While Brushing Your Teeth, Change a Life

While Brushing Your Teeth, Change a Life

After hearing and seeing something over and over…and over and over, we may tend to pass over needs we know exist, thinking someone else will address the problem.  Will you make an effort with me to not grow apathetic to the needs of Christians throughout the world?  You can help a mother or child or preacher by taking a small amount of time to pray.  Sign up and pray regularly for the persecuted believers at icommittopray.com.

Two Month Old Infant Arrested for Going to Church in Adiquala

Two Month Old Infant Arrested for Going to Church in Adiquala

Seriously?  Yes.  All members of the Adiquala church were arrested, this two month infant being among the twelve children in membership.  Also, in Devinuwara there have been more than 190 attacks on churches since 2015.  In West Java, Indonesia, three churches were closed after a crowd of about 200 Islamist and 50 local government officials and more gathered and preached Quranic teachings for three hours.

The dedication of these Christian believers is beyond me.  They highly value meeting with other believers and learning about God’s word, as did Jesus.  Jesus went to church regularly as shown in  Luke 4:16.  “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.”  These believers are sacrificing and suffering because they take a stand in their personal and public life to gather for worship.  I am humbled at the ease I have to worship and I hurt for my sisters and brothers who suffer.  My sister’s infant is in jail because she took her family to church.

Visit http://www.icommittopray.com/ and learn about the persecuted believers and pray for them.  Sign up to receive regular emails and pray for the persecuted church.  Pray that the American church will be as faithful as our persecuted family around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a Spiritual Face-lift?

Looking for a Spiritual Face-lift?

My spiritual life is changing as I practice praying scripture as I intercede for others and for myself, and if you’re looking for a spiritual face-lift, then I encourage you to try it.  In my day to day life I see the Lord give wisdom unrelated to my prayers after which I often think to myself, “Well, yeah – that makes a lot of sense!  It was right in front of my face, but I didn’t see it before!”  Also, I am experiencing much joy; I can’t emphasize the warmth of joy I walk in each day that I pray in this manner.  I look forward to sharing with you more about praying, including resources I find for praying scripture.  Here is a great article on Biblegateway.com.  (copy and paste below)  https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/scripture-engagement/praying-scripture/home.  Until I write to you again, intercede with me daily!

A Valentine’s Letter to Christian Seniors

A Valentine’s Letter to Christian Seniors

38719628_l     It’s February and time to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Hearts, flowers and chocolates are a plenty. Many feel sweet expectations and enthusiasm to celebrate those they care for, but perhaps you share little enthusiasm for this day as your spouse may have passed on or you are away from them due to differing health needs. Maybe you are spending this Valentine’s Day at a nursing home or assisted living facility.  Maybe your family lives far away and you will see no one you especially care for this day.  I write whatever your situation to remind you that you are cherished and can have sweet expectations this Valentine’s Day.

     First of all, on this Valentine’s Day I encourage you to remember that Jesus is thinking of you, that He cannot forget you. (I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:15b, 16)

     Secondly, remember that the marks on Jesus’ palms are there because He allowed Himself to be killed as a sacrifice for you so that you can have eternal life with Him.  Jesus loves you very much.  (For God so loved the world that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16)

     Thirdly, sister or brother in Jesus remember this Valentine’s Day that God made pleasures forevermore for you. (You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11) God created roses for you to smell. He thought of cocoa beans for chocolate and sugar for cookies and desserts for your taste buds to enjoy. He painted the sunrise and sunsets different hues for your eyes to gaze at until the sun rises or falls below the horizon. He designed the sandy beaches to tickle your toes as the waves roll in and out to the deep. He made everything good that your senses have and ever will enjoy! (1 Timothy 4:4a For everything created by God is good).

     Is that all?  We haven’t seen anything yet. You and I are still waiting to behold perfect goodness and perfect love when we die and are forever with Jesus. (Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. 2. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God: 4. and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away. 5. And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true.)

     This Valentine’s Day remember that Jesus is thinking of you.  That God loves you very much.  Remember that He has treated you with many good things, with only the best to come!  You are cherished and you can have sweet expectations to be fulfilled from our good Father.  Happy Valentine’s Day beloved child of God!

