The miracle of self forgiveness

title:The Miracle of Self Forgiveness

author:Diane Harmony

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Our hearts melted into one another’s in instant recognition during that first hug. Two bodies reunited after 36 years...two spirits that had never been separated. The gap of time was instantly filled during that one moment of reunion. The bond of mother and daughter can never be broken. Only shame, guilt and remorse fed the fire of apparent separation. Only forgiveness would dowse the flames and complete the circle of love.

Thirty-six years before, I had given birth to my first daughter and then released her for adoption. Suffering from a heart broken by the decision to honor my parents’ wishes that I not marry my first love, I emerged from being an "unwed mother" with emotional scars so great that my only defense was to bury them deeply, pick up my life as though nothing had happened, and go on. So successful was my denial of the gaping hole in my heart that, as the years passed, I could not even remember my child’s birth date.

How was it possible then, some 30 years, four children and two marriages later, that I could find myself in a class of spiritual counseling students that had six other women who shared the same closely held past that I did? We were all birth mothers. Our secret became our magnet, and we began to meet and vision a ministry at our church that could prayerfully support all people who are affected by adoption: adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents. It was a noble idea, and one that would require that we do our own healing work in order to be available to others.

And so we began the excruciating journey of dredging up our pain. We individually faced our own demons -- guilt, shame, blame, anger and self-recrimination -- at whatever pace we felt capable of moving, and collectively we prayed for one another and all those whose pain we share. We created the Adoption Triad Ministry at The Agape Center of Truth in Los Angeles and invited people touched by adoption to come and tell their stories and join in prayer each month. We opened the way to allow each member of the triad -- adoptee, adoptive parent and birth parent -- to dialog with the other, seeking an understanding of the unique emotional issues that each carries. And some of us searched to find our child and/or parent. My decision to try to find my daughter opened up my personal Pandora’s box.

It was in that atmosphere of prayer and spiritual guidance that I felt safe enough to face my own walls of defense and denial and try to bring them down. The process was agonizing. Not only was I delving into the shame and pain I had caused my parents and siblings by becoming a pregnant teenager, I was allowing to surface the hatred I held for myself for not having fought for what I wanted...my mate and my baby. What I was inviting into conscious awareness - and ultimately acceptance - were the shame and guilt of having sinned, according to the church of my childhood as well as the mores of society in 1961. I was admitting that I was filled with rage at my parents for interrupting my fantasy to have the perfect family, and at my boyfriend for not having fought harder to save me from this torturous sentence of a banished offender. During the search for my daughter, I was required on numerous occasions to recall those difficult circumstances surrounding her birth, and it was all I could do to keep from passing out. As I unleashed one tidal wave after another of suppressed feelings, I was constantly on the verge of emotional overwhelm. What kept me going was my deep, deep desire to find my daughter, to tell her how much I loved her, to share with her that she was conceived in love, and to complete the circle that began with her birth.

And so I searched...and I prayed...and I began to forgive. As I progressed through the classes in spirituality that were preparing me to be a spiritual counselor and prayer practitioner, I came to realize that without forgiveness I would be unable to free myself from the maze of negative self-judgment which I had allowed to tarnish the beauty of the birth of my daughter. I understood that if I were to welcome her with true open arms now, I had to find the good in my being her birth mother. I knew that the healing miracle I so dearly sought was possible only when I released my guilt, shame and blame about the circumstances surrounding her coming into this world.

"Seventy times seven." Jesus admonishes us that this is how often we need to forgive in order to be free -- in other words, as often as it takes. I was well on my way to completing my forgiveness of the other actors in my drama -- my parents, my first love, my church, my society. Now it was time to forgive myself. I had held myself on the cross of self-blame and shame for so long that I wasn’t sure how to let myself off.

I began by feeling great compassion for the teenager I was who was so in love and so passionate about life, and who only wanted to experience and express that love in any way she knew how. I listened to that 19-year-old’s pain of profound loss and of feeling that she did not belong. That pain had been so severe that she had essentially shut herself off from trusting her own beautiful heart. I listened to her, consoled her, told her how much I loved her and that I would not let that kind of pain happen to her again. The I AM of me (my God Self) forgave her for any belief she held about being a "bad girl," a "sinner," an "undesirable good-for-nothing," and a "cause of pain to others."

The months -- and yes, years -- that I have spent forgiving the layers of self-recrimination and loathing I felt for myself have truly unburdened me. Freeing myself from the shackles of that seemingly unforgivable and unforgiving past has truly given me a new life. The attitude I now hold toward myself, my family, my first love and my pregnancy is only gratitude, gratitude for one of the greatest growth experiences of my life. By coming to terms with my past, the gift of compassion was ignited in me -- a gift I can and do readily share with all those I teach and counsel. The miracle experienced from my commitment to forgiveness is the profound love I share with my first-born daughter, a love activated the moment we hugged that has continued to enrich my life ever since.

National magnetism

title:National Magnetism

author:Cory L. Kemp

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President Bush's schedule this week includes stops in Tuscan, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, to garner support for his proposed immigration law changes that would extend guest worker privileges for up to six years for illegal immigrants already residing in the United States, before being required to return home for one year to reapply for a new work permit. Having already signed new legislation to strengthen border protection with increased monies and approval for one thousand additional patrol agents, Mr. Bush is hoping to appease two of his main support groups, the business community, which considers foreign workers good for the economy, and conservatives, who see fighting illegal immigration as a priority. Meanwhile, Congress has shelved the issue until next year because they are divided on the scope of the changes and on whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay. Perhaps this time is appropriate since Mr. Bush, in his desire to keep his dwindling political support alive, is sending a mixed message to the country he leads.

Since when has it been appropriate to simultaneously strengthen our resolve to keep people out of our country, while allowing people who have entered illegally to stay, at the same time United States companies are outsourcing jobs to foreign countries? President Bush seems to be playing fast and loose with the concept of what it means to work and support oneself and a family in a country led by a government that likes to believe it places great emphasis on the quality and value of human life, when frequently in tis domestic and foreign policy decisions it does not. Foreign workers, whether Mexicans entering illegally or Indians who provide customer service for AOL from the comfort of their office in Bombay, work for less money. In the case of the Mexicans who will be allowed to stay for three to six years, they will develop skills, be ready to move up the corporate ladder a rung or two, and then be forced home, and perhaps not be allowed back. What business wouldn't love that? No pay increases, no ongoing benefits packages and no retirement plans with which to be burdened.

My understanding is that business is not the sole foundation of the United States, but we certainly do love to believe that unless we come back to the bottom line, and live by it, we are not being wise, or at the very least, not very smart about about how another country will take advantage of our weakness and steal our pots of gold. With all due respect to our ancestors, that's historically what we have done, particularly to the Indigenous North American peoples. In modern terms, we are so worried about our wallets that we are selling out our own people and using other countries to do it. Protecting our southern border isn't about national protection as much as it is our government trying to convince the voting populace that they care about us, hear our fears and will respond. The problem is that the government has created the fear to which they are responding.

Despite our government's best efforts to destroy us, there is something about our country that draws people here, and I believe it would serve us well to recognize that and embrace it. Despite the fact that we have come to the conclusion that people from other countries come here, illegally or not, to steal what we have, or to take advantage of us in negative ways, we are wrong. People come here because they want to emulate the good parts of this country, the hope, the strength, the opportunity, in their own lives. They come here to do what they can with the resources of an abundant nation. Think what a compliment that is to us as a country. In its way, it's like extra people showing up at your house for Thanksgiving because you have the house with the best reputation for hospitality. It has its price, but infinitely more blessings,. We welcome human resources that many countries can only dream about attracting. And whether these resources stay with us or return home, they still make our country and our world a better place. "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:38)

Despite it all, we are being given back exactly what we are giving out as a country. Our greed and aggression are well-known around the world, and we are not appreciated or admired for sticking our collective nose in the business of any variety of places it doesn't belong. Our motives are not pure, and are usually driven by political or economic gain. But somewhere in all of that mess, we are also sending out a claim on human decency that creates a welcoming bond with those who choose our home as their new home, permanently or temporarily. Telling people they aren't welcome doesn't work because it is not true. There is always room at the table for one more.

Gay cowboys and other hollywood philosophies

title:Gay Cowboys – And Other Hollywood Philosophies

author:Rev Michael Bresciani

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The whole country is talking about the film Brokeback Mountain and it has created no small stir. On a Sunday morning TV editorial Charles Osgood pointed out that Hollywood is not tying to put forth a gay liberal agenda but rather are interested only in the bottom line – money. Although not inferred, it sounded like capturing the minds of adults or poisoning the minds of our youth was merely an incidental that happened on the way to the bank.

For over thirty years I have warned that it is not just what we see on films that can influence us. Each film has a philosophy attached to it whether it was intended or not. Sex, violence and profanity are blaringly obvious but subtle philosophies are not. Today the philosophies are becoming more blatant and are far less subtle. The race for box office cash is not all that fuels this raw open ended kind of expression in the film industry.

The mention of any kind of control (even self control) is met with cries of violated first amendment rights and the old freedom of expression hype. It may seem a bit over used but remains true nevertheless that Hollywood has never bothered to discern the difference between freedom and license.

A recent poll discovered that only one out of a thousand Americans knows all of the rights our constitution provides for them. On average the poll said that most people can name only one of our constitutional rights. Contrasted with that fact, it was discovered that the same people could name three or more of the characters in the TV animated sitcom, “The Simpsons.” The bottom line says that movie makers know what their rights are but the movie viewing public either doesn’t have a clue or they just don’t care.

Anyone who thinks TV and Movies don’t influence our society has to be living in another country. Yet even that is not true. Another poll recently discovered that one of the reasons that almost every major country in the world hates Americans is because of the film industry. All they know about America is what they see in the movies. Immorality, frivolous romance, rebellion, crime, gay cowboys and general mayhem is all they see. Any country trying to keep order and develop would naturally reject this kind of example and that is exactly what they do.

Could we get Hollywood’s attention on this, not so far but maybe we could catch them on the way to the bank and let them know. It is estimated that Americans will spend fifteen years on average of their entire lives watching TV and Movies. Perhaps it is not reasonable to think John Q television watching public is going to take any time out of their fifteen years to grab a few Hollywood producers on their way to the bank. Maybe they could protest a bit during the commercials which comprise about five of the fifteen years of their TV and movie watching lives.

Actors and others in the film industry are paid huge sums of money to do and say things most Americans don’t believe should ever be seen or uttered. Are they showing us our mind, or is art coaxing life rather than imitating it. I suppose when actors or thespians are offered small fortunes to behave and talk badly they must think they are living right. They too probably laugh all the way to the bank. Most Americans don’t act like actors but Hollywood can afford to make them act anyway they choose.

It all seems Ok if the end (the trip to the bank) seems to justify the means. Some Americans are a bit sick of Hollywood suggesting how to live instead of depicting how they actually live. The Bible isn’t sick of anything but has a lot to say about how sick human behavior can become. Perhaps it is best said by the bible regardless of whether Hollywood is listening or not. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12

Why can t i manifest what i want

I am about to share with you a deep and powerful secret that is at the heart of the law of attraction. This secret is the very reason so many people fail to attract the things that they want.

Without this knowledge you will simple continue to spin your wheels in the mud while sadly wondering why things have not changed. You believe that they should change because you have done all the steps or so you thought. However there is still knowledge that most people will never know about manifesting. It’s a sad truth.

This knowledge will instantly change your ability to manifest what you want. What do you wish for? Perhaps like most people you desire more money in order to experience the life that you want. Let’s face it most people will live all their life in a state of poverty and never rise beyond money issues.

It’s almost impossible to live a full life if you continue to struggle. Why do you struggle despite applying all the law of attraction tools? It’s because you are still trying to attract conditions into your life at the same mental state as where you presently are.

You see in order to alter reality you must do so at the finer levels of reality in hyperspace. You cannot change anything from your present state of mind, not even if you visualize and repeat affirmations till you are blue. It was Albert Einstein who said “You cannot fix a problem with the same mind that created it.”

Of course repeated affirmations will change your prespective on life but to truly alter your condition or to attract different circumstances you truly need to do so at a differenct level of the mind. Another thing you must also gain is a lot of manifesting fuel in order to accelerate your intentions so they can be more impactful and happen faster.

You can use that manifesting fuel to empower your visualizations, your affirmations and empower your intentions so that they come a lot faster. I know this is by far extremely important knowledge that will change how you manifest.

There are so many people who continue to struggle with manifesting. They have read a few guides and courses that have left out very crucial information. This information is too crucial to be left out and for the people who truly understand the true essence of the manifesting process know that the information found in most guides is pure garbage.

As a result of not applying the true manifesting science many people give up and become frustrated. The truth is with the true knowledge to manifest anyone can manifest outrageous miracles and do so in record time.

The law of attraction why so many fail at it

Manifesting the ideal reality that you want is a practice that has been known and practiced by many powerful individuals. Those who have been privileged to learn the true secrets to manifesting took the time to understand their true nature and the nature of reality itself.

Although the law of attraction has become mainstream few people understand what makes it works and what makes it flop. It’s not unlike prayer where some people experience instant miracles while other fail miserably to get even their bills paid. In order to manifest what you desire you must know exactly how to align yourself with power and only then can you truly attract what you are holding in your mind or repeating with affirmations.

There are many law of attraction courses that teach you the best affirmations and teach you what to change about yourself. You have been told if you just change this one quality about yourself it will work. Yet, after you have spent months working hard to change that particular quality you realize that you are still very much struggling all over again. All these changes are great but they are hard and frustrating and they are completely backwards in the entire process to you getting what you want now.

The true secret to attraction is in the proper alignment of God power. There is no other way. Imagine now that you are an appliance, think of the computer you are now using. That computer has all the software programs and languages installed to do its job, however if that computer is not plugged into the circuits it is worthless. You are no different as a human being.

