Pastor/Professor Russ Hobbs Presents..

Cliffhangers 2018

 "Tormented Souls at the Gates of Hell!"


Are you a “tormented soul” whose life is characterized by fables and fool’s tales?  As Christians this should not be what characterizes our lives.  WE are part of something bigger, WE are part of the body of Christ.  WE are to be a people of faith.  WE are to be a people of hope.  WE are to be a people of vision.  WE are to be concerned for lost souls, lost hopes, lost destinies and lost dreams.


WE are to come to God with our sins, ( an old fashioned word that people hate and misunderstand) weaknesses, anger, bruised egos, temptations, failures, relationship dysfunctions, lack of faith, lack of motivation to pursue greatness, lack of love and lack of hope.


WE need to positively take a positive and pro-active position to address these important life factors that make or break us through this brief journey of mortality.  WE need to:


  1. Deal swiftly and decisively with our own negative attitudes!  WE need to cut the crap and not be pushing our BA stuff on others blaming them for our lack of success.
  2. Pray and seek God’s forgiveness for where and when we have acted like a schmuck!  Are you a schmuck?  A “schmuck” wines with a “poor me” attitude, plays the blame game, exhibits wishy-washy and indecisive tendencies, hates everybody, manipulates, controls and behaves like a jerk.
  3. WE need a new plan with solid support systems.  WE need to be selective with the people we allow into our lives and those who influence our lives.
  4. WE need to get into the Word of God and stay there!  It’s our lifeline!
  5. WE need to recognize when we are under spiritual attack and take action.
  6. WE need to seek peace and live it.
  7. WE should never be the victim of small minds and faithless wanderers.






BY Russ Hobbs M.A.

 It is important that we realize that not everyone who attends our churches are there for the same reason!  Some people come into our group(s) and worship experiences to criticize and disrupt the peace of others.  You can spot them quickly and easily.  These folk never contribute anything of value.  But they are argumentative, angry, belligerent and put others within the group on edge.  Further, they dampen the spirit of the study or worship by acting silly, asking foolish and argumentative questions and attempt to draw attention to themselves and coerce the group to their point of view or should we say, their dysfunction.  Sadly, these individuals or persons often prevent others from growing spiritually.  That’s just WRONG and an affront to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word.


WE need to be very wary of people who join our groups, I’ll call them “drama seekers” who attempt to infiltrate our ministries and all they do is to week after week:


  • Put others on edge
  • Dampen the spirit of the study, group, worship, etc.
  • Prevent others from growing spiritually
  • Make fools of themselves
  • Embarrass the fellowship


When these people enter our churches, groups and ministries the leadership must bring them into immediate subjection or REMOVE them quickly!  Yes, it is quite OK to remove trouble makers from our groups and functions!  Let’s get real, angry, vindictive and sour people are walking time bombs.  Get rid of the poison or your ministry, group and all of the hard work that you have or are accomplishing may just go up in smoke.  Watch people carefully. 


According to Galatians 5:22 the “Fruit of the Spirit” is


  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Long-suffering
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness

 If these attributes are not being produced within the ministry or group you have members or participants who are exhibiting a worldly and pagan view of life.  They are and they will be trouble.  Count on it AND deal with it!  Bitter and vindictive people exhibit the flesh with all of its passions and desires.  This affronts spiritual growth always. 


  • If we live in the spirit, let us walk in the spirit
  • Let us not become conceited, big shots provoking and envying one another
  • Immaturity is a BIG problem and inhibits (interferes) with healthy relationships and the progression of family, friend, ministry and organizational goals
  • Immature people are insensitive to the needs, hopes, desires and feeling of others














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1980 Furnace Hills Pike
Lititz, PA. 17543
(717) 626-6933


Rev. Russell E. Hobbs


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