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FACEBOOK BREAK!

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          Good morning!

    Beware Lest Any Man Spoil You Through Philosophy And Vain Deceit, After The Tradition Of Men, After The Rudiments Of The World, And Not After Christ.
Colossians 2:8 .

     I have decided to step away from Facebook for a few weeks. I do what I can to be a good witness to my friends on FB. There are so many of us on there that have come to the Lord! People like me who you would have thought to be the LAST person to become a Christian. For that, I am thankful beyond my ability to express. There are others that readily engage in theological debate. Before I go any further with this thought, let me say that to the folks who do not believe, I offer no ill will nor condemnation. Who am I that I would have the authority to condemn(OR JUDGE) anyone?  People judging people is the disconnect. I would challenge anyone who has been offended by the Christian faith to consider this; don’t confuse the “faith” with the savior!

      Atheists, Deists, Pagans, whatever, are always very quick to attempt to dismantle the Christian faith and try to prove it to be false. Their mechanism is first science, then politics through the ages, and by that I mean, beginning with the Catholic church. Lately, I have seen so many meme’s and internet graphics posted on FB that misquote the Bible, mostly, in the defense of Gay marriage. Let’s get it out here. The Bible condemns homosexual ACTS, not the person struggling with their sin. This, as every person who has actually studied the Bible, knows, is the foundation of Christ’s offer of salvation. It is not the person that is eventually(as we believe) judged, it is his or her “works.” By works, the Bible means the way you live your life. Almost daily I see something from the Bible applied to a current social issue in a negative way. When this happens, it is not Christianity or GOD who is offending you, it is a non-believer who has only a superficial understanding of the scriptures, who, intentionally has set out to find something that could be twisted to support their agenda. Non believer, consider this; I was at one time a pretty serious non-believer myself. I went to a Baptist church and I saw people worshiping each other(or so it seemed to an 8th grader). I regarded science as the true authority and nature as a wild, random force. Then, by no action on my own part, Jesus revealed himself to me. Do you think I was looking for him? I wasn’t. But, thankfully, he was looking for me. Before this happened, I did not posses the ability to understand God’s word. Now I do and I live in awe of it! So for you who carelessly and irresponsibly manipulate the word of a sovereign God to intentionally mislead others, I submit that you too, have not the ability to understand God’s word. You are exactly like any Christian before they became dead to their sin and accepted Christ.

      I don’t know what God has in store for any other person outside of myself. Perhaps one day you will be exceedingly grateful that God is a god of second chances. It is my prayer that he will reveal himself to you too.

 1 Corinthians 2:14 (esv, so it is more easily understood)
But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

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Oh wretched man that I am!

  

Okay, God, you win.
I tried doing  it my way, trying to rationalize my actions. I tried to do things on my own terms.  I have experienced 

God’s grace when surely, I really deserved God’s justice. It was one of those times where I willingly tried to step out of God’s will, ON PURPOSE, and sought to walk after my worthless flesh.  I struggled with God, knowing that the things that I wanted were only a barrier between he and I.  I was fully aware of the fact that I was running from him. He could have left me on my own to suffer from my rebelliousness, but he didn’t.  He stepped in and gently as he could, re-arranged  

The events surrounding my life to save me from myself. 

Thank you God.

Ezekiel 34:11-12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

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Oh wretched man that I am!

  

Okay, God, you win.
I tried doing  it my way, trying to rationalize my actions. I tried to do things on my own terms.  I have experienced 

God’s grace when surely, I really deserved God’s justice. It was one of those times where I willingly tried to step out of God’s will, ON PURPOSE, and sought to walk after my worthless flesh.  I struggled with God, knowing that the things that I wanted were only a barrier between he and I.  I was fully aware of the fact that I was running from him. He could have left me on my own to suffer from my rebelliousness, but he didn’t.  He stepped in and gently as he could, re-arranged  

The events surrounding my life to save me from myself. 
Thank you God.

Ezekiel 34:11-12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

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Ecclesiastes 3:22

   Busy morning.

 The SBA is holding a big event here at the undisclosed federal building that I work in. For the most part, my work here involves day to day maintenance on the AV equipment. Due to some “overlap” in responsibilities, I rarely interact with the customer(various federal agencies), the folks in I.T. usually handle that. Today, however, we serve an outside client and that means face time. I forgot how much I really enjoy meeting new people and working with them. In a previous lifetime, I worked for a very Christ centered organization. My role there required daily interaction with both in house and out of house clients. I enjoyed it.

I found the right scripture to memorize and meditate on today:

Ecclesiastes 3:22

So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? (NIV) 

Good stuff for me today, and I pray for you also.

 

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I love my wife.  I love her a lot. 

I blog with BE Write

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    A blog app on my ipad? 

Hells yeah! 
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The Passover Lamb

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Here is what I learned in my favorite Bible study, “The Feasts of The Lord,” a study of the Jewish festivals.

 

After the first Passover we read about in Exodus Chapter twelve, Sacrificing the Passover lamb was a ceremony to be observed as a lasting ordinance for all of the following generations.  It was to be a reminder to them of God’s special care and concern for, as well as deliverance of, His chosen people. The Passover tradition takes on even deeper significance  when you examine the parallels between the Passover lamb and Jesus.

If you have never studied the concept of the sacrificial lamb, here are a few things to get you started.