You may have said affirmations for years and those affirmations may have helped you a great deal but imagine if like the computer you could connect to the source how much faster the changes would be. We may call that source of power God, the Universe or any name we choose, what matters is that this source is all that we truly need.

Connecting to that source of power changes your entire biological makeup it releases the barriers to you getting what you want. The struggle you are now having, to be or do what you want ceases and what happens then to your life will be pure miracles and absolute magic.

The ancients who understood the law of attraction and the many other spiritual laws knew how to properly connect to their source of power to get the maxim results. Most people are connecting with the car or the house but the true miracle is to connect with something greater. The moment you connect to that source of power that is greater than those things you will suddenly begin to get the things that you want effortlessly? Magic will become the way of your life.

Let the sea roar

Let The Sea Roar!

Psa 98:7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Jer 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? [Jer_10:7; Deu_28:58; Psa_119:120; Mat_10:28; Luk_12:5; Rev_15:4] Where is the fear of God the Almighty? Are the people so strong that they can fight against the will of God? Can a nation that forgets God survive? The word rendered “be troubled” means to boil; to ferment; to foam; and here it refers to the ocean as agitated and lashed into foam. The world will not be dstroyed by water again, but it is being punished, India, Japan, Phillippiens, South East Aisa, Germany, Poland, Italy and yes America. Isa 5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof. Isa 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Jer 25:30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. Jer 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth [to stur up] the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: The Apolitic Nature of the elements of prophecy are being fulfilled but still yet, there are millions of people that refuse to heed the warning. I don't, as many others do, take every disaster and cry out doom and disaster, but when all the elements of Revelations start coming together, its time to blow the trumpet and wake a sleeping people. Jer 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Fear ye not me? saith the LORD. Where is the fear of God? Does the earth have to be on fire before mankind starts to fear God and his wrath? “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Mankind looks for comfort in the arms of Government and self, family and friends, those who cannot help, who cannot comfort, who cannot save. This is the duty of Ministers;1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. But have the ministers also lost their fear of God and replaced it with the fear of mans retribution? God help us all if thats the case. We are the light of the world, but if we loose that light all mankind shall be in darkness. A man asked me the other day,”Where is God, Where is the proof that the Bible is real. I hear so many different interpretations that I don't know what to believe. Thomas needed proof and I will be like Him, where is the proof ? ” I told him of history books, not related to the Bible that supported all the accounts of Jesus, I told him of history biographeys of famous men that gave testimony of the validity of the Bible and I told Him of Faith in the unseen to help believe those things that we can see. My talk with Him still continues. Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Let them behold darkness and sorrow, let the seas roar, let the dead bury the dead, let that light of freedom and comfort be extinguished, so that the soul might be saved. Is this because of just one catastrophe, No, its because of prophecy coming together in this lifetime. Just as Noah was warned, we are also warned. Mankind in the day of Noah, scoffed and laughed at the preachings of a man of God, and the same is coming to pass today. Noah condemned the world by his obedience to the will of God. Building of the arc was not only a task to save his family but was the prelude to the end of man on the earth, lawlessness, greed, hatred, sin, and disaster. The same is as today, an arc is being built, not one that can be seen, not one that can be moved, but one of the spirit, calling out for those that fear God to come aboard and be saved from the roar of an angry God. Who is going to stand in the anger of Gods wrath? Nations and Governments are turning away from the truth, turning away from Righteousness, turning away from the reality that which is of God. Laws being passed to insure and unholy lifestyle, lies and compromises, replacing one dictatorship with another, false religious and false prophets, going on the air ways spouting death to those that believe something other than they believe, this is not Christ like and payday is coming. To stur up the anger of God, to make Him roar like a Lion, to taunt Him with speculation and unbeliefe. Men are laughing at God and His anger is kindled. ” Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled - The waters of the sea.” The idea is, that they would not be afraid, not be afraid of God but of the times that they live in, though everything should be in commotion, and be as unsettled as the restless waves of the ocean. The earth might be changed, the mountains removed, the agitated sea roar and dash against the shore, but their minds would be unsettled, but their fear would not be of God. Man is looking for a natural explanation for tragedy and suffering. Their looking to place blame on anyone or everyone except themselves. Christian and sinner alike are suffering, but the Christian has someone to comfort them. The sinner must repent and have the fear of God within them. Eze 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity. Zec 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. I leave you these questions to answer for yourselves; Where is the fear of God the Almighty? Are the people so strong that they can fight against the will of God? Can a nation that forgets God survive? ars.

Abortion and the conscience of the nation by ronald reagan

title:Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation by Ronald Reagan

author:Johnny Kicklighter

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In 1983, President Reagan wrote an essay for the “Human Life Review” entitled, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.” This brief writing of his pro-life philosophy was published in book form a year later. It was expanded to approximately to 95 pages with lengthy afterwords by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and British essayist Malcolm Muggeridge. Reagan’s brief composition is probably one of the better well-argued pro-life essays ever written. It is also significant as it was the first ever by a sitting President. It was President Reagan’s attempt to awaken a nation to the implications of abortion. In this short book, President Reagan gives an account on how important the issue of abortion is to the “conscience of a nation.”

President Reagan's essay is only 26 pages of the book, but it is well structured. He believed that diminishing the life of the unborn diminishes the value of all human life. He tackled the pro-abortion "quality of life" argument and compared it to the Dred Scott slavery issue. Reagan likened the pro-abortion argument to slavery and drew parallels between the Roe vs. Wade decision and the Dred Scot decision that divided America over a century earlier. According to Reagan, the quality of life argument is an argument for quality control of the population.

Reagan surmises that legalized abortion is a very slippery slope. He says that unborn babies are being killed because they are simply not wanted or come at an inconvenient time. He also states that many are killed because they will be unable to lead a “normal” life as the result of birth defects. Such babies are considered to be of less value and thus denied human rights. He claims this denial of human rights is accomplished by activist judges who frame the interpretation of the US Constitution through the lens of their own pro-abortion beliefs.

Reagan believes that the arbitrary evaluation of unborn lives must stop. He states that this philosophy will lead to further the crimes of infanticide and illustrates this by citing the Indiana case of "Baby Doe." Baby Doe was allowed to starve to death because the child had Down's syndrome. The essence of Reagan’s argument is that no nation can survive and prosper when a group of individuals look at a child and declare whether that child has value as a human being. Reagan goes on to say,

"Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning."

The pro-life movement will not be disappointed with Reagan's essay, and will conclude that it contains very powerful and logical anti-abortion arguments.

The joy of the lord

The Joy of The Lord.

Acts 20:21-20:29 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV)

The Joy of The lord. Acts 20:21-29. The Bible states that The Joy of the Lord is My strength my rock and my shield. I am witness to many a tribulation and suffering in this life. Many are persecuted and beaten for the sake of the Gospel and many are killed. A friend of mine from India reported that a couple of His evangelist friends after witnessing for Jesus were on a road returning home, when two gunmen jumped them and beat them severely. But the Joy of the Lord sustains them and I in this world of Indiscision and hate. Two Ministers went to a village and prayed for a blind man, the man became lost in the country side, no one could find Him, day after day they looked. The villagers were about to turn on the Ministers and the Gospel, but after the Ministers prayed again, the man was found alive, in a culvert, staying alive by drinking the water. They all were filled with Joy of the Lord for the man was safe. They Glorified God for His Mercy-s and Strength. I keep recieveing word of 100s being saved and converted. Paul was witness and partaker of suffering in the Gospel, but his resolve became stronger with each heart ache, with every tear and with every persecution. This is a man whom we can immulate and copy with our desires to serve the Lord in spirit and truth. And where did Paul receive His strength, where did Paul receive His inspiration, from Jesus. Acts 20:21-29. Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And now, behold, Such strong words, such powerful words. What sustains us as Christians in our daily walk with God? What is The Joy of the Lord? The joy that keeps us on that narrow road, sometimes filled with pain, suffering and persecution? What is The Joy of the Lord? That keeps us looking at a cross, to many a sign of pain, death, humiliation? What is The Joy of the Lord? That keeps us away from Idols, that man carves from, wood, stone and Gold, which can neither, talk, hear, nor answer prayers? Have these Idols sustained them in this life, have these Idols answered prayers, have these Idols protected them from sudden destruction, earth quakes, floods, fammon, tsunami? Have these Idols, ever feed, clothed or housed a singel person? Ask yourself, where is their joy in their Idol worship? Just stop and look around, every nation on this earth that rejects Jesus, suffers, every nation that worships Idols suffers, draught, fammon, petulance and yet they continue to worship a god made of stone. What is The Joy of the Lord? The Joy is being assured that our daily needs are met, the joy is that no matter what befalls a believer God is always there, the Joy is that all we have to do is reach out a febil hand and touch the Hand of God. The Joy is knowing that even if we loose our life for Him we shall gain far more in the House of God. Think about it, what other religion offers eternal life, what other religion offers peace and safety, what other religion offers Love for all man? Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”Is this our joy, is this our source and supply, is this a God of Promise? Yes, He is a God not only that will make promises but who is also abel to deliver. I have never seen an Idol send down bread nor water to its followers, I have never seen an Idol comfort the widows, orphans nor the sick, I have never seen an Idol raise the Dead. But all these things I have seen Jesus provide from the Father. I have seen the dead raised, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, the homeless provided with shelter. That is our Joy in the Lord. Thru pain, suffering, persecution, hatred of our Lord, we still stand firm in our Joy. Hab 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Psa 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Sacrifices of joy; not of burnt offerings, not unaided pain, not of idols made by the hand of man, but sacrifices of Joy, singing, laughter and tears. Raising our voices in song, not for Just Our God but Our Father in Heaven. Not because we are just servants but because He has made us Joint Heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven with His Son Jesus. Neh 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. “neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Not in sorrow but in Joy, not in loneliness but in company of the Angels of Heaven. Psa 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. we serve a God that not only sends to us Joy in our heart but a God that is partaker of our Joy, meeting our needs and wants and the desires of our hearts. Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Zep 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. have the Idols of this world ever sang for Joy over His Children? Our God and Father does, His Joy is ours to share. Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 1Th 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? And with all this Joy what does Our Father require of us? ” thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Faithfulness in our Love for Him and His Son Jesus the Christ. He doesn’t want us to go to war, He doesn’t want us to Kill those that don’t believe, He doesn’t want us to Hate our enemies, but just to Love and be faithful to His Word. That is the Joy of the Lord. ars. ...

Islam - basic beliefs and concepts

Islam is the most growing religion on earth, There is more than 2 Billion humans all over the world called Muslims.

Islam Based on the Submission of human will to One God who is called in Arabic "Allah" The only One, The Superior and The Only Creator Of This Universe with no partners and all the existence under his own Control.

Islam was the religion given to Adam The first Man on Earth who was created by God, not as fallen being. all The Prophets & Messengers of God "Allah" to humankind on Earth were Muslims! including Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Jacob, Jesus and Mohammad. they have the same basic Message to Mankind:

"La Ilaha Illa Allah"

which means no God worth of worshiping Except Allah and anything else is his servant and creation.

Although those prophets came with different books, practices and methods of worshiping, Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him and all other prophets) was the last Messenger of Allah On earth Before the Day of Judgment.

The Basic Message of Islam is the absolute Unity of Allah 'God' and he is not independent on anything or anyone else or even alike, he is not three on one nor father and son, Muslims beliefs on Jesus as Allah's Prophet and Messenger and his servant just like all other prophets Including Mohammad and Moses.

Islam believes that God and his creations are completely different entities, Allah is not his creation nor he is a part of it, Islam believes that his essence and his great knowledge are everywhere on his creation.

Islam calls the human away from the worshiping of the creation of Allah and invites him to the worshiping of the creator -- Allah himself, because the greatest sin of humanity is the worshiping of the creation.

Among the basics of Islamic Religion, the most important part is the belief in one God 'Allah' and He is the only Creator, Ruler, Lord, Administrator and Master of all that exists, And this Universe exists and functions because the will of Allah alone.

Allah responds to man's prayer and He is the only one who has the power to accept or reject it. He is the Master of man's destiny, no one ever else can interfere with the fate of others or even with his own fate!

All the human's hopes and fears should be only directed to Allah. he is the object of fear & source of favour.

That's the bedrock and most fundamental aspect of Islam religion, May Allah guide all of us to the truth and thank you for your time.

Pro life catholic obstetrics and gynecology

title:Pro-Life Catholic Obstetrics and Gynecology

author:Paddy Jim Baggot

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date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:17

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Pro-Life or Catholic patients often get recommendations which conflict with their beliefs. Hope has arrived.

Maternal Disorders Abortion for maternal disorders was obsolete by the early 1950’s. A study by Cosgrove and Carter[1] in 1944 reported on 67,000 deliveries from 1931 to 1943 at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City. Only 4 of 67,000 were thought to require abortion for maternal indication. Cosgrove delivered a subsequent 70,000 babies with no ‘therapeutic’ or maternally indicated abortions.

In 1953 Hefferman and Lynch[2] conducted a postal survey of maternal deaths at hospitals, which did or did not permit abortion for maternal indication. The death rates were not biased by referral patterns: the same diagnoses occurred in the same proportions in both groups. At hospitals that did not permit abortions, there were 1,469 deaths and 1,680,989 deliveries, for a maternal death rate of 0.87 per 1000. At hospitals that did permit abortions, there were 1,558 maternal deaths and 1,574,717 deliveries, yielding a maternal death rate of 0.98 per 1000. Maternal death was lower (0.87/1000) at institutions that did not allow abortions, than at those (0.98/1000) that did. These studies make a stronger case since they date from the 1950’s. Even the most difficult situations can now be managed without abortion.

