Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Y2K10





I. Expect Apostasy
II. Expect Hostility
II. Expect to be Used

Apostasy-Falling away from the truth of scripture.It
will engulf the earth before Jesus returns.True
believers will be safe in His hands.They shall never
perish.Be vigilant-study well.
The world is not going to become more friendly to
christians.
Do not modify the church for the world.
John 15:20 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sufficiency of Scripture Conference -Free Give Away

From Perry

Your probably asking yourself what in the world do all three of the above have to do with one another. Let me illuminate you.

1.I needed to write this post yesterday
2.It's about the NCFIC.org "Sufficiency of Scripture Conference" and I REALLY wish I were there.
3.They are selling the audio messages from the conference @ a presale discount until the conference ends (in a few hours) so the "supplies" of discounted audio sets are very limited. Hurry up and you can still get yours for a 22% discount -- FOR A LIMITED TIME!!!
But wait there's more! (no really there is )

Giveaway----http://inashoe.com/2009/12/ncfic_giveaway/?awesm=fbshare.me_MSu9

Due to my high level connections at the NCFIC I have been able to arrange to give away 3 sets of the full conference audio! Now I'm having the giveaway for the sole purpose of helping to spread the word about all the hard word the men over at the NCFIC are doing, specifically the "2009 Sufficiency of Scripture Conference". So if you will help me to spread the word I will enter you in a drawing for one of three audio sets from the 2009 SOS conference.

Here is how I'd like you to help.

Blog, Facebook, or Twitter links to the NCFIC.org blog and conference audio sale. Then comeback here and leave a comment to let me know where and how you helped get the word out by leaving a comment and a link to your post.

Link to any or all of the following

Conference Page: http://www.ncfic.org/national-conference

NCFIC Blog: http://ncfic.org/conferenceaudiopreorder

NCFIC Conference Audio sale page: http://ncfic.org/conferenceaudiopreorder

I will leave the giveaway open until Wed the 16th of December.

(one last link: NCFIC.org facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NCFIC?ref=ts )

UPDATE: Link back to the giveaway for an extra entry in the drawing

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

An Article about Tatoos at church-Not Kidding -Leave us speechless!!

Tattoos at Mill Creek church pierce skin, soul
A Mill Creek church invited its members to be tattooed during Sunday services.

By Nick Perry

Seattle Times staff reporter


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Above: Matt Sawdon covers Erica Armendariz's tattoo with plastic after working on her religious iconography at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service at the Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek. Below left: Armendariz started her tattoo with religious images a year ago.


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Erica Armendariz, 24, a hairdresser and member of the church, started her tattoo with religious images about a year ago. She wants to share what she believes in- faith and family- through art. On one arm, there is a guardian angel, a sacred heart, a cross and a ribbon with the words.
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The sight of a woman being tattooed live on the altar accompanied by the sound of a buzzing ink gun provided a startling backdrop to Sunday's evangelical sermon.

Your parent's church service this was not. In the drive to stay relevant, the Gold Creek Community Church has been hosting a series called "Permanent Ink" that featured Sunday's live-tattoo finale.

The Mill Creek church is not exactly staid — booming 20-minute rock sets launch regular sermons — yet the pastors acknowledge this series was pushing societal norms.

"We've said from the start that we are not advocating tattoos — nor discouraging them," said pastor Larry Ehoff.

"We think of it as amoral. It's neither immoral nor moral, it's just the choice of a person."

Ehoff said the church is telling the same story of Jesus as always, it's just finding different ways to tell it.

Sharon Snell was one of several congregants who volunteered to be tattooed Sunday. At the noon service, she got on stage and faced away from about 150 parishioners while tattoo artist Matt Sawdon worked on the image of a police shield on her lower back.

It was Snell's third tattoo and represents her husband's work as an Everett police officer. Snell said last month's shooting death of Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton forced her to confront the fragility of life and the dangers inherent in her husband's job.

"Anything can happen at any time," Snell said. "Him being an officer is a big part of my life and of who I am."

As Snell's tattoo took shape, pastor Dan Kellogg told the congregation that permanent markings, both good and evil, are mentioned in the Bible. The most famous symbol, he said, is "666," the sign of the devil.

But there's also mention in the Bible of markings on Jesus, saying he is the king of kings and lord of lords, Kellogg said.

Another congregant who volunteered was Erica Armendariz, who was getting work done on an arm tattoo she calls her "faith sleeve."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Loneliness of the Christian

by A. W. Tozer




The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.

The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.

He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Shai Linne-The Most Important thing


Shai Linne speaks "The Truth"!!He is a "Reformed Rapper" giving the Gospel plainly and without compromise!!He delivery is non traditional, but as Paul Washer said at the Legacy Conference "It is a good thing you have the words on the screen so I can understand" The words are true!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are you a true disciple?




