Thursday, November 21, 2013

11/15-11/21 Homework Assignment

11/15-11/21 Affirmations
11/15 I am amazing just the way I am.
11/16 I accept my body shape and acknowledge the beauty it holds.
11/17 My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.
11/18 My healing is already in process.
11/19 Others can trust me because I am trustworthy and reliable.
11/20 I am gracious and grateful.
11/21 I love and approve of myself.

11/15-11/21 Musings
11/15 I have found myself justifying these thoughts and trying to convince myself.  I am not confused about these thoughts.  They have not been as soothing or kind to me as I thought.  They have been nothing but a burden.  They have distracted me, bothered me, burdened me, and woken me up.  It has been quite confusing.  I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame.  I have learned to be thankful and to re-direct my thoughts.  I have learned to let the thoughts pass.  I have to do what is hard, and re-directing and letting the thoughts pass is rather hard.

Do they honor God?  No, they do not honor God.  Do they honor me?  That is obviously not true either.  I have asked myself a series of questions not only about the thoughts, but about how I live my life.  I needed to take an inventory of my life and myself.  I have become more aware today than I have on other days.  The feedback of others have become too valuable and mine have not been valuable enough.  I care about others, of course, but I have to care about myself too.
11/16 My motives haven't always been pure.  I realize that I have had selfish motives for wanting to watch tv or movies.  I realize that I have avoided situations because of fear and not because the movie or tv show or song does not honor God.  I admit that I have done dishonorable things and for that, I am no saint.  One who is holy has pure motives.  Mercy and faith go hand in hand with holiness.  Those are things that matter much more to me in the grand scheme of things.
11/17 Being a Christian isn't a walk in the park.  Let me explain.  A true Christian goes through problems like everyone else.  We know that there is also a spiritual fight that we have to face.  We don't wrestle against flesh and blood but we have to fight the very works of the enemy.  The Christian walk isn't just an easy ride, but also a race where sometimes the roads are unpaved.  Many Christians have also been persecuted for their faith.  It has been going on for millenia.  That will not change until the time of the end.  However, we are to be overcomers.  Satan is a deceiver seeking whom he may devourer.  Jesus is the Lord and Savior who conqured hell and the grave.  Jesus Christ has all of the winning tools at His disposal.  Amen.
11/18 I have to admit that nothing has happened.  I have a cold and that is about as exciting as my day went. When the person is you, you have a new perspective on things.  I feel so shallow today because I have relatives who are much sicker than I.  I am not so sure about them, but they seem to be okay.  I wish I was there for my sick relative but I am sick myself. One has to be sick in order to see one perspective, to have that mile walked in their shoes.
11/19 Life is way too short to allow these thoughts to take over my life.  That includes my thought life.  It is important to realize that I have to allow these thoughts to pass.  This morning it took nasty thoughts about being yelled at and being physically ill to realize all of this.  It took a new perspective that I had to learn about myself.  I wish that advice would have set me free, but all of those things didn't  help me because I wasn't bored enough.  I am bored with all of it.  I am not sick of these thoughts.  I wish to move on.  That is what I desire.
11/20 May Whitney Houston rest in peace.
11/21 Today was just another day in a year full of days.  It will always be another day in a year filled with days, weeks, and months.

11/15-11/21 Food and Diet Blog entries
11/16 I do tend to eat over the 1400 calorie limit like I did yesterday.  I did eat in moderation...I did at least eat my snacks in moderation.  However, I should have eaten 200 calories or less in eating my snacks.  One of my problem areas is eating big snacks and sometimes too small meals.  I need to work on that.
11/17 I tried the best I could with staying under the 1400 calorie limit.  I ate too much chicken today.  I am not feeling too well because I have a slight cold right now.  Hopefully I will feel better.
11/18 I binged some today.  Right now, I am struggling to eat 1400 calories per day.  I need to learn "addictive" food such as crackers and potaotes in moderation or not at all.  I have learned a lot not only about diet but about my eating habits.  I also need to exercise more as well.  I am going to stick to the 1400 calories in the next few days or so.  I also plan to even lower consumption of calories.  I have changed my calories low enough.  I eat way too many calories and have gained weight because of it.
11/19 I have made the 1400 calorie mark the first time.  When I say that, I mean that I have barely gone over the 1400 calorie mark.  I did eat a rather huge lunch.  I have to learn that I am to eat like a queen at breakfast, eat like a princess at lunch, and eat like a pauper at dinner.  I finally realize how elitist it is, but I guess it is a way that I will lose weight.
11/20 I finally found out why I eat so much.  I guess it is more emotional than anything.  I have denied it not because I was in denial, but because I didn't know any better.  Despite my issues, my emotions have not gotten in the way of my eating habits.  In other words, I usually don't eat emotionally to solve any issues.  I am concerned that I am not losing any weight and I wanted to binge tonight, but I came pretty close.  I ate 500 calories plus over the limit.  I don't feel bad about it, but I know that I can do much, much better.
11/21 I was just hungry and tired today.  That is the only reason or rather, reasons why I am eating over the 1400 calorie limit.  It is a budget that I go over constantly.  It doesn't bother me that I eat over that limit.  However, it would be nice to eat at that limit.  I don't feel guilty about what I ate or drank today however.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Two productive things to do each month...myself and my family

January- Holidays, learning about gardening

February- Shopping, learning about history

March- Food Preparation, gardening

April- Food preparation, writing

May- Shopping, Spring Cleaning

June- learning about animals, shopping

July- Food preparation, shopping

August - shopping and  budgeting, making a meal plan

September - health and fitness, Shopping

October- Halloween, writing

November - Preparation for Thanksgiving, Helping the Family

December- Giving of Gifts, Cooking and baking

Thursday, November 14, 2013

11/8-11/14 Homework Assignment

11/8     I know that God is always with me. – Isaiah 41:10
11/9     With my heart open to God's renewing love, I accept my healing now.
11/10   Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.
11/11   I am preparing myself for Jesus' return.
11/12   I can stand on my own two feet and move forward with my life.
11/13   I eat slowly and stop eating the moment I feel full.
11/14   I am a gift from God, not only for one season, but for the entire year.

It is about frustration becoming an obsession almost.  It could have easily destroyed what I have worked for when it came to my weight.  Frustration is something that one should not have to deal with.  It is serious and I am serious.  Being too frustrated has not been kind to me and I doubt it will be kind to anyone else.
11/9     Turning things over to God can very well be difficult.  I am so used to want to fix things for myself because oftentimes I feel so powerless.  How ironic is that?  It is true, though.  Powerless is a feeling or is it purely based on reality?  I have learned that power is like a road.  Either you can have power or choose to take your power back or actually be and/or remain powerless.  Life is like a road sometimes because life is a journey of choices.

I have failed to see that sometimes and tend to do things first then think of the consequences later.  That is not a good way to live.  In my case, it is because of a lack of exhibiting self-control.  Self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit and there is no law.  I believe that there is no law because it about living for God.  How can a person truly live for God without at least a modicum of self-control?  One who lacks self-control cannot be a good witness for God.

