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    Raw end of the stick

    The bible's definition of “heart” is that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires abide in. God's written word. All mankind is separated from God because of sin and it affects us at the deepest level; mind, emotions, desires. Mark 7:21 – 23 For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come--sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. God is dealing with the hearts of all people and he has a solution to the world's true condition. In order for a person to be saved, then, the heart must be changed. This only happens by the power of God in response to faith. When we step out in faith, God is faithful and will cleanse our hearts of all sinful thoughts and desires. Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. All the possessions in the world and the pride of life, will never satisfy you; nor will it free you from sin and guilt. Actually, we are NOT getting the short end of the stick. Since it is God who has said he he would forgive us of all the sins against him, IF we would call on the name of his son to save us. All are saved in exactly the same way, no matter who they are, or where they have been. We are getting a free gift. Think of it! It wouldn't be free if we had to earn it. But God says he will do this for us IF we believe and trust him to do it for us. Repentance in the bible means to turn from our sins. Or in other words, change our minds and attitude towards sin and agree with God about them. We don't get to call the shots on what is or is not sinful; nor is God going to do for us on our terms. Because then each person would excuse their own sins even if those sins hurt the individuals themselves or others. Our hearts are deceitful. We can never get to heaven by our own power and strength. The purpose of repentance is restoration and salvation. God desires for our relationship with him to be restored.
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    Raw end of the stick

    How would you, yourself describe the love the world needs? You search the bible looking for ways to discredit God and in your zeal you miss scriptures such as these. 1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Ephesians 1: 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace All people of every walk of life is sinful, there isn't one person on this earth that hasn't sinned. But God says in his word that in spite of all of our sins that if we except his forgiveness by believing and trusting him to forgive us and cleanse our hearts of all unrighteousness we will no longer face his wrath and condemnation. If we believe and trust him, we are promised eternal life. This is how we get right with God. Its easy to do good works, but these do not make us right with God for God wants us to come to him through faith in what he has said about his son. Jesus' mission was to die a horrible death on the cross in our place so that we could escape the coming judgment. The world as a whole would change if EVERY person on earth excepted this. God loved us enough to allow us the choice of excepting his forgiveness or reject him. God sent his son to die in our place, because no matter what we do by our own power, we could NEVER save ourselves from the coming judgment. God in his love for us, set up a way for us to escape his wrath on sin. It is up to you to make this decision. No human can make you believe and God is not going to force you. YOU have to make this decision for yourself.
  3. A cool video. Very nice of you to put this up for me Naomi, thank you.
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    God is not male

    John 4: 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
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    Gospel

    The word “gospel” in the new testament literally means “good news” or “good message”. There is peace with God and forgiveness available to all who will except it. The gospel (good news) announced by Jesus is that there is peace with God and forgiveness available to all who will except it. That Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The peace with God means to be reconciled back to God. A restoration of our relationship with God. The first four books in the bible; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are called the gospel books because the focus is on the message of Jesus. Those books are the testimony that God has provided a way of salvation for all through his son. Jesus died on the cross in our place as the perfect sacrifice, and he overcame death and rose up from the dead. This is “good news” for us because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross is a gift to us from God. All that is required of us to receive this gospel is to believe what God has said about the way to him. It is that simple. Just simply believe the gospel (the good news that has been shared about Christ to each one of us). God chose belief as the way to him. We can't come to him any other way.
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    Statement of Faith

    https://worthyministries.com/statement-of-faith/
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    Finding a non-apostate church

    Our salvation is based on God's promise to us . . . that if we believe in our hearts, and confess with our mouths that he died on the cross for each one of us and rose again from the dead, we will be saved. And he guarantee's it by putting his spirit in our hearts. So that we never have to wonder if we are his. 2 Corinthians 1:22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Acts 16 : 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 1 John 5: 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 1 John 5 : 11 thru 13 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. John 10 : 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
  8. Our salvation is based on God's promise to us . . . that if we believe in our hearts, and confess with our mouths that he died on the cross for each one of us and rose again from the dead, we will be saved. And he guarantee's it by putting his spirit in our hearts. So that we never have to wonder if we are his. 2 Corinthians 1:22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Acts 16 : 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 1 John 5: 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 1 John 5 : 11 thru 13 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. John 10 : 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
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    Is it possible to...

    We can't live on earth without coming into contact with those that are worldly. But we certainly can avoid thinking and behaving as the world does. Our presence is seasoning so to speak, to make the world a more tolerable place. And because of our presence and testimony the world might come to know and believe that God sent his son into the world, to save it and to understand the God loves the world as he loves his son.
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    New Age Anointing-Bill Johnson

    When someone starts leading people away from Christ through error, they cease to be nice people or Christians in the biblical sense. New age teachings do NOT lead people to Christ... but away from him. A truly nice person or friend, is one that looks out for the well being of others. Teaching others to engage in such practices of error or belief's is not looking out for the best interest of others. It undermines the work of Jesus and detracts from God's glory through his son. When one puts his/her faith in doctrines of error and teaches others to do the same, they become enemies of the cross. A true Christian will gladly except correction, chastisement, or criticism when he or she is wrong and then will gladly turn from the wrong. Such person's do NOT need hours of rational talking and coddling and convincing. The one that insists on following error and teaching it, will not except any form of correction, no matter how rational the discussion is for their hearts are not right in this matter. Scripture tells us to test every teaching to see where it is coming from, for not all teachings are from God. Satan knows scripture and twists it to suit his agenda. He also pretends to be a friend or a nice person. Separation from those who teach error as well as pointing out who they are so that others are not led into the same errors is necessary and the Godly thing to do. New age teachings is NOT a minor doctrinal difference but a very serious and deadly error. When a person engages in trying to obtain supernatural abilities from a dead person that person most certainly is engaging in demon worship. God's word never tells us to seek supernatural power. It dishonors God when we call unrighteousness good (Isaiah 5:20).
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    New Age Anointing-Bill Johnson