This sermon is all at the same time-Blessing,Convicting,True,Penetrating to the Heart!! I say this because this is what I felt when I listened to it!!Holy Sovereign God-The demons believe and tremble!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

National Press Club- Bishop Harry Jackson



Dr. Alveda King is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece.She is a dedicated Pro-Lifer and her work in this area is tireless.We thank Her.Bishop Harry Jackson conveys his feeling about the Healthcare Proposals by the President and how the Church cannot pay for abortions!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Worldliness


This passage is as direct and confrontational as any part of the Bible.Why we have so little impact on people of this world.Why is our testimony,collectively,so impotent?Loving the World more than the Lord!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lutherans,Homosexuality,Tornado

The Tornado, the Lutherans, and Homosexuality

Commentary

By John Piper
http://www.desiringgod.org/
August 20, 2009

I saw the fast-moving, misshapen, unusually-wide funnel over downtown Minneapolis from Seven Corners. I said to Kevin Dau, "That looks serious."

It was. Serious in more ways than one. A friend who drove down to see the damage wrote,

On a day when no severe weather was predicted or expected...a tornado forms, baffling the weather experts-most saying they've never seen anything like it. It happens right in the city. The city: Minneapolis.

The tornado happens on a Wednesday...during the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's national convention in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention is using Central Lutheran across the street as its church. The church has set up tents around it's building for this purpose.

According to the ELCA's printed convention schedule, at 2 PM on Wednesday, August 19, the 5th session of the convention was to begin. The main item of the session: "Consideration: Proposed Social Statement on Human Sexuality." The issue is whether practicing homosexuality is a behavior that should disqualify a person from the pastoral ministry.

The eyewitness of the damage continues:

This curious tornado touches down just south of downtown and follows 35W straight towards the city center. It crosses I94. It is now downtown.

The time: 2PM.

The first buildings on the downtown side of I94 are the Minneapolis Convention Center and Central Lutheran. The tornado severely damages the convention center roof, shreds the tents, breaks off the steeple of Central Lutheran, splits what's left of the steeple in two...and then lifts.



Let me venture an interpretation of this Providence with some biblical warrant.

1. The unrepentant practice of homosexual behavior (like other sins) will exclude a person from the kingdom of God.

The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

2. The church has always embraced those who forsake sexual sin but who still struggle with homosexual desires, rejoicing with them that all our fallen, sinful, disordered lives (all of us, no exceptions) are forgiven if we turn to Christ in faith. Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

3. Therefore, official church pronouncements that condone the very sins that keep people out of the kingdom of God, are evil. They dishonor God, contradict Scripture, and implicitly promote damnation where salvation is freely offered.

4. Jesus Christ controls the wind, including all tornados.
Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:41)

5. When asked about a seemingly random calamity near Jerusalem where 18 people were killed, Jesus answered in general terms-an answer that would cover calamities in Minneapolis, Taiwan, or Baghdad. God's message is repent, because none of us will otherwise escape God's judgment.

Jesus: "Those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:4-5)

6. Conclusion: The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction. Reaffirm the great Lutheran heritage of allegiance to the truth and authority of Scripture. Turn back from distorting the grace of God into sensuality. Rejoice in the pardon of the cross of Christ and its power to transform left and right wing sinners.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Truth

Lordship Salvation or Free Grace



I encourgage you to watch all 4 videos by aPodigalChild.They are very straight forward and She speaks the truth! You will be blessed!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Preacher threatened with arrest for reading out extracts from the Bible in public

A street preacher is at the centre of a row over freedom of speech after police threatened to arrest him for reading the Bible in public.

By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter
Published: 9:00PM BST 15 Aug 2009

Street preacher a\ccused of inciting religious and racial hatred Photo: GETTY
Lawyers acting for Miguel Hayworth, 29, have demanded an explanation over the alleged intimidation and abuse of power by three officers.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, the director of the Christian Legal Centre, has written to Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, over the incident.


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Nurse loses job after urging patients to find God during a training course She claims that Mr Hayworth and his father, John, 55, were unlawfully and unfairly treated as they preached Christianity in the city at the end of July.

"They were clearly told that reading the Bible and preaching can be offensive and that they could be arrested," she wrote.

"Furthermore, they were subjected to abuse and intimidation. They were told that they were being monitored and filmed," she wrote.

Critics claimed that a Muslim preaching his religion in the street would not have been treated in such a way by police.

Mr Hayworth, a voluntary worker who is married with two children, has been a street preacher in the Manchester area for five years and he is often accompanied by his father.

He said that he and his father had decided to preach from 11am at St Ann's Square in Manchester instead of their usual place on nearby Market Street.