11/10  What I didn't realize was that I needed God. It was around 1:00 or so that afternoon and I went up to a friend's room. I knew that she was a born-again Christian and I started talking to her about all of my problems. I met two other girls, one of them was a freshmen at that time. I literally cried a river and poured out my heart. I was a lonely young woman. I knew it. Then she asked me if I believe that Jesus died for me and that if I believed that Jesus rose on the third day. I told her that I did. Then she mentioned the word "friends". It clicked. That was all I remember from that question. However, I have told her that I will get saved later on that I wanted to go somewhere. Her warning was to me that tomorrow was promised to no one. These were not her exact words, but that is what she meant. I am so glad that I did not hesitate. I prayed with her to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I saw a mental picture of cherub-like angels on a blue background. It was a mental painting almost. Everything seemed different. Things were brighter. One of the girls remarked that I even looked different. God took my pain away. He had started me on a new journey. And for that I praise God. Life is better. I still have my share of problems, but all Christians have their share of problems. Christians will be persecuted for their faith. I went from barely reading the Bible from reading and studying the Bible daily. I prayed mostly in need, but I pray daily. I have changed. Within a year from that day, I transferred to a new school and graduated two years later. I have learned how to handle my problems better. Over time, I have grown to depend on God daily. I have become interested in different things. I have become a different person. I have become wiser, and I thank God for that.
11/11  I would today like to wish a Happy Veterans' Day to all of those who have served our country.  So many of them gave of their lives and they should be greatly appreciated.  However, despite the fact that they should be thanked and that they should have a day set aside for them, everyday should be a day when we thank our veterans.  They have fought valiantly and I, for one, will not forget their service to this country.
11/12  I love giving gifts.  Christmas is a great time of the year, but I think that I, like many in the United States, underrate Thanksgiving.  We as Americans have much to thankful for.  Granted, we have a lot of problems, but most of us don't go to bed hungry.  Many people in other countries do.  I am reminded of them quite often and I am not just thankful, but I am grateful that there are people who show love to those who are in need.  I am not always good at expressing myself, but we as believers are to love and serve those in need, not just because it is the right thing to do and that we are supposed to serve.  We are to love those we serve, and that is the reason we do the right thing.  We love our fellow man, woman, and child.
11/13  RIP, Noah Gerald...I miss you, dad.
11/14  I know that I was supposed to write about Christmas, but I am glad that it turned to something else.  Sure I am talking about Christmas and I even wrote a video about it.  So ironically all of this does tie together.  For that, I am thankful that God has given me so much insight into life that I didn't know that I had.

My Food and Diet Blog Entries
11/8    I have given total and complete control over to the Lord.  I was so frustrated that it left me eating more.  I have binged for the past few days and I am proud of it.  I needed to take inventory of my life.  And I also needed to take inventory over my health.  I admit that I am not in the best health.  I gained weight which is causing me worry.  That is not a good thing.  I just couldn't take it anymore.  So I prayed about it.  I needed wisdom and I believe that my prayer will be answered.
11/9    I did pretty well today.  I do realize, however, that eating smaller portions would be beneficial for me.  Application of certain diet principles or rules would be a great help to me.  Planning in advance would also be of great help to me as well.  Lacking in self-control is an issue for me.  How do I learn to exhibit self-control when it comes to my eating habits so that it doesn't become a vicious cycle?
11/10  I have to admit that I ate a lot of unhealthy foods.  I do tend to eat a lot of fried foods.  I believe that eating unhealthy foods do no good for my health.  I am glad that I am under the calorie limit.  I don't however feel guilty about what I ate.
11/11  I ate some food today that was pretty healthy.  I admit that I  do need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  I also need to read up my blog entries so that I could learn about myself and eat healthier and lose weight.  I am stressed out, which is not good for me.
11/12  I have had enough of binging and overeating!  I need help.  I need, and want to lose weight.  It is one of my greatest desires.  The reasons are for health and for overall well-being.  I am doing this for myself.  Right now, I plan to consume just 1400 calories starting tomorrow.  I need to be consistent with this.  I just want to lose weight.  I am trying too hard and failing miserably.  I want to start all over, but I rather just start anew.
11/13  I am now consuming 1400 calories per day, for now.  I realize that it is normal for people to change the calorie amounts per day.  I don't eat as well as I should.  I need, want, and desire to lose weight.  I have gained some weight from binging.  I have also gotten sick.  I am learning to eat in smaller portions.  Eating that many calories is actually a lot less stressful than I thought, even though I admit that it is a challenge.  It will require a lot of doing what is hard.  I feel pretty good, but I realize that this is a daily thing, not a wedding day thing.
11/14  I have noticed that the less I eat, the more stressful I am.  I do have an urge to eat much or rather more than I desire to eat.  For the time being, I am comfortable with eating a 1400 calorie diet.  It hasn't been much of a struggle so far.  In fact, food doesn't consume my every thought.  I guess it is because of my food intake.  I have been wiser in my food choices as a result.  I don't have any headaches or anything like that.  In fact I feel great.  I can breathe a little easier.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Debbie's Letter from Hell- A Fictional Account about a real subject

Dear family and friends, and the world at large,

I am tormented in this flame. I ask God to save me over and over again. I thought I was a Christian. I should have lived for God, but I lived for myself, and everyone else. I brought my problems on myself. I have no one else to blame.

I was a selfish young woman. I had the whole world ahead of me. How could I be so stupid? It is a scary dark place where people are being tormented day and night, night and day. It is a place I don't wish on my worst enemy.

There is no love, no forgiveness, no peace, and no joy. This is what Hell is like. Hell is a real place, but I didn't believe. Hell is not a false doctrine. I should not have listened to the doctrine of other. Instead, I should have read God's word for myself. This is not a place of rest nor is it a party. The smell is wretched down here. You could hear the gnashing of teeth, the screams, and the cries of regret.

It is my fault. I brought myself to this place because I made one bad choice. God did not send me here, I sent myself here. I should have known that I deserve this fate, but I did not take the time to read or study the Bible, or even thank God. I took God for granted, nor was I thankful.

I was also among the unholy. I lived my life as I pleased. I lived life my way. I did my own thing, and now I regret it. Independence is not always a good thing. Dependence is a most precious thing. Depend on Jesus for salvation, for He is the only way. Why didn't I listen? I had friends who are Christian. I thought I was saved because I said a prayer, but I left it at that. I did not live for the Lord nor did I serve Him.

I cried out to God for help, but is of no use. I will never see my loved ones . I will never wake up in the morning. I will never prepare breakfast for my kids. I will never read them a story and kiss them good night. I wish I could tell them that I loved them, but I cannot. I cannot even contact my loved ones and ask how they are doing. I was a good person, but being good is not enough. I could have been among the saved, but it is too late for me. Don't let it too late for you.


Debbie Colmes


Debbie Colmes

Sunday, November 10, 2013

There are no contradictions in the Bible


What does the Bible really say about wine?

According to the Book of Proverbs, "wine is a mocker, a strong drink". The Bible says outright that drunkeness is wrong, not just for health reasons, but because of its overall destruction.

While it is true that Jesus turned water into wine, most people drink wine in moderation. Also, there were benefits to drinking small to moderate quantities of wine such as for the stomach and anti-oxidation. So as with most everything, be careful with what you put into your body. Also know of the consequences of your actions and how they will affect others as well as yourself.

The Bible has answers for all of these questions.

No, the Bible does not contradict itself. To say that the Bible contradicts itself is to say that the Author has contradictory views. That in itself is not true. God cannot lie. He does not compromise. His word says that there is a right and wrong. That is why He wanted Moses to show the newly freed slaves the Ten Commandments. And the reason why Jesus was born of a virgin, preached the gospel, was crucified for the sins of the world, and rose on the third day. That is why Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He teaches us, guides us, and convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgements.

