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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Sexuality is Created by God for marriage!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 06 March 2020

I am sorry this is a work of experts in the field I liked and am sharing that as a married couple you're enjoying life to the greatest degree!

I’ve worked up a good lather in the so-called “culture war” around homosexuality and same-sex marriage for about two decades now. And I’m just as committed to the Christian view on sexuality as I am to engaging the issue in spirited and civil debate. However, to debate the issue seriously and truthfully, we must seek an honest picture of what our opponents actually believe — working from what we think they believe is neither helpful nor respectful.
While there are people of many diverse beliefs and convictions — including gay and lesbian people — who oppose same-sex marriage, here are 10 foundational truths that inform the traditional, orthodox Christian belief.
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All humans are simultaneously sinful and loved.
All people, regardless of their story, are deeply and unconditionally loved by God, each created with profound dignity and worth, not one more than another. This is more than mere religious happy talk — it’s truth whether one is gay, straight, or otherwise. But, all people are also stricken with a terminal illness: sin. Everyone. No exceptions and to the same degree. Our sin demands our repentance and needs forgiveness, and God’s love and grace are where we find both. This is basic Christianity and the great equalizer of all people.
Jesus wasn't silent on homosexuality.
Some claim Jesus never said anything about homosexuality and therefore is neutral on the topic. Not true. Jesus was unequivocal in saying that to understand marriage and the sexual union, we must go back to the beginning and see how God created humanity and to what end. (See Matthew 19 and Mark 10.) Jesus holds up the creation story in Genesis not as a quaint Sunday school lesson, but as authoritative — reminding us that God created each of us male and female, each for the other. And the sexual union that God created and ordains is for husband and wife to come together in physical union, one flesh.
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There is only one option.
Both Jesus and all of scripture approve of no other sexual union than that between a husband and wife. This is the uncontested historical teaching of Judaism and Christianity, and it is not something that true Christianity is free to adjust with the times. Yes, concubines and multiple wives are found in the Bible, but doesn’t make them “biblical.” In fact, they violate the Genesis narrative Christ points us to.
Male and female complete God's image on earth.
It is not just mere “traditionalism” that makes sex-distinct marriage the norm for Christians. It is a common grace God has given to all peoples at all times that is rooted in deeper theological reasons. The first chapter of the Jewish and Christian scriptures tells us that humanity is uniquely created to show forth the image of God in the world — to make visible the invisible. God does this not just in generic, androgynous humanity, but through two very similar but distinct types of humans: male and female. They are human universals, not cultural constructs.
When God said that it “is not good that the man be alone” (Genesis 2:18) he wasn’t lamenting that Adam didn’t have a buddy or was just lonely. He was saying that the male could not really know himself as male without a human “other” who equally shared his humanity but was meaningfully distinct right down to every bit of her DNA. The same is true for her in Adam. Taoists understand this in that the Yin cannot be Yin without its corresponding and contrasting Yang. In both Jewish and Christian belief, both male and female become fully human in their correspondence and contrast with one another. This does not happen solely in marriage, but it does happen most profoundly and mysteriously in marriage.
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Sex is indeed about babies.

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The Harrah Assembly of God
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 21 February 2020

I do not remember a time in my life when my body was stretched so much the last 11 days as I suffered with bronchitis my lung full of mucus that had to come out by coughing and spitting. Ugly for it requires lots of effort to get rid of.  I am just now feeling relief it is about over. God is so good during this time we Ginny and I spent a lot of time listening to Bible Scholars being so thank for who we are; children of the Lords and he know what we need. I wrote what I feel is going on at the Harrah Assembly of God that keeps us the Church that has hope to give ton our community. I hope the Church you’re going to has a vision, mission and purpose Statement. Here is ours
The Harrah Assembly of God
Vision
Sharing life  |  Inspiring people  |  Seeking the Lord  |  Obeying Him
Mission
We are DIVINELY called by God to minister to the needs of our community, to NURTURE one another in these last days.  To be APOSTLES for the Kingdom of God.
 
Purpose
Harrah Assembly of God is a Church that the people in our Yakama Valley can attend as a family to grow in the vine the Lord has given us all to abide in (John 15).  We are interested in making sure we are achieving our potential in this area of Harrah, Brownstown, White Swan and Medicine Valley.
 
