Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When Godly People Do Ungodly Things (7 Part series) by Beth Moore

This study has shown some real powerful insights I hadn't realized before. She bears authenticity and humility, and relates to her audience right where they are. This is a must listen.

Summary: Seduction, and not just sexual seduction, is present in the pews. Beth instructs in the importance of realizing seduction and avoiding it.
Summary: Four common attacks of Satan against Believers, doubt, fear, shame, blame, are revealed and explored.

Summary: God's sifting out bad in your heart in order to make you what He wants you to be for His purpose.

Summary: How to be a watchman.

Summary: Wise up!

Summary: How to find the way home.

Summary: How to find safety, Beth Moore closes out her study.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

     On eBay, junk is often sold AS IS, meaning it is being sold just as it is, no returns, no extras, no fixing if broke etc. Thus one would tend to bid 'low' for such an item due to the risk.

A God-Man raised up as a Jew in Israel, allowed Himself to be the bid for buying all of us that would Believe, Trust, and Love Him. And He bid the highest bid possible on us, AS IS.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Changing a Heart in Seconds - HeartChanger.org

     Ray Comfort of HeartChanger.org is making waves, and getting in the face of the common citizen in order to change hearts. The video below is a must-watch. Ray, with cameras rolling, talks with common citizens on the street and asks thought provoking questions about the Nazi driven Holocaust; abortion; and Christ.  Not sure what the connection between the three topics are? Check out the footage and see for yourself how simply thinking through issues, even ones that seem to be confusing and wrought with 'gray' areas, can lead you to a better sense of right and wrong.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sanctity of Life - Focus on the Family 01/05/2012

Focus on the Family has a very special broadcast today, 01/05/2012. Listeners had been asked to call in and share their story about the sanctity of life. The large majority of callers shared their stories concerning abortion, both those that saved their child, and those that didn't.
Listening to a Speaker talk, or a Pastor, is one thing; but hearing the voices of people sharing their experience is quite another. Awesome thing is that God hears this all the time, maybe we can give a listen too.

You will be moved, you'll get the trembles and the chills at hearing how some of these stories unravel. God works wonders!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 :: 7 Resolutions to get Closer to God

2012, no not that cruddy John Cusack movie, but the YEAR 2012 that is now upon us. New Year's resolutions abound, but my Hope for you is that you'll put one resolution above all others, and that you'll actually make this one stick, and that is to get closer to God.