On this page, I have written questions that people often use to prove that the Bible contradicts itself. The Bible is a book that gives reproof, corrects us, and gives us instruction. It is inspired of by God.(from 1 Timothy 3:16)
We live in a time where people scoff at the Lord's return. People abandoned God and choose to do all manner of evil things. So don't be surprised that people will say unkind things about God, the Bible, and Christians. We have to answer those who are lost and lack understanding. The Truth is our weapon.
Here are answers to common questions people may have:

1. If God is a God of peace, then why did Jesus talk about division? In Matthew 10:34, Jesus said that He came not to bring peace, but a sword. There will be divisions amongst family, for many will sacrifice everything for Jesus. There are some who will love their families, money, or anything other than Jesus. Verses 38-39 state the consequences of this love.

2. I thought people aren't supposed to kill anyone. Why are wars and the death penalty justified? In Numbers 32, God commissioned a war against the Midianites and various people because of their sins. God hates sin and punished those who allowed sin into their camps and into their nations. From Romans, "The wages of sin is death." People tend to forget that God is a God of Justice and yes, He does get angry. As for the death penalty, the death penalty was and still not an act of murder. It was for deterring crimes. It was used against those who murdered someone with malice. There were laws in the Old Testament for things from accidental murder, self defense, to outright lying.

3. If God is love, then why are homosexuality and interracial marriages wrong? Leviticus 18:22 states, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." This is not about hating gays and lesbians. It is about committing an act that is wrong in God's sight. No where in the Bible did it say that interracial relationships or marriages wrong. The Isrealites were not allowed to enter into relationship with neighboring peoples because they were pagans. Race had nothing to do with it.

4. I thought that God is the only one who can judge us; what does the Bible mean when he is supposed to talk about men judging angels? 1 Corinthians 6:3 asks,"Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?" Paul was writing about how the believers shall appear, namely in judicial matters before the world. He did not mean in any other way that we have the right to judge others, because we don't.

5. Does the Bible justify slavery? Remember that the Bible was written in ancient times, and various people enslaved other peoples. But in no way does the Bible justify enslaving other people as was the case in the Americas. People who enslaved others were to treat them humanely and then to set them free. But I haven't read any passages where slavery was outright justified. In fact, Paul wrote that as believers, we should be a slave or servant to no one.

6. Why does one belief have to be better than others?The answers are in Revelation 9 and Revelation 21:8. Revelation 9:20-21 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 21:8 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

7. Why does God love some and love others? I was taught to love everybody. You are supposed to love everybody. God was referring to those who obey His commandments and those who don't. He hates sin and punishes sin.

8. Peter denies Jesus and Jesus forgives him. I thought if we deny Him, then He will deny us? True, 2 Timothy 2:12 does say, "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" Jesus forgave Peter. Peter was remorceful at what He has done for Jesus' prediction came true. Jesus was God in the Flesh. He died for our sins, including Peter's.

9. Some men in the Old Testament had more than one wife. Isn't that wrong? A man was supposed to have one wife, and for that it is wrong. In many Eastern societies, many wealthy men had more than one wife and many other women.

10. Didn't someone say something about a "perfect hatred"? It was David. In Psalm 139:22 he says, "I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies." David hated them because of their wickedness, not because of who they are. He didn't hate them as in bad blood hatred, but in righteous indignation.

11. Doesn't the curse of Ham and the blessing of Japheth prove that Christianity is a White Man's religion? Was Ham black? Genesis 10 is a genealogy of the human racial family. There is no such thing as a white race, a black race, or any other race except for the human race. We are all descended from one family: the family of Adam and Eve. Christianity is first of all, not a white man's religion. Japheth was not "white" and Ham was not "black". Japheth was the ancestor of the Indo-European peoples which include the English, Irish, Italians, Germans, Armenians, and Cypriots. Ham was the ancestor of the Libyans, Afro-Americans, and the Egyptians. Their brother Shem was the ancestor of the Arabs, and Hebrews. The curse was about Ham uncovering Noah's nakedness, not about race.

12. The Bible said that money is the root of all evil. Does that mean that it is wrong for people to have money? According to 1 Timothy 6:10, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil not money itself. It is not wrong for people to have money. Job, Esther, and King David were righteous people who were extremely wealthy.

13.Do Christians not have to follow the rules that everybody else have to follow? Seems like that most Christians are a bunch of hypocrites. Christians are not supposed to be hypocrites. We all have to give account for how we live our lives on this planet. All of us are supposed to follow God's rules, but most people don't.

14. Why does God love some more than He loves others? He doesn't. Jesus died for the sins of the world so that all might come to repentance.

15. If it is wrong to have money, then what is having life abundant (from John 10)? The abundant life doesn't have to be just financial abundance. It could be spiritual or physical abundance. In other words, Jesus was talking about a person being made whole.

16. I thought believers are supposed to have the Sabbath on the seventh day. Why do Christians celebrate it on the first day? Not all do. Seventh Day Adventists celebrate a Saturday Sabbath. In the Book of Acts, a group of believers began to fellowship the first day of the week. From that, most Christians follow the Sunday Sabbath.

17. Does the Bible condone sexism? No, it does not.

18. Paul said be a servant to no one, but slavery is mentioned to no one and Jesus was talking about servitude. What is that about? It refers to humility and service. There is a difference between servitude and slavery.

19. I thought there were certain things Christians aren't supposed to do. Why did Paul say not to judge them on those things? (from Romans 14) Paul was writing in Romans 14:3 about manmade laws and stumbling blocks that could hurt the unity of the church. Romans 14:3 says, "Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him."

20. I thought all sins are forgiven, no matter how bad. Why not the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the outright rejection of the Holy Spirit in word. In other words, you will not be forgiven for saying anything evil,or negative against the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth; He convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgement. To outright reject the Truth is to reject God, for the Holy Spirit is of the Trinity or Godhead.

21. Is all divorce wrong? No. The only way divorce is acceptable in the Bible is in cases of adultery and fornication.

22. I thought that Jesus was baptized in water. What does Holy Spirit baptism mean? He was. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to us. The Holy Spirit came upon a diverse group of believers in Acts 2. The congregation received power from on high. When someone is baptized in the Holy Spirit, they receive one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which include speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, prophecy, faith, working of miracles, and wisdom.

23.Are some of the Ten Commandments of no effect now that we live in the New Testament? No. The Ten Commandments are still effective, no matter what Testament we live in. We live in the Age of Grace, which means that we don't have to offer sacrifices to be forgiven.

24. What is predestination? Romans 8:30 says, "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." God already knew plans for our lives before we did, but God gave us the freedom of choice.

25.Is it wrong to be angry? When we hold on to our anger or when we don't control it, then it is wrong. When anger is righteous indignation, as in the case of Jesus at the temple throwing the moneychangers' tables, then no, it is not wrong. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:26, "Be ye angry, and sin not."

26. Why does God allow suffering to happen? It is best answered with a summary of the Book of Job. God allowed the Devil to inflict him with illness and other problems. He lost his wife, his children, his servants, his home, and his livestock. He was also inflicted with boils. But unlike many, Job did not blaspheme or abandon God. God also gave us freedom of choice and our choices have consequences, some more catastrophic than others.

27. Why did God change His mind about punishing Nineveh? Jonah 3:10 says, "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not." The Ninevites repented of their sins.

