The No. 1 Problem In Christian Relationships And How To Combat It

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Lakewood Church Marriage Pastors Reveal the No. 1 Issue in Christian Relationships and How to Combat It (Interview)

As the pastors of marriage and parenting at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Clayton and Ashlee Hurst know a thing or two about relationships. They’ve been married for more than 20 years, have two children together, and counsel countless couples on how to develop a Christ-centered, meaningful marriage.

Yet, there was a time when their relationship was anything but healthy.

“We both grew up in Christian homes and our parents had stable marriages,” Ashlee told CP in an exclusive interview. “So we went into marriage thinking it would be easy. We put a lot of effort into the wedding day, but none into the days that followed. Slowly, because of our lack of knowledge of what marriage was truly about, we descended into a valley of hopeless and miscommunication, and pride.”

It’s only by the grace of God, Clayton said, that their marriage was able to heal after five years of suffering. Now, they want to help others avoid the pitfalls and traps that so easily entangle people in this world of romantic comedies and unrealistic, Nicholas Sparks-esque relationship expectations.

The Hursts share their story of struggle and pain, healing and forgiveness in their new book, Hope for Your Marriage: Experience God’s Greatest Desires for You and Your Spouse. They combine their personal experience with biblical wisdom to address the most common roots of marital decay and outline small, manageable changes that can be implemented to get a marriage back on the right track.

“We want people to know, ‘Here’s what we did, don’t do this,'” Ashlee said. “Here’s the things we wish we would have known to help other people along the way. People who are in that hopeless place, we want to give them hope.”

(PHOTO: JOE CENTER)Clayton and Ashlee Hurst

It’s long been reported that half of America’s marriages end in divorce. While the number is significantly lower among Christian couples, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to marital difficulties.

“We were shocked at the number of people who would come up to us in the sanctuary after service and ask for prayer for their marriage,” Clayton shared. “Marriage turned out to be the number one thing people ask for prayer about. Across the board, people are looking for hope.”

While couples struggle with a number of issues, from lack of communication and unforgiveness to mishandled conflict and unrealistic expectations, it “always boils down to pride,” Ashlee said.

“There’s so much pride built up in marriage, and humility is the first step to healing in your relationship,” she explained. “We see pride promoted everywhere in culture, yet the Bible is very clear on humility and and the dangers of pride. The Bible says, ‘Pride goes before destruction,’ and that’s exactly what happens in far too many marriages.”

In every counseling session, Clayton said, he and his wife ask couples: “Are you willing to do whatever it takes to have the marriage you hoped and dreamed of having?”

“It comes down to willingness,” he said. “Am I willing to lay down my pride? Am I willing to put my husband or wife’s needs before my own?”

“In Ephesians 5, it says that we must submit one to another, and that’s not always easy. Men and women are different; for the most part, our brains are wired differently, and that’s where communication issues creep in. But ultimately, we are on each other’s team. When she wins, I win. If she loses, I lose. We are meant to work together. That’s God’s intention for marriage.”

One way the church can help prepare Christian singles and engaged couples for marriage is by talking about the hard —and awkward — issues like sex and intimacy.

“Growing up, you always heard, ‘No, no, no’ when it comes to sex but you never heard the ‘why’ behind it,” Ashlee said. “Sex was presented as dirty and bad, and if you did it, there was so much shame. That’s where I found myself once we got married, it was hard for me to be intimate because I had all these hurts from my past, and it took me years before I’d open up to Clayton about it.”

In their counseling sessions, the Hursts said, they work to create a safe place where people can open up about issues and ask vulnerable questions to get the help they need.

“Isn’t it just like Satan to keep us isolated and think we’re the only ones? We want people to know they’re not alone, to ask the sensitive questions,” Ashlee said.

The Hursts also encourage both singles and dating couples to prepare themselves for marriage by studying Scripture and declaring life over their current and future relationships (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

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(SCREENSHOT: TBN)Clayton and Ashlee Hurst

“Put the word of God away when you don’t need it, so when you do need it it’s here for you,” Clayton said. “To have a successful marriage, you must have the Word of God stored in your heart. It’s about taking steps of faith and trusting in God’s power. These things have a huge impact.”

Finally, it’s important for couples to refrain from falling into complacency when it comes to their marriage, the Hursts said.

“Never stop learning. Always be a student of each other, always be a student of marriage,” advised Clayton. “Whether you’re newlyweds or a seasoned married couple, find people farther along in their marriage, mentors who can challenge you and help you grow. Even if your marriage is great, there’s still another level you can reach.”

Added Ashlee, “God can work anything out. Once couple in our church had an affair; there was still hope. One couple literally tried to kill each other; there was hope. One faced the challenges of having a child with autism; there was still hope. There is always, always hope.”

Big Troubles Are Coming, What Are You Going To Do?

BIG TROUBLES ARE COMING, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

 

There are many things that have happened that are horrible, but even worse things are soon to come upon the human race. The secular world does not know, they do not see, because they do not study, because they do not believe the things that are about to come upon all of us. Ignorance to reality will not save any of us from that reality, I wish it would, but it won’t. Here in America, a Nation that was founded on Christian beliefs has turned its back on anything and everything to do with the Bible, faith, and Jesus and then we wonder why our Nation and the world has turned so violent and hate filled. Hollywood and the media teach society that they are the path to follow, that total ego is the true path to follow if we want a life of happiness. Hollywood and the media push violence, cursing, and filth at everyone from birth to the grave and call it good and call it progress. Hollywood and the liberal left now insist that women not having the ‘right’ to murder their babies is stone age thinking and they say the far right is trying to take away this “right”. If a person was to believe Christian or Jewish Scripture then they would understand that our excepted society is evil, this is why they constantly have to attack these faiths trying to demonize them. You see these faith-based religions teach that what our society is teaching is evil, this is why they attack all that is Scripturally sound Doctrine otherwise they would have to admit that they are the ones that are pure evil.

About a month ago in this blog I wrote of some bad things that have happened, things past tense that were secret evils. By no means am I saying that I know everything, nor that I have been shown everything, nor that I understand everything past or future, I can only tell you the things that I have been shown and the things that I believe. All I can do is bring them to your attention, believe whatever you wish; I’m just trying to be helpful. I am going to tell you things that I know are going to happen to America in the very near future and something’s that are America and world related that are soon to happen most within this next generation. I would like to say “may God have mercy upon all of us”, but that would be misleading if we don’t even know what God means by mercy. People, friends, brothers, sisters, the world has never seen the level of Hell that is coming to the face of this planet.

Now I will start to tell you of the things that are soon to come here in America then I will expand to some more global issues.–The mark of the Devil and the sign of the Antichrist ARE NOT the same thing! When I was growing up in a Christian believing household I was always led to believe that there was simply one “Devil”, well, there is only one Satan but also thousands of other former Angels turned Demons. Demons can only possess one person at a time unlike the Spirit of God who can possess billions at one time. So, these Demons, who do you think would be their prime targets to possess? Would the prime targets be the average office worker or factory worker, or politicians and world leaders?  Which leaders would be the most prime targets? All leaders would be targets but the most prime ones would obviously be the leaders with the most power, of the countries with the most power. Where do you think our leaders would place on the Demons want list? People, the governments are evil and they are only going to get worse!

As any American knows if they are paying any attention to life around them we are having trouble securing our borders and we are having trouble securing our money supply from fraud. Also identity theft is becoming more and more of a problem in our society. At every level our society and it’s so called securities are breaking down. As we all know, the governments are becoming all-powerful and it is only through their great wisdom that we the people can be “saved”. We become totally dependent upon our leaders, we must all do what they say or we become the enemy of our nation. The government must come up with a program that can secure the nation’s borders for our own security. The government’s money supply and the finances of our people must be secured so that everyone’s savings and property isn’t stolen by the bad guys. But, how can such a thing be done?–Revelation 13:16 and 17, “And He (the beast) caused everyone, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead: So that no man could buy or sell, unless he had the mark,…”.  Also Revelation 14: 9-11, “…if any man worships the Beast and His image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wrath of the wine of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation: and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Holy Angels, and in the presence of the Lamb (Jesus): And the smoke of their torment will ascend up forever and ever: and they shall have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name”. Friends, this is just a small piece of the trouble that is already busting through our doors, we all need to think about what we are doing and what we are going to do.

I’ll just put a couple of questions out to you, all I ask is that people just quietly think about them in the quite of their own thoughts . These are what if questions, what if I am correct about what I have told you. I know these things by faith, prayer, study, and a lifetime of observation.  What if our federal government decides that they have no choice but to implement a chip policy? Chip systems have been in place now for a long time, a different type of chip, but you ease in controversial changes to get people to learn to conform to their “necessary requirements”. We started out with putting chips in our animals so we wouldn’t lose them, then came added information like health records. Well, before you say that’s just about animals, there has been a program now for several years putting chips in newborns for the same type reasons as the animals. O’ by the way, preschool and grade school children by parental requests have been getting these for the same type reasons, getting lost, stolen, medical info ect.

