In Need of a Saviour

jesus_saviour_by_0357samsunshine-d3cwtghAmazing, how man so love the darkness (John 1), that he will dishonestly report and pull verses from the Bible out of context to justify his sin (Romans 1), even going as far as to feed into the propaganda that the Bible condones what it is clearly against (Isaiah 5:20).

I enjoy watching movies, even action super hero movies. I find it amazing that out of all the religious texts out there, the Bible is the one on the attack. From watching Avengers (the demon robot said “upon this rock I will build my church”, the ‘good’ guy claiming to be I AM), X-Men (the killer x-man said “I go by many names” including Elohim as one”), even the very perverted Futurama etc, one would find doses of blasphemous statements. This all points to the testimony of John 1 and Romans 1, and other scriptures like them.

It is irrelevant to me if someone claims that Christianity is the “white man’s religion”. Reading the Bible for myself, God is clear about what He delights in, and ill treatment of each other is not one of them.

I know what I came out of, and I know what I go through daily; and many other brothers and sisters like me. The promises God made through His Word, He has kept. Studying Science through a Biblical worldview adds to my faith. Learning about the Dead Sea Scrolls, current events, fulfilled prophecies all work seamlessly with the claims of the Bible.

I see a world broken by sin, where people will shoot you down for 200 bucks; in a demented state of mind, a man will just kick an 80 year old woman in the face; women in india are gang raped and let’s not talk about ISIS and other cults like it. The world is in desperate need of a Saviour. And we know it, we have all these super hero dramas.

Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Not a way, not a truth.. Other religious systems say Jesus was a nice guy but not God; Jesus claimed to be God (John 8:58), would a “nice guy” do that? Certainly not. Either Jesus was a liar and a lunatic, OR He is who He claims to be. If Jesus is wrong then all other major religious groups are also wrong, because for one, they testified a liar to be good, and if Jesus is right, then all other major religious groups are still wrong.

Christians are by no means perfect. We ALL go through our individual sin struggles. Yet for the Christian there is hope, by Christ’s imputed righteousness, we know that one day all these things will pass away. For the unbeliever there is no hope unless he has turned his life to Christ. The point is not to live heaven on earth, for the world is already corrupted; if God stops this and stops that and stops all consequence of sin, then He would disown Himself (which the Bible says He cannot do 2 Timothy 2:13). We wouldn’t want a judge to allow a murderer to get away with killing our beloved now would we? Would that be a good judge? We must see the consequence of our actions so that we can truly realize that God’s way is the best way. Thus, the point is to finish the race, having realized the destructive nature of sin and possessing the Saviour Jesus Christ personally for the redemption thereof.

Christmas Routine

by Omarie Duberry

It’s just about Christmas again! The season of love, giving, family / friends reunions, family dinners etc. Unfortunately, the significant meaning of Christmas is slowly fading away. I was at service last week when the Pastor presented a point to ponder; “What does ‘Noel’ means?” Christmas in a sense has become somewhat of a routine he says, we often sing these songs during the season not really knowing what they really mean. It struck me then; perhaps you all know what it means or maybe right now you’re doing a search as you read this. Honestly I’ve never thought of  it until last week Sunday. This lead me to share my reasoning with you all, hoping that this Christmas 2010 will not be celebrated as of routine and tradition but rather us being fully conscious of our actions in everything we do this season. Everything! Whatever it may be going to service, going to the club, party, giving, helping. Just stop and reflect on what the season is all about.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Beware!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. That’s because during the fall, the enemy has been giving me some serious spiritual hits. So thus I have been drowning in a sea of self-pity and feeling of unworthiness. True, no one is worthy. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:“. However, this does not give us the excuse to reject God’s hand in our lives. The devil will use any tactic to destroy our relationship with God. I myself quite enjoy watching television and listening to music. The devil is so smart, he won’t just tempt us to watch something that is full of violence, foul language and the like. He’ll start of with media that just contains an ill here or two. That way, we’ll slowly fall back into corruption. Thankfully, greater is He the Holy Spirit Who lives in us Christians. It’s very important that we continue to read the Scripture and pray daily. It’s very important that we strive to maintain a relationship with God no matter what is going on in our lives. Even if we feel spiritually alive, still we should even press for more of God. Let us never get comfortable in our relationship with God. I ask that whenever we say the Name of God that we stop for a few seconds to contemplate on Who we are really calling upon. Imagine Moses, a great man of God hair turned completely white upon being in God’s presence. God is HOLY! The angels themselves proclaim it “And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” – Isaiah 6:3. Picture it for a moment. There is ultimate power in the God we serve, let us hang not only hang on to faith that He can, but let us also hang on to faith that He will. As surely as the Lord lives, “the LORD thy God, He [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;“.

CBS News

Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !!

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday
Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not
bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled
trees, Christmas trees… I don’t feel threatened.. I don’t feel discriminated
against.. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t
think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I
kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this
happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on
display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu … If people want
a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians
like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in
God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where
the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t
find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should
worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?
I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who
are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew
went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little
different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to
get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked
her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane
Katrina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response..
She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for
years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our
government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I
believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing
and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think
it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few
years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou
shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And
we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they
misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might
damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert
should know what he’s talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t
know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their
classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I
think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s
going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what
the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread
like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people
think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles
pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in
the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your
address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think
of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what
God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it… no one will know you did. But, if you discard
this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world
is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben S.

Baptism on Ascension Day

Jesus is risen. He is risen indeed!

