Here is our Latest Newsletter!

ITW at LAC4Due to the sensitivity of the places we serve at Into Thy Word go to, we cannot give details for people’s safety, but just to tell you, wow, God is at work!

It is because having God called us, equipped us and sent us and is powerfully using us. Will you join up to partner with this vital mission!? Why? We train and equip pastors and church leaders all over the world online and in person.

http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70030/Krejnewsletter1214.pdf

Here is the previous newsletter to catch up with us….

http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70030/Krejnewsletter0714.pdf

http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70030/Krejnewsletter1213.pdf

I am teaching an in-depth verse by verse Bible Study in So Cal, join us…. “An Overview of the Bible” or “A Walk through Scripture.” A two year study through the Bible, year 1, the Old Testament, year 2 New Testament, a basic overview of each book and its main themes’… currently we are in the passion week of Jesus….

Purpose: It is the endeavor of this study to do a cursory walk through the main streams of God’s Word the Bible. Gain a deeper understanding of the themes, main thoughts, calls, commands and applications to know Christ and live for His glory. It will follow an inductive format with notes and outlines too.

Come join us for a challenging and friendly study environment, with a goal to pursue the heart of God and fellowship together. Led by Dr. Richard Krejcir from Into Thy Word Ministries. For information, email me or call Richard at intothyword.com.

More info here: https://www.lakeave.org/events-calendar/journey-mid-week-bible-study/11250/

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What is Incarnational Leadership?

Incarnational leadership is rooted in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, as “He took a towel” (John 13:2-5).

He was efficient with people, had goals in sight, but was also relational over being task-driven.

This kind of leadership produces a church filled with real purpose and motivation as people are called, appreciated, loved, encouraged, discipled, involved by mentoring and discipleship before they are deployed in ministry. This is “Christ life” before “ministry life.” Thus, the leadership of Christ is producing a church of spiritual maturity and involvement so that the people are inspired to be devolved, as in caught up in Christ and with one another to be more admirable in the faith and in the world making Him known. After they are deployed, the equipping and encouraging are to continue. Manipulation, conniving, and posturing are to be absent, as God’s Love is the fuel.

This kind of leadership sees Christ glorified as our tempers and temperaments come in line with His precepts. It means being imitators of Christ so we go in the direction of the possibilities; we stretch beyond what we think we can do or go, and seek where and what He has for us, even with our limitations and frailty.

More here: http://www.churchleadership.org/pages.asp?pageid=66920

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CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2014

vote 11As many of you have asked, it is here, the voter guide. Remember, this is NOT an endorsement from LAC, ITW, CMTA, just me as a private person, so do your own research (see link below) and vote character, values and keep in mind faith and reason….

If you are in California you may notice a strange stench in the air, like dirty socks. Yes, it is that time of year to vote. The great American tradition, which any good citizen must do; go and vote. Even though the trend may be to find the least qualified people who have charisma and nothing of character or intelligence to offer. But, we can exercise our civic duty and vote the best possible candidates and issues. (Yes, I am cynical of government.)

The best due diligence and research from the best sources seems to indicate these fine folks and issues for public office…..

“Once again I’ve provided a list of conservative recommendations. One of the best sites is Craig Huey’s Election Forum, which specifically caters to Christian values voters.  You might want to check it out yourself, particularly if you need information for districts other than my own. His website is www.electionforum.org. Robyn Nordell is also a strong Christian who provides well-researched information for values voters. Robyn includes explanations for many of her selections, so you might want to scour her website as well. I might mention that she’s not totally in sync with Craig Huey on everything.” (From a good ‘insider’ friend)

GOVERNOR:  Neel Kashkari (social liberal / pro-abortionist. We’ve been advised to vote our conscience, but there is no other good candidate)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:  Ron Nehring

SECRETARY OF STATE:  Pete Peterson

CONTROLLER:  Ashley Swearengin

TREASURER:  Greg Conlon

ATTORNEY GENERAL:  Ronald Gold

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER:  Ted Gaines (two thumbs up from Election Forum / 1 – 3 scale)

MEMBER OF STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (3rd district):  G. Rick Marshall (two thumbs up from Election Forum / 1 – 3 scale)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE (27th District): Jack Orswell (three enthusiastic thumbs up from Election Forum / 1 -3 scale)

MEMBER OF STATE ASSEMBLY (41st District): Election Forum has found no reason to endorse Nathaniel Tsai. I’ll be leaving this option blank.