He was reading passages from the Old and New Testaments while his father distributed leaflets containing the message of the gospel.

"At 2pm, I was approached on more than one occasion by several police officers who falsely accused me, stating that I was inciting hatred with homophobic and racial comments," he said.

"One plain-clothed officer, who was with the other two uniformed officers, said: 'It is against the law to preach and hand out tracts: preaching causes offence and handing out tracts is harassment and could result in an arrest.'"

Mr Hayworth said that at about 2.30pm a second officer confirmed that his colleague had accused the preacher of inciting religious and racial hatred and wanted to warn him that this was an arrestable offence.

The second officer, Mr Hayworth claimed, also warned him his actions were being videoed and recorded, and he stopped preaching.

Some passages in the Bible are regarded as homophobic. For example, sections read out by Mr Hayworth in St Ann's Square included Romans Chapter 1 Verse 27, from the King James Bible, which says: "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly..."

He also read from 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, Verse 9: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind."

Mr Hayworth says he cannot understand how the racism complaint arose. Shortly after being confronted by the police, he stopped reading from the Bible.

He and his father later approached the Christian Legal Centre, which seeks to promote religious freedom and, particularly, to protect Christians and Christianity.

The centre, in turn, has instructed Paul Diamond, the leading religious rights barrister.

The centre and Mr Diamond believe that the police abused their powers during the dispute on Saturday, July 25.

It is against the law to use offensive, threatening or abusive words or behaviour. It is also an offence to incite hatred on grounds of race, religion or sexual orientation.

However, in its letter to the police, the Christian Legal Centre said: "Freedom of religious and freedom of religious speech is specifically protected by the European Convention on Human Rights."

The letter added: "This means that any restriction on the 'right' to evangelise will have to be justified by the Police by a 'pressing social need'.

"In a free society, this is very difficult to do; and a few complaints by irate individuals will not suffice."

The centre and Mr Diamond have represented a number of Christians in alleged religious discrimination cases.

Earlier this year The Sunday Telegraph revealed that Caroline Petrie, a nurse, has been suspended from her job for offering to pray for an elderly patient's recovery from illness. She was later reinstated.

Chief Inspector Chris Hill, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Police were called to St Ann's Square in Manchester city centre following complaints from members of the public who considered the comments being made by two street preachers as racist and homophobic.

"When spoken to, the men said they were quoting from the Bible. The officers confirmed they were entitled to preach on the street, but advised them offensive behaviour is not acceptable.

"No one was arrested. I have received a letter from the Christian Legal Centre and will respond in due course."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Guyana Jungle Ministry-



David's (aflame4God) ministry in Wakapoa, Guyana, South America. There's something special about "Charity", which is a small port town in Guyana. It takes a long time to get there. It is a strategic place! Here the trappings of town life end. Roads, shops, cars, plumbing, and electricity all end in this very small town. From there you must travel by boat or canoe on the Pomeroon, Wakapoa, or Moruca Rivers. As you travel along these rivers, you'll see many small wooden houses with palm leaf roofs. They call them "trash roofs". Instead of cars, you will see a canoe parked on the edge of the river bank. These are the Amerindian villages, with names such as Kabakaburi, Carawab, Siriki, Akawini, Kamwatta, etc. These rivers are a water highway, with many old canoes going up and down the river. Some of the canoers are very old, weather beaten Arawaks or Carib Indians. Others will be very small children in worn torn clothes paddling away. It is a wonderful sight! They are simple, quiet, strong, and friendly people. Everyday is a struggle to survive. From the town noise to the jungle sounds you will hear the call of the beautiful Toucan; the chatter of the Amazon Green Parrotts (One day my son and I saw fifty of them in three coconut trees), the croaking of the bull frogs at night, and large birds making strange noises at 5:30 AM (You don't need an alarm clock!).

I've been honored to minister God's Word in many of these villages. My trips there have always been fruitful and the Lord has worked powerful changes in many lives. It is such a joy to worship with these people. They are very attentive and eager to hear God's Word, while sitting on old wooden benches in very hot and humid weather. They do not complain. When I go there I have to bathe in a very small, stagnant creek where the water is blackish in color. You simply soap up and use a small bowl to rinse off! The river does have some Piranhas in it. We met one boy with four toes. The Piranhas got the fifth toe... We also saw a good sized alligator on the way home from church one night! Anyone for a swim?? It is here at these various churches that I have preached the Word, established Christian Lending Libraries, and continue to assist the pastors financially. For example, my one pastor friend has a family of eight and sometimes lives off of $50.00 a month which equals$1.65 a day. I am very honored to have these precious people as my brothers and sisters in Christ. In fact, my adopted daughter is a Carib Indian who lived way up in the mountains of a small island called Dominica. My friend, we serve a missionary God that commands to go ye into all the world to preach the Gospel! Very few these days are going over seas to be missionaries or are involved in supporting missions. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. vs 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you..."

