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MYTH: A cleanly kept home will not have mice or bugs

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Hello and welcometo this teaching from Skip Heitzig ofCalvary Albuquerque.

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Every group has its share ofproblem people and detractors.

Their words may hurt us andtheir actions may confuse us.

But as we continue ourseries, Technicolor Joy, Pastor Skip teaches us howto handle these pesky folks.

Now, please open your Bibleto Philippians chapter 1 as he begins the message,Pest Control.

Would you turn in your Biblesto Philippians chapter 1 this morning.

Philippians chapter 1.

That's what we're doing.

We're going through the bookof Philippians, verse by verse, on the weekends.

We call it TechnicolorJoy, because we've discovered thisbook is a book that has as its central theme joy.

And yet, Paul was writingfrom a Roman prison.

It's amazing.

Philippians chapter 1.

So there was a man, he wasstranded on a desert island all alone for years.

Finally, he was found.

And a rescue team was sentto pull him off the island and bring him backto civilization.

Well, they get to the islandand before they take him off, he goes well, let meshow you around first.

So you can see what I'vedone with the place.

So he brought them toa hut that he lived in.

He goes, this is the home thatI built with my own two hands.

They were impressed.

And then, he showedthem a second building.

And he said, thisis the church that I built with my own two hands.

Now, he was alone on the island.

But he said, this is the churchI built with my own two hands.

And then, somebodyfrom the rescue party noticed a third building.

And he said, whatabout that building? He said, oh, that's thechurch I used to go to.

If you've gone tochurch for very long, you know that thatsentiment is not far off.

That the longeryou go to church, you discover that church historyis filled with contention sometimes.

And discord over years.

And it's one of the thingsthat unbelievers have noticed.

People who do not believein the Jesus we follow will sometimes-- in fact, oftentimes-- say,well, you know, there's a lot of denominationsin the Christian world.

And it just seems like you guyscan't get your act together.

You don't all agreeon all the points.

You know, it'slike the old joke.

How many Christians does ittake to change a light bulb? And it's not an easy answer.

Presbyterians, none.

Lights will go on andoff at predestined times.

Catholics, none.

Candles only.

Baptist, at least 15.

One to change the lightbulb and three committees to approve the change and decidewho brings the potato salad.

Episcopalians, three.

One to call the electrician,one to mix the drinks, and one to talk about how muchbetter the old light bulb was.

Charismatics, only one.

Hands are already in the air.

Pentecostals, 10.

One to change thebulb and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

Unitarians, we choosenot to make a statement either in favor of or againstthe need for light bulbs.

However if you are--in your own journey you found that light bulbswork for you, that's fine.

You're invited towrite a poem or compose a modern dance aboutyour light bulb for next Sunday's service,in which we will explore a number of lightbulb traditions, including incandescent,fluorescent, three-way long life, and tinted.

All of which are equallyvalid paths to luminescence.

Methodists, undetermined.

Whether your light is brightor dull or completely out, you are loved.

You can be a light bulb, aturnip bulb, or a tulip bulb.

Christian, our church-widelighting service is planned for next Sunday.

Bring the bulb of yourchoice and a covered dish.

Nazarenes, six.

One woman to replace thebulb while five men review the church lighting policy.

Lutherans, none.

Lutherans don'tbelieve in change.

Amish, what's a light bulb? Well, now that Ihave effectively ditched all denominationsand offended everyone, I want to go to the text itself,in Philippians chapter 1.

We're going to be lookingat verses 15 through 18.

And here's where we are.

Last time we weretogether, we noted that Paul was dealing withproblem circumstances.

He had been on trial.

It was a mistrial.

It was a miscarriage of justice.

It landed him inprison in Caesarea, than in prison in Rome.

Now, Paul writes aboutnot problem circumstances but problem people.

But get this-- there areChristian people that are the problem.

Christian people thatare opposed to Paul.

This disillusionslots of people who-- after they come to Christ-- say something like,well, I thought it would be much differentamong Christians.

I thought Christians wouldbe so wonderful all the time.

It's a good thought, but thereality is we're all fallen.

We're all sinful.

We're all imperfect.

And yet, we all get together.

Remember, Jesus said,when he gave his sermon to that synagogue in Nazareth,he said that he had come-- his words-- to preachthe gospel to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives, togive sight to the blind, to set at liberty thosewho are oppressed.

Did you hear the description ofthe audience he speaks about? Poor, broken-hearted,captive, blind, oppressed.

Sounds like a messy bunch to me.

And that is who we areas we are all together.

Now, the critical questionis, how do you handle pests? How do you deal with peoplewho claim to be Christians, yet at the same time, they're weird,irritable, sometimes wrong, or just plain goofy? How do you handle them? What do you do? Well, we are given athree-fold strategy in these four verses ofPhilippians chapter 1.