Fetal Disorders and Preconception Care Abortion for fetal indication often causes spiritual, psychological and/or physical harm to the mother, and death to the baby[3]. Having a baby die is a profound and unforgettable tragedy for a mother. To add abortion may make a bad situation worse. Some of my patients have had babies with lethal birth defects. Delivery at term, with supportive family in attendance, and holding and loving the baby until it dies naturally in its mother arms, can be an incredibly positive and healing experience[4]. An unforgettably tragic experience is then forever linked with an unforgettably loving and healing event.

New methods allow the prevention of birth defects and miscarriage before conception. These methods are consistent with pro-life fertility treatments and natural family planning. Natural family planning charts may indicate the likelihood for miscarriage before it happens. Improving nutrition and removing toxins before and during pregnancy may have long lasting benefits for children.

Female Disorders without the Pill Many female disorders, such as painful periods, irregular cycles, excessive bleeding, ovarian cysts, acne, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, etc. are treated with birth control pills. These can now be treated without the pill, using methods based on natural family planning[5]. Many women have anger, depression, irritability, headaches, breast soreness and many other problems in the week before their menstrual periods (PMS). Understanding the female cycle through natural family planning, and correcting the problems which are revealed, is a rewarding approach that respects life and improves marriage. The natural family planning approach is so novel, that it even leads to a new approach to menopausal care.

Pro-Life Fertility Care Many Catholics do not realize that assisted reproduction techniques are considered immoral in the Catholic Church. One patient was shocked to find, after the birth of her twins, that she had 24 more human embryos stored in a freezer. She said, “I can’t have 24 more children!” Another patient said that as a pre-requisite to in-vitro fertilization, she had to sign an agreement promising to undergo fetal reduction (abortion) if too many embryos implanted (she complied). These examples illustrate a few of the many reasons why in-vitro fertilization and most assisted reproduction technologies should be avoided by faithful pro-life or Catholic couples.

New methods make ethical fertility treatments available for Catholic or pro-life men and women[6]. One couple had been infertile for 19 years, but succeeded with faith, prayer, and surgery.

References 1. Baggot, P. J., Diagnosis and treatment of infertility using natural family planning. Rethinking reproductive medicine. 2001: One More Soul. 2. Baggot, P. J., Hard cases do not justify partial birth abortion. Unpublished Manuscript, 2002. 3. Baggot, P. J., Little David. Focus on the Family, 2003. 4. Cosgrove, S. A. and P. A. Carter, A consideration of therapeutic abortion. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1944. 48: p. 299. 5. Hefferman, R. J. and W. A. Lynch, What is the status of therapeutic abortion in modern obstetrics? Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1953. 66: p. 335. 6. Hilgers, T. W., The medical applications of natural family planning. 1991, Omaha, NE: Pope Paul VI Institute Press.

Copyright 2005 Paddy Jim Baggot

The sovereignty of god and the gospel

title:The Sovereignty Of God And The Gospel

author:Robert Koji Michaels

source_url:http://www. essayabc. com/articles/religion/article_109.shtml

date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:17

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What does the recent tsunami, the terrorist attacks on 9/11, The Holocaust, the Great Depression, the sinking of Titanic, the rise and fall of the great Roman Empire, and the execution of Jesus all have in common? The God of the Bible is ultimately responsible for all seven events in history!

There is a powerful yet obscure verse in the Bible that I believe heralds this the loudest. The Old Testament book of Isaiah reads, "That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things" (Isaiah 45:6, 7). In other words, the God of the Bible controls all things at all times.

If you have been blessed in life, those blessings have ultimately come from this God. If you have experienced suffering or have been beset by tragedy, this too, ultimately came from the hand of the same God. The Creator of the universe is sovereign over His universe; otherwise He is no God at all. God makes no apologizes for how He governs the world, nor does He seek counsel as to how to rule it. He is God. He is the independent, self-existent, and self-sufficient One.

One of the age old questions that skeptics demand answered is, "If God is all-powerful and all-loving why does He allow suffering and evil in the world?" That is a legitimate question if the ones asking it desire to know the Biblical truth behind it. Though that question cannot be adequately addressed for lack of space, the Bible does address it. In short, the God of the Bible wants you to know that though He is sovereign and has predestined all things, whether good or bad, to accomplish His eternal purposes, He is also a God of divine and perfect love.

Do you need biblical proof of that? The Apostle John stated two thousand years ago that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). How did God give His Son? God "gave" His Son over to wicked men to be crucified in order that sinners like you and I can be reconciled to the very God we have offended by our lawlessness against Him.

Who ultimately killed Jesus? The same sovereign God did! In the same book of Isaiah, less than ten chapters from the first text we read, and centuries before Christ came to earth, we read of Jesus the Messiah, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed...And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all...Yet it pleased God to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief" (Isaiah 53).

The tragedies mentioned above are but a few reminders that mankind cannot control his or her destiny. God does. And though calamity is often included in His plan, He has also decreed love to be found only in Christ Jesus. And He demonstrated His love in the crucifixion of His Son.

Chalk and noah s flood

Young earth creation science advocate Andrew Snelling proposes in his article "Can Flood Geology Explain Thick Chalk Layers?" that it is possible to lay down massive layers of chalk in a short amount of time (Footnote 1). It is necessary for him to prove this can happen, because the chalk layers must be laid down during the Flood of Noah for him to prove that the earth is young, and that the days of creation were literal twenty-four hour days.

So, what is chalk? For that I refer you to Dr. Snelling's article, and the section so titled. Then come back here and continue reading.

The Hook, Line, & Sinker Tactic

Further down in his article, he aptly describes the problems that must be solved for flood geology to account for these thick chalk layers. The key problem here is the production rate of these organisms. In order to lay down these thick chalk layers, these organisms must be very prolific. In fact, he states the deep ocean floor as the place with the purest calcareous ooze, and its reported accumulation rates range from 1-8 centimeters per 1,000 years and 2-10 centimeters per 1,000 years, depending on the origin of the ooze. At this rate, his obvious problem is to figure out a model which can produce 1,329 feet of chalk in only the time frame of the Flood of Noah (371 days).

To propose the young-earth model, Snelling relies on the research of Dr. Ariel Roth and John Woodmorappe. He does so by slowly upping the ante, by gradually leading us up and up the scale of believability. He starts by Roth's calculations that "the top 200 metres of the ocean would produce 20 grams of calcium carbonate per square centimetre per year, or at an average sediment density of 2 grams per cubic centimetre, 100 metres in 1,000 years." Okay, now we don't have millions of years as geologists propose, but if you do the math, you can create 1,329 feet of chalk (the amount in the cliffs of Dover, England) in only 4,050 years. We are closer to 371 days, but still far away.

These calculations were based on the source of the chalk being foraminifera. Now, Dr. Snelling leads us into the other source of chalk, coccolithophores. Roth, using this source, argues that these organisms can multiply at a rate of 2.25 divisions per day. Now, we are able to "produce an average 100 metre (305 feet) thickness of coccoliths as calcareous ooze on the ocean floor in less than 200 years." Following this math out, we could produce 1,329 feet of chalk in 750 years. We have gone from millions of years, down to 4,050 years, and now to 750 years. We still have a ways to go to get to 371 days.

It is obvious at this point what tactic is being employed by Dr. Snelling. Call it the "Bait and Reel." He presents the problem, then tempts you with the bait. First, he lowers it to 4,050, then to 750 years. What he is doing is gradually reeling in the reader into believing his conclusions. Of course, the average reader with no knowledge of the subject will fall for this tactic 'hook, line, and sinker.' However, if you take the time to step back and look, you realize he has to use this tactic to convince his audience, because a straightforward approach would fall flat on its face. Anyway, let's allow him to continue.

Now we move into the "Blooms" part of his argument. The two supporting geologists "recognize" that coccolith accumulation is not a slow, steady process, but is highly episodic. In other words, they have periods of highly increased production rates, even to the point that near Jamaica you can see "white water" conditions because of the density of these organisms. The various reasons suggested for this condition is "turbulence of the sea, wind, decaying fish, nutrients from freshwater inflow and upwelling, and temperature."

At this point, Snelling claims all of these "reasons" would be present during the catastrophic global Flood, "thus rapid production of carbonate skeletons by foraminifera and coccolithophores would be possible."

He states, "It has been reported that oceanic productivity 5–10 times greater than the present could be supported by the available sunlight." The reported 5-10 times production rate would lower the 750 years to 75 years at best...not to the 371 days required by the flood model. (Notice that although he can get us down to 75 years, the rest is speculation.)

Why Noah's Flood Can't Produce Chalk Layers

Okay, even if you believe this, it is impossible to overcome the following argument.

Let's back up to the beginning of the article. Remember that these chalk beds form when the organisms die, and their calcium carbonate shells start falling slowly to accumulate on the ocean floor. "It has been estimated that a large 150 micron (0.15mm or 0.006 inch) wide shell of a foraminifer may take as long as 10 days to sink to the bottom of the ocean, whereas smaller ones would probably take much longer. At the same time, many such shells may dissolve before they even reach the ocean floor."

What happens when you have a planet full of water? A study of the currents during such an event was done by young-earth creationists Baumgardner and Barnette, and young earth proponents depend heavily upon this study (Footnote 2). You get flow rates at 40 to 80 meters per second, or 131 to 262 feet per second, which equates to 89 to 179 miles per hour currents. These flow rates are located in rotational gyres over the continents. The flow rates over the shallow, continental shelves would also be close to these speeds. Unfortunately for Snelling, these organisms thrive in calm waters, not turbulent waters. You can imagine what would happen to an organism's production rate of 2.25 divisions per day. Division would be the last thing on its mind, it would merely be trying to survive.

The currents cause several more problems. In Jamaica, you can see these placid, calm seas, which are white with organisms. Try running a 90 mile per hour current through there, and see what happens...oops, no more white clouded water. They would be dispersed all over the ocean currents. By this model, it would be impossible to "bloom" in one place...as these blooms would be carried along on the currents, scattering their remains all over the world, instead of the one spot over England that you need for the Dover cliffs. In fact, you would get NO chalk beds anywhere in the world!

Furthermore, remember the statement two paragraphs up, "many such shells may dissolve before they even reach the ocean floor." The size of the larger shells is 150 microns. Using Stokes Law, which determines the velocity at which a particle will settle out of the water and be deposited on the bottom of a fluvial system, a particle of that size would sink to the bottom when the water velocity goes below 1.5 centimeters per second, or 1/30th of a mile per hour (Footnote 3). Please note the Flood model flow rate is at a minimum 89 miles per hour! Therefore, these particles would never fall out of the ocean currents, and would dissolve as they were carried along. Again, the Flood model would yield NO chalk beds at all.

Can you discard the current studies done by Baumgardner and Barnette? Go ahead. The problem is...if you do that, you don't have the erosional forces to supply the material to form all the other sandstones and siltstones! Either way you choose, you can't account for the layers of rock we see using the young-earth model.

Conclusion

According to the Flood model, we should not have any chalk beds. However, chalk beds exist all over the world. The only possible explanation is that they formed exactly as geologists have theorized. It is obvious that the Flood of Noah could not have produced them.

Footnotes

1 "Can Flood Geology Explain Thick Chalk Layers?" (answersingenesis. org/home/area/magazines/tj/docs/v8n1_chalk. asp)

2 Baumgardner and Barnette (icr. org/index. php? module=research&action=index&page=researchp_jb_patternsofcirculation)

3 Depositional Systems: A Genetic Approach to Sedimentary Geology, by Richard A. Davis, Jr., Prentiss Hall Publishers, 1983. Pages 43-44.

Feng shui your web site

Less is Good

This relates to the fact that more free space (on a web page) would allow positive energy or ch’i to flow around which then in turn would create a positive environment. Negative ch’i is obtained when the energy stagnates in one area.

To apply this to a page, perhaps more curves could be introduced rather than long straight lines, open spaces with perhaps more use of paragraphs in content and padding around tables.

Navigational links to other pages should be clear, allowing positive energy to flow through the whole site.

Colours

Clean crisp colours which are bold will attract a user’s attention and should be used around the web page as this helps ch’i to flow. Dark colours or white text on a black background is a definite no no. It’s what we’ve been taught at a young age, inbuilt within our subconscious and for good reason! Dark colours attract negative energy which could result in users staying on the site for a few moments or hastily rushing through the pages.

Calm soothing colours such as blue or white are recommended for large areas of space, whilst colours such as red and orange are regarded as being positive.

Yin and Yang

The balance of Yin and Yang is an important part of Feng Shui studies and can be defined as two opposites such as Male and Female, Young and Old, Inside and Outside etc.,.

So using an example of a web site which is split into two columns and there’s content text in one column and graphics in another, perhaps the ideal balance would be to swap some graphics into the text section and likewise some content into the graphics section. It’s all about balance.

Other Tips

Implement Google Analytics to check where your visitors are going, where they are clicking and which pages they are leaving from. If applying Feng Shui to your site has helped, I'd love to find out.

How to manifest a magic money mindset

1.Forget everything you think you know about reality and how it works. As it is there are many spiritual laws to manifesting that works synergistically with each other. You can manifest money more quickly when you learn the recipe. It’s like baking a cake you won’t make the cake with only one ingredient would you? As you understand the nature of reality and money you can master the flow that comes to you with very little effort. Open your mind to the greater possibilities of reality

2. Stop making money your God or slave driver. Most people feel terrified of money. Although they want it they place themselves beneath money and allow money to rule their mental and emotional state. Anything which you place above you controls your existence. The moment you cease to make a thing important it looses its power over you. Then your ability to manifest more money will increase by leaps and bounds. Key is like the boogie man. Its like the Universe as placed a test for you to see if you will discover that money is not needed to have what you want. The moment you discover this secret insight, your ability to manifest money increases by leaps and bounds. Whenever you let go of your fear for a thing suddenly it becomes your friend and allies.

