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The ‘ME-bola’ of Christianity


me-me-me-md There seems to be an epidemic affecting Christians.  The average person claiming to be a Christian is actually embracing and following unbiblical and contradictory ideas to the gospel.  This epidemic is the subconscious ingrained and errant belief that the Christian life is about “me.”  It’s about what Christ can give me.  It’s about the church accommodating me.  It’s about the worship programs being catered to me.  It’s about the worship style suiting me.  It’s about saving myself from hell in that Jesus is my eternal life insurance, so as long as I go to church and half-heartedly read my Bible every once in a while, I’ll be ok.
Many of us have been infected with the idea that the Christian life should be an easy life and therefore requires little to no effort and minimum obedience to God.  Some Saints believed that they can ease the symptoms of their indifference if they are faithful in church attendance and talk the walk.  This Laodicean approach to Christianity is the foundation on which apathy is built.  It is not the Church’s responsibility to ease the symptoms of carnal Christians, but instead to provide a prescription to worship God and be encouraged and instructed in the Word. When a church does its best to serve its people, it definitely makes the service a reservoir of blessing and instruction in righteousness.  ‘Cool’ music and fancy lighting and the beat of the drum is not what Christianity is about. The world’s music and theatrics are sensuous and feed the emotions and water down the scriptural basis for service.
The average Christian sitting is a worship service on Sunday morning most likely will hear something along the lines of  that God loves me and sent his Son to die for me.  As wonderful as this truth is, there is more to the story.  If we claim to be Christians, we should be following the call to spread the gospel and serve others. We should not allow the infection of our own selfish desires to hinder someone else’s salvation.
 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  Mark 16:15 
Some Christians are self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-saturated people who really do not have the burden of  spreading the salvation message to others.  Worshipping and witnessing are the primary responsibilities of redeemed sinners. However, there is one more thing that is needful.  So, what do we do now that it’s been established that Christianity is not all about me? Where do we go from here?

While it is true that works cannot save us, it is a command that we are to work out our own salvation

  “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  Philippians 2:12 .

We must not succumb to the Moses syndrome of worthless excuses: ” but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue;” for the Lord will say , “What is that in thine hand?”  Each of us has talents given to us by God, that can be used for his service.  In bringing together a fellowship of Believers God was not amiss in providing workers for the ministry.  Some are called to teach, some are called to clean, others are called to tend to wee ones in the Nursery.  Lest we forget, there is the landscaping, church dinners, organizers, planners and greeters.  For those Senior Saints the needful service of prayer is needful for the influence of any ministry. This is far from being an all inclusive list of available ministries in the Church.  Yes, cleaning is a ministry!

As we life for Christ, we must not do so in our own strength  God did not give you new life so that you could run around and fulfill your own selfish desires. There’s a greater purpose here to live your life to serve God whole-heartedly and strive to be Christ-like. It is hard to model Jesus every second of the day, in fact, it is probably impossible to do it. Instead of relying on yourself, let God guide you throughout your day.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Romans 12:2 

 Serve others! This is a huge commandment in the Bible. Your life is no longer about your convenience, comfort, or accommodation. Go into the world and serve others thereby pointing everyone you meet to Christ.

caduceusThe Lord is the Great Physician who can deliver us from the spiritual ‘Ebola’ of Christianity. As we draw nearer to God and come to know Him more, He imparts unto us the antibiotic of selfless service that we might  a workman that needeth not to be ashamed………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who will be a “Gideon”