Thank you so much for watching this video. By clicking the HQ you can watch this in High Quality. If this video has blessed you in any way, please share it with a friend. God Bless you.

Brother David
1. Guyana has 6 different people groups. You cannott Live in an Ameridian village unless you are an Ameridian.
2. You cannot enter an Ameridian Village without permission of the village Chief.
3. There is no stable economy in these remote areas. The men have to leave wife and children for months at a time to find work.
4. No alcohol is allowed in an Ameridian village. This rule is not always strictly enforced.
5. It is a true miracle that I was able to get into these areas. That is a story in itself.
Category: Education

Tags: missions guyana south america indians evangelism preaching nothing but the blood of Jesus gospel caribbean west indies arawaks caribs witnessing

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Establishing the Authenic Gospel




Establishing the Authentic Gospel is based on Richard Bennetts own 14-year search for the true Gospel as a priest, including, in particular, his struggle with man-centered Evangelicals. Citing names, Richard gives examples of humanistic ways in which modern Evangelists give a so-called gospel. These illustrate the wholesale departure from the true Gospel that is taking place in the modern world. Permeating Richards address is the Lords invincible Gospel of grace. Please make this DVD known to others, and kindly link to it, if possible. Thank you.

http://bereanbeacon.org

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

J I Packer- Knowing God

“No doubt it is true that the subject of divine wrath has in the past been handled speculatively, irreverently, even malevolently. No doubt there have been some who have preached of wrath and damnation with tearless eyes and not pain in their hearts. No doubt the sign of small sects cheerfully consigning the whole world, apart from themselves, to hell has disgusted many. Yet if we would know God, it is vital that we face the truth concerning his wrath, however unfashionable it may be, and however strong our initial prejudices against it. Otherwise we shall not understand the gospel of salvation from wrath, nor the propitiatory achievement of the cross, nor the wonder of the redeeming love of God”

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sharing Blessings

I really feel blessed and I feel the movement of Great proportion going on in Christ's Church.We had been searching for quite some time for a Church that would preach and teach from the Bible.This may not seem like a big feat for some,but in our area it was.This journey was a long one,but as we look back to where God had taken us through,He was Glorified and we gained wisdom.But through it all there was Peace-Psalm 52:55-Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
There was discouragement,sadness,and pity involved.But looking back I get blessed everytime.The sadness,discouragement and pity were necessary for us to grow in Him.Isaiah 40:31-Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
We don't have to lean on our own undertanding-Psalm 147:5-Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

My blessings are from the people in our Church family-our new Church Family-We have found a home where the thirst is quenched and the Truth is spoken!That the Love of God abounds with God's Word abounding!!I feel so very loved by my Savior!I cannot express the Joy.Oh I Know,my journey is not done.
I hope to know my Lord more everyday,and to be so severely grateful He saved me!!Psalm 40:2-He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
Our new Church is growing just in recent months and the common thread that we hear from our fellow believers is "I am so excited,the Truth is being taught here"-The Joy in their faces and tears on my face,testify to the fact that our Father brought us together- This blesses us because this is our story and our journey.The excitement and the joy!!The faces of long journeys that have been traveled for a purpose,for His Glory!!We do pray for the Church and we do see the divisions but we know the apostles had division also-Romans 16 :17-Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
We see the people turning away from the teaching of mans ways and turning toward Biblical teaching, God's ways!And we know that our Lord is keeping watch and we can trust Him with our All and All!!-Ephesians 6:18-With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
Hebrews 3:6-but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house-- whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sharia Law-Christians Persecuted in America



When I saw this at first,I was not digesting that this was happening in America.I honestly thought that we were not apart of the persecution that was affecting the Church around the world.But that is not the case, it is coming and more than ever we must stand. We must stand on the Word of God.Not in our ideals or our idea of fairness,but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!!John 15:18-If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
I do not want to be afraid,but sometimes the fear tries to creep in.I want to be where, there is no fear left in me!I have peace that only comes from God,but I do feel uneasy about what is ahead.Not that I fear what is ahead,but that I know it could be very, very rough and I want to be so strong in the Lord ,that I will not falter.I would love to attend the Revival Conference coming up,put on by Sermonindex,but am not able.But everyday I pray earnestly for the Revival!!A Supernatrual Revival that only God can manifest.
This may sound really silly-but I am so grateful for the economic woes that are upon my family right now.I can see God doing a work in our family that is growing us immensly.James 1:2-Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.And I do so much consider it Joy!!Praise God!!
In his wisdom,for His glory,I must quench my thirst in Christ only-John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
All that we endure on this earth is temporal and our Father knows our needs and supplies them.And our definition of our needs is not always our Father's.That we have accepted this for our family, and been grateful.We have found ourselves content.
Stand fellow Christians-Ephesians 6:14-Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

