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Trading Jesus? No Thanks! by E. Davenport Tuesday December 1, 2009

Our directive is to “Contend for the faith.”    Do we have the right to let the other groups fall on their faces?  Is it about their souls or what?

When I first began writing on the Internet; I wasn’t impressed.  I had thought that I’d find faith writers of Christian persuasion all in agreement; everywhere that I turned.  I had thought that people would be ready to receive the truth.  I had thought that there weren’t so many hardened hearts.  I even thought that people would come flocking and that it would be easy to break into the foals of the other Christian writers…that they would accept me with open arms.

I quickly decided that things were different than I thought.  With prayer and assurance; I continued on.

My greatest complaint about Christians is their art of “suspicion.”  It is a divisive focus.  I will always maintain that if we all love Jesus that we can all get along.  Yeah Rodney King.  And he got it from Jesus…whether he knew it or not; I cannot say.

It was Jesus who said:  “Love your neighbor as thyself.”  “Love your brother.”  “Love one another.”  Love…Love….Love…  that’s what he said.

Jesus never said :  “Pick apart the other Christians.”    That’s not what we’re here for.

We’re here to take the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth,   pray God’s will into the earth….HIS PERFECT WILL and we DO have that ability.  To save souls, visit the sick, the imprisoned, the widows, have faith, speak boldly, overcome, to pray, to pray, be victorious, be an example, tell our testimonies pray and more…but not to pick apart.

Maybe, you won’t see it on the tourist runs on the Internet, but there is plenty in the back alleys.

We are also here to contend- maintain- boldly declare- defend- stand our ground- go over and above– for the faith!

THE ATHEISTS____________________________________________________________________________________

The atheists have gotten bold.  Have they stated who they expect to help them?  No.  Have they spoken of a certain afterlife?  No  Do they believe in heaven or hell?  Doubtful.  Nevertheless, they’ve gotten bold though some may say that there’s nothing to be bold about.  But, I will say this:  “They have the right to look forward to nothing.  Could they sell me that policy?  No, and not anyone that I know.

I DO NOT WANT ONE SINGLE ATHEIST TO GO TO HELL.  THAT’S TOO HEAVY OF A PUNISHMENT FOR WRONG THINKING…BUT IT ISN’T UP TO ME…IT’S UP TO YOU.

THE MUSLIMS_______________________________________________________________________________

The Muslims have always been bold as long as I have known about them.    I have heard horrible stories about them forcing people to become Muslims in Africa.  I’ve heard terrible stuff about them holding people hostage or threatening death to those who would dare to convert.  Admittedly, that is outside of the United States.

Part of their draw is being turned off by the lack of discipline or focus seen amongst the Christian ranks.

That said,   Muslims generally recruit people with little spiritual discipline or people who feel disillusioned with God in this country.    That disappointment often has manifested from a lack of spiritual understanding and some confusion  over God’s ability in the earth.

There are schisms amongst the Muslim ranks.    They don’t “all get along” either; but the masses just aren’t aware of it.  I once called a Mosque in Chicago asked where another  well-known mosque was and instead of the party telling me…they took the liberty to say:  “Oh, they’re not really Muslim…they are a cult.”

was greatly appalled! Knowing the inside particulars; it saddened to me but I believe that it was a flaw that God wanted me to see.  I’ve seen others.  No faith is perfect.  So if you’re looking for one…you won’t find it because as my pastor always says:  “people are in it.”


I BELIEVE THAT THERE WILL BE AN AWAKENING AMONGST MUSLIMS AND THEY WILL LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT  JESUS AND THAT HE IS THE MESSIAH!

People keep asking me :  “Do the terrorists pray 5 X a day?”

My answer is:    THERE ARE TWO ANSWERS.  Some people say:  “They cannot possibly be praying.”  Others say:  ” If they are; they are getting a strange response.”  “I have no idea, but if they do….that’s a totally different God than the one that I serve.”

Someone said that Muhammad   came around 600 years after Jesus did.    Our problem with that is the same as any other group:  “If it isn’t in the bible…that’s not our belief.”

