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!

Building Furniture and Building Faith

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I spent a few hours this weekend building a couple of bookshelves.

We are in the process of turning our partially finished attic into an office space so that I have a more comfortable place to work. The dining rooms table isn’t the best place to work for eight hours.

As part of our remodel, we are getting smaller bookshelves. As I’m building these shelves, a thought struck me: building a bookshelf (or anything, for that matter) is like building your faith.

The bookshelf came with a bunch of different parts: the sides, the bottom, the shelves, and all of the screws and camlocks you need to secure it all together.

Faith is very similar in this regard. Most of us have all the pieces we need: our Bible, study tools, online sermons, commentaries, prayer, etc. with Jesus as the camlocks that hold it all together.

But we have to start by putting all of the pieces together.

We have to read our Bibles and learn the scriptures; we need to employ and study tools or study guides (along with the greatest study guide the Holy Spirit) to guide us in our walk through the Bible. We have online teachers to help us as well. On a personal note, I really like the teachings of Dr. Chuck Missler. He is a great expositor and helps you see things in a completely different way while adhering to the true text of the Word.

So, if you ever feel like you are a bit lost putting all of it together (and who doesn’t?), just start by laying out everything you’ve got and open up the instruction manual (that would be your Bible) and get started!

When I’m saying it’s not easy at first (trust me, it’s not…been there, done that). But once you get going, the rewards are worth it. Start with a Bible plan or try reading a few chapters every day and use references as you go.

Within no time, that shelf will be built and looking good!

God Bless!

Think Organic Food isn’t Worth it? Think Again.

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This video is a little more than forty-five minutes long but it’s definitely worth watching. If you care about your health and the health of your families, please watch.

As a child, things like pesticides and herbicides rarely came up. And GMOs were unheard of. Now they’ve become mainstream terms.

What’s sad is that the government and the companies producing these ‘frankenfoods’ will tell you that they are perfectly safe to eat. Anyone who is tuned into things (I call it being ‘awake’) will know that the government does not have your best interests at heart.

Rather than me going into detail about Monsanto and Roundup and the slew of foods with GMO (genetically modified organisms) origins, I will let the film speak for itself.

Produced by Zen Honeycutt, it shows the effects of glyphosate and GMOs on both animals and humans and how these pervasive compounds get into our food supply and find their way up the food chain. It shows the effect it has on us. And especially on children.

Anyway, I’ll conclude this post and leave you to watch the video. It was definitely eye-opening for me. Please pass this along and tell everyone you know about the devastating health effects of GMOs and Roundup!

Thank you and God Bless!

The Apostasy of the Church, Part 2.

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I’m a little hacked off.

On second thought, I’m a lot hacked off.

I just happened to be perusing my Facebook feed when I came upon an article, dated June 11, 2017, from the Atlantic. The title of the article reads as follows:

“Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible.”

The title itself lit the kindling. As I read the article, the fire started.

We have gone full-bore, throttle-to-the-firewall into the Land of Political Correctness and I’m not sure there’s anyway to stop this crazy train and turn back.

It started with Target changing their bathroom policy and then it snowballed from there. We are now at the point where people now longer identify as man or woman but can now identify a ‘non-specific non-binary.’ I don’t actually have any idea what that is.

I grew up in a time where this sort of thing was unheard of. If there were people out there who identified as transgender, it was not displayed in the open square as it is today. Things like this were kept out of the limelight.

Now it is displayed openly to the point where people are going out of their way to not offend anyone.

Now don’t get the wrong impression of me. I am not the kind of person who will treat someone identifying like this any differently than anyone else. I just find it disturbing that we are catering to approximately .02% of the population.

And the church, being the last bastion of hope and righteousness, is succumbing to this as well:

At the beginning of this year, the Calvary Baptist Church hired a lesbian couple as pastors.

The Methodist Church has appointed its first transgender, non-binary member of clergy.

And now, in what I call the ultimate blasphemy, the Southern Baptist Church has commissioned a translation of the Bible that completely does away with gender-specific identifications.

As an example, the term ‘man’ is now translated to ‘human’ or ‘person’; the ‘men of Israei’ now becomes ‘fellow Israelites.

And the list goes on.

How did we get to this point where we are now altering the Word of God so that people are not offended by it? If there are parts of the Bible that offend you, then maybe you need to examine your life in more detail and find out why.

The Word of God should not be altered in any way. It should be translated as, as closely as possible, from the original texts. I am a King James person and, at times, New King James. When we start to water down the text, we also start to water down its meaning. And when we do that, we start to water down the message of the Gospel.