 

Now, about us adults, we all have to decide what we are going to do when these chips are required instead of the current permission/request policy. Everyone in this country is a number from birth, that makes things easy enough. We are all going to have to decide in our own minds what we are going to do if/when this happens. Millions will go along with it without thought; it will sound like a great idea. These are the people who are usually ignorant of the Scriptures and who usually have no religion/faith in their up bringing. Many people, even those who say they are Christian will not like it, but they will conform. The reasons for this are simple, if there is no cash system, then no plastic, only the chip in your wrist/hand (during the Roman Empire and the time of the first advent the wrist was considered to be part of the hand) and all financial information is loaded onto your chip, and without the chip you have no financial means to survive, what you going to do?

When you cannot work, buy, sell, or rent a place to live, not even a skid row flee bag motel; when you cannot buy gas or food and you are going to lose absolutely everything you thought you owned, what are you going to do? When you find yourself out in the street with no shelter or food and no way to get any, are you going to allow the chip? Remember how the government in the late 1800’s stole everything the Indian people owned, then those they hadn’t already killed they forced onto reservations? How many times once the people were rounded up and disarmed did the military get sent in to scorch the earth of them? History lessons make perfect examples of evil and how too! The only people who absolutely refuse to be chipped will be the true faithful of the Christian population and some of our Jewish brothers. These people will become enemy number one of the state who will get blamed for all the worlds problems. Remember Germany/Hitler/WWII, how did this evil empire almost accomplish its goal of killing every Jewish person on earth? The slogan after the war was “never again”, people, that was only a blueprint to grow from when you have evil running your countries.

Whatever we put first in our life IS our God, how about our money, is that our God? These things are coming; they are not that far away. Again, I ask you the question, friends, what are you going to do?

 

My Conversation With An Atheist Follower: Part #2

 

For the folks who have stumbled across this article today who haven’t read part one from last evening I am going to put in the comments that one of my readers made about an article that I reblogged from ‘The Christian Post’ a couple of days ago. The article’s headline was about how teenagers today are the ‘least Christian’ generation ever. The reader ‘Jim’ goes by the title ‘thecommonatheist.wordpress.com’. I asked Jim if he cared if I wrote an article based on our comments to each other in the comment section and he did give me his okay. The following is the main paragraph where Jim first gave me his opinion on the ‘Post’s’ article.

 

“Hoping this trend grows. Don’t forget the core! They are waiting and praying for God to come back and slaughter all the rest of us. That tidbit says a lot about how they really feel. It is a religion that is divisive and racist to its core and Piety sets dividing lines for them to fight every step of social equality of scientific advance.”

 

If you would, please go back and read part one from last night, it will help you with understanding better some of the issues I will be speaking about with you today.

 

1.) “Hoping the trend grows”: that more and more people ignore, stay away from Christianity.

2.) Because #1: “Don’t forget the core”. What/why? Because many of the base teachings of the churches and what ‘they say’ the Bible says is wrong. Last evenings part one explains some of the issues about the beginning of time and the beginning of human kind that no church that I know of teaches though the answers are right in front of all of us. I will get back to ‘science’ issues that Jim raised in just a moment.

3.) “They (Christians) are waiting and praying for God to come back and slaughter all the rest of us.—That tidbit says a lot about how they really feel”. —For those who call themselves Christians who do feel this way “that they want Christ to hurry up with His Second Advent”. And are wanting Christ to kill all their personal enemies and all the ‘unbelievers’ then quickly send them all to the fires of Hell, you ‘Christians’ have a serious issue with the ‘love of Christ’.  If you are a person who says that they are a Christian and you do feel this way, think hard on what you are wishing for. First you must feel that you are ‘safe’, correct? But, are all of your family and loved ones ‘safe’? How about all of your friends, your neighbors?  How about all of your work companions and the people you converse with at the grocery store and the convenient stores and gas stations you visit, are they all ‘saved’? If not, do you really want them all to ‘go to Hell’? If Christ comes back today and all of these people are crushed in the Wine Press of Christ then condemned to Hell’s fire, is that okay with you? If it is, then it is you who will be in serious trouble at your judgement before the Judgement Seat of Christ. All of those folks may well be condemned yet there is a very good chance you will be going to Hell with them. As a Christian we are supposed to be full of love for all people and we are supposed to be trying to help everyone around us to see the Love of Christ in us in the attempt to save them. If you are wanting other people, especially people we know and are supposed to love, to be condemned, Lord help you!

