From JoshBender13: First Blog Post: Site Identity

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First Blog Post: Site Idenity

Trying to be a wild flower in a concrete jungle of this world and the American Dream that sets in concrete the standard at which success is measured. Which determines your value as a person how much money you have, your car, house, followers, Facebook likes etc. What if I told you I wanted to throw it all away, blow up everything I have accomplished so far. Blow up every idea of success pushed down my throat since kindergarten. Burn every picture on every social media platform I look to, to tell me what happiness looks like. Leaving me to figure out who I am, when really I just want to know why can’t I be them. Suffocating in comparison, poisoned by envy, and walking dead by jealousy. What if I told you at 22 I had accomplished everything society asked of me. I have a career in a job I love, my own apartment, moved away from home live by the beach, located in the #1 most visited city in the world. Feeling empty inside and question is this really it. Only to found out it means nothing and in the end, if I die with only these things I acquired for myself my life was wasted. What did I really do, did I leave the world any better than when I was born into it. Trying to feel grateful and content only to be met with a stirring that if a butterfly is a small insect so beautiful with so many colors and can fly. Wouldn’t God have a more creative plan for my life much bigger plans than to work and die. At 23 I have found the love of my life Jesus Christ it was a long road to get to this point. I didn’t think this is where I would be writing a post about Jesus, but grace chases you down and shakes you to the core. Every question I have had about who am I, why am I here, what is the point to all this…I have the answers by finding my identity in Jesus Christ. Whatever your hell is that you are living in whether it’s feeling worthless, depression, addiction, sickness, trauma, relationships, or whatever it may be God is the only one that can give you the purest love, peace, strength, joy, guidance and this is his promise to us.

I googled what happens to plants after a fire article said “trees and decaying plant matter, when a fire turns them to ashes, nutrients return to soil instead of remaining captive in old vegetation. And when fire rages through dry underbrush, it clears thick growth so sunlight can reach the forest floor and encourage growth of native species. Fire frees these plants from the competition delivered from invasive weeds and eliminates diseases or droves of insects that may have been causing damage to old growth. Wild flowers begin to bloom abundantly.”

Article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/how-forest-fire-benefit-living-things-2.htm

Let’s Break it Down:
You don’t have to walk through the fire for when God puts out the flames the ashes of your past are going to be the nutrients for your future. These are the nutrients that are going to help others grow and inspire them. Whatever skepticism or doubts you have God says come as you are faith the size of a mustard seed seek God and watch him work in your life.
Matthew 17:20
And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

Your old self is burned away you no longer have to live with anxiety, depression, addiction etc. you are set free from captivity or whatever chains were placed on you by the world. You are the beginning of a new creation the ashes is your testimony which is your nutrients to remind yourself of how great God is, his faithfulness and worthy of praise.
John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Fire clears thick growth- any and all burdens you carry God wants to take from you. All your pain and scares you don’t have to hold on to anything the world has done to you or made think about yourself. You are set free.
Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Thick growth clears so sunlight can reach the forest floor and encourage growth. Let the revelation of Jesus, who he is and his love for you be the light that evaporates the tears you cry.
James 1:17
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Psalm 27:1
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Encourage Growth- stop trying to hide in shame invite him in, God wants to know your problems and have a personal relationship with you. In order for him to get inside your heart, you have to let go of some of the hurt so you can move forward and see all God has planned for you. God wants you exactly the way you are God can not love you anymore or any less than he does right now in this moment. Gods love is not earned or held at a standard there is nothing you can do to earn it. It’s giving freely and abundantly he does not love like the world because he is not of this world.
Psalms 86:15
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Fire frees these plants from the competition delivered from invasive weeds and eliminates diseases or droves of insects that may have been causing damage to old growth. Christ gives the authority to bring us out of a life of comparison, competition, rat race of the world and deliver us from the belief of self serving success of achieving the American Dream is the only thing worth living for.
Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Eliminates Diseases- whether it be sickness, metal, or physical pain.
Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Psalm 103:2-4
2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Wild flowers bloom abundantly- that God wants us to be free to be transformed, unafraid, worry less, burden less, to rejoice in him and bloom abundantly. The only message is love and by him be set free blooming all around the world showing the beauty of God for everyone to see spreading the gospel and saving souls.

Listen here Wildflower:
I wrote this Song to encourage others to stop letting the world devastate you and living in hell that you’re not supposed to be in. That there is a Savior that calls you beloved and desires to have a personal relationship with you. To let go and call on God even though most of the time we deny him not willing to take what he offers. The purest love and guidance instead choosing sin and self-sabotage. When God is not only going to give you just what you need but obliterate any box you put him in. Giving you identity, purpose, guidance, and able to overcome anything. Stop fueling fire around you and let God put out the flames, start new, light fire inside you to live for him and have eternal life.