    There is a huge difference between a person going to a grave site and grieving over the loss of a loved one and someone calling the for the dead person's spirit back and then seeking spiritual enlightenment or special powers from the dead person. This isn't the first time Bethel church has shown video's on utube in regards to new age activities. What these people in the video are doing can be likened to simon the sorcerer in the book of Acts, chapter 8 who thought he could buy the gift of God with money. His actions and money was condemned. What these people are doing is trying to obtain supernatural abilities from a dead person and this activity is definitely demonic in nature. So the definition of necromancy fits the activity in the video. Dictionary definition for “Necromancy” communication with the dead, usually in order to obtain insight into the future or to accomplish some otherwise impossible task.
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    About Fasting

    As has already been mentioned, fasting is not a requirement or expectation on anyone's part. Scripture does not demand it of us. Rather it is a voluntary response of the heart and attitude towards God. If there is a serious need in our hearts or lives, a fast serves to show us the reality of our own insufficiency in ourselves and redirect the focus onto God and our reliance on him. Away from other things and the hubbub of our daily routines and activities in our lives. There are individuals that due to health reason's should not do a food fast. We can demonstrate privately to God in other ways the humility and humbleness in our hearts. Prayer is a greater need than fasting, and is far more important than fasting. Fasting then, becomes legalistic and shows self righteousness when we as individuals require and/ or demand others emulate. Nor should we view it as some sort of special feat or demonstration of our ability to forego food. It should be a private activity between a person and God. Without a real serious need or spiritual purpose, it becomes nothing more than a ritual that one practices to make themselves feel good.
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    Why Faith?

    Faith is the assurance of hope and knowing that something is real even if we can not see it physically. To understand that the world was made into what can be seen by a Creator that can not be seen. Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him. We can't see the wind, but we know it is there. We don't know where it is coming from or where it is going; but we can see what it does. With God our creator, we can't see him. But we can see what he has made and what he does in our lives. The person who truly wants to see God and know him must do it through belief. Without believing he is who he says he is. . . no one will find him. It is only through faith that you will find him. If you are truly seeking to know him, ask him to reveal himself to you and he will.
  14. I do think it is a mistake to declare that one's self has reached perfection in this lifetime and that they no longer face temptations. We live in a fallen world and because of such, we still face temptations. Yesterday morning, someone brought up in chat on how to deal with temptations and sin. I was ready to hit the hay at that hour. Not much of an excuse for giving a half answer to the question. We can't totally reach perfection in this life time but we can be assured that the Holy Spirit will be there with us to help us along the way. Repentance means to change our minds and attitudes and actions towards sin. Giving thought to how God feels about it and lining up ours with God's thoughts about it. And agreeing with God. Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for God's help and forgiveness each and every time you stumble. Tell him all about it and your desire for change. God's word is our shield as well as a sword. Spend time each day reading God's word and as you absorb his word into your heart and mind it will replace the old thinking and attitudes in you and change your heart and mind towards the sinful thoughts and desires. As you go about your day and when temptations come, the Holy Spirit will remind you of what God's word says about a temptation or situation you are facing and will lead you to a solution. As you submit to those reminders and solutions from the Holy Spirit, you will find yourself with time that you are exercising more and more self control as well as the other fruits of the Spirit.
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    Musings in regard to Hell

    Purgatory and universalism is what is being described in the above qoute and is appealing to unbelievers and works based religions because it allows them to continue on in a sinful life. However, scripture paints a different story. The bible teaches that for all our efforts, we can not save ourselves from sin and death. God declared that for the wages of sin, death is the penalty. That is why Jesus died on the cross. Because in dying on the cross, he was able to fully pay the debt that we ourselves are not able to pay. The believers in bible times faced and endured difficulties, hardships and mistreatment. The apostles would not have spoken of maintaining faith and perseverance in spite of it all, if believer's could wait till after death. There would be no reason to persevere in faith and trust in Jesus if we could get there by our own merits. Universalism and purgatory denies the work of Christ on the cross. They fall short of the finished work of Christ on the cross alone. Both of these deceive people by having them believe that they can get to heaven by their own power instead of relying on Jesus to save them. It is saying that the work Jesus did on the cross was incomplete and insufficient. This is definitely a false teaching at its very core. Jesus' death on the cross is the complete atonement for the sins of anyone who believes on Jesus to save them. The full redemptive work was accomplished on the cross alone. Jesus declared on the cross “it is finished” meaning he once and for all paid the cost. We are justified by faith. There are no sins left for purgatory to cleanse because it was all done by Jesus on the cross. This is why Jesus said, "It is finished!" The bible tells us that salvation is a free gift. It would not be free if we had to pay for it would it? ~~
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