AS CHRISTIANS_______________________________________________________________

As Christians, we do not try to match our beliefs to the Muslims to recruit people.  We do not try to gloss over what we believe to make it fit people.   Do you want the truth?  Pick up the bible and ask God to reveal it to you!

Jesus is The Son of God; not a prophet and He is the only way.    If you believe anything else; your insurance policy has lapsed and has no face surrender value!

If they think all of that will stand; I’m 20 and six feet tall.

WE WILL NEVER TRADE JESUS…HE IS LORD OF ALL…SIT BACK AND WATCH THEM ALL CHANGE THEIR RHETORIC OVER THE YEARS AS I HAVE SEEN THEM DO…ALL FOR THE SAKE OF RECRUITING YOU…OR  FISHING….AS THEY SAY.

Let’s look at Jude 3

Jude 1:3 (Amplified Bible)

3Beloved, my whole concern was to write to you in regard to our common salvation. [But] I found it necessary and was impelled to write you and urgently appeal to and exhort [you] to contend for the faith which was once for all [a]handed down to the saints [the faith which is that sum of Christian belief which was delivered [b]verbally to the holy people of God].

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The Best Kind of Thanks! by Gladwell Musau November 26- December 3, 2009taircas

Psalm 50:22-23 “Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no rescue: He who sacrifices THANK-OFFERINGS honors Me, and he prepares THE WAY so that I may show him the SALVATION OF GOD.”

Today in the US is THANKSGIVING DAY. Family and friends meet over the dinner table to share a turkey dinner and offer thanksgiving for the past year. Of course, not all of us live in the US, but most of us if not all have the opportunity to meet with our family and friends over different occasions from time to time. However beyond a day that is earmarked as a day for giving thanks, each day is in fact ideal for us to give thanks. Nature teaches us to give thanks after we have received or when times are good. However, there is another kind of THANKSGIVING that pleases God more: A  SACRIFICIAL THANKSGIVING.

It is easy for you and me to give thanks when we are on the receiving end….but sacrificial thanksgiving is much harder because it means we are surrendering something valuable to us without any guarantees of gain. Sacrificial thanksgiving says… I did not get the dream job I longed for, but thank you Lord that all my needs are met. My health is poor, but thank you Lord for the years I have enjoyed good health. It feels lonely after the death of a loved one, but thank you Lord for the memories of times spent together. And the list is endless.

You see, sacrificial thanksgiving does much more than bring a smile on God’s face…if anything it prepares a staircase for Him to show up at your DOORSTEP. When God shows up at your doorstep, HE BRINGS WITH HIM, SALVATION. Have you prepared the way for HIM? If Jonah did sacrifice while enclosed inside the fish stomach, then you and I are well able to do the same.

Jonah 2: 9-10 BUT I, WITH A SONG OF THANKSGIVING, WILL SACRIFICE TO YOU. WHAT I HAVE VOWED I WILL MAKE GOD. SALVATION COMES FROM THE LORD. And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto the dry Land.

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Gladwell Musau is a respected Faith writer.  You may read her articles at her Blog which is called:   Rainbow Gulf of Love  (Type it in at Google!) .

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Slamming Thanksgiving Will Not Work! by Elaine Davenport November 26- December 3, 2009

Okay, I’ve had it!    Someone in some major media  publication decided to publish a story about children who “reenacted Thanksgiving” by using Smallpox covered (fake) blankets and whiskey( I hope it was fake and if it wasn’t that’s sad.).

Now, my opinion is that THIS IS RIDICULOUS!  If I found out my child was doing that; I would pull them out of the school.

If I were a part of any belief system and my child went to school and our Holy Day was made a mockery or shown in a negative light; I would have to pray to calm myself down!  I would go down to the school and hold some people accountable.  My main question would be:  “How in The World is This The Best Learning Objective For My Child?  You tell me!

The story has been picked up and is spreading.  I saw it on Facebook.

Irregardless as to whatever happened in history; or in essence despite the mistakes or ignorance of men…Thanksgiving is a holy day!