Whether you are a church leader,whether you are a group leader, whether you gather asmall group in your home or you go on a missionstrip-- or you just hang around Christians--these are valuable principles to know.

Let's begin andby-- just looking at our texts in verse 15.

Paul says these words.

Some indeed preach Christeven from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill.

The former preach Christfrom selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing toadd affliction to my chains.

But the latter outof love, knowing that I am appointed forthe defense of the gospel.

What then? Only that in every way, whetherin pretense or in truth, Christ is preached.

And in this I rejoice,yes, and will rejoice.

The first thing we must do isidentify the troublemakers.

Now, this will not be difficult.

Troublemakers show themselves.

They emerge on their own.

You don't have to look for them.

You'll find them pretty easily.

Paul did, in hisexperience in Rome.

Now, as we examine these wordsin this text more carefully, we discover who heis speaking about.

First of all, wewant to make a note that these people Paul iswriting about are believers.

They are believers.

Notice in verse 15, he says,some indeed preach Christ.

Some of what? Some of whom? The answer is given in theprevious verse, verse 14.

Most of the brethrenin the Lord.

Please notice that,that's part of the group.

Most of the brethren in theLord have become confident by my chains and aremuch more bold to speak the word without fear.

Some-- that issome of them, some of those brethren in theLord-- indeed preach Christ.

So Paul is not dealing withheretics here or Gnostics or Judaizers or unbelievingidol worshippers.

He's talking about Christianbrothers and sisters who preach Christ.

Evidently leaders inthe church in Rome.

Why is this importantto make a note of? Well, I've noticedthat some of us like to idealizethe early church.

We think that the earlychurch must have just been perfect all the time.

And I've heardsentiments such as, boy, I wish our church could belike the early centuries.

Those were the good old days.

I've discovered thegood old days is just a combination of a goodimagination and a bad memory.

Because if you think aboutit, the New Testament is filled withearly church issues.

Example? The church at Corinthwas an early church.

Ever spend much timein 1 and 2 Corinthians? If you have, you understand thatwhen Paul wrote that letter, he was speaking toa divided church who were arguing over leadership.

There was rampant divorce.

There was lack of love.

There was immorality.

There was the discussionover spiritual gifts that nobody agreed on.

It sounds verycontemporary to me.

If you're wanting to belike the early church, I think we've hit that mark.

They were not a perfectgroup of people.

I guess the most disturbingissue is why does that happen in the church? Why among redeemed,saved people can there get to be so many problems? The Puritan John Trapp answeredthat question the best.

He said, the devil lovesto fish in troubled waters.

That's good, isn't it? The devil loves to fishin troubled waters.

Satan loves toexploit and amplify any conflict or disagreementor issue that may be among us.

If you have never read the bookThe Screwtape Letters by C.

S.

Lewis, I recommend you read it.

C.

S.

Lewis decidedto write a book from the vantage point of thedevil trying to undo people.

The devil in this book,Screwtape-- the senior demon-- is training ayounger protege demon named Wormwood on how tomess people's lives up.

And in one section of the book,he writes a letter to Wormwood.

My dear Wormwood, saysScrewtape, the senior demon, the church is afertile field if you keep them bickering overdetails, structure, money, property, personal hurts,and misunderstandings.

One thing you mustprevent, don't ever let Christians look up and seethe banner of victory flying, because you will lose them.

Never let them seethe glory of God.

Now, that's exactlywhat Paul does.

Paul lets us seethe glory of God.

That's how he will answerthis whole contention issue, you'll notice in a minute.

He flies the bannerof victory and he shows them the glory of God.

But let's look atthese troublemakers.

Let's identify them.

One thing I want you tonotice is they were jealous.

Look in verse 15at the word envy.

Some indeed preachedChrist even from envy.

Now, we have anotherword for envy in our language-- jealousy.

They were jealous over Paul.

Why were they jealous over Paul? Well, Paul was an easy target.

He was quite successful.

Paul was highly intelligent.

He was very gifted,extraordinarily successful inspreading the gospel.

He had seen with his own eyesa vision of the resurrected Christ.

And, at the timethis was written, Christians were alreadyregarding his letters as holy scripture.

So he's an easy target.

And people, in seeing Paul,decided, let's shoot him down.

Now this is human nature.

I notice this on everylevel, whether it's people mad at Wall Streetor the one percenters or the big corporations.

Always the big, successfulguys that are the easy targets.

So they were jealous.

He uses the word,they preach from envy.

Not only were they jealous,they were a contentious group.

Look at the next word.

Some indeed preach Christfrom envy-- that's jealousy-- and strife.