4.) “It (Christianity) is a religion that is divisive and racists to its core”.–I have been a History buff since about 4th grade and I was in 4th grade when I first started studying the Bible more seriously. One of the things I started noticing at an early age was the situation in the Middle-East back in the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th centuries A.D.. With the beginning of the Catholic Church in Rome Italy there seemed to be a lot of piety (Holiness, Saintliness, Devoutness) that you needed to be Roman or at least to be Italian to be able to fulfill. Even if their words chose not to speak it, their actions did. If a ‘Vatican’ were to be set up it should have been in Jerusalem, not in Rome or anywhere else as Scripture makes it very plain that Jerusalem is the ‘City of God’. Even the Hebrew people who converted to Christianity shunned their Arab neighbors as if they were ‘better than them’. In the 1440’s in what is now Germany the Priest Martin Luther started the Protestant movement and the break away from the Catholic Church. This Protestant movement swept through western Europe which was massively populated with white people. After King Henry the 8th of England broke with the Catholic Church and started the ‘Christian Church’ called the ‘Church of England’ the racism within Christianity kept getting worse. Colonialism, think about the arrogance of the western Europeans for a moment. Think about countries like India who for so long was under English rule. Indian people living in India were second class citizens at best even in their own country. Indians who converted to Christianity were treated like white Americans treated ‘people of color’ for so many years here in the States. Think of having to sit in the back of the Church or in the balcony because you couldn’t sit with the whites. When people think/believe that they are better than another person, you have nothing to do with Christ or He with you. A question for you to ponder. If the Christians and the Jewish people in the Middle-East had treated all of the Arab and Persian people as equal brothers and sisters would Mohammad have found a foot hold to start-up the religion of Islam?

 

5.) “Piety sets dividing lines for them (Christians) to fight every step of social equality or scientific advance”.–So, Christians/Christianity sets up dividing lines for them to fight against every step of equality, lets stop there for a moment. First, if you are a Christian, or even if you are not but you believe that there is truly ‘a God’ then there is only one totally true truth, and that is God’s version of what He says truth is, not yours or my version of it.

Now, social equality, here I am going to upset some people as most people do not want to hear that anything they are doing is wrong, especially being told that what they do or like is a sin. Most folks here in the States seem to have an ego problem when they are told no on personal issues. We have already discussed race issues within Christianity and I know that here in the States you often hear the term that ‘Christianity is a white mans religion’, this is nowhere near the truth as Christianity has nothing to do with the color of a person’s skin. If you call your self a Christian and you are in any way a racists, may God have mercy on your Soul at your Judgement, you’re going to need it.

Social equality, here I am sure that I am going to really upset a lot of readers but I refuse to lie to you and if I am not speaking ‘God’s truth’ to you, then I am not telling you ‘the truth’. Here in the States we talk about ‘equal rights’ for all. I agree that all people should be treated the same, like on a job, the most qualified person should always get the job opening no matter if they are male or female, straight, gay, white, brown, black, red or Asian. Now concerning being gay, I had a brother-in-law who was gay and died from Aids at the age of 29. He was my father-in-laws only son and my wife’s only brother, this is a tough issue in our family. ‘David’ did not want to be gay, he tried to like girls but chemically inside, he was gay. David knew that by the Scriptures acting out on his urges was wrong, and they simply are wrong. David gave into his urges and it cost him his life. Just like ‘money’ is not the ‘root of all evil’, the love of money is the ‘root of all evil’. Being gay because chemically that is what you are is not the evil part, it is the acting out on your urges that is the problem, simply acting out on these urges is the sin. Just like if you have urges to sexually be with young girls or boys the sin is when you decide to act them out, this is the sin. If you have urges to cheat on your spouse, the sin is if you do it. If you have urges to steal or to cheat on a test it is the following through that creates the sin. Concerning abortion, the sin, and yes it is a sin, a sin called murder, the sin is when you follow through with the abortion.

