A Study of Abraham
Becoming God’s Friend: How God Shapes Those He Loves
“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 being. The
Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man
whom He had formed.”
Formed in the untamed part of creation
-a heart driven to explore and seek adventure
Marco Polo… Hannibal over the Alps… Lewis and Clark… Peary and Cook… Randy and George and Steve…
Adventure [with danger and wildness] is an inborn longing in the soul of men!
Moses encounters the Living God at the Mall, while shopping? NO!
Jacob wrestles with God on the living room sofa? NO!
…in a wadi east of Jabbok, in Mesopotamia!
…Deserts of Sinai!
Elijah gained his strength in a sauna in Jerusalem? NO!
…in the wilderness!
Did Jesus find His strength and defeat the devil holding his mother’s hand in the kitchen? NO!
…the Spirit drove him into the wilderness!
Deep inside a man’s heart questions bubble up… Who am I? What am I made of? What am I destined for?
Unless you've had divine providence, most of us don't know exactly where we fit in Ministry. You may feel called to preach, but to whom and where? Do you feel called to work with children or the elderly? Do you feel called to work in a church or in a mission-type ministry? Maybe to be a Chaplain is your call? These are questions I have been asking myself for years, but am still struggling with. There's only one real way to find out, DO IT! Begin with working with children in different age groups, work with the elderly in your church, or volunteer in another area. That's the only way to see if you fit in somewhere. I volunteer in the media department of my church operating a camera to put our services on the internet. I enjoy it, but I feel I need to do more. I'm looking to start working with children in the different age groups to see if that may be where I can be useful and teach the Gospel. If that doesn't work, then I'll try something else. I'm also taking classes in Ministry from a Seminary and have a plan, (as of now), to find a Pastor position somewhere. I would love to be a Pastor at my church, but it doesn't look like any openings are going to be coming up soon. I would love to find an Associate Pastor position at a church so I could do the work and learn under the Senior Pastor at the same time. I don't know where all to look, but I'm looking everywhere.
Enough about me, just try different areas of Ministry to find your place, children, facility maintenance, visitation of nursing homes, driving people to church services, etc. There is a place for everyone. Don't be afraid to try or say, "That's not me". That is the Devil talking to you. He doesn't want to have you on the side of the Lord. He wants you to back away. You only fail if you don't try. If you don't fit, then you know its not your place and continue looking. Its that easy. I've been looking for a long time now and I think I know where I am supposed to be, so I'm going for it. You should too!!
The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News scoured police blotters and local news stories trying to gauge the scope of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. What they found is that over the last 20 years, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct – leaving behind more than 700 victims.
The gravity of the findings doesn’t seem lost on Southern Baptist leaders who are responding to the report. SBC President J.D. Greear calls the report “a warning sent from God, calling the church to repent.” Russell Moore of the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission calls it “a scandal crying out to heaven.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, says the denomination must be held to account. “What is being described and what has been done to children is horrific and inexcusable,” he tells OneNewsNow. “There is no way to rationalize or minimize that. It is despicable what has been done – and there’s zero excuse for it at all.”
Making matters even worse, victims and advocates asked the SBC in the summer of 2008 – just as the Catholic priest abuse scandal was publicly metastasizing – to put together an offender database to at least keep those credibly accused from moving to other churches. The SBC’s Executive Committee rejected those proposals, drafting a report that “accepted the existence of the problem rather than attempting to define its magnitude,” said a member of the committee.
“At the core of Southern Baptist doctrine is local church autonomy, the idea that each church is independent and self-governing. It’s one of the main reasons that [August] Boto said most of the proposals a decade ago were viewed as flawed by the executive committee because the committee doesn’t have the authority to force churches to report sexual abuse to a central registry.”“Abuse of Faith”
Houston Chronicle (Feb. 10, 2019)
As Jeffress points out, there is no church hierarchy to oversee and implement such a project.
“In many ways [the autonomy of our churches makes it] a greater challenge for Southern Baptists,” he explains. “We have 36,000 churches. For there to be a zero level of child abuse means that every church must have its own standards for how to ensure this doesn’t happen.”