28. If God is such a loving God, then why is there a Hell?There is a Hell because people chose not to accept the free gift of salvation. They would not repent of their sins. They did not put God first in their lives.

29. Why is God considered a Jealous God if jealousy is wrong?Jealousy and envy are wrong, though they are pretty much the same thing. God is a Jealous God because He wants for us to worship and serve Him. He wants us to love Him and obey Him. He is the only True Living God.

I hope I have answered your questions
I hope I have proven that the Bible doesn't contradict itself. While we as humans have so many questions to ask God, never assume that God makes mistakes. Never let your questions cause you to doubt the Bible's validity or God Himself. If your beliefs cloud your judgement about God and the Bible, then you need to open your eyes. If you have never received Jesus, backslidden, or are not sure you are saved, I ask that you pray this prayer, or something similar:

"Lord Jesus, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I confess all of my sins to You. I am not proud of the fact that I have not put You first in my life. I had doubts about You and didn't trust You at all. I repent of my sins. Forgive me. Come into my heart. I accept You as Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me, in Your name, Jesus, Amen."

Who is the Holy Trinity?

Holy Spirit
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Who is the Holy Trinity?

The Holy TrinityGod the Father, Jesus the Son, and our Comforter, The Holy Spirit

Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Romans 8:26-27
26 In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak that we are.  For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit Himself pleads with God for us, in groans that words cannot express.
27 And God, who sees into the hearts of men, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; for the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of His people, and in accordance with His will.

Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation

Isaiah 54:5
For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called

The Holy Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. To best explain the Trinity, they are three members in one Godhead. Most people, including Christians, have little to no understanding who God is, much less each Person in the Godhead. So who is God? Is He a loving God? Is He a Strict Disciplinarian who is waiting to punish us whenever we sin? There are many who either believe in God, but have no relationship with God or those who do and have doubts about Him. The answers to these questions and concerns are in the Bible.

God the Father is known by many names: Yahweh, Jehovah, Yehovah, Heavenly Father, Father God, Lord God, Yah, Creator, etc. He............... He has the power to forgive sins. He is a limitless, boundless God. He is omniscient and omnipotent. He is Almighty and all-powerful. He is also a Jealous God because He is the only true God. He is not only a loving Father, but a fearless Judge. He is non-compromising God who hates sin. He will punish the wicked, as written in His Word. His word is True because He cannot lie, nor does He expect us to lie without penalty. God is written with human emotions such as anger and laughter.

God the Son is also known by many names: Jesus, Lord, Yeshua, Emmanuel, Redeemer, Savior, Lord of Lords, etc. Isaiah 54:9 calls Him, "Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.". He too has the power to forgive sins. He was the Babe born in a manger to a virgin. Then by about 30 years old, He began a three year ministry where He healed the sick and preached the gospel of repentance. Jesus However, was not just any Teacher. He was God in the flesh. He paid the price for our sins by being crucified. We were according to 1 Corinthians 7:23 "bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men." Within three days, He rose from the dead. He is the only way to the Father; there is no other way. He is the only One who can save us. Through faith in Him we became "more than conquerers" (Romans 8:37) and "dead to sin". (Romans 6:2). He is the One who set us free from the curse of sin, Hell, and thus eternal death.

God the Son is also a joint-heirs along with Him. He and the Father are one. If we call out to Him in the Name of the Son, it will be done. He gave the disciples, and us, parables about the Kingdom of Heaven, Hell, and abiding in Him. Jesus called Himself, the "True Vine" and the Father, "the Husbandman." (John 15:1).

Jesus also gave us an account of who the Holy Spirit is and an even better understanding of the Trinity in John 14:
John 14
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

The Holy Spirit is also called the Holy Ghost. He is the least understood Person in the Godhead. He intercedes for us in prayer. He is our Comforter, Guide, and is the Spirit of Truth. However, He does not speak of Himself. He is always spoken of in the Third Person. He, like the Father and the Son, were part of the Creation in Genesis. The Holy Spirit, like the rest of the Godhead, is to be reverenced in fear. However, blaspheming Him will not be forgiven.

Hopefully, this page has helped you understand about the Trinity, or Godhead. If you have never been born-again or truly accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I ask that you pray this prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. The Holy Spirit is the One who has convicted me of my sins and I repent of my sins. I accept You now as Lord and Savior. I ask that my name be written in the Lamb's Book of Life. I thank You for saving me. In Your name, Jesus, Amen."

What Can We Learn from Esther?

Being a virtuous woman is being a woman of great value. It is a sad fact that there are many women who are lacking in character and virtue. An even bigger shame is that many characteristics of a woman who lacks virtue seem to be lauded by many in society. Characteristics of virtuous women, ironically, are seen as outdated and perpetuating stereotypes of women who would like to be set back decades, for a lack of better terms.

However, in the Bible, there are many examples of a virtuous woman, whether she is a wife, mother, or career woman. Proverbs writes of the virtuous wife of noble character as a woman who is industrious, faithful, trustworthy, loving, unselfishness, and most of all rare. This is in stark contrast to the woman who is adulterous and lacking in respect for herself and others. Few or no things are sacred to her, including family, marrige, God, and country. She is the simple woman who lacks wisdom and understanding and that her ways are towards death and destruction and that is sad. (Proverbs 7, Proverbs 31:10-31)

The Bible illustrates contrasts between the virtuous wife and the one who is simple, lacking in grace and character, and integrity. Proverbs 7 was such a case with the adulteress who is the total opposite of the virtuous wife for she is unfaithful, loud, stubborn, and deceitful. Her way and the way she takes others are the road to hell. She is a negative influence to others and she is not respected, even though she may be beautiful or wealthy or educated. The Book of Esther issues a contrast with the types of women I have just described in the book. Women can either be a great influence, as Esther was, or a negative influence, as Jeresh, the wife of Haman was. Queen Vashti could have been a negative influence on the other women of the kingdom and her husband knew it. Like public figures today, those of times past were held to a high standard and King Xerxes knew this. Queen Vashti was beautiful, but she embarassed her husband by refusing to be presented in front of his subjects. She was not like the submissive wife, who was the loyal wife who does not disrespect her husband nor tries to usurp his authority. (Esther 1-2:4, 5:14, 6:12-14, Proverbs 7, Ephesians 5:22-33)

Many other lessons could be learned from the Book of Esther and that is the role of women. They could be an influence, both negative and positive. It is said that men build the house while women keep the house. This is true. Men are called to be the heads of the household, not emasculated. The man is the head while the woman is the neck. Nothing could be further from the truth with Jeresh who was part of Haman's decision to have Mordecai hanged. Her influence like the influence of any woman could bring about peace and prosperity or ruin and destruction. Women such as Esther used her power wisely, for what she has done has saved the Jewish people. She obeyed Mordecai's instructions not to tell the King that she was Jewish. The rewards of wisdom is just as great as the price paid for being foolish, if not greater. (Esther 8-10, Proverbs 8-9) Another lesson to be learned is that if a person digs a pit for one, they will fall in it themselves. One who sows corruption reaps corruption. In short, what goes around comes around. Haman plotted wickedness against Mordecai and in the end he and his sons were hanged. What was meant for evil, God could mean or use for good. And the Book of Esther is proof of this. (Esther 8-10) The most beautiful woman is a woman who has strength of character, dignity, unselfish and unfailing love. She is a woman who treats people with respect and dignity. She follows the "Golden Rule". She cares for the less fortunate, her family, herself, and most of all God in word, deed, and action. Her way is that of even greater rewards than the world offers, for her rewards are incorruptible. (Esther 8-10, Psalm 57:6, Amos 7:17, Matthew 7:12, Romans 10:9-10, 1 Cor 9:24-27, 2 Cor 5:10, Philippians 1:21-30, 1 Timothy 2, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, 1 Thess 2:19-20, James 1:12, 1 Peter 3:7, 5:1-4, Revelation 2, 21, 22)

Is Jesus the Lord of Your Life?