3. You are the first source of money. No matter what anyone tell you, money does not come from others. Money first comes though you at a subatomic level, then flows thought others and back to you. There is a cycle in creating money but know that that cycle stats with you and only you. If your desire is to get a raise or increase your sales you cannot rely on your boss or anyone to give it to you. You must first create that money at a deeper level before it can surface. And, you must give of that money in the form or symbols of a thing or service in order for it to come back to you as either money or the things you want.

Can you allow yourself to contemplate these three points? If you diver deeper into each with an earnest desire to understand each point you will immediately unplug more limiting believes about money. Manifesting money is certainly quite easy if you allow yourself to examine your present outlook.

The blessing of the christian sabbath

In Christian circles, even among those who do believe in keeping the ten commandments, there has still been confusion over the fourth commandment and whether we should be keeping the Sabbath on the seventh day that was ordained, sanctified and made Holy by God at the time of creation.

To be able to develop a close relationship with God, we need to spend quality time with Him. He set aside this day as a special time of communion with Him. It is a time where we can study His Word, and let His Holy Spirit speak to us through it. A time that we can spend in earnest prayer, talking to Him, praising and worshiping Him.

It is also a time that we can look at nature and reflect on all the wonderful creations that He has made. And finally, it is a time that we can spend with fellow believers, to worship together in song and have fellowship with each other, encouraging one another and building up each other’s faith by our testimonies.

God also gave us this special day as a day of rest. In this hectic world with our busy lifestyles it is so easy to get so engrossed in other things that we never have time for God and never have time to just stop all our work and let our bodies recuperate.

Some Christians spend a couple of hours of a Sunday morning attending church, but then the hum drum of every day life catches up with them and they start doing household chores like mowing lawns. Others go to the footy, or do other secular activities where God is just not a part of it. Sunday keeping Christians often claim that Sunday is the Sabbath, but if they genuinely believed this, then it follows that they would demonstrate it by keeping the entire day Holy and devoted to God, without doing secular activities.

With stress related diseases like cancer and heart attacks on the increase every year, the necessity to take a days break, and bask in the presence of our all mighty father in Heaven, has never been so important. We need to spend time with Him to be replenished and rested.

God gave us His Sabbath day as a blessing to all mankind. A day on which we could spend time with Him to get to truly know Him and fellowship with Him. A day on which we do not have to do any work or labour. A day to rest, away from the worries and cares of this world.

God also ordained the seventh day Sabbath as a day in remembrance that He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The Bible says, Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…”.

The scriptures also show us the true spirit of the Sabbath. Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight..”

This shows that the Sabbath is a delight and a blessing. It is a wonderful day and something to look forward to each week.

All Bible references are from the King James Version.

What does the bible say about guardian angels

title:What Does The Bible Say About Guardian Angels

author:Bruce A Bussell

source_url:http://www. essayabc. com/articles/religion/article_147.shtml

date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:17

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I have done a great deal of research on angels over the past few years. There are lots of conflicting statements. In fact, get on the Internet and do a search on "angels of the bible" You will find about 3 million results. There are almost that many different opinions on angels too. After reading books, such as Billy Graham's Angels and tearing through as much information as I can get my hands on, and then praying for guidance, I have come to some conclusions of my own. I would like to share them with you. The first has to do with guardian angels. Many people tell of instances where a guardian angel saved them from harm. I read one just the other day about a lady who was driving her car to work one morning alone when she heard a voice tell her to look in her rear view mirror. She looked up just in time to see a car coming up at her at a very fast speed. If she had not looked, she would not have had time to swerve out of the way, thus avoiding a sure fatal wreck.

From everything I can read and understand, it is possible to be helped by a guardian angel, but it is important to remember that, if you are helped by a guardian angel, they work for God. That means that God commanded that the angel help you. Your gratitude should be toward God and not the angel. The Bible makes it clear that angels do not want our gratitude. Here is a verse that proves that.

Revelation 22:8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worshipbefore the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, See thatyou do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.

God has a reason to send an angel to help. We may never know His reason, but must accept it and worship Him. As I say all the time, all the glory goes to God. But, that leads me to the next part of this newsletter. If God does use angels to protect us, shouldn't we try to contact a guardian angel? Let me say rather emphatically, NOOOOOO!

The Bible makes it clear that trying to contact angels is dangerous.

Reason - Not all angels are good. Look at this verse to understand.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Satan is an angel. His followers are fallen angels. If you try to contact an angel, isn't it possible that a fallen angel will come and try to lead you away from God? Always talk to God. Don't try to talk to an angel. Remember, angels are used by God. Angels can do nothing without God's will.

The origins of spurious - the un-intelligent design of darwinism

The basis for this article is connected to a well known Bible verse from 2 Thessalonians 2:11. It is important to keep this reference in context with the surrounding verses. The entire chapter is the best context here as it seems to be centered on this one single idea, namely that Christ will not return until the Anti-Christ appears and finishes his brief but horrific rule.

Jesus said that the truth would make us free John 8:32. Conversely, it can be said that lies will bring us into bondage, the very opposite of freedom. As Satan goes out with great fury in these last days to deceive and destroy he is carrying with him many entanglements and heavy bondage for unsuspecting believers as well as unbelievers. Staying free, unfettered and useful to the kingdom of God will not be quite as easy as we approach the second coming.

Satan has a huge arsenal of lies he will lay on this generation but we will peruse only two of them here. These two deceptions are the most powerful lies Satan has ever gotten any generation to accept wholesale. Once you understand his purpose for putting forth these two whoppers you will better understand how he has deceived not a few but an entire generation. In fact the anti-Christ wouldn’t dare to show up until both of these lies are universally accepted. Most scripturally grounded believers already know of these deceptions but the numbers of deceived are growing daily. Even worse is the fact that very few believers know how to answer or uncover these falsehoods for themselves or others.

Even a child knows that the primary purpose of a lie is to deceive or cover something. A mature adult knows that lies have several more complex purposes. Satan who the bible calls the father of lies John 8:44, knows far more advanced purposes for lies. His purpose is not just to cover the truth or misguide someone for a while. His purpose involves the deception of the whole earth and in the last days the deception of an entire generation. That purpose is ultimately the destruction of God’s chief creation, man. He can deceive one man at a time but in the last days he is in a hurry because his time is short Revelation 12:12. In the last days he can’t take down only one or two men at a time, he must seek to bring down a whole generation.

Anyone who has ever thought to murder someone has had to consider how to remove the evidence from their plan in order to cover their path. Even if they plan to kill and make it look like suicide there is much evidence to be removed. In the less sophisticated type of murder the perpetrator must at the very least remove himself very far away from the crime by running away. What if they could convince someone to do something very life threatening without arousing any suspicion at all in the mind of their victim? What if they only had to suggest that their victim do something they had done a thousand times before, something that no one would think of as unusual? Here is an example.

A man who wants his neighbor dead realizes that the bridge over a very deep ravine leading to his neighbor’s house has been washed out by a furious storm now raging. Knowing his neighbor stops off at the same newsstand every day to pick up a paper and then rushes home down the same dark country road every night, he sees his chance. Casually he waits at the store perusing through the shelves as if looking for something in particular. When the neighbor comes in he engages him in conversation about the severe storm at hand and the best of several available routes by which to travel home. He assures his neighbor that the regularly traveled road over the bridge is fine and that he just came that way himself.

With this information in mind and nothing to arouse his suspicions, the victim barrels ahead with confidence only to plunge to his death in the ravine. The malicious neighbor who caused this death need not remove any evidence or himself from the crime. Nothing unusual has taken place and clearly nature will not be indicted in this case. He clearly allowed his neighbor to kill himself in the pursuit of his everyday activity. One could almost say his death was caused by his own mindless habits. He always did it that way! Simply put we are all in a storm and as the last days arrive that storm is raging and Satan knows the bridge is out. Suggesting that you take the path that you and all your neighbors always take is a device. But devising ways to destroy us by keeping us on the road most commonly traveled is only the method of his deception, the purpose for his deception is the most sinister of all, it is your destruction

Regardless of any questions we encounter in life there are always two that are more universally asked than all others. Where did we come from and where are we going? These questions are not just the sign of a healthy curiosity but rather they are a deep desire placed in all men by the creator. The desire to ask these pertinent questions is given to us by God himself. To ask these questions honestly is true seeking and will often be our first steps to recognition of God. Satan does not want any man or women to seriously ask either of these questions. He will do anything to keep them from being asked and has made provision to supplant the real answer with a lie if he can’t circumvent our asking. The reason he has gone to such great lengths to quiet these quests is because if we accept the correct answer we will ultimately become accountable to God. If we believe we came from God and that he is the creator and also that one day we will stand before his judgment we then must become accountable to God. Perhaps a verse from a country music favorite, The Baptism of Jesse Taylor says it more succinctly. They baptized Jesse Taylor in Cedar Creek last Sunday, Jesus gained a soul but Satan lost a good right arm.

In the last days Satan provides side roads for people to take in their beliefs. Diversity itself is touted as the great attraction even if the answer is incorrect. Open minded or broad minded people are often found on the broad road of destruction Jesus warned about. They don’t just travel the broad road but have made it a matter of pride. The modern psyche frowns on narrow mindedness which is seen as a lack of intelligence, independence and suave. Within this framework Satan provides an endless melee of options for answering the two big questions. Perhaps it might be an ancient religion, a philosophy, science or just good old personal reasoning. But even this extensive list is not enough to usher in the rule of the anti-Christ. In the last days Satan provides a more pervasive and universally acceptable answer. Christ said a house dived against itself cannot stand Mt 12:25. Satan needs unity among the unbelievers in the last days to ensure his seat of authority. Thus he provides them with two large answers to answer the two largest questions of life. Universal acceptance of these answers is essential to rally everyone to his final purpose.

What are Satan’s answers to these two great questions? In answer to the questions of our origin he has provided this generation with the evolutionary model formerly more commonly referred to as the theory of evolution.

To the question of where we are going collectively or individually he has provided an answer that is now almost totally accepted the world over. From the school child to the aged it is generally accepted that we are eventually going out among the stars to carry our civilization into inter stellar space.

Neither of these answers seems too hard to take and they look generally believable. It would seem that even if they are not true that the damage done would be little. The truth is that to believe these lies strikes at the very heart of the welfare of the entire human race. In the simplest of words if we didn’t come from God and are not going to God then we don’t have to answer to God. All accountability is now a washed out bridge.

In Shrewsbury, England February 12, 1809 Charles Robert Darwin was born the fifth child in his family. He was destined to become the most noted among his siblings. Darwin was a naturalist and traveled aboard the HMS Beagle between 1831 and 1836. As a scientist he made careful observations of plant and animal life in the Pacific Ocean. When in the Galapagos Islands he noticed certain similarities between the flora and fauna there and those of South America.

After returning to England he reviewed his notes and came to a conclusion that would change the shape of the modern world. It was believed then and still is by some today that since his own notes were all he had to review and because speculations about what took place over millions of years of time is not true empiricism, that Darwin didn’t just come to these conclusions but rather he jumped to a conclusion. True science or the empirical method of deduction is limited by its own definition to conducting, observing and recording repeatable observable phenomena. Darwin’s conclusions were not repeatable since time has passed, and not observable because neither he nor anyone else living has seen it, thus everything he put forth passed into an entirely different realm. His conclusions were now in the realm of prior philosophic postulation. He and the world were satisfied at the time to overlook this small problem by referring to his conclusions as a theory. When a theory has had ample time to be repeated and observed under the empirical or scientific method it is then called a law. In the case of Darwin’s theory just a general acceptance of it by the public seems to have substituted for empirical truth and it is now accepted the world over as a law. No one seemed to notice that mindlessly accepting a prior philosophic postulate is the equivalent of accepting something by faith. Believing in Darwin’s theory takes faith just as much as it does to believe that God created everything. At least in the gospel message there were twelve witnesses who could give an accounting, which is twelve more than witnessed the origin of species.

In his famous book The Origin of Species Darwin put forth that all living things originated from a single fundamental source and evolved in a process he called natural selection. He believed that this natural selection occurred randomly over millions of years in order for each subsequent species to adapt thus insuring its own survival. When his theory was first put forth it was vigorously welcomed by the people in academia and the secular world, many who were at that time prideful and bent on being the people of the new enlightened age. There wasn’t much to refute his theory at the time but that is no longer true. Since his death in 1882 Darwin’s remains lie in the Westminster Abbey in England but the effect of his ideas still has a life of its own.. But new evidence is also alive and is available to anyone who wants to see it. There are many creation science institutions, publications and practicing scientists the world over who can offer argument and proof against the theory of evolution. Because creation science was not known in Darwin’s time and his theory was carried on the wings of its own popularity those who contested it at that time were made to look like a pack of Bible thumping fools. It was easy then to deride and demean the detractors of his theory as bible thumping and narrow minded people who refused to get onboard the lighting fast train of enlightenment.

It was during this time of first confrontations the famous Monkey Trial took place in the summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. William Jennings Bryan a three time candidate for president represented the crusade to banish Darwin’s theory. The staunch agnostic Clarence Darrow was the head of the famous defense team. The jury had to decide if they would hold John Scopes accountable for teaching Darwin’s theory in his high school biology class. Since the outcome is well known we won’t spend a great deal of attention to it here. Perhaps what should be noticed is the abundant attention paid to it by uncounted high school and college professors. They both teach it and enjoy the snickers and rolling eyes of students who think the bible believers were made to look more like monkeys than those they were now calling primates.