Jeffress is calling on all Southern Baptist churches and institutions to confront the problem openly and immediately. Source
HNewsWire-Here is the order of things to come according to the Bible: It will be just like the days of Noah and Lot: people will be eating; drinking; marrying; giving in marriage; buying; selling; planting; building and SAYING: “Peace & Safety” and then like the flood and the destruction of Sodom so shall sudden destruction come on those who do not enter into the rapture like Noah entered into the ark.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV): For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Matthew 24:37-39 (KJV): But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Luke 17:26-30 (KJV): And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
HNewsWire- “All political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” Just look at some of our modern day examples: torture is “enhanced interrogation techniques”; murder is “collateral damage”; the aggression initiation of war is a “pre-emptive strike”; the theft of taxpayers’ money is a “bailout”; and the theft of depositors’ money in a bank is a “haircut” or “bail-in”.In a blatant example of Newspeak, the New World Order controllers (through the psychiatric DSM V) have tried to rename pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” and redefine pedophilia as a “sexual orientation”. This makes no sense, since sexual orientation has to do with gender not age, with whether you are attracted to males or females, not how old they are. There are even organizations (like B4UAct.org) which are claiming that pedophiles are being unfairly stigmatized for their feelings! Psychiatry, it should also be noted, has a history of inventing fictitious diseases such as ADHD (as admitted by its inventor on his deathbed by Leon Eisenberg).
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
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Ever have that home sick feeling , and you are already home? You are probably being paged by your heavenly Father. More than likely that's his Spirit wooing you to come into his presence. When I accepted Christ as a young boy, I remember having that feeling, even when I was home or had no reason to have it. As a child it can make one uncomfortable, and even sick , if one has it bad enough. It can effect your eating and other activities as well. If your home life was good or not so good, I believe it effects all of us at one stage or another to be home sick. I finally perceived it was my Lord calling me to pray. Many times out of ignorance, we will try and fill that feeling with things, activities, and even company, passing it off as loneliness. In the day we live in, we simply feel we do not have time to "go pray". Next time you get that homesick feeling and do not see a reason for it, go talk to your heavenly Father. He really wants to hear from you. The answers we seek are a prayer away
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If you don’t understand spiritual warfare and their is a variety of Christians who get attacked by the enemy because of either being in Ministry doing the Will of God or have a calling and took the call, you won’t understand what I’m about to write down, you probably even got lost in the first sentence. This is a warning to people if you don’t like the message you don’t have to bother reading it.
For those who are ready for this story I’m about to write please stay tuned.
The Shark that wanted a human snack.
I was on my boogie board late in the summer back in close to the late 1980s where school was out and it was beach time. I was not too far out in the ocean I had my older brother with me as I also had my snorkelling gear with me, not the profession kind for gear. As I went over a wave I put my head under looking at the beautiful ocean floor. To my surprise when I went to lift my head up their were swarms of fish about three feet from me. Out of no where the swarm looked to be fading out as a big huge fish came out of the swarm of fish looking directly towards me. I could not believe what I was seeing then it opened its huge mouth and I lifted up my head and said shark out loud to my brother. My brother said be quiet , don’t make a scene just calmly swim back to the shore. Not listening to my brother I panicked and heard him say, stop Scott, don’t splash so much. If the shark wanted to get me it could of right their at that moment, but to my surprise it did not nor did I want it too. After reaching the shore I told a lifeguard what had happen and he rang the bell to get people out of the water. The Shark was no where to be found. My testimony I believe God was with me that kept tha shark from getting to me. Not to go too religious on you but I did start praying while I was swimming to shore with my boogie board.
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And I say this with all love hope and cheer those who want to be blessed be blessed have great day .
My old self has been crucified with Jesus and in Him I have shared His crucifixion. It is no longer I who live, but JESUS lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by faith by trusting in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless and defeat its very purpose. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Jesus to die. His death was then wholly in vain.This letter to the Galatians was written while Paul was staying in Corinth to the Christians in Galatia which is in modern day Western Turkey. They began to become very legalistic in their worship and were much more concerned with keeping the LETTER of the Law of God rather than the SPIRIT of the Law of God.This is more like today when you see people trying to be good enough to “buy” their way into heaven.The fact of the matter is this, if all it took was following the rules God had set down for man, then there would have been no need for Jesus to die.But man could NEVER follow all the rules.We become enslaved to rules, enslaved to sin, enslaved to the past, enslaved to doing good works.If all it took to get to heaven was being a good person, Jesus would never have had to die.