For what comes ahead our Father has full knowlegde and our Peace is in him-John 20-21 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I am Desperate For You Jesus

God-centered or Man-centered? A.W Tozer

God-centered or Man-centered?
"Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Saviour of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficent souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrasing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Humanism

“Humanism is, I believe, the most deadly and disastrous of all the philosophical stenches that’s crept up through the grating over the pit of Hell. It has penetrated so much of our religion. And it is in utter and total contrast with Christianity! Unfortunately, it’s seldom seen.”
– Paris Reidhead

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Luther




If you are at all interested in the Reformation,this movie is a must see.About how historically accurate-I am not clear,but I do know it does try to highlight the Passion and Power of God.Which is not always the case in Hollywood.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Worldliness-A.W Tozer

Timothy 6:1-16

All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. 2 Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.
3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

Save Me From Myself

Judgement Seat of Christ-Leonard Ravenhill

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Accepting Personal Responsibility

by A.W Tozer

It matters little how twisted a man's life may be, there is hope for him if he will but establish a right attitude toward God and refuse to admit any other element into his spiritual thinking. God and I; here is the beginning and the end of personal religion. Faith refuses to acknowledge that there is or ever can be a third party to this holy relation.
Attitude is all-important. Let the soul take a quiet attitude of faith and love toward God, and from there on the responsibility is God's. He will make good on His commitments. There is not on earth a lonely spot where a Christian cannot live and be spiritually victorious if God sends him there. He carries his own climate with him or has it supplied supernaturally when he arrives. Since he is not dependent for his spiritual health upon local moral standards or current religious beliefs, he lives through a thousand earthly changes, unaffected by any of them. He has a private supply from above and is in reality a little world within a world and very much of a wonder to the rest of creation.

Because this is true, we can easily see why we should never blame our spiritual failures on others. The habit of seeking weak consolation by blaming our poor showing on unfavorable circumstances is a damaging evil and should not for one moment be tolerated. To live a lifetime believing that our inner weakness was the result of an external situation and then find at the last that we ourselves were to blame--that is too painful to be contemplated.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Real Riches-Paul David Tripp

Panic-free in Christ

By A.W. Tozer

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. —Second Corinthians 5:8–9

I could quote hundreds of passages from the Holy Scriptures to show that God keeps His people and that there is nothing in earth or in hell that can harm a trusting soul. The past is forgiven, the present is in God's keeping and a thousand bright promises give assurance for the future. Yet we are sometimes terrified by the adversary. This is not uncommon but it is unnecessary. We should not try to excuse it, but rather acknowledge it as evidence of our spiritual immaturity.

Through the blood of the everlasting covenant we are as safe here on earth as if we were already in heaven. We have not passed beyond the possibility of physical death, but we have entered a sphere of life where we can afford to die, knowing that for the Christian death is a bright portal to the ineffable glory.

It is entirely possible to reach a place in grace where nothing can panic us. We can have an understanding with God about our yesterdays, our today and our tomorrows. The fear of death and judgment goes out of us as the true fear of God comes in, and that fear has no torment but is rather a light and easy yoke for the soul, one which rests us instead of exhausting us.

Prayer
Lord, I'm safe in Your arms whether here or eternally home. Thank You for peace and rest.

Thought
Death, whether from terrorism or natural causes, is the door to our home! Home with the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the angelic hosts, the saints of the ages, loved ones and friends. Away from the body is to be home!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Christian Persecution-Iran

Please Pray for Orrisa-Christians Persecuted




We take so many things for granite in America-such as being able to Worship our Lord Jesus Christ!!In countries like Orrisa-people are being tortured, killed or forced to convert or die!!This is real and heartbreaking-but our God knows all and he is with these Christians and their suffering!!As Christians the most powerful thing we can do is -Pray Pray Pray.Take these peoples and all Christians to our Heavenly Father in prayer!!The World is more and more turning from God in very hateful and violent forms, governments are condoning and sometimes assisting in the attempt to eradicate Christianity!!Our God in his Sovereignty ,his will be done!!We as Christians must stand strong and bind together in prayer for our sisters and brothers.The persecution will not stop, in fact it is becoming more prevalent and with a veracity not seen before. Even in America we are being called haters!Why haters?Because we trust in our Lord and believe his Word. He is the same yesterday today and forever.And believing His Word we are put at a stark contrast with the World and it's need to satisfy self and not serve our God!!In their need to satisfy self,in it's wretched state,they hate our God!!Their love for themselves,brings out the depravity of their souls.
Ephesians 2:3-Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.Ephesian 4:19-and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. (NASB ©1995)Romans 1:28-And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper
In this day and time we cannot be divided among ourselves in Christ's church-we must unite in our passion for our Lord. Standing firm in our Faith-Knowing that as they have came for the Christians in Indian,Russia,Sudan,Iran,Iraq,Turkey,Britain,they will come for us also!!They have, from the day Jesus died on the Cross,but in the last year it has been with a fervor that is sometimes hard to digest,even as a Christian!!
Stay strong-Matthew 6:20-But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;Ephesians 6:13-Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (NASB ©1995)