Song: Wildflower

Dizzy from the circles I was lost
Checked my pulse
I was alive but wondered why
The weight of the world had me feeling 6ft under
Who am I
Then your words shook my corpse alive
God you held me tight
With the whispers to get me through the night
You spoke awakening into my life

Maybe you should put down your own match first
I will always be there to save you from the fire
But maybe you should put down the lighter
I will always be here with my arms open wide
ready to protect you from the engulfing of your life
But I am asking you

To put down the gasoline
stop fueling the fire with sin
Put down the gasoline
Take my hand
Throw down your shame
Throwdown regrets
Can’t you see
You don’t have to live in a forest fire
Look to the clouds I can take you higher
I can take you higher

You cant see me through the smoke
child it pains me to watch you choke
Call on me to spring up a well
Overflow, Fill the hole inside your soul
Put out the flames and birth growth
Out of ashes beauty rose
Field of wild flowers
Listen here wild flower

Put down the gasoline
stop fueling the fire with sin
Put down the gasoline
take my hand
Throw down your shame
Throwdown regrets
Can’t you see
You don’t have to live in a forest fire
Look to the clouds I can take you higher
I can take you higher

You are a vessel, Water flows
Holy Spirit, fill the hole inside your soul
Put out the flames and Birth growth
Out of ashes beauty rose
Field of wild flowers
Listen here wild flower

Put down the gasoline
stop fueling the fire with sin
Put down the gasoline
take my hand
Throw down your shame
Throwdown regrets
Can’t you see
You don’t have to live in a forest fire
Look to the clouds I can take you higher
I can take you higher

By my stripes you are healed, done deal
Promises, fill the whole inside your soul
Put out the flames and birth growth
Out of ashes beauty rose
Field of wildflowers
Beloved wildflower

Matches and gas in my hand
I don’t know what to do
I can barely stand
No more air in my lungs
I can’t breath
Fall on my knees
God, please rescue me
I am giving you all of me

(All to Jesus I surrender, All to him I freely give
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live
I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.)

What if I told you I am giving it all up, to surrender to Jesus. I am going to a YWAM school with hopes to become a full-time missionary. This is just the beginning of my walk with Christ and this blog is to talk about my journey, things God is placing on my heart, the highs and lows, missions, everything and all things Jesus. I give my life to Jesus to spread the gospel because his love for me is relentless and he is worthy of all my praise.

The Common Threads Between Science And Divine Creation Explained, Some

(I GOT THE IDEA FOR THIS POST FROM A COMMENT I MADE TO A FELLOW WRITER ‘LOGAN’ AT ‘CURIOUS HUMANS’)

 

I am a person that believes that we are all children of the Devine power of God. Yet I know very well from a little over 50 years of studying Scripture that all of the Christian Churches (that I know of), as well as our Jewish friends, have many things wrong right from the beginning of the first Book of the Bible. I totally believe that the Scriptures and Science actually agree on many, many things, in fact, they agree on the vast majority of issues. There is no reason for people who believe that God created all things to be so uptight about things like the big bang theory. I also believe that human beings have evolved greatly from the first Gentiles who have probably been here on this planet for at least a million years. Did we evolve from at least as far back as the Neanderthals, yes, without a doubt? Did we evolve from monkeys or gorillas, no! Did our ancestors crawl up out of the Oceans, no! Is there really such a thing as ‘the missing link’, no! Science has never been able to find the so-called ‘missing link’ because it as never existed, there is a gap between monkeys and mankind, we were never one and the same. If people who believe in a Devine Creator would quit blindly following ‘Church Doctrine’ their eyes might be opened to the truth of what Scripture are really telling all of us.

 

I have written articles here on this blog before about these issues of creation by God and creation by accident. To me, it is ridiculous for Christians to insist that the Earth is about 5,500 to 5,600 years old. To believe that one must not believe the Apostle Peter, the Prophets, or God Himself when we are told that the human day is not God’s day. We are told that a human lifetime, the example of 80 of our years are literally equivalent a blink of an eye compared in God’s time. So, why do we Christians and Jewish believers insist on degrading God down to our level? My Jewish friends please correct me on this next sentence if you believe that I am wrong on what I am about to say.  To me, what I have garnered about the Jewish calendar is that it begins with the time they believe that Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden Of Eden. (You can find this information in the following Los Angles Times Article:

Jewish Calendar Starts With Adam Symbolism

September 23, 1989 |ALLEN S. MALLER | Special to Religious News Service)
I believe that this year would be about year #5578 on the Jewish calendar, I believe that the Jewish New Year begins right after the 10 day Holiday of Yom Kipper. Many Christians consider the birth of Jesus (Yahushua) to be the beginning of the ‘Christian Calendar’ yet if we really dig into History we will find that the lifespan of Jesus was from 4 B.C. to 29 A.D. The Arabic Calendar begins in the Christian Calendar when Mohammad fled from Medina to Mecca in about year 630 A.D. I do ask my readers who are of the Islamic Faith to drop me a comment if this date is a little bit off and let me know the true date please.
I do say that it seems a bit odd to me though that so many people believe what is being taught from the Pulpits without questioning what they are being taught. Why do people have a Bible in their home or bother taking one to Church if they are never going to study the Scriptures on their own? Even in the times of Jesus and His Apostles when He/they would go into the Synagogue’s to teach, the people there would search the Scriptures daily to see if what they were being taught was correct or not. Why is it that Christians today do not open their Bibles to see if what they are being taught is correct, or not?
Now, I would like to get back to the time of Adam and Eve for a moment. Many people who are looking into the window’s of Christianity dismiss Christianity as idiotic because of the belief that the world began 5-6,000 years ago, and honestly, I can’t blame them. Please, get your hands on a Bible and actually look at the first two chapters of the first Book of the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis. Now please read where it is speaking of the six days of Creation. On the sixth day, God created Men and women and told them to go out into the world and multiply. Then Scripture speaks of how on the seventh day God rested. Then, in the next chapter we are told the story of the creation of Adam, then Eve. This is after the sixth and the seventh day, not during the sixth day at all.
Now, if you think I am crazy, or not, please keep reading. After Adam and Eve were cast out of God’s Garden you will see the story of Adam and Eve’s first two children, the story of Cain and Able. After Cain killed Able God cast him out of this area just outside the Garden area. Now, please think about a few things that we are being told here. When God told Cain that he was being cast out he said that “all those who find me will kill me.” Excuse me, all WHO? Aren’t there only three people on the whole Earth at this time? Aren’t Adam, Eve, and Cain the only people? So all of Who? What did God say and do to Cain at that moment? God put a mark upon the forehead of Cain and said He put it there so that “all of those who find you will not kill you.” Again folks, all of WHO? Then we are told that Cain traveled to the East into the land of Nod and there he took a wife! Wait a moment, where the heck did she come from?
There are many issues that Christianity and the other Faiths in the world have wrong and that is because the base of what they are teaching is corrupted. If your teachings are built on a sandbar there is no way it can stand in the storm of reality. Folks the truth is so plain, it is given to us, but we refuse to see it. God created humankind many thousands, hundreds of thousands or possibly even a million years or so before God created Adam and Eve. Yet, not until God created Adam did He “breathe into him the breath of life and he became a living Soul.” This is not said during the creation of mankind in day six. God created us Gentiles first but He did not create this Royal Bloodline until He created Adam and Eve. Folks, even Jesus Himself referred to us Gentiles as “dogs” because until after His Resurrection was complete we were not counted into the salvation that up until that time was reserved only for the Hebrew Bloodline. I could go on much further in this conversation as there are great errors in the Church’s teachings that are running millions of people far away from Christianity causing their Souls to be given over to Satan for damnation. Folks, we will all answer for our laziness of not caring enough to learn what the Truth is so that we could actually save a lot of these people who are going to be cast into Hell. If we are egotistical enough to believe that their blood will not be upon our own hands, we are not only lazy, we are delusional. This article just topped 1,300 words so I am going to close this conversation with you now if there is enough interest in the comment section I will continue my thoughts with you soon in another post. Thank you all for the kindness of your time, Shalom.

3 Reasons to Live a Different Life as a Believer

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ZACHERYPIERPONT.COM)

 

3 Reasons to Live a Different Life as a Believer

Look guys, it’s okay to be different. Believers in Christ ARE different from the rest of human kind. They should be!

But from my (maybe near-sighted and shallow) perspective of the world, it seems that most Christians, not all, but some are fearful of being different. It’s sad, and frankly it’s a great problem. Here are three reasons why it’s totally okay and important to be different from the world as believers in Christ.

 

#1: Jesus Is Different!

 

All over the New Testament of the Bible, it’s clear and easy to see that Jesus was and is different.

When Jesus came to earth, people were filthy and sinful. They still are today. Jesus was holy. When Jesus lived on earth and came with the righteousness of God, He was different!