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    It is amazing to consider that God still has his remnant in our Nation’s Capitol. There are Christian men and women in Washington, who in their personal life, their public policies and actions, and in their leadership and example–stand for Scriptural values and principles and the Constitution of the United States.  These brave soldiers who are at the forefront of the battlefield need our prayers and support.  We must not let them down.
  •  Our mission is based in the grass-roots of America.  As we become informed and involved in issues of local and state level, we are establishing a firm foundation on which our Brethren in Washington can build upon. In addition to the ballot box, we still have access to e-mails, blogs, letters to the editor, and phone calls to State and Federal elected officials.  Too many of God’s people are ‘pew warmers’ when it comes to getting involved in the battle for their liberties.
  • Furthermore, as Christians, it is our duty to hold our civil magistrates to the oath they took to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Politically, our duty is to America–and no other country. (except Israel). Spiritually, our duty is to Christ and not to any particular religious denomination, ethnicity, or foreign entity. We need to stop playing God in the Middle East; we need to stop pretending that foreign entities are of greater value than our own country; (except Israel) and we need to stop elevating our own myopic understanding of prophesy above the clear teachings of Revealed and Natural Law relating to the principles of liberty and justice for all as defined in the Holy Writ.
  • Our meddling in the Middle East has only made things worse for our Christian Brethren living in those countries.  America’s interventionist foreign policy should focus on defending Israel and those people who are suffering at the iron hand of their governments.  If all of these do-gooders in Washington, D.C. were truly serious about helping the oppressed, they would determine to protect the liberties of the Citizens they were elected to serve.  These folk need to take a good, studious look at the Constitution of which they pledged to uphold.
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As was the Apostle Paul, will it be with your Pastor?


wjpas0565  Paul in prisonIt has been said of  the Apostle Paul that when he entered into a new city he checked out the prison facilities for he knew that he would more than likely be residing there for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This civil incarceration was intended for his punishment, however, it was a testimony of blessing and  spiritual growth.    Paul knew that the Lord had allowed his imprisonment for a reason and that his Savior would never leave him or forsake him.  His faith in his Heavenly Father drove away all fear.  He was so secure in the Lord that he was able to sing praises to the God of the Universe.  Sadly, we have in many of the pulpits today, men who would not be a threat to evil and definitely would not be arrested for preaching Christ.  These are the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the anti-Christs of today.

Many Bible Believing churches today have on their Pastoral staff men (and some women; UGH!) who do preach the message of salvation.  These pulpit messages do provide a type of “Fire” escape insurance , but neglect the whole counsel of God.  Carnality runs rampant within the flock and most converts remain as babes- in- Christ.  The tendency to dance with the world in order to bring folk into the services causes dissention and strife.  These preachers would be on the bottom of the list to be arrested for their belief.

The better choice is to find a church that has ‘come out from among them’  and separated themselves from the influence of the world.  The whole council of God is preached, saints are discipled, and the flock is admonished about sinful practices in the lives of believers.   Only Christ-honoring music is used and the men dress like men and the women wear modest attire.

Unfortunately some of these fellowships are so separated that they are ‘starchy’, absolutely no flexibility; compassion is muted and sects or ‘Spiritual clicks’ are prevalent.  Believers are not encouraged to be informed in the current events let alone involved in stemming the tide of wickedness in government.  These people know the Scriptures as they are good students of the Bible.  In fact, I know of one church where the preacher’s goal is to teach through the Bible in 10 years.  It is more of a Bible Institute rather than a church.  An invitation to get saved is rarely given from the pulpit because the preacher assumes that everyone is saved.  One never hears an “Amen”, for fear of acting like an emotional-based religion.  But yet. they really are knowledgable in the Scriptures.  The men who fill the pulpits of these churches will probably find themselves in the middle of the list of Christian rabble-rousers.

There will never be a perfect church until the Lord Jesus Christ returns.   Each of us will readily agree that even our own individual churches have faults.  Perhaps your church, like mine has the proverbial pew-duster, who will not budge out of their comfort zone and use their God-given talents for the Lord’s service.  Or maybe there are the SMO’s – Sunday morning only crowd.  Perhaps your Pastor like mine will firmly address these issues from the pulpit, without apology.  Recently my Pastor rebuked the ladies in the congregation for not volunteering for nursery duty; sound familiar to you?   In addition not only do our Pastors preach against the sins of the congregation but also against the abominable sins of the world and wickedness in high places of government.

