very strong in serving God’s people! I asked Pastor Don what he would tell Pastors what to do during in these dark days when so many are not going to Church and all the evil we see everyday right before us and that it is increasing rapidly. Thank you for addressing this issue Pastor Don!
Most Catholics, Mainline Protestants Say Faith in God Not Required to Enter Heaven
FROM THE CHRISTIAN POST:
By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post Reporter
More than three years after Pope Francis sparked a firestorm of religious debate by telling a young boy that his deceased atheist father might still end up in Heaven, a new study from the Pew Research Center shows a majority of Catholic and mainline Christians also believe people who don’t believe in God will go to Heaven.
Data for the study, conducted Sept. 20-26, was collected from a nationally representative sample of 6,485 U.S. adults.
Pew researchers decided for the first time to tackle deep philosophical questions like the meaning of life, the purpose of suffering and why bad things happen to people. The national study was released amid a backdrop of major life-changing events for many, most notably the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed millions of lives globally.
Lawlessness is Rapidly Growing in America, Brazen Robbers Storm Businesses In California, New Mexico, Minnesota and More
Living conditions in America are worsening because of many issues. We as a nation began going down hill very fast in the last 6 years. Politics has taken a great toll on our Country. We fight with each other, others live to hate others…. Politics is the playground of Satan. I do not know if I will ever get over of so many Christian leaders standing with evil politicians. This did great damage to the Bride of Christ. It has chased many from organized religion. I KNOW I HEAR FROM MANY FOLKS! Satan is thrilled. Lawlessness is increasing more rapidly now. So many Americans have not grown up in a Christian family and Church. Many were never given the opportunity, because their parents do not know better. They where unchurched. We have lost generation after generation. This started to happen years ago. Now we are paying a deep price for the Church in America not fulfilling the command of our LORD, THE GREAT COMMISSION. Jesus has all the answers for us in His Word, but too many Christians don’t pay attention to JESUS and His commands. How about the teaching of the Ten Commandments? All the issues we face as a Country and World are Spiritual. JESUS! is the only answer! Brazen robbers hit small businesses and big box stores
If you think our heroes, Law Enforcement Officers, can save us from this madness you are dreaming. This is a total society meltdown. It is not right to put all this on Law Enforcement, they are overwhelmed. I am so very, very thankful for our Law Enforcement Officers, I say to Sharon all the time now, Who would even wat to be a Police officer in America? Watch the TV program Dash Cam’ and you may get a deeper appreciation of what they go through!
Here in Albuquerque we have set a new record for the number of murders.
I always lay my hands on Sharon and pray over her each day she leaves for work and talk with Gretchen after her night shift at the Hospital. I stay in touch with are other kids daily and pray for them and our grand babies always! Love like Jesus, Team Jesus! We are living in a very dangerous Country. Satan is having his with with more and more everyday.
Best Buy store in Minnesota looted by 20-30 suspects; all get away, report says
A flash mob of 20 to 30 suspected looters struck a Best Buy electronics store in Minnesota on Black Friday and managed to get away before police arrived, according to a report.
Read in Fox News: https://apple.news/A2Yc-3I50SDKCIvozcmAcpw
Suicides Increase in New Mexico
Team Jesus, Let us all be in prayer over this very tragic situation. The news just gets worse for a state that has a cloud of death over it, the killing of God’s babies, record murder rate in Albuquerque, child abuse is high, child poverty is high, child hunger is high, legalized pot and home delivery of booze. The people of New Mexico have failed themselves. New Mexico needs missionaries to come here to minister to families. The Church in New Mexico is not getting getting it done! This is not a political problem, it is a spiritual issue. So many in New Mexico need JESUS!
This Post by Pastor Don Kimbro from 2015 still gets many reads here in 2021:
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” — 1 Peter 1:13-16
I once was called upon, in my role as a pastor, to write an affidavit in a legal case, in response to what I considered to be signs of a true conversion to the Christian faith. Have you ever thought about that? How would you articulate it? You’d probably start where I did—you would look for clear evidence of a change in character and behavior for the better, specifically in the things that Christians do and believe such as study God’s word, pray, go to church, join in the sacraments and fellowship with other believers (Acts 2:42-48). But have you ever thought of holiness as evidence of a true conversion—living a holy life? Holiness in its simplest sense means “set apart”—living a set apart life.
Now the Bible is very clear that no one but God can look into the human heart (1 Sam. 16:7), so we are warned to be very careful in making our judgments absolute—but Jesus was also very clear in his teaching that good fruit can only come from a good tree while bad fruit comes from a bad tree. In this parable Jesus was pointing to human beings and the source of their behavior (Mt. 3:10; 7:16-20). Even in the field of jurisprudence, there is a legal doctrine taken from our Lord’s discourse called, “The fruit of the poison tree,” which means that anything obtained from a tainted source is also tainted and must be avoided as legal evidence. Cases have been thrown out of court when the source was discovered to be rotten to the core.
The admonition from the apostle Peter is that God expects us to change when we get saved and our life-style should demonstrate it. Why? Because we’re saved by grace—we are born again and have become a new creation by the power of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:3-8; 2 Cor. 5:17).
If a person has really been converted there’s just no way we can go back to the same old sinful life-style, doing the same old evil things (2 Cor. 5:17). Our behavior must be altered. Eugene Peterson says it like this from The Message: “Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.” Peter, in just four verses, explains holiness as a four step process.
- The first instruction is to prepare your minds for action. I have a weakness for sports on TV. It’s about the only thing I can watch anymore that’s not sensual—that is if I avoid the commercials (and looking at the cheerleaders)! Have you noticed how individual athletes, when they are being interviewed, always talk about being focused—focused on the game at hand, not looking beyond the moment, focused on their game plan, focused on their individual assignments, focused on the opponents strengths and weaknesses, etc.—and then execute. All because they want to win the game. Well, that’s what Peter is telling us here. We focus on the matter at hand—which is living a set apart life and concentrate on what needs to be done to accomplish the goal.
- The second step is to be self-controlled, literally “sober.” When people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs we all know that they often do crazy and destructive things. We see the evidence in our society all the time. Auto crashes, rapes, murders, anger, sexual promiscuity, verbal abuse, irrational behavior, etc. People do things while intoxicated that they would never do while sober because they are out of control. To be self-controlled in the spiritual sense, means to be under the control of the Holy Spirit, who enables us to think and act clearly and responsibly. Paul told the Ephesians in this regard, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).
- The third step has to do with God’s grace in our behalf. As much as we try and justify ourselves in this life, it all comes down to the grace of God—his unmerited favor in our behalf (Eph. 2:8-9). Mark Twain made this point well: “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out, and your dog would go in.”
- The last step involves obedience and lack of conformity—obedience to God’s word and denial of our evil desires. Now I know we don’t like to think of ourselves as entertaining evil in our hearts—but in case you haven’t looked in the mirror lately or read what God’s word says about us—our fallen nature is evil to the core. Jeremiah cried out, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jere. 17:9 KJV). Isaiah added, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isa. 64:6). Paul admonished the Romans (and us), “There is no one righteous, not even one;” and “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:10, 23). Not a very pretty picture of our fallen nature that still haunts us, is it?
God instructs us to be holy in all we do. There’s no wiggle room. No part time holiness—part time worldliness. We should strive for perfection so that all will know that we, as God’s people, are different.
Holiness demands that the world knows who we belong to. Is it obvious by the way we live our lives? Is it obvious to our neighbors? Where we work? To our friends? To our family? Let’s make a decision that will remove any doubts. That’s what holiness is all about. Maranatha!
— Pastor Don