He was completely different from anything the world had ever seen. Rather than filth, Jesus brought cleanliness. Rather than evil, Jesus brought good. Rather than sin, Jesus brought holiness. That’s different! Jesus introduced the world to the hope and the difference that we desperately needed.

 

#2: This Earth Isn’t our Home

 

Let’s be real, the world can be pretty cushy at times and there are things that bring joy.

But it’s not home.

The following sentence is pretty Cliché, but it’s true.

There’s no place like home.

It’s okay to be different because the world isn’t our home, we’re basically foreigners on this planet.

We’re completely different because our home is brighter. Our home is holy. Our home is eternal. Our home has Jesus!

 

#3: The Gospel Transforms us

When believers initially trust in Christ and give their lives to Jesus. They are changed.

You are changed, you’re different. Everything the world offered you before is gone, your old self is gone. Christ now lives in you.

Instead of the filth in the world, now we have Christ cleansing us. Instead of the world’s evil (which was ours), we have Christ’s holiness!

If you’re a Christian living in this world, you’ll be seen as different, maybe pretty strange and stupidly weird to the rest of the world, but that’s okay! In fact, it’s necessary! God has transformed you, he’s taken the earth’s dead ends and given us a road that leads to eternity.

So guys, don’t be afraid of looking stupid to the world. Don’t be so concerned and conceited with your self-image that you take away the hope of the gospel.

Act like you’ve changed, be at peace that you’re called by Christ to be different.

Live your life for the glory of Christ.

-Zachary

 

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Yahushua is the true name of the Messiah: Not Jesus

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF: http://www.ellyah.com/nameson.htm)

 

Yahushua is the true name of the Messiah

***** Note that Joshua = Yoshua or Yahushua because there is no “J” sound in Hebrew. The “J” with its “J” sound didn’t come into the English language until about 500 years ago. In fact, the “J” isn’t even found in the original 1611 King James version. (proof)

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that the Messiah’s name never was “Jesus” and that the name “Jesus” is actually an invention of man.

 In the King James Version of the scriptures, we find an interesting problem in its translation:

Acts 7:44(KJV) Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. 45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

Isn’t this scripture referring to Joshua, son of Nun rather than the Savior? Yes. Here is another instance…

Hebr 4:7 (KJV) Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Again, the context reveals that this scripture is referring to Joshua, the son of Nun and not the Messiah. All other translations put “Joshua” here. Why then is it translated ‘Jesus’? The answer lies in the Greek/Latin corruption of the Messiah’s original Hebrew name. Originally, the name of the Messiah was , pronounced Yahushua. This is the Messiah’s original name. When the Gentiles tried to transliterate His name into Greek, they came up with ihsoun or “Iesous”. But originally, this word was from #3091 in the Hebrew which is . When Iesous was transliterated into Latin, it became “Iesus”, which was then carried over into English it became our modern day “Jesus” when the letter “J” developed. 

Therefore, the reason the King James Version has “Jesus” in those two verses is because the Messiah’s name is actually the same name as Joshua, Son of Nun… correctly pronounced “Yahushua”. It is quite evident that the modern form “Jesus” doesn’t even remotely resemble the original name that the disciples were praying in, baptizing in and receiving so much criticism for preaching in. This is fact. Do some research and see for yourself.

Secular References

Encyclopedia Americana:

“Jesus Christ— …Although Matthew (1:21) interprets the name originally Joshua, that is, ‘Yahweh is Salvation,’ and finds it especially appropriate for Jesus of Nazareth, it was a common one at that time.” (Vol.16, p. 41)

Encyclopedia Britannica (15th ed.)

“Jesus Christ—…The same is true of the name Jesus. In the Septuagint it is the customary Greek form for the common Hebrew name Joshua;” (Vol. 10 p.149)

Religious Scholars

Barnes’ notes: (Note on Matt. 1:21)

“His name is Jesus: The name Jesus is the same as Saviour. It is derived from the verb signifying to save. In Hebrew it is the same as Joshua. In two places [Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8] in the New Testament it is used where is means Joshua, the leader of the Jews into Canaan, and in our translation the name Joshua should have been retained.”

Word studies in the New Testament, by Marvin R. Vincent—

“Jesus. The Greek form of a Hebrew name, which had been borne by two illustrious individuals in former periods of the Jewish History — Joshua, the successor of Moses, and Jeshua, the high priest, who with Zerubbabel took so active a part in the re-establishment of the civil and religious polity of the Jews in their return from Babylon. Its original and full form is Jehoshua, becoming by contraction Joshua or Jeshua.”

The Acts of the Apostles, by Jackson and Lake

“Jesus— This is the regular Greek translation of the Hebrew Joshua.”