Grieving Your Loved One At Christmas

Grieving Your Loved One At Christmas

Is this your first Christmas without a loved one present on earth? Or is this Christmas yet another lonely year without them? While Christmas is often spent with family and friends, for those who’ve lost a loved one to death the holidays can become a season of stinging pain and unquiet-ed aching because a cherished one has passed beyond reach to be laughed with, dined with, and enjoyed. This universal loss is agonizing, but Christians have hope because this separation is temporary – it’s as if our cherished one is away on vacation (is heaven not the ultimate awesome destination?!), and in a little while we will join them, seeing their face and hearing their voice again. Whether the time apart from our loved one is a few years or a few decades, we know that when we exhale our last breath we will enter the kingdom of heaven where we are as alive as our loved one because we both have been washed clean from sin and made holy and allowed to stand in the presence of God. What a hope we have within us!

Why do we find comfort in joining our Christian loved ones after death? Because Jesus comforted his disciples that although he were about to leave them upon his death and subsequent departure from earth, Jesus said he would come again to receive them so that they would dwell in that place with Him and His Father (John 14:1-6). Further Biblical truth reveals the hope of those who follow Jesus: 1 Cor 15:51-55 “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed…O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”.

If you have not been cleansed of sin (the bad things you do) but want to, then you can now! Only believe Jesus’ words in John 14:1, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” and in Mark 1:15 “…The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” If you have at some time repented and followed Jesus, you may not spend this Christmas or the next with your believing dear one, but you can spend it cherishing them and looking forward to making new memories in just a little while – thanks to the One for whom we celebrate the holiday, sweet Jesus.

A + B = I Hate the Homosexual (True or False)

A + B = I Hate the Homosexual (True or False)

If I believe stealing is immoral, does that automatically mean I hate thieves? No. If I believe breaking the Ten Commandments is or should be immoral, does that mean I hate people who break the Ten Commandments? Of course not; that would also mean I hate all people, including myself – and I don’t.

A common argument from the homosexual movement is that people who disagree with them hate them. Is that logically true? No. Could some who opposes the homosexual movement hate the homosexual? Yes. Do all people who disagree with the homosexual hate the homosexual? Of course not. I find such an argument to be a petty argument to incite sympathy…you don’t like what I’m doing so it has to mean you hate me. There must be a better argument than that. The idea of Equal Rights sounds a little better, but still doesn’t fit the bill. Anyone?

Pederasty (man/boy sex): Next in America? Christians May Say, Okay

Pederasty (man/boy sex): Next in America? Christians May Say, Okay

With the new U.S. education standards known as the “Common Core” soon to influence the sexual orientation of the children in public schools, the recent overturning of the courts to make homosexual marriage legal in Oregon and Pennsylvania, as well as the press coverage of the homosexual kiss from NFL player Michael Sam, news anchor Anderson Cooper revealing his sexual orientations, etc, etc, etc, the homosexual movement is making great strides. While the movement has made great strides throughout the last decade, the momentum is growing to quite a pinnacle with more to come.

With so many homosexual related headlines, I have thought I would hear buzz among people in general, if not among conservatives or Christians about the significant changes going on in our society.  Significant changes happening in our lifetime. That hasn’t been the case, at least in my experience, and I’ve asked around. From the silence I gather that people in general, conservatives, even Christians, are more okay with the homosexual strides being made, than not okay with them.  If monkeys were about to gain the right for citizenship, would that not be discussed among the average Joe?  There is too little opposition to the homosexual movement, and so this will be our country.

No matter the temperature towards homosexuality among the pop culture, conservatives, or Christians…I still still plug on and ask whomever may read this article to reflect on a thought.

Just because the majority of a society, even a democratic republic such as the USA, believes certain practices should be morally acceptable and legally supported – such as homosexual practice and homosexual rights, is that reason enough to make it so? Pederasty was a normal practice in ancient Greece; does that mean their country collectively made the right choice to make it normal?

“In their (ancient Greeks) eyes, it was not despicable when a married man had affairs with boys…” (Hein van Dolen from Greek Homosexuality). See http://www.athensinfoguide.com/gayboylove.htm for more on this common practice.

Who decides the measuring line for socially acceptable behavior and legal rights? Please tell me so I know who’s movement will be next in the headlines. Those who want to practice pederasty? Anyone…conservatives, Christians – to this would you speak out?

The Eerie Silence of American Christians

The Eerie Silence of American Christians

Today on Yahoo, “Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban overturned”.

