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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
+ Most churches are very accepting of people and where they lack spiritually and can create a place where the "seeker" can find God.
- Most churches do not preach repentance but only acceptance and then wonder why more do not donate their time or tithe and continue to only seek.
- Churches and their staff work harder on the programs than on converting and the actual visiting of the people the programs are to reach, even when asked.
+ Churches have connections and seminars to encourage one another in their work and accomplishment for Christ.
- Church conventions are often "Rah-Rah" sessions, kind of like the Pharisees in the Old Testament… LOOK AT US!
+ Church staff/preachers really do care about their congregation and who attend their church services.
- When a person decides to leave their church for whatever reason, it is then not "convenient to care" about them any longer and often no closure or encouragement for either happens.
Friday, November 9, 2012
This is not to say that there can't be any fun during worship. Do not add words to this Thought that is not there. Worshiping God is supposed to be fun but even more importantly it is supposed to be about Him, NOT us. And the most important, it is supposed to be real, not staged.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
- marriage fidelity
- family traits and roles and raising children
- importance of fathers
- abuse and neglect of parents
- sexual immorality of ALL kinds
- drug abuse and alcoholism
- taking care of the sick and needy
Friday, September 28, 2012
With all that said there are two main sets of values, liberal and conservative. Sure there may be an in between person as a whole but that person will tend to be one way or another depending on the topic. If one is completely in the middle on everything then that person just doesn't care about anything and that person will get nowhere in life. Another slippery, but real slope. Being a Christian though shouldn't we have a certain set of values that do not waiver? Shouldn't we have a set of values that do not allow slippery slopes? Last month's poll: Which set of values is closer to what a Christian should have? Here are the results.
- 47% said, Conservative
- 4% said, Liberal
- 38% said, They are equally important
- 9% said, Neither, no one should be limited in their values
2. Morality System- based on Judeo-Christian values
3. Preserving the Constitution- the original ideas, not the reinterpretation of it
4. Strong Military
5. Family Oriented- Nuclear family traditions
6. Market System
7. Low Taxes
8. Small government
9. Preserving American way of life.
10. Death Penalty- for heinous crimes
There are other issues of course. There will be variants of agreements. But if one disagrees with most of the above or thinks a clarification of or acceptions made to the above are needed then a conservative they will not be.
Obama is not that vote.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about,"
Friday, July 6, 2012
- God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Now the Bible does not use these words specifically but do not get bogged down with that. There are things called concepts. Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
- Jesus was fully man and fully God. Jesus was God but He was also man. He felt the same things do. He knows what the flesh is all about. But He is also God because only He can forgive sins. John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God. John 10:30, I and the Father are one.
- Jesus was the Son of God (as man) and came to die for all mankind. How could He be the Son of God yet God at the same time? Think of it as when you give something of yours to somebody. It is from you, it is of you, it shows who you are. Now try and put yourself in that place. That is why you are not God (L. Ron Hubbard). You can't do it. But God manifested Himself into the flesh and was called Jesus. The second part is the important part here. 1 Peter 2:24, “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed."
- Jesus rose from the dead. Without this, our faith means nothing. If God can not raise the dead then there is no hope. Acts 10:40, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.
- Jesus will return for those who believe in Him. If He does not return then His promise is a lie. If He is a liar then no one should believe in Him. John 14:2-3, My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
- Jesus is the only medium, or mediator, between God and man. Now that does not mean the only messenger of God. It means that there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus, no other being. If someone claims they are the only one to interpret things or the only one who knows God then they are delusional. 1 Timothy 2:5, For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus.
- Solo Scriptura. This idea is that the Bible alone is the sole authority by which we live. It trumps tradition and any other liturgical ideas. The Bible was written by the Apostles and fathers of the Church in 1st century AD. When John wrote the final words, the Bible can not be added to.
- 100% said, Christian Science. This should not be confused with Scientology, the bogus religion created by L. Ron Hubbard and his book, Dianetics, which was actually just a science fiction book. One major problem for this group is that they put so much emphasis on Mary Baker Eddy. It is like her words have authority, see #6 and #7. But the major problem is that CS do not believe Jesus was God. They even think He went out of His way saying He wasn't by always referring to God as the Father. See #2. For more information about CS here is the link. http://christianscience.com/what-is-christian-science
- 77% said, Mormonism. Humanitarians? Yes! Pacifists? Yes! Great people? Yes! True Christians? Well they have a special book called, the Book of Mormon, written by Joseph Smith. Smith found these writings on a plate in North America. He was the only one who could dictate what the plates meant. And like CS the LDS do not say that Jesus is God but only the Son of God. See #2, #6, and #7. For more information about LDS here is the link. http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng
- 77% said, Jehovah's Witness. They are also pacifists who believe all violence is wrong which is great. But they are another group that specifically denies that Jesus is God. They even use the same scripture in point #2 above but they say it is an analogy. This group was started by Charles Taze Russell. They have created their own literature called the Watch Tower claiming they are the prophets of God, see #7. They believe that the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation is a specific number of prophets for the end times. Oddly enough there are about 115,000 JW today in the world, almost the number. They also believe in a literal 1000 year reign but that reign will only be those who are part of this 144,000. For more information on JW here is the link. http://www.watchtower.org/
- 66% said, Deism/Theism. This just means that they believe in God but not an active one. One that just lets the universe run its course. See all the above. For more on Deism, read about John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu and someone's modern description because it is not an organized religion. http://www.moderndeism.com/html/deism_defined.html
- 55% said, British Israelism/Christian Identity. They also may be known as the Worldwide Church of God, not to be confused with local churches of God. This group believes that European/American/Caucasians are what is known the lost tribes of Israel. When the Israelites were taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar and were then released this group thinks instead of going back to Israel they went to places in Europe. They claim to know their ancestry and have long lists of people who may or may not have lived. They hold all beliefs of mainstream Christianity. But they believe that only those who have European blood in them are called to be with God. All of those who are not white, do not have a soul and therefore can not be saved by God. See #3. England is the new throne of David and again they can trace the lineage of Queen Elizabeth back to David. This is the same belief that started apartheid in South Africa and the ideas behind eugenics.
