November 1, 2014
epignosis, epignosis knowledge, exposing satan, exposing the devil, faith
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Don’t forget the Reformation.
Every year for the past few years I have reposted about the truth of halloween. I usually post a link on facebook and twitter. This year, I decided to be silent for a reason. So, for the entire month of October, I said nothing about halloween (except in one private message to a new friend who invited my family to join his family’s halloween celebration). Boy did I learned a thing or two!
Looking back and doing some comparisons, it seems more of my facebook friends who are christian (more than 10) posted about halloween this year. In fact, my news feed was filled with costume clad halloween posts from both christians and non-christians. I was surprised because many of these christian families hadn’t made these posts in previous years. It made me wonder if my “truth about halloween” posts had anything to do with that.
I don’t even know what else to say about that!
In previous years I’ve also posted about Reformation Day.
Right now I just want to urge everyone: Don’t Forget the Reformation! That is all.
October 26, 2014
epignosis, epignosis knowledge, faith
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Do you think you can believe, obey and commit? You know, when some of us first believed it was because the Holy Spirit drew us to Christ. We heard a Word taught or preached and we held on to it, believing it. That was the first day of the beginning of the rest of our lives.
At what point did we really start being obedient though? This can be a struggle, for real! But God is so merciful to us, even in disobedience. His desire is that ALL find Him. He has your purpose in mind, even if you have no idea what it is. He can unlock that knowledge for you when you trust and obey.
Commitment seems like such a HUGE word even though this action is as simple as deciding to let go. Many people give up all the time for different things. Some do the ultimate and give up on life. For others it’s a lot less, like giving up a job or giving up on a loved one. Reflect for a few minutes on that choice to give up on something or someone. How easy or how difficult was that? Do you remember how you felt inside when you made the decision? Letting go and allowing God to take control is the same decision but with much, much BIGGER results.
“We are truly blessed because of our commitment. The start of commitment is obedience. The start of obedience is Faith: Faith in Jesus the Christ. Without Faith, it is impossible to please Him… the author and finisher of our Faith.” —SM
Hebrews 12:2 ~ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 11:6 ~ But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1 Samuel 15:22 ~ And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Proverbs 16:3 ~ Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Psalm 37:5 ~ Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Do you think you can BELIEVE, OBEY and COMMIT? You won’t know until you decide to try. Blessings!
August 22, 2014
compatibility, marriage, no longer compatible, the myth compatibility
Someone asked: “What does one do if you are no longer compatible as you were at the beginning of your marriage?
Joey Bonifacio‘s simple response was, “compatibility is a myth”.
He said: “The dictionary defines compatibility as the ability “to exist or occur together without conflict.” In the real life of relationships there is no such thing.”
He went on to say: “It is not incompatibility that destroys marriages, but selfishness. It is not our differences that cause problems but pride. Selfishness and pride are things that will cause conflict no matter how compatible two people may seem to be. Only a relationship with God can change us from being selfish and prideful.“
Feel free to read more of what he said by clicking here: What if we are no longer compatible in marriage? :D Blessings!
August 14, 2014
rightly dividing the word of truth
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The 2014 Noah movie is full of controversy. I wanted to write about it but I found an article that did a detailed review of the movie. Here is an excerpt from the article and a link to it so you can read it too. Be Blessed always… ~SM
“Is the Film Biblically Accurate?
One of the things we have heard from various Christian leaders is that the film was rather faithful to the biblical text. In fact, a seven-minute video was produced by a believer who works in Hollywood that displayed various endorsements of the film. In it, Ari Handel, the co-screenwriter of Noah stated, “It was very important to us to do two things at the same time. One was to not to do anything which contradicted the letter of the text. And the second was, wherever we could, without contradicting Genesis, we wanted to break expectations.”
So in the words of the film’s cowriter, it was supposedly very important for them not to contradict the letter of the text. Let’s see how well they achieved this goal.
|The Film Shows
||The Bible States
|“In the beginning, there was nothing.”
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
|Adam and Eve had three sons.
||Adam and Eve had Cain, Abel, Seth, and other sons and daughters. (Genesis 5:4)
|Noah’s father Lamech died when Noah was a young boy.
||Lamech lives until Noah is about 595 years old, dying approximately five years before the Flood.
|Japheth is Noah’s youngest son.
||Ham is Noah’s youngest son (Genesis 9:24 ).
|Japheth releases the raven from the ark.
||Noah releases the raven (Genesis 9:7).
|God used the big bang and evolution (see below for more details).
||God created everything in six days (Genesis 1).
|Man is to be judged because of what humans have done to the earth.
||Man is to be judged for sinning against the holy and righteous God.
|Noah builds the ark solely to save “the innocents” (meaning the animals), and after it serves its purpose, man is to die off.
||Noah built the Ark for the saving of his household (Hebrews 11:7) and the animals (Genesis 6:19–20).
Either Ari Handel has very little knowledge of the text or he deliberately lied about his point to promote the movie. Both options should be enough to make one question the integrity of the film’s writing.
One might argue that many of these issues are rather minor points in the grand scheme of the biblical narrative. But it reveals a cavalier attitude towards the Bible. If they can’t bother to get the smaller points right, then how can we trust them to accurately handle the larger issues (and they don’t—see below)?
Think about it. They could have made Ham the youngest of the boys or had Noah release the raven without changing their overall story. They could have had Lamech die at the proper time and still open the movie with the setup to the latter confrontation with Tubal-Cain by giving Noah a beloved uncle or older brother who gets killed.
But they didn’t. Instead, the filmmakers directly went against the Word of God on issues that wouldn’t have changed their story, which demonstrates that they absolutely did not respect God’s Word. They did not try hard to avoid doing “anything which contradicted the letter of the text.””
Please enjoy the article about the 2014 Noah movie. Here’s the LINK.
July 30, 2014
Here is an excerpt from “Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine” by Dorothy L. Sayers.
“Perhaps we are not following Christ all the way or in the right spirit. We are likely, for example, to be a little sparing of the palms and hosannas. We are chary of wielding the scourge of small cords, lest we should offend somebody or interfere with trade.
“We do not furnish up our wits to disentangle knotty questions about Sunday observance and tribute money, nor hasten to sit at the feet of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions.
“We pass hastily over disquieting jests about making friends with the mammon of unrighteousness and alarming observations about bringing not peace but a sword; nor do we distinguish ourselves by the graciousness by which we sit at meat with publicans and sinners.
“Somehow or other, and with the best intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing and rather ill-natured bore—and this in the name of the one who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which he passed through the world like a flame.
“Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of vigorous reaction. If the pious are the first to be shocked, so much worse for the pious—others will pass into the kingdom of heaven before them.
“If all men are offended because of Christ, let them be offended; but where is the sense of their being offended at something that is not Christ and is nothing like him?
“We do him singularly little honor by watering down his personality till it could not offend a fly. Surely it is not the business of the Church to adapt Christ to men, but to adapt men to Christ.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine