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Thursday, December 29, 2011

There are Many Deceived Church Goers - Paul Washer

Does this describe you?
You go to church, and/or you prayed a prayer at some
point in your life.  Maybe you were even baptized.
You believe you are "saved" now.
But, are you?

There are a lot of people in the church who don't understand
what the Biblical Gospel is.
There are also people who have heard the Biblical Gospel,
but they haven't truly repented and put their trust in Christ.
If you still live the same way you did before,
but you've just added church to it...
then that's a sign you do not have saving faith.

On the other hand, you may do lots of good works.
You may be doing this to please someone,
or think that your works are somehow meritorious to your
salvation.
This is also a sign that you do not have faith.
You think that you must earn your way somehow.



Does this make you wonder whether you are one of the
unsaved in the church?

Please check out the following link: http://www.needGod.com

For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand
so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB

You believe that God is one. You do well;

the demons also believe, and shudder. 
But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow,
that faith without works is useless?
James 2:19-20 NASB

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,”

and does not keep His commandments, is a liar,
and the truth is not in him;
but whoever keeps His word,
in him the love of God has truly been perfected.
By this we know that we are in Him:
the one who says he abides in Him ought himself
to walk in the same manner as He walked.
1 John 2:4-6 NASB

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dating, Courtship, and Marriage - Paul Washer (Excerpt) / Romanian subti...

This post can be for both single and married people.
Love is a commitment and giving. It's easy for many of us to be selfish in looking for someone to love us and sacrifice for us. Now, some of us have disabilities that would limit what service we could do for another person, but I think giving could mean being supportive and encouraging and trying to put someone else ahead of self. That doesn't sound easy!
For myself as a single person, I need to take note of these verses:

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 NASB

I know I have a long ways to go!



To watch the full video which is also good for married and single people, you can click the link below.
It's not what you think. I was hesitant to listen to it, because I'm an older single woman. It's often painful to listen to messages about courtship for me. This doesn't really get into it too deeply. It's about a lot more than just that. It's worth a listen anyway.

Click here for the message.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Two Christian Conferences You Might Want To Attend

There are a couple of Christian conferences coming up next year that I find interesting, even though I won't be going myself. I couldn't sit that long with my pain.   Still, they sound interesting, and perhaps someone reading this blog will want to attend one of them.  One is for single men and women and the other is for married and single women

One will be held at my old church back in California.  It is the one for unmarried men and women, but it's not about dating.
 Find out more with the link below and the video clip.

http://undividedconference.org/main.html




The other conference is a women's conference to be held in Florida.
It is called "The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference." Please click on the link below or on the ad to learn more about it.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/conferences/2012-womens/#overview


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This Is Christmas (Video)

I heard this song recently, and it's really good!

  I realize that the Bible never said the angels sang, but other than that this song is great for reminding us why we celebrate.

I don't know much about the group, but this song is worth listening to.

  Merry Christmas and enjoy!

What is Christmas without Christ, indeed?!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

GrokTV Event: GSPL PAC Presidential Debate - Gingrich / Santorum Parts 6 and 7

From the debate that you probably missed...


This election is very important. So far I see Rick Santorum as the best candidate on principles, even if the polls don't give him a chance to win.



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Come Praise and Glorify

I enjoyed this newer video put out by Sovereign Grace Music from their conference Worship God11. It is a song which is now on their latest CD entitled The Gathering. The title of this song is "Come Praise and Glorify" as listed above, and it is upbeat and worshipful at the same time. In my opinion, it's not to the same level as "Name Above All Names" or "Behold Our God" from the album Risen which I really enjoyed immensely. This is still good though! I hope you will get a chance to watch this.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Carols To Sing Along With

Christmas is coming, and I thought I'd share a couple of fun videos of Christmas songs.The first video is a cute girl singing Away in a Manger, and the next one is a music leader who used to be at a church we went to years ago now.  You can sing along.  I hope you enjoy them!


Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye, who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth.

Come and worship, Come and worship,
Worship Christ the newborn King!
Come and worship, Come and worship,
Worship Christ the new-born King!

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing
Yonder shines the infant light.

Though an Infant now we view Him
He shall fill His Fathers throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To the eternal Three in One.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Speaking The Truth Out of Love and Concern Part 2

This is my second posting on the Word Faith/Prosperity Gospel Movement.
Below the video are some more links focusing on this serious subject.
I am very concerned for people who are following the teachers of the Word Faith movement.
What can I do but pray and share with them teaching and information to point them in the direction of the truth?
Isn't that what real love is all about?
True Christians also can get sucked into this kind of teaching as well, because some truth is mixed in with the deceptions.  Please read the Bible and don't be confused.
The video I found is a bit edited down, so I am also sharing the link for the full sermon:

http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-397




http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-64/Does-God-Promise-Health-and-Wealth--Part-2

The following link should be helpful:
http://justinpeters.org/a-call-for-discernment/watch-an-overview/


"But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully."   2 Corinthians 11:3, 4 NASB

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"180—lives saved, minds changed."

Many of you have already seen "180" Movie where some people change from being "pro-choice" to pro-life.

If you still haven't seen it, you can watch it at http://180movie.com .

Here is a video with feedback they have gotten on how this documentary has affected people.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10-Year-Old Blind Autistic Boy Sings "Open the Eyes of my Heart"

How could anybody say that someone like this boy should have had his life ended by abortion? Yet many people would advocate for that. It's to their shame. Every life is created by God. Parentage, low income, gender, or disability should never be reasons to end someone else's life. Please watch this video. You may need a tissue.
If you haven't watched "180" Movie that deals with the subject of abortion, please check it out at the following link:
http://180movie.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

He's All You Need

1 John 1:9 NASB "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

I thought the video below was a nice cover of a Steve Camp song. It's not meaning that people have a license to sin as Christians, but I know what it's like to have struggles and battles with sin. It's good to know that God will not let me go, and He's ready to forgive me when I confess my sin.

Psalm 86:5 NASB "For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Speaking The Truth Out of Love and Concern

Joyce Meyer & Joel Osteen are two among many dangerous teachers who are popular today. 
Yes, they are dangerous to the spiritual health and life of true believers (Christians). I know many people listen to and admire people like them, but I want to warn people because I care about fellow Christians not being deceived by heretical and deceptive teaching. Please take a look at the links below.

Joyce Meyer (Apprising Ministries)

Info. on Joyce Meyer

CARM on Joyce Meyer


Video on Joel Osteen's wrong teaching

Joel Osteen has also said that Mormons are Christians which is completely wrong.

Ephesians 4:14-16 NASB
"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
2 Timothy 4:3, 4 NASB
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Song For All Year 'Round - Randy Stonehill

This is an older song that I have enjoyed listening to over the years. The lyrics are not 100% accurate though. Only those who repent of their sins and put their trust in Christ and His atoning sacrifice for their sins on the cross will have their sins forgiven. Perhaps this song was meant to be directed just for a Christian audience.
Anyway, I hope that not only children will learn about Jesus, but they are the ones being deceived about Santa by many parents. Underneath the video (which I hope you will enjoy), I will put a link to an interesting article about that subject by Noel Piper.



Here's the link to the blog post by John Piper's wife Noel:
http://noelpiper.com/2011/12/03/theology-lesson-the-attributes-of-who/

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas - A Good Time for Giving

Christmas is coming soon, and many people are focused on shopping, buying gifts, decorating, and getting together with friends and family for meals and concerts and church events. 
Sure, those of us that are Christians remember that Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus (not that He was born on that date really).  We can celebrate who He was and the reason He came. 

We know that it's not just about getting gifts, and certainly we know it's not about Santa...even if a guy did exist who was kind to those in need.  (There's nothing magical about that!)
God has so blessed us with His Son, and that's what we want the world to know.

One thing that some people forget (and I know that's not all of you) is that there are people who do not have as much as even some of the poor amongst us here in the U.S. and in many other countries.
I thought I'd share some links of organizations who help out needy people for those who are interested in ways to give and show Christ's love to the "least of these" this Christmas season.

I'm also including a link for people to be able to give to a project that is helping save lives and giving the Gospel as well.  That one is not about monetary poverty, but about trying to save lives in another way. 

Action International
http://www.actioninternational.org/ministries?item=61


Children's Hunger Fund
http://www.chfus.org/catalog/


Last, but not least... please do not forget the unborn children.
Giving to help give the Gospel and save the preborn babies is a way to help the least of these in a different but important way. 
"180" Movie has already been used to save lives and I think I've seen at least two postings about people who have said they repented and turned to Christ.
https://www.livingwaters.com/partner/donation180.php


“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:34-40 NASB