Idolatry is simply put, the worship and adoration of any representation that is on earth or in the heavens. Any one who puts anyone or anything before God is an idolater; idolatry is an abomination before God. God is a jealous God and desires that only He is to be worshipped. John 4:24 is about seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Idolators cannot worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth because they worship images. Their gods are false.

The Bible writes of gods who can neither speak nor hear. Their eyes are not opened because they cannot see. They cannot answer prayer, nor are they creators of life. They are created by man. Paul writes in Romans 1 of idolators and those of the world who were neither thankful. They did not glorify God nor worship Him in spirit and in truth for they were unrepentant in their deeds. They were sinful and godless. Idolators are foolish in that they worship impersonal gods some of which are either embodiments of people or are themselves humans. Human beings cannot forgive sin for we are fallible. We can be used as instruments of God, but that does not mean we are gods, nor should we as humans expect others to worship any of us.

Idolators are foolish in that they are missing out in the blessings that worshipping the True God brings. They don't realize how good they would have it worshipping the Lord because they are outside the kingdom of God. They are deceived into thinking someone or something else is worthy of greater adoration than He. Idols or other gods do not love us. They will not show us mercy nor can they save or deliver. They are cold and lifeless. They are devoid of love and compassion. They should be forsaken and not appeased. They cannot bring everlasting joy and peace. They certainly cannot bring everlasting life. Only our Heavenly Father can do that for He alone can answer prayer. He is the Only God that is worthy of fear and reverence. He is omnipotent and omniscient; He knows all and sees all.

None of the other gods or idols are eternal, for they are corruptible and bring about corruption. The end for idolators is destruction. Unrepentant idolators, those who go "whoring after other gods" will have their part in the Lake of Fire. They are amongst those outside of the gates of the city for they are unbelievers for they have not been forgiven, born-again Christians, or followers of Christ. They have degraded themselves for false gods in exchange for appeasement against disaster, sickness, and death. Those who believe in and follow the Lord Jesus do not degrade themselves. They love, serve, and honor only the Lord. Jesus Christ is their only Lord and only He can save.

Repent of idolatry, for Jesus is the Only Way, Truth, and Life and no man can come to the Father except Him. He is the Vine and the Husbandman. He is faithful and True. Who or what is your God? Buddha? Allah? Money? Sex? Don't let it stand in the way of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Turn to Him, for He alone can save and deliver. No other god can do that.

Verses to Read: Exodus 20:3-6, Leviticus 17, 19, Deuternomy 7, 28, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Books of Hosea, Jeremiah, and Lamentations, Habbakuk 2:18-20, Romans 1:18-24, Revelation 20-21

What We Can Learn from Rahab

Joshua 2
(1) And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. (2) And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. (3) And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. (4) And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they [were]: (5) And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. (6) But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. (7) And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate. (8) And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; (9) And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. (10) For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. (11) And as soon as we had heard [these things], our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. (12) Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: (13) And [that] ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. (14) And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. (15) Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house [was] upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. (16) And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. (17) And the men said unto her, We [will be] blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. (18) Behold, [when] we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee. (19) And it shall be, [that] whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood [shall be] upon his head, and we [will be] guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood [shall be] on our head, if [any] hand be upon him. (20) And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. (21) And she said, According unto your words, so [be] it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window. (22) And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought [them] throughout all the way, but found [them] not. (23) So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all [things] that befell them: (24) And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.

Matthew 1:5-8
(5) and Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth, and Obed begat Jesse, (6) and Jesse begat David the king. And David the king begat Solomon, of her [who had been] Uriah`s, (7) and Solomon begat Rehoboam, and Rehoboam begat Abijah, and Abijah begat Asa, (8) and Asa begat Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat begat Joram, and Joram begat Uzziah

Jos 6:17 "...only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that [are] with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. "

Jos 6:23-25
(23) And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. (24) And they burnt the city with fire, and all that [was] therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. (25) And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Prov 2:16 " To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words; "

Prov 7:10-14
(10) And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (11) (She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: (12) Now [is she] without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) (13) So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said unto him, (14) [I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

James 2:25
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

Keeping in mind that a harlot could also mean an inkeeper,when most people think of the word harlot someone who is unsavory and promiscous comes to mind. It is true that the Bible has much to say about those who commit sexual sins such as homosexuality, adultery, and prostitution. All life is important. All humans are important and are created by God. Nobody has the right to look down on someone else. The gospel isn't just for the believer, or the person living in the suburbs. It is also for the homeless, the pimp, gluttons, liars, prostitutes, as well as those in the suburbs and believers..

God uses people who the world consider unlikely to accomplish his goal. In this case, God used Rahab to hide the messengers and in turn save their lives. God's word has been called from "inspired" to "contradictory". It is the inspired word of God, yet harlotry is a sin and a harlot was justified by her works. A harlot is a woman who is shameless, unrepentant, and indiscreet, yet a harlot is the one who gave the messengers a way of escape after she was promised safety from destruction for herself and her family. Rahab's story is not only proof of God's use of the unlikeliest of people, but also of God's faithfulness. He is the God that cannot lie. For that reason alone, God's word is not and cannot be contradictory.

Rahab is among a number of women in the Bible who have been given honor for their deeds, their faith, and their virtue. She is of the lineage of Jesus Christ according to Matthew 1. She is the mother of Boaz. Boaz is the husband of Ruth, the virtuous woman who stayed with her mother-in-law. God hates sin and is outraged by the ways of the wicked and He is Judge. He is also the one who judges the heart of man, not just the deeds of man. Rahab has been remembered and justified by what she did. James is saying we are justified by our works. Granted we are saved by grace. But our works justify us, or back up our faith. Whatver one has done in the past, we don't have to allow the past to define who we are today. God gave us free will. We don't have to be stuck in the past or allow guilt to hold us back.

If you think that what you did was so bad that you cannot be forgiven, then it is not true. The only sin that cannot be forgiven is sin that is unconfessed and blaspheming the Holy Spirit. No matter the station in life, God loves you. Jesus died on the cross for you and God raised Him from the dead. Whatever any of us has done, come to God. God does forgive. He is not a cosmic, far off being who sits in judgement. But he is the Great Judge and he will judge all sin. But he is also the loving God that others have talked about. Just talk to him. He will forgive you. All you have to do is call on the name of Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and you will be saved.

Yes, You Must be Born Again

John 3:3-8
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Listen  up world, you must be born again.  We live in a world full of sin.   Psalm 14 says that God could not find no one good on the earth, not one.  Why?  Because people did not believe in Him.  They were foolish.

Romans  1 writes about people who have changed the truth of God into a lie.   They did not like to retain God in their minds and God gave them up to a reprobate mind.  They were corrupt people and felt that they were justified in living their lives as they see fit.  Especially true if they feel that they are not hurting anyone, but the truth is, they are.  They are hurting themselves.  They are not living in the Spirit.  They are living in the flesh. 