And isn’t that what is being preached in some of the churches today?

Okay, I’m off my soapbox. What I wrote here may have offended some and you may decide to stop following my blog and that’s okay. I don’t take it personally. I started this blog as a fun outlet, without thinking anyone would read it. And then people started reading it.

I put myself out there and it’s me on the page. I’m getting too old to worry about who I’m going to offend. I don’t go out of my way to offend but I’m just a matter-of-fact kind of person.

God Bless!

 

Have You Thanked God Today?

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Our lives are hectic.

I can say that without reservation. I get up at 4:15 every morning to get ready for work and I don’t get home until around 5:30 or so at night. That’s a pretty long day for anybody.

The time in-between is filled with customer calls, analyzing database issues, etc. There isn’t a lot of time for anything else.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with this kind of Monday through Friday grind. But for those of us who do go through this five days a week, we find it difficult to concentrate on anything else.

And for myself, it makes me sad.

One thing that is left out of all of this is getting into the habit of thanking God during my day. I try to do this every morning before my feet hit the floor but sometimes that doesn’t always work out. For us Christians, it should be as much of an automatic habit as brushing our teeth twice a day.

Thanking God is something each of us need to do more of each and every day. We wake up each morning, thanks to the grace of God; we have our health thanks to God; we have a roof over our heads thanks to God.

I think you get what I mean.

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.” (Psalm 126:3 KJV)

So while you’re going about your day, enjoying the warmer weather and the sunshine, remember that it is courtesy of God.

Hebrews 9:22 – The Shedding of the Blood

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This specific verse has come up a couple of times in the last week or so. When this happens, I try to write something about it.

I’m not sure if I have mentioned in an earlier post but I had been praying to God about what His plan is for me. In fact, I may have been in my car going to work. Sometimes I do my best thinking in the car.

As I was driving, I asked Him “What is it that You will have me do to further Your work?

I have always wondered this. I am trying to study as much as I can and learn about His Word but I always felt that I needed to do more. While I was driving, a word came to me:

Write.

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my own thoughts in my head. It just hit me out of the blue so I’m pretty sure it was Him telling me what He wanted me to do. So that’s what I’m trying to do, as much as I can.

One of those topics is Hebrews 9:22. I’ve heard it mentioned more than a few times in the last week so I thought I would write something about it.

And almost all things are by the law purged with the blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22 KJV)

In order to properly understand what this passage is saying, we need to go back to the time of Moses and the laws of sacrifice.

Back in those days, there was no Messiah to whom you could turn for salvation and forgiveness. The sins committed by the people against God needed to be atoned for. To that end, the priest would sacrifice calves and goats. He would take their blood and pour it out around the altar and sprinkle it on the altar itself. This was part of the Old Testament covenant. The sins were not forgiven. The power of the sin was still there. The sin was simply atoned for.

Now move ahead some two thousand years later when Jesus Christ comes on the scene. He is the one and only Son of God; He is the Lamb of God who is willing to give of Himself for the remission of our sins. Not just as an atonement as in the days of the old covenant. His sacrifice on the cross will completely wash us of our sins. Every sin we have committed and will ever commit. The forgiveness of that sin can be found in the sacrifice made on the cross. This is the symbol of the new covenant which God has made with us! The shedding of His blood on the cross was necessary for the remission of our sins. Without the shedding of the blood, there is no remission of sins.

Every time I read the Bible or do an online Bible study (Chuck Missler is a great resource), I am amazed at the new and wonderful things I find. If anyone says that the Bible is a book of fairy tales, then they just haven’t taken the time to actually read it.

If you have not done so already, I invite you to take advantage of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and place your trust in Him. Repent of the sins that you have committed, ask for forgiveness, and believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and you will be guaranteed a place in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Thank you for reading and God Bless!

The Zombie Apocolypse, Courtesy of the Mobile Phone. 

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As I write this, I am on a plane thirty-three thousand feet off the ground, somewhere between Florida and Pennsylvania. You’re probably wondering what any of my plane flight has to do with zombies. Fear not, my faithful fans. I can assure you that I’ll tie it all together.

I’ll be up front and say that I don’t watch zombie shows that are currently running on any one of a number of cable channels. I tend to shy away from this kind of entertainment. I know these shows are quite popular but they aren’t my cup of tea.

Now, where was I?.  Oh yes…the reason I’m writing this in the first place.

My wife and I are returning from a ‘just the two of us’ trip to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. I’ll start by saying that the trip was awesome and we had an awesome time (especially the time spent at the hotel pool).

I also want to say that it was crowded. There were crowds everywhere; from the hotel to each of the two parks that we went to. The hotel was hosting two different conferences so that wasn’t fun for a few days. And the parks were crowded with kids of all ages. My first thought was “Why are they in school? It’s the first week of May, for crying out loud!”

Well, we came to find that there were a number of teens and tweens because there was a cheer-leading competition in the area. Oh, goody…

And, out of all of the kids who were in the park, many of them were mindlessly staring at their mobile phones. My wife and I had the unfortunate opportunity to sit next to a couple of young girls who spend the entire ‘It’s a Small World’ ride on their phones. In fact, one of them was so adept that it looked like she could have been working the virtual screen in ‘The Minority Report.’

Have we become so integrated with and dependent on technology that we are lost without it? I’m older so I grew up in a time when we didn’t have these fancy phones that can get you out on the interwebs or download your email. I grew up in a much simpler time when you actually sat through a ride and enjoyed it instead of trying to figure out what Justin Bieber is up to next (is he even still around?)

Grant it, I am not against technology. It does have it usefulness. But at what price? We have become mindless people who can’t walk outside without staring at Facebook or checking any one of a number of text messages that they just received.

I think the phrase ‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ is quite apropos. Put the device down and look at the world around you. Take it all in. It’s all of God’s beauty and majesty right in front of you. Take some time to appreciate it.

Of course, if Apple develops a phone that can also generate smells, then people won’t have to go too far to smell the coffee.

If that happens, we are all definitely doomed.

An Easter Message

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Well, it’s that time of year again.

The eggs are laid carefully in small wicker baskets, carefully lined with plastic grass, a marshmallow chick carefully guarding each colored ovoid. You might even have a rather large chocolate rabbit sitting in box somewhere near the basket. I know I did. I used to bite the ears off first. Not sure why. Maybe to keep it from hearing me eat the rest of it over the next week?

We then get dressed in our finest clothes and make our way to church to celebrate the season.

This day isn’t about the eggs or the rabbit or Easter egg hunts. The true message that we should take away is this: the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That’s it. It couldn’t be more simple than that and yet there is so much more to it than that.

It’s about the love of a Father for his creation:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

It’s about a Son willing to sacrifice Himself and His body for the sins of mankind:

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted, but He as wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:4-6 NKJV)

He was tortured, brutalized, and hung on a tree to die as a common criminal, guilty of only one thing: taking the sins of the world onto Himself.

On this Easter Sunday, let’s make sure to thank God for the sacrifice of His Son for our sins and to Jesus for willing giving of Himself for the iniquities of us all. Those who believe on Him will share in His grace and forgiveness of our sins.

If you haven’t accepted Christ, there is no better time than now. Right now, as you read this. If you have ever wondered where you are going to go when you die, then make the choice to follow Christ and be assured of your eternal destination.

God bless!

We Will Serve the Lord

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It’s amazing how the Lord works.

I’ve been trying to come up with a new topic to write about. There are times when I find it difficult to come up with something new rather than trying to piggyback off of a story that’s already out there.

Then I saw the same Bible verse from Joshua twice in the same week from two different sources. I think He’s telling me where to start. Now I give it to the Holy Spirit to give me the words to put on the page.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 KJV).

At this time, Joshua has just brought the people of Israel into the promised land. The land of Canaan, at this time, was occupied by the Amorties. They had their own set of gods and did not worship God. Because of their worship of other gods, I believe some of the Israelites began to worship these gods. They had already begun doing this when Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. They forced Aaron to make them a golden calf so that they could worship it.

I believe this to be the reason Joshua stated what he did in the above passage. If the Israelites were to enjoy the blessings of God, they needed to turn to Him and serve and worship Him and Him alone.

Do some of us worship our own gods? Money? Power? Cars? Jewelry? Social media?

These are all materialistic things and, in the grand scheme, have no value where God is concerned. We are always striving for the most expensive car or the nicest clothes and jewelry.

Now don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to have nice things but at what point do we start to worship these things rather than asking God for his provision?

We’ve become a materialistic society and our reliance on God has waned. We try to do better than what we think God would do for us. We are the ‘me me me’ generation. And I have fallen into this many times in my life. But now I’m trying to take a different perspective, with the understanding that God will provide all our needs. He may not give us what we want but He will provide exactly what we need.

And as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

God Bless!