The Pauline Epistles

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Since becoming a Christian a few years ago, I’ve read through the entire Bible twice.

While you’re reading, the Holy Spirit will give you nuggets of insight that will sometimes make me go ‘Oh wow!’ The epistles written by Paul was one of those nuggets.

There are twenty-seven books in the New Testament. Of those, thirteen are written by Paul. That’s nearly half of the New Testament!

I will say, though, that there is some doubt as to the exact authorship of some of these books but we can confirm that at least seven of them were authored by Paul. For now, we will assume that he authored all thirteen (I did check a few sources, including Wikipedia and bible.org).

You might wonder how Paul could have so much to say that would fill thirteen books of the Bible but he did. Seven of these are written to the seven Churches they include Romans, First and Second Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and First and Second Thessalonians.

Each of these letters to the seven churches had a specific purpose in mind. There were things happening in these churches that disturbed him and he needed to emphasize that Jesus was the cornerstone of everything they should believe and everything they should be teaching.

What I hope to do over the coming days and weeks is to have separate posts on each of these letters to the seven churches and how they tie into what we are seeing today in the church and in society overall, taken from a biblical worldview.

I hope you look forward to reading them as much as I’m looking forward to writing them!

God Bless!

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Christians and Halloween – To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

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Halloween is right around the corner and I thought about republishing a post I did last year about this popular holiday but I decided to take a different approach to this.

I recently read a story online (and for the life of me I can’t remember where) where a pastor was extolling the virtues of participating in Halloween and that all Christians should do it. He took the approach that this is a good time for us to engage with others and to preach the gospel to them. Or give out candy with Bible verses on them or put tracts in the kid’s bags with the candy.

As Christians, should we participate in this holiday event? I personally don’t celebrate and here’s why:

Last year I wrote a blog about the origins of Halloween. You can read that here.

We are instructed to be in the world but not of the world. Does this mean we shouldn’t participate in certain holiday traditions because they are worldly celebrations?

I’ve struggled with this very same question. Christmas and Halloween both have pagan roots but Halloween is overtly pagan. I do realize that Jesus was not born on December 25th but in my house, we take this time and season to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Halloween is a whole other ball of wax.

There is nothing in Halloween that could be considered Christian. It is strictly a pagan holiday and I detailed some of this in my earlier post. We are to stay away from anything that celebrates evil. Paul wrote about this in the book of Ephesians:

Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of the light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;). And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:7-9,11

The pastor in the above mentioned story said that some are misinterpreting scripture. There’s no mistaking Paul’s intent when he wrote this. It’s pretty clear to me and it should be pretty clear to anyone with discernment.

Halloween is also one of the holiest nights on the pagan calendar. The hardcore Satanists will cast spells, summon demons, and even perform human sacrifices.

If you do decide to allow your children to go house to house on Halloween, please keep a close eye on them and don’t let them out of your sight.

God Bless!

Blogger’s Block

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Have you ever gotten into one of those ruts where you have no idea what to write about?

I’m going through that right now.

Part of the problem could be that I only got about five and a half hours sleep last night. It could also be that I’m at work trying to think of something to write.

Either way, I’m suffering from a huge bout of blogger’s block.

I would call it writer’s block but I don’t consider myself to be a writer. There are a number of bloggers that I follow here who I consider to be writers more than I. People like Jules Verne or Shakespeare (or was it Sir Francis Bacon?) are writers; I put words down and hope that they make sense when I get to the end. So far, so good.

I look at the headlines for inspiration. I tend to look at the Christian websites because the church is a mess right now and there are pastors out there who are not helping the cause. Satan is walking through the doorway and some pastors are holding the doors open for them.

But I digress.

I try to blog about a wide range of topics but, lately, it’s been tough to come up with something that I think would be of interest, for both myself and the reader. But I sit here with an empty head and a silent keyboard.

So, that’s why I’m writing this blog. It’s a blog about nothing (it’s almost like a ‘Seinfeld’ episode, right?!). Does it make sense to write about nothing just to write? Or is it better to leave it go until I come up with a good topic?

Well, the blog is written and I’m about to hit the ‘Publish’ button so I’ll let everyone who reads this decide.

Let me know if you’ve ever gone through this so I don’t feel so alone. 🙂

God Bless!

More Than A Gun

This post (and her blog) are definitely worth reading!