They are not born again. They are not the blood brought born again Christians that God wants us to be.  Being  born again is being born of water and Spirit.  Just believing is not enough, for even demons believe. (James 2:19)  It is about repentance, changing course toward the narrow road of life.  Sadly few will find it.  (Matthew 7:14)  Most will reject the truth.  They will never know what  it is like to be a persistent, true born-again believer in Christ.   Those who endure shall also be saved.  (Matthew 24:13)

This is  especially true in these days and times.  In the latter times, there  won't be a revival.  There will be a falling away from the truth. (2 Tim 2:3)  I will not claim to know when the world will end, but the signs  are all around us.  Read Matthew 24 and Luke 21.  Only God knows when Jesus shall return.  According to Romans 1, many will deny the power of  God. False religion, including legalism shall abound and hurt the church.  It is not the blameless, spotless church that God desires. Churches have compromised the truth, are bound by manmade rules, and are not being watchful or prayerful.  False Christians are deluded and  living like the world.  That is not the born again church.

Being  born again means being a true Christian.  It is about believing that  God is.  (Hebrews 11) It is about knowing and understanding that one  must be born again to be saved, sanctified, holy unto God.  It is about believing in your heart that God raised His Son Jesus Christ from the  dead.  It is about not being shy about calling the name of Jesus.  It is  about not being ashamed of the gospel.  It is about renouncing sin and  becoming "a new creation in Christ" (Ephesians 5).  It is about not loving what the world loves; it is about living, sacrificing, suffering, and loving Jesus Christ with your entire being.  It is about turning your  life over to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Trust me, life will never be the  same.

Being a born-again Christian, you will never be the same.  You will learn and grow in ways people who live for the world will never  understand.  Satan has no power over you, for "greater is He who is in  me that he who is in the world". (1 John 4:4) Those who are born again  are overcomers.  For those who are truly born again, there is no  condemnation according to Romans. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our  sins, righteousness, and judgement.  He is the one who teacher us of all  things.  God is our Creator, Ruler, and Judge, and Jesus is the Son of  God.  He is our Savior, Lord, and King.  They are the Godhead, the  Trinity, three-in-one.

God is the Only One who can save us.  Jesus is way, the truth, and the life... (John 14:1).  There is no other way.  There is no one God but so many religions; there is true Christianity and there are false religions. Krishna cannot save us.   Buddha cannot save.  Neither can Allah save us.  It is no longer a mystery; we must be born again.  We cannot see Him, but He is real.  He  is omnipotent and omniscient. 

Do not worry.  He forgives all  sin, except for blaspheming the Holy Spirit.  Blaspheming the Holy  Spirit entails the outright rejection of God's work in our lives and the  total disrespect of God's authority.  The Holy Spirit according to John 14 does not speak of Himself, but he is our Teacher and our Guide.   Jesus loves us and cares about us.   He is 100% Honest, Pure, and True.  He walked the earth and sacrificed His life for us all.  He is Merciful and Kind, but He is also Judge and Savior.  Born again Christians will have the brightest of all futures,  for ours will be eternal. All we have to do is to receive and then follow Jesus. 

If you confess the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you shall be saved.   (Romans 13:10)  Call on Him.  Jesus forgives.  God is Love (1 John  4:16)  Talk to God.  He does exist.  He hears us.  Today is the day of  salvation.  Life is too short.  Don't wait until it is too late, for  tomorrow may be just that: too late. 

If you are a backslider or  have never known Jesus Christ as your Savior, He is here for you.  Just  call on Him.  Here is a prayer that you could pray.
"Heavenly  Father, I believe with all my heart that You raised Jesus from the  dead.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  Lord Jesus Christ, I  want to be born again.  I repent of all of my sins.  I want to change  course.  I want to live for you and serve you all of the days of my  life.  I ask that my name be written in the Lamb's Book of Life.  I want  to be a child of God and a Joint-heir with You , Jesus.  I thank you for saving me.  In your name, Jesus, Amen."    

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Important Videos that need to be watched! Repent! For the Kingdom is at hand!

Now is the time for those in the "Christian" Church to repent.  Jesus is coming quickly!  Don't just profess to be a Christian.  Be a Christian.

Repent!  For the Kingdom is at hand!  One day, it may be too late.

Many people claim to be Christians, but sadly, they really are not.  Jesus saves!

You MUST Be Born Again

You Must Be Born again.
"Lord Jesus Christ.  You are the Son of God and You died on the cross for me, and I thank you for that.  I also thank you for being the only way to the Father, who rose you from the dead.  I surrender myself to you.  Forgive me of all of my sins, for I am a sinner and in need of You.  I receive You as my Lord and Savior.  From this day forward, I will live for You and serve You all the days of my life.  Thank you for saving me, In Your name, Jesus, Amen."

Biblical Unity in the Churches

Acts 2:1-12 1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. 5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"

The church is stronger when there is unity. There definitely is strength in numbers. Paul writes it best in 1 Cor 1:12-15, "What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Pau"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name." The church is definitely divided, whether by race, creed, language, color, geography, and denomination. The first century church at Pentecost as written in Acts 2 was a mix various races, colors, and ethnicities, worshipping the Lord together. There was no barrier then and there should not be one now. The church is better when there is unity, "one Lord, one faith, one baptism."--Ephesians 4:5

We will have our disagreements, but the message is clear. It comes from 1 Cor 8:6. It says, "6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live." If there is one God, then why so many denominations? Because of man's disagreements and man's traditions, not God's traditions. God's word is clear on a divided church. In Acts 4:24, the believers worshipped the Lord together, "When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them." It would be beautiful if all believers regardless of race, class, color, and age would worship the Lord together in holiness.1 Cr 6:17 writes, "But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit." Wouldn't it be nice if all believers united themselves with the Lord, for those who are believers are to be one with Him in Spirit? Paul writes in Ephesians 4:3-4, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ther is is one body and one Spirt-just as you were called one hope, when you were called-" Paul also writes of the need for every believer, one part, in the entire body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12-31.

1Ths. 3:12May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

Honesty is Truly the Best Policy

An honest person would not lie no matter the cost. You and I could trust them. They are noble to a fault. Sadly it seems that people such as this are rare. That assumption I am hoping is an incorrect one, because an honest person is much needed in this world today. There are people who lie, cheat, and use people to get what they want and they seemingly get away while honest people are being hurt for their honesty. There are also people who are honest for not so honest reasons. They tell the truth to get back at someone or to blackmail someone. Is that the kind of person who should be a role model? Wouldn't you want someone who is honest to be a role model? Obviously you would.

However we live in a world where it seems that dishonesty reigns, let it be known that God sees what the wicked do. The wicked may think that their deeds won't either hurt anyone if they aren't caught or that they are prospering, thinking they have nothing to worry about. But Revelation 21:8 says differently. "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." Liars-dishonest people- will have plenty to worry about in the end if they don't repent. They will not prosper in the afterlife because they have not repented of their deeds.