 

6.) “Scientific advancement” Just like the Catholic Church and the Popes of old would have you burnt at the stake for Heresy for things like saying that the Earth wasn’t flat or that the Earth wasn’t the center of the Universe or that the Sun didn’t rotate around the Earth. Folks, if ‘the Church’ and it’s Popes/Pontiffs really were ‘Christ’s High Priest’ per say here on Earth, they would have known these things and would have never ever had these people punished or put to death. Plus consider that the Prophet Isaiah, one of the main Prophets of the Old Testament, said in Isaiah 40: 42 “God sits above the sphere “circle” of the Earth”.

 

Just like people don’t understand the beginning of the Scriptures concerning time, or the two creations (Gentiles and then the Royal Blood Line) they don’t understand that there are trillions of other planets and millions of Universes and God created them just as He did the Earth and folks, He created them for a reason. Just as our Solar System was started with ‘the big bang’ comes the reality that it was God who created that big bang. If science and Christianity would both understand that they both have some things wrong and that all things are and were created by God, and get off of their personal ‘high horses’ they would find that they could work together on most issues and actually maybe obtain some true wisdom.

Christian Website Social Cross Refused Service by Web Developer Over Views on Gay Marriage

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Christian Website Social Cross Refused Service by Web Developer Over Views on Gay Marriage

(PHOTO: SOCIALCROSS.ORG)

The organizer of a new social media platform for conservative Christians is voicing his displeasure after he claims that he was refused service from a web development company because of his views on same-sex marriage.

Rich Penkoski, an evangelical preacher who helped organize the new Christian Facebook alternative SocialCross.org and runs the West Virginia-based online ministry Warriors for Christ, is speaking out after he says he was refused service when he tried to enlist the services of Open Social, an organization that provides intranet solutions for nonprofits and companies, and powers over 250 online communities.

Penkoski told CP Monday that he was looking for a way to improve the 12,000-user SocialCross.org and was interested in learning more about how Open Social could help the site, which was launched earlier this year.

After talking initially with a representative of Open Social about a possible free trial last week via email, Penkoski was later contacted by the co-founder of Open Social’s parent company on Friday.

Penkoski shared an email he allegedly received from Taco Potze, co-founder of the Netherlands-based company GoalGorilla and the Open Social distribution.

“Thanks for your interest in our services. We as a company unfortunately can’t align our mission of equality with yours, for example when it comes down to equal marriage rights for both straight and gay people and your warrior merchandise advocating to ‘make marriage straight again,'” Potze wrote in his Dec. 9 email, referencing the “Warriors for Christ” merchandise page that features a $26 “Make Marriage Straight Again” hat.

“Seeing how our principles differ, there just wouldn’t be a good fit cooperating.”

Potze’s email also offered an alternative for Penkoski and gave him a link to other agencies that could help him implement the open-source software for SocialCross.org.

“I am always looking for things to make the SocialCross better. I wanted to see what they offered by using their trial. In this case, I asked about how I could migrate my users over to this particular platform because theirs is open-source. I just wanted to see what they offered compared to what we are doing right now to see if there are any changes that are better. We are always on the lookout for stuff like that. But they refused service to me,” Penkoski explained.

“I went back and forth with the representative and all of a sudden, I got that email. I never even mentioned Warriors for Christ, not a word. How they found the merchandise from SocalCross, I don’t know because we don’t even sell that stuff on SocialCross.”

The Christian Post reached out to GoalGorilla and Potze for comment on Penkoski’s claims. An update will be provided once a statement is received from Potze or a GoalGorilla representative.

Penkoski is not afraid to let his opinions be heard when it comes to LGBT issues on the “Warriors for Christ” webpage and social media pages. One of the reasons Penkoski created SocialCross was because he had been suspended from Facebook a number of times because of posts about same-sex marriage and LGBT issues.

Penkoski explained that although everyone is welcome to join SocialCross, there are some limitations about what users can and can’t say when it comes to LGBT advocacy on the platform.

“People come on there and are supposed to have dialogue without the trolling, without that anger that Facebook breeds. Even with LGBT members who want to join, that is fine as long as they don’t advocate and don’t try to push it on people,” Penkoski said. “If they have genuine questions about why Christians don’t support same-sex marriage, and other genuine questions, we have no problem with that.”

“We have had a couple that have come on and joined SocialCross and say, ‘I love being gay’ and they use the profanity and that kind of stuff,” he added. “That is the line.”

The company’s refusal to offer service to Penkoski and SocialCross.org came during the same week in which the U.S. Supreme Court heard the oral arguments in the appeal of Colorado baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who was punished by the state government for acting in accordance with his faith and refusing to bake a cake for the wedding celebration of Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. It’s important to note that Colorado didn’t recognize same-sex marriage until 2014.