Now, that describes somebodywho is an argumentative person.

That's what strifemeans, somebody who stirs up a conflict.

Argumentative.

Do you know anypeople like that? They're just-- you'rearound, they're always stirring up a conflict,always argumentative.

Some people thrive onbeing argumentative.

In fact, some peopleare known more for what they are againstrather than what they are for.

You never quite knowwhat they're for, you just know they'reagainst a lot.

That's strife.

They exist to slamothers and they were slamming Paul the Apostle.

I have a colleague inthe ministry who I've known for years, I respect.

And he was speaking about--and answering questions-- that young ministers wereasking him about the ministry.

And they said, what is themost difficult experience you've ever had in ministry? And he said, well,there are two.

Number one is when people whoknow truth walk away from it.

When somebody who shouldknow better-- there are Christians whohave been exposed to truth, beenexposed to the word, bring their Bibles, read-along.

Suddenly, one day, they--for whatever reason-- walk away completelyfrom living for Christ.

He said, but the second-- and he was speakingabout ministers who were comingagainst him-- he said those who live to attackothers in the ministry.

It's like they falsely accuse.

And they live justto stir up trouble.

So, envy and strife.

And we do not know howthis strife was expressed.

We can only suppose.

Maybe there was agroup of people saying, well, you know Paul the Apostle,there must be sin in his life.

That's why he's in jail.

Because God wouldbe more faithful and not allow him to bein prison unless something is wrong with him.

Or maybe they weresaying, well, Paul hasn't tapped into thevictorious Holy Spirit-filled life.

If he did, if he had, thenhe wouldn't be in prison.

He'd be free like we have-- like we are.

But we do know theywere jealous and we do know they were contentious.

Something else theywere, they were selfish.

If you go down to verse 16,he amplifies it further.

He says, the former-- that is the first group, theguys against him, the former-- preach Christ fromselfish ambition.

Very interesting term.

It is a political term thatspeaks about a politician canvassing for office.

Using negative campaigns,putting other people down to make himself lookbetter, to promote himself.

So here's a group of peopleputting Paul down to puff themselves up, like a politicianmight do in a negative campaign ad.

They got some pervertedpleasure by slamming Paul so that they couldmake other people think they are much better.

This is not new inthe New Testament.

We know that Johnthe Apostle spoke about a guy named Diotrephes.

If you know yourBible, 3 John verse 9, that little letter towardthe end of the New Testament.

He says, Diotrephes lovesto have the preeminence.

He loves to havethe preeminence.

In other words, he wantsto dominate people.

He's a control freak.

Diotrephes loves to havethe preeminence among them.

Keep this in mind.

Next time you hear gossip-- and there are, unfortunately,too many people even in the church wholove to spread gossip-- when you hear gossip,somebody's ego is being exalted.

It's usually sharedbecause I know this and you don't andI am concerned.

And ego is being exalted as thatinformation is being divulged.

A man wrapped up in himselfmakes a very small package.

And selfish ambitionwas part and parcel of what was wrongwith these people.

They were selfish.

So they're jealous, they'recontentious, they're selfish.

Paul mentions them.

Not by name, he doesn't wantto make too much out of it.

He just doesn't wantto be self-serving.

But he mentions what they did.

But there's a fourth thing.

They were malicious.

Notice in verse 16,the former preacher Christ from selfishambition, not sincerely.

Now, watch this.

Supposing or hoping to addaffliction to my chains.

Now, Paul is revealingtheir motivation.

They're doing all this.

They are this way.

They're pushing me downto pull themselves up.

And here's why.

They want to addaffliction to my bonds.

What does that mean? The word affliction is acommon New Testament word.

Thlipsis.

Thlipsis is a word thatmeans pressure or trial, but it literallymeans an irritation.

It means friction.

It is the irritation causedby the rubbing of an object over another object.

Now, notice it says-- Paul says, they want to addaffliction or irritation to my chains.

For two years,Paul was in chains.

I know you've heard that.

I know we've read that.

We've discussed that.

But I just want you tothink of what that means.

That means for two years, Paulcouldn't take a potty break alone.

He had no freedom.

He had no isolation.

He had no privacy.

He couldn't eat a meal alone.

He couldn't have aconversation in that rented house in Rome for two years.

He was chained to a guard.

That means there was ashackle around his wrist, with a chain attached to theshackle of another soldier who only occupied that placefor a few hours at a time.

But Paul-- 24 hours a day,seven days a week, two years-- he had a chain.

That means that shacklewould irritate his skin and his bones andscabs would develop.

And it would bleed.

And it would thicken, et cetera.

You get the picture.

So he says, the reason thesepeople are this way toward me is they want to addto the irritation that I alreadyhave in my chains.

That is their motivation.