The result of that trial looked like a serious blow to the veracity of the biblical accounting of the creation. If the serious Darwinist were to look at the discoveries in creation science since 1925 they would be made to concur about one thing, there have been no significant blows since then. If it were not for the momentum this theory has gained, it would have no life at all. But who is stopping to look at the new evidence? Some believers have even gotten caught up in the snowball. Those Christians have allowed for the idea that maybe God himself may have used evolution to produce all the living creatures and us. This compromise is referred to as theistic evolution. Without debating the consequences of calling God a liar it is even harder to imagine the level of stupidity in believing in a God who is a liar. Having faith in a lying God is incongruous; most of us lose faith in each other if one is known to be a liar. In some cases, especially among the intellectual set, Theistic evolution is tolerated because it tends to ease peer pressure. Who wants to be the odd man out? If most of academia is riding on the evolutionary model then why make waves. You won’t get beheaded for believing in the bible but a little ridicule goes a long way. On second thought, as long as it is only unpopular to believe in the bible you won’t get beheaded. But in the future when it is illegal to believe in the bible heads will fly, literally, see Revelation 20:4.

Anyone who seriously wants to check what they have heard or what they have been taught could start with only a cursory examination of evolutions antithesis. Clicking the words creation science on any decent search engine will give you enough information to keep you busy for weeks.

Volumes can be written on the errors and fallacies of the theory of evolution but few are addressing the product or fruit of this well entrenched fairy tale. What, is only part of the question, why is the rest of the story. Only man in his prideful self-will would dare to give God his walking papers. Satan knows that and has provided the manifest and the vehicle to do so in the name of science and enlightened progress. The desired effect is evident throughout the world. If men were truly compelled to be accountable to some kind of a creator, science would give them a single cell amoeba to pay homage to while Satan laughs all the way to the pits. Satan is a thief but there is nothing in this world for him to steal except the souls and futures of men. Everything else is already his. Luke 4:5,6 By removing any reason to answer to God Satan can work unhindered preparing the world to receive the last world dictator known as the antichrist. The same pride men raise to resist God would resist the antichrist as well if their minds were not carefully prepared to allow him to rule. That this deception will take place is part of prophecy but few know that the bible also prophecies that there must be an extensive and careful preparation to make his deception work in a worldwide fashion. Revelation 16:13, 14

Although a bit over stated it would seem that the old cry to question everything and all authority has given way to believe what your told and get back to livin and making bucks. Just as in those, exceptions that make the rule, questioning things doesn’t establish or disprove anything. Only an unbiased examination of all the evidence can lead to a legitimate answer. Aren’t a couple of sound answers still worth more than a thousand questions? Now there’s a question.

Rev Bresciani’s articles have been read by over a quarter of a million people to date. He is the author of two Christian books. An American Prophet and His Message written by Bresciani is an enlightening treatment of the second coming of Christ with an entire question and answer section that can help anyone to better understand this important subject. Visit his web site at http://americanprophet. org

How adam eve reflect god s kingdom

title:How Adam & Eve Reflect God's Kingdom!

author:David Ben-Ariel

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"Let us make man in our image." Such a Scripture does not support the trinity, but it does support the plain truth that the Word was God and the Word was with God, two Beings with the one sacred name of God/Elohim (John 1:1-2). "In the Beginning was the WORD (Logos/Spokesman/Revelatory Thought), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." This clearly reveals, to objective readers, TWO Beings who shared the ONE family name of GOD. (Ephes. 3:15). God created all things through Yeshua/Jesus who was the Word (Ephes. 3:9).

When the Word became flesh He was "God with us" and thereby became the "Son" and the One who remained in Heaven thereby became the "Father." They had coexisted eternally in a SHARED GLORY (John 8:42, 7:5, 8, 16:27-28). We can either accept or reject Yeshua's revelation of the UNKNOWN FATHER FIGURE whom mankind has never heard or seen. The Word who became Yeshua is the God-Being who dealt with ancient Israel. They didn't know the Father and most still don't today, and they can't unless the Son reveals Him (John 5:37, 6:44,46, 8:54-55).

And we can either accept or reject Yeshua's explanation/interpretation of what "one" means: unity/united. He said the Father was in Him and He was in the Father (through the Holy Spirit and unity of mind and purpose) and He prayed for the Church of God to express and exhibit that exact same unity and oneness by the Holy Spirit (John 14:11, 15:4, 17:11, 21, 23). Please check out these Scripture references and see that it is so. One Holy Spirit of UNITY AND DIVINE PURPOSE (I Cor. 12:12-20).

The Scripture says "Let us make man in our image," and it says "ELOHIM (not YHVH) made man in His image." It's saying the Word and God made man "in OUR image" and, that as ONE GOD FAMILY UNIT/KINGDOM, the united God made man in HIS image. It elaborates, for our sakes, by also saying Elohim created MAN in His image...MALE and FEMALE created He THEM" (Gen. 1:27).

So there's a reverse of the singular and the plural, man/them and our/His. This "mystery" is further revealed when it's written in Gen. 5:1-2: "In the day that Elohim (Gods) created man, in the likeness of God made He HIM; male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name ADAM." The ONE ADAM FAMILY then had a son, Seth, in "his (Adam's) own likeness, after his image" (Gen. 5:3).

Does this exclude Eve? Wasn't Seth also in her human likeness and image? Yes. For conclusive proof that God PURPOSELY inserted all this into the Genesis account to REVEAL to us later about the ONE GOD FAMILY/KINGDOM, the apostle Paul preaches: "For we [Christians] are members of his [Yeshua's] Body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they TWO shall be ONE FLESH. This is a GREAT MYSTERY: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church" (Ephes. 5:30-32).

That's how the ONE GOD FAMILY (Elohim with the Father Supreme and the Son gladly subject to His authority - 1 Cor. 15:28) can be and is presently composed of two God-Beings, and is in the conversion process of "bringing MANY SONS TO GLORY" (Heb. 2:10) since Christ was the "FIRSTBORN OF MANY BRETHREN" (Rom. 8:29). Jesus was the PROTOTYPE of a new genus: the Kingdom of God!

It's illustrated that even as MANKIND has shared in Adam's earthy image, we're soon to share in the HEAVENLY image of the Second Adam when we're born again of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3,6 4:24), with righteous character and composition! Mankind after the Godkind! And all through the ONE SPIRIT of God that unites us.

"Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27), "who shall change our vile body that it may be FASHIONED/CREATED like unto His GLORIOUS BODY" (Philip. 3:21), "for we know that when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM" (1 John 3:2) - we are not going to be dogs or cats, or even angels, we are to be heavenly beings, HOLY SPIRIT-COMPOSED, born again (http://thetrumpet. com/index. php? page=book&id=1283) GOD-BEINGS in the one divine family unit/Elohim!

We are presently members of MANkind, huMAN, in the ADAMic Family unit (Gen. 5:2), but God promises we'll soon be changed in the twinkling of an eye, miraculously transformed, and join the HEAVENLY SPIRIT/GOD FAMILY.

We've clearly seen how "two" can be "one" whether in the God Family or in the Adam family. It's right there in the Bible if we'll just believe what we see and read. It's the plain truth of the Bible for those willing to believe what God has revealed.

Those who reject the testimony of the Scriptures (to hang on to vain traditions of men, whether trinity or oneness) are unable to explain what we're to become. Why have we received the down payment/earnest of the Spirit? (Ephes. 1:13-14). What conversion process are we in? (2 Cor.3:18). What are we being converted to if not into the character and composition of the Holy Spirit?

God is spirit. We must be born again of the SPIRIT. Yeshua is the FIRSTBORN of many brethren (Rom. 8:29). We're presently partakers of the DIVINE nature (2 Pet. 1:4). God is our Father, Yeshua is our elder Brother - a family relationship. We're in Adam's human/earthy image now; we're to be in the Second Adam's spiritual/heavenly/divine image soon.

God is reproducing Himself! That's what the conversion process is all about: God became man so man could become God. Mankind was created after the Godkind so after a life of conversion and purification, we can be resurrected to GLORY and share the glory of the Father and Son as born-again sons of God (Elohim).

Again, what are we to become? How can you strive to enter God's Kingdom, the Kingdom of Gods (Elohim), leaving the human kingdom behind, if you refuse to accept the awesome potential God (Elohim) offers? Take receiving the Holy Spirit and being born again of the Holy Spirit to its logical/biblical end/fulfillment.

When we're glorified God-Beings (http://ezinearticles. com/?God-Beings-in-the-Making!&id=99328), worshipping our Supreme Father God in His Kingdom (I Cor. 15:28), just like Yeshua will submit to the Father as all in all, we'll be immortal Priest-Kings (Rev. 5:10, 20:6), and God will be the "God of Gods" (Ps. 97:7, 136:2). Christ is the King of Kings (we're those kings), and the Lord of Lords (we're those lords), and the Father is God of Gods (we're those Gods/Elohim) - (Micah 4:5).

We either accept Yeshua's revelation of the UNKNOWN FATHER and His eternal coexistence with Him, and His work as Creator, as the Word, under the supervision of the Father, or we must reject the New Testament.

The Jews know Yeshua's claims and don't water them down to fit their religion. They reject His revelation for now, like most of traditional Christianity, but both Houses of Israel (Anglo-Saxons, Western Europeans and Jews as taught by Brit-Am Israel - http://www. britam. org) will get over this stumbling block and soon embrace our transcendent calling to become literal members of the Heavenly Family of Gods (Elohim), higher than the animals and angels (Heb. 2:9-10).

We don't call God the Father for nothing, or do we? We're to be the literal children of God, the Children of the Resurrection (Luke 20:36).

How to renew your mind for healing

title:How To Renew Your Mind For Healing

author:Dr. Jay Snell

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A renewed mind, in the Biblical sense, is a mind that is so saturated with Scripture that it thinks Scripture when a crisis hits, rather than relying on wits for a solution to the crisis.

In other words, our minds are renewed when it is so saturated with the word of God that we think Scripture when decision time arrives, rather than trying to “figure things out for ourselves” by using our wits. At that point in time, we know we have renewed our minds in the Biblical sense. This is what Paul meant in his letter to the Romans.

Rom 12:2

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

Now let us go a step further. Let’s pay close attention to those Scriptures in the Old Testament that were obviously addressed to The Abrahamic Seed Group. Concentrate on these because, unless they are specifically done away with, they are still in force now and we Gentile Christians are grafted into the same promises. We get the same benefits from them that the Old Testament members of The Abrahamic Seed Group received from them. Now we shall apply the above in the articles below.

Healing with these Abrahamic blessing Scriptures

God’s provision for healing the members of The Abrahamic Seed Group is his Word. The Bible is VERY plain about this. Here is just one instance.

Ps 107:20-21

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (KJV)

Notice very clearly the verses above. God sent his word…His Word! We members of The Abrahamic Seed Group have God’s instrument and cure for sickness here. This is it. But it seems too simplistic. It seems too good to be true. But it is true. Here’s another one.

Prov 4:20-22

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (KJV)

Again, His words and His sayings are health to the flesh of the members of The Abrahamic Seed Group. Consequently, we must renew our minds with the above Scriptures. We must concentrate and meditate on them so thoroughly that we don’t even hesitate to depend on them to put us over when we become ill.

The basis for your healing

Of course, healing for us Christians comes by “faith.” But what is faith? “Faith” is information we get from God for us to act upon. “Believe,” in the Bible, is simply acting upon this information we received from God.

The above Scriptures are our “information”. Obviously, God’s words are his answer for our healing. Both verses above could not be plainer. God’s words are, indeed, his answer for our healing.

Now we must act upon them. How? Here’s how! Notice some practical instructions we are to walk out.

1. Psalms 107:21 above tells us to praise him for sending his word to heal us.

2. Proverbs 20:22 tells us to attend to His words.

3. Proverbs 20:20-22 also tells us to incline our ear to His sayings or words.

4. It also says to not let them depart from our eyes.

5. In addition it says we must keep them in the midst of our heart.

Start here. Do these simple things and your healing is on its way. There is much, much more in Proverbs 20 that pertains to your healing. These, however, will get you started.

Call for anglo israeli alliance

title:Call For Anglo-Israeli Alliance

author:David Ben-Ariel

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The United States should recognize our Hebrew roots and biblical responsibilities, and band together with our Jewish brethren to FIGHT AND WIN THE WAR AGAINST THE NAZI-MUSLIMS.

The Arab regimes only respect force, and with our attempt to be evenhanded, rather than using a proper iron fist, showing the mercy of fools and seeking to appease the Muslim beast, we're only reaping further hatred and contempt, since they consider such foolishness as weakness - and it is.

Biblical prophecy shows ultimately the Anglo-Israelites, the Joes (descended from the tribe of Joseph) and the Jews (descended from the tribe of Judah), will drive our enemies into the sea and/or relocate the "Palestinian" pricks somewhere to the West, perhaps the Western Sahara - away from Israel, our brother nation and faithful ally (Isa. 11:14, Zech. 9:13).

The Arab world should tremble before our Anglo-Israeli alliance and know that we're serious in winning the war they've waged against us, that we're determined to finish what they foolishly started, and that God is with us and their opposition will be crushed and we'll enforce PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH.

The one in a position to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian issue is the ISRAELIS! They must enforce the Law of Moses as taught by former Israeli parliament member and rabbi, Meir Kahane, that demands the immediate expulsion of every sworn enemy from Israel: THEY MUST GO!

The United States, and the world, should stop preaching to Israel to practice restraint, but encourage them to put an end to Arab terrorism by REMOVING THE THREAT from the Jewish Homeland, once and for all! How logical!

The world understood and didn't utter a word of protest, as is proper, when the Gulf States expelled 500,000 "Palestinians" as a security threat during Operation Desert Storm. I was living in Israel as a volunteer at Kibbutz Dan way up north near Syria and Lebanon at the time, and had a letter published in the Jerusalem Post exposing the hypocrisy of the world on this issue.

