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Women in the Word – Salome


Moretto_da_Brescia_-_Portrait_of_Tullia_d'Aragona_as_Salome_(detail)_-_WGA16231Salome is not one of the women in the New Testament that one is likely to hear mentioned frequently.  This lady was a follower of Jesus and had the honor of being among the first to learn of his resurrection.  Prior to that, she cared for his needs in Galilee.

The fact that only her name was known is very important.  To God, your name is important, even the number of the hairs on your head are taken into account, meaning God has designed each person and knows them well, even what is hidden. Continue reading

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Taking Credit for God’s Blessings


Franciska-21-226x300  woman reading BilbeWith the advent of the religion of Humanism mankind has set himself up as a god by taking credit for the good things that happen in his life.The Bible specifically states that all good things come from above as stated in James 1:17.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above………….  Our skills and our talents are given to us by our Creator.  They are His gifts to us to mold us into the person that He wants us to be.

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Resurrection Sunday


And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat upon it………and the angel said unto the women, Fear ye not: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  empty-tomb1He is NOT here:  for He is Risen, as He said!

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?……………Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:  He is Risen; He is NOT here!

And they entered in and found not the body of Jesus………….Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is NOT here, but is risen:……..And they remembered His words.

The celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is founded upon these verses of scripture.  Initially for those who came to the tomb it was a sad, solemn scene.  Someone had stolen the body of Jesus!  Confusion and disbelief swelled within their hearts.  It was only after the angel of the Lord reassured them that Jesus had risen that their hearts settled within and they were able to remember the words which the Savior had spoken unto them concerning his rising from death.  As the word spread abroad and the disciples actually saw Jesus did they fully comprehend with joy the reality of the resurrection.  What a joyous occasion indeed!

Sadly, many folk today celebrate Easter as a  worldly way of remembering the resurrection of Christ.  Their focus is not necessarily on the empty tomb per se, but rather on a tradition that has it roots founded in the occult.  Actually, the word Easter is only mentioned once in Scripture:  In Acts 12:4 we read the account of Herod having imprisoned the Apostle Peter, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.  The Greek meaning of Easter is Passover and  refers to the feast days described in Leviticus 23

The vast majority of ecclesiastical and secular historians agree that the name of Easter and the traditions surrounding it are deeply rooted in pagan religion.  When the Puritans came to America they regarded the celebration of Easter as well as the celebration of Christmas with suspicion.  Not until after the Civil War did Americans begin celebrating this holiday.  Easter became and American tradition in the 1870’s, and entire century after its founding!

The following examination of the traditions normally associated with Easter will further help to understand the pagan origin of this celebration:

Lent:  There is not instruction in the Bible to observe Lent.  In ancient times a forty day abstinence period was observed in honor of pagan gods Osiris, Adonis, and Tammuz.  It was observed in the spring of the year and culminated with a day of feasting,  honoring the resurrection of their god, Tammuz who was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife, Ishtar.  Yep, this god married his own mother.  Yuk!  Ishtar was actually pronounced Easter after whom the festival was named.

easterbasketEaster Eggs:  The origin of the Easter egg is based on fertility lore of the Indo-European races.  The egg was a symbol of spring and it became ‘Christianized’  by bestowing upon it a religious symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged to the new life of His resurrection.Colorful eggs have been very prominent symbols of new life and resurrection in European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals.

Hot Cross Buns:  In Jeremiah 7:18  “The children gather wood, DSC05612  hot cross bunand the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven.  These cakes offered to the queen of heaven are the same hot cross buns that we eat and sing about today.  So, who is the queen of heaven?  None other than Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, Nimrod’s (Tammuz) harlotrous, mother/wife

Sunrise Services:  Sunrise services are mentioned in the Bible.  In Ezekiel 8: 13-18, the Lord describes to Ezekiel, a group of men having their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces towards the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. This vision is a prophecy concerning the sins of God’s people in our time.  Observing sunrise services is serious to God in that he said to Ezekiel that it was not a light thing that the house of Judah committed these abominations which provoked God to anger; the abomination of sun-worshipping.

lens9755711_1267429172Easter_Bunny_Postcard_190Easter Bunny:  And then there is the Easter Bunny!  The Easter Bunny has never had religious symbolism bestowed on its usage, nor is it connected to anything Christian, let alone the Bible.  The Easter Bunny had its origin in pagan fertility lore and from the ‘hare’, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt.  Sorry, kids, but the Easter Bunny does not lay eggs!  Truth and logic have been lost in this tradition and the merging with Christianity makes an already idolatrous practice worse.

The entire concept that these symbols are ‘Christian’  is a lie foisted on innocent children.  Hundreds of millions observe idolatrous  feast known as Easter, believing themselves to be honoring the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of the sacred observance of His resurrection.

The actual reason for the season is to remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior; not the idolatrous commercialization of Easter.

Chrislam Cult


“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3

In these Last Days, the Devil is very openly active in the affairs of men. We read in 2 Thessalonians that one of the signs that will immediately the chrislamprecede the Rapture of the Church will be the great “falling away” from the faith once delivered to the saints of God. One sign of this end time  prophecy is the demonic activity of Chrislam, the evil mutant hybrid of Christianity and Islam that is being pushed so hard here in America by false teachers like Rick Warren. 

