Friday, October 6, 2017


I try to stay informed, but as I listen to these leftist libnoramouses that fill the news forum my head almost explodes. I cannot believe people can be this oblivious to reality. I fear for our future.

Liberals are wanting more gun laws to stop people from buying guns that are already outlawed. They want to enforce more gun laws when it is an absolute fact where there are more guns there is less gun violence. In fact, in the past 13 years there's been a 56% increase in gun sells and a 49% drop in gun violence. Look at Chicago! Liberals own and run that city. They have some of the most stringent gun laws in America, yet it is known as "The Murder Capital the World". You know what's crazy about that? Chicago is NOT the murder capital of the world-it is only the third worst in the United States. The title of "Murder Capital" actually goes to  Washington D.C.-perhaps the most liberal city in America! 

Where liberals rule, crime soars, and the innocent die. All more gun laws do is keep law abiding citizens from having them and ensure criminals do. It simply guarantees the innocent will be molested by the wicked without the fear of having a rapidly speeding lead projectile hitting their dome.

But the issue is actually far worse than that, my fellow Americans. I would think that everyone would know these things, but they don't. Some don't know there are other things to learn, some simply don't care. The ignorant masses of sheeple are being led to the slaughter all the while dancing to the soothing music of the pied piper.

The second Amendment isn’t about protecting your home or going deer hunting. It gives us the right to do those things, but it wasn’t established for those purposes. Our forefathers thought those issues were a matter of common sense (something terribly lacking in these days). The second Amendment was actually created so you and I could assemble an armed military (militia) and to go to war with our government if we need to. Believe it or not, governments sometimes get power hungry and want to strip the people of their rights. They take control of their educational system. They take control of their health care system.
They take their property. They take their money. They take their guns. They basically don’t quit until they rule the people through tyranny. Our forefathers said, “What has happened in the past will never happen again. If our government tries the same thing Great Britain did in the 1700's we will go to war with them.”

That’s what the second Amendment is about: our right to fight back against our government.

Now ... Do you wonder why there are so many government entities that want our weapons? It’s all about control. If they take away our means of defense, we are at their mercy.

You know what is kind of funny? My inspiration for this article was actually the new Cam Newton situation. If you don’t know who Cam Newton is ... He’s a quarterback for an NFL team. If you don’t what a quarterback is ... Well. Cam Newton was asked a football question by a woman reporter. Cam Newton laughed and said it was strange to hear a woman talking about football. That’s it. He didn’t say women shouldn’t be talking about football. He didn’t say women aren't qualified to talk about football. He just shared a little from his cultural perspective. He probably came up in a culture similar to mine. In the world I grew up in, men played, talked about, and watched football. The women got angry because the men weren't spending time with them and/or painting the nursery. Sorry if you don't like that, but that's reality. Where I come from men watched football and women watched Soap Operas. Things have changed and that’s great, but it doesn’t change the cultures we grew up in. It doesn't change the past. You can tear down monuments, you can force men to stop watching football and make them watch soap operas, but it doesn't change the past.

Should Cam have known to be a little more careful with his wording in his ultra liberal media world? Probably. He’s already lost sponsors ($$$$$$$$) because of this. But I don’t really care about Cam Newton or the Carolina Panthers and I couldn’t care less about the NFL.

Here’s what messes with my head: He could have spit on the American flag and he would have been applauded. Had he got naked, draped the flag around his waist using it as a loin cloth, and ran around the field screaming “allahu akbar”, he would be called a hero. Had he cursed Jesus, threw a high handed bird at the Almighty, paid homage to Gaia, gave a million dollars to abortion clinics, or burnt a million Bibles they would have said he is a revolutionary leader.

But don’t say it’s strange to hear a woman talk about wide receivers running route patterns ... you’ll be finished.

Welcome to America where imbeciles own the media and therefore dictate what the masses consume and believe.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Have you ever had someone try to pull you into a debate using a fallacious presupposition that created a false dilemma? I have and I'm sure you have too (whether you realize it or not).

Let me give you an example. If someone asked me, "What's the best tasting pie in the world: Cherry or Apple?" ... I'd say, "Neither. I like blueberry."

The question presupposes there are only two types of pie in the world (strawberry and apple) when in reality there are thousands.

These type of false dilemmas are presented daily in the church world.

Evidently, it's trendy to no longer be "religious", but "relational". Trust me, I understand the dangers of man made doctrines and the deification of church traditions and personal preferences. I do agree that a great deal of church going people have nothing more than an outward standard, a religious check-list, and almost no relationship with Jesus. Millions of people are slaves to a cold system of beliefs as opposed to being alive in Christ. It's true, if you don't have an intimate relationship with Jesus you have nothing more than religion.

A couple of years ago I watched a Youtube video a man named Jefferson Bethke uploaded. It was titled "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus". It is essentially a poem about why religion is bad and a relationship with Jesus is good. Jefferson makes some very candid and relevant points about the church world that I wholeheartedly agree with and preach about often. The official video has been viewed nearly 33 million times. Jefferson has told tens of millions of people that Religion and Relationship are contrary to one another and all the people said, "Amen!"

This wasn't a new idea (religion vs relationship), but his video seemed to solidify it in the minds of a lot of people, particularly Millennials. It seems that Jefferson has made it trendy for some people to attack that demon called Religion!

Although Jefferson's poem is creative and well written; and although he spits some powerful truths, there are a few major problems with Jefferson's video. 

(The inspiration for this blog post wasn't Jefferson Bethke's video, I'm just using it as an illustration.)