There is a TV commercial that comes on like it is a news flash… a news bulletin.In fact there are several now. I’m even told there is one that comes on like it is coming from the President. But anyway, it comes on like it is interrupting the scheduled program, and it actually says, “This is an important message regarding your current home mortgage. And it does this because it wants you to stop whatever it is you are doing and pay attention.  And one of the commercials goes on to state that the government has issued some new rates in mortgages that you need to take advantage of right now. And all this time this woman is sitting behind a desk looking the part of an actual news broadcaster and she is talking about getting a mortgage. And in another of the commercials they pan over to a man as if he is on ‘location’ somewhere and he goes on to talk about mortgage rates. And he tells you that you must call this number on the bottom of your screen right now in order to benefit. And from the first time I saw these commercials they bothered me, because they actually made me stop and look, only to realize that it was some sort of trick, some advertising gimmick. Now these commercials have actually been coming on for over a year now.And I shared this with my church, as the Holy Ghost began to reveal something to me.What these commercials are doing, in the name of selling mortgage mind you, is peddling fear.What this particular advertiser is doing is taking what the “media” is talking about, what people have been concerned with, and they are selling it.But the “it” that they are selling, is fear. They may actually have a good mortgage loan system, but what they are basing it on, more so, is the fear that people have that they won’t be able to pay their mortgages.Anyway, you know what, I’m not interested and I’m not buying it. Neither should you.We have to know this, that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.So when fear comes, we need to reject it. Worry comes, we need to reject it. Doubt, anxiety, all these things that stem from fear, we need to send them back. Think about it for a moment, when you fear, you cannot believe. You cannot have faith. And you cannot please God because the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. I am sure we have heard many times, fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is unbelief.  But it yet works the same way as faith. Whatever it is you will attract, good or bad.Job said the thing I feared the most has come upon me. In this time, what the media is saying so much is that we are in a recession. (I’m not confessing that, because the kingdom of God is not in a recession). And since the media is saying that, people are fearing not having any money. And if you fear that, you are not believing God to be your Provider. You are not believing His promise that He is your Source. That like the psalmist said, I have NEVER seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging for bread. You find yourself doubting everything the Word says.So you have to rebuke the fear. Advertisers are taking what the media is talking about and using it to their advantage, based on fear. There is a letter that we received some time ago and stamped on the outside of the envelope was “info about your stimulus check, enclosed.” (I don’t know anyone who has actually received a stimulus check, but that’s another story). But anyway, I opened and inside, you know what it was they were selling, fear. It said that I had to fill out this form (some type of questionnaire) and send it in, in order to receive my stimulus check.Fear.I’m not buying it and I’m not interested.  Then from time to time, we received notices from the gas company. And printed boldly on the envelope it says, “Worrying about your heater going out?” Uh, no, I am not worried. Whatever you are selling I don’t want it. I am not buying it.Worry is fear. And I’m not interested. We’ve received notices from the water sewage company saying, “Did you know that you are responsible if your pipes break in the street in front of your house?” But I know the devil is a liar. Fear.I’m not interested in buying that one either. You know, just today I struggled myself with believing what God said to me. I had a dream and I was to share it with someone. And because I feared that what God said would not happen for this person, I did not want to share it.But, God! Once He showed me that fear was involved, I was able to move on and to do what I was told. Sometime we allow fear to paralyze us from being obedient to what WE KNOW God told us to do. And I almost bought into the fear, which I have done too many times to count.Thank God, He opened my eyes to it today, (the fear) and I returned it to its “advertiser”, before the purchase went through. No fear here! I don’t want it and I am not buying it. We must be careful to see the fear in whatever form it comes and we must not receive it.Fear of believing God at His Word can cause us not to receive His promise.And that is whatever He has spoken to you, whatever you know His Word says you can have. So many things in this world are peddling fear. Trying to sell it to you. The advertisers pounce (who else pounces but the enemy), but they pounce on whatever is going on at the moment, the hot topic, hyped up by the media of course, and they put it in a little package and they market it. To you. But if you look real closely, the package says fear. And you need to reject it. If you don’t want it then don’t buy it! God is good and He’s real. A servant of the Lord,