JUDICIAL / SUPREME COURT JUSTICE:  Goodwin Liu:  NO Mariano-Florentino Cuellar:  NO Kathryn Mickle Werdegar:  YES

JUDICIAL / COURT OF APPEAL JUSTICE: Frances Rothschild:  NO Jeffrey W. Johnson:  YES Brian M. Hoffstadt:  NO Lee Ann Edmon:  NO Audrey B. Collins:  NO Nora M. Manella:  YES Paul A. Turner:  YES Kenneth R. Yegan:  YES Dennis M. Perluss:  NO Laurence D. Rubin:  NO Madeleine I. Flier:  NO

JUDICIAL / JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT: Office 61:  Dayan Mathai Office 87:  Andrew M. Stein

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:  Marshall Tuck

COUNTY ASSESSOR: John Morris

COUNTY SHERIFF: Paul Tanaka

STATE MEASURES: 1:  NO 2:  YES 45:  NO 46:  NO 47:  YES  (Huey says “Yes.” Nordell says “No.” What do you say?) 48:  NO

COUNTY MEASURE P:  NO

Pasadena, Ca area Congressman. This guy I do personally know and recommend him: Jack Orswell http://www.jackorswell.com/

Also, do not vote for dumb people (Bible calls fools)! Seriously, if someone was a fool in office before and they are running again, it is a good chance they will be a fool- again, just read Proverbs…-

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Support us in Missions!

india 05 rawc 945Most of you know I am a pastor; but, I do not get paid much, I have to raise my own support. YEA!

I usually do not ask for support much; just pray, but times are tough.

I am also a missionary to S/C Asia, where I help train other pastors, also a support raising thing…. I also webmaster 4 of the top 10 Christian websites (size, traffic and content), yet they do not pay much… I am also a board member of 4 major ministries that you would know, but board members cannot be remunerated (IRS and CA law). And, if you remember, last year we were robbed of our good computers and other stuff, and just have a 10 year old laptop that was once stolen by monkeys (had to replace the keyboard) that works, kind of. I use it to train 20,000+ pastors and the work for 4 of these major ministries. It is old and slow, hates ‘https’ for some reason and of course videos and freezes up, makes work time a tough time….

So, here is my support letter…. I need $ to live and work and do ministry. Yes, that is just crazy! A pastor must pay for food, housing, living stuff, bills and ministry stuff.

You see, some Christians think we are ‘magically supported’ (someone actually told me that at church this week, that I do not need to be paid or make money, as God will provide ‘magically’). And then there are many people who think I do not need support because I write books. But, I make less than $5k a year on that, can’t feed the cat on that. But in reality, our support comes from those we minister to, and our home church and other places where I pastor. But I minister to people in the 3rd world areas who can’t support, and I serve in churches that are overextended…

So, I have a need. Perhaps, you can pray about it… I do real ministry for real people in real time and need more ministry partners to continue this incredible work that glorifies our Lord…. I need to raise $2,000 a month more than what is currently coming in….

 https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=richard@intothyword.com&item_name=Donation

intothyword.org

pastortraining.org

truespirituality.org

biblestudynotes.org

francisschaeffer.org

discipleshiptools.org

churchleadership.org

Thank-you for your consideration and prayers, be blessed!

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

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Extreme and essential leadership is action! PI

foot washing

What is real love in leadership? How is it shown by the fruits of it, like humility and service?

 

Read, John 13:1-17

Rather, what we may think is leadership; let’s look to servanthood in action. Look to our Lord, how did He lead? Did He give dog and pony shows or feel good messages to tickle people’s whims, or real effectual leading by example and heart?

Let’s look at the foot washing. Before the Passover festivities, Jesus knows His time on earth is almost over, so He takes an opportunity, during the eve of His betrayal and coming crucifixion, to teach a powerful lesson of servanthood and humility.

In so doing, He shows what real love is by the fruits of it-humility and service.

A lot was going on; two of His most trusted Disciples were going to betray Him, one overtly and one by fright and panic. It seems that the devil was having his day in the playroom with the full temptation and influence, but Jesus realizes what is going on. He knows what His mission is and that His power and authority are assured. He gets up from the table to do what only the lowest of slaves would do.