First, it creates a false narrative. He proposes that all religion is bad when in fact the Bible clearly states that is not the case. Look at what James wrote:

Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's RELIGION is vain.
27 Pure RELIGION and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

According to the Bible there is a pure and undefiled religion that is useful and valuable to us. Jefferson's video doesn't distinguish between true and false religion. He doesn't distinguish between pure and corrupt religion. He simply tells the world religion is bad. In doing so, he has set himself in opposition to the Word of God. By not specifying a relationship with Jesus is better than a false, corrupted religion, he has attacked James 1:26-27. Though it is true, you can't have pure and undefiled religion without a relationship with Christ, according to Jesus, a relationship with Him will lead you into it.  (Mt 25:41-46)

You cannot separate Jesus and pure religion.


Any time I hear someone say they don't want, need, or have religion--they have a relationship--I nearly throw up. All they have to do is look the definition of the word up to see that's a shallow statement. Since you may not feel like looking the definition of "religion" up, I did it for you.

RELIGION: 1) the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods; 2) a particular system of faith and worship.
Technically, when someone says they don't have religion they are saying they don't believe in or worship God, nor do they have a specific system of faith. Now, I know, practically speaking, most of the people that say they don't have religion actually do. They believe in God and have some system of faith. The reason this is confusing is they are trying to change the meaning of the word religion. But do not fear! No matter how grand their attempt the meaning of the word doesn't change. It's like the old man of God said, "Words mean something, dummy!" 
So religion is an intellectual system of belief. To have religion simply means you believe something. You could even be an atheist and tell me you don't believe in anything, but not believing in anything is actually a doctrine, therefore a religion.

Do you believe in the virgin birth? Do you believe that Jesus became a man and walked among men? Do you believe He died on the cross? Do you believe He was buried? Do you believe He was resurrected? In the Theological world those are subjects covered in the doctrine of Christ's Incarnation. The Incarnation is part of the systematic study of Christology which would be under the umbrella of Theology-all parts of a system of faith, aka ... religion.

Do you believe, through faith in Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), we can saved? That's the doctrine of Soteriology which is a part of a system of faith, aka ... religion. 

When someone says they are Christians, they're saying their religion is Christianity because that's what Christianity is ... a religion. It just happens that true Christianity is true religion because Christ is at the center of it.

SIDE NOTE: If you're one of those people that say you don't have "doctrine", everything I'm saying applies to you, too. You have doctrine whether you admit it or not. In fact, saying you don't have doctrine is actually part of your doctrine. SMH

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.


Whose fault is it that the Catholic church killed 50 million people during the inquisition? Whose fault is it that people are ostracized and destroyed every day by church going people? Whose fault is it when a priest or pastor abuses a parishioner? Whose fault is it when church leaders fall to immorality?

Is it the Bible's fault? Is it Jesus' fault? Bible readers know that Jesus promoted holiness of life. He promoted kindness and love toward our enemies. No. It isn't the Bible or Jesus' fault.

Was it religion's fault? That's an interesting question. I suppose we could blame religion, but remember, religion is a system of doctrines. Where did we get that system of doctrine? Religion isn't some invisible, abstract force that creates itself. No. Doctrine has a source ... men. The question is: WHERE DID MEN GET THEIR DOCTRINE? 

For the true Christian, the answer to that question is ... God. God spoke to men and men wrote down what He said. Other men gathered those manuscripts and compiled them into what we know as the "Bible". True Christians, being led by the Spirit of God, motivated by the love of Jesus, will have pure doctrine. PURE DOCTRINE PRODUCES PURE AND UNDEFILED RELIGION. Contrarily, when men lead themselves, motivated by self-love, they will produce corrupt religion. 


Instead of attacking "religion", attack false, self-centered religion. You should strive to have pure, undefiled, Christ-centered religion, and speak positively about it.

You are religious and have religion whether you admit it or not. Saying you don't have religion is actually part of your religion (your systematic approach to faith). 

How about we stop allowing Christian fads and trends affect our beliefs and conversations and just rely on the Scripture. 

There is no battle between RELIGION AND RELATIONSHIP. There is only a war between FALSE RELIGION AND TRUE RELIGION. 

Pure and undefiled religion requires us to have an intimate relationship with Christ. An intimate relationship with Christ will create a pure and undefiled religion.   

Peace. Love. Hope.
David Lamb 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017


The critical fault finder typically has a ton of dirt under their own rug. They don't see it, and if they do, they either won't admit it or find some ludicrous way to justify it. They chop others down to make themselves feel better about their own short comings. It gives them the illusion of rising while they are, in fact, sinking into the quagmire of self-righteousness and sin. They rip others to shreds for being fickle and fake while they themselves are fickle and fake. They're simply the opposite sides of the same coin.

One prostitute sleeps in a roach motel, another sleeps in a penthouse. One smells like perfume, the other reeks of sweat. They're both still prostitutes.

Watch out for these type of people. They will bring you down. Be careful who you spend your time with. Be careful who you listen to. You become what you associate yourself with. You can easily become your environment. If you're leaning away from God, perhaps you need to consider who you're spending most of your time with. Are your friends and family a healthy influence on you? Is their gossip and critical spirit causing you to be critical? Would you be doing what you're doing if they weren't doing it? Are you led by the Spirit or are you being led by someone that gives you a license to cater to the flesh?

1 Corinthians 15:33 (AMP)
Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.

Look around you! Are your friends spiritual or carnal? Are they on fire for God or are they spiritually dead? Are they leading you toward Christ and His service or do they make it easier on you to do nothing?