Any thoughts, Christian? I ask the Christian because I’ve observed that I seldom hear the everyday American Christian discuss todays issues through a Biblical lens, and maybe someone is waiting for an invitation to speak. Throughout the years I’ve rarely heard church members converse about Godly things outside of the Sunday School lesson.  Why the eerie silence? Why do Christians seem to be hush hush about righteous things both inside the church and out? People talk about what’s on their mind – even Facebook asks “What’s on your mind?” in the blank box waiting for a post because they know you will share what’s on your mind.

Is the headline “Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban overturned” a reflection of the quiet American Christian, and are Christians quiet because they mirror the godless culture more than they mirror Christ? Are righteous things so seldom mentioned because God’s righteousness has little place in the mind and heart of the Christian? Have we collectively become nominal Christians – honoring God with our lips but our hearts are far away from Him (Matt 15:8)?

Would there be a difference in America if everyday Christians spoke up about their Godly convictions because they lived a holy life in obedience to the teaching of the Bible?  Would public policy look differently if we were more obedient?  Many Founding Fathers mentioned God in their writings which reflected in their laws – because He was on their mind.  Would the morality of popular media look differently if professing Christians would not accept the godless entertainment that so often breaks the Ten Commandments and unsubscribe to this media.

I shudder to ask, are America’s Christians so quiet because we are walking in the footsteps of Judah, who rejected God for false gods, exchanging obedience to His Word for disobedience? (see the book of Jeremiah, found in the Old Testament of the Bible, for the full story) Are righteous things so seldom mentioned because God’s righteousness has little place in the mind and heart of the Christian?  I hope the eerie silence ends.

Christian, are you sexually frustrated? How about you, non-Christian?

Christian, are you sexually frustrated? How about you, non-Christian?

Anyone sexually frustrated because your sexual desire is not a) morally and socially acceptable or b) not legal? Feel free to borrow the argument below:

An unmarried person desires to have sex with another. Choosing to do so results in sexual immorality.
A married person desires to have sex with someone other than their spouse. Choosing to do so results in adultery.
A family member desires to have sex with another family member. Choosing to do so results in incest.
An adult desires to have sex with a child. Choosing to do so results in pedophilia.
A person desires to have sex with an animal. Choosing to do so results in bestiality.
A member of one sex desires to have, well they can’t have intercourse because it’s not naturally possible, but desires to have sexual relations with someone of the same sex. Choosing to do so results in homosexuality.

Common words throughout all instances listed above: desire and choice. There is a desire to have sex. There is a choice to do it or not.

America is now giving moral, social and legal rights to the homosexual that are equal to the heterosexual. If America wants equal rights for the homosexual, then the sexually immoral, adulterer, incestuous person, pedophile, and those who practice bestiality must become morally and socially acceptable, and if need be, legally equal to all other sexual orientations. Doesn’t America want fairness and equality, not just for the homosexual, but for all people who are born with the desire to have various sexual relations?

Are homosexual rights an issue of fairness and equality?  Are they unalienable?  I say not.  Civil rights are an issue of inherent skin color.   One may be born with black skin or white skin – but they have no choice in the matter.  One may be born with a human nature having a tendency towards homosexual desire, as well as other sexual desires listed above, but they have a choice as to whether or not they act on the matter.  ‘

No matter how strong the desire towards any behavior, Jesus’ blood is more powerful than our tendency.   John 8:36 Romans 8.

 

 

 

You Attend Your Church Because They Make You Feel Welcome, Well That’s How I Feel at Walmart

You Attend Your Church Because They Make You Feel Welcome, Well That’s How I Feel at Walmart

Call me hormonal because I’m pregnant, and I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine is speaking to people from nearly all arenas of my life and realizing a progressively common theme among professing Christians…that most Christians believe that some parts of scripture aren’t meant to be followed today. Just slap a sticker that says “God is love and He forgives” and let the preachers and teachers tell you ways to feel better about yourself…and bam, you have a theology and a church. If you’re by far primarily relying on your good preacher and Christian books to tell you what God says – then you’re going to be deceived to some extent. If you’re listening more to men about what God’s Word says because you trust the guy and he just makes you feel so good, but you know scripture only to the extent your preacher or your book quotes a couple verses, then I would have little confidence in your theology. Do you know how dangerous that is? If you’re not in God’s Word for yourself – then I wouldn’t claim to understand God’s ways. And we wonder why the American Christian church is in decline… If you balk at the American churches who are ordaining homosexual ministers and the like…but spend more time listening to teachers and preachers and reading books than actually reading His Word…then you’re likely on a slow and steady path to becoming like them, or it may be the generation after you…but it’s coming and the American Christian church will continue to diminish.