Russian Newspaper Proclaims Gospel!!

Please take the time to read the following article.I read newspapers from all over the World,trying to keep up to date on things,globally.I was so pleasantly surprised this morning-blessed,so very much,from a Russian Newspaper of all places. I can tell you I have never read an article like this in any American Paper!!Pravda is the most prominent newspaper in Russia-and at best most things in it are not very truthful.But this article is all truth-THE TRUTH!!Please take time to enjoy this ,comimg from a Country that Christ's message was for many years prohibited. Praise God and to him be all the Glory!There are two pages to this article -please don't miss any of it!

http://.english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/107811-0/

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Prayer of Praise

Jude 1:24-25
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Iran: Church Raided by Police

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On May 21 five newly converted Christians were arrested in Karaj, Iran after plain clothes security officers raided a house church where they had gathered for a Bible study, according to Farsi Christian Network News (FCNN).

FCNN reported that the leader of the house church, Javad Abtahi, was among those arrested and his house was searched during the raid. … [He] was given no arrest warrant by the security officers and his house was searched without any court authorization,” FCNN said. “In this search and seizure, several Bibles, New Testaments were confiscated and all the participants were handcuffed and taken to an unknown location.”

The families of the arrested believers have tried to ask the government where their loved ones are being held, without any success. FCNN added that the government has always refused to disclose where it holds arrested believers.

This incident is the latest arrest of believers in Iran in recent months. On March 5, Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad and Maryam Rustampoor were arrested by Iranian security forces and labeled "anti-government activists." Thirty year-old Marzieh and 27-year-old Maryam are being held at Evin Prison, which is notorious for treating women badly. Recently FCNN reported that both are ill, but their faith in Christ has not wavered. One of them recently said, “I’ve taken up my cross, I now have to bear it.”

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Paul's Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

Ephesians 1:15-23
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called-his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else-not only in this world but also in the world to come.

God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Supremacy of Christ

Paul's Pray for knowing God's Will

Colossians 1:9-12
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Abrahams Prayer for Sodom

Genesis 18:23-25
Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing - to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

David's Prayer on the Sovereignty of God

2 Samuel 7:18-29
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD? What more can I say? You know what I am really like, Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have shown them to me.

"How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you--there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you! What other nation on earth is like Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you rescued your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations and gods that stood in their way. You made Israel your people forever, and you, O LORD, became their God.

"And now, O LORD God, do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever. And may your name be honored forever so that all the world will say, 'The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!' And may the dynasty of your servant David be established in your presence.

"O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer because you have revealed that you will build a house for me--an eternal dynasty! For you are God, O Sovereign LORD. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to me, your servant. And now, may it please you to bless me and my family so that our dynasty may continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing!"

Martin Luther 1483-1546

...And were this world all devils o'er
And watching to devour us,
We lay it not to heart so sore;
Not they can overpower us.
And let the prince of ill
Look rim as e"er he will,
He harms us not a whit;
For why his doom is writ;
A word shall quickly slay him



God's word, for all their craft and force,
One moment will not linger,
But , spite of hell, shall have its course;
'Tis written by His finger.
And,though they take our life,
Goods, honor,children,wife,
Yet is their profit small;
These things shall vanish all:
The city of God remaineth.


---"A Safe Stronghold Our God Is Still"By Martin Luther ,translated by Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why we don't have Revival

by Leonard Ravenhill
In an old town in Ireland they'll show you with reverence a place where four young men met night after night after night praying for revival. In Wales, there's a place in the hills where three or four young men only 18 or 19 years old met and prayed night after night. They wouldn't let God go; they would not take no for an answer. As far as humanly possible they prayed a revival into birth. If you're thinking of revival at your church without any inconvenience, forget it. Revival costs a lot.

I can give you one simple reason why we don't have revival in America. Because we're content to live without it. We're not seeking God - we're seeking miracles, we're seeking big crusades, we're seeking blessings. In Numbers 11, Moses said to God, "You're asking me to carry a burden I can't handle. Do something or kill me!" Do you love America enough to say, "God, send revival or kill me"? Do you think it's time we changed Patrick Henry's prayer from, "Give me liberty or give me death," to "Give me revival or let me die"?