This was during the evening supper. What we would call dinner was also a time for visiting Rabbis to give instructions and teaching; Jesus follows this cultural setting. This may have been at the Passover right before His betrayal and execution-either the “Last Supper” or a meal prior to it (Matt. 26:26-28; John 12:2).

Jesus Got up. Jesus did not forsake or forget His role; rather, He willingly got up to serve, thus taking the place of a servant, a prequel to His role as Redeemer. Culturally, people were seated by their social rank: a Rabbi would usually have an honored position. For Jesus to get up from that position was an infringement to the social statutes of the times and an insult to any religious leader who may have observed it. 

Why did Jesus do that? He came to serve! This was a gesture of humility that was culturally honored, but rarely practiced, especially by people who would be considered elite. And who is more elite than God? People then sat or reclined on a pillow or a carpet at a low table with their feet outstretched away from the table and other’s view. Feet were considered socially disgusting, as they were often very dirty. Thus, Jesus would circle around the table behind people, which was very socially awkward, almost a taboo or something one of status would never do. This is why Peter objected so. He was not being disrespectful; he was trying to protect Jesus’ dignity. Jesus wanted to teach him a grander lesson.

Then Jesus did something even more humiliating, He took off His outer clothing.

An outer coat-like garment was removed, but not just to keep it clean; it was a gesture of extreme humility. This is a fulfillment of Isaiah 53 regarding the humble, suffering Messiah that Jesus demonstrated-not the warlike messiah that Judas and the people in general wanted.

So, everyone experienced shock and awe as they watched the Lord Creator of the universe remove His coat, put on an apron, and holding a dirty, disgusting bowl used to wash dirty feet before entering the home, He kneeled down to wash His Disciples feet. This caused a reaction of conceit for the prideful (like Judas) and wonderment to the devotees.

Peter was extremely perplexed over this and exclaimed, No Lord, do not wash my feet! But Jesus replied, you do not understand, but one day you will. Peter still protested and Jesus said if you do not allow me to serve, you cannot belong to me. So, Peter submitted and even asked Jesus to wash his entire body. Jesus explained to everyone that this was not about being cleaned or taking a bath; this was about something far greater and warned that there was one present who was not spiritually clean.

Jesus then said, you call me teacher and Lord, and wonder why I did this thing, but I call you to wash each other’s feet too. Allow me to be your example and do for others as I have done for you. A servant is not greater than his master, nor is the message more important that the one who sent it. You know this; so do as you have been taught and you will be blessed!

What was Jesus end game here? To show us all, the full extent of his love.

The “full extent” is what Jesus was about to show-His sacrifice for our sins! Jesus took on the righteous wrath of God for sin and paid the penalty, sacrificing Himself for us. Jesus not only set the example, but more importantly, also redeemed us. In addition, this refers to the “substitutionary atonement,” also known as “propitiation.” Christ was the innocent, sacrificial lamb who died for the guilty-for our sins, something which we could not do. The sacrifice of Christ was for us (Isa 53:4-12; Mark 10:45; Rom. 3:21-26; 1Cor. 1:23-25; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 9:15). 1 Pet. 2:18-25)!

Jesus clearly tells us what a leader is and how one should act and work. It is not about pride or power or control; it is about being a servant.

A pastor or a Christian leader must not be in leadership just to command or be in charge for any reason beside how do I teach and exhibit Christ and what is the best way for me to do this? Leadership must not be to satisfy one’s pride or desires, or for personal gain. Rather, we are to point others in His direction by our example.

How and why is leadership learned from first being a child of God and a servant of Christ?

What happens when our direction comes from the latest ideas, or what we think will work?

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The Knucklehead Friends of Job

Beach Talk 2014

What do you do when the challenges of life come and things do not go our way?

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.” Job 37:5

Job-Key verses: 1:8; 27:2-4; 37:5; 42:12

Timeline: Perhaps between 2000 – 1500 B.C. Job’s date is a mystery and possibly predates or is in the time of the Patriarchs as he is the family priest and has a long life. This is one of the oldest books in the Bible.

The Book of Job is about the struggle and suffering of humanity in a sinful world against the backdrop of God’s Sovereignty.