BeautyBeyondBones

My heart is shattered today at the news of the pure evil demonstrated last night in Las Vegas.

My prayers and deepest sympathies are with our hurting nation right now, and especially the victims and their loved ones.

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I’ve been hard pressed to peel myself away from the news to write this post.

The level of atrocity and horror that is belching across our television airwaves today is enough to make you want to build a bunker and not come out until the second coming.

There was one thing I was not expecting today though: and that’s what I found when I scanned social media today.

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Honestly, I have been so sickened at the response by much of the public – and much of my Facebook newsfeed.

Instead of calls for prayer and compassion for the victims of the shooting, there is outcry for gun control reform.

Instead of numbers…

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Transgender Jesus and Satan’s Dark Deception

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I was a bit hesitant to write this post.

I wanted to tackle the issue head-on but not seem insensitive to others.

But I realize that I’m at that age where political correctness is not my thing and that truth is truth. Especially when it comes to proclaiming the Gospel.

Which brings me to the article that I will link to at the bottom of my post.

Essentially, the author is claiming that Jesus was the first transgender man.

Yep, that’s right. Jesus was the first transgender man.

I’ll stop while you catch your breath.

What concerns me the most is that the author of the article claims to be a Christian. Here is her explanation as to why she believes Jesus was transgender:

“The worst offenders are the Christian’s who claim to take the Bible literally. Of course they don’t actually do that; they impose their own filters on stories and phrases to fit their particular ideology. If they really did as they claim to do, they would quickly see that Jesus must be, by their own exegetical rules, the first transgender male.”

She goes on to say that Eve was the first human clone because she was created from one of Adam’s ribs. Adam (being male) has an X and a Y chromosome. She believes that, since Eve would also have this same chromosomal pairing, God would need to change her into a woman. At this point, she is making assumptions. This is, of course, a false assumption as Scripture points out:

With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)

With God, all things are possible. God knows all. He created man; He created him with all the parts and pieces he would need. He knew what they would need physically, mentally, and genetically. Don’t you think He would know that Eve would need to have two X chromosomes?

The author then goes on to say the following about the birth of Jesus:

“Then along comes Jesus and the whole pattern is both repeated and reversed. The first couple’s refusal to cooperate is turned around by Mary’s yes, and the second act of cloning occurs. The Holy Spirit comes upon the second Eve, and the child takes flesh from her and is born. Born of her flesh. Born with XX chromosome pairing. Born genetically female, and yet trans-formed into man.”

An amateur understanding of basic biology will tell you that only one chromosome comes from the mother (an X) and the other comes from the father (a Y). In this case, the Y came from the Father, through the Holy Spirit. And as an added bonus, the Y came from the Father because if it had come from a human male, then Jesus would have the same sin nature that has been passed down from Adam since the fall in the Garden of Eden.

I think what concerns me most is that new Christians will read this and ponder its possibilities and take it as truth rather than the deception that it actually is. Authors such as this can lead many Christians astray unless we are properly armed and in the Word, studying and learning.

Pray up and be ready because there are more people like this author out there.

God Bless!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-dewitt-hall/jesus-the-first-transgend_b_10006134.html

Revelation 12 and September 23, 2017

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:” (Revelation 12:1 KJV)

On September 23rd of this year, a great sign will appear in the heavens. The constellation Virgo will appear with the constellation Leo just off the top of Virgo. This correlates directly to the Book of Revelation chapter 12.

The constellation Leo is comprised of 9 stars but on Saturday, there will be three additions in Mercury, Mars, and Venus. That is a total of 12 stars that make up the crown on the woman’s (Virgo) head. The sun will be off her left shoulder and the moon will be at her feet. During this time, Jupiter will be in retrograde. It will be wandering around the ‘womb’ of Virgo for approximately 9 months before exiting in the same fashion as a newly born baby.

What does this mean for us? Does it mean that the Rapture will take place on Saturday? Does it mean that Jesus will come back in the Second Coming to wage war against the evils of this planet? I don’t know any of these things for sure and I don’t think we are supposed to. I do know that it is a sign of things yet to come.

To me, it means that we are to always be prepared for the return of Jesus. As Christians, I think some of us tend to become lazy in both our physical and spiritual lives. The Bible tells us to always be prepared. But what if you knew the exact date and time of the Rapture? Would you tend to slack off and then get yourself ready about a week or so before it was to take place? Knowing myself the way I do, I have a feeling that’s what I would do.

