Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Two and a half years ago we received the following testimony on the booklet, How to Be Free From Bitterness. It had been forwarded twice when we received it. You can download the booklet from our website www.ccmbooks.org or you can write us for hard copies (we ask $1/each). A paperback version can be ordered from Canon Press at http://www.canonpress.org/shop/item.asp?itemid=392&catid=

To Whom It May Concern:
Wanted to share: Because I’ve had deep-rooted bitterness and anger for so many years, I kept re-reading the pamphlet, highlighting stuff, but only up to about 2/3rds of it. I couldn’t “sincerely” say the prayer it calls for. After several months of this, I was able too, and found that the other essays after it were XCLNT and informative also. My anger made me a felon almost 7 years ago. Within the last year I’ve been blessed with having that dismissed even. This pamphlet impacted my life, and I will always keep it and reread it to maintain the level of forgiveness it helped me to attain. I consider it my “other bible”. I’ve shared it, recommended it to others, and know that I am blessed to just have been exposed to it. It is a totally different outlook on the topic of bitterness and anger, and a “MUST-HAVE” reading requirement fro those who suffer perpetually due to their inability to let go of anger and bitterness. The introspection essay meant a lot to me also because I beat myself up badly and repetitively from guilt. Now hat I’ve confessed my sin, I know, thru God’s grace, I am forgiven, and I won’t let the “lord of this world”/the devil, use it against me to convict myself anymore. Please maintain my anonymity though. I’m not proud of my past and don’t share it with people who would not benefit from hearing my story. God Bless You!

You brother in Christ,

More on Prayer

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 1 Timothy 2:1-6

Here is another comprehensive paragraph.

First of all that:
1. Requests
2. Prayers
3. Intercessions
4. Thanksgiving
5. Be made for everyone


God is pleased to use our obedience in this to save men by bringing them to the knowledge of the truth.

Who is your Hero?

What are the differences between the following lists of characters in books?

1. Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Nancy Drew, Oliver Twist, Huckleberry Finn, Jim Hawkins, and Penrod.
2. Hudson Taylor, George Mueller, Amy Carmichael, Adoniram Judson, David Brainard and, Gladys Aylward

The first list of names are fictional, the second are real people.

The first list are heroes without being Christian.

The second are heroes because they are Christian.

The first list are forever boys or girls. They never grow up.

The second list we have their whole life.

The first hat cannot be, or should not be imitated.

The second list can be and should be imitated.

I encourage you to read biographies of Godly people.

Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Hebrews 13:7

Teaching the Truth

We have many ways of teaching truth. These include Sunday Schools, Vacation Bible Schools, camps retreats, confirmation classes, Bible studies, Bible colleges, Christian elementary and secondary schools, Christian colleges and universities, seminaries, parachurch group like the Navigators, CBMC, Young Life, Inter Varsity, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth for Christ, Child Evangelism Fellowship, mass evangelism, radio and TV evangelism, preaching in churches, personal evangelism, literature evangelism, Bible translation, Gospel recordings, foreign missions and parent-child evangelism.

Assuming all of these are effective, but considering how much of the above there is, this nation should be a converted and godly nation. Of this list we have participated in, prayed for, or given to all but confirmation classes. Some of the works are very effective, some are less effective.

Less effective:

1. where law and judgment are not presented before the good news
2. where there is not genuine love from the teacher for the people taught.

This will include many places that emphasize the truth more than love.

More effective:

He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:24

It is very simple. We should not have ministries to the lost with people who are not filled with the Holy Spirit. The evidence will be the fruit of the Spirit, boldness, and power.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

Some missionaries have to return if there financial support falls below a minimum standard. Others have to return because of family problems. Does anyone get recalled because they are not filled with love, joy, power, and boldness? How about pastors of churches?

Can money make you secure?

Do you have enough money to be secure?

The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it an unscalable wall. Proverbs 18:10-11

Notice the difference. The name of the LORD is a strong tower. The wealth of the rick is an imaginary defense.

One is real; the other is not. The righteous are safe. The rich are not.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How are you praying?

How are you praying?

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
Notice how comprehensive this sentence is.

1. in the Spirit
2. on all occasions
3. with all kinds of prayers and requests
4. be alert
5. always keep on praying
6. for all the saints.

Why Pray?

Why are you praying?

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. 1 Timothy 2:1-6

Here is another comprehensive paragraph.

First of all that
1. requests
2. prayers
3. intercessions
4. thanksgiving
5 be made for everyone.

Why? We do this because it pleases God our Savior and because it is part of the process of people being saved and coming to a knowledge of the truth.