The UN only sanctioned what God had decreed: the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948. Now the UN is nothing more than a den of thieves and brood of vipers that should be sent packing, since they pollute the world from New York with all their vile resolutions against America and Israel while ignoring or supporting all that is truly evil in the world.

Law of attraction are they killing your money flow

Learn what one man shared with me about the biggest money killer in is life. This is extremely important to your acquiring money or anything else for that matter.

One of the biggest obstacles many of us have in this life is in dealing with the opinions of others. It’s bad enough that you have your own fears and doubts but when you add that to the negative thoughts and words form others it can be detrimental in your ability to manifest what you want.

I met a man many years ago who told me a story about his first try at starting his business. It had been is life long dream to have his own business and he had been preparing and planning for it for many years.

When he first begin his business he was dating a woman who wanted to get married to him. In all appearances he seemed to be doing very well. In the beginning his business did very well, his client base was increasing daily and he could not be happier. Then it happened, all of a sudden he began to do very poorly. He began to loose clients quickly and somehow a dark gloomy cloud seemed to hover over his affairs.

He could not pin point what was happening but it seem like a super natural force had taken over his life. The reality was that there was something killing his financial flow and blocking his ability to attract more wealth.

This doom an gloom took over his whole body and it began to affect the relationship he was in until it came to a quick end.

Shortly after the relationship broke apart he business once again took an upward sing and the change was rapid. What could be the cause of that? He wondered to himself. What has so dramatically blocked his ability to attract the abundance that he was once again getting?

Being a very reflective man he began to inquire about what had changed in his life to cause the change. On further reflection it occurred to him that the woman in his life did not want him to be as successful as he was now getting.

Looking back he realized that every single night she complaining to him that money was not that important and that he should just maintain a small client base.

She was filled with fear that he could become too busy to spend time with her and also fearful that he would become too wealthy and no longer want her.

She bombarded his mind daily with these worried and in time those thoughts really affected his ability to manifest the sort of wealth that he was trying so hard to build for the both of them.

Not everyone has the insight to examine the people who block us form attracting the things that we want in life. Not everyone will have success with the law of attraction for this simple reason. We don’t realize that we don’t create on our own we are always being influenced by those around us.

It’s the reason most wealthy people will tell you that in order to manifesting what you really want in life you must be in the presence of like minded people who will also life you up.

The christ ratu adil satria piningit--revealed part 3

Then came the announcement made by Benjamin Creme in the late seventies and early eighties that Lord Maitreya was already here on earth and living somewhere in London, England, among the Asian community. According to Creme, Maitreya, the Christ descended from his retreat in the Himalayas in July 1977 and took residence in the British Isle, and that he has already met privately with journalists and influential leaders from all fields of human endeavor. In June 11, 1988, Maitreya was said to have appeared miraculously to thousands of people in Nairobi, Kenya, who recognized him as the Christ. Some say that this was a secret institution's first successful experimentation on teleportation and that the whole purpose of presenting this Maitreya is to control the masses. Nevertheless, Creme states that Maitreya comes with a divine mission. We quote from the periodical Emergence the purpose of Maitreya, the World Teacher:

"Concerned primarily about the economic, political and social imbalances in the world today, He (Maitreya) will first launch a call to action to save the millions of people who starve to death every year in a world of plenty. He will then show humanity the way to regenerate itself and to anchor brotherhood and peace in the world by creating a civilization based on sharing, justice and cooperation. His presence is our guarantee that there will be no third World War. Nevertheless, it is humanity itself which must make the required changes and fashion the saner and more just world the Christ will inspire us to create."

Creme also says that Maitreya will reveal himself to the whole world at the earliest possible moment, and this is designated as the "Day of Declaration":

"On the Day of Declaration, the international radio and television networks will be linked together, and Maitreya will be invited to speak to the world. We will see His face on television, but each of us will hear His words telepathically in our own language as Maitreya simultaneously overshadows all humanity. Even those who are not watching Him on television or listening to the radio will have this experience. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of spontaneous healings will take place throughout the world. In this way we will know that this man, and only this man, is truly the Christ."

Whether Creme's announcement be true or not it is to be noted that his declaration of Maitreya's emergence is not well received by certain spiritual leaders. For instance, Elizabeth Prophet, one of the foremost spiritual teachers living in the States, and an active "channel" for the Masters and the Hierarchy denounces the claims made by Creme. According to her, Maitreya will not appear in person, but he will indeed overshadow groups and humanity as a whole. Elizabeth Prophet may be right in her assertions, but then, many esotericists of rival schools or even ex-members of her very own claim that she and the organization run by her are not truly sponsored by the Hierarchy and the Spiritual Masters--thus, the information she receives regarding Maitreya may not reflect the truth.

One claimant to the name and title of "Maitreya, the World-Savior" is a man by the name of Mohammad bin Abdulkarim. Born in 1944, and for years up to adulthood was unexposed to spiritual teachings, even unaware and unknowledgeble of the name "Maitreya." It was only later when he was involved with a spiritual organization and its practices was he given the name by his Initiator and discovered its significance. His greatest spiritual achievement is his written work, the book "THOTH," or "The Holiest of The Holies," which presents the key to the unity of religions and humanity's evolution. We can well recommend his teachings as they are of a high spiritual level--certainly a new revelation for humanity but something that esotericists have sensed all along. In essence, "Maitreya" states that there is no one religion greater than the other, but all provides a key to spiritual development. They are like pieces of a picture-puzzle that presents the whole single, major Revelation of God to humanity. Unless one embraces the essence of all religions as well as practicing their own minor, unique revelations in one's daily life, it would be impossible to establish peace on earth and to evolve. We have often heard of spiritual teachers claiming that all religions are essentially the same--they all lead to God. In his teachings, Maitreya asserts that all religions have something unique that requires incorporation within the path of spirituality.

His life circumstances also seem to fulfill the Tibetan prophecies and those to be found in all scriptures. Whether truly the Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi, the Christ, or the Kalki Avatar, only time will tell--or one's spiritual heart at this very moment. Those interested in studying his teachings may visit his website: http://www. maitreya. org/.

So what do we make of all that has been revealed thus far? What do they all mean or portend? Whatever their signification, one thing is certain: we should maintain an open mind and resort to our Inner-Self for answers.

The Orders of Chivalry

Before we discuss "Satria Piningit" (the Hidden Knight), or knights in general, it is essential that we know and comprehend certain things regarding knighthood and chivalry. We will therefore deal briefly on this subject.

Chivalry was an established feudal military institution of the nobility of Europe. It defined the code of behavior of the Knight while in society, during times of war, while in combat, while in the presence of royalty, etc. The ideals that were once associated with chivalry are now deemed as the proper behavior of gentlemen in our contemporary times. For instance, courage, gallantry, generosity, and honor were all chivalric ideals that characterized a knight.

Chivalry originated through the influences of military customs, religious ideals, and the "love" concept as popularized by the wandering Troubadours. The knight, though a warrior, had to unfold the finer side of his character so as to earn his "nobility."

It seems that knighthood was first established in France but was later followed by the other European countries. Knights became the elite of the military forces. Under the rules of knighthood, the aspirant passed through two stages before becoming a perfect knight which was conferred upon him in festive occasions should he be entitled to it; this entitlement to knighthood occurred usually after the aspirant had done some heroic deed. The two stages preceding the status of knighthood are the ranks of the Page, and the Ecuyer or Squire. Esoterically speaking, these stages together with the status of knighthood represent certain major planetary initiations that each human soul undergoes as it evolves. At each stage the aspirant had to learn certain things regarding knighthood and chivalry, such as the ideals that he should embody. The knight had to inspire all those around him the many noble qualities of the soul. In essence, he had to be an exemplar.

There have been many Orders of knighthood established in the past and the present, however not all of them were fully militant Orders. Some were semi-monastic, or fraternal Orders. Among the famous Orders of Knighthood were the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta, the Order of the Teutonic Knights, Knights of Pythias and the most controversial of them all--the Order of the Knights of the Temple, or the Knights Templar, for short.

It is not our intention to deal at length here concerning chivalry. The above is sufficient for our purpose. The reason why we had to discuss briefly regarding chivalry is that the entity known as Satria Piningit was the founder, inspirer, sponsor and even director of many Orders of Knighthood, Esoteric Fraternities, and Mystical Orders in both the Occident and in the Orient--not solely in his latest incarnation but in his past lives as well. For instance, in the "Age of Chivalry," the time of King Arthur, Satria Piningit was then embodied as Merlin, the Druid sage and magician. He was the guardian and also the preceptor of young Arthur, and taught the lad many subjects in Druidism and Celtic lore. The sword Excaliber is a well-known sacred object associated with the Authurian legend.

When Arthur became king, Merlin inspired him to found the Order of the Knights of the Round Table. The purpose of the Order is not clearly given in literature; however, it may have something to do with the quest for the Holy Grail. This Grail is supposed to be the cup that Jesus drank from during the Last Supper. From one aspect, students of esotericism know the Holy Grail to be none other than the Christ-Mind. The Order of the Knights of the Round Table, therefore, was a mystical school teaching the secrets of Christian mysticism.

In recent times it is believed that Satria Piningit established the Keepers of the Flame Fraternity, through the agency of Mark and Elizabeth Prophet. This fraternity teaches the student-member how to become a knight in the truest sense of the word. The disciples of this mystical school are often brought to the spiritual retreats of the Masters of the Spiritual Hierarchy in the etheric planes during the night. This is done through soul-projection. Students visit the retreats of their Masters for study, instruction, initiation and empowerment. Satria Piningit holds the title of "Knight Commander" in this august fraternity. He is a commander not seen with the physical sight of the student-member; in this sense, he is hidden (Piningit).

Local psychics claim that Satria Piningit will prove his identity by revealing certain sacred objects in his possessions, called by Javanese, "pusakas" such as kerises, whips, spear heads, etc. This should not be taken too literally, however. These objects are symbolic of divine virtues or powers. This should be evident to those who have made an in-depth study of the esotericism of the keris and other sacred metallic objects (tosan aji). In its fabrication, such pusakas are often consecrated with a certain power by the empu (blacksmith-mystic); this might be a positive or a negative quality. What we would like to stress here is that in Western esotericism, the armour-parts and weapons of a knight are likewise symbolic of the qualities that lies inherent within a true knight of the spirit and is considered sacred. For instance, the helmet, breastplate, shield, lance, sword, gauntlet, spurs, brassard, йpauliиre, etc, all signifies noble, chilvaric qualities, such as courage, gentleness, vigilance, purity, faith, etc. As we can see from this, Satria Piningit possesses many divine qualities in active expression. Here we should mention that the spiritual status of the Knight-exemplar, Satria Piningit, far exceeds that of a Saint, a Master, or a perfect human being. He is now a "god" living in the Kingdom of God. The Knight-Commander is an ascended being, a "Chohan," or a Lord--the significance of which will be explained presently.

We anticipate criticisms by our Indonesian readers who might say that what we are presenting in this paper is sectarian in nature, that it is based on western concepts, and has naught to do with the situation in Indonesia and notions regarding Satria Piningit. Sectarian it is not, though the concepts may well be alien to the traditional-mind of the Javanese. In our view, "western" ideas or knowledge may offer the solution to the problem of the existence of Satria Piningit, and other matters that the eastern-mind has not yet solved. The same principle applies to the Occident as well. East and West are both complementary. They both have something to offer each other. There is much "western" metaphysical and occult knowledge that are not known to Indonesians, and vice versa. We Indonesians take pride in our occult knowledge, our "gudang ilmu," or "storehouse of occult wisdom," and yet, if we do not conduct any research into western mysticism, metaphysics and occultism how shall we know the extent of western occult wisdom as compared to ours? Therefore we appeal to our Indonesian readers to investigate and study before judging, and also to maintain humility.

If we were starving we would not care who gives us food, it could come from the hand of a Westerner or an Easterner, it makes no difference to us; we would be grateful all the same. Food is food; likewise, knowledge is knowledge. Therefore, do not put any limitations upon the mind.

The Knight Commander maintains universal perspectives. He is not bound or limited to any creed, sect, religion, order, or mystical school, and certainly not to any country or nation. This applies likewise to the Christ, and Ratu Adil. The Knight Commander's metaphysical influence is worldwide, his activities surround the globe. At present, he has an intense interest in Australasia. Wherever and whenever freedom and justice are called for on a national scale, there will his presence and influence be felt. He inspires, motivates, and strengthens those individuals who are his instruments to carry-out their tasks on behalf of God, humanity, the Hierarchy, and all sentient beings. Needless to say that Indonesians waiting for the emergence of Satria Piningit shall not be disappointed; for he is already here--though not in the way expected. The same goes for Ratu Adil. Their influence may be seen in the many events that have occurred and are occurring in Indonesia and also globally--such as the demands and movement for political reformation, justice, peace, and freedom.

Nevertheless, we recognize that what some people seem to desire is a flesh-and-blood character to be Satria Piningit to sit and rule the people as President. This is not in accord with Cosmic law or karmic decree. The leaders of the Spiritual Hierarchy are somewhat restrained: they are not allowed to be directly involved in world affairs in a personal and direct way except through special dispensations given by the Karmic Board. They may only work through their willing instruments. Their assistance is also dependent upon the prayers, invocations and calls given by humanity. The more prayers we offer to God, the more karmic boundaries are removed from them that they may have more leeway to aid us. The people of any country acquire the sort of national leadership that corresponds to the state of their collective consciousness. If the majority is pure in mind, body and soul, their leaders will likewise be pure. If their consciousness are filled with impurities, so will their leaders. Like begets like. An apple tree does not bear pineapples, it bears apples.

