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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Connie Talbot





One of the best child voices I've ever seen.

They sing like angels their powerful voices blend effortlessly - The Priests

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Author: Jason Powers

Who is the Holy Spirit, a question that has been asked by many through the centuries? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ; He is the Third Person of the Trinity. He is one with the Father and one with the Son yet all three are one. Never think because the Holy Spirit is called the Third Person of the Trinity that He is weaker or less then the Father or Son. The total opposite, He is equal with the Father and equal with the Son Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is introduced in the Bible as a person; a real person who helps and guides the Christian down the path to God's perfect will in life. He is the one who is at your side in this life time teaching, guiding, comforting and praying for the believer. Sadly many Christians ignore the Holy Spirit thinking that He is not real or should not be mentioned as God. But the Holy Spirit is God, He is equal with the Father and equal with the Son and He is on this earth to help the Christian fulfill God's perfect will.

Paul the apostle knew about the power of knowing the Holy Spirit as a person that is why he talked about fellowship with the Holy Spirit twice through his writings. Paul knew without the Holy Spirit he couldn't fulfill God's will for his life. The same is true for you and me; we cannot walk out God's will on earth without the Holy Spirit helping us. Learn this fellowship; learn to depend on the Holy Spirit for everything you do in life. Once you begin this life of fellowship with Him you will experience a powerful Christian life and walk; because it is the Holy Spirit that's gives you the ability to live for God in victory.

Every miracle that is done on the earth is by the power of the Holy Spirit. Nothing is done without Him in the Christian life. He is the power behind the miracles on earth. Remember, the Father commands the Son Jesus Christ does it and the Holy Spirit is the power behind the doing. So next time that you are faced with a tough challenge; ask the Holy Spirit for His help and He will be there for you.

If you would study the life of Jesus when He was on this earth you would learn that He totally depended on the Holy Spirit. The Apostles also depended on the Holy Spirit; don't you think we should depend on the Holy Spirit if Jesus and the Apostles did. Today begin to build a fellowship with the Holy Spirit and experience the wonderful friendship of the Third Person of the Trinity. He is waiting for you, that's why Jesus said when He comes (the Comforter) He will guide you into all truth and teach you all things. The Lord knew the secret to living a successful Christian life and He lived it as God and man on the earth.

Jason Powers a Christian Writer in the state of Florida. His books have touched many lives from around the world including India, Pakistan, Africa and the UK. For more information about Jason Powers or his writings visit Jason Powers Ministries

How Did We Get the Bible We Read Today?

By Brad Windlan

I get this questions in various shapes and sizes, all the time. "How did we get the Bible we have today?" "How do we know that the Christian Bible is really God's Word?" "Why are these particular writings in the Bible and not some of the other religiuos writings that come from the same time period?" Etc. There are great answers to all of those questions. In order to help you really get this, I need to explain a few terms and concepts, so hang with me on that. My hope is that you'll find all of it very practical and helpful. And that by the end of the article you'll say, "Okay, now I've got a decent grip on how we got our Bible!" Ready? Okay, let's dive into this thing!

BASICS...
The Bible is a Book of books. Sixty-six of them to be exact! Thirty-nine books make up the Old Testament and twenty-seven make up the New Testament. Sixty-six books, written by 40+ different authors, over a period of 1,500 years! Containing over 300 prophecies about the Messiah (all of which Jesus fulfilled perfectly, a statistical miracle in and of itself!). No other "sacred text" even comes close to being able to make a claim like this. It's fantasitc! You can clearly see God's grace and plan of redemption in every single book! Many scholars call this the "scarlet thread"---in reference to the blood of Jesus. You can see God's plan to send Jesus as our Savior in EVERY BOOK! But that's another article...

REVELATION
The word "revelation" means to "reveal," or "to make known." The reason we know ANYTHING about God is NOT because we somehow "discovered" Him somewhere... but rather because He... on purpose... broke in and made Himself known to us... He "revealed" Himself to us. One of the ways He did this was by "inspiring" people to write down messages from Him. The word "inspire" literally means "God breathed"... this is why Paul says, "... all Scripture is 'God breathed...'"

"TESTAMENTS"
The word "testament" means, "covenant"... and a "covenant" is, basically, an offering of relationship. The very best way I know to explain this is to illustrate the difference between a CONTRACT, and a COVENANT.

In a CONTRACT is not an offering of relationship... at all... offering services/products and getting reward/paid for them. When two parties sign a contract each party is looking out for themselves, i.e. If you were going to paint my house-we may sign a CONTRACT. The contract would clearly state that you would be paid "X" amount upon the completion of your work. It would also state that I would only have to pay you "X" amount once the work was finished to my satisfaction. See how that works? CONTRACTS exist to make sure people don't get ripped off... in the example above-the contract assures that you get paid for your work... and it assures that I get satisfactory work for my pay. There's not much need for love or relationship with a contract...

COVENANTS are different. Where contracts are "self-centered" (I want to make sure I get what I want out of this...), CONVENANTS are "OTHERS CENTERED" (I want to make sure you get what you want/need out of this...). Go back to the illustration of you painting my house... if we were to do it under a covenant agreement-it would go something like this -- Your part would say, "I want to paint Brad's house to bless him." And my part would say, "I want to pay you to bless you." That's covenant. And that requires a certain amount of love, trust and commitment from each party. I have to trust you to do a good job... and you have to trust me to bless you with pay when you're done with the job.

THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF COVENANT... THE CROSS.
Before Jesus put on skin and lived among us and died for us on the cross... He DID NOT send out a survey crew to ask, "Okay... so how many of you are going to accept me as Savior after this? I need to know BEFORE I go through all this torture... I need to make sure I get out of this deal what I want." No... Jesus didn't do that did he? He simply came... laid down his life for us and said, "Now, whosoever will, come and receive." THAT, is covenant.

And by the way-THAT is how God calls us to relate with each other!
John 13:34-35 (NLT) "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you (i.e. in the same way that I have love you), you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

So, when we talk about the Old Testament-we're talking about the group of writings that reveal the "old covenant"... the old offer of relationship God made with people through Israel. The Old Covenant was based on Law and Sacrifice. God revealed both of these (His Law and the Sacrificial System) through Moses-in the first five books of the Bible (Gen. - Deut., often referred to as "The Law). The rest of the Old Testament contains books of History (Joshua-Esther, the history of Israel and God's work with them), Poetry (Job-Song of Solomon, sometimes called the "writings"), and the Prophets (Isa.-Malachi).... But the underlying theme in EVERY SINGLE book of the OT is-God loves us... he created us... he has revealed His Law (His standards/his heart)... He has given us a way to walk with Him and to be forgiven when we screw up (Sacrifice)... this is His offer of relationship with us... will you embrace it? Will you love and trust Him with all your heart? That's the message of the OT.

The "books" of the OT were solidly agreed upon by the time Jesus arrived. Obviously they had all kinds of "extra" writings and teachings (traditions, etc.), but the books of LAW, HISTORY, POETY AND PROPHETS were the scriptures.

SIDE NOTE... What about the "apocrypha"" (the books Catholic Bibles have that Protestants do not recognize as Scripture)? I'll address that at the end of this article.

THE NEW TESTAMENT
Remember, "testament" = "covenant" which = "God's offer of relationship with us".
The New Testament is all about JESUS. Jesus is the center of everything. He is THE sacrificial lamb of God-offered by God for our sins... He is THE High Priest who intercedes for us before God (do you see why reading/understanding the OT is important!? The NT is based on it!!!!!)... The NT is all about God offering us relationship with himself through faith in Jesus-THAT is the underlying theme of EVERY SINGLE book of the NT

SO HOW DID WE SETTLE ON THE 27 BOOKS WE CALL THE New Testament?
It might freak you out to learn that the NT as we know it today-really wasn't a totally done deal until somewhere around the 18th Century (1700s)! That's basically because The Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century stirred a lot of things up... but that's another story...

DOES THAT MEAN THAT CHRISTIANS WHO LIVED BETWEEN THE 1st AND 18th CENTURIES WEREN'T SURE ABOUT WHAT WAS BIBLE AND WHAT WASN'T?

The short answer is NO.

From the moment that the apostles began to write, the First Century-Christians held their writing up as inspired, authoritative and of God. Whether they called them Scripture or not, I do not know, but for them it wasn't an issue. All they knew was that Jesus, their Savior, was speaking to them through the writings of these apostles! Most of the books of the NT were agreed upon, and viewed as inspired and authoritative by the middle of the 2nd Century.

CANON
Sometimes you'll hear people speak of the "canon" of Scripture.. the word "canon" is simply a word that means "rule" or "standard"... So, the canon of Scripture is simply the list of books that meet certain standards of authenticity.

SIDE NOTE: Some critics of the church say, "Men put the bible together... people chose what books were included in the Bible and which ones didn't... so you really can't trust it." Friends, God has always worked through people... that's the way He works... what it all comes down to is this question: DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS BIG ENOUGH TO ENSURE THAT HIS REVEALED WORD WAS PRESERVED AND HANDED DOWN TO US or not? If you don't think God can handle that... then you've got bigger issues than this article can deal with! If you know God can handle that... then... no problem let's move on...

THE HOME STRETCH... I.E. THE FINAL SECTION...
HOW WE GOT OUR NEW TESTAMENT!

Finally, I want to share with you the STANDARDS the early church used to determine which books were Scripture and which ones were not (we're focusing on the NT here). I think this will bless you.

FIVE GUIDING QUESTIONS
The early church prayerfully used five questions to guide them through the process of choosing the New Testament Books.

QUESTION ONE:
IS THIS BOOK APOSTOLIC?
Was it written by an Apostle (I.e. one of the 12?)... Or, at the very least... is its message/teaching in harmony with the teaching of the original Apostles? A good example of a book that falls into this category is HEBREWS--we're not certain who wrote it--some think Barnabas, some Paul... but no matter... it's teaching is rock-solid and in perfect harmony with the Apostles teachings.

QUESTION TWO:
IS THE BOOK ROOTED IN THE FIRST CENTURY?

Does this book have direct connections to the people who walked and talked with Jesus? No NT Book was written latter than the 1st Century. All of them were written by first generation Christians.

QUESTION THREE:
IS THE BOOK ORTHODOX?
Is the book in harmony with the teaching of the original Apostles? This sounds like a repeat of QUESTION ONE... and I guess it sort of is. But the early church--guided by the Holy Spirit--believed that this was a very important issue. So do I by the way.

QUESTION FOUR:
IS THE BOOK UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED?
Do Christian Communities EVERYWHERE embrace this as genuine, inspired, authoritative and of God?
There were lots of writings that were "popular" in local areas, but were not universally accepted as Scripture.

QUESTION FIVE:
IS IT INSPIRED?
This question was sort of a combination of the other four. "Does the Holy Spirit speak to us as we read it?" Is it the real deal.... And is it held to be so by the whole church?

So, the early church leaders used those 5 questions to prayerfully discern what was Scripture and what wasn't.

And I think they and the Holy Spirit together did an excellent job!

WHAT ABOUT THE APPOCRYPHA?

The apocrypha is a name given to a group of books that Catholics hold as Scripture, but Protestants do not.

Now, you have to remember that up until the 16th Century (1500s) there was no Protestant church... there was only the Catholic Church. But when Martin Luther and the other Reformers came along all of that changed.

Protestant leaders, in general held less to the "traditions" of the Catholic Church, and they placed more emphasis on Scripture as the primary standard of a believer's faith and practice. This heightened conviction and attitude toward Scripture caused them to reevaluate the "canon"... and as they applied the above 5 questions to what was then the Bible... they did not find the books of the Apocrypha...

Tobit
Judith
Wisdom
Ecclesiasticus
Baruch
First and Second Maccabees
Some additions to Esther and Daniel

...up to the test... and thus rejected them.

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG with reading any of these books... they can be interesting and informative... they just weren't deemed "Scripture," thus they aren't "binding" on the (protestant) church.

So there ya go. The wonderful conclusion that becomes obvious as you study this topic is that God worked in every single step of the process. He inspired the writers to write. He worked in the hearts of His people (the church) so that they perceived and heard the Spirit speaking to them through these writings. He worked through the Church leaders over the years to guide them to a right understanding of which books should and should not be deemed "Scripture." And today He works in our hearts as we read and study the Bible.

Pastor Brad is the pastor of Connections and Discipleship at First Church in Altoona, PA and a Christian Rock Musician. He is always excited to connect with new friends so please feel free to contact him any time! You can do so through the websites below.

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The Awakening Spirit by Peter Menkin

Author: Peter Menkin

Notice the Spirit of God, it is being awakened in us for Christmas...


Sometimes my poems are better, and sometimes they are not so good. That's how it goes with poetry. So is my experience. Here is a poem about Advent, written in the year 2001. My experience this third Sunday of Advent in Church was a different experience, yet similar. The Spirit was present today in our worship service of Lessons & Carols. And the Spirit was present in some readings I am doing for Advent. I am reading two books this season. Here I'll first mention the supplemental book.


Published by Morehouse, an Episcopal publishing house, the book titled "Run, Shepherds, Run" is by L. William Countryman. The subtitle is "Poems for Advent and Christmas." A dear friend bought me this book, one I did not know about, and I am grateful to her.


The main book I am reading is titled, "Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas." It is a collection of different writers writing about this season. Published by Orbis, a Maryknoll house, I have found these helpful in giving me direction this season.


Here are some words from the hymn printed in the book of poems. The author is anonymous.

O come thou Wisdom from on high,/who orderest all things mightily;/to us the path of knowledge show,/and teach us in her ways to go.

My poem from 2001:

The Awakening Spirit...(2001)
by Peter Menkin

The vision on awakening
during morningtime, blue sky
white flower sky
painting tree
with creation reality.

This great experience
of the spirit;
the new life of incarnate God -- the Christ.
"I in them and they in me,
that they may be perfectly one."

Advent days; come Lord.
Winter light hours beckon.
The poinsettias red leaves.


Audio reading of the poem by the poet is here:
http://www.archive.org/details/TheAwakeningSpiritByPeterMenkin

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA (north of San Francisco).

My blog:
http://www.petermenkin.blogspot.com

Me and God



A song that i enjoy listening to and singing too. This is my cover of the song. I also dedicate it to my grandmother who has been a big part of my life.

you enjoy it, God Bless

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Angels on Every Side


Author: Jason Powers

In a world that we live in today can be a very dangerous place with terrorism, natural disasters and human hatred at an all time high as never seen before in history. We as God's people must understand the reality of God's Angels. No matter what your denomination or background we are able to walk in safety in today's dangerous world. The Lord does not look at denominations, color or background, He looks at the heart. If you live a surrendered life in the Lord then you are promised Angels for protection.

Never again do you have to live a life full of worry and fear. You can walk through life with peace and joy knowing that there are Angels walking with you and your children. Some think that God won't protect them because of their failures and mistakes that they made in life; however we must understand that the Lord doesn't look for perfection He looks for surrender. His word promises great protection for those who seek Him and live for Him even in today's busy life.

Angels are ministering spirits, they minister for the saints but they do not minister to us (Ps 104:4) (Heb 1:7, 14). Only the Holy Spirit ministers to us however Angels minister for us. In times of great danger you can count on an Angel/Angels being their, because you are God's child and He cares for you. In your worst moments you can walk assured that everything is going to be alright. When your enemies surround you pick up your head and be full of strength because you're not alone in this battle.

When you decide in life to walk out into God's plans you will be faced with danger on every side and every time you will see the power of God as He makes a way where their seemed to be no way through that battle and many times He will send Angels to fight and clear the path that you're walking, because nothing and no-one can stop God's plans for your life not even satan himself.

There have been times in my life that I have seen supernatural events of Angels working in my life concerning protection. Like the time when a car was coming right towards me both of us were doing around seventy miles per hour on a major highway in the state of Florida, the car jumped lanes and came right for me when all of a sudden I seen that car thrown off to the side as though a unseen hand pushed the car out of my way. I have had many other victories like this that's why I am writing to you about Angels they are real and they are there for you.

Relationship, that's what it is all about; your relationship with Jesus Christ is where it all begins. They who fear the Lord have Angels encamped around them the Bible say's, so it all starts with relationship with the Lord. It is Jesus that should be worshiped not Angels. It is the Lord that paid the price for you and as that relationship is developed then you will experience supernatural protection that the Bible teaches. Today begin to live this life without fear and worry then you will experience the abundant life that Jesus came to give you.

Jason Powers a Christian Writer in the state of Florida. His books have touched many lives from around the world including India, Pakistan, Africa and the UK. For more information about Jason Powers or his writings visit Jason Powers Ministries

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Let This Mind Be in You - Thinking Like God Thinks

By Fred Fishburne

Philippians 2:5-6 states, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

This is how God wants you to think about yourself. God wants you to see yourself on his level and in his form. If you will take the time and apply the effort to allow your mind to think like this, you will never be the same again. You will see everything from a different view. You will see yourself worthy of having God's wealth.

Lets look at a couple of scriptures that will help you see yourself as God sees you.

Genesis 1:26, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion...

Genesis 2:7, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

God has always seen man on his level as his equal. How can God make something in His image and likeness and it not be equal to what it was made from. You are to have this mindset in you. You must, in order to rule over the darkness of this world and receive the riches of Christ in your life. If you do not renew you mind to this you will never see yourself as worthy to have His riches.

Ephesians 2:10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. You were created in Christ Jesus when the Father raised Him from the dead and sat Him in heaven on His throne with Him.

Now look at Ephesians 2:6-7, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

He has done all that he can do for you. If there was anything else that he could do he would do even that, but there is nothing. He has set the standard for you to follow, but if you choose not to do so, there is nothing else he can do for you and through you.

But when you keep his commandments you and He can do all things together. You can raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out devils, walk in abundant riches, walk in favor with all men, have victory over all your enemies and be called by all nations the one who the Lord has blessed. He will make your name great among the gentiles, the word says.

Fred Fishburne has been serving the Lord since 1980. He was called by God in 1983 to New Life Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia, Founded by Norvel Hayes. After graduation, he helped charter a Rhema Bible Church, Living Word On The Move, in which Fred and his wife Ann raised their family and still serve today. Fred has been a Christian author for several years, encouraging people with his uplifting style to reach out and receive by faith the inheritance that God has prepared for them in Christ Jesus.

Fred and Ann have owned a successful natural health store in McDonough, Ga. since 1994. Helping people with there health is a big part of their ministry. "It gives us a chance to show our customers what the Bibles says about good health, and His abundant riches," says the couple.

Read excerpts from Fred's books at: http://fredfishburne.com
Read natural health and body building articles at: http://prohealthnut.com

Help in Time of Need

By Jeffrey Hardwick

Imagine getting help whenever you need it, no matter what you are going through. Help is always available. Always. You just need to know where to turn to for help.

Many times we get ourselves in a position where we can just ask someone to help us, but because of pride we choose not to ask for a helping hand. We are on this earth to assist one another. We all have strengths and weaknesses. God created us that way for His reasons.

He desires for us to depend on Him for everything. God is trustworthy. God is your Helper. He is available all day and all night. In fact, He desires to help you. Just ask Him. He will say Yes to you. There are times when God uses people to give you a hand. Either way, you can receive help.

Why does God wan to help us? He desires for us to succeed. God has success on His mind and wants you to be successful, but He knows you cannot live this life on your own. Success is available to you, just as much as failure is an option. Have you made your choice yet? Success or failure?

How much help do you really need to fail? You can do that all by yourself. If you choose success, help from others is required. No one becomes successful on their own. Think back to a time in your life where you succeeded. Who helped you?

Many people will take responsibility for their successes but not their failures. Why is that? Pride. If you believe you are a success only because of your own actions, you are deceiving yourself. Do you know what the cure is for pride? Humility. Make a choice to humble yourself.

Have you ever been around prideful and arrogant people? Did you enjoy being in their presence? Probably not. Have you ever been with humble and meek people? It is more enjoyable to talk with those who are humble because the focus is not always on themselves. A humble person can be willing to help you without taking any credit.

When you understand that help is always available, just humble yourself and ask. When you do ask, your chances of receiving help increase 50 percent. How do you feel when someone asks you to help them and you really want to do it? People really do want to help you. God really, really wants to help. Just ask.

The choice is up to you.

Jeffrey Hardwick is a teacher, writer and speaker. For over 10 years he worked with All Americans, National Champions and Player of the Year athletes on the mental game. While working with the athlletes and coaches he disocvered what he shared with them works for everyone whether they are an athlete or not. Jeffrey desires to help people live the life their meant to live by sharing life changing truths with them. He knows that each person has unlimited potential residing within them. Encouraging others to know the truth about themselves is what Jeffrey is passionate about. Visit http://motivatingmentors.com/

Genevieve, Abby & Maria



Genevieve, Abby &; Maria practice their song they have just learned in children\'s choir at Flint Hill.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Christ the Cornerstone

By Dorothy K Daigle

Christ is not a man. Christ is the Divine Love of God placed into a human heart--into the heart of Jesus. Christ is unconditional love.

Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, who had become wicked. Creator had turned His face away from their wickedness. Jesus offered himself as an atonement sacrifice so the Israelites could approach God. The Jews refused to accept his sacrifice.

In Psalms 118:22 it was prophesied that the stone refused by the builders is to become the head cornerstone. (The builders symbolize the Jews/Israelites and the cornerstone symbolizes Christ, the Divine unconditional love of God within Jesus.) Matthew 21:42-43.

Creator promised to unite the House of Judah and the House of Israel (sometimes referred to as the House of Joseph). Ezekiel 37. This union will produce a new nation. This new nation will be a spiritual entity of universal brotherhood called the Rainbow Tribe. They will walk the high level spiritual path of our beloved patriarch Abraham, referred to here as the Red Road.

The cornerstone of the Rainbow Tribe will be Christ, I.e. unconditional love. It will be a nation built on unconditional love, not on any religion. This will finally bring peace.

Members of the Rainbow Tribe will be all those who live unconditional love. They will be adopted into the Tribe by Creator, just like Manasseh and Ephraim were adopted by Jacob. This is when those Gentiles who live unconditional love will become heirs with the rest of God's children in the Kingdom of God.

May peace come soon!

Spiritual teachings of unconditional love (Red Road teachings) leading to eternal life are taught in the book Red Hat Speaks by Dorothy K. Daigle. Red Hat Speaks can be ordered from any bookstore for $10.95. Let's not wait too long. When the time is up, the place of our eternal destiny will be sealed.

Dorothy was taught by Cherokee elder and wisdom keeper, John Red Hat Duke, for over ten years in Keetoowah Cherokee spiritual ways, in Eastern philosophy, and in Judaism. She was raised Christian so she has a good working knowledge of Christianity. She now follows no religion, but strives to walk the Red Road spiritual path according to Jesus' teachings.

She received her call from Creator in the fall of '92, and was then taught by the great prophet Elijah for four years. She was given four assurances by Creator when He called her. She was told that she was anointed by the Holy One of Israel, that she would be protected until this work was done, that Creator would go before her whenever He sent her somewhere, and that she did not have to prove herself to anyone. She is one of God's two witnesses.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'd Rather Follow Jesus!

By Dorothy K Daigle

There are some clarifications that are essential in the writings of various authors if we want to be sure we are following the teachings of Jesus, whom so many believe is the Son of God. When we face Creator, how will we excuse ourselves if we chose to follow someone else, and ignored what Jesus taught?

Jesus said: You gain eternal life when you love God (the Father) with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. (According to the Law) This is unconditional love residing in the heart of God's children. Luke 10:25-28.

Luke said: There is none other name (Jesus) under heaven whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12. If we follow the teachings of unconditional love that Jesus taught, then yes, we gain eternal life through Jesus' teachings. Luke 10:25-28.

Paul said: ...the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23. Jesus told us that we gain eternal life by having unconditional love in our hearts for God the Father, for ourselves, and for others as ourselves. Luke 10:25-28.

Jesus said (according to the biblical book of Revelation through John) ...and the dead were judged according to their works which were written in the books. Rev 20:12.

Paul said: You are saved by grace, not by works. Ephesians 2:8-9. Yet, in James 1:17 we read that faith without works is dead!

According to Jesus' teachings, out of a heart where unconditional love resides, abundant good works will be the fruit. If there is no fruit, we might as well count the tree as being dead. It will be hewn down and cast into the fire. Matthew 6:15-19.

I would rather follow Jesus! May the fruit of our lives be such that all will know that we follow Jesus' teachings and walk in warm loving companionship with our heavenly Father.