Smith’s Bible Dictionary:

“Jesus Christ —- The name Jesus means Savior, and was a common name, derived from the ancient Hebrew Jehoshua.”

A dictionary of the Bible, by James Hastings

“Jesus — The Greek form of the name Joshua or Jeshua. Jeshua —- Yahweh is Salvation or Yahweh is opulence.”

Alford’s Greek New Testament, An Exegetical and Critical Commentary:

“Jesus — The same name as Joshua, the former deliverer of Israel.”

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion:

“Jesus (The Name) — Matthew’s gospel explains it as symbolic of His mission, ‘For he will save His people from their sins.’ This agrees with the popular meaning as ‘Yahweh saves…’ ” p.1886

Catholic Encyclopedia:

“The Sacred Name —- The word Jesus is the Latin form of the Greek “Iesous” which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Jeshua, or Joshua, or again Jehoshua, meaning ‘Jehovah is Salvation’ ” Vol. 8, p. 374

Interpreter’s Bible: (Note on Matt. 1:21)

“Jesus: for He shall save: The play on words (Yeshua, Jesus; yoshia, shall save) is possible in Hebrew but not in Aramaic. The name Joshua means “Yahweh is salvation”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary

(on Matthew 1:21)

“Jesus is the same name with Joshua, the termination only being changed, for the sake of conforming it to the greek.”

Conclusion

It can be concluded then, that “Jesus” was not the Messiah’s name when He walked the earth. That is the purpose of this study. For information on why we should use the Messiah’s original name, click here. 

Southern Baptist Convention Offers to Cover Funeral Expenses for All 26 Church Shooting Victims

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST AND FOX NEWS)

 

Southern Baptist Convention Offers to Cover Funeral Expenses for All 26 Church Shooting Victims

(PHOTOS: FAMILY PHOTOS VIA NBC NEWS)Eighteen of the 26 victims who were fatally shot by Devin Kelley at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, 2017. They are (1st row L-R) Bryan Holcombe, Karla Holcombe, Crystal Holcombe, Brook Ward, Marc Daniel “Danny” Holcombe, Richard Rodriguez; (2nd row L-R) Annabelle Pomeroy, Greg Hill, Joann Ward, Emily Garza, Tara McNulty and Shani Corrigan; (3rd row L-R) Emily Hill, Haley Krueger, Noah Holcombe, Sara Johnson, Dennis and Megan Hill.

The North American Mission Board, the domestic missions agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, has offered to cover the funeral expenses for the families of the 26 people killed inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, at the hands of Devin Kelley on Sunday.

The NAMB confirmed the offer in a Baptist Press report on Monday.

SBC President Steve Gaines also confirmed on Twitter Tuesday that he, along with SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page, visited with Sutherland Spring’s Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, who lost their daughter, Annabelle, in the massacre.

“Just spent a few hours with @RichardsJim@frankpagesbc with Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, here in Sutherland Springs. Godly people,” Gaines said.

As the tragedy unfolded on Sunday, Gaines, who leads Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, said his congregation felt led to pray for the Sutherland Springs church and he felt a need to help in their time of grief.

“Yesterday as we prayed at Bellevue for the families of those slain and also the others who were wounded at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, I sensed the need to go there and try to minister to the pastor and his wife and their devastated congregation,” Gaines said.

(PHOTO: REUTERS/JONATHAN BACHMAN)A woman places flowers at a memorial in memory of the victims killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, November 7, 2017.

“I discussed it with Frank Page and Jim Richards, and we all agreed to go and help any way we possibly can. Our Southern Baptist family grieves with this beloved church and the community it serves. Our prayers are ascending steadily to God’s throne of grace. May God bring healing and hope to those that are hurting,” he said.

As the small congregation worshiped at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, Kelley, 26, began firing his Ruger AR-556 rifle inside the building shortly after the 11 a.m. service began.

Within minutes, 26 people were dead and at least 20 others were left with serious injuries The New York Times reported. At least eight members of one family including a pregnant mother were killed. Nearly half of the deceased are children.

Police say Kelley unleashed about 450 rounds of ammunition on the helpless congregation and survivors say the deranged shooter who later killed himself expressed an intention to execute the entire congregation.

Roseanne Solis, one of the survivors of the church massacre, told KSAT 12 that the congregation was singing a new song when Kelley interrupted the praise with gunfire and declared that everyone was going to die.

“I hear firecrackers popping. Ta-ta-ta,” she recalled before someone screamed at the church members to take cover.

“Everybody started screaming, yelling. Everyone got down, crawling under wherever they could hide,” Solis said. “It was so scary. He was shooting hard.”