Pr 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

You can learn a lot about yourself by looking at the people you feel most comfortable with.

Open your eyes. Are you influences spiritual or carnal? Are they pushing you forward or dragging you behind? 

It may be time to switch who you're riding with.

Peace. Love. Hope.
David Lamb


We limit God with our preconceived notions. We often attach our destiny to people that aren't interested in our journey. When they stop traveling with us, we stand on the side of the road waiting for them to catch up. We become immobile because we think they are necessary for us to complete our journey.

This is dangerous because while you remain fixated on those that you think are supposed to roll with you, you ignore the ones that are actually in the car saying, "Let's do this".

God has given you everything you need to finish your course. If someone bails out, they weren't necessary. God's got you.

Monday, July 24, 2017


In a perfect world things are perfect. This is not a perfect world-far from it. You're going to have to adapt or spend the rest of your life being its "victim". I'd rather be a victor.

I think the problem with most of us is we sit back and wait for life to happen to us and then we respond to it. We are counter punchers-and not very good ones at that. We allow other people and external circumstances to create our reality. We conform to the cosmos. Because of that we live in a perpetual state of emergency. As ridiculous as this sounds, many people like this because they can blame other people and circumstances for their miserable condition. They don't have to take responsibility for their actions or inactions. They don't have to be faithful because someone was unfaithful to them. They don't have to work because a supervisor did them dirty 10 years ago. They don't have to go to church because a church did them wrong last year. They don't have to be kind because someone was cruel to them. They don't have to give because they gave to someone else and they squandered it away. They don't have succeed because someone told them they were a failure. They can remain obese and unhealthy because someone told them they were fat and stupid.  

I am emphatic toward those that have been abused in their life. I understand that our social and economic environments have helped mold us into the persons we have become. But the truth is we are writing our own books, chapter by chapter, page by page, word by word. You may write what others tell you to write, but you're doing the writing. You choose what you allow in your book. 

You say, "I couldn't help what happened to me." 

That's probably true. You can't help what people do to you, but you can dictate how you respond to it. We are all self-made, but only the successful dare to admit it. 

Each of us must make a painful assessment. Which parts of our lives can we change for the better? Once we have settled that we must change them or we must stop blaming anyone but ourselves.

We are made in the image of God. We are created to be awesome. You must stop hijacking your divine purpose. You must walk in the Spirit, living in the attitude of Christ, allowing His presence to shine the path for you. You must make up your mind to change. Those around you will not want you to change. They will try to keep you from rising to the next level because they are not willing to go with you. You must go anyways. Stop allowing toxic people to write your story. Stop blaming the past. Stop blaming the government. Stop blaming your parents. Stop blaming the devil. Stop blaming drugs and alcohol. Stop blaming your ex. You must move forward.

Go to church! Hang out with some godly, positive people that can influence you toward a healthier life. Get involved in ministry. Make a conscious decision to give more of your money and time. Be a part of the solution. Stop waiting for someone to write you a million dollar check ... it isn't happening. Go to work. Be an entrepreneur. Create something. Write something. Read a book. Learn something new. Pray that God will revive your vision.

You were made by a creative God. You were made in His image. So be creative. 

Don't spend the rest of your life wishing.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I am sure that you will be at work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, working 40+ hours next week, regardless of how tired or sick you are. And for those that need to mow or go fishing or whatever it is you need to do ... call your employer Monday morning and don't go to work. Do your chores on a work day, not the Lord's day. Take your kids to Sunday School, they need that far more than the bounce house. Teach them that God is your priority.

Being a part of a church isn't just about being entertained and "getting a blessing". It's about being a part of a community. It's about supporting each other. It's about hearing the Word of the Lord. It's about spiritual growth. It's about worshiping together. It's about reaching the least, the last, and the lost.

I hear some of the dumbest claims from carnally minded people. For example:


Really? That sounds like an intelligent argument to you? That's equivalent to saying you can live just as good at Walmart as you can Kroger. Let me share a secret with you ... you're supposed live holy every where you are.


Again, does that really sound logical to you? First of all, those that say those type of things hardly ever pray or read the Word of God. They never witness to the lost. I'm not sure what they mean by "serving the Lord".

Secondly, the Apostle Paul wrote, saying:

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

You cannot be perfected (matured) in Christ without apostles, prophets, evangelists and teaching pastors. Do you have your own personal pastor at home? Do you have an evangelist scheduled to show up at your house tomorrow?


Ok. Did you know that words can have more than one meaning? For example, the word fly. The fly is buzzing around my head. Zip up your fly. The plane can fly. My wife is fly. Etc.

The word church does refer to the body of Christ, but it also refers to the place the saints go to worship. How about these Scriptures?

Re 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

How many bodies does Jesus have? One or seven?

1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Ro 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
Going to church isn't about LIVING right, it's about SERVING right. You may be able to live just as good at home by yourself, but you will not serve as good by yourself. So don't say you are SERVING God if you're not actively engaged in ministry. Don't say you're serving God if you don't care enough about the body of Christ to fellowship it Sunday and mid-week.

We must stop with the empty, lame excuses for not loving God and His house. The truth is those that don't have a desire for God, His Church, and reaching the lost are simply preoccupied with their own interests.

Go to church tomorrow! Your pastor is studying and praying for the message God wants you to hear. Go to church tomorrow. Go with something in your heart to bless someone else with.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Ps 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

I can remember how funny winter time was in Florida. If the weather dropped down below 50 folk got crazy. Many of them have NEVER seen snow! If it snows they render it a state of emergency. Why? They’re aren’t prepared! Us Kentuckians are driving around, having snow ball fights, making snow cream, and they’re freaking out. They have very little salt, salt trucks, plows, etc. ... Why? They aren’t prepared, but to be fair ... it almost never snows there, so they don't need to be prepared.