But God didn’t give us that time-table. He wants us to always be spiritually prepared. We need to spread the Word to everyone we can while we still can. We need to be the Watchmen on the wall, alerting as many as will listen.

Stay vigilant and stay prepared. If you have not yet repented for your sins, do so now and get right with the Lord while there is still time.

Because you never know when you won’t have the time.

And that’s the way God wants it to be.

The Church and the Book of Revelation.

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I was on my way into work this morning, taking the time to talk to God about my day. I knew I wanted to write something for the blog but I couldn’t figure out what it would be. And then it came to me: write about the church and the Book of Revelation.

And I don’t just mean the ‘church’, as in the body of believers; I also mean the pulpit we all look to when the church is in the building.

I can’t help but think that many in the body and those in the pulpit are becoming like the church of the Laodiceans. Here is what Jesus had to say to John about the Laodiceans:

And unto the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know they works; that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked;
(Revelation 3:14-17).

From what I can see from many of the preachers out there (I won’t name names) but they all seem to be preaching a ‘feel good’ message. They are more like motivational speakers.

And I think, by and large, that’s what the people want to hear. They don’t want to hear about their sins; they don’t want to hear a call to repentance; they don’t want to hear about hell being hot or about the road to is wide. For them, CERN is a new energy drink and Revelation is the newest store in the mall.

But these are the things that the body needs to hear. They need to know that they are sinners who are in need or repentance each and every day. l know that Jesus died for each and every sin I have committed or ever will commit but that doesn’t mean I have no need for repentance.

Why don’t more pastors preach about repentance and the coming end-times? I think it’s about numbers. It’s about how many people they can fit into the seats. What do you think would happen to the attendance of some of these mega church pastors if they started telling people that they are dirty sinners and are in need of repentance? I think half the place would be empty the following week.

They are neither not nor cold; they want to play it down the middle and make sure everyone feels just right. They are still feeding our fellow brothers and sisters milk when they should be giving them meat. You don’t get stronger on milk; you get stronger on meat.

I want to know about CERN; I want to know about the New World Order and the Illuminati. And I think that the church body, as a whole, needs to hear these things as well.

The end-times are upon us and, except for a few of us, the body is going to pretend it isn’t happening.

Jesus gave us signs to help us understanding the beginning of the end-times; wake up and look up because that’s where He’ll be coming from.

The Heads Down Generation and the Coming Deception

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I wanted to say that this is a follow-up to a previous blog post about the coming zombie apocalypse that has been ushered in thanks to the mobile phone. In reality, this will tie in with that post rather nicely (I hope).

A friend of mine pointed me to an article she read in an online publication called the Atlantic.

In the article, the author, Jean M. Twenge told the story of a 13-year-old girl named Athena (not her real name) who lived in Houston, Texas. The author asked how she spent her summers and Athena said that her and her friends would go to the mall about once a month and hang out.

Most of the time, though, she and her friends would spend time together on their phones using Snapchat. They try to keep up their Snapstreaks. The rest of the time Athena (not her real name) spent time alone in her room on her phone. She said that that’s just the way her generation is. “We didn’t have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like people.”

I’ve seen this as well. And I didn’t study is the way the author did. Simple observation of people can tell you a lot. Almost any direction you turn, you’ll see people walking around on their phones, either talking with someone or looking down at their Facebook feed.

I grew up in a generation where we didn’t have smart phones or iPads or any kind of device that started with an ‘i.’

If you wanted to make a phone call, you stuck your finger in the hole of the first number, spun the dial clockwise until it hit the little gold stop and then let go. Then you did that six more times and waited for it to ring.

Maps didn’t start with the name ‘Google;’ it started with ‘Rand McNally.’ If you wanted to get someplace you’ve never been, you plotted your course on a good old-fashioned map and brought it with you to make sure you got there.

It was a much simpler time, filled with conversations with people who were face to face rather than through a text message. You played board games at night with your family; you read books (yes, books with actual paper pages).

Believe me, I’m not a ‘fuddy-duddy.’ I work in the technology field so I’m not unfamiliar with it. I think that we are becoming a nation lost in the maze of bits and bytes swirling around in the ether.

What does all this have to do with the coming great Deception? Plenty, I think.