Strategies
1.   We need to have teachers for every age group - from nursery to adults. 
a.            Nursery class
b.            Primary class 
c.             Junior class 
d.            High Schoolers class
e.            Women’s Ministry – Brenda Phillips
f.              Song leaders - Sue and Kallie Knight 
g.            Men in the Mirror- Warren Craig
h.            Board- Warren Craig, David Scott, Gary Anderson (Roman Sifuentes) Bert Decker. Sec/Treasure Sandi Whitefoot
2.    Excellence in leadership 
1.   To Teach: Deuteronomy 6:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
You shall teach them diligently to your children, To teach and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:20 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’
2.   To Train - Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
 
3.   To Provide – Love for the Church 2 Corinthians 12:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
4.   To Nurture – Ephesians 6:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
5.   To Correct – 2 Timothy 4.  One who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)
 
6.   To love – Titus 2 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

 


 

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Tale of Two Questions
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Monday, 10 February 2020

A Tale of Two Questions
By MT Wilson

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Church Leadership
a group of friends stands on a mountain looking at the sunset
“Do you struggle with sexual integrity?” seems like a straightforward enough question. But now consider another question: “How do you struggle with sexual integrity?”
The two sentences only differ by one word. Yet the difference between them represents a significant shift I’d like to see among Christian leadership.
The first question begs us to not tell the truth or, at least, to tell only part of the truth. The second question not only makes the assumption that we struggle in some way, but it also signals it’s okay to talk about it.
The first question tends to trigger our fear-driven fight-or-flight response. Confronted with only two options for answering, the knee-jerk response of many would be, “No, not really.”
But the second question feels safer and invites conversation beyond a simple yes or no answer, causing a shift away from defensiveness toward a freedom to engage in honest dialogue.
These two questions represent the difference between shame and grace, law and love.
An Unconventional Approach
This book isn’t primarily about how to stop looking at porn or any other unhealthy or compulsive sexual behavior. Unlike a decade or two ago, it’s no longer hard to find good Christian books about how to combat pornography and sexual addiction.
This is also not a book about blaming others for our poor sexual choices. And it’s most certainly not about stirring up more shame. As Christian leaders, we need safe places for honest and profitable dialogue about sexual integrity.
No, this book isn’t so much about equipping as it is about giving permission. Permission to work through our fear and internal resistance so we can simply take one single step in the direction of greater sexual integrity. Each of us pays a price when we’re unable—both individually and collectively as Christian leaders—to take ownership (privately and publicly) of our common struggle to maintain sexual integrity.
Notice, I didn’t say our common struggle with engaging sexual sin. Engaging sexual sin is optional; contending for sexual integrity isn’t.
When we don’t feel permission to be honest about our common struggle to maintain sexual integrity, we’re more likely to fall morally and lose what really matters: loss of ministry, marriage and family; loss of money; lost enjoyment in ministry; isolation from friends, colleagues and mentors. Not to mention an increased distraction away from our ultimate goal of impacting the kingdom—to the point of potentially becoming irrelevant in ministry.
If we can’t own our common struggle to maintain sexual integrity as Christian leaders, the consequences can find us seemingly without warning. Maybe some of us have been so successful playing Russian roulette that we forget one of the chambers is loaded.
A Glimpse Ahead
Over the past ten years, I’ve personally walked with hundreds of men down the path of sexual integrity recovery. Many of these men served in various roles of Christian leadership. Some lost ministry and family, others didn’t. Some were afraid to take the steps necessary and veered off the path. I fear what happened to them.
But those who kept placing one foot in front of the other eventually saw fruit from their investment. Many who stayed in ministry or eventually returned to it report having a stronger ministry impact, especially in seeing others transformed at deeper levels than before. They report increased opportunities for influence, though this sometimes resulted in doing ministry in a new or different capacity. Those whose marriages survived (and more did than didn’t) report both increased respect from and increased relational intimacy with their spouse. And regardless of the survival of their marriage or ministry, nearly all discovered increased support through closer relationships with other men (including other Christian leaders) and with God.
While the consequences of not walking this path can strike suddenly and without warning, the benefits emerge slowly with time and persistence. This is another reason why not every Christian leader is eager to take the journey. It’s like a medical treatment that has early side effects but whose eventual benefits aren’t experienced until a prolonged course of treatment.
Maybe we feel overwhelmed in knowing how to take the first step. Maybe we’re simply scared to death of it. Or maybe we’ve taken steps to move away from past sin and just don’t know what our next growth step might be.


 

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