Seasons change and few people really “like” winter. Leaves are falling. Things are dying. I have noticed an unhealthy amount of depression among the people of God and it seems to be getting worse. Why does this happen?

Here are 10 practical reasons:

1. SAD: You may have what's called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. The condition is marked by the onset of depression during the late fall and early winter months, when less natural sunlight is available. It's thought to occur when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight.
2. YOU’RE NOT MOVING ENOUGH: It’s easy to curl up on the couch and do nothing. Exercise and motion helps you physically.
Your attitude will determine your altitude. If you can’t think right, you can’t be right.

Pr 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...


Ps 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Whether we like it or not, winter comes.


One of the dangerous things about corresponding with writing, especially on the internet, is if you’re not very careful, what you say and how they read it are two different things.
You ever hear of the phrase “rose shaded glasses”? Bitter shaded glasses ... There are some people that have a disposition that causes them to read their feelings into everything they read or see. Because they feel that way, or because that’s how they’d respond, they see that in everyone else. 
2Ti 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter.
What doesn’t come across in the writings of Paul is his emotion. What was he feeling when he wrote these words, particularly in our text? He was facing death, abandoned, accused, alone – at the end of his life. He asks for nothing but the company of Dr. Luke, a favorite coat, and some parchments. “Do your best to get here before winter” Paul says in verse 21. But although he faces such emotional and physical trials that will end up costing him his life – Paul gives one of the most encouraging messages to his young protégé Timothy – a message that ought to keep us going when the going gets tough.

We close down during the winter time   

2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Paul is in prison here. He is suffering. He is lonely, but he is focused. Preach, Timothy. “There’s a day coming when men won’t want to hear the Word. Preach while you have time.”

We have a choice: Do we allow winter to cause us to be bitter or better?

NELSON MANDELA: Before becoming president of South Africa in 1994, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years by the South African apartheid government. His crime? Standing up against a government that was committing egregious human rights abuses against black South Africans.

He said: Prison taught him self-control, discipline, and focus—the things he considers essential to leadership—and it taught him how to be a full human being.

JOHN BUNYAN: When John Bunyan was asked to recant in order to get out of prison, he would ask, "Christ visits me every night. Why would I want to be any where else?"

Are you expecting a harvest? What must we do?


When you’re in a winter season, ask God: “What” ... not “Why”.
When we start asking “What” instead of “Why” things will get better. “WHY is this happening” isn’t the most important question, but WHAT does God want to do; and WHAT is God preparing you for are the supremely important questions.

Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 

Jesus said, "My father is a gardener. He knows how to process and prepare us."

TAKE NOTE: Winter makes way for Spring.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Cut off (sinner) or cut back (saint) ... Everybody gets cut! I’d rather be cut back than cut off.

Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Joh 15:2 ... that it may bring forth more fruit.

Weeping may endure for the night, but Spring time is coming! If you will submit to the process, God is going to bring forth amazing fruit in your life. Our life will reveal His glory to this world!


I felt the Spirit quicken my heart. I had to rise and ask His design. My heart hurts. Oh, the burden!
Are great many are running hard toward hell. They march like mindless zombies. Their stride is in rhythm with the Pied Piper's, with Satan's hypnotizing melody. It is beautiful, but wicked. It is unlike anything they've ever known, saw, or felt, but it numbs them from feeling the sting of their conscience; the pull of the Spirit, checking them, convicting them over the crimes they've committed against God.

Even many of those that sit on our pews are dabbling in the forbidden. They move forward with a glazed expression upon their faces. They're oblivious to the thick darkness that moves upon our land; of the imminent destruction that looms near. Their eyes are blinded by the god of this world. While their life consists of little more than cell phones and social networks, Delilah rocks them into a deep coma. Like Samson, they will be afflicted.

To the luke-warm, the self-righteous pharisee, the hypocrite, the prayerless mother, the burdenless, Spiritless father: Will we reject Christ? Will anyone try and stop the lost from following Satan to hell? Will anyone lift their voices, breaking the trance? Will anyone be alarmed? Will anyone break free from the steely cords that hold them, that have them entangled, making them slaves to this deceitful world and its diabolical ruler, long enough to make an eternal difference? Is there anyone who will pray; intercede for the souls of our youth?

God, wake us, shake us, break us before it's everlastingly too late. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


My marriage is incredible. I thank God for it everyday. I've said many times it would be perfect if I wasn't in it. Fortunately, I am, so she'll have to work with what she's got.

While preaching tonight, I said the following to my 10 year old son, Josiah:

"Josiah, when was the last time you heard momma and daddy yell and scream at each other?"


An awkward silence fell upon me-which I loved-and my face took on the coloration of an albino. It was not the answer I was looking for-at all, but it was perfect. You had better be ready for the nitty gritty when you ask your children questions. They see things a little differently than we do and will tell it. Although embarrassing, it was helpful. I kissed his forehead and thanked him for being honest. He's an awesome man of God.

A couple of day ago, I spoke to my wife with aggravation in my voice. We were not yelling ... my wife will confirm it. LOL. And I wasn't really aggravated at her, I just projected those feelings toward her while discussing finances. It wasn't the first time in 19 years, but maybe it'll be the last ;) Pray for Sister Lamb. She has her hands full.