In the 30th chapter of Genesis, Rachael goes to Jacob and throws herself down in despair. She says, "Give me children or else I die." Are you willing to throw yourself down before God to seek the spiritual birth of spiritual children in our country?

People say, "I'm filled with the Holy Spirit." If the coming of the Spirit didn't revolutionize your prayer life, you'd better check on it. I'm not so sure you got what God wanted you to get.

We've said that prayer changes things. No! Prayer doesn't change things. Prayer changes people and they change things. We all want Gabriel to do the job. God says do it yourself - with My sufficiency and My strength.

We need to get like this woman, Hannah. What did she do? She wept, she was grieved, she said she had a complaint, she fasted - and she prayed.

Jesus, the anointed of God, made prayer His custom. Paul, with his background and intellect, depended on prayer because he said he was weak. David, the king, called himself a poor man and cried to the Lord. Hannah prayed for a son and gave birth to a prophet. The prayers of a handful of young men sparked revival.

There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer.

Monday, June 8, 2009

PRAYER

By Leonard Ravenhill



The Gospel Of Prayer
There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer. People often ask, "Why do you insist on prayer so much?" The answer is very simple - because Jesus did. You could change the title of the Gospel according to St. Luke to the Gospel of Prayer. It's the prayer life of Jesus. The other evangelists say that Jesus was in the Jordan and the Spirit descended on Him as a dove - Luke says it was while He was praying that the Spirit descended on Him. The other evangelists say that Jesus chose 12 disciples - Luke says it was after He spent a night in prayer that He chose 12 disciples. The other evangelists say that Jesus died on a cross - Luke says that even when He was dying Jesus was praying for those who persecuted Him. The other evangelists say Jesus went on a mount and He was transfigured - Luke says it was while He was praying that He was transfigured. There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer.

The Scriptures say that the disciples went to bed, but Jesus went to pray - as was His custom. It was His custom to pray. Now Jesus was the Son of God - He was definitely anointed for His ministry. If Jesus needed all that time in prayer, don't you and I need time in prayer? If Jesus needed it in every crisis, don't you and I need it in every crisis?

The story goes that a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village saw an old man sitting by a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one of the visitors asked, "Were any great men born in this village?" Without looking up the old man replied, "No, only babies." The greatest men were once babies. The greatest saints were once toddlers in the things of the Spirit.

C. H. Spurgeon was converted at the age of 16 and began preaching in London at the age of 19. When he was 27, they built him a tabernacle seating 6,000 which he packed twice on Sundays - that's 12,000 - and once on Thursday nights. How? He waited on God. He got alone with God. He studied...and he prayed.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A.W Tozer

The Wisdom of God
Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen.

”Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever,” cried Daniel the prophet, “for wisdom
and might are his:
. . . he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
he revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the
light dwelleth with him.” The believing man responds to this, and to the angelic chant,
“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might,
be unto our God for ever and ever.” It never occurs to such a man that God should
furnish proof of His wisdom or His power. Is it not enough that He is God?

Psalm 111-10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom;A good understanding have all those who do his commandments;His praise endures forever.

Excerpt: The Knowledge of the Holy- A.W Tozer

Friday, June 5, 2009

Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement Documentary

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Response to Tiller Murder



As Christians we are Pro-Life.That is life inside the womb and outside the womb. The murder of Tiller is evil the same evil that caused Tiller to kill 60,000 babies!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Grace Alone

Grace Alone
R.C. Sproul
Ligonier Ministries

June 2, 2009
Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation and was used on every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He affixed the initials SDG at the bottom of each manuscript to communicate the idea that it is God and God alone who is to receive the glory for the wonders of His work of creation and of redemption. At the heart of the sixteenth-century controversy over salvation was the issue of grace.

It was not a question of man’s need for grace. It was a question as to the extent of that need. The church had already condemned Pelagius, who had taught that grace facilitates salvation but is not absolutely necessary for it. Semi-Pelagianism since that time has always taught that without grace there is no salvation. But the grace that is considered in all semi-Pelagian and Arminian theories of salvation is not an efficacious grace. It is a grace that makes salvation possible, but not a grace that makes salvation certain.

In the parable of the sower we see that regarding salvation, God is the one who takes the initiative to bring salvation to pass. He is the sower. The seed that is sown is His seed, corresponding to His Word, and the harvest that results is His harvest. He harvests what He purposed to harvest when He initiated the whole process. God doesn’t leave the harvest up to the vagaries of thorns and stones in the pathway. It is God and God alone who makes certain that a portion of His Word falls upon good ground. A critical error in interpreting this parable would be to assume that the good ground is the good disposition of fallen sinners, those sinners who make the right choice, responding positively to God’s prevenient grace. The classical Reformed understanding of the good ground is that if the ground is receptive to the seed that is sown by God, it is God alone who prepares the ground for the germination of the seed.