- 16% said, Catholicism. The only major problem with the RC is when they pray. Many times they call to saints to stand in for them thinking they can get away with lifestyles by asking a saint to help. See #6. But the difference here is that they do pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Not perfect people but do adhere to all 7 points.
- 5% said, Messianic Jews. Not one deviation from all seven points. The people who said this are just upset with religion. The only major difference is that this group finds their Jewish roots and uses them to gain a more clear understanding of who and why Jesus is.
- 5% said, Protestantism. Not one deviation from all seven points. The people who said this are just upset with religion. yes. There are differences among themselves but they should not be separated from each other.
- 44% said, Other. Explain. Seventh-Day Adventist? Unitarian?
- 0% said, None, all roads lead to God. This is correct. No one should have said this.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
- 47% said, It's okay if it has a point to it. This would be okay as long as the point was not to worship God with. If it was a teaching point such as one reader explained that his church used AC/DC's Highway to Hell to get people to understand without Jesus we would all be on a highway to hell. Ok. But that should not be used a s a worship song. There is a huge difference between playing a song and using it as worship. There is a huge difference between what churches call a worship "service" and real worship.
- 29% said, No. There are enough Christian and worship songs. This is perhaps the best answer. There are so many songs today that nothing else is needed. And if that isn't enough there is the original "song book" with Psalms. But then again, some songs are remade by Christian artists and they have tried to add a Christian meaning. If the meaning is there and it is meant for the glory of God then it is still okay.
- 9% said, It's okay because it is a way to reach the unreached. How is using a secular song going to reach an unsaved generation? True story: A certain church service used a song by a modern pop rock band as a worship song. The song did have a strong message and if some words were taken out it could have been mistaken for a Christian song. But the band, when looked at from a fuller picture, does not have the most positive message for people to hear in other songs (sexual content, vulgar language). What type of message is this church giving to the congregation and the culture that is looking for Christ? They are showing that there is no difference between the way one is living and the way one should be living. Do you worship God by using non-meaningful words to stir a secular emotion? This is what someone once called a manufactured emotional high. It's not real. And then try to tell people the greatness of God.??? Worship is not for the unreached. It is for the believer to be used as a way of expressing his/her feelings back to God.
- 7% said, It's just wrong no matter what. Maybe not no matter what, see above reasons.
- 4% said, Yes. There is nothing wrong with it at all. So, to worship God we should sing Madonna's Like a Virgin, because maybe she is singing about Mary? For those who answered this way you need to learn what worship is all about. There is a line that should not be crossed.
- 4% said, Other.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
- 54% said, With understanding and compassion
- 27% said, Depends on the topic and/or person you are dealing with
- 9% said, With complete contempt and protest
- 9% said, Not caring one way or another
- 0% said, With full tolerance and complacency
- 0% said, Other
Saturday, February 25, 2012
- The purpose of Christ is simple: He died because of our sins and He rose again so those sins are gone.
- The message of Christ is simple: follow His teachings and you have eternal life.
- The teachings of Christ are simple: there is a way that leads to life and that is to leave your pride behind and do what is right
Sunday, February 12, 2012
- Jordan writes in the video description: "Maybe a few kids can take something away from this... If you're so disrespectful to your parents and yourself as to post this kind of thing on Facebook, you're deserving of some tough love. Today, my daughter is getting a dose of tough love."
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
- (35%) Yes. But I wish it was easier to do. As expected this is the category where most people fall into. They know who they are but they also know life is full of problems. They wish it all could be easier but understand life goes on. They don't quit. They are morally sound people but struggle with day to day maintenance. They survive because they see that there is a light at the end of each tunnel but they know that reaching that light is part of the process.
- (17%) Yes. I know exactly what I am supposed to be doing. These are the people we all hate. It seems like everything goes well for them and we get jealous. But perhaps the reason why life goes well is because they know about their origins and who created them for a purpose.
- (17%) No. I haven't found it yet. At least they are searching. These are the people who read self-help books or those who are always willing to try new things even if they are dangerous. But the main problem for them is that they are easily led to the wrong answers. They will grasp onto the new ideas, fads, fashions, books, trends, or anything that makes them feel happier about who they are.
- (11%) No. I have no purpose in life. These are the depressed people. These are the ones who have emotional problems and end up in institutions (not to be looked upon with stigma). They seek answers but when they get them they don't want to accept them because the answers seem too easy. They turn to substances. They turn negative. They commit suicide. They lose all focus on life. They end up blaming others and even God for their dismay.
- (5%) Yes. But I don't do it. These people are jerks. These are the people who make life difficult because they do not do what they are supposed to be doing.
- (5%) No. I don't care. These are the biggest jerks. They are anti-social, serial-killer, lunatics who prey on others.
- (5%) I don't care one way or the other. Any understand these people?
- (0%) Other. This option still is confusing but apparently wasn't needed this time anyway.