They don't want toevangelize the lost.

They don't wantto feed the flock.

They're not reallyconcerned for the church, even though they'resaying, well, I'm saying this about Paulbecause I'm really concerned for the church.

Paul said, that's not the truth.

The truth is theyhave one motivation.

They want to add irritation tomy already irritable situation of being in chains.

Now, please understandagain, these are preachers.

Paul says, they preach Christ.

They are Christians.

They are Christian preachers.

They are not anti-Christ,but they are anti-Paul.

And they are anti-Paulwith a vengeance.

And I can't thinkof a worse reason to preach a message than that.

I can't think of a worsemotivation to write a book or have a blog site than that.

Let's just make life hardfor Paul the Apostle.

Sort of like scorpions.

You know that if you leavescorpions together alone, they'll kill themselvesand eat themselves? A guy did an experiment with 100scorpions in a huge glass jar.

In a few days, only 14 survived.

They had killed the othersand were eating them.

There was even apregnant scorpion in that jar that killed andstarted eating her young as soon as they were born.

One of those babies escapedon the mother's back and eventually killed her.

Any leader whohas led anything-- even Christian leadersin Christian churches-- know that everychurch, every group has the Tate family among them.

Every church has the Tates.

There's old man Dick Tate,who wants to run everything.

While Uncle Ro Tate triesto change everything.

Their sister, AgiTate, stirs up plenty of trouble with help fromher husband, Irri Tate.

And whenever newprojects are suggested, Hesi Tate and his wife Vege Tatewant to wait till next year.

Then there's Aunt ImiTate, who wants our church to be like all the others.

Devas Tate providesthe voice of doom, while Poten Tate wantsto be a big shot.

And, of course,there's the black sheep of the family, Ampu Tate, whohas completely cut himself off from every church.

Anybody who's a leaderknows those people exist.

So what do you do? I suggest you do what Paul does.

You don't spend all yourtime worried about them.

You pivot.

Yes, you identifythe troublemakers, but then you ratifythe truth makers.

And notice what Paulsays in verse 15.

Some indeed preach Christfrom envy and strife.

And some-- I want to go,ah, it feels better already.

He's pivoting here.

And some also from goodwill.

Verse 17 further describes them.

But the latter, outof love, knowing that I am appointed forthe defense of the gospel.

This is the silver lining inthe dark cloud of contention and Paul has found it.

Yes, in any group, thereis going to Irri Tate and Agi Tate and Vege Tate.

But there is also going tobe advocate and celebrate.

And you want tofind those people.

And here's what Paul does.

He says, yeah, thereare some like this.

But then there aresome like that.

You see, rather than justfocusing on the smudge that is on the white linengarment, Paul says, yeah, but there's a lot of white linengarment around that smudge.

It's not all a smudge.

There is a smudge,I grant you that.

I can identifythe troublemakers, but there's a lot of otherswho are not like that.

That's part of the strategy.

Starve the problemand feed the solution.

Find those who love you, wholove the work of God in you, and run with them.

Ratify them, encourage them,empower them, build with them.

And just keep runningahead of the Irri Tates and the Agi Tatesand the Ampu Tates.

Their voice will diminishas you go further ahead.

Now, I'm going to sharesomething with you that will probably be shocking to you.

Did you know that Paulthe Apostle probably lost his life as a resultof troublemaking Christians in Rome? I want that to settleon your hearts.

Paul probably losthis life because of the trouble caused bytroublemaking Christians in Rome.

You're saying,oh, wait a minute.

I always heard that it wasCaesar Nero that killed Paul the Apostle, beheaded him.

Well, that's true.

Here's the problem.

We have very little informationabout the death of Paul from early church records.

They're very silent on it.

We just have asnippet here or there.

But it would seem like the envy,the jealousy of many Christians in Rome denounced Paulbefore Caesar Nero, which added the weightto the death sentence.

You say, well, howdo you know that? Well, there are severalsources I've discovered.

But I'm going toshare two with you.

One comes from 2Timothy chapter 1, a guy by the name of Onesiphorus-- how's that for a name? Don't name your Onesiphorus,though he was a good guy.

It'll be hard in school.

Onesiphorus came to visit Paulwhile he was in Rome in prison.

The problem is oncehe gets to Rome, it seems like nobody will tellhim where Paul the Apostle is.

They don't want to tell him.

Maybe they don't know or maybethey don't want to tell him.

But listen to what itsays, 2 Timothy chapter 1.

Paul writes, may the Lord showspecial kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family,because he often visited and encouraged me.

He was never ashamed of mebecause I was in prison.

When he came to Rome,he searched everywhere until he found me.

So he came to Rome.

Nobody told him wherePaul was, even though he kept open house for two years.