Many of us have now turned into the ‘Heads Down Generation’ (that’s my own phrase, copyright pending…just kidding). Jesus warned us that there will be a great deception coming where even the elect shall be deceived. What better way to have that happen then through mobile devices that everyone is constantly starting into?

We are living in an age of fake news where anything, fact checked or not, is believed to be true. We access this news on our mobile devices or laptops. Can you imagine sending something over the air that causes everyone to believe whatever the anti-christ says?

As Christians, we need to be more aware of our surroundings and what’s happening beyond the shiny hand-held devices we carry. Some of us may fall into the same trap as those who are not saved.

If you’re not saved, give yourself a fighting chance and come to Jesus. I can’t guarantee an easy ride but it’ll be better than the one the deceived will be on.

Trust me.

God Bless!

Yoga Does Not Do The Spirit Good.

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It’s amazing how God works, isn’t it?

Last year, my company took the initiative to promote wellness and well-being by offering different seminars on healthy eating, nutrition, and stress relief. Yesterday was the seminar on stress relief.

As part of this initiative, they are going to have a 12 week yoga class in our office after hours.

Being a discerning Christian, I realized that yoga is a bad idea. But, having an interest in keeping my job, I decided not to tell anyone that yoga is not a good thing to do. If anyone asks if I’m going, I will politely tell them I’m not and the reasons why.

As I was perusing the Charisma News website, I came across the article mentioned in my post. So that’s twice in a week. Okay, God, I’m listening.

That’s why I’m writing this post. If He had his hand in this, then I’m writing this for Him and for all of you as well.

Yoga has been around for close to five thousand years. It is more than just a series of moves and stretches; it is also used as a path for one to grow spiritually. The yogis believe that, through yoga, one can connect to the god within us. They believe that God is all around us and in everything. Therefore, we are God. This flies in the face of what Christians believe: we believe God is a completely separate person.

At the heart of the practice of yoga is spiritual growth. Yogis believe that yoga isn’t just about different physical exercises; it’s also about engaging your mind and spirit as part of the exercise. They believe you need to experience ‘kundalini’ in order to get the most from yoga. This involves aligning your ‘chakras’ so that you can experience the fullness of spiritual grown and the ability to learn spiritual lessons.

By opening your mind and body through these practices, you are also creating a door through which other things can enter, such as demonic spirits. I don’t think I need to tell you what kinds of issues this can cause.

I’m sure some of you might be thinking that I sound pretty wacky and far out but this isn’t something that is far-fetched. And I think any discerning Christian should take stock if they are practicing yoga an decide if it’s really worth the risk.A quick Bing search (yes, I do prefer Bing to Google…diversity, right?) shows that there are some churches that are offering yoga classes.

Should the church be engaging in this? After thinking about some of the things I’ve read, the answer is no. It’s difficult to separate the physical aspect from the spiritual. The very nature of the positions can open you up to things that you don’t want to be open to. And the spiritual nature of yoga teaches you to focus on yourself rather than on God, a huge no-no when it comes to Christianity.

Whether or not your decide to practice yoga is strictly your decision. Just be aware of the consequences of any practice that takes you away from God and into the realm of mysticism and the New Age. It’s a journey from which you may never come back.

 

 

The Apostasy of the Church – Part 3

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I can’t believe I continue to write about this specific topic.

Actually, I can’t believe that today’s church is giving me everything I need to write about them. Here is the link to the article to which I’m referring:

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2016/june/mainline-christian-denomination-praying-to-allah

I had a completely different topic in mind when it came to writing this post but I’ve switched gears and decided to address this instead.

While this article is over a year old, I believe it to be a precursor of what today’s church is trying to accomplish: ecumenism.

In a nutshell, the Ecumenical Movement is a movement that brings all faiths and religions together into one large church called the World Church. This isn’t restricted to Protestant denominations. This will include ALL faiths, whether you are Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, and yes, even Islam (how this one will work is beyond me because Islam doesn’t even worship the God of the Bible). There are reports that he is also trying to bring New Age Mysticism into this.

Rather than go on about how this will affect the church body, I will let you read the article and decide for yourself.

The one thing I will say about this is that the church is headed in the wrong direction and we need to wake up. Seriously. We need to wake up and see what’s going on. I believe we are in the last days and the church is going to sleep right through them.

God Bless!