The Full Article located at the following link-By R.C Sproul
http://www.crosswalk.com/pastors/11604276/

Monday, June 1, 2009

Stand-John Piper

Would like to share with you an excerpt from a John Piper book called "Stand"!!The book is a compilation of different Pastors sharing about their "Stand" in the Gospel.Very touching and a real blessing.John MacArthur shares-
My Dad went to heaven in 2005 at the age of ninety-one, and into his ninety-first year he was still teaching a Bible class every Sunday.His father,my grandfather,died at a much earlier age from cancer,and I clearly remember standing by his bedside.I think I was about nine or ten , and my father said to him, "Dad,is there anthing you want?" He replied, "I want to preach one more sermon." You see, he had prepared on and didn't get to preach it but was feeling like the prophet Jeremiah, who said,"There is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding in it, and I cannot." (Jer:20:9).So my dad took his father's notes, printed them and passed out the sermon at the funeral. The title of that sermon was "Heavenly Records" So my grandfather preached on heaven from heaven.

As I read about these Godly men I knew that was where I wanted to be.Not to preach -but perservere to the end, with that burning in my heart for my All Sufficient God!!Then I had one person come to my mind-it was my grandfather-he also passed in recent years.He had the feelings of Jeremiah-it was on his face incessantly.As I grew up he had a bus ministry in the Church.He would go every Saturday to the poorest part of our Area and he would go to each house, encouraging those little ones to come to church the next day!!Sometimes, I would go along and it was always fun, I looked forward to it,and the kids loved him.See Grandpa taught me a wonderful lesson very early on, because you see,I also lived in this very poor area. He taught me that things and stature in life don't matter one iota,but the richest of men, are the ones that are called of God and are privledged to serve him!!His heart was with the Lord and not in this World.Having a conversation with Granpa that didn't include the Lord was not an option!When it came to the work of the Lord -he was tireless and always with Joy!!Even in his last years he had a form of demetia,he couldn't remember who I was-but he could still quote the Holy Scriptures and I had joy knowing,he, like Paul had fought the good fight,finished the race,and kept his faith !!!The fire was still burning in his heart!!
I cannot count in my adult years how many people have came up to me and said "I love your Grandpa,you know he picked me up every Sunday for Church" many times the tears will well up in their eyes, thankful that God had sent Grandpa to them!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Holiness of God

I am currently reading a wonderful book "The Knowledge of the Holy" by A.W Tozer. Have to include that before I started on this book, I had been quite discouraged. In today's climate for Christians sometimes I feel sometimes like I am surrounded by wolves-so I go to the Word. I read through many Chapters of Job and I came away with Joy!! If you have ever read Job, you probably (I didn't) think Joy, ever came to my mind!!But this time in my state of discouragement, I found Joy!! Job even in his horrendous condition, aknowledged that God was in Control of everything and under God's timing not ours!!That Job aknowledged that God's Wisdom was beyond his comprehension!!
I dont want to focus on the circumstances, but many times I have found that I can't help myself!! And that is where "I" fail!! I find myself exactly where I tell myself I will not be.But without fail-I go to my source,my Creator and I am never disappointed!!I am a weak being that cannot do anything that My Savior has not allowed me to do.When I am weak he is made strong, and I so appreciate even my weakness, in it God gets Glorified!!!
Back to the A.W Tozer book.I wanted to share a exerpt from this wonderful book.This man of God died in 1963 and in this book conveys the problems that are seeping into the American Church-his words are wise and give a glimpse into the "why" the Churches in America took a wrong turn!!He highlights God's Holiness, and that we need to think Rightly of God!! The exerpt following is from a chapter named "The Self-Suffieciency of God" That, men that think in any way, that God needs us to help him, is not thinking rightly of God!!

To be right we must think worthily of God. It is morally imperative that we purge from our minds all ignoble concepts of the Deity and let Him be the God in our minds that He is in His Universe.The Christian religion has to do with God and man,but its focal point in God, not man.Man's only claim to importance is that he was created in the divine image, in himself he is nothing.The psalmist and prophets of the the Scriptures refer in sad scorn to weak man whose breath is in his nostril who grows up like the grass in the morning only to be cut down and wither before the setting of the sun. That God exists for Himself and man for the glory of God is the emphatic teachinf of the Bible.The high honor of God is first in heaven as it must yet be in earth. A.W Tozer-The Knowledge of the Holy