People came and visited him andhe influenced church leaders, were told.

But he had to search forhim until he could find him.

And Paul made aspecial note, he wasn't ashamed of me being in prison.

Which indicates some were.

They saw this as adefeat, an embarrassment.

But then a second sourcecomes from a letter that was foundfrom 90 AD, written by a man named Clement ofRome to the Church of Corinth.

And in the book, in theletter from Clement, Clement addresses jealousyand envy among God's people that have led to thedestruction, death, or trouble caused byother of God's people.

And he gives seven examplesof that through history.

And one of the examples is Paul.

Clement writesthis, and I quote, "by reason of jealousy andstrife, Paul, by his example, pointed out the prizeof patient endurance.

And when he had borne histestimony before the rulers, he departed from thisworld and went to heaven.

" The point Clement makes isthat envy among Christians somehow helped bringthe execution brought on by Caesar Nero.

If you still havefurther doubts, you have only to read2 Timothy chapter 4.

It's the end of Paul's life.

It's right before he died.

Paul says this, listen to Paul.

At my first defense,no one stood with me.

But all forsook me.

That breaks my heartto just read that.

This is Paul thestinking Apostle.

At my first offense,nobody stood with me.

Everybody forsook me.

But then he quickly adds,but the Lord stood with me.

He was utterly alone, interms of human fellowship at that point.

So Paul identifiesthe troublemakers, tells us that they arejealous, contentious, selfish, malicious.

But then he pivots andratifies the truth-makers.

But here's the thirdpart of this strategy and the best of all.

Magnify the true message.

Look at verse 18.

Look at how Paul answers this.

He says, what then? You know what that means? That little question, what then? You know how wewould translate that? So what? So what? What does it matter? What then? Only that in every way,whether in pretense-- they're pretending to be pure intheir motives, but they're not.

In pretense or in truth,Christ is preached.

And in this, I rejoice,yes, and will rejoice.

Man, you cannot stop this dude.

He is in jail.

He has been in jail.

He will be in jail fora total of two years.

He will be released,brought back into prison.

He will be executed.

He is in jail.

He is persecuted by unbelievers.

He is picked on by believers.

And he goes, so what? And then he says, I rejoice.

You know, I don't know how manyof us would have the courage to say, you know, there is a lotof people that are against me.

And then say, so what? Most of us wouldwrite, shame on them.

Don't they know that I amthe great Paul the Apostle, who had a vision ofthe living Christ? Who will write 13New Testament books? Don't they know who I am? He goes, so what? I rejoice and will rejoice.

Almost like thisdefiant, I'm not going to let anybodysteal my joy.

An amazing reaction.

An amazing reaction.

Now, I don't want you tothink, in looking at this-- because a lot ofpeople do think this-- that Paul came to apoint where he was just this stone statue of a man,impervious to the criticisms of others.

It just rolled off his back.

I don't believe that.

He was a person with emotionsand heart and feelings.

And he was wounded verydeeply by these people.

But what he issaying is, I'm not going to let meanpeople rob me of joy.

In fact, I have found causeand reason to rejoice, and that is this-- themessage of the gospel.

Even when preachedwith bad motives, they're preachingthe right message.

Right message, wrong motives.

I'm not going to worryabout the motives.

That's between them and God.

I'm going to worryabout the message, and that is the gospel.

Now, here's the great truth.

The great truthin all of this can be boiled down to theirreducible minimum, which is this.

The power is in the message,not in the messenger.

The power is in the message,not in the messenger.

If somebody tampers withthe message, go at them.

If people tamper with themessenger, ignore them.

Now, let's just talkabout that for a moment.

If people mess and tamperwith the message, go at them.

Paul did.

Paul wrote to the Galatians.

And he says, I'm noticingthat people among you are preaching adifferent gospel, a different gospel than onethat is the true gospel.

And he goes, I want you to knowif we or an angel from heaven preach to you any other gospelthan the one you have received, let him be cursedbelow the lowest hell.

How's that for confrontation? So you mess with the message,I'm going to come at you.

You mess with the messenger,I'm going to ignore you.

What then? So what? What does it matter? I rejoice that themessage is being preached.

So Paul has his comrades.

Those are partnersin the gospel.

He rejoices because of them.

But Paul has his critics,detractors of Paul.

He rejoices in spite of them.

Why? Because they'rebrothers, that's why.

Simple as that.

They're brothers.

Yes, they're ornery.

Yes, they're stupid.

Yes, they're irritating.

But they're brothers.

They're brothers in Christ.

So Paul is saying, I'm notcalled to defend myself.

I'm called to defend the gospel.

I'm not called toprotect myself, I'm called toproclaim the gospel.

Now, I want to close ona couple of thoughts.