It is a day to thank God.  Christians celebrate it and many of us thank God everyday!

I strongly suggest that if anyone does not understand the holiness of Thanksgiving; that they not take it lightly.

I could go on…but I won’t.

I am never offended when people miss it…  I am not perfect myself; but there are some things that I will not touch!

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Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. Psalms 100:4

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; to declare Thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night… For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the work of Thy hands. How great are Thy works, O Lord! Psalms 92:1, 4-5


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Thanksgiving is No Coincidence! by Elaine Davenport November 26, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!!!  MAKE IT A POINT TO THANK GOD DAILY AND WATCH YOUR LIFE CHANGE!!!!

Thanksgiving is a holy day!  It isn’t that holy people “call” it that; it actually is or at least that is the intention!

 

We should wake up with God on our minds…giving thanks to “He who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb!”

 

Think about it,,,,why would you want to give thanks for 2,000 or more calories when it’s likely to be very unhealthy for you.    So ask yourself why it is that we call it Thanksgiving?  Let’s roll it back…

 

WHY THANKSGIVING?

It was originally only a religious holiday to celebrate thanks for the harvest.    Of course, it was borrowed by the secular world.    There seems to be this undercurrent that “people” can be just grateful without being grateful to anyone in particular!  That is so ridiculous!

 

I just heard it on the radio yesterday.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands and Grenada. If you  didn’t know all that,   you’re not alone; I didn’t.

 

Even though the secular world does not in all cases consider it a religious holiday; they  don’t touch it because it is a tradition set forth by the forefathers of our nation.  It is not only holy; but also a national tradition!

 

Please remember that no matter what it is no coincidence  that Thanksgiving is purely biblical!

 

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:35
Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.”

1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Daniel 2:23

“I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Psalm 100(KJV)

    “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
    Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
    Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
    For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

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    IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU LORD!!!

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Thank You Lord! November 26, 2009

A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. The saint toured the soul around Heaven. Both of them walked side by side inside a large workroom filled with angels.

St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all the petitions to God said in prayer are received.” The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets from all the people of the world.

They walked again until they reached the 2nd section, and St. Peter told the soul, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are packed and delivered to the persons who asked for them down on earth.”

The soul saw how busy it was. There were so many angels working in that room, since so many blessing were being packed and delivered to Earth.

Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at the last section. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel stayed there idly, doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledging Section,” St. Peter told the soul. “How is it that, there is no work here?” “That’s the sad thing,” St. Peter answered. “After the people received the blessings they asked for, very few send their acknowledgments.” “How does one acknowledge God’s blessing?” “Simple,” St. Peter answered. “Just say, “‘Thank you, Lord’.”

Thank you Lord, for giving me the chance to share this message with others and also, for giving me so many wonderful people to share this with. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace… you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness… you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death… you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married… you are very rare,.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful… you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder… you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that… someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.

THANK YOU LORD!

[ Author Unknown –
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Thanksgiving Inspiration Story November 26, 2009

This story will Bless you!     Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks as she pushed against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her ease.

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son. She grieved over her loss. As if that weren’t enough, her husband’s company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come. What’s worse, Sandra’s friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer.

“She has no idea what I’m feeling,” thought Sandra with a shudder.

Thanksgiving? Thankful for what? She wondered. For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an air bag that saved her life but took that of her child?

“Good afternoon, may I help you?” The shop clerk’s approach startled her.

“I….I need an arrangement,” stammered Sandra.

“For Thanksgiving? Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the Thanksgiving “Special?” asked the shop clerk. “I’m convinced that flowers tell stories,” she continued. “Are you looking for something that conveys ‘gratitude’ this Thanksgiving?”

“Not exactly!” Sandra blurted out. “In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.”

Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk said, “I have the perfect arrangement for you.”

Then the door’s small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, “Hi, Barbara…let me get your order.”

She politely excused herself and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed thorny roses; Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped: there were no flowers.

“Want this in a box?” asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer’s response. Was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed.