“This is a private business and I believe that in America, you should have the right to refuse,” Penkoski said. “But the double standard is where I have the issue. If you can do it to Christians then Christians should be able to do it to you without a problem.”

The ‘Gravity’ Of Religion

THE ‘GRAVITY’ OF RELIGION

 

A couple of hours ago I was contemplating writing an article for this site, yet I was stuck in that I wasn’t settling on a subject matter. I don’t remember where or how the word ‘gravity’ got stuck in my thoughts yet it did. I decided to look up the meaning in the dictionary so I used the website of ‘Dictionary.com’ to see what it had to say. I was also intending to look up the word gravity in the index of my King James Bible to see what it may say about the word gravity, the answer to that question is that my KJV doesn’t say anything about it. I did find out through Dictionary.com that the word gravity has a Latin root from the year span of 1500-1510 A.D.. Even the Gutenberg Bible that was written in the area of 1450 says nothing about gravity, and now I know why, it (the word gravity) hadn’t been invented. The KJV was published in 1611 A.D., basically 100 years after it ‘became a word’ yet it doesn’t mention the word. So, that reality cut off a big portion of what I was planning to write. I am not going to just make things up and say things that I know are not true to you so, I will simply say true things for you to consider please.

 

In the Dictionary.com definition it gave 7 examples of the meaning. I am going to give you 4 of them as the other 3 didn’t appear to me to be even a little bit relevant with our discussion. First of all it says that gravity, is a noun. 1) The force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the Earth. 2) Heaviness of weight 3) Gravitation in general 4) Serious or dignified behavior; dignity: Solemnity.

 

Some of you may be thinking, well, what has gravity and religion got to do with each other, and that is a fair question so I will now explain why I have put them together. Those of you whom are regular readers of my articles know that my religion is the Christian Faith. I did not say Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran excreta. There is only one Christian Faith, it is humans whom have made the splinters, yet this would be a totally different subject for a different article. In this article I am going to be pointing toward the Christian Faith yet folks who believe in other Religions can easily picture in their own minds the parameters of the Religion that you do believe in. Like a lot of my articles this article is simply designed to get us all to think, to dig inside ourselves, to know ourselves better.

 

The force of attraction, one body gravitating toward another body. Yet I am not speaking of two humans, I am speaking of you, or me, as a human growing closer to a Deity, a God, that we believe in. Can a person really have love for or faith in that which we do not have believe in, or love for? If we humans are to gravitate toward God then we must honestly and urgently seek Him. If we are not pulled together then we will not meet together. If we do not seek God, then we will not find Him. If we do not have faith in Him, if we do not believe Him then we do not love Him. Without faith it is impossible to please God, our own Creator.

 

The heaviness of the weight of believing in God: For many, in fact, most people who call ourselves Christians know little about what the Scriptures actually say so we are easily deceived even by some sermons within the Churches. For so many people they believe that there is a ‘God’ even though they know almost nothing of Him. Many people, and I am speaking about people who call themselves Christians, feel a weight on their shoulders and their conscience because they still want to do all the ‘Earthly’ things like wild partying, getting drunk regularly and do a little whoring around or even a little bit of stealing once in a while. Many folks who do all of these things will still tell you, if none of their drinking buddies are around, that yes they are a Christian. Many of these same folks who are staying up all night Saturday night will still be sitting in a Church Pew on Sunday morning. The Lord tells us that if we love Him, then we will obey Him. As a person’s faith grows in God, the things of the world mean less and less to us. Folks, the Church, is the ‘Bride of Christ’, it is ‘the Church’ that the Lord will be coming back to get, His Bride. Folks either we gravitate toward God, or we are running away from Him. It is not possible to have the world and God at the same time.

 

Serious or dignified behavior; dignity: solemnity/oneness. My question for all of us now is, do we have a serious dignified behavior, a oneness with God? Do we believe in God? If we do, do the people around us know that we do? Do they see the love of God within us? Would our neighbors or coworkers be shocked if they happen to see us walking into a Church building one Saturday of Sunday morning? If we truly believe that there is a God, do we act like it? We don’t have to yell from street corners to tell everyone that we are a Christian, the quietness of our actions prove whether we really believe or not. If I were able to give a million dollars to the Red Cross or to a hurricane relief fund but then turn around and blab it to the world about what I had done, then I am seeking the attention of the world, not of God. Gravitating toward God is a matter of our own dignity.  If we are not serious about our love for God, are we so unwise that we think God doesn’t know why we do, or don’t do things? Do we honestly think that God is blind, or ignorant? “If you love me you will do like I ask of you”. Just as if our love is for our spouse, do we act like it each day? Does our spouse know without a doubt that we love them? Do you have doubts that your spouse loves you? The Gravity of our Faith in God is a very serious matter folks, our own Soul lay in the balance. God seeks a oneness with us yet we must seek this same oneness with Him, but, do we?