Our Nations pulpits should be hot against the abominable sins of abortion, immorality and sodomy!  Pastors need to keep their flock informed about the events taking place in their local and state governments as well as at the National level.   Fellowships of believers need to be admonished to contact their elected officials regarding suggested legislation which is contrary to Scripture.  It is absolutely inexcusable for a Believer in Christ not to exercise their right to vote in any election.  In the 2012 election in the United States, it is estimated that there was such a significant amount of Christians who did not vote, that had they voted, we would not have the President that we now have!  We have no one to blame but our own complacent selves.

The-Black-Robe-RegimentWe are now faced with tremendous civil unrest in the United States.  Citizen militias are forming all around the Nation.  Concealed carry permits are being issued as never before.  The majority of the ladies in my church own and carry.  It is promoted from our pulpit by our Pastor.  Think that is going to far?  Check into the Black Robe Regiment!  These Pastors wore their military uniform underneath their Pastoral cloak.  In fact, there is a statue of one of these Political-preaching Pastors in the United States Capitol!

With the advent of government deemed ‘hate’ preaching,  it is now becoming a crime to preach against sodomy, abortion, and even tyranny of the nations leadership.  One Pastor was arrested for teaching the spanking of children.  Yet the Lord commands the Man of God to do just that!  It comes down to whether a Pastor will obey God or man.  If he obeys man, he is not a Pastor, but a preacher, or maybe a religious leader.  For sure, one who obeys man will not need to worry about being imprisoned.

Pastor-Sentenced-To-2-Years-In-Prison-For-Teaching-That-Parents-Should-Spank-Their-ChildrenPerhaps like mine, your Pastor knows that he is at the top of the list of those marked by the unfruitful works of darkness, to be arrested for obeying the Word of the Lord, perhaps even martyred.  Laymen are already designated to assume the pulpit ministry.  It you are not blessed with such a man of God, may I lovingly recommend that you find a Church that does have such a man at the helm.

It  was pointed out to me, and I concur: the problem is equally that of the pew as it is the pulpit. Christians have the kind of pastors they want. Look around you. There are many terrific patriot pastors across America. Granted, they are not a majority, but there are many. But do the vast majority of Christians attend their churches? NO! They go to the big-steeple churches, most of which are led by politically correct, sheepish pastors. Why? Because that’s the kind of pastor and church they want. The vast majority of these wonderfully courageous patriot-pastors are left to pastor relatively small churches. When there is an issue that concerned Christians want a minister to lead a charge for or against, they will contact the patriot pastor, of course. But where do they attend? Where do the tithe? – the uninvolved,  say-nothing, stand-for-nothing church.  Christians have the kind of pastor they want. If you want a pastor that will take a stand, then, bless God, SUPPORT a pastor that will take a stand!

May the Lord give you the wisdom to discern where he wants you to worship and serve Him.

Video: Christians rounded up in Benghazi for preaching the Gospel


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Persecution in America

Americans are no longer exempt from being persecuted for their Christian faith.  Whether it be the little old lady who is forbidden to pray during her meal at the local Senior Center or the Valedictorian who was ordered to remove her Christian Testimony from her graduation speech or face incarceration, the war against God’s people is on the rise in America.  Sadly, the increase in anti-Christian sentiment has become a reality since the current President of the United States was elected.

With the advent of the secret sinister infringement upon our First Amendment rights it is inevitable that Pastors in America’s Pulpits will be forced to refrain from expounding on political issues.  Those Saints who faithfully witness by going door to door with Gospel Tracts will more than likely be prosecuted for ‘harassment’.  Families of slain military men are forbidden to mention the name of Jesus at the funeral of their loved one.  School children are not allowed to invite their classmates to church sponsored activities.  Since our government is bent on controlling the airways, broadcasts by fundamental Christian entities will more than likely be banned.

american-christian-pastor-saeed-abedini-may-hang-in-iran-for-his-faith-in-jesusOur Missionaries are already being subjected to intense persecution on the foreign field.  There was a time when the President of the United States would demand the release of a persecuted Christian Pastor from torture in foreign jails.  Not any more.  May the Lord continue to give Pastor Abedini the grace he needs to face this horrific trial of his faith.  This scenario will come to America!