I felt encouraged and convicted at the same time.

1. I was encouraged because my son knew he was supposed to speak the truth.

2. I was encouraged because my son thought what we were doing was yelling and screaming. That means we've come a long way because we used to yell and scream a lot.

3. I was encouraged because I pastor a church that laughed at me. They didn't walk out on me. They aren't judgmental toward me. They know us well enough to know the adult reality of the situation. I love RT.

4. I was convicted because, whether we were yelling and screaming or not, my son saw what I doing as yelling and screaming. It produced fear or anxiety in his heart. Something that grieves me. I must exercise more temperance and be more gentle with my words.

I've asked my sons and daughters many times how I am doing as a father and husband. I ask them what I can do to be better. Most of the time I get an A, every so often they lay out some hard truths that are difficult to swallow. That wasn't an original idea. S.M. Davis taught me to ask my family those vulnerable questions. I thought it was a great idea and has brought forth much godly fruit.

I'm writing this because I think it's a great practice for all of us. We get so wrapped up in things we don't realize how our attitude is affecting others.
Fathers and mothers ... ask your children how you're doing. Don't get angry with them. Don't talk down to them. If you do, they'll never be honest with you again and you will never become a better husband or father.

Husbands and wives ... ask each other how you're doing. Ask them what you can do to make the marriage better. Be honest and sincere. Be ready for some mature dialogue.

Ask your friends how you're doing as a friend. Ask your pastor how you're doing as a member. Pastors, ask some of your congregants how you're doing as a leader. Be ready for the answer.

Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Ministerial Crushing


A lot of ministry involves trying to pull people up that are trying to pull you down. Some people can't be helped because they don't want help and no matter how much you want to help them, it's a waste of your time. IT'S CRUSHING.

From a pastoral point of view, I sometimes find myself thinking of how much damage people have done to me. How much of myself I have given that was never reciprocated. How much of my life I've sacrificed for people that don't care. How many wounds I have within that have never healed. How many people have walked out on me when I had to stay. How tiresome it is trying to fulfill a vision that requires the participation of people who don't care about that vision. How I'm often drowning in the pain these things have caused and cannot swim out of it. IT'S CRUSHING.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the first to feel these things and I won't be the last. I do know this, when I start feeling that way, thinking about these things, I'VE LOST FOCUS.

Christian Leaders, if you're there now, I want to share 3 things with you.

1. FOCUS ON CHRIST.  You work for Him. He sacrificed far more for you than you have for Him. If you are hurting because of rejection, He's been rejected more. If people have hurt you, He's been hurt more. If you've had people walk out on you, He's had more. If you've been lied on, He's been lied on more. You work for Him. He gave up everything for you and those that we are trying to reach. He deserves your loyalty and He will reward your sacrifice.

2. PRAY. Ministry is hard-a humanly impossible task. It requires the power of the Spirit. You must stay strong in Christ. You must be filled with God and continuously feel His love and grace. You must stay connected to Him or else the pain will be all you see and feel. Stay close to Jesus. People's cruelty will pale in comparison to His life flowing through you.

3. NEVER FORGET THE VALUE OF ONE SOUL. If you're like me you have the vision, the desire, to see thousands of people saved, but that's not the reality. When you don't see everything you desire happening, you feel worthless. You feel like a failure because the church isn't full, because the people are so unfaithful. You study, pray and prepare so you can feed people that are too busy to even attend the services when you should be studying, praying and preparing for the few that do show up. Dear friend, one person is worth the fight. Jesus would have died for only one person. We, too, must be willing to sacrifice for just one, but we can't do that if we don't remember the value of one soul.

Peace. Love. Hope.
David Lamb

Saturday, June 3, 2017


I can't help but think the Wachowski Brothers were on to something very real when they wrote the script for the Matrix. No, I don't believe we are all asleep in a pod somewhere in a scientific laboratory, hooked to a high tech computer system, living a simulated life. That's not what I mean.

What I mean is people have been programmed to think and behave in a very systematic manner. We have been taught that certain actions are safe and reasonable and anything other than that accepted system is suspect, even dangerous, and should be avoided like the Black Death. We are so indoctrinated to accept this matrix inspired reality that any person that chooses to go another route other than it is looked upon as stupid and deranged.

We hear the young progressive regurgitating what they've been taught by our government run educational system, shake our heads, and say, "Liberal indoctrination". We hear the twenty-something  quoting the latest verse from a "super intelligent" Hip Hop star or mega-rich, mega-stupid actor like Cathy Griffin or Matt Damon and say, "Hollywood indoctrination". We can see the matrix being played out in everyone's life but our own.

It is because of this that false doctrine prevails so readily. I was raised up around a segment of the Holiness movement that is tongues or nothing. They taught you were an out right, hell bound, sinner until you spoke in tongues. When making my way out of that movement, it wasn't the doctrine itself that made it difficult to get free. In fact, the doctrinal side was the easiest to see my way through. The most difficult hurdle was the cultish teaching that, not only were they the only ones Biblically correct, everyone else were evil deceivers teaching false doctrine, seducing the souls of vulnerable men and women. Once I began seeing the truth of God's Word, I had no where to go. I was afraid of everyone, including those that could've helped me. Thank God for the Holy Spirit.

I see churches choked down by tradition. They won't move or change because no one they know has ever done it any other way. Grandpa did it a certain way and it worked for him (in 1950)! It doesn't matter that their church is dying. It doesn't matter that they are surrounded by dead churches and dying ministries. They just keep doing the same things over and over expecting a different outcome. It's insanity.