 

 

Heroic Mother Died Shielding Own Children in Texas Church Slaughter

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

 

Heroic Mother Died Shielding Own Children in Texas Church Slaughter: ‘She Was Epitome of Christ’

(SCREENSHOT: FOX NEWS)Vonda Smith, a close friend of slain mother Joann Ward, speaks with Fox News on November 8, 2017.

Three of the 26 victims in Sunday’s mass church shooting in Texas were a mother and two of her young daughters, though the woman’s two other children reportedly survived only because she sacrificed her life for them, a family friend has said.

Vonda Smith, a close friend of slain mother Joann Ward, told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday that she spoke with 9-year-old Rihanna, one of Ward’s children that survived the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

“The first thing she told me was that the reason she didn’t get shot like everybody else was that her momma threw her on the ground and told her to hide,” Smith said.

“As soon as she threw her on the ground, she scooped up her other three that were sitting next to her in a pew — Ryland, who’s 5, and Brooke, who’s 5, and Emily, who’s 7 — and she immediately covered them with her body. And that’s exactly how Rihanna described it.”

While Rihanna and Ryland survived the attack, Emily and Brooke died alongside their mother.

Smith explained that her friend was strong in her relationship with Jesus, and would tell people to “live for Christ, no matter what.”

“She was dragging people to Church. She was begging her best friend, Cody, to go to Sunday school with her. That was her heart,” Smith recalled.

The family friend noted that the community is not surprised at Ward’s ultimate sacrifice for her children.

“If they needed anything, it was [at] the drop of a hat. It was about her children. And that’s Joann’s heart,” she said. “It’s the thing that you hear sometimes parents say, but you never think they’ll have to. She said, ‘I would die for my children.’ And she ended up having to do that, in the very end.”

“She loved them so. And she gave it up for them ultimately,” Smith continued. “She was the epitome of Christ.”

The tragic stories from Sunday’s shooting carried out by 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley that has shaken Christians across the country continue flowing in.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church and his wife, Sherri, were away on the day of the shooting but revealed that their 14-year-old daughter was among the victims.

Sherri Pomeroy said in a statement that the church was not composed of “members or parishioners,” but was a “very close family.”

“We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshiped together. Now, most of our church family is gone, our building is probably beyond repair and the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday,” the pastor’s wife said.

“As senseless as this tragedy was, our sweet Belle would not have been able to deal with losing so much family,” she said, referring to her daughter.

On Monday it emerged that a pregnant mother and three of her five young children, along with several other members of her extended family, were all killed in the shooting.

Crystal Holcombe was killed within minutes of the attack, alongside her children Emily, Megan and Greg, with her father-in-law, his wife, her brother-in-law and his 18-month-old daughter being among the victims as well.

Michele Hill, Holcombe’s aunt, said in a GoFundMe campaign message:

“Through all the pain we still hold on to the unshakable truth that we serve a mighty and just GOD. HE is on HIS throne and is kneeling down to hear our prayers and is collecting each and every tear we shed. We do not mourn their death because we are unsure of where they are, we mourn the loss of their presence in our lives. We have no doubt that their last breath here was their first breath in the presence of our GOD and HE welcomed them with open arms.”

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Jakarta Ex-Governor Ahok Standing Strong In His Christian Faith Through The Storm

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ‘OPEN DOORS’ CHRISTIAN WEBSITE)

EX-GOVERNOR AHOK STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

April 26, 2017 by Open Doors in Prayer updates

Basuki Cahaya Purnama “Ahok,” a Christian and ethnic Chinese, and Jakarta’s first non-Muslim governor in 50 years, lost re-election on April 19. The next morning, his blasphemy trial continued with the prosecutor demanding a sentence of 1 year imprisonment and 2 years’ probation.