Blessings and warm thoughts.

Spiritual teachings of unconditional love leading to eternal life are taught in the book Red Hat Speaks by Dorothy K. Daigle. Red Hat Speaks can be ordered from any bookstore for $10.95. Let's not wait too long. When the time is up, the place of our eternal destiny will be sealed.

Dorothy was taught by Cherokee elder and wisdom keeper, John Red Hat Duke, for over ten years in Keetoowah Cherokee spiritual ways, in Eastern philosophy, and in Judaism. She was raised Christian so she has a good working knowledge of Christianity. She now follows no religion, but strives to walk the Red Road spiritual path according to Jesus' teachings.

She received her call from Creator in the fall of '92, and was then taught by the great prophet Elijah for four years. She was given four assurances by Creator when He called her. She was told that she was anointed by the Holy One of Israel, that she would be protected until this work was done, that Creator would go before her whenever He sent her somewhere, and that she did not have to prove herself to anyone. She is one of God's two witnesses.

Want a New Beginning? God's Principles to an Abundant Life Part 1

By Brent Conley

Everyone is always looking for a way to have true success or how to make more money. What is true success? What is it founded upon? There are alot of people out there with the answer or so they think, just search for the word success online and see how many results you'll get. It's overwhelming to say the least. The problem is most of them are man's definition of success. While some of them can get you to that point but will it last? In this article we will look at one principle that God teaches us about true success and a way to abundance according to Him.

FAITH

God is constantly showing us his faithfulness when we put our faith in him. For example there is a story about a widow who life change dramatically because of faith and can be read in 1 Kings 17:7-24 that demonstrates this for us. I paraphrase here for sake of time. It is about a widow woman who was visited by a prophet of God called Elijah. He was told by God to go to a woman in a town called Zarepath to get some food to eat. He found her getting ready for the last meal for her and her son because they were down to nothing left, no money no food but just a handful to make their last meal so they could eat and die. He told her to go ahead and do it but get him something first . He went on to tell her that the Lord said if she would do that then her flour would not run out or her oil dry up. Can you imagine being asked to do that? Regardless she gave him the meal in faith that God would provide for them and her life was changed in a moment. She never had to worry about food again because God gave her an abundant supply everyday. Her flour and oil were replenished over and over again.

So no matter what our situation or circumstances God has a plan of provision for us. He is the true source of success and He can do this in every area of our life.

Brent Conley is a part time internet marketer as well as full time husband and father. He loves the Lord and enjoys helping others to achieve their dreams and goals. To learn more about his internet marketing opportunity, visit http://YourFinancialHarvest.com

Monday, September 22, 2008

Why Am I Here? - How to Find Your God-Given Destiny

By Lorene Troyer

Every person has a God given destiny, a unique assignment given to them by their Creator. Many people do not know that they have a purpose in life or they do not know what it is. For many years I wondered why I was put on this planet. After I started attending a good church, I received 3 keys that helped me discover my destiny. These three keys will help you as well:

First, get God involved in your quest. Ask Him what He wants you to do and to teach you the things you need to know in order to fulfill the plan He has for your life. You will find answers as you meditate on scriptures but also be sensitive to any non-spiritual means He wants to use to teach you. Do not think that just because something is not spiritual, God can't use it to prepare you for the dream life He has planned for you. Clues to your destiny may be revealed as you walk through the supermarket, surf the web or read a self-help book. You will also want to pay close attention to your desires.

Secondly keep a journal and write down any clues or information you receive concerning your life. Journaling life goals is a way to start but you also want to jot down your desires and ideas you get from reading, meditating or talking with other people. Keep a pen and paper accessible so you do not lose those flashes of inspiration that come. As you read through your journals certain patterns will start to emerge and you will start to find out what your passions are.

The third key to finding your destiny is to spend at least 20 minutes a day reading. Choose subjects that have something to do with your life-- marriage, parenting, time management etc. As you read, you will start to hone in on subjects that really interest you and may decide to do further research on these subjects. As you are read, take good notes in your journal. Read through your journals on a regular basis.

Discovering and fulfilling your purpose in life is an exciting journey and will require diligence and work. You will not have any real joy or be truly fulfilled until you do. Why not get started today. If you do not know your Creator, get to know Him today and start living this rewarding way of life.

For information, inspiration and tips on how to fulfill your God-given destiny visit: http://victorious-woman.com/

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Book Review: Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God by James Finley

Author: Peter Menkin

For the ongoing spiritual journey

There is so much in this hardback with the attractive dustcover that it is difficult to know where to start. The author, James Finley, says what his book is about from his perspective as the writer, and what could be better: "...I am sharing with you what I have learned thus far in my ongoing spiritual journey." For people who see their life as a spiritual journey, even a pilgrimage or travel through the desert, James Finley has written an articulate if somewhat detailed text on being with and learning to seek God in ones life.

I had read somewhere in a book about the poor by the Jesuit Gary Smith that Christ is seeking us, and that we are "followed" by Christ. This book purports that one lives and prays a realized oneness with God, preparing oneself through contemplation as one discipline. "When engaged in contemplation, we rest in God resting in us. We are at home in God at home in us." The role is basically receptive.

The person who seeks God in this way, so the book instructs, and the book is a kind of instruction by one who has knowledge to share, and a heart with love to teach, will have a "life-transforming realization of oneness with God." In some way, by manner of practice, and the nature of contemplation. Some of his phrases are moving, and give reason to think about with a reverent consideration that looks towards divine destinations. He does this in the Christian way. One can "...quietly begin to illumine the most intimate of moments."

In this conversion of life and the heart, which I have practiced and in practicing found this book useful as a contemplative seeking and traveling the way, even when not knowing the path but being there anyway, I found the practice of meditation is a starting point in the interior journey. This isn't a gibberish of the supernatural; the practice can extend to quiet moments of the sunset, or taking coffee in the morning. He suggests the day by day time of "Here I am, Lord."

There is a lot of ground and stuff and thoughts and ways discussed in this 286 page book by the former Trappist Monk who studied with Thomas Merton. Ones heart can be combined or moved in a way that connects it with similar experiences of past and passing centuries. Here is one lesson that is gained through Christian meditation:

"...meditation embodies a desire for God that brings us back full circle to a more clear-minded, Christlike compassion for others and our selves." I am going to tell you something that took the author a while to say in the section on "A Ladder to Heaven." When the Lord or we self disclose our love to another we seek to have our heart met and hearing that love come back to us. God does this with us in contemplation and meditation. There is this God of love which is the Christian love, and it is a powerful, drawing, and fulfilling force.

There are risks to the contemplative practice in the Christian tradition, outlined, explained, and taught in this book by HarperSan Francisco. "Dealing with the dying away of who we used to be." "Ego-based ways of experiencing ourselves are yeilding..." Sometimes the transformative experience is extremely difficult.

James Finley likes to explain the journey, and he tells us that the journey can be hidden, that He is hidden and that He does abide within us. So he quotes Saint John of the Cross. In my own life I have sought this method of prayer and practiced it, relying on the centering qualities and the quietude. Sometimes I have entered into the desert of aloness of my own life, and faced myself and memories. A hard thing to do, and one that can necessarily be something one endures. All in all, on what is called in this good book of contemplative life and doing, one is learning and practicing the general loving awarenesss to rest in the passageways. It is the claim of the author that this method of prayer, more a practice and part of living life, is an experience of spiritual fulfillment. The contemplative would say so, too. By that I mean others than James Finley, who has been steeped in this knowledge and carefully writes about it as a teacher in the book.

Before I close, here is the nondual oneness with God that is a ground of the experience, outlined as entering the mind of Christ. "...rest silently in God's presence..." This way allows "...access into the depths of realized oneness with God that is at once Christ's life and your own." As a reviewer, my suggestion is to read with care and with some patience this detailed book about Christian meditation, and to pause from time to time to think on some of the concepts and things written. Plainly, the practice is a simple resting in attentive openness to God.

There is some how-to in the book, where to set your eye glance, breathing, and the like. For this reader, who recommends this book to the seeker, the better parts are the explanations of experience and the preparation for the silent reception of God. Certainly a good book for seekers. This is a book of the ongoing spiritual journey.

--Peter Menkin, Obl Cam OSB

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA (north of San Francisco).

My blog:
http://www.petermenkin.blogspot.com

The Inception of Ordained Interfaith and Independent Ministers

Author: Barbara Eberle

Traditionally, prospective ministers, pastors, priests and rabbi obtain education either through their respective religious institutions, or by the study of theology at an accredited university. They are then appointed by the church as a church leader and are given the authority to promote their religion by heading religious institutions and leading congregations.

However, as the world shrinks and cultures and races merge, the traditional representative of the church, mosque or synagogue may find it difficult to accommodate the needs of a changing population. Bound by dogma and religious law, they are often prohibited to minister to those in need of interracial, interfaith or intercultural services. In evolutionary terms, this leaves a void and creates a need for an interfaith or independent approach to religion and spirituality.

This void is becoming more and more evident as traditional churches continue to loose a large number of their members. An example can be found in the Protestant religion. In April and May of 2007, LifeWay Research performed a survey of 1,023 Protestants and found that 70% of Protestants between the ages of 23 to 30 dropped out of Church (margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points). Among other reasons, dropouts claimed they left the church because they needed a break, did not feel connected, found church members judgmental or hypocritical, were too busy with college, work or other friends outside of the church or disagreed with the political agenda of the church.

Various methods continue to develop in attempts to fill the need for interfaith and independent spiritual services. Its not surprising that the online ordained minister has become popular. Becoming an interfaith or independent minister can be accomplished by performing a simple Google search. Numerous organizations and churches now offer online and instant ordinations. Some offer education, training and study in the comparative religions with a residency requirement and a formal ordination upon completion. Some offer instant ordination with support, training and education available to those who choose to use it. These ordained ministers cater to the needs of the non-churchgoers who still get married, have children, become sick, loose loved ones through death and need spiritual counseling on a variety of life issues.

Accordingly, the definition of minister is evolving. Not bound by dogma or creed, the independent and interfaith ministerial movement is growing and appears to profess a common believe a nonjudgmental approach to ministering to those of different faiths, cultures and beliefs by ministering according to the Golden Rule.

Interestingly, the word nonjudgmental can be threatening to the devout religious believer in spite of the fact that each great spiritual text teaches unconditional love and nonjudgment as part of its major components. The Golden Rule, for example, can be found in the texts of all the world's great religions:

One should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated. Hinduism, from the Hitopadesa (3200 BC) Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Judaism, Leviticus 19:18 (1300 BC) Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. Buddhism, Udanavarga (560BC) What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucianism, Analects (557 BC) No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Islam, Koran (620AD) Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain and your neighbor's loss as your loss. Taoist, Tai-shang, Kang-ying P'ien (500 BC) Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them. Christianity, 7:12 King James Version (30 AD)

An important question to consider regarding interfaith and independent ministers is, are they legitimate? According to dictionary.com, legitimate means:

1. according to law; lawful

If we look at the wording of the first amendment, (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof) then any ordained independent or interfaith minister must be legitimate as well as the more traditional clergy members. Yet, many states place restrictions upon what legitimizes a minister, as when it comes to solemnizing marriages. Take the state of Virginia for example. To register, you must appear in person in Arlington County and show your Certificate of Ordination, a picture ID, and pay a $16.00 fee. You will be asked some questions which may include asking if your organization is in alignment with the definition of a church as given by the IRS (namely, an established 501(c)3). But there is no law requiring a church or spiritual organization to be tax-exempt. The IRS definition only applies to those organizations that are seeking a tax-exempt status. Does that mean that all other spiritual and religious organizations that pay taxes are not legitimate? Or, has the first amendment been overlooked in this instance? Concerns about the integrity and legitimacy of clerics seems valid. Clergy, as a whole, receive respect and admiration by the very nature of their calling and are often viewed as trusted mentors, teachers, role models and faithful leaders. Can the grass roots interfaith and independent ministry movement stand up to such expectations? Can they be trusted? Yet, the question begs can traditionally ordained clergy be trusted as well. When a Google search for interfaith minister and abuse is performed, the searcher finds the first page filled with links to sites that claim to care for the abused or to help those abusing drugs, etc. When a Google search for Catholic priest and abuse is performed, the entire first page is filled with links to pages about the recent scandal where priests sexually abused children. It seems reasonable to conclude, then, that a cleric as a member of an established world religion does not, by itself, demonstrate trustworthiness. Similarly, interfaith and independent ministries have little history upon which to base a qualified answer to these important questions.

Religions, by their very nature, profess a right/wrong philosophy through creed and dogma. Yet, sacred texts, creed and dogma are open to interpretation as to what constitutes right and wrong. Disagreements on interpretations abound. Indeed, current events attest to the tragic world events rooted in religious disagreements (September 11, the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and our current state of affairs).

When Religion Turns Evil, by Baptist Minister Dr. Charles Kimball, (2003) defines five signs of corruption in religions. They are: absolute truth claims, blind obedience, establishing the "ideal" time, the end justifies any means, and declaring holy war. These attributes can be found in the Nazis, the Crusades and in the cults of Jim Jones and David Koresh.

Self-righteousness, then, is present as a common trait found in the actions of the Nazis, the Crusaders and both the Jones and Koresh cults. The Golden Rule espoused by all the great religions was forgotten in each case. The world would benefit if all spiritual and religious organizations would take heed of the warning offered in Matthew 23:27-28:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

It seems then that the major qualifications necessary for someone to become a legitimate cleric (either an independent clergy or a cleric with a major religion) and minister to the spiritual needs of others would be twofold: a deep desire to live a life free from self-righteous tendencies, and a life dedicated to the practice of the Golden Rule. The basic concept of love that is found in all of the great texts would then be practiced, promoting tolerance, understanding, compassion and peace.

Copyright 2008 The Ministerial Seminary of America, LLC

Rev. Barbara Eberle, MA, OMC is an Ordained Ministerial Counselor who has a passion for promoting Interfaith tolerance and is the Managing Member of The Ministerial Seminary of America, LLC. at http://www.ministerialseminary.com

Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Review: an Anthology of Christian Devotion, Holy Communion by Massey H. Shepherd

Author: Peter Menkin

"For a bond of love,/a sufficient account of our offering..."

Massey H. Shepherd, Jr. is a beloved man who wrote a number of books and taught many seminary students at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. I know this as I know some bare bone facts of this man of faith, this Reverend who was influential and I understand a contributor to the modern "Book of Common Prayer" which Episcopalians use in worship on Sundays and daily life. But I don't have to write an advertisement for the compiler of "An Anthology of Christian Devotion: Holy Communion," a book I bought used since it is out of print.

My copy was owned by R.J. Brown, a name on the inside front page of the book, published by The Seabury Press, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1959. I feel like I have a special book, and for my library a collector's item that I read numerous times in the week. Usually I do so in the evening. I share R.J. Brown's interest in the book, so I imagine, for one reason I bought the book was to get a look at the writings that interested the compiler so as to gain insight into "The Book of Common Prayer." Does this book do this for me? Perhaps. But more so, the book is a friend and opens my eyes to poetry and short readings from people who had a deep love of the Lord, devotion in their religious life, and a commitment to Christianity.

Quote from the book:
"It must be His voice thou hearest when He says, `Come hither, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,' hence His voice that invites thee: and it must be His voice thou hearest when He says, "This is my Body,'..." Soren Kierkegard

Another reason I chose this book, and a serious one, was to enter into and gain in a kind of dialogue about Eucharist. That is the subject about which the title says these devotions attend. It isn't so frequent a thing that I talk with people about Communion, and what it means to us. Today I did so with a woman who is 97, and it was a conversation that came from the Holy Spirit since we had our conversation right after taking Communion Under Special Circumstances together. With this book, one can have that introduction and conversation about Eucharist with this writer, who has passed away and ,as I know and enjoy, left these writings for the edification of readers. It is a joy.

Quote from the book:
"For a bond of love,/a sufficient account of our offering,/the armour of patience,/a stirring up of thanksgiving/confidence in prayer,/mutual indwelling,/a pledge of resurrection,/an acceptable defense at the judgment,/a covenant of our inheritance,/a figure of perfection..." "Before Receiving" by Lancelot Andrews.

The fullness of such a quote from a lovely statement made in poetry is itself a meal. Of course, it tells us about Holy Communion. The poem itself is longer, but not too long for my taste so that like the other readings, they do not tire the reader. They refresh one.