Many of our Gospel preaching churches are being destroyed either by burning, bombing or blatant disfiguration.  The day may well come when FEMA troops will storm into the Sunday evening or Wednesday evening church services with assault rifles.  It is imperative that God-fearing church-goers attend worship services carrying not only the Sword of the Lord but also an effective concealed carry.  Many of the ladies of my Church are skilled in use of small arm weaponry.  We are indeed soldiers of the Cross, God demands that we stand for right and fight against the wicked wiles of the Devil.  Our Founding Fathers took up their rifles for the deliverance from tyranny and we should do likewise.  The sands of this time are not for hiding ones head!564909_424568434278518_334474829_n

Yes, American is no longer exempt from Christian persecution.  Our God-fearing citizenry is now facing the perils that our Brethren in foreign lands have endured for all long time.  The day when we will need to meet in secrecy, be incarcerated for our belief, and even martyred is on the horizon.  May the Lord give us the grace that He has bestowed upon our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who live in other countries.

A Heartwrenching Message of Hope From Nagmeh Abidini


saeed-abediniA Heartwrenching Message of Hope From Nagmeh Abidini.

http://IamnotashamedofthegospelofChrist.wordpress.com.

Please pray for the release of Pastor Abidini.  He is being tortured by his Muslim captors.  Contact your Senator and Congressman and politely request that they intervene in this man’s behalf.  It certainly does not seem like our President is willing to reach out to this American citizen!

Grandma the Golden Thread – Jesus Inside – Crucified With Christ Bible Verses


Grandma the Golden Thread – Jesus Inside – Crucified With Christ Bible Verses.

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Being a Grandma, I was blessed by this article.  The Author penned many attributes of a Godly Grandmother that caused me to examine the spiritual heritage that my life will leave to my Grandchildren.  May you who are Grandparents be likewise blessed!

And He opened the Floodgate!


About a year ago, the Lord opened the door for a new ministry in my life.  Actually, it began as a hobby of sorts but has since evolved into a full time ministry.  Writing has always been a love of mine and when I began blogging I needed a competent editor so I turned to the Lord.  The Holy Spirit has been most gracious is laying upon my heart not only the subject matter of my article, but also the words to pen, (type)  It was and is my desire that what is posted from my site images  fllod gate 2will not only be Christ-honoring but also be encouraging and edifying to my readers.  Little did I know that God was about to open the floodgates, so to speak!

Within the past month I was contacted by a sister-in-the-Lord, who managed another blog that essentially had the same ministry as mine.  She had visited my blog, read my articles and was pleased with the content.  She then asked me to prayerfully consider  becoming a contributor to her blog.  I visited the site, Christian Blessings, and was overwhelmed by the number of  other contributors to her site from all over the world.  Her outreach extended into over 120 countries.  At this time there are 324 bloggers that follow her postings with an average of over 500 visits a day.  Yesterday, the total was over 1000 visits.  Whoa, was I ever impressed!

The Lord made it clear that He did indeed open this door and that he would carry me through.  This week my second posting will be published on this site.  Since my first posting last week, I have gained 9 new followers to my own site.  My prayer continues to plead with God that folks will not only be drawn closer to the Lord in their Christian walk but also those who may not know my Savior would have their eyes opened to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

With a commitment to writing for two blogs, my plate seemed full.  Not so, saith my Lord, I have another door for us  to walk through.  Last night at church, my Assistant Pastor approached me about assuming the responsibility of managing the web site for Christians for Constitutional Awareness.  The purpose of this site is to monitor activity at the State and National government level in the light of God’s Word and the Constitution.  I am absolutely thrilled at this new ministry.  My prayer is that once again, the Lord will use me in furthering his Word and his righteousness among the readers.

How appropriate is my life’s verse:  It is God that worketh in me both to will and to do of his own good pleasure.  I covet your prayers as I continue in the ministries that the Lord has given me and that he will bless my efforts as I assume the new ministry with CCA.

Thank you,   Diann