We often make too muchover what divides us and not enough overwhat unites us.

I know.

I know, we have touse discernment.

I know we have to becareful about what the truth is, the true gospel,like Galatians chapter 1.

But sometimes I fearthat we are known more for what we're againstthan what we're for.

And some people actuallylike being that way.

They like being knownfor what they're against.

And they are known forwhat they're against.

But sometimes, I thinkwe make too much of it.

Here's the truth.

God reserves the right to usepeople who disagree with you.

Newsflash! God reserves the right to usepeople who disagree with you.

There's people who disagreewith you on the rapture.

There's people whodisagree with me on the rapture orspiritual gifts or a number of thingsthat aren't the real crux, crucial matters of the gospel.

Death, burial, Resurrection,vicarious atonement, all that central stuff.

So what? I began with talkingabout denominations and changing light bulbs.

Let me tell you a truestory about denominations.

In the late 1700s, John Wesley-- you know John Wesley, one ofthe great leaders in England at the time.

Wesley was concernedbecause there were so many denominationsspringing up.

And this always bothers peoplewho study church history, because the church historyis a history of people not getting along and dividing.

So somebody in the groupdoesn't like the group and leaves the group andstarts their own group.

And as their group grows,somebody in that group doesn't like that group andthey start another group.

And that group grows andsomebody in that group may get together with the firstgroup and start another group.

Those are denominations.

Well, this bothered him.

So one night, John Wesleygoes to bed, has a dream.

And in his dream, he isushered to the gates of hell.

And in his dream, heasked the question, are there anyPresbyterians here? And the answer comes back.

Yes, there are.

He's shocked.

He goes, are thereany Baptists here? He goes, yes, there are.

Are there any Methodists? Are there any Episcopalians? Yes, yes, yes.

Well, he's troubled by this.

And immediatelyin his dream, he's now ushered to thegates of heaven.

And he asks the sameset of questions.

Are there anyPresbyterians here? No was the answer.

Are there any Baptists? No.

Or any Methodists? No.

Any Episcopalians? No.

And he said, no? Who then is inside? And this answer came back,there are only Christians here.

There are only Christians here.

You don't get to heaven bybeing a Presbyterian, a Baptist, a Methodist, anEpiscopalian, a Calvaryite.

But by trust inJesus' death, burial, and Resurrection, period.

And you are a Christian if youbelieve that and that message has changed your life.

As we close today, couldI have you stand, please? And we're going to pray.

And we're going tothank God in our prayer for all the other great churchesthat are in our community.

Father, we do thank youfor pastors and leaders who labor hard in thefield, that are scattered throughout this community.

Yes, we know thatthere are some who do not proclaim thetrue gospel, some who deny the deity of Christ,the Atonement of Christ, the Trinity and all that.

But we're not thinking of them.

We're thinking ofthose who do believe in those essential truths.

And in their differentstyles or different nuances, they love you.

They love your work.

They love the message.

And even if theywould say something disparaging about anybodyelse, that isn't the issue.

We want to just say we rejoicethat Christ is preached.

And help us to makemuch of Jesus Christ.

It's in his name we pray.

Amen.

It's important toknow how to deal with people who claim Christbut still act like pests.

Did this message impact you? We want to know.

Email us atmystory@calvaryabq.

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And just a reminder, you cangive financially to this work at calvaryabq.

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Thank you for joining usfor this teaching from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.


If you have recently become aware of a potential pest control problem in your home or business here in California, you do not have time to waste with repellents or trap ideas that don’t work! Taking quick action to deal with the problem and guarding your home or business from further invasion is essential in preventing a larger infestation.

Unfortunately there are many old wives tales and ineffective DIY methods spread across the internet and social media. To help put some of these misconceptions to rest, here are top five pest control myths that tend to mislead consumers.

MYTH: A cleanly kept home will not have mice or bugs

Although keeping an immaculate home is an important way to reduce the risk of vermin challenges, it does not guarantee it. Bed bugs, for example can be found everywhere from upscale homes to low-end hotels. The reason for this is that they are not drawn to dirt, clutter, or garbage – they are attracted to blood. Where ever people are living and sleeping, so too might bedbugs!

In fact, adult bed bugs are easily seen with the naked eye. The challenge is that they are nocturnal and they are good at staying hidden during the day.

Killing Cockroaches

MYTH: Ultrasonic repellents as deterrents

Ultrasonic devices are designed to use ultra-high frequency sound waves to drive vermin away. It seems like a great idea, but the problem is that manufacturers of these products have yet to support their claims with scientific evidence.

MYTH: Consult a professional expert only when there is a serious problem

Thinking that a problem will clear up on its own is a mistake. By the time you notice the first signs of pests, your home or business here in California you could already be infested. Don’t wait until you have a serious problem before you take action.