If you as a reader of this review wonder what my friend and I said about Eucharist, this quotation above titled "Before Receiving" sums it up---but oh, so eloquently. The book is an eloquent one, and certainly a source of taste--as in taste what we bring to you and have learned for devotion and understanding of our God. There you have my statement about the readings, so there you have also high praise for this compilation of readings about Holy Communion. Certainly one will find it worthwhile to read prior to Sunday Communion, for you will be pleased to share in its depth and sometimes apparent truths known. Here one may also gain insight into what was on the mind of Massey H. Shepherd, Jr.

Quote from the book:
"Holy and righteous Father, in commemorating here the one perfect sacrifice offered once for all on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ, in joyful expectation of his coming, we offer ourselves to thee as a living and holy sacrifice...." "Liturgy of the Reformed Church of France, 1946.

--Peter Menkin, Easter 2007

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA (north of San Francisco).

My blog:
http://www.petermenkin.blogspot.com

The Lord\'s Supper



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How to Hear From God - 3 Steps to Getting Divine Direction For Your Life

By Bettina Langerfeldt

Is it truly possible to hear God's voice? Just imagine you could! You are going through your day and suddenly an important issue comes up and you have to make a decision. There are so many pros and cons that you really don't know what to do.

Wouldn't it be great if you could ask the Creator of the Universe what His opinion is? I mean, He knows exactly what is going on in all spheres of your life and probably has the perfect answer for your dilemma. And besides, He is a whole lot smarter than you are!

Well, the Bible clearly states that we are already led by the Spirit of God if we are born again by accepting Jesus as the Lord of our lives and therefore have become sons and daughters of God:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

Being able to fellowship with God Himself, talk to Him and hear His opinion about whatever we are up to is an awesome privilege that is not beyond our reach! It is something Christians should actually take much more advantage of! God desires to talk to us and to communicate with us, but we have to do our part.

Maybe you have not been aware of it, but you have probably heard His voice many times. Here are 3 steps you can follow to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit:

  • The Holy Spirit usually communicates through a still, small voice. He will give you peace when you consider a certain option. It will just seem good to you. This happened to Silas when he didn't go back to Jerusalem with the other brethren. It just seemed good to him to remain in Antioch (Acts 16:34). 6 verses later he is chosen by Paul to go with him on a missionary trip!
  • It's always good to get to know a person you want to communicate with. Inform yourself about who the Holy Spirit is and what He does in our lives. Start with John Chapters 14, 15 and 16. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit lives in us, teaches us all things and even tells us about things to come!
  • Study the Word of God. God will never ask you to do anything that goes against His Word. If you are well informed about His known will, the Bible, you will be well prepared to discern his unknown and specific will for your life. Proverbs is a good place to start studying His known will.

I'd like to invite you to go for it! If you want to learn how to direct your life according to God's plan by hearing from the Holy Spirit, go to http://www.Self-DirectedLearningForSuccess.com You will get immediate access to my free e-course "7 Steps to Consistently Change Your Life" and my free e-book that will teach you how to develop your God-given talents and how to discover and pursue that passion God has put in your heart.

From Bettina Langerfeldt, who teaches people how to pursue their God-given gifts and talents by designing their own education with self-directed learning.

© 2008 Freedompioneer

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jesus: Name Above All Names

The name of Jesus is above all others (see Philippians 2:9). God bestowed this honor on The Master because of what He achieved through His earthly ministry. What did Jesus achieve?

1. He resisted sin.

Jesus was tempted in the same areas we are, yet He never made a mistake (see Hebrews 4:15). Think about the phrase "all points" for a minute. This verse is telling us that that every temptation common to man including lying, stealing, bad thoughts, anger, etc. was thrown at Jesus. Yet He never fell for any of it.

"But Karin, Jesus is God. Of course He was able to stand against sin," you might say. Yes, Jesus is God. However, we have to understand that Jesus did not exist on earth as God but as a man. So that He could become a compassionate High Priest, Jesus came to feel what we feel (see Hebrews 2:16-18). Jesus discarded the "advantages" of being God. Because He was infused with and perfectly yielded to the Third Person in the Trinity, He performed great miracles.

2. Jesus manifested the perfect will of God everywhere He went.

He told the truth, healed,cast out demons, met financial needs, and more.

3. He suffered the humiliations of a criminal although He was perfect.

He was severely beaten and called a liar yet He never retaliated. Finally, He was hung on a cross between two thieves. Still, He did not think of Himself. "Father, forgive them because they don't know what they are doing," He prayed. He entrusted the care of His mother to the disciple named John when He said: "Woman, behold thy son. Son, behold thy mother."

4. He became sin who knew no sin.

Jesus, who never sinned, became sin itself so that all who believe in Him could have right standing with God. We have all seen pictures of Jesus hanging on a cross and He looks human. However, the scriptures say He was not recognizable (see Isaiah 52:14). This was the result of every sin and sickness known to man invading Jesus' body.

5. He took our punishment in Hell.

Oh, the torment Jesus must have suffered at the hands of Satan and his cohorts.

6. He rose in victory and power.

Jesus took the keys to Hell and Death and then made an open display of the devil as a defeated foe (see Ephesians 4:7-9).

Though His brief life on earth could not have been easy, Jesus remained focused on His mission and accomplished what no other had done: the redemption of all mankind.

By: Karin Peavy

Karin Peavy uses her pen to help change lives. She is an author and publisher who delights in sharing God's Word with others. Visit karinpeavy.com to discover Karin's Bible study resources.

How To Get To Heaven.

Assuming that the preachers are correct in that there is a Heaven to be gained and a hell to avoid in the afterlife (Maybe the real life since it seems to be eternal and this one doesn't). How can one be assured of gaining the one and avoiding the other? Seems a simple question, but of course as soon as we introduce the ideas of men it gets complicated. Of course there are those who would say just accept Christ and you are in. As true as this sounds is that all there is to it? If Hitler accepted Christ at some point in his life, will he be there to greet us when we arrive? What does it mean to accept Christ and is it something I can undo if I care to? Or perhaps if I do enough good stuff and don't do bad stuff God will be so impressed He will have to let me in. Or maybe it is my church attendance and obedience to authority that gets me the shoe in.

So how do we clarify this mass tangle of indoctrinated prejudice so that the Truth becomes obvious to all? How is this; to get into heaven is simple, all you have to do is be Immortal. Now doesn't that make everything simple and easy? Of course it does but once again if we are going to involve the ideas of mortals it gets complicated real fast; but we won't let that stop us from proceeding.

So why must I be Immortal to get to heaven? Well, there could be several good reasons why this is so and perhaps explaining them will help untangle the previous mess we found ourselves in. Let's start by examining the whole theory of heaven and hell to begin with. Obviously there must be some sort of a scale involved with heaven being at the Top of the Scale and hell at the bottom. The nature of this scale would just as obviously be the criteria by which the two are deviated between this range.

So what is the criteria by which this scale is judged and how can we estimate our position along it range? In a word: Energy.

Energy is the difference between the two polarities on our scale and it is kind of like AC or DC. Heaven operates by Positronic Mass and hell operates by Psychic Mass, it really is just that simple. Now I could have said: "Heaven operates by Love and hell operates by fear" and said the same thing, but I prefer the technical accuracy of the first. So why must you be Immortal to get to heaven, it should be starting to become obvious we hope by now.

So then, let us assume that heaven and hell differentiate as two non-complementary energy reserves, and just for the sake of measure call love positive and fear negative. Now then, with heaven representing the energy reserve of Love and hell representing the energy reserve of fear, you should be able to draw a few conclusions of your own and we can move on to another reason.

Another reason you must be Immortal to get to heaven is that the whole place is made of Immortal Substance. Everything there is Immortal, the grass, the buildings, the streets of Gold, and the people are all energetically compatible with the environment. Of course this Absolute environment being the Home of God, all this is made possible through Divine Genetics. This residence of God is really the home of God's Family because God does not need a home but His Family does. That is also why He established the genetics and why we call Him Father. If we are shaking someone's confidence in the rule book they were counting on to get them to heaven and make them immortal, all we can say is It's about time!!!

So how about we shift the nature of our inquiry for a moment to what does it take to go to hell? With our Scale in place it should be obvious that all it takes is fear. That should probably say it all and be good enough to move on but I suspect some mortals may need clarification on this point. Fear is the measure of your Psychic Mass. It is graduated along a perceptual ratio of being and doing and experienced between the observer and the object of Awareness. There you go, deal with it!!!