She explained that she got shot in the left shoulder and watched as other church members started falling to the floor, bleeding and in shock.

Things got quiet briefly inside the church after the first barrage of bullets but quickly deteriorated again when Kelley told everyone they would die.

“I thought it was the police when he went inside because everyone got real quiet. Everyone was saying ‘Be quiet. It’s him. It’s him.'” Then he yelled out, ‘Everybody dies [expletive],’ and Kelley started shooting again.

David Brown, whose mother was sitting in the back pew of the church, told Fox 31, that Kelley went from pew to pew to exact his mission to kill everyone.

Solis’ husband, Joaquin Ramirez, who was also inside the church at the time of the attack, said even though the church members were urging each other to keep quiet as the gunman hunted for survivors the children couldn’t stop crying.

Kelley found them, he said, and shot them at point-blank range. About half of the 26 victims from the massacre are children.

(Theology/Poem) Walking With God

Walking With God

 

Fashion our walk with the Lord along our life’s highway

Understand it is the Lord that gives us breathe each day

Nothing can harm our Soul if we walk holding His hand

When we pass from this life we shall enter His promised land

Unfurl the Flag of God for His love to all of us He freely gives

 

The Lord gave sight to the blind and His word calmed the raging sea

Tell all how He prayed in the garden for strength at the hill called Calgary

Let the world know of His love for us as the Cross He suffered and overcame

Armageddon awaits for those still living, on what side will we choose to be

When the Trumpet of God sounds, the Lord and His Angels we shall all see

 

The great day of the Lord is coming, Angels of Heaven singing of His glory

Friends, forever we shall shout and sing, the glory of our Lord God and King

To see a smile on the face of our Lord, there is no greater a thing to see

Let our voice ring out in song praising the God of all, the Father and His Son

Unfurl the flag of God’s salvation to us for our sins He washed away on Calgary

Putin, Jesus And Elon Musk Are Young Russians’ Top Role Models

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE MOSCOW TIMES)

 

Putin, Jesus And Elon Musk Are Young Russians’ Top Role Models

Nov 3, 2017 — 19:21
— Update: 19:21

Kremlin Press Service

Young Russians have named President Vladimir Putin, business magnate Elon Musk and Jesus Christ as their main role models — after their parents.

Russia’s most popular social networking site VK in July asked 10,000 14-25 year-olds who had the most positive influence in their life. The majority said their parents were their biggest role models, but a sizeable number said they didn’t look to anyone for inspiration.

The remaining respondents named Jesus Christ, Musk and Putin as their third, fourth and fifth-greatest role models, the RBC business portal reported, citing data from the survey.

The results showed that 93 percent of Russia’s youth use social media networks in some capacity.

Some 64 percent of young Russians get their news from VK, the poll found, followed by other online outlets and social media. Fewer than a quarter of those polled said they trust the information they see on television.

News that Russia’s younger citizens placed Putin on their top five role models list will be welcomed by Kremlin insiders. The Kremlin has struggled to formulate a youth campaign strategy ahead of the 2018 election.

Anti-corruption demonstrations led by opposition leader Alexei Navalny this year drew many younger Russians onto the streets.

Can A Person Be A Christian And A Racist At The Same Time?

All I Can Give To You Is My Beliefs From My Understanding Of Biblical Scripture

 

Every time I start to write an article here in the blog I always first spend a few moments in prayer asking God to please guide my every thought and key stroke through the power of His Holy Spirit. I have studied the Scriptures now for a little over 50 years and I know a lot about all of the Canonized Books and several of the Non-Canonized ones as far as the Protestant and Catholic Churches are concerned. Yet, I make no claim to know absolutely everything about anything, yet I refuse to lie to you concerning anything, especially concerning the Scriptures. The following is my best understanding from my years of study concerning the question that is the title of this article.

 

My first thoughts were to answer the title question with a simple ‘No.’ But, is that really a ‘totally’ correct answer? I think that the technically correct answer would have to be yes. The reason for the yes is in my attempt not to be a Judge of anyone. My belief is that if a person is a racist when they die that they will without a doubt be condemned to Hell at their Judgement before the Judgement Seat of Christ. When a person is submerged in Baptism they are raised a ‘New Creature’ and ones old sins are washed away. But if a person rises out of the watery grave of Baptism still holding onto their old life and old hatreds all they accomplished in the Baptism was to get themselves wet. Racism is hatred, there is nothing ‘love’ about racism. If our heart is not filled with the love of God then our bodies are not the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit of God. Why do you think that the Lord Jesus says that His own know His voice? The reason is because the Holy Spirit is His and of course He knows His own voice.