I'll not go into the infinitely large list of why you should get closer to God, hopefully you can figure that out for yourself. But here's a short list of ways to go about adding more God time into your life.
1. consider all time God time- regardless of if you're at work, or in the bathroom, consider it an opportunity to pray, consider it an opportunity to think about God, His Word, His Love and Way.
2. Prayer - kinda mentioned in the previous one, prayer can pretty much happen anytime, anywhere. Whether in silent and voicing out your prayer, or simply in your mind as you go about other things. Prayer is good for you, and it's what God desires
3. Reading the Word- I suppose this is probably a big "duh" for most of you that reading the Bible would be on a list like this. Problem is that most of us don't get it done. We should consider reading the Bible as important as eating. Maybe we need to make it a part of our meal times! Incorporate new ways to get God's Word in your life, perhaps Bible on MP3 or CD? Start memorizing a new scripture every week or month. Don't be hard on yourself, and choose things that lend themselves naturally to your life. But let it be a precious thing to you, an important thing. Get a neat study book or devotional book to guide you through reading since for some just opening up the Bible is daunting because you may feel that you don't know where to start.
4. Put Feet to Prayer - in #2, Prayer was mentioned but this takes that further in taking your prayers and actually Doing something about them. If you have someone that has really been on your mind and have been praying for that person, why not reach out and do something for him or her? This thought comes to mind, if someone is hungry, you could pray that he get something to eat, or you could take him out to lunch. Ideally, doing both would be the way to go, pray about helping the person out, and then see if there's something you can actually do. For those trials that aren't so easy as a McDonald's run, sometimes just visiting with the person, and assuring that you will continue praying and considering that person's needs is all you can do. But that is still usually better than doing nothing, and may mean the world to the person in mind.
5. Check out Christian Talk radio- This is something I've discovered in the last year or so, and have really found it to be encouraging in my life. There is so much worldly entertainment, and just "stuff" that tears us down. If you have some sort of Christian talk radio such as Bott Radio then you start to replace some of that with good stuff, encouraging and stuff filled with wisdom. Additionally, you can listen to most of the various programs on the Bott Radio Network, online on your computer or smartphone. My favorites are FocusOnTheFamily and Ravi Zecharias Ministries  but there are many other good ones too.
6. Christian Music - Whether via MP3/CD or on the radio, listening to Christian radio helps to replace some of the 'worldly stuff' with better, more worthwhile stuff. Example, you might opt to listen to a worldly station airing music that speaks of or even glorifies being arrogant and boastful, or being a womanizer, being selfish and only worrying about yourself; or you can check out a Christian radio station airing music that points you to God through worship; songs about making it through the tough times of life; encouraging and uplifting songs to help give you peace. The difference to me feels like the difference between eating candy and healthy food. One gives a short spike of high energy, but then falls flat and is deflating; whereas the nutritive food grants strength and vitality for your day.
7. Apply the Word - This is somewhat an aggregation of all the above. Look and strive to USE things you learn in the Word, or through teachings about the Bible etc. Use them in your life, try to become more Christ-Like. And hear me on this next statement, being more Christ-Like doesn't mean that you're doing everything right. All of us have and will fall short of His glory, which is why only He can be our salvation from Sin. Do not, do not, do NOT, wear a mask of false righteousness and piety. The masks that common church goers often wear, as if we're perfect and never fall flat on our face in sin, is one of the worst practices that I believe the devil himself has roped  us all into. Doing such makes us out to be hypocrites, it alienates new church comers and new would-be Christians, and gives a false-hope that simply getting Jesus means you'll never fail again. That's not what knowing Jesus is about in the least, and again I think this is a myth that somehow permeated most of the church and has been exemplified by arrogant self-righteousness and judgementalism.  Jesus was about Mercy and Grace, for you, and for that person you've come to hate. God is Love.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It is doubtful whether God can use/bless a man greatly, until first He wounds him deeply.
~A.W. Tozer

When God wants to do an impossible task, He takes an impossible man and crushes him. ~Alan RedPath

Two quotes mentioned during the Dec 08, 2011 broadcast of Chuck Swindoll on Insight For Living

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christians are Americans- liberties under attack

     Alliance Defense Fund President Alan Sears gives a reality check concerning civil liberties that are under attack everyday for people of Faith. Stories include educational choices that parents have for their own children; a 5th grader wanted to do a Christian song in an open, after school talent show but was told 'there's too much Jesus in the song' regardless of the fact that other students' songs had sexual or poor behavior depicted in their lyrics and were not censored.    That boys mother shared that she stood with the child alongside the Alliance Defense Fund in a lawsuit that cause a ripple effect in the school district that removed the censorship against people of Faith. Amazing isn't it, that bad behavior and poor choices are NOT censored whereas the morals that come with faith ARE censored.  Also, he tells of a situation in which the ACLU actually attacked a school for incorporating internet filtering, which filtered pornography saying that it was against the freedoms of the user, in this case the users are CHILDREN. In Sweden, a 9 year old boy was seized by the government due to the parents using homeschooling, the child was taken from the home and put in foster care. Alan says, "Our right in America to homeschool needs to be closely guarded." This is ridiculous especially since homeschooled students are often some of the brightest and test quite well. And lastly, the story of a Graduate student doing counseling clinicals, followed protocol when she realized a values conflict with a patient desiring help in how to improve a homosexual relationship. She was then threatened to not be able to graduate unless she renounced her beliefs. She was dismissed from the school, and the Alliance Defense Fund brought a suit against the school.
The Fund has won 90% of the issues they've been a part of, but the ACLU still uses intimidation to try and pressure school officials or organizations into thinking that they don't have a chance or are powerless. If you're in a situation where your liberties are being attacked, you need to contact the Fund or similar organizations for help.
He also mentions a quote by someone recently appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that "private thoughts about sexual orientation issues that differ with her should not be tolerated."
Do you participate in Bible studies or small group church meetings in personal homes? There have been zoning officials that come to pastor's homes asking questions like "do you say 'praise the Lord'" in your home threatening reprimand.

Hear the interview via Focus on the Family.