I see this every day in the business world. People have been taught the only way to earn a "decent and honest" living is to work for someone else. The accepted approach to life is to work 40 hours a week for 40 years, retire and then try to live on 40% of what you made-if you're successful. Everyone else will be dependent on the government, trying to live on $500 a month in Social Security and Medicare. 

We become like worker drone ants. We punch a clock, do what the boss man says, when he says it, earn what he says we can, celebrate a 3% annual raise, get paid like an automaton every Friday. We live inside the "box", buy from within that box, and then die. It feels kind of like institutional slavery to me. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. If that's the life you want, it's safe and acceptable. It's honorable and you will get everything your factory or boss allows you to have. You will live and die with a fair amount of security, but I wonder if you will die truly happy.

People fear change, they fear anything different. When they're approached with something that's outside the matrix, outside the box, they cower from it. They fear the unknown. They run from it. They fear failure, yet live a life they feel is a failure. So they stand still, trembling, waiting for this weird, large possibility to pass. They want to get back to the matrix as soon as possible.

The Bible says God hasn't given us a spirit of fear. He's given us a spirit of power, love, and a disciplined mind (2Tim 1:7). What is the purpose of this verse? Why do those that live within safe zones need such a powerful weapon? People snuggled up comfortably in their beds, inside the safety of their homes, talking about not having a spirit of fear, look kind of silly to me.

If you do nothing that requires courage, what is the purpose of praying against fear? You need to rise up. Expect those that have accepted the matrix to mock you. Expect peer pressure to come. Expect the fearful to try to keep you within "their" comfort zone.

You can do all things through Christ. You are more through Christ. You are made in the image of God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. The ship is safe in the harbor, but it wasn't made for the harbor. It was made to sail. You can stay docked for the rest of your life and never incur shipwreck. That's true. But you'll also never enjoy the high seas. You'll never really embrace your purpose. You'll never sail.

We told God we want to go to the next level, but we don't want to leave the one we're at. If you go to the next level you may have to go alone. You will have to leave behind those that won't go with you. They will laugh at you. They will mock you. Some will cry and say they're worried about you. Almost all of them will wish they were you.

We are stuck in a box. It's time to break out. It's time to stretch. It's time to become everything we were called to be!

Peace. Love. Hope.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I LOVE THIS VERSE! I wish I could use it!

A preacher friend of mine and I were discussing this verse. He told me James was not talking about sins, just “faults” (lapses in judgment, car wrecks, forgetting to pay your phone bill, and other benign things like that). That’s the safe approach, but that’s not what the word fault means. Well, it does mean that, but it goes much deeper ... and darker.

First, what is a "fault"? The definition is simple:  a side-slip (lapse or deviation), (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression: – fall, fault, offense, sin, trespass. The word fault means any error or deviation, whether it’s innocuous or grossly wicked. Robertson, the linguistic master, simply translated it “sins”. Faults are sins according to every Greek lexicon in the world (or at least the dozens I’ve studied).

I love how the Amplified Version renders this verse:

James 5:16  Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

James 5:16 tells us there is healing in confession. The opportunity to admit to another human that you have sinned and then have that person pray for you–not destroy you with that information–is priceless. It is deeply therapeutic. My question is: Who do you confess your sins to? Who can you trust? Who can you sit down with and say:

    “I have failed miserably. I’ve done the unspeakable. I need help.
         Will you pray for me?”

I am not a Catholic–not by a long shot. I don’t believe you can go down to a confessional booth, confessing your sins to a mortal man, say a few “Hail Marys”, and then have that man remove your sins from the eternal score card. NO WAY! But ... I do understand why the confessional booth is such a popular concept. 

Now, contrary to what you may think, I’m no fool. I know (for many) the confessional booth is like a “get out of jail free” card. Sin. Confess. Sin. Confess. Sin. Confess. Repeat. But there are others that go to the confessional booth because the Catholic church offers an answer to James 5:16–it’s a flawed answer, but an answer nevertheless. They are able to walk into a private setting, confess their sins to another human–saying it aloud, feeling the weight of those words, and then walk away knowing it will never be repeated. That’s powerful and appealing to fragmented humanity.

There are men that are drowning in pornography addiction. They want out, but are now enslaved by it. Sure. I know. All they have to do is repent and God will help them. That sounds great! But it’s not always that easy. Every vile image they’ve viewed has been etched into their memory. The affects of pornography are powerful and lingering. Some of these men would be healed if they could share their issue with another man, be held accountable, and then have that other man pray for and with them. There’s a reason James 5:16 was given to us. It means exactly what it says: there is healing in confession and prayer.

The Church should be the one place we can speak openly of our issues. Christians should be humble and reflective of where God has brought them from. Some professing Christians seem to forget they were once sinners. They can be judgmental and hypocritical. Gossip is their second language and they speak it fluently. Deadly poison is in their tongues. This should never be.

We have to change this, but how?

1. START TAKING ABOUT IT. Discuss this subject in Bible studies. Start talking about why we don’t or won’t confess our sins to each other. Talk about the danger of gossip. Talk about being trustworthy. Put this issue on the table for discussion.

2. BECOME THE SOLUTION. Be faithful. Be trustworthy. Stop gossiping. Stop listening to gossip. Pray for those that are in trouble. Make yourself available. Stop using other people’s faults to make yourself look better. Chopping other people down only gives you the illusion of rising. You’re not. You’re only destroying your neighbor and making yourself look like a fool in the meantime. Try to remember where God has brought you from and where you would be if He left you.