So why do I have to be Immortal to get to heaven, can't I just do something instead??? Because that is how it works and YES, there is something you can do. Let's get back to that whole Divine Genetics thing. Obviously we cannot do something good enough to get Immortal, so if it cannot be earned then it MUST be received as a Gift. Having Freely Received a GIFT of this Magnificence, thanksgiving and appreciation may be in order to not seem disrespectful (Of course disrespectful receiving is preferred to rejection). Those who reject this supreme Gift while claiming to have it and teach others to do likewise are the most Blasphemous of the bunch; we refer to these as Mortal Church. Mortal church must deny your divinity at all costs for the sake of their own survival (Notice the Love/fear syndrome at work here). With mortal church in charge, it's a wonder anyone ever makes it to heaven. Good thing it's not up to mortals or we would all be doomed! Which brings us back to Divine Genetics.

Divine Genetics can be seen in one sense as the Cosmic Blueprint of the Universe. As such there is no escaping Divine Genetics on this level because it incorporates every energetic fluctuation of the cosmos. One aspect of this Blueprint is what we call the Morphogenetic Field, which is the Collective Consciousness of any species and our Human Species in particular. It is as a member of this Collective Consciousness that we can track your Divine Genetics Personally. Of course if you don't take anything personal, you avoid detection on that meter. So now if we are going to talk about your Personal Divine Genetics, I guess we'll just have to take it up a notch.

The Bible Says: "Your Life is hidden in Christ." This is a direct reference to your Divine Genetics. Jesus resolved all the issues of Personal identification with Godhead by infusing our Collective Consciousness with His Resurrected BODY. First thing we should note is that this Impact to our collective is established Fact and cannot be undone. That is why we can Accept it or reject it but we cannot change it. Second, it is our acceptance or rejection that determines our degree of mortality. Third, acceptance requires we return to Divine Genetics.

The Divine Genetics of our species is understood as the Morphogenetic Resonance signifying the molecular activity in the Resurrected Flesh of our Living Savior, directly active in the entire collective. So then it would seem that our Divine Genetics operates by Resurrection Resonance and that you have the choice to accept or reject this Free Gift, but you cannot change it, and rejection leaves you mortal.

So let me ask you a question now: "How did you think you were going to get into heaven without being Immortal???"

By: B Weiser

To learn more about the Immortality of your Soul go to www.newreformationnow.com or just stay mortal like everyone else.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Art of Allowing Miracles

Author: Sharon Eiffel

Once we get to the place where we can just leave all of the circumstances in our life and our affairs in the hands of God and his Infinite Wisdom, we can rest assured that everything is going to be okay. Sure, we all understand this and we are sure that we can totally depend on Infinite Wisdom in our lives and we come to depend on this. Our hearts and souls tell us it is so and we have proven it to be true in the past. It is a promise that has been given to us to claim in our lives when we finally decide to totally leave everything in our lives up to God.

When we truly surrender to God, there is no way that we can make a mistake or err in any way. We are protected and nothing can come our way to harm us. The best things will happen in our lives and everything will be worked out for our good and the glory of our God. We must focus on God, on the good, on the Divine Order which is omnipresent, that way our life situations are well taken off and we are able to accomplish the goals in the distance.

All of our needs are met and of and we will be given more than we could have dreamed of or hoped for. There is truth in this Biblical verse-but my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches.. But to experience such a life of miracles we must surrender, submit, and believe that there is a power beyond what we can see, a power so majestic and so capable. The power which orchestrates the orbiting of the galaxies, this same power is available to you, right now, only if you let it take care of your life situations.

After we place our lives totally under the direction of God, our life will change for the better. The problems in our life will vanish away and the obstacles we deal with will be totally removed. Adversity that is suffered in our life will be transformed into something good and beautiful and those who were at one time against us will be turned towards us.

When we leave things up to God, we can expect all this and more, once we finally allow everything in our lives to be under His guidance and care. The key to experiencing a life of miracles is in surrender, in aligning our lives with the Supreme Order and most importantly in BELIEVING and FAITH.

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Role played by Church retreat in our daily life

By: Ron victor



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Within each one of us lies the desire to know the meaning of our lives. At some point of time man strives to analyze the reason for his birth and his duties towards the Almighty. Not all of them get the answers for these questions by themselves; some of them need to be guided by persons who know the answers; or persons who will guide us to find these answers. All of us are born with miseries and toil to overcome them in our day to day life. But seldom do people succeed; invariably, each person has his own tale of woes that differs from one another according to his degree of tolerance. He tries to find solace in his path of religion; a time tested way to salvation (or for the moment at least).

Every religion has its own doctrines and principles to lead a man to salvation. Be it Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism; they preach the presence of God and make us bring closer to him. But, in today’s world of carnal pleasures, time is scarce, and God doesn’t enter our minds until we are forced into a cataclysmic situation. Fortunately, the Church is one such constitution that has, from time immemorial, guarded and guided mankind towards Godliness making him realize the power of God in his actions. It organizes various congregations to combat the weaknesses of man that tends to lead him away from God. One such effort is the retreats organized by churches.

A retreat is a gathering, where we contemplate on any given virtue. It is the moment to savor the gift of life and try to assess our compatibility towards it. The answer could be in negative or affirmative; in any case, varied thoughts are pooled together on the given issue and the cleric or pastor gives his sermon on what should be done to set right the situation. It is not, as widely believed, violating the rule of God or sin, but innocuous that we are, that God Almighty is forever kind enough to wash away our sins. These gatherings strengthen the belief in God. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. Man, however sinister his mind may be, is welcomed into the kingdom of God if he is willing to cleanse himself of all his sins. His atonement is the first step towards rectitude.

A sin, is no more a sin when confessed and forgiven; This is the theory in Christianity. When there is someone who is closer to God (than us) who reaffirms this conjecture, there is hope regained in mundane hearts. Once he is wary of his sin, he makes amends for it by refraining from such behavior and focuses on the path of God to make our world a better place to live in.
Also this forms as an outlet for men, women, children et all to vent their emotions, a season for self appraisal, a term to set right the wrongs in our life, a period of rehabilitation, if desirable. A positive attitude towards life is what we need today. That doesn’t mean that there can be a repetition of our immoral demeanor .A ray of hope for the hopeless is what these congregations endeavor to offer.

Ron Victor is a Expert author for women's retreats and corporate retreats. He has written many articles like family reunions, church retreat, mountain retreat. For more information visit our site http://www.palimountain.com

Guidance For Our Lives

Light helps us to see. If we are in darkness, we do not see and perceive as things really are. It is when God shone His light into our hearts that we were able to see our need for Him as our Lord and Saviour and come to Him.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
How much more then God is able to show us His light in our life after we have come to know Him? How much more is He able to guide us through the pathways of life and take us where we need to be?! We can be confident that the same God who shone His light into our hearts will definitely light our paths and guide us in His purposes for us!

God will definitely guide us. He is waiting to help us because He does not want us to do it alone. The Bible shows us that God is guiding His people incrementally - as they focus on one step at a time. Although God sometimes gives believers a special glimpse of their future through prophecy etc, it is not the norm. God's direction and guidance can be likened to light from a lamp, enough light to softly illumine the plan just ahead so that we can take a step or two forward. When we view God's direction as a giant searchlight revealing the whole future rather than a lamp gently showing us the next steps, we are setting ourselves for disillusionment and disappointment. We need to accept that God's guidance comes step by step and this will enable us to walk our everyday with Him!
Isaiah 30:21
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

God truly wants to guide us and He always takes initiative to show us the way as He is our shepherd. The question is, as His sheep, are we listening actively for His voice everyday? The way we can truly have guidance from God is to meditate on His word and live in communion with Him every single day.
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Are you reading and meditating on His word daily? Are you allowing God to direct your steps everyday? God desires to direct your steps.
Proverbs 20:24
A man's steps are directed by the LORD.How then can anyone understand his own way?