The central character is Job, a man of faith who had extreme wealth and literally lost it all. He did not deserve his suffering. He also had to deal with the various reactions and obtuse conversations with his friends who do not understand what God was doing. Their thinking, like many today is, “God blesses the faithful, so what happens is what you deserve or you sinned.” God does bless the faithful, wicked people do prosper and there are exceptions.

We are presented with a view of suffering and the bigger plan of God, where the question is not answered; rather, only God knows the ‘why’. We are to trust and rely on God’s Sovereignty.

There are so many questions to answer:

Why is there suffering?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why does God’s faithful suffer?

Where is God when life hurts?

The simple answer is God is here, He knows, and He cares!

Because, and life is not about our ideas and comforts or our plans and will; rather, we were created to know God and live for the Lord no matter what comes our way. Life is about our relationship to God and to one another, it is not about our jobs, money, cars, sex, power or even health. These are mere tools, not what life is meant to be about.

What do we do with the challenges of life when things do not go our way?

James gives us a clue in this phrase: Perseverance or patience of Job, the theme of this Book, means ‘endurance,’ as Job went through great sufferings, and he persevered. It is about one’s persistence in the face of adversity and confusion, when we can’t see what the game plan is or even the light at the end of the tunnel; yet, we trust in God and actively ‘hang in’ there anyway (James 5:11).

This is not hanging by doing nothing; rather it is hanging in the midst with all we can do.

By action and of faith, even with our fears, doubts, frustrations, and questions, so we can persevere. James uses this phrase to communicate encouragement for our staying power, as in “you can do it, too!” When God seems far away and no one seems to care about injustice or your concerns, God is still there caring! He will vindicate you and care for you. So, we can run and fight and do our best in dire times (Job. 42:6-12)!

Meanwhile the main enemy of God and humanity is at work!

Satan, his name means “the accuser” and is in direct contrast to Jesus who is Our Advocate. Satan is the accuser of those who are righteous. He is a “false accuser,” who throws things at other people to accuse, slander, and lead astray. He acts like a prosecuting attorney before God’s court to those he knows are innocent. In contrast, Jesus is the Defense Attorney. Satan is the “adversary;” he is the Chief Adversary both to God and to humans. Most likely, Satan no longer is able to go before God and accuse us because he has been thrown out of Heaven. At any result or rule, he does not have sway over a person of faith (1 Chron. 21:1; Job 1:2-12; Job 16; Zech. 3:1-2; Matt. 4:10; 13:39; Luke 22:31; John 13:2; 16:11; Eph. 6:11; Rev. 12:10).

We have the responses

What many Christians here today give too, when we go though the difficulties that others can’t’ wrap their heads on. When we are sitting on our mat asking what happened, what went wrong, we hear these classic responses:

• Eliphaz the Temanite. The first to respond, and probably the oldest, Eliphaz talks with fatherly wisdom from his experiences and theologizes Job’s situation without much compassion; he tells Job he got what he deserved. While Eliphaz has good knowledge, he is driven by assumptions and doe not real wisdom. Job is stating his just case and rightly rejects his advice (Job 4:8; 6-7).

• Bilbdad the Shuhite. He draws his insight from tradition and logic and also states that Job suffers justly as a result of sin. This is probably why none of them helped him when we can assume Job was generous with them (Job 8:2-4; 9-10).

• Zophar the Naamathite. Although he does ask Job to repent, he is also filled with assumptions. Zophar does not analyze or give advice; rather he insults Job. He kicks the man while he is down. He does not consider God may be up to something beyond their limited knowledge (Job 11).

• Elihu. He waits patiently, is probably the youngest, and is brash. He attacks Job and the rest of them, too. He thinks it is God’s discipline (Job 32:4; 32-37; 37:5).

So, they think it is all Job’s fault. Perhaps you find yourself in these situations, you try, and try, to do your best and fail anyway, or something bad just happens, and then get the blame.

Let’s look what they think Job did, it is all about sin.

Sin means to go against God, to miss His mark and thus be separated from Him. We tend to govern our lives by what we want, not always what is best for us. This theme beckons us to seek what God wants. You may think, hey, this is my life, and I can do what I want. Yes, you are right; and, yes, you can. However, God is intimately involved with us. God is no cosmic idea. He is our personal, loving God! So, you see, only an extremely arrogant, prideful, and dim-witted person would say Yes, I can do it on my own! God sees it all. He has the big picture of how all things in life throughout all of time and all persons are interwoven in His tapestry of love and redemption.