3. FIND SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST. Find someone that’s proven themselves to you and ask them if they will be your accountability partner. Ask them if you can talk to them about the hard things. Ask them if they will pray for you and not use your confession against you. Try it out, little by little. Let them gain your trust. Do the same for them. 

James 5:16 is medicine for the body of Christ. As long as we have no vehicle to administer that medicine, the body will stay sick.

Peace. Love. Hope.
Pastor Lamb

Friday, March 17, 2017


Some years ago, I turned down a particular road, drove about three miles, only to discover that the road was impassable due to a bridge being washed out. I whipped my car around, making a sarcastic remark about how "it would've been nice if these morons would've put up a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign so folks don't waste their time driving down this road. Furthermore, someone could get killed!" As I was making my way back, I happened to notice in my rear view mirror a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign. And then another. And then another. In fact, there was a 'BRIDGE OUT' sign about every thousand foot, all the way to the entrance of that road. They had warned me, but I wasn't paying attention. I felt stupid. I was the only moron out there that day. 

Now, let me ask you this...

If your child was traveling down that road and I had intentionally removed every 'BRIDGE OUT' sign and they plummeted over the edge into a river, drowning, would you blame me? Would you think I at least bore SOME responsibility for their death? 

I know you answered "yes", and rightly so, but this is happening every day in the spiritual realm, yet very few feel they are responsible.

God has basically called us to do two things: 1) Tell the world they are driving on a road toward an abyss called "Hell"; and 2) Tell them about the ONLY altnernative path-Jesus Christ. (Mt 28:19, Mk 6:7-12, Acts 4:12, Acts 1:8, Luke 24:46-49, Isa 61:1-3)

We are God's warning signs, but many of us have removed ourselves from the pathway that sinners walk. When they fall into the horrid depths of hell we feel no pain, we take no responsibility. After all, they're the ones that chose that path; they're the ones that didn't pay attention to the danger ahead. Right? WRONG! 

Yes, they are free willed moral agents who choose their own path, but we are called to warn them of the dangers that path harbors! We are to offer them an escape route! So, yes ... we are also to blame!

I know you're too busy or perhaps too afraid to evangelize, but it won't matter what excuse you offer, there will be a responsibility to bear at the judgment of God. 

So you still aren't convinced? Here's this:

Eze 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

You're still not convinced because, after all, you're not a "watchman"? I understand. Honestly, I do. 

That reminds me of the woman who was brutally raped in the parking lot of a huge apartment complex. It was later discovered that hundreds of people watched it happen, yet no one tried to stop it or even called the police. He raped her, stood up, and just walked away, leaving her destroyed, lying in a bloody heap on the concrete.

A journalist went door to door asking each resident the same two questions: 1) Did you see it happen?; and 2) Why didn't you call the police? 

Every single person that witnessed the rape had the same answer: "I thought someone else was going to call."

They should've all been convicted of complicity!

Although our system of government isn't always just, God's is. He doesn't overlook or forget anything! He WILL convict the professing church world of being complicit. The hoards of the "so-called" redeemed stand idly by, watching Satan's mass rape and mutilation of humanity. They do nothing about it because they either don't care or expect someone else to do it. And they CAN DO NOTHING about it because they're prayerless, powerless, worldly, and self-centered. Far too many are more dedicated to their employer and kid's professional t-ball-while-synchronized-swimming coach than they are God and the Church. 

Jesus, the Son of the living God ... Pray for us sinners!

I fear that many of the professing Christians I know are going to be shocked when they discover God was serious when He said:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16

One night, a preacher and his very young son were coming home from church. They came upon an overpass where there was a great number of ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars lined up as far as they could see. There had been a terrible wreck. 

The man got his son out of the vehicle and walked up the embankment to see if there was anything he could do to help. When he came to the top of the embankment, he beheld, to his shock and unbelief, the mangled, lifeless corpse of an individual who had been thrown from a vehicle during the wreck. He covered the eyes of his son, picked him up, and carried him back down the hill as fast as he could. He tried to explain to his son what they had just witnessed in an attempt to comfort his little heart. Once they got home, the father prayed for him, hugged and kissed him, and then sent him to bed. 

At about 2 o'clock in the morning, the dad got up. He noticed that his son's bedroom light was still on. He opened the door and reached for the light switch, but noticed that his son was still dressed in his suit coat and tie, sitting on the side of the bed, quietly weeping. He asked him why he wasn't asleep. The son replied with these heart crushing words: 

"Dad, how can we sleep when people are dying?"

That's my question,too. 

How can we sleep while people die and go to hell?

God is going to ask us why we have removed ourselves (His warning signs) from the highways and hedges. He's going to show us the faces of every man, woman, boy, and girl that went to hell, partially because we didn't do what He had called us to do. 

That, my friend, should make you tremble in fear no matter how busy or tired you are.

Please, repent of your backslidden condition. Remove every idol from your life. Go to work for God. Souls are counting on it. God is commanding it!

Peace. Love. Hope.
Bishop Lamb

Friday, March 3, 2017


The following thought has been on my mind for several days now: You cannot allow yourself to be angry or bitter with those you've been called to love and save (1Co 9:22), regardless of how difficult or disappointing their actions are.