Warren, pastor of  one of America’s most influential Religious leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The effort, informally dubbed King’s Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.

Christianity and Islam are the world’s two largest religions. With  2.8 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims the world-round, it’s not surprising  that these two faith systems impact, to a profound extent, social and political events occurring in the world. But what about “Chrislam,” the controversial belief system that combines both traditions to form its own fascinating religious brand?

On the surface, the notion that the two faiths would be able to mesh successfully seems next-to-impossible. After all, Christianity relies upon the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way one can attain eternal salvation. To the contrary, Muslims don’t believe that Christ was God’s son, nor do they accept the notion that he died on a cross to save humanity’s sins.

Understanding Chrislam hinges upon examining its leader’s motivations for creating and sustaining the merging the two faiths.  Shamsuddin Saka, a religious leader in Nigeria, is seeking to bridge the religious divide and to bring together Muslims and Christians like never before.  Saka, who was born a Muslim but is now a Christian at heart, claims that he felt called by God to launch his Chrislam ministry following a pilgrimage to Mecca, a commanded voyage that is one of Islam’s Five Pillar. The faith leader takes the unique approach of preaching about the common roots that peoples of both faiths share (i.e. that they are both children of Abraham, both promote peace, etc.).

He believes that God told him to “make peace between Christian and Muslim,” thus he has sought to embark on that very mission. While Saka experienced this revelation, the seeds for his journey were likely set at an early age, as he was reportedly influenced by both faith systems when he was a young boy. His father, a herbalist, saw Christians and Muslims, alike, for healing, so both traditions were common fixtures in his early existence. While Saka now sees himself as a believer in Jesus Christ, he told The Christian Science Monitor that it doesn’t “mean Islam is bad.  Saka ia referred to by his followers as “His Royal Holiness”; “The Messenger”; and “Ifeoluwa” – the Will of God.

While the concept of a merged faith system is appealing to some, like Saka, who seek peace, there are a those, particularly in the evangelical realm, who reject Chrislam, likening it to the Spirit of AntiChrist.  There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness.”  

Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.  He is the one true God and there is no other. The Holy Scriptures, not the Quran, are the inspired and inerrant Words of God.  Jesus  saith unto him “I AM the Way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  No man cometh unto the Father but by me”

 

 

The Martyrs Crown for a German


200px-Pastor_BonhoefferThe Martyrs Crown for a German.

Today we remember the birth date of a man who devoted his life to the needs of the Jewish people during the holocaust years in Germany.

Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Air Forced Religious Discrimination


afsealWhen it comes to religion, the Air Force really is the picture of intolerance. A California-based artist who was shocked to discover that one of his prints, the fifth in an inspirational “Heroes” series, was considered too offensive for an Idaho military base.

The portrait, which — until last week — hung in the Mountain Home Air Force Base dining hall, was first released after 9/11 in honor of the brave sacrifice of America’s law enforcers. Apparently, the brief tagline, “Blessed are the Peacemakers” from Matthew 5:9 makes the piece “repugnant” and “odious” to objectors, who demanded its removal. With the word “Integrity” stenciled across the bottom, the image is an innocent portrayal of a modern-day policeman with a faint picture of a white knight behind him.

Ron DiCianni, the artist behind the portrait, says he was stunned — first to hear the print was on the installation, and then to hear that it had been torn down. He and his son, Grant, who oversees Tapestry Productions, never dreamed that the Heroes series would be controversial. In their first public statement since the incident, Ron explains how “deeply saddened” they are by the military’s censorship.

It’s regrettable, he says, “to see the apparent hostility of Pentagon leadership to a message that is clearly in keeping with the foundation of this country and the Air Force — and whose communication is clearly protected by the First Amendment.” Although the DiCiannis didn’t send the artwork to the base, they understand why someone would think a piece called “Blessed Are the Peacemakers” would be appropriate. “The military is an embodiment of the ultimate peacemaker, a pursuit blessed in Scripture. It would seem this is a message that the Air Force should be willing to foster, not censor.”

Blessed Hero's paintingSince Fox’s Todd Starnes broke the story on Friday, Ron has repeatedly reached out to the Air Force base, in part to ensure the artwork isn’t destroyed. “This act of religious censorship appears to reflect the assurances that senior Pentagon officials provided to anti-Christian crusader Mikey Weinstein during a recent meeting at the Pentagon, that they would begin [regulating] religious expression in the military.” In a message to supporters, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation bragged that “the Pentagon most certainly is listening to Mikey Weinstein” — a not-so-veiled reference to Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen’s statements last month, attempting to distance officials from Weinstein.

If the Pentagon isn’t taking orders from the Foundation, why did it snap to attention when Mikey called? The wing commander at Mountain Home scurried to do Weinstein’s bidding, ushering out the painting “in 56 minutes” as if it were the single greatest threat to national security.

Talk about a double standard. Congress should continue to push until the DOD adopts a department-wide policy ending the attacks on Christianity and allowing service members to freely practice their faith. Join us in calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (703-692-7100) to stop this cycle of religious suppression and lead the military back to America’s core values.

Family Research Coun

The Other World Organization


The Other World Organization.

http://christianblessings.wordpress.com.

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Folks around the world are so wrapped up in the political agenda of the god of this world that they are totally unaware of the enormity of another world organization that has had and is having a profound effect in hindering the advancement of the Devil’s one world government –    that being the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.