 

For those folks who say they hate the Jewish people because they ‘killed Jesus’ they do technically make a great error. All people of the world should rejoice that the Jewish/Hebrew people fulfilled Scripture 2,000 years ago and had the Christ ‘Jesus’ killed. The reason that the Jewish people of the time did this was because God ‘hardened their hearts’ so that they would do this and in doing so fulfill the teachings and prophesies written in the Old Testament. If the Jewish people had not done this event then you and I would not have any chance of salvation, none! Everyone who was not of 100% pure Hebrew blood was a Gentile, which before the Resurrection of Christ was not considered “a people’ even by Jesus, we were all ‘unclean.’ If you will read the tenth chapter of the Book of Acts you will gain a better understanding of what I just wrote to you. At the very end of the last chapter (28th) of the Gospel of Matthew is written what is called Jesus’s ‘Great Commission’ to His Apostles to go into all the world and teach all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Only after the Resurrection of Christ Jesus were people like you and I eligible for salvation. Please take a few moments to read the fifth chapter of the Book of Matthew where Jesus gives a sermon known as the ‘Beatitudes’ in the first twelve verses. Jesus taught us that if we hate our brother without a cause that we are condemned already. Without a cause, as in something that a person has absolutely no say so over. If you hate a person because you think they are to ugly or to short or to tall or because they were born in another country or even in a different part of your own country, you are acting like an idiot and you are sinning. The same would stand if you hate all men or all women, or even hate them because their skin color is different from yours. These are all things that not a single one of us have had any say so in what so ever, none!

 

Jesus told the Apostles to go into all Nations to all people to all tongues and to teach them salvation. Jesus died on that Cross so that low life Gentiles like you and I could have a chance at the same salvation that before His Resurrection we had no avenue to. Jesus went through with all of that pain so that us non-Jews could be saved, all of us, from all Nations, all tongues, all people. Who in the heck do you or I think that we are to hate anyone of God’s children over something that they have no say over, like what skin color they were born with. When we are filled with this hate it is not those that we hate that we are condemning, it is ourselves. So yes, a person can be baptized and call themselves a Christian, a follower of Christ and also be a racist. A person can call themselves King Kong but that does not mean that they are. People can say anything they want to say but we all need to understand that our words can and will condemn us just as a hate filled heart will condemn us. This is true even if we do not act out our hatreds because God does know what is in our hearts and what our thoughts are. If you say that you are a Christian yet you are a racist, a person who hates their brother without a cause, they are in effect walking up to Jesus as He is hanging on that Cross and spitting in His face and telling Him He is wrong and it is you who are correct. After all, remember, Jesus was a Jew.

Presidents Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump: 3 Demonic Souls?

Please Take The Time To Reference The Book Of Revelation For Greater Understanding

 

I have been debating how to write this article for about a month now, I have even been debating how to word the title also. I had been thinking about making the title something like ‘Are These 3 Men 3 Beasts Of Revelation’, yet as I started writing the title I changed it to what you see now. Obviously I am trying to tweak folks interest enough to get them to take a few moments to stop in, read and contemplate what I am going to say to you here in this article today. I hope that you enjoy the read, I hope that I am able to get you to think and maybe even get you to reread the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation.

 

As this system that we all live in keeps getting worse as it and we are spiraling toward the ‘End Of Days’ spoken of several times throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. The Rapture, the second coming of Christ, will not come today or tomorrow, I can say this with total confidence simply because all of the Bible’s end of time prophecies have not been fulfilled yet. For those of you who are unaware of it the Rapture is when Armageddon will happen. Armageddon is when the governments and their armies and their people fight against God and His Angels and the people are crushed like grapes in a wine-press. When Christ returns one of the first things that will happen is the Demons who posed as world leaders will straightway be cast into Hell. This will happen because they have already been judged and found guilty by God. This is when the people will see and understand that they have been deceived by their Demonic Leaders and it will be too late for those poor Souls then. These humans are the ones who allowed these evil governments and their leaders to insert computer chips in their hands or in their head. This, is the ‘Mark of the Beast’, the Devil’s mark, the way that the governments will get all the people to bow down to them.

 

As time closes out the broader circle of world power will continue to shrink into fewer and fewer hands. There will come a time when almost all of the worlds military and economic power will rest in the hands of 10 governments, 10 Leaders. This system will then be usurped by just 3 seats of power, then finally just one. I believe that the 3 world powers will come from 3 regions of the world. Please think of the globe in the means of north to south planes. One of these 3 great powers will come from Asia so almost without a doubt, China. Another of the 3 great powers will come from the center area. I believe that Russia in time will dominate Europe, don’t laugh folks, President Putin if he wished to do it can right now turn off the oil and gas to Europe. With no energy all of their economies will quickly implode or Russia could play the ‘good neighbor’ and end up having a seat at the EU table. Then you have the western hemisphere, the Americas, most likely dominated by the U.S.. These 3 will be usurped by ‘The” Anti-Christ who will come up from underneath them and the 3 will give all their power to their Master, “The” Anti-Christ which is the Devil Himself.