From another point of view, one must realize that we are all evolving, as individuals, and as groups. Sometimes we have to experience hardship under tyranny in order to evolve; perhaps it is because we will not learn in any other way. For instance, we may tell children that fire burns and results in pain. Some children may believe and stay away from fire and respect its nature; others, not believing will learn the hard way through personal experience. This principle applies to our society. We may have not respected goodness, justice, and freedom in the past, and so they were taken away from us. If we had respected those principles we would have fought for them and defended them no matter what. Many of us were afraid and did not desire to get involved. Now we have learnt the effects in politics of our negligence and ignorance such as the widespread practice of corruption, collusion, and nepotism. However, we did all cry-out for help in our hearts, and our call was heard by God and the spiritual government of the world, the Spiritual Hierarchy--and they have responded. The initial stage of the reformation-process in our (Indonesian) government is proof of that, however, there is still much to be done. It appears that we are now indeed ready for the kind of leadership that will assist us to be lifted onto a higher plane of consciousness. Our spiritual realization will give birth to the kind of leadership that befits us.

No matter who assumes the post of presidency or leadership in any nation, in our opinion that individual will receive influences and inspirations from Satria Piningit and Ratu Adil--however, how the chosen leader will respond to that influence remains to be seen. Let us hope that leaders of all nations cooperate with the Spiritual Hierarchy, otherwise Nature will rebel and succeed where human reformers and freedom-fighters have failed. But in the meantime, we have to realize that our own personal efforts are required to make the spiritual reformations in our governments a reality and a total success without requiring the help and radical action of Nature in the form of cataclysms.

Though the Knight-Commander may not appear in the flesh or in person, he has many representatives, and not all of them work in the field of politics. Some are economists, reporters, writers, artists, social leaders, etc. They all possess many qualities of the Knight Commander to a lesser degree, and they all work, whether consciously or unconsciously, under the direction of Satria Piningit and Ratu Adil--the latter being the goddess or principle of Justice.

In one of his incarnations as Francis Bacon, Satria Piningit was the Imperator, or President-Director of the Rosicrucian Order. This mystical brotherhood teaches mysticism, and occultism. According to its tradition, it had its inception in ancient Egypt. Many scientists, philosophers, and famous personalities in history were members of the Rosicrucian Order. This fraternity is associated with a chivalric Order called Militia Crucifera Evangelica.

Francis Bacon was the illegitimate child of Queen Elizabeth I, and also the real author of the Shakespearean plays. There are many secret codes and cryptograms to be found in the Shakespearean works revealing the identity of the true author.

Students of esotericism also know the Knight Commander, or Satria Piningit to be the spiritual, and invisible leader of Esoteric Freemasonry--the outer organization of which some have called "evil" and related to the "Illuminati." Certainly there are corrupted members and leaders in every organization and religion--Freemasonry is no different.

The Knight Commander, or Satria Piningit, is also presently active giving messages to humanity at this time through the many channels (mediums) attuned to his mind.

Like the West, in Indonesia there are many mystical Orders and martial-arts group. It is no coincidence that some of these brotherhoods of Ilmu Hikmah/Tenaga Dalam and Pencak Silat are Orders of knighthood as their ideals or name suggest; for instance, Satria Kemuliaan, Satria Nusantara, etc. We detect here the handiwork of the Knight Commander.

[Note: This paper contains images which may be seen as originally published at our website]

Copyright © 2006 Luxamore

Did you inherit your religion

title:Did You Inherit Your Religion?

author:John Penberthy

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One Saturday morning I was sipping my coffee and reading the newspaper when the doorbell rang. This was an unusual occurrence as we lived in a somewhat isolated log cabin in the mountains outside Denver. At the door stood two attractive college-age girls who wanted to talk to me about becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.

Normally I would politely say, “No thanks” and return to my paper, but that morning I decided to engage with them. After hearing their initial pitch, I asked one of them, “Are your parents Jehovah’s Witnesses?”

“Our whole family is,” she replied.

“Do you think religion is an important thing for people to have in their lives?”

“Very,” she replied, and I agreed.

“How many other religions have you studied and investigated?”

“None.”

“Is a car an important thing in your life?” I asked.

“Well, yes, but not as important as religion.”

Again I agreed. “What kind of car do you drive?”

“A Toyota.”

“Is that what your parents drive?”

“No.”

“Why not?” I inquired.

“Because I like Toyotas better.” She was starting to get impatient but politely continued to humor me.

“How do you know?”

“Because I like the way my Toyota looks and drives, plus it was inexpensive and gets good gas mileage.”

I nodded toward my Toyota sitting in the driveway and agreed. “How did you know that about your car when you bought it?”

“I test drove different cars and talked to my friends about their cars.” she said, increasingly exasperated.

“So you checked out lots of different cars before deciding on your Toyota,” I gently summarized, “but your religion, which is much more important, you inherited from your parents without knowing anything about the alternatives?”

“Yeah,” she replied rather sheepishly, catching my drift.

“I’ll tell you what,” I said. “Spend the next five years investigating and studying the other great religions of the world and then if you still want to talk to me about becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, we’ll talk.”

The girls, realizing they had a hopeless case on their hands, thanked me for my time and left.

The vast majority of people worldwide inherit their religion—one of the most important things in their lives—unquestioningly from their parents, without ever investigating the alternatives. Many are convinced it is the only way to God, believe that other religions are heresy, and some will fight and die for it. Did you inherit your religion?

John Penberthy is the author of To Bee or Not to Bee, A book for beings who feel there’s more to life than just making honey, an illustrated, inspirational allegory—fun yet deep—about the spiritual journey of a worker bee entrenched in the mindless tedium of life in a honeybee colony. Endorsements from Dan Millman, Stephen Levine and Ram Dass. See the unique and creative 60 second audio-visual flash Preview at http://ToBeeBook. com/preview. html

God authored all scripture for our benefit

As you delve more and more into the Book of Hebrews, you will become aware of something you have never seen before: namely, the author of Hebrews is more emphatic than any other Bible writer about one major theme; God wrote all the Old Testament Scriptures.

This author quoted at least thirty one Old Testament Scriptures in the book of Hebrews. Even when he knew the name of the human instrument that God used to write Scripture, this author spoke as though the Scripture was penned by God himself. For him, God wrote the Old Testament without the use of a human instrument even though He used them.

As you study this fascinating book, look for the above attribute throughout. This will be such a great blessing to you. Why can’t modern teachers, pastors, academics and scholars have the same view of (and respect for) the Holy Scriptures as this special, Godly author of Hebrews?

Here is just a sampling of the Old Testament Scriptures the author quoted in the Book of Hebrews. In each and every case, our author of Hebrews declared that God wrote each Scripture, even though they had human penmen. See below how he demonstrates that God wrote them.

Heb 1:5

5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (KJV)

Two Old Testament Scriptures are quoted here, Ps. 2: 7 and 2 Samuel 7: 14. David wrote the Psalm; Samuel wrote the one that bears his name. But notice how our author demonstrated that God himself wrote these two Old Testament Scriptures for us; look at the expression, “said he.”

In other words, the Hebrews author always quoted the Old Testament in such a way as to leave no doubt: God wrote the Old Testament. Above, he used the expression, “he said” for “God said.” Notice, however, that he never remotely implied that either David or Samuel said anything in this verse. For this author, God wrote the Old Testament.

Now, look at the next verse, Hebrews 1: 6. We shall see the same thing.

Heb 1:6

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (KJV)

This verse is a quote from Dt. 32: 34. Notice here also the expression, “he saith.” Again, the author never implied that Moses wrote the above Scripture. By using “he saith” as he did above, he again shows his belief that God wrote it. For him, God authored all Old Testament Scripture.

Heb 1:7

7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

(KJV)

The above verse quotes Psalms 104: 4. But notice! He used “he saith” again. To this author, God authored this Psalm also. Why cannot modern writers, preachers and theologians have the same confidence that God was the author of Scripture?

Now see the next two Old Testament Scriptures quoted below.

Heb 1:8

8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (KJV)

Heb 1:13

But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? (KJV)

Notice “he saith” in verse 8 above and “said he” in verse 13 above. For this author, God authored the Old Testament. What a thrill to see the pattern for modern scholarship so clearly given. Hebrews is the most unusual New Testament book.

Following the lead from the author of Hebrews, Scripture was and still stands written by God himself. As such, you can believe and depend on what it says. Furthermore, when you are troubled about what a particular Scripture means, ask yourself, “What does this Scripture say?” You will, then, have the answer to what it means.

Finally, Paul summed it up for us. He said “God breathed” all Scripture to profit us in at least six areas. Find them for your own benefit in the verses below.

2 Tim 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

(KJV)

God wrote it with His own breath even though He used human instruments. Therefore, you can trust it. You can stand on it. You can step out on it. He said what He meant to say in it. What does a Scripture mean? It means whatever that Scripture says.

Have faith in god

title:Have Faith in God

author:Daniel. N. Brown

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Are you believing God for something and see no evidence of

anything taking place? It can be frustrating. Especially when you

feel like you are in great need for God to act NOW!

I used to wonder what God was doing when I needed Him most. I

certainly didn’t see Him doing what I thought He should be doing.

But, you know, we are to live by faith, not by sight. Hebrews

11:1 says, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the

evidence of things not seen.”

I believe that if we accept the fact that God’s ways are higher

than our ways and His thoughts are deeper than our thoughts

(Isaiah 55:9), we can trust that he has our best interest in mind

and he is working all things for our good. “For I know the

thoughts I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil,

to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Even though you may not be seeing results, be assured, God did

not forget about you. He’s busy behind the scenes. Keep on

believing and doing the things you know you should be doing and

soon you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. (Galatians

6:9)

Bringing god alive

title:Bringing God Alive

author:Anthony Keith Whitehead

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Every one who believes in God is, to some degree, into theological argument -- argument in the sense of developing logical reasons and propositions for various points of view about God.

We are not concerned here with the development of doctrinal arguments, nor in comparing one set with another. There is a level and degree of conviction which goes infinitely beyond all that and wordy dialogue. And beyond consulting vast tomes of theological treaties. It is the conviction which comes from an EXPERIENTIAL knowledge of God. It comes from experiencing God in our own, everyday lives. Certainly, what we "know" about God comes in some degree from what we believe. But is there not a difference between "belief" in some theological proposition and faith, which is what makes that proposition into a reality for any one of us?

FAITH BRINGS GOD "ALIVE"

It is faith which, as it were, "brings God alive" for each one of us. It is faith exercised at a personal level which makes God personal to us. It is that, rather than delving into works of theology, which make God real.

Faith is, in practice, different to belief. We can believe something and, because we never act on it, it never changes our lives. If I say "I believe God, the father Almighty", it is open to someone without that belief to ask, "So what?" The question is really, "So what is different in your life compared to mine as a result of your belief?"

Unfortunately, there are Christians who would be hard put to answer that, because they have belief but little faith. Faith can be expressed as belief put to the test. No, we are not testing God so much as testing ourselves. We can call in God's promises to us, but such calls are ultimately tests of our own faith, although they must inevitably also show God's loyalty to his own word.

FAITH BRINGS KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

What kind of knowledge of God does faith bring? It is a knowledge which goes beyond anything we can find in a book -- or in an article such as this! It is an EXPERIENTIAL knowledge of God. That is to say, every act of faith is a personal encounter with God, a personal experience of him. The reason is that God never ignores an act of faith, not least because, apart from love, it is the greatest quality he desires from us.

We can read, say, Paul in Roman 4. 17 that God is he who: "gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were." (NIV) He "calls things that are not as though they were"! It is acting on such scriptures as this which brings God alive to us, which brings us into a reality of God which might not previously have existed.

THE KNOWLEDGE THAT COUNTS

That experiential knowledge is what counts! It is that which converts people from no belief to putting God first in their lives, from being nominal Christians into committed Christians -- because that knowledge of God is something which cannot be acquired in any other way. And it tells us what cannot be known in any other way. You may acquire some kind of knowledge about me from reading this article or some of the books I have written. Yet all that would be far less than the knowledge gathered from the experience of actually meeting me (which some may say is a great blessing for you!!!). How much more important, and how much more life-changing is the experiencial knowledge of actually encountering God?

In Romans (as elsewhere) Paul makes the case that we are saved through faith. That is the ultimate expression and consequence of our faith. But it must not be the only one! If we can trust God for this ultimate expression of his love for us, and the dependability of his word, the consequence of which will last for eternity, we can surely trust him for a myriad of other things -- things which are of much less consequence, but which happen every day in our lives.

That repeated, ongoing accumulation of (essentially loving) experiential knowledge is open to anyone who has the courage to risk the consequences of holding God to his many biblical promises -- and who wants to see God "come alive" in their lives.

Where s the temple on the temple mount

title:Where's the Temple on the Temple Mount?

author:David Ben-Ariel

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Something's missing. Rome is synonymous with the Vatican, Mecca with the Kaaba, and Jerusalem's known for its Western Wall. But WHY should we stand before the wall, letting it obstruct our vision, when we could be praying in a Temple? Why should Jews continue to bow before an illegitimate Gentile decree that tells them where to pray? (Isa. 10:1).

The Turks designated the Wall as an alternative "holy" site since Muslims had stolen the Temple Mount! If we rightly refused to accept Uganda as a Jewish "homeland," why should Jews settle for anything less than a Temple for worship?

That basically, is the gist of the message our demonstrations seek to send. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement doesn't only protest the ongoing Muslim occupation of our Temple Mount, but proclaims that this unnatural set of circumstances will come to an end. We’re confident that Muslim rule on the Temple Mount will soon be history, just as surely as the Berlin Wall fell and Eastern Europe came out from under the Russian heel!

The restoration of Jews from all over the world to their ancient homeland is only the first step towards the redemption of our land and lives. Israel, for the most part, is an empty, secular state. It's about as Jewish as America is Christian! THE FACT THAT THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS STILL WITHOUT A TEMPLE STANDS AS AN INDICTMENT AGAINST ISRAEL! God will hold Israel's political and religious leaders responsible!