An honest person is a person with integrity. A person others can respect. A person he or she can count on. An honest person is a person with character. An honest person is not one who gives false witness. One who is honest knows and practices the Ten Comandments. Deuteronomy 5:20 says, "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." One who is truly honest is truly godly. Honest, godly people serve an honest God, one "who does not lie" (Titus 1:2). God is not a God of contradictions, despite what critics may say or think. "His works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he." (Deuteronomy 32:4). An honest person is also considerate of others and what God has done for him or her. All of God's promises are true. There is no left or right to His promises. He is 100% Faithful and True. You can count on God. He is one to be reverenced and feared. We are to imitate Christ, for Jesus Himself walked in integrity. He was honest and never lied. He was honest at the cost of His life. He suffered greatly for us, despite the fact that He did nothing wrong. He was tempted, yet never gave in. He was mocked, spat upon, and executed, yet kept his integrity till the very end. Let us all consider what Jesus has done and thank Him. He sacrificed His life for us and God rose Him from the dead. Let us be as those "whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart" (Psalm 15:2) Let us read from his word, for His word is truth. In His word is correction, reproof, and wisdom. God would never mock you or make a fool out of you. He will be with you every step of the way. Consider the words of Psalm 25:5 "guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

I cannot stress enough how much God expects from us in the area of honesty. I can only do my part and tell you the punishment for those who are dishonests in their daily dealings. Rev 21:27 says, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life." God does not take these things lightly. This is serious business and it is not a joke. These words are clearly written in the word of God. His word states, clearly, in Rev 22:15 "Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." This message is clear for all of us. No one is immune. For yourself, be honest with yourself. If you have not been honest in word or deed, repent. Repentance means to turn from living our own way to living the way God intends us to live. We serve an honest and faithful God. Call on Him today.

The Meaning of Trust

Trust means to put one's confidence in or faith. We live in a world where the trust of many are shaken or nonexistent and that is understandable. Everytime you turn on the news, there are reports of acts of terrorims, homicide, and rape. When you watch a talk show the topic is often about people who are betraying one's spouse or having doubts about being a baby's father. There is a lot of betrayal, hatred, and disrespect out there. Matthew 24 writes of the times of the end in which there will be betrayals, offences, and the like. The "love of many shall grow cold."--Matthew 24:12

It doesn't have to be people being offended or betrayed in order to ruin one's faith in humanity. You can also witness the suffering of humanity all around. There are people who will not make it to tomorrow because of starvation and disease. Others will be the victims of war crimes around the globe. Yet some will be worried about their house foreclosing because they were laid off. There is much in the world to be concerned about. There is not one person in the world who will be problem-free. But regardless of the problems you are having, there is Someone in which you can trust in.

Are you suffering from debt? Trust in Him. Have you had a bad report from the doctor? Trust in Him.Bullied at school? Trust in Him. Troubles at work? Trust in Him. Don't know how to cope? Trust in Him. Marriage in trouble? Trust in Him. In need of direction? Trust in Him. It may seem silly, even ridiculous. But my point is, whatever the situtation, put your confidence in Him. Who's Him, you may ask? Him is God the Lord. In the Book of Job, Job himself lost his children, his health, and his well-being. His wife wanted him to curse the Lord and die. His friends thought that he committed a sin for all of this to happen. Even through all of that Job never cursed God; he trusted in Him. Did he have questions? Who could blame him? Of course he did, but my point is, he never turned his back on the Lord. In the end, the Lord blessed him with twice as much of what he originally had and lost. Job was a righteous man who was afflicted with much, but was restored twofold because he trusted in God and walked righteously.

King David also walked righteously except for the time when he had an affair with Bathsheba and got her husband Uriah the Hittite killed. Even after he repented of his sins, he continued to trust in the Lord. He in fact wrote most of the Psalms in the Bible. The Psalms are prayers for those in travail and those in praise. Psalm 37:3 tells us to "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." Notice it says 'and'. You have to walk righteously, obey God, and do good and trust in Him. It means that you have to have confidence in God without doubting. James writes that those who doubts should not expect to receive anything from God for he is double-minded and unstable in all his ways.--James 1:7-8 Overcome whatever fear you may have, for we are to trust in God, to be confident, to "believe that He is" (Hebrews 11:6). Trust and faith are interlinked; you cannot have one without the other for "without faith it is impossible to please God". In short, in order to have faith in God, you must learn to trust God.

Will you trust God today, whether it's for salvation, for forgiveness of sins, or for wisdom? If you have never trusted God and you have been convicted of your sins by the Holy Spirit, "If you confess the Lord Jesus with your lips and believe that God rose Him from the dead, you will be saved."--Romans 10:9-10 If you have been convicted by the Holy Spirit for salvation, I ask that you would pray this prayer, "Heavenly Father, I believe that you rose your Son from the dead. Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God. I have been convicted of my sins and I put my trust in you. I ask that you will forgive me of my sins. Write my name in the Lamb's Book of Life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. I thank you for saving me. In your name, Jesus, Amen."

Humility is a godly quality

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a person being humble.In fact, humility is a refreshing and admirable trait.A trait, in fact that God rewards; The humble are exalted in God's eyes.

A godly person is a humble person. A humble person is a wise person. Those who are not humble are foolish and not wise. Proverbs 9 writes of wisdom and foolishness. "Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out its seven pillars..."Come eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the say of understanding."..."Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgement. "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious! But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave."" Those who lack humility lack judgement. They are arrogant and will be brought low. Consider the verses about exalting the humble and bringing down the arrogant. Pro 16:19Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Pro 29:23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

James 4:9-10 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 1 Pe 5:5-6 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Matthew 23:12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 1:52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. Luke 18:14, "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." God is merciful towards those who are in need, such as those who are in need of forgiveness and direction. He is not as merciful to those who think that they are above that of who they are. Jesus tells of a Pharisee who judged a man who was a tax collector for his sins. However, God will exalt the tax collector because of his humility and will bring down low the Pharisee because of his arrogance and his hypocrisy. 1 John 1 says that those who believe he has no sin is wrong, for all of us are sinners. Even if we sin, God will forgive us. God is and will be gracious toward the humble.

God is a just God. But He is also a Jealous God and will not permit worshiping anything else other than Him. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins. In that time, we are humbled because we now know that we are sinners and we need Him. We are brought low. Our faith has become childlike. Luke 9:48 says, "Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all-he is the greatest."" Be childlike and humble in your faith. Humble yourself before God. Psalm 51 writes of a broken and contrite heart. A humble person is an honest person. Be honest with God. Come to Him. Believe that He Rose Jesus. Call on the name of Lord Jesus.

The Virtue of Faithfulness

Being faithful seems to be lost in the conscience of many people. Being faithful is a virtue that all of us should have, especially believers. Being faithful means being loyal, steadfast, dependable, trustworthy, and reliable. Sadly in the age of cynicism, being faithful seems to be even more rare. Who can you trust? There is so much evil in the world. Matthew 24 writes that in the end of the age, the love of many shall grow cold because iniquity abounds. Many husbands and wives separate and divorce because of unfaithfulness. Many friendships end because of a lack of loyalty and trustworthiness. Many parents and children have troubled relationships because of questioned trust. It seems as if faithfulness is fast becoming nonexistent because many boundaries have been crossed and trust has been broken. (Matthew 24:12)

The Ten Commandments are mandatory. They are to be obeyed; God's Word is to be obeyed. We cannot obey just a part of God's Word. There is no middle ground with God. Being faithful is a characteristic of one who follows the Ten Commandments. Those who are faithful are not just ones who hear God's Word; they are also doers of God's Word. The faithful not only believe in God, they worship the Lord and only the Lord. They know that He is the One and only True and Living God. They know that He is a Jealous God who shows love to those who love Him and keep His Commandments. The faithful knows that His name is the name of reverence and is not to be taken in vain because He, the Jealous God, is Creator who made us in His image and in His likeness. The faithful also observes the Sabbath day and to keep it holy, though we as believers are to be holy every day. We are to have our minds renewed each day so that we can have the mind of Christ and to use Christ as our example. (Exodus 20:2-17, Deuteronomy 5:6-15)