Do not seek to be a person who is a loose thread and liable to be unwoven (Eph. 6:12; James 4: 13-17)!

But, we do live in a sinful, fallen world and others bad choices, the corruption of all there is will converge upon us. The key is, what do I learn, what did I do, what do I need to do?

Sometimes, God has to get our attention through adversity.

Sometimes, we don’t have a willingness to listen.

Sometimes, we stop growing.

Sometimes, God has to break our pride and reorder our misplaced priorities.

Sometimes, others sin hits us too.

Sometimes, God is doing a work we do not understand yet.

The key is how we are able to receive Christ as LORD. Are we able and willing to understand?

Sometimes, our willingness and ability to understand does not come until eternity as it was with Job. The key is to trust and know He is in control; He will be there with us carrying us through. It is not about understanding ourselves; this is about understanding Him. Ask Christ to show you His deep hidden treasures, and be willing to listen and grow (1 Peter 1: 3-12; James 5: 7-12).

What do I do when I am in a trial?

When the storm clouds begin to form, it is not a time to be impatient. This is not a time to deny and ignore it, hoping it will go away. This is a time to seek Christ’s face in surrendered devotion and prayer. Use the time to seek the reason. Maybe you made a bad decision. Maybe you followed some bad advice. Perhaps, you have stopped growing-really growing-in faith and practice and service unto the Lord. Maybe you cannot find the reason; Job did not. We do know that God wants our attention. So, if you took a careful look inside yourself, immersed yourself in prayer and sought Godly advice, and still find no reason, please don’t get hung up on seeking the reason. Maybe He does not want you to know it, or you are not ready for it.

However, in many cases, the reason is in plain sight. We just need to get the distractions of fear, personal will, and expectations out of the way so that we can see it.

• You have a choice: Become better or bitter. (Job 21 :25 Heb 12:15) How can I avoid bitterness? Accept what cannot be changed (Job 11:13,16) Focus on what you still have, not what you have lost (1 Thess. 5:18).

• Remember what is important in life. Guess what? The important things do not include our things and our “stuff”. The important things are not our careers, education, looks, toys, power, or status. The important stuff in life? Relationships, not possessions, matter (Luke 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:7).

• Focus on Christ. This is the secret reservoir of strength which we may access completely and fully. This gives us the perseverance in tough times (Phil. 4:13).

• Place your trust and reliance upon Christ; this is where your stability comes from. (Isa. 26:3 Ps.112: 6.7; 125:1)

• Learn to listen. Listen to our Lord through your prayer and devotions. Listen to God-breathed wisdom and advice from the Bible. Seek the advice of wise friends and leaders who love the Lord. This is where our direction comes from (Jer. 29:11).

• God is our Redemption! Because of what He did, we can draw our strength from Him and rest in His protection. Remember, He always helps in times of trouble. If you do not see it, you are not looking (Psalm 46:2).

What do we do when others are in trials?

Be a church! Pray for them! Help them!

We can honor people who have been triumphant in suffering because it is encouraging to us because we have examples. When we witness perseverance in faith, we know we can, too! Yes, this means you! Whatever may be attempting to derail your faith or trying to move you off God’s path–spiritual warfare, toxic family members, disgruntled work situations, a debilitating illness–we can carry on because He appropriates us for a purpose; He carries us through!

What are we not to do?

We are not to make haphazard plans; we are not to forego personal examination or scorn wisdom. There are many passages that exhort us to plan carefully and effectively (this is the purpose of the Wisdom Books). Rather, the point is not to ‘do life’ without putting God first and foremost! We must be in His process, not ours, because He is personal and involved with us.

Where is Jesus Christ in this? God’s Sovereignty trumps our plight, because as Job proclaims, My Redeemer Lives! Jesus is shown by the Need of His work as Redeemer and Mediator. Jesus is the one who ultimately suffers, ultimately in our place (Job. 9:23, 33; 19:25-27; 33:23-24).

What are the true blessings and riches? How do they echo into eternity? How does this make you feel? How does this strengthen you?

But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13

© 2014, R. J. Krejcir, Ph.D., Into Thy Word Ministries http://www.intothyword.org

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