Jerusalem's known as the heart of Israel, the crown of the "Jewish" State. The Temple Mount is the crown jewel. This historic Jewish treasure is a "diamond in the rough." It awaits our craftsmen's tender loving care to bring it to the brilliant perfection it deserves (Ps. 50:2). We protest that this responsibility hasn't been fulfilled yet, but we proclaim that these things could change overnight. The world was caught off guard by the rapid succession of events that shook Europe and the former USSR. The "experts" exposed how ignorant they really are.

Nobody needs to be surprised when inevitable events ROCK JERUSALEM, and they feel its aftershocks worldwide. They've been foretold. What's presently missing in Israel will be found when we're filled with our historic mission and accomplish our intended purpose: the restoration of the sacrifices and the construction of the Third Temple!

Shamefully, today's leaders reflect a GHETTO-MENTALITY and expose the sorry state of Israel and Jewish affairs! They're starved for this world's affection, afraid to be different, and too willing to sacrifice our unique identity! God condemns those KAPOS OF COMPROMISE who would rather sell-out than take an unpopular stand!

Whereas it's not politically correct, and goes against our democratic grain, and could result in a backlash - Hanukkah represents those who are willing, if and when necessary, to risk the wrath of others to insure the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, and right over wrong.

In this particular case, the Light of what's good and right was the brilliant example of those faithful few Jews who held their head high (sick and tired of being beaten down) and publicly chose to reject alien ideas and destroy imposed idols.

The Maccabees weren't overly concerned with a suicidal fear of world opinion, but mightily expressed their faith in GOD. They didn't flirt with "foreign affairs," or engage in self-destructive interfaith orgies. They kept the faith and cleansed the Temple Mount of its spiritual filth.

World Jewry continues to celebrate Hanukkah to this day, but in the spirit of hypocrisy! We're more like the COWERING HELLENISTS who assimilated, rather than the courageous Maccabees who fought to remain true to themselves!

Thank Heavens, there are a growing number in Israel who want to see Jerusalem restored as our spiritual center, and our lives rededicated to Biblical ideals, not humanist ideas. Pray for Jerusalem's peace and the rekindling of Israel's light!

Church service family style how a 3 year old preacher a beagle made our sunday unforgettable

title:Church Service Family Style: How a 3 Year Old Preacher & a Beagle Made Our Sunday Unforgettable

author:Duane Shinn

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One unforgettable Sunday our church had a three-year - old preacher, an organist who could play one song, an altercation involving the offering and a visiting beagle who knocked over the pulpit. It happened this way.

Our family car was down at the shop getting its indigestion cured and our shop recuperating from an over-exposure of truck bumper. So there we were, without wheels, on a rainy Sunday morning. Since our church is clear across town and out of walking distance, we decided to hold our own family church service in our living room.

Our four kids were delighted. Kurt, the senior sibling at nine years old, drew up plans while we finished breakfast.

“I’ll be the preacher,” Garin volunteered with glee.

“Oh no,” groaned the two older kids. Garin is almost four.

“I’ll play the organ,” offered Kendy our kindergarten girl.

“All you can play is ‘Three Blind Mice,’” complained Kurt.

“Well,” replied Kendy, “we can sing that!”

“In church?” questioned Kurt sarcastically.

At this point baby Garth, our one-and-a-half year old, poured his orange juice over his shoulder, drenching Scratchy, our calico cat, who was waiting for stray bits of bacon and other assorted goodies occasionally floating down from the breakfast table. I declared breakfast dismissed, and we adjourned to the bathroom to prepare for church.

At nine o’clock sharp the service began with the opening chords of “Three Blind Mice.” Kurt, the song leader, asked Garin to lead in prayer. Garin squinted and prayed in one rapid breath, “Bless this food in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

When Mom had convinced the older kids that they shouldn’t laugh in church, no matter what their brother prayed, the service continued.

Kurt lead us in singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” to the tune of “Three Blind Mice.” The first verse came out fairly well, but since there was only one hymnbook, the next three verses got mumbled pretty badly. Plus the fact that when the last verse was over Kendy still had the last half of “Three Blind Mice” to play.

Next came the scripture reading, and since Mom was requested to do that, it went smoothly, except for the sound of Kendy’s music lesson book bouncing across and off the organ keyboard.

Kurt asked me to take up the offering. I used a saucer for a collection plate and began the rounds. “Can I have some money to put in the offering, Daddy?” asked Kendy as I stopped at the organ bench. So I got some change out of my wallet, gave it to her, and she put it in the saucer. The same process was repeated at each stop, except when I came to Garin. I gave him two dimes and a nickel, and he put the nickel in the saucer and the two dimes in his pocket.

“Put the money in the offering, Garin,” I ordered.

“I did.”

“I mean the dimes.”

“Why?”

“Because we’re giving our money to God.”

“I gave a nickel.”

“Give the dimes, too.”

“I can’t find them.”

“They’re in your pocket, Garin. Now put them in the plate.”

“I don’t want to.”

There wad a brief intermission while I gave Garin a little friendly persuasion in the bedroom. When we returned, he put his dimes in the plate, wiped away his tears, and the service was resumed.

We sang two more songs, both to Kendy’s only tune. “Holy, Holy, Holy” didn’t turn out too badly, but “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” left something to be desired.

Finally it was time for the sermon and Garin made his way up to the TV tray, which was served as the pulpit. He began to speak with great fervor, illustrating each point with his index finger, like he was scolding the air. His sermon topic rambled a bit, wandering from one important theological topic to another, such as how to drive a toy tractor, how to jump over mud puddles and how to keep a little girl next door from biting. He was just building up to an impassionate climax when our beagle, Bimbo, came streaking through the living room in a hot pursuit of Scratchy, who had snatched part of Bimbo’s breakfast. I think it was Bimbo’s forward momentum that made me topple over like that as I tried to grab her, knocking over the pulpit and sending the preacher scurrying for cover. By the time the two intruders had been ejected from the church and the pulpit had been restored to its former place, Garin had forgotten his sermon topic, and instead wanted the “David and Goliath” record played on the phonograph. So we listened to the story on the record, interrupted only by the sound of baby Garth riding his Wonderhorse and singing at the top of his voice “Jesus Loves Me.”

We closed the service with “Abide with Me,” sung to the same tune gears several times earlier. Kurt led in the benediction, asking God to forgive Garin for not putting his money in the offering, and also requesting that Kendy learn to play a new song.

Perhaps our homemade church service was not the most orthodox; perhaps some might even think it irreverent. And yet in their own childlike ways, our kids were worshiping the One who said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for such is the kingdom of heaven.” When the kids are grown and gone, and all other church services have been blurred together in our memories, this one hilarious yet precious Sunday morning service will linger on.

Positive thinking is not faith

title:Positive Thinking Is Not Faith

author:Deborah Sexton

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Have you ever felt down and out for one reason or another ? Of course you have, it's a part of life.

During times when you were feeling low have you ever had anyone tell you “ Think positive “ ? or state that “ You're a minister and you sound so negative, I thought you were suppose to think positive. “

It's true I am a minister but I don't really believe in positive thinking.

Positive thinking is like wearing a wig when your hair is a mess, or spraying on lots of perfume instead of taking a bath. You're not fooling anyone, least of all yourself.

For the past 20 to 30 years or so “ Positive thinking “ seems to be some people's answer to everything. It seems to be a “Fad”

I'm not saying being positive is wrong. If it makes you “feel” better of course, think positive.

Let's look at “ positive thinking “ a little deeper.

Life is duality. Everything is a part of and contains it's opposite. For instance North and South are the same thing, just extremes of each other. You can't have one without the other. There is no way for either to exist unless you have one. Do away with one and automatically you do away with both. As long as one exist the other one has to exist also. We see this duality in all things.

Positive and negative are one and the same thing, just extremes of each other. Without having one neither could exist. For instance doubt is belief. Doubt is belief that you won't get or be or do something We always, always get what we believe. If we doubt we will get something, we are believing we won't get it and therefore we don't. So see even doubt is belief.

Belief is Faith. Faith is very powerful and faith works.

Positive thinking is not Faith. Positive thinking does not change things. Only faith can change anything.

Let me give you an example of how positive thinking and doubt are the same thing. In this example I will also show you what faith is and how positive thinking is not faith.

There is a room with a chair.

A person who doubts everything comes into the room and sees the chair. He would like to sit down but thinks “ I wonder if the chair will fall if I sit down “ He starts to sit down but becomes afraid that if the chair falls he will get hurt, so he decides to stand and not sit.”

Later another person who is well known for telling everyone to think positive, comes into the room and sees the chair. He puts on his happy face and says to himself, “ I know this is a strong chair and if I sit down I will be safe. The chair will stand. “ The chair has strong legs and the nails are all in really well. I will be ok if I sit down in this chair.” He sits down in the chair and sighs with relief. “ Wow my positive thinking really works”

Than another person comes into the room. This is a person who has seen good times and bad times and has lived through them all. He knows that sometimes life throws you a curve but he also knows that life goes on and no matter what, life will always have very happy moments. This person has faith in God, himself and life in general. This person walks in and barely even notices the chair. He just sits down and waits for whatever it is he came for.

Faith doesn't question whether the chair will stand or fall

When we have do positive affirmations or find we are always having to have pep talks with ourselves, it is because we lack faith. “HAVING” to think positive shows we have our doubts.

On days you feel you need to make positive affirmations instead of doing it, just this once pray and say “ God I do have faith but at this time I am afraid and my faith is low could you please help my faith and make me stronger” If you do, I think you will end up feeling better than if you had done 100 positive affirmations. Try it.

Dictionary help:

Faith: Noun: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Doubt: noun: a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction : Lack of Trust and/or confidence. Fear

Positive: expressing or implying affirmation, agreement, or permission constructive in intention or attitude sometimes faked not necessarily real.

Bible road map or the road less traveled

title:Bible Road Map - Or the Road Less Traveled

author:Rev Michael Bresciani

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In the last few years we have witnessed a woman who drowned her children just to keep her rich boyfriend. An ice skating competitor who had the legs of her top rival broken so she could win. We have seen a mother hire a hit man to eliminate her daughter’s competition in baton twirling championships. Another man destroyed his pregnant wife to be able to play the field, and live the life of a playboy.

Perhaps the most unbelievable of all was a woman who killed a pregnant woman then cut her open and stole her unborn baby. I take exception with those who take exception with me for saying, that we have a nation of potential criminals and crackpots in our own children.

We have created this dangerous potential by giving our children anything and everything they want or call for. When they enter the real world, the work a day world where they must fend for themselves suddenly the silver platter is withdrawn and the reality is too much to handle for some. We have forgotten the days of our austerity when as pioneers, plainsmen, and immigrants we were thankful to have our most basic needs met. We have elevated our wants and desires to the level of the sacred.

We imitate and borrow from the language of the greedy with our preoccupation with the prosperity gospel of today’s preachers. You will be just as likely to find today’s churches teaching us how to invest our money as how to get saved. Being born again is mocked and set aside in favor of instruction in the stock market, retirement funds and get rich schemes. Add to this, that modern psychology, sociology and other behavioral and environmental scientists have repeatedly warned us that poverty leads to crime and social upheaval of every kind. You can only imagine what America would look like if virtually every extra and almost all essentials were at a premium, if they could be found at all. It does not paint a very good picture.

The ancient city of Sodom was rebuked by the prophet Ezekiel. Everyone knows the sins of ancient Sodom but in Ezekiel’s rebuke, the root cause for Sodom’s sin is revealed. In Ezekiel’s rebuke there is a warning for us to recognize the same cause festering in our land today. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Eze.16:49

Ezekiel’s rebuke comes to my mind every time I hear some one refuse to give a few dollars to a children’s organization because they think the child won’t get all the money. But no one seems to even notice, much less demand a tax refund when a four hundred million dollar Jupiter probes go haywire and becomes useless. Movies are made that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to produce, whose messages and images would he better left in a garbage can. Tax money is spent on everything from the study of the flow of ketchup to the nocturnal habits of lesbians. Concupiscence and waste are rampant in every level of society and government, while personal responsibility and prudent stewardship has become an ethical relic of sorts. Where does it end?

I have no doubt that the chastisements of America will be the sudden and complete removal of nearly all essential goods and personal wealth. Something on the order of the dust bowl and the stock market crash combined, but multiplied many times over will soon befall this country. How this will come about is not certain but that is not my concern at this moment. I would prefer to see millions of Americans coming to their senses and turning back to God in humility and thereby avoiding this great portent, but I am sure that this is not what they are going to do.

A few years ago I was singing and playing guitar in some folk music venues. I produced three albums of Irish, folk, bluegrass and gospel songs before I published a compilation of my original songs. Among them is one I named An American Lament, I tried to present it as a Christian song but in the most subdued fashion. I wanted a message without the mush. I think I was able to accomplish that and that is why I present it here to appendage this section.

Many tall mountains, many long valleys

Many the white plains, that stretch out so far

All deep flowing rivers, rise cresting to meet me

Two shimmering oceans, with soft sandy shore

Darkly thick are the woodlands, the tall trees are bending

From beyond the soft west wind, drives the waves to the shore

Free flies the eagle, free rolling in blue skies

On high still the master, of all he surveys

Her people have proud eyes, all resting so carefree

They've left their strong towers, passing on to and fro

All beauty before them, great mountains and rivers

Yet groping like blind men, who can't find the door

Bard, prophet and poet, sing haply their bright songs

But the heart that is searching, can see somethings wrong

To pierce through the dark cloud, the heart always wonders

But to grow into greatness, the hearts made to cry

But this land is not my land, this home its not my home

For I've never yet been there, not now or before

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