The faithful honor their parents, even though children are a gift from God. Those who are faithful understand the concept of family, life, and marriage. We are to be faithful in our homes, our relationships with others, and our relationships with God. This is a good lesson for families today, where divorce rates are climbing. Families are being torn apart and children are caught in the middle because wives and husbands question each other's trust, have partners outside of their marriages, and lack the steadfastness to work out their problems and make their marriage work. Many also lie to their partners and their significant others. Many believe that a white lie wouldn't hurt. No where in the Bible is there any such thing as a white lie. It is a lie and people do not trust liars. Liars are amongst people who shall have their part in the Lake of Fire. If a person wants for others to trust and respect them, then they must not lie. Honesty is the best policy as difficult as it may sound to some. (Exodus 20:2-17, Deuternonomy 5:16-21, Revelation 21:8)

Stealing causes a lack of security, safety, and trust. A person taking a pencil without permission is stealing because it is not theirs. A person who is faithful does not steal nor covet, for they know the cost of stealing and coveting. Coveting is a sin in that it is a desire to have what someone else has. Coveting leads to adultery, theft, and all of the consequences of a lack of faithfulness. Those who commit adultery are unfaithful not only to their spouse, but to the covenant of marriage, disrespect their families, and most of all, God. The cost of covetness, adultery, lying, and theft are great not only to families and to children, but to societies in general. But the greatest cost to a lack of faithfulness is the cost to one's soul. What profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? A lack of faithfulness equals a lack of integrity, trustworthiness, and strength of character. (Exodus 20:2-17, Deuternonomy 5:16-21, Matthew 16:26)

But Jesus Christ died for the unfaithful. He is called Faithful and True. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. He was there during creation and He will be here forever. He is the same for all time. He will never change. He cannot lie. Believers know that we can depend on Him. The faithful know that when we are living in Christ, we are blessed and will continue to be blessed. Those who are faithful know the price of rebellion. We, unfaithful humanity, have been brought with a price by a Faithful Savior named Jesus. Sadly one day, the unfaithful and unrepentant, will be judged and sadly it will be too late. (Exodus 20:2-17, Deuternomy 8, 11, 28:1-14. 2 Chronicles 1, Nehemiah 1, Job 37-42, Psalm 1, 7, 18, Mark 2:17, John 4, Revelation 3:7, 19:11, 22:13)

What is Sin?

It has been said that sin is lawlessness, which is true. Anyone who breaks a rule commits lawlessness, for that is what God's Word says about breaking even one commandment. We are all guilty of breaking at least one commandment sometime in our lives. His Word goes even further and says that if we are guilty of breaking one commandment, then we are guilty of breaking the whole law. In God's eyes, there is no such thing as a "little white lie" or a "little sin". All sins are sins and all sins constitute breaking the law. (Exodus 20:1-17, Deut 5:6-21,Matthew 5:17-18, Matthew 22:36-40, James 2:10-11, 1 John 2:4-6, 1 John 3:4)

It is true that all of us make mistakes. We have all done wrong at some time in our lives and in that instance, none of us has room to pass judgement on one another. I have heard this statement at least once. "The littlest sin can keep a person out of Heaven." That means that as mentioned previously there are no "little sins" or "big sins", just sins. One can follow all of the rules, go to church, pray at least twice daily, be a good role model for children, and a solid citizen in the community and still be a sinner. All of us were born as sinners in a sinful world and in need of a Savior. One day, all of us will have to stand before God and answer for how we lived our lives, whether or not we are born again. That includes the multiple adulterer or adulteress, the liar, and the murderer as well as the nun, the teenager who attends Bible school on a weekly basis, and the soccer mom. (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:11-15)

Sadly, most people have been deceived into thinking that the world offered more than what God has to offer thinking that they have enough time to make a decision to "do the right thing" and get themselves together. Others are also deceived into thinking that all they have to do is just live right and that is it. Living right is good, but so is just belief, but without being aware of the fact that they needed Jesus in their lives. Many of them think that their religion and their good works will get them into heaven. The world is full of damnable heresies, deceit, fraud, jealousy, envy, hatred, unforgiveness, unfaithfulness, ungratefulness, and deception. Sadly, most people will never walk the narrow road that leads to life because they have not made the decision to repent of their sins, seek, surrender to, and accept Christ as Savior and Lord. (Matthew 7:13-14, Romans 1:17-32, 2 Timothy 3:1-8, James 2:18-19)

In Psalm 14, the fool says in his heart that there is no God. God looks down from Heaven and laments the corruption and the sinfulness of the people. He looks for people who will seek Him. He is a Spirit who seeks true worshippers who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Those who commit wicked and vile deeds are those who cannot only worship Him in Spirit and Truth, but cannot see God, for they are unrepentant. There are some who are vile, full of lust, and deceiful. There are other people are cold, unforgiving, judgemental, and have holier than thou attitudes. What they have in common is that they are unrepentant sinners who have not trusted in Christ or called on Him. They have not sought his face nor turned from their wicked ways. (Psalm 14, Psalm 24:4, Psalm 73:3, Proverbs 20:9, Jeremiah 5:3, Matthew 5:8, John 4:23-25)

In short, sin is not only lawlessness, but it is missing the mark. Missing the mark? John 3 writes about those who cannot see the Kingdom of God. They are those who are not born again, born of water and Spirit. Those who are born again recognized that no matter what they have done, short of blaspheming the Holy Spirit, that they are sinners who are in need of forgiveness. The Holy Spirit is the "Eye Opener" sort of speak. He is the Spirit of Truth who convicts us of our sins, righteousness, and judgement. Paul writes did you know that saints shall judge the world? What did he mean by that? Saints have once been sinners who have repented and have been made perfect. They have been brought with a price, just as Gomer was in Hosea. Jesus is our Mediator, the Propitiation for our sins. How was this possible? Jesus over 2,000 years ago suffered greatly before His death on the cross. He rose again on the third day. Believers not only know this, they believed this in their hearts. We are saved by Good works justify or back up our faith, but they do not save us. (Isaiah 30:15, Matthew 12:31, John 3:5-8, John 16:8, Romans 5:1, 10-11, 1 Timothy 2:5, 2 Cor 5:19)

Jesus died on the cross. He paid the penalty for us. That is how much He loved us and still does, but one day, it may be too late. Don't let that happen to you. Sin is deceitful, painful, and ultimately leads to death, whether it is physical death or spiritual death. Jesus died so that we might have life. Sin is alluring and pleasurable for a season, but in the end the sinner is punished because of their deeds. But because of what Jesus has done for us, we can have a second chance. We can be restored and renewed. We can become new creation if we don't reject what Jesus has done for us. Life is too short to just think about it. Our souls are way too important for that. That decision is not just a matter of life and death, but of eternity. Sin does not care about us. It is a liar and a deceiver. But we can be forgiven. Confess that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. We are all deserving of eternal punishment, but Jesus paid the debt. (Leviticus 5, Psalm 39:4-9, Hosea, John 8, Romans 6:23, Romans 8, Romans 10:9-10)