“Yes, please,” Barbara replied with an appreciative smile. “You’d think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn’t be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again,” she said as she gently tapped her chest.

“Uh,” stammered Sandra, “that lady just left with, uh….she just left with no flowers!”

“Right, said the clerk, “I cut off the flowers. That’s the Special. I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.”

“Oh, come on, you can’t tell me someone is willing to pay for that!” exclaimed Sandra.

“Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling much like you feel today,” explained the clerk. “She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had lost her father to cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs, and she was facing major surgery.”

“That same year I had lost my husband,” continued the clerk, “and for the first time in my life, had just spent the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow any travel.”

“So what did you do?” asked Sandra.

“I learned to be thankful for thorns,” answered the clerk quietly. “I’ve always thanked God for good things in life and never to ask Him why those good things happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I ever ask! It took time for me to learn that dark times are important. I have always enjoyed the ‘flowers’ of life, but it took thorns to show me the beauty of God’s comfort. You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we’re afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others.”

Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing her friend had tried to tell her. “I guess the truth is I don’t want comfort. I’ve lost a baby and I’m angry with God.”

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

“Hey, Phil!” shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man.

“My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement…twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems,” laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

“Those are for your wife?” asked Sandra incredulously. “Do you mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?”

“No…I’m glad you asked,” Phil replied. “Four years ago my wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord’s grace and guidance, we slogged through problem after problem. He rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she learned from “thorny” times, and that was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific “problem” and give thanks for what that problem taught us.”

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, “I highly recommend the Special.”

I don’t know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life,” Sandra said to the clerk. “It’s all too…fresh.”

“Well,” the clerk replied carefully, “my experience has shown me that thorns make roses more precious. We treasure God’s providential care more during trouble than at any other time. Remember, it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don’t resent the thorns.”

Tears rolled down Sandra’s cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on resentment.

“I’ll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please,” she managed to choke out.

“I hoped you would,” said the clerk gently. “I’ll have them ready in a minute.”

“Thank you. What do I owe you?” Sarah asked.

“Nothing; nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first year’s arrangement is always on me.” The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra. “I’ll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you would like to read it first.”

It read:

“My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the life I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant.”

Praise Him for your roses, thank him for your thorns.

Author Unknown — Sent in by Patricia Love — California



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Confess Your Sins by Martin A. Cisneros November 22- November 29, 2009

2 Samuel 12:13

So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”

Confess Your Sins

Early in 1993 British police accused two ten-year-old boys of the brutal murder of two-year-old James Bulger. The two boys pleaded their innocence. During the two-week trial the young defendants responded to questioning with noticeable inconsistencies. The climax of the trial came when the parents of one of the boys assured him that they would always love him. Bolstered by the realization that he would not lose his parents’ love, the boy confessed in a soft voice, “I killed James.”

David realized that he, too, was caught red-handed in his crimes. What he had been able to hide from his friends and family was revealed to the all-seeing eyes of an all-knowing God. David would face humiliation and sorrow. His family would be afflicted and the whole nation would suffer because of his sins. Yet what sustained him through the whole ordeal was the assurance that he had not lost God’s love. He would face consequences, but upon confession he was forgiven and received back into fellowship with his Heavenly Father again.

The most amazing truth about God’s love is that He knows how wicked we are, yet He loves us (Rom. 5:8). We can confess our most evil deeds to Him and still be confident that His love will not diminish. That does not mean that confession should be viewed as an “easy out” for our sins. It’s not a safety net that gives us the liberty to sin with abandon. Confession removes the guilt of sin, but it doesn’t remove sin’s consequences. It’s a comfort to know, however, that when we’ve “blown it,” God still loves us.

If you’re buried beneath a load of sin, perhaps you feel that God’s love is beyond you. Satan may even have you convinced that God has turned His back on you. But that simply isn’t so. After adultery and murder, God still forgave David, and He will forgive you as well. Confess your sins and receive God’s love today.

God’s love is deeper than our sin.

Martin A. Cisneros

Killers: Robert Thomson and Jon Venables were 10 when they murdered James Bulger