I got baptized today!  Felt like it was something that needed to be done.  Here’s the testimony I delivered right before the immersion! 😀

Well,

Ever since I can remember, I was brought up with the Word of God around me. My mother being an active believer herself, I can say that I have always believed in God. According to my mom, when I was a toddler, there were days for whatever reason that she might’ve wanted to stay indoors, but I would always cry, not to just go outdoors, but I’d cry to go to Church. I’m not sure what that means, but it’d seem quite obvious that God had plans even before I could spell my name, let alone tie my shoe laces. Though I’ve got so much more of God’s Word to wizen up on, now that my ears, heart, mind are open to receive it I can’t speak of any other place in life where I’d rather be.

Let’s back track a little, so far you know that I was raised in a Christian environment, but sadly even with that, just about last year and before that, I just was not doing God’s will. If I remember clearly, sometime around the age of 15, I just lost my way. I’d deny Jesus with my words and with my actions. The worst thing is, it didn’t seem to have bothered me too much because, I remember thinking that I wasn’t that bad, that swearing, lusting and gossiping and these things were petty sins compared to murder, prostitution and so on. However, all sin is sin. The Bible says in James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Back then, whenever someone would ask me if I was a Christian I was always slow to answer. I remember my answer being “Yes, I believe in God.” Well that was true, but if someone had asked me if I was doing God’s will, I’d most definitely be stumped, stumped with deafening silence. Anyhow, just about last year summer, I was on my way to a party, before the party my friends stopped at a nearby store and there I met my country’s scholarship chairman. There he said “Lisa-Ann, you will do a speech.” I was like, “Okay, sure.” Anyhow, off I went to the party, indulged myself in fleshly dancing, worldly chatter. After the party I remember that I had the speech to do, and just felt awful about myself. I had to deliver a moral speech to youths and not too long ago I was involved in ungodly behavior. It was then I knew I wanted to seriously change. However, it wasn’t until I had a particular dream which drove me to realize what I needed, it wasn’t until a Christian fellow left an open Bible on his table that just seemed to call me to read. In the dream, there were two hills, I stood at the top of one and across at the top of the other hill was a Church, in the dream I outstretched my hand towards the hill with the Church and started crying longing to be there.  During this time I had recently met a believer, whenever I’d visit him; his Bible was always opened on his desk. Haha. When he was not around I’d just start reading. He also kept his computer glued to k-love.com, a Christian site that included encouraging words and music. It was in these moments steps were taken to move in the direction of God, I let Jesus know that I needed Him. Begged Him to take me back,

He did, He once again showed grace and I began to feel different. Now my mission everyday is just to live a life for Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

After last Good Friday service, I was inspired to purchase roses, give a rose to each of my friends whom by their actions denied Christ and tell them exactly what Jesus’ work on the cross meant to me. Upon returning to school I met with my friends, and then I told them that whenever I look at the rose I can further remember Christ’s work on the cross; the red petals of the rose to symbolize His precious saving blood, and the thorns of the rose to signify the pain that He went through for us. My friends appeared well interested in what was being said, however they were on their way to the club and said, “Oh, keep the roses until the next day, we’re on our way out.” So I did, I kept the roses, when I woke up the roses had already begun to wilt, and I was so saddened, because it reminded me that too often many of us think that we can just wait until a later day to accept Jesus.

You know, there are many Walt Disney cartoons, many of which are fun to watch but in my opinion, not that many with good sermons. One of my favorite Disney cartoons is Beauty and the Beast, not at all because the damsel got a good looking husband in the end, but if one looks beyond that, another meaning can be deciphered. That is, without Christ, we can all look at ourselves as a beast and incapable of true love. The rose in the movie can signify the time that we have to accept Jesus Christ until judgment day arrives. The damsel loving the beast in return can be further seen as the Grace of God, and the transformation of the beast to a humane form can be then seen to be our spirit and what believing and accepting Christ does for our lives. Okay, so you’re wondering what does this have to do with anything, well, what I try to do whenever I view anything that is not directly harboured from the Bible, is to contemplate even more intensely on what message the material is delivering. Does it encourage me to do God’s will? I firmly believe that whatever we watch or listen to bends us in a certain manner. For me, and I’m sure we can all agree, once it goes against the Word of God, then “Bye Bye Bye..”.  I’m so very pleased to be a part of this fellowship bonded by the love we have for our Lord Jesus. May I further ask that in any event that it appears that I am not doing the will of God; let it be brought to my attention. After all, Jesus wants us to encourage each other in His mighty law.

Jesus is your shield

Wow, Jesus saves and He continues to save us, protect us and be our daily shield. Today I had a near encounter of being hit by an automobile. I was on my way from a fellowship gathering and I was just on the what we call a zebra crossing. I was not the only one walking on the crossing, but I was behind of everyone else and the light must’ve turned green while I was just about to reach to the other side.  Anyhow, there was a really anxious driver whom apparently just needed to get on his way. His car was going at enough speed to create a serious accident, but God’s protective Hand swerved his car away from me.  If it wasn’t for my Lord, I’m pretty sure I’d be lying on a hospital bed right now. Someone might want to say that this was luck, but no way Jose, this was the work of God! I don’t know where I got the moment after the swerve of the car to notice where the driver was looking, but he wasn’t even paying attention to anything in front of him, his head was turned to his left. The driver didn’t even seem to notice that I was there!

In spite of all my short comings, God has been so good to me that I can’t even begin to image how great a place is heaven if on earth He supplies us with so much already.

Isn’t He great? Isn’t He wonderful? He’s great. He’s wonderful.

God I love you so much.

Thank you for protecting me, my fellow brothers and sisters.

Psalm 121:3 – He will not let your foot slip; He who watches over you will not slumber.