InterestsWinning souls to CHRIST; defending the Truth of my FATHER's Word; teaching the Word in basic clarity;<br /><br />Also am a lover of smooth jazz and christian jazz; praise & worship music; football fanatic; college basketball junkie; DEEPLY in love with my wife of 27 years (who is also my Best Friend and wonderful companion); my two sons (one in college, one a college graduate) are the BEST and they both love and respect their Dad (and I them); enjoy meeting people and making new friends; will bend over backwards to help and encourage someone who is truly seeking answers about CHRIST and a life of salvation through HIM. Despise hypocrisy and people who put our LORD to shame by acting "Religious", not "CHRIST-Like" (Remember that it's ALL about HIM, not You and I).
I am SHOUTING with you! It is a good feeling, isn't it?!! Especially when you know it was our FATHER WHO "opened those doors". Be joyful Sis, and start going about planning what you have to. GOD has shown you favor and GIVEN YOU the JOB!!! Congrats!!
I will joyfully stand with you in praise for your request. I am VERY pro-family oriented! Amazing isn't it, how our FATHER starts a work oftentimes before many come to an eventual salvation not only of their soul(s), but also of their marriage?!!!!
If my heart wasn't right and I wasn't a Christian, then I believe my overall reaction would be full of the type of remorse I think JUDAS may have displayed (when hanging himself).
However, personally I really believe that even though my fears and deep pain would surface (especially with my wife and two sons included), GOD would give me the GRACE and Silent Comfort (a serene feeling) just before my head is removed. Like a struck match, there would probably be a "flare-up", and then seconds later like a moth to the flame, I'd be in HIS presence. Just beyond the dark door of death, you and I will be greeted by the SON of RIGHTEOUSNESS.
I truly believe that HE will give you and I grace in that "hour of death"......**Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of HIS Saints.** (Psalm 116:15)
Our FATHER is just laying out the "playing field". HE's never caught offguard. With the big flush of heretical writings and movies, which have been hitting the public strongly over the last 15-20 years, none of this should be a surprise to you.
One thing I will say here....this is a golden opportunity for any Christian, who truly loves CHRIST to stand up in defense of the Gospel. This should challenge us all to get deeper into our FATHER's Word to ensure YOU are steadfast and immovable. Movies such as the Da Vinci Code come and go, but they do leave their mark...dirty as it is. Personally, I look at this as a challenge to have open discussion (face-to-face) with those whose curiosity has been aroused by the movie. It becomes your and my opportunity to share the TRUTH for the sincere inquiring mind.
Remember....we are in a spiritual war. The Enemy fights dirty. He will never unveil the whole truth, because he IS the "father of the Lie". Look for outreach opportunities. Ask the HOLY SPIRIT to open "doors" for you to share with those who have read the book, and/or seen (will see) the movie. I can't wait to try and win souls for CHRIST through it!
If you can, as crazy as this sounds, try looking at it from the perspective of YOU being a "Sheep" or a "Lamb". And think of the LORD JESUS CHRIST as YOUR GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:1-18...27-29). The GOOD SHEPHERD takes tremendous care of HIS Sheep...HIS Flock. They never want, because the Good Shepherd takes care of all your needs. HE provides your food, water, covering (clothing/shelter), medical aid, protection against your enemies (including YOURSELF), along with the promise of Eternal Paradise (HEAVEN) at the end of life's "travels".
Years ago my very first pastor use to say to me concerning the beginning of the 6th verse, that these (Goodness & Mercy) were the two "watchdogs" assigned to follow me, side by side (one on my left and one on my right), as I traveled the paths of this life. He called them my "sheepdogs". Ray, though you and I, like sheep are weak, wayward, and often downright DIFFICULT to handle, to HIM WHO loves us, we are more precious than gold, silver or diamonds. HE will do anything in HIS Power to keep and preserve YOU and I in HIS Hands, like the GOOD SHEPHERD that HE is!
"easy-believism"...Hmmmmmm. Well Chad, for the sake of respect towards my brothers/sisters in CHRIST, partner, I'm not going to go there. I distinctly recall reading where you said something to the effect of "I don't mean to demean anyone's FAITH here." How quickly we forget what we say. You know friend, I gave my life to CHRIST 29 yrs ago (1977), after being reared as a "Black Muslim" (Nation of Islam)...a cultist. And the saddest thing I've seen in the Body of CHRIST are things such as this.
Well, let me just reassure you of this.......this "easy-Believer" will be standing at the Judgement Seat of CHRIST, and many others like myself likewise. Be careful of the words that you choose again, Chad. You could very well be unintentionally confusing and causing doubt in those who are still nourishing on the "milk". Those such as myself don't have a problem with your beliefs, because I don't allow them to effect me (Psalm 1:3).
My challenge to you is to do as King Solomon did...ask our FATHER to give you HIS pure WISDOM from above. You say you've been saved for two (2) years? Here's a little advice an older Christian gave me 20 years ago..."Remember (he told me), while in your Christian walk to keep in mind that GOD is not as concerned about your perceived knowledge, as HE is about your character. HE wants you to develop daily more into the image of HIS SON than anything else." THAT statement has helped me tremendously through the years involving my growth spirtually.
The belief in our LORD's Words are not that complex.
Bo...let me also apologize for intervening on two posts, which were directed to you vice myself. I allowed the "urge" to get the better of me, and I do stand corrected. "Thinking Cap" was in my briefcase...."Impulsive Hat" was in my hand. Sorry old pal...
It was this same form of thinking that caused the Pharisees to add to the basic Laws GOD gave, and put a stranglehold on the people of Israel. They put comma's where GOD had put period's (Matthew 23:1-36)
Chad, come on bruh..*smile* You are making this a "me against the world" situation, and the only time such a statement should exists like that is when you as a Christian are against the "world system", NOT your bro/sis in CHRIST. This is no more than a basic discussion, not personal.
Think about what you wrote above ("There is NOTHING COMPLEX about the Word of GOD"). Chad.....isn't THAT what I just said and you JUST repeated?! It's NOT by "my interpretation", it's clearly what the HOLY SPIRIT wrote. I have not put a "comma" where our LORD has placed a "period". You have. Chad, bruh...you are either under GRACE or the LAW. One cannot be a fence straddler.
Now, are you going to take ALL 66 books into consideration, or just the Book of Acts?! You quote a portion of Romans 10:9-10, yet you tell our FATHER "no, no....that's NOT enough". You and no one else has that authority, only HE WHO sits on the throne does...our LORD, our KING, not you or I. Personally, I'm not one who wastes time "philosophying my DADDY's Rules". HE gave conditions (key word) to each of us to follow and accept in order to receive a free gift. And HE's made it simple and basic enough for us to understand. Receiving the gift of salvation through faith in JESUS CHRIST is a very non-complex matter. The natural mind doesn't understand it, but the spirit mind does.
GOD knows the heart ("and BELIEVE in thine heart"). Don't you think it's rather interesting that all the efforts by the "Heroes" in Hebrews Chapter 11 is centered on their FAITH?!! It's like a nail...the harder you hit it, the DEEPER it goes into the "wood". I love you bruh. Relax and learn the simplicity of our FATHER's Word (Proverbs 1:5; 3:13; 15:10; 27:17....James 1:5)