What is surprising in this development is that the prosecutor did not use the original charge of blasphemy, which had resulted in mass protests against Ahok for several weeks. Instead, he is now charged for “expressing hostile feelings or hatred towards a particular group.” In this case, the particular group refers to his political opponents.

“God gives the authority and so God alone can take it back,” said Ahok to his supporters after the quick count which confirmed his loss. “No one is allowed to rule without God’s permission. I once lost in the governor’s election in 2007, but then I still became Jakarta’s governor. So, don’t be sad. God knows best.”

As much as they could have anticipated the election results in the current political climate, the Christian community could not help but feel deeply sadden and disappointed. Pray for God to continue to work good for Ahok and his future. Pray also for peace to be restored and for God’s justice to prevail in Ahok’s trial.

Father, we pray Your protection over Ahok in the wake of this political defeat as he faces a trial because of his faith in Christ. As he proclaimed, You put him in office and even now, in the midst of defeat, You still know best. We pray now for the Christians in Jakarta, that You will protect and encourage them in this disappointment. We pray for peace to be restored following the bitter election season and we pray for Ahok’s protection and for justice to be accomplished as the trial progresses. In the name of Jesus, who “works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed” (Psalm 103:6). Amen.

It is Jesus who saves not doctrine

Possessing the Treasure

What R.C. Sproul discusses in the following video has been heavy on my heart over that last several months. I have Facebook friends who really need to grasp what he says here. For the rest of us, rejoice!

Soli Deo Gloria!

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My Surprising View About Kentucky Clerk Ms Davis From A Fundamentialist American Christian

 

As most wired folks in America know a young Christian lady named Ms. Davis (who is the Head County Clerk in an eastern Kentucky community) refuses to obey/submit to the American Supreme Court ruling telling her to issue marriage license to gay couples. Ms. Davis recently served six days in jail for not obeying the law of the land concerning the issuing of those marriage license. Ms. Davis says that her Christian faith and belief’s prevents her from issuing those license. I do admire Ms. Davis for standing up for her beliefs and standing up for the teachings of the Scriptures (Jewish and Christian). I believe that this country was built on Christian faiths but the Founding Fathers of this Country decided to not make it an official ‘Christian country’ but instead to write a binding Constitution for all its people. They had the option of a ‘State Religion’ type set up like they had in Great Britain where many had migrated from. They chose instead to leave one’s own faith (or lack of any) up to the individual person. In doing this they made the Constitution as the law of the land, not the Bible, not the Quran or any other ‘holy book’. We as Christians are appalled when we hear of places where the cruelty of Sharia Law is forced upon all the people of the land but even with the love and kindness of Christianity as the law of the land they knew there would be unending religious strife. They chose to go with the Constitution and in Ms. Davis’s case I believe she has to also.

 

The job that Ms. Davis is employed in is an office that she is required to obey the Constitution, her job is not to enforce her opinion on issues but to enforce and obey these man-made laws. When she or anyone else that work in those type office positions refuse to obey the law sent straight to them from the Supreme Court they must be fired at once. My wife tells me that she can’t be fired because she was elected by the people. If there is no escape clause written into Kentucky state law allowing the State to remove such elected officers that would be a bit surprising to me, that would seem stupid even for Kentucky. If another person was elected to this type office and they were of Islamic, Hindu or Buddhist beliefs and they were only allowing marriage license to people of their faith how would we all feel about that tweak?

 

If I were a person in Ms. Davis’s position I would have resigned the day the Supreme Court came out with that ruling. I believe that if all people of faith in all of these job positions had mass resigned that would have sent a clear message of faith that could be respected by most folks around the country. Instead Ms. Davis is coming off like a bit of a comic book character to the unfaithful and as a character to be mocked. Ms. Davis (in my opinion) comes across most of the time like she is mad, seldom smiles, there is no shine in her eyes. Why do you think that the main stream media dug into her background looking for dirt? Ms. Davis they say has been married four times and they are using this as a slur toward her character. Did all three of her first husbands die and or cheat on her? I don’t know I haven’t checked into her personal history, like us all, that is between the person and God Himself, I am no judge, don’t want to ever be either. But the reality of this situation is that Ms. Davis must obey the law in this matter or be removed from the county payroll, she is not doing the job that she was hired to do and the people should no longer have to feed her.  We all have to do our jobs we are being paid to do, if we don’t or won’t do them the one backing our pay check has every right to fire us. In this case the county is going to have to fire her or imprison her, I hope she chooses being fired instead of spending the rest of her term in a jail cell.