For the first Passover, the lamb was to be slaughtered then a hyssop branch was to be dipped into the blood of each lamb and the blood placed on the top of the door frame and on each doorjamb of every Hebrew house.  At least a few drops of the blood would have dripped from the top of the doorway to the floor.  Notice that the way in which they were SPECIFICALLY instructed to apply the blood to the door frame resembles a cross.  Later, each family was to roast its lamb over a fire and eat it; it had to be fully cooked, even the inner parts. To cook it evenly inside as well as outside, a wooden stake was driven vertically through the lamb, while another stake was inserted horizontally, kind of like a cross…

In the Passover tradition, each family or neighboring families had to raise a lamb and keep it healthy and protected, and it had to be the best one they had.  At the feast, the lambs would be led into the temple from the east.  For four days, the Passover lambs were kept in public view at the temple for everyone to examine to make sure that they were perfect and without defect.

Jesus had just returned from the mount of olives,  following the path of the sacrificial lambs.  For four days, the Pharisees and the Sadducee  interrogated Jesus, or examined him for flaws, and  they could find no fault with His impeccable logic and character.  Neither could Pilate, nor Herod find Jesus guilty of anything.  This is because Jesus was perfect and without defect, just as the Passover lamb was expected to be.

The killing of the Passover lambs was to happen at a very specific time,  for us  approximately 3:00 pm.  In Mark chapter 15  we learn that Jesus died at about 3:00 pm. which was exactly the moment that the Passover lambs were slain.  There are many more parallels between Jesus and the sacrificial lamb and I encourage you to research them yourself.

As Christians, we often are taught very little of Jewish culture.  In fact, in most situations, we get just enough to understand why people were gathered where they were and for what reason.  If you decide to go deeper you will learn some very fascinating things. For instance, all of the spring feasts and festivals observed by the Jews were a dress rehearsal for the FIRST coming of Jesus. The fall festivals are the same for the second coming. Everything the Jewish people did points to Jesus. I am not going to get into, or for that matter even waste time on the differences between Judaism and Christianity.  As a Christian we know that the work was finished at the cross.  It is, however, very important to understand the prophecies in the Old Testament and see them fulfilled in the New Testament.  Our lives are made more significant as we watch the prophecies of the New Testament unfold for us.

Here are a couple more.

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers for thirty pieces of silver.

Jesus was betrayed by Judas for thirty pieces of silver

Joseph’s heart was changed when Judah repented

Jesus will respond similarly to the nation of Israel when Israel repents.

Only then can Jesus return.

Research it for yourself.

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Help for new Christians

    Too many times, people make a decision for the Lord, get baptized, then we dump them in a pew and encourage them to fit in. They come back every Sunday and hear a sermon very much like the one they heard when God spoke to them and led them down to the altar. Hopefully, they get into Sunday school and begin to make friends. Then, for a time, they are motivated enough to make an attempt at reading the Bible. And that’s about it. We go through the motions pretty good. We begin to believe that if we “go to the right church” we are living in God’s will. If that is all you do, you are still in better shape than if you didn’t, but God wants more.

     Jesus wants to have a relationship with you that goes beyond an introduction. Jesus, more than anyone else, understands how it is like to be you. He completely understands you and accepts you. What YOU don’t understand is the first thing about yourself, much less, how God sees you. Have you ever really thought about it?

Here is the simple question that I came across in the Celebrate Recovery step study material that absolutely changed my life:

  “what do you believe about God?”

I couldn’t answer the question. I believed IN God, but I honestly struggled with what I believed ABOUT God. What do you believe about God? Have you learned enough about him to answer the question? I read books, I read my Bible. I go to Sunday School and four or five Bible study groups every week and I return to this question and try to answer it again. I probably struggle more that I did when I first considered it and I am thankful.

Here is a place to start:

Read these books

THE BIBLE- A tip for readers on any level- Download some bible software or a bible app like You Version that has recorded audio, like a Bible on tape. Get one that will allow you to read along with the narration. Even if you have or hopefully DO(continue to ) read the Bible, doing it at the slower pace while you listen will make a huge difference. One way that it helps me is when I come across a word, usually a name that I can’t pronounce. 

Look at these:

Glo Bible (no audio) Excellent navigation. Maps, videos, and illustrations included. (free and pay versions)

You Version – Works right in your browser and there are apps for your phones and tablets

  1. Lifetime Guarantee
  2. Not a Fan
  3. The Case for Christ

Resources

  1. The Bible Suite
  2. Bible Gatweay
  3. Chip Ingrham
  4. Dr. Michael Youseff
  5. Christian Radio

and This.

Most of all, trust in Jesus and know that he was sent to be sacrificed for you. Trust the Holy Spirit and know that he was sent to teach and comfort you (John 14:26).

I know it seems like a lot of information to digest, and it is. You will find that as God begins to speak to you, you will become thirsty for his word.

 

 

 

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A testimony I heard.

Galatians 6:1-3
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
      Learning this one today.
     I heard a testimony lat night that made an impression on me. A woman who’s life had been full of ( to me) unimaginable tragedy, spoke to my Celebrate Recovery group. She said this: “My God is on his throne and he is always in control. EVERYTHING that happens in my life comes through his hands first.” That is an amazing statement. That is amazing faith. I am so thankful for these testimonies that I hear each week. We don’t hear honest testimony enough in our regular church services which is unfortunate. We have created a culture that makes us afraid of confessing our sins to people when we come under conviction. This is a dangerous state because it reinforces denial. This recovery group that my wife and I serve in is the real deal. I see more real Christianity in this group than anywhere else. God wants us to understand our own brokenness and to be understanding of others who are broken, and we are all broken.  God will use tragedy in your life to reach the lost.
    I am preparing my personal testimony so that I can share it with the group and in time, with my church. I thank God for the things that brought me into recovery.
    Have you ever shared your testimony?
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