Then Pastor James Coffey posted the following yesterday:

"Ministry has the potential to be discouraging and lonely at times. It is easy to allow that frustration to shine through inadvertently if we aren't careful. One valuable lesson that I've learned about working with people is that they are much more likely to put their faith and gifting into action if they are inspired. Jesus had the same life changing impact on his culture that we experience when reading the scriptures. He spoke truth that was convicting to the core of humanity, yet he did so with a love and compassion that inspired people toward faith and action. If you are a pastor or leader who has become frustrated by the inactivity of others, be careful that you don't allow it to develop into anger or bitterness. An angry leader will not inspire change or increase productivity. You will appear to others as someone who is angry and discontent. You will only push the people following you further from their calling and responsibility as believers. People feel compelled when they see us as leaders finding joy and fulfillment in our calling and purpose. Setting the example will propel others toward pursuing the same. True leadership doesn't dictate, it inspires. Correction and conflict will be necessary at times, but it will be counterproductive 100% of the time if it is done in anger rather than love. If you say you love them but appear to be angry, they will interpret your appearance more often than they will your intentions. Make sure they see your heart and not your frustration."

Then Brother Todd Sloggett posts this quote from Mother Teresa today:

"People are unrealistic; illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway."

Then I remembered what Paul told Timothy nearly 2,000 years ago:

2Tim 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

There's a deep, life and ministry altering message here.

Monday, February 27, 2017


A friend of mine wrote me recently about how upset he was over his (sorta/kinda) pastor resigning. He couldn't understand why God would do that. He questioned whether the pastor even knew the will of God. He questioned the pastor's integrity.

I've had to deal with and answer this type questioning many times. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of pastors and leaders out there that live sinful lives and abuse the people. There are plenty of examples of preachers compromising and doing terrible things. I also know that great men of God are often stereotyped because of these wicked hirelings. I'll rebuke the sinful preacher, but I'm also quick to fight for the men and women of God that are trying to work for Jesus.

This will be a very long post, but I am going to share my response to him with you, hoping you can see things from a pastor's perspective. I know there are great churches and very faithful saints out there, so the things I said to him aren't applicable to everyone. If you are one of the faithful, Thank You. Please, continue what you're doing. The kingdom depends on you. Souls depend on you. Keep praying. We're living in the days of the great falling away, you're important!

"Dear Brother __________. I understand everything you're saying. I also understand why you're hurting. It's perfectly normal. And I want to be sensitive to your situation. I count you as a friend-you've been through a lot lately.

But with that said, I'm having a hard time agreeing with your perspective because, not only do I understand how you feel, I understand how it feels to be a pastor.

In a previous message, you said the following to me:

"We have become discouraged about not having a home church..."

"of course the ___________ church and the people are nice and treat us good but we still don't feel a part of or at home."

After reading that and then reading your complaints about them resigning and how you now questioned the _________'s for leaving, I feel like you were wrong and certainly weren't being fair. (I'm speaking to you as a friend. I'm not bothered at all.)

People celebrate when we (pastors) start churches. They believe us when we say God sent us. They tell everyone how much they confident us. They tell people we're their favorite preacher. That all sounds good, but God didn't send us so we can be people's favorite preacher. He sends us so we can build the kingdom of God, winning the lost, and discipling men and women. We can't do that without help, so God sends people to help us, but it's here we find the problem.

The members expect us to be faithful. They expect us to always show up. They expect us to be at every service until we die, yet they come and go as they please. The members can stay home for any reason, or no reason, and if we challenge them they get mad at us and come to church even less, or find another church to not attend.

People have all kinds of reasons and excuses for not being at church, but that doesn't change one thing when it comes to a pastor and his wife's broken heart. We study and seek God for the message and then the people we studied for don't come to church because they stayed home to clean their house, or had a family reunion, or a birthday party, or were tired, or went to the park, or had a headache, or had to work, or had company, and/or a thousand other silly reasons. Church is the last thing on their priority list. Everything else takes precedent over church. They will be too sick or tired to come to church, but miraculously make it to work the next morning. They can live without church, the pastor, his teaching, the preaching, and fellowship, but they can't live without the almighty dollar. People do what they want when they want, but expect the pastor and his wife to work, even if they have to work alone. I've actually had people take new jobs that wouldn't allow them to come to church services and they wanted me to change the service days or start another service night just so they can come. I hadn't forgotten that they missed half of the services before they took the new job. The only thing better than having 2 services that people don't attend is having 3! I was already dying from preaching to empty pews and fireless hearts. I guess they wanted to kill me quicker.

God gives the pastor a burden for their city, but again, the people have a thousand excuses why they can't come and be a part of ministries that will effect that city. They won't volunteer for evangelism work, they won't commit to children's ministries, they won't show up to prayer meetings, won't clean the church, and hardly show up on work days, yet they still expect everything to get done. They can go out to eat several times a week; they can buy anything they want, but won't tithe. The church suffers financially, hindering what the pastor can and cannot do to fulfill the vision of reaching the city.

God can give the pastor a vision, but often can't implement the vision due to the unfaithfulness of the people.

I see this everyday all across the country.

Dear brother, your reasons for not going to the __________'s church may be valid, but for you to get upset when they left is simply wrong. If God sends a pastor to a group of people and the people won't help him, God will move him somewhere else. God doesn't love the church members any more than he loves the pastor and his wife. He won't allow us to be destroyed by unconcerned church members.

 Furthermore, there are times the Pastor and church get along fine and work beautifully together and God will still move them somewhere else. It's His business.

If we confidented the pastor when they said God brought them we should confident them when they say God is moving them.

God moves church members to other churches. God moves pastors to other churches. That's His business. I do find it funny that both pastor and members accuse the other of not obeying God when they move.

Now, I know that was a little hard, but it's the truth. I just wanted you to see it from another perspective.

I love you, Brother ______."