If you suspect even the slightest pest control problem, contact a professional to get advice immediately.

Pest Control: Getting Rid of Rodents

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The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is a small species of cockroach, typically about 1.1 to 1.6 cm (0.43 to 0.63 in)[1][2] long. In colour it varies from tan to almost black, and it has two dark, roughly parallel, streaks on the pronotum running anteroposteriorly from behind the head to the base of the wings. Although Blattella germanica has wings, it can barely fly, although it may glide when disturbed.[3] Of the few species of cockroach that are domestic pests, it probably is the most widely troublesome example.[4] It is very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer the two appear nearly identical and may be mistaken for each other. However, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly rather like a moth, while the German cockroach cannot.

Blattella germanica occurs widely in human buildings, but is particularly associated with restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, and institutional establishments such as nursing homes. In cold climates, they occur only near human dwellings, because they cannot survive severe cold. However, even though they would soon die in the outdoors on their own, German cockroaches have been found as inquilines ("tenants") of human buildings as far north as Alert, Nunavut.[5] Similarly, they have been found as far south as Southern Patagonia.[6]

Previously thought to be a native of Europe, the German cockroach later was considered to have emerged from the region of Ethiopia in Northeast Africa,[7][8] but more recent evidence suggests that it actually originated in Southeast Asia.[4][9] Whatever the truth of the matter, the cockroach's sensitivity to cold might reflect its origin from such warm climates, and its spread as a domiciliary pest since ancient times has resulted from incidental human transport and shelter. The species now is cosmopolitan in distribution, occurring as a household pest on all continents except Antarctica, and on many major islands as well. It accordingly has been given various names in the cultures of many regions. For example, although it is widely known as the "German cockroach" in English-speaking countries, in Germany in turn, it is known as the Russian roach.[10]

Though nocturnal, the German cockroach occasionally appears by day, especially if the population is crowded or has been disturbed. However, sightings are most frequent of an evening, when someone suddenly brings a light into a room deserted after dark, such as a kitchen where they have been scavenging.[11] When excited or frightened, the species emits an unpleasant odor.

German cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers. They are attracted particularly to meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods. Where a shortage of foodstuffs exists, they may eat household items such as soap, glue, and toothpaste. In famine conditions, they turn cannibalistic, chewing at each other's wings and legs.[12]

The German cockroach reproduces faster than any other residential cockroach,[13] growing from egg to reproductive adult in approximately 50 – 60 days.[14] Once fertilized, a female German cockroach develops an ootheca in her abdomen. The abdomen swells as her eggs develop, until the translucent tip of the ootheca begins to protrude from the end of her abdomen, and by that time the eggs inside are fully sized. The ootheca, at first translucent, soon turns white and then within a few hours it turns pink, progressively darkening until, some 48 hours later, it attains the dark red-brown of the shell of a chestnut. The ootheca has a keel-like ridge along the line where the young emerge, and curls slightly towards that edge as it completes its maturation. A small percentage of the nymphs may hatch while the ootheca is still attached to the female, but the majority emerge some 24 hours after it has detached from the female's body. The newly hatched 3mm-long black nymphs then progress through six or seven instars before becoming sexually mature, but ecdysis is such a hazardous process that nearly half the nymphs die of natural causes before reaching adulthood. Molted skins and dead nymphs are soon eaten by living nymphs present at the time of molting.[13]

The German cockroach is very successful at establishing an ecological niche in buildings, and is resilient in the face of many pest control measures. Reasons include:

German cockroaches are thigmotactic, meaning they prefer confined spaces, and they are small compared to other pest species, so they can hide within small cracks and crevices that are easy to overlook, thereby evading humans and their eradication efforts. Conversely, the seasoned pest controller is alert for cracks and crevices where it is likely to be profitable to place baits or spray surfaces.

To be effective, control measures must be comprehensive, sustained, and systematic; survival of just a few eggs is quite enough to regenerate a nearly exterminated pest population within a few generations, and recolonisation from surrounding populations often is very rapid, too.[12]

Another problem in controlling German cockroaches is the nature of their population behaviour. Though they are not social and practise no organised maternal care, females carry oothecae of 18-50 eggs (average about 32) during incubation until just before hatching, instead of dropping them as most other species of cockroaches do. This protects the eggs from certain classes of predation. Then, after hatching, nymphs largely survive by consuming excretions and moults from adults, thereby establishing their own internal microbial populations and avoiding contact with most insecticidal surface treatments and baits. One effective control is insect growth regulators (IGRs, hydroprene, methoprene, etc.), which act by preventing molting, thus prevent maturation of the various instars. Caulking baseboards and around pipes may prevent the travel of adults from one apartment to another within a building.