 

Do I really believe that the 3 Presidents that I mentioned in the title are or will be the 3 who will control these 3 realms? Do I really believe that these 3 men are evil, yes I do. Everyone’s body is like unto a house and this house can only have 3 options, I am referring to the Spiritual plane . One option is the house is empty, anther option is the house is the dwelling place of God’s Holy Spirit, and the third option is that it is occupied by at least one Demonic Spirit. A demon can not enter where the Holy Spirit resides so they cannot share one house. Where the Holy Spirit is, no Demon is there. So, these three Presidents are just like you and I in regard to our bodies being a dwelling place, a house, a home. There is a such a thing as a person who chooses to be evil by their nature, one does not need a Demonic presence to be hate filled, egotistical and selfish, way to many humans manage that all on their own dime. Now do I believe that these 3 Presidents I mentioned are going to be the “big 3” very shortly before the ‘end of days’? Honestly, I think probably not, but is it possible? Yes it is possible, certainly these 3 men fit the profile and I believe that in China and in Russia their two current Presidents have no intention of ever letting go of the power they now have. Trump, who knows about this egomaniac. Pope Francis last year questioned Trumps faith and his being pro-life and Mr. Trump rebutted that “no religious leader should ever question another man faith.” A couple of things, yes, it is exactly what a religious leaders job is in part to question people’s faith. Yet in Mr. Trumps case it is my belief that you cannot question something that does not exist.

 

I hope you enjoyed this little ‘future’ history discussion. I hope that you will take an hour or so and read through the Book Of Revelation again. I also hope that if you have any questions, please ask them I will give you the most honest and truthful answers that I know of. God’s love and peace I wish to each and every one of you, God bless.

 

 

Jihadists cried out “God is great” every time they shot a follower of Jesus Christ

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

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(Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Hanaa Youssef and Mina Habib, the widow and son of a man who was killed in a militant attack against Coptic Christians last month, hold the victim”s portrait in Minya, Egypt June 8, 2017. Picture taken June 8, 2017.

A 10-year-old Egyptian schoolboy who witnessed the brutal murder of his father by Islamic State militants in Minya, where 29 Christians were slaughtered in May, says the jihadists cried out “God is great” every time they shot a follower of Jesus Christ.

Mina Habib told Reuters in a piece published Tuesday that his father, one of the 29 believers massacred on May 26 when IS stopped three vehicles on their way to a monastery, was killed specifically for his Christian faith.

“We saw dead people, just dumped on the ground,” the boy, who is now receiving therapy at a local church, said of the attack.

“They asked my father for identification then told him to recite the Muslim profession of faith. He refused, said he was Christian. They shot him and everyone else with us in the car,” he said of his father, Adel.

Mina said the 15 gunmen shot Christian children dead, but he and his older brother, Marco, were spared.

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(Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Mourners react at the Sacred Family Church for the funeral of Coptic Christians who were killed on Friday in Minya, Egypt, May 26, 2017.

Three vehicles were attacked that day, with a bus and car transporting children and families being the fist targets.

The extremists reportedly shot out the windows, took the women’s jewelry, and asked victims whether they were Christians before killing them.

“They saw us in the back of the truck. They made us get down and a man wearing camouflage like the army pointed his gun at us, but another one in all black told him to let us go. Every time they shot someone they would yell God is great,” the 10-year-old added.

He said the radicals had Egyptian accents, and most of them were wearing masks.

The killing of the 29 Christians was only the latest attack on Egypt’s minority Coptic community, which has been terrorized by Islamic radicals for years, with the attacks increasing with IS’ rise in the region.

The Copts have said that they “take pride” in dying for their faith, in defiance against IS.

“We take pride to die while holding on to our faith,” Bishop Makarios, the top Coptic Orthodox cleric in Minya, said in May.

Thousands of Copts mourned the victims of the bus shooting, and expressed their grief and rage at the funerals.

“With blood and soul, we will defend you, oh cross!” Copts yelled at the Church of the Sacred Family in the village of Dayr Jarnous.

“We will avenge them or die like them,” they said. “There is no god but God and the Messiah is God!”

At the same time, however, they have pleaded with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to keep his promise to protect them, and to increase support for the families of victims.

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