By: Liz Thong

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Little Girl and Psalm 23



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Dance of the Bride and the Bridegroom - A Prayer of Supplication and Declaration

By Brenda Craig

Lord, I so desire for my heart and my soul to receive such a gift from You...such a sound from Heaven. I long for Your love to swell in my heart like an open gate and pour out of my being with rivers of living water. I know I have had questions that seem to have no real practical answers sometimes. I know all things cannot be grasped with the mind but must be absorbed by the spirit within me. Some of Your Word today seems too grand and I can't wrap my mind around the simplicity of relationship with You. Teach me to glory in the simple ways...in the simple things.

Always remind me of Your truth and how You see me when I am found to be comparing myself with another. Sometimes instead of rejoicing at the uniqueness of another person's dance I have been known to feel less than and wonder if I will ever be like them. How silly! You never want me to be like them. If I was I would be them, and that just wouldn't do.

May I ever keep my eyes focused on You Lord and learn to dance the dance You have chosen for me...one intricately designed to fit my personality...to fit who you designed me to be. I receive courage from you and ask you to embolden me as I have never been emboldened before. Let me feel the brush of Your wings as You cover me...as You fly with me.

Lord, I can imagine the scene. I know how fearful I would be...I have been fearful over much less in my life than dancing an actual dance with someone. I know the inner insecurities of my own heart all too well. However, I take comfort in the fact that You know them to and do not condemn me in any way. You never berate me or say, "Why don't you change or just get over it!" Sure, you correct me but it is always with mercy and kindness.

Therefore, I need not fear. In fact, I release all fear of what You might think...all fear of what others might think. After all, You already know everything I have done or will do and still love me...still want to dance with me. How amazing You are.

May the butterflies in my stomach become wings with which to fly...wings to fly to heights I have never know before...wings with which to move with such graceful motion in my dance with You. May I become so accustomed to moving in sync with You that my steps become well timed like the notes of a great opus. I dare to put my hand in the palm of Your hand where my name is carved...where the steps to my dance with You reside.

Lord I run...no, I fly to the safety of Your arms...your embrace. Teach me the simplicity of being with you...teach me to receive the lavish grace of Your heart and life. My heart skips a beat when I think of you...when I speak Your name. I hear you calling for me to arise and come without condemnation or guilt. I lay them all aside as I receive forgiveness and embrace goodness and mercy.

I let go of all fear and allow Your perfect love to penetrate my heart. This way no fear can abide in or near me. I rest myself in Your love and listen with my heart to the beating of Your heart. Let the Word have its perfect work in me and patient love will abound toward you, toward others and toward myself. Most of all teach me when to rest and when to dance...when to fly and when to settle down in the nest of Your presence that I might be filled.

Lord, all I can say...all I can sing...is grace...grace...grace...beautiful grace. I embrace Your goodness-Your kindness to me. I cloak myself in Your patience love and enduring grace. I wrap myself in the communion of Your heart. I hide in the communion of Your secret place. And I dance...yes I dance on the lofty heights of Your Word of Truth which has power to change and make whole. Purpose and destiny are lived out one moment...one breath at a time. Each step I take with You is a piece of destiny as it unfolds before my very eyes.

Teach me to learn when to arise and dance...when to rest and meditate...when to just behold You...to gaze upon Your beauty. Help me to embrace the process and see it as a dance. After all, dancing is way more fun than process. Process is simply process; dancing however, is beautiful and pleasant to see and hear when set to the music of Your heart.

I arise my Bridegroom to dance this dance with You as You bid me come. I acknowledge in spite of all I may see or feel that I am Your chosen one...the fairest of ten-thousand. Step by step my fears are dissipating and faith is growing in my heart until if overflows into the streets of my life. I listen. I hear. I receive and I give. I rest my head on Your speaking heart to dance "The Dance of the Bride and Bridegroom" with you. Amen

Brenda's writings are designed to provide prophetic insight and encourage others to develop a two-way relationship with the Lord. Brenda is the author of Carvings In His Palm, What God Thinks When He Whispers Your Name

You can read more of Brenda's inspirational works on line at http://www.journalsoftheheart.com or http://www.soakingwithapurpose.com

5 Essential Christian Teachings Christians Need to Know

Author: Jinger Jarrett

There is a lot of misunderstanding about Christianity and what the Christian faith actually teaches. Because there are so many doctrines that have been added to the Christian faith, many may be confused about what Christianity actually teaches.

Here are five essential teachings Christians need to understand.

1. Without the Resurrection, Christianity doesn't exist.

The core belief of Christianity is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The reason this is the central teaching of Christianity is really very simple: Christ's resurrection was his proof that he wasn't just a man, he is God. It was also about proving that he was the savior of mankind.

2. Jesus is God.

Although Islam teaches that Jesus is a prophet, and Judaism teaches something else, what the Bible teaches is that Jesus was very clear: He is God. He never said he was a man, a prophet. Those beliefs are a misreading of the Christian scripture, as well as heresy.

3. Saved by faith, subject to grace, not judged by the law.

One of the big fallacies non believers commit when it comes to Christians is that they think Christians believe they're perfect. Nothing is further from the truth.

We recognize that we are sinners and that the only path to heaven, and Christ, is to accept Jesus as the Messiah.

Christians are subject to grace because grace is the unearned gift of love from God. In the end, Christians will not be judged on whether they go to heaven or hell, but what their reward in heaven will be.

4. Love God, love your neighbor, love yourself.

In the Old Testament, there are 10 Commandments. When asked about observing the 10 Commandments, Jesus made basically the same statement in every gospel: that we love God, love our neighbor, and then love ourselves.

The Bible is clear that a neighbor is anyone whereas a brother is a fellow believer in Christ. In essence, Christ told us to love everyone.

Loving someone is very different from liking someone. When you like someone, it's about who they are. Love is about who you are. Also, the Bible tells us that God is love. Since God is love, then in order to love others, God must be a part of your life. Otherwise, it isn't love at all.

5. Being saved has nothing to do with being good.

In one of the gospels, someone calls Jesus good. Jesus replied by saying that only God is good. The truth is, none of us are good. No one is good.

Being saved is about accepting Christ as your Savior and putting your faith in him. It is about accepting that Christ is the only road to eternal life, not good works, purgatory, or "being good".

Jesus once said, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavty laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28). If you want to find true peace, true happiness, you'll find it in Christ.

Live the abundant Christian life you deserve. You'll find more articles about living the abundant Christian life at my site: 101 Christian. You'll also find additional resources to help you at my Christian blog.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Your Will Be Done on Earth As it is in Heaven

By Steven Coffman

Jesus gave us the "The Lords Prayer" as the example of how we should pray. In the second sentence of this prayer is, "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" Matthew 6:10 (NKJV), and gives us the example of how we should live! In heaven God's will is truly automatic, because in Heaven, all that is in Heaven has only good thoughts, words, actions and deeds. There are no opposing forces of darkness or anything evil that would come against His will. But on earth, evil does truly exist!

Here on earth, we have to always choose "good" and resist against the forces of darkness no matter what. God also gave us "Free Will" as a test for each of us to choose between good or evil in our lives. We personally have to continually refuse to act on our own negative, selfish, and self-defeating thoughts to be in God's favor. God's will is activated in our lives ONLY when we truly make Jesus our Lord and Savior; and then we must also truly choose to come into agreement with His will on a daily basis in our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our deeds. Then, as you follow the Bible and truly declare God's Word, you will be given His strength to overcome all opposition.

The Christian Bible also portrays that we should reflect the character of Jesus. We should have His same attitude and actions. That may sound like a pretty tall order; after all, Jesus was the Son of God. But remember, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we also become the sons and daughters of the Most High God too! We have to invite God into our attitude and actions. Then, as you open your heart to the Word of God, and His will to be done in your life, you will be empowered by your union with Him.

When Jesus walked the earth, what was His character and thoughts to portray how should we act?

Philippians 2:5-11 (NCV) tells us, "In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus." "Christ himself was like God in everything." "But he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit." "But he gave up this place with God and made himself nothing." "He was born to be a man and became like a servant." "And when he was a living man, he humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death-death on a cross." "So God raised Him to the highest place." "God made His name greater than every other name so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus-everyone in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth." "And everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and bring glory to God the Father."

Take the time and choose today to invite Lord to work in you. Read the Christian Bible and follow His examples. As you do, you will reflect God in your words, attitude, and actions, and only bring good to others. You will become empowered by the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, and you will begin to have God's will in your life as it is in heaven. You will then start to reap an abundant harvest of blessings in every area of your life!

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