Female German cockroach with ootheca

As an adaptive consequence of pest control by poisoned sugar baits, a strain of German cockroaches has emerged that reacts to glucose as distastefully bitter. They refuse to eat sweetened baits, which presents an obstacle to their control, given that baits are an economical and effective means of control. It also is a dramatic illustration of adaptive selection; in the absence of poisoned sweet baits, attraction to sugars strongly promotes growth, energy, and reproduction; cockroaches that are not attracted to sugars take longer to grow and reproduce, whereas in the presence of poisoned sugared baits, sugar avoidance promotes reproduction.[15]


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  12. ^ a b Rust, Michael K.; Owens, John M.; Reierson, Donald A. (30 November 1994). Understanding and Controlling the German Cockroach. Oxford University Press. pp. 388–. ISBN 978-0-19-534508-7. 
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If you have recently become aware of a potential pest control problem in your home or business here in California, you do not have time to waste with repellents or trap ideas that don’t work! Taking quick action to deal with the problem and guarding your home or business from further invasion is essential in preventing a larger infestation.

Unfortunately there are many old wives tales and ineffective DIY methods spread across the internet and social media. To help put some of these misconceptions to rest, here are top five pest control myths that tend to mislead consumers.

MYTH: A cleanly kept home will not have mice or bugs

Although keeping an immaculate home is an important way to reduce the risk of vermin challenges, it does not guarantee it. Bed bugs, for example can be found everywhere from upscale homes to low-end hotels. The reason for this is that they are not drawn to dirt, clutter, or garbage – they are attracted to blood. Where ever people are living and sleeping, so too might bedbugs!

In fact, adult bed bugs are easily seen with the naked eye. The challenge is that they are nocturnal and they are good at staying hidden during the day.

Rodent Control Company

MYTH: Ultrasonic repellents as deterrents

Ultrasonic devices are designed to use ultra-high frequency sound waves to drive vermin away. It seems like a great idea, but the problem is that manufacturers of these products have yet to support their claims with scientific evidence.

MYTH: Consult a professional expert only when there is a serious problem

Thinking that a problem will clear up on its own is a mistake. By the time you notice the first signs of pests, your home or business here in California you could already be infested. Don’t wait until you have a serious problem before you take action.

If you suspect even the slightest pest control problem, contact a professional to get advice immediately.

Pest Control: Getting Rid of Rodents

Rodent Control Company

The application of pest control ranges from do-it-yourself arrangements to
scientific and very precise deployment of chemicals and predatory insects by
highly skilled practitioners. Despite the fact that pest control is a world-wide
industry it is still dominated by family or 1-person businesses. Those that need
to control pests range from householders to
large scale agri-conglomerates who need to maximise their yield. In between
these two are restaurants, bars, food production facilities, farmers - in fact,
anybody that routinely deals with food. Pest control can make us more
comfortable - but can also save lives.

The word pest is subjective as one man's pest may be another man's
helper. For instance, pest A may be a threat to crop A, and pest B a threat to
crop B. However, if pest B is a natural predator to pest A, then the farmer who
wishes to protect crop A may cultivate and release pest B amongst his crops.
There is a theory that without man's intervention in the food chain through
agriculture, hunting and long distance travel there would be no pests. The
theory continues that man's intervention (for instance, in cultivating and
releasing pest B, or in carrying creatures long distances) has upset the balance
of the food chain, producing instability in insect and other animal numbers and
distorting their evolution. This instability has led to over-population of a
given
species with the result that they have become pests. Having said this, if we assume that the very first fly swat was the first
instance of pest control - and we know that large animals swat flies - it could be
argued that pest control dates back way before humans came on the scene.

At this point pest control was carried out by farmers and some householders
as an everyday activity. By the early nineteenth century however, this changed
as studies and writings started to appear that treated pest control as a
separate discipline. Increasing use of intensive and large scale farming brought
matching increases in the intensity and scale of pest scares such as the
disastrous potato famine in Ireland in 1840. Pest control management was scaled
up to meet these demands, to the point that dedicated pest controllers began to
emerge throughout the 20th century.

In 1921 the first crop-spraying aeroplane was employed and in 1962 flying insect control was revolutionized when Insect-o-cutor started selling fly killer
machines using ultra violet lamps.

Pest control is still carried out by farmers and householders to this day.
There are also pest control specialists (sometimes called pesties); many
are one-person businesses and others work for large companies. In most countries
the pest control industry has been dogged by a few bad practitioners who have
tarnished the reputation for the highly professional and responsible majority.

One thing is for certain, from way before the Sumerians of 2500BC to us in modern times, there have always been - and probably always will be - pests (including some human ones!). Thank goodness, therefore, that we have pest controllers.