Thursday, April 30, 2009
2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
by Franklin G. Huling
©FOUNDATION Magazine, Mar-Apr 2000
Shall We Send It Back?
A lad of seven years took the Bible one day from the library table in his home and asked, "Is this God's Book, Mother?" "Certainly It is," was her reply. "Well," continued the lad, "don't you think we might as well send It back to God? We don't use It here, do we?" This incident may cause us to smile, but it reveals a sad and vital lack of reading the Bible. Whatever may be one's views of the Bible, there are many sound reasons for reading It. We need to read It because It is:
The Book of Life
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). When we try to "live by bread alone," we feed the body but starve the soul. A short time ago a man died of starvation in Olympia, Washington. After his death it was discovered that he had $38,000 on deposit in local banks. He never referred to his money, even when physicians were seeking to check the ravages of malnutrition. He let his body starve with plenty on hand to feed him. Maybe you, my reader, are letting your soul starve, although the Word of God is at hand to provide you with life-giving spiritual food. John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, said, "For years I have read my Bible through once a year. I read It every morning, as the very best way to begin the day."
Perhaps you think you have not time to read the Bible every day. A man once made this excuse to D. L. Moody. He answered, "My friend, if you are too busy to read the Bible every day you are busier than Almighty God ever intended any human being should be, and you had better let some things go and take time to read the Bible." With almost every kind of machine goes a book of instructions. The Bible is the Book that goes with man. Think of it-having sixteen waking hours every day to travel the highway of life, and no time to read the Guide Book! Then how can we expect to follow the right road and escape the bypaths and pitfalls? No wonder so many "wrecks" are strewn along life's highway. William E. Gladstone, England's great prime minister and Christian statesman, often came home from Parliament very late at night. But no matter how late, he arose at 6:30 in the morning and gave the first hour of every day to reading the Word of God and to prayer. He said, "Talk about the questions of the time! There is but one question-how to bring the truths of God's Word, the Impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture, into vital contact with the minds and hearts of all classes of people."
If we neglect to read the Bible, we are missing the best things in life. Earthly things do not satisfy the heart. The Bible is the Book of the heart. It shows us how we may possess and enjoy real life. A worthwhile life, and satisfaction in life, are found by reading and receiving the Word of Life into our hearts. "The Words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). Woodrow Wilson said, "I am sorry for the men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and of the pleasure." On another occasion he wrote, "The Bible is the Word of Life. I beg that you will read It and find this out for yourself-read, not only little snatches here and there, but long passages that will really be the road to the heart of It." And he continued, "When you have read the Bible, you will know that It is the Word of God because you will have found It the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty."
The Bible covers the whole range of human life. It follows us to the lowest depths and leads us to the highest heights. It tells us about real men and women and reveals God in relation to human life. Herbert Hoover said, "The study of this Book (the Bible) ... is a post-graduate course in the richest library of human experience." A leading educator stated, "I would rather have my son acquainted with the Bible and ignorant of all other literature than to have him acquainted with all other literature and ignorant of the Bible."
"There's just one Book for life's gladness;
One Book for the toilsome days;
One Book that can cure life's madness;
One Book that can voice life's praise.
There's just one Book!"
We need to read the Bible because It is:
The Book of Light
"The entrance of Thy Words giveth light" (Psa. 119:130). Life is full of perplexities. There are so many things about which we want light. The Bible gives us the light we need. It enlightens us as to the origin, purpose, problems and destiny of life. Like the bright sun in the heavens, the Bible shines through the fog of human speculations, bringing light and warmth to all who will receive Its beneficent rays. "Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17) is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Bible. Much that is called light is gross darkness. "To the Law and to the Testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isa. 8:20). The Bible gives us the true light about God, about ourselves, about the future of the world and the future life as well as about the problems of sin, suffering and the way of salvation.
"A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun:
It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none!"
We need to read the Bible because It is:
The Book of Salvation
"The Holy Scriptures ... are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15). The Lord Jesus Christ made the way of salvation very simple when He said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in" (Rev. 3:20). The very moment we open the door of our hearts by believing on Him, He will come in, and we will be saved. But until we yield our wills to His loving holy will and receive Him as our personal Savior, we are eternally lost. There is no other way of salvation. Read John 14:6 and Acts 4:12.
"How can I look on Calvary's Cross,
And see my Savior there
With outstretched arms the world to save,
My sins Himself to bear?
How contemplate, and yet withstand
Such love as He has shown,
Who died to draw the sinner near,
And claim him for His own?"
The story is told of a man who had never read the Bible. One day he got hold of a Bible and began to read It. Soon he exclaimed to his wife, "If this Book is true, we are lost!" Then he read on and not long afterward shouted joyfully to his wife, "If this Book is true, we can be saved!" And they opened the door of their hearts and received the Lord Jesus Christ and were saved. Will you, my friend, do the same thing just now, right where you are? God grant it. You will then be a babe in Christ and need to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to read the Bible because It is:
The Book of Spiritual Growth
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2). Christians cannot grow without food. God's Word is the food. And it is a great day when "baby" learns to feed himself. Many who have been Christians for years have never learned to feed themselves from God's Word. How tragic! Listening to sermons, attending Bible classes and reading good books and articles cannot take the place of personal feeding on the Word of God. We cannot thrive unless we get spiritual strength every day from God through His Word. God's heart is sad because so many of His children do not feed on His Word and grow.
Prayer is not a substitute for reading the Word of God. When we pray, we talk to God. And when we read God's Word, He talks to us. Of the two, it is more important that God speak to us. First read the Word, then pray. God's Word will give us the desire to pray and matter for praise and for petition. What we read in the Bible yesterday, or a while ago, will not give us the spiritual strength we need today any more than the physical food we ate yesterday will give us sufficient bodily strength for today. We take time every day to feed our bodies, which are temporal. Dare we fail to take time every day to feed our souls, which are eternal? Is that good judgment? Why not take Job's attitude? He said, "I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food" (Job 23:12). Resolve that you will not take time to feed your body unless you will also take time to feed your soul. If you will do that, you will find time for both. Satan hates to have us read the Word and does everything he can to block it. You be as persistent in taking time to read God's Word as Satan is in trying to hinder you, and God will help you. Set aside a regular time each day, and hold sacred your appointment with God. Ask God to make you hungry for His Word. "For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness" (Psa. 107:9). The more you read God's Word the more you will come to love It. You will find It not only food, but rich dessert! You will say with David, "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth" (Psa. 119:103). As we pursue our pilgrim journey, we need to read the Bible because It is:
The Book of Comfort and Hope
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). Although the world outlook may be dark, friends may fail and earthly things in which we trusted may crash around us, yet, if we are right with God, all will be well with us. And as we read the Word of God, rejoice in His loving, all-wise will and trust Him, we will learn patience and receive comfort. We will also have a true and inspiring hope: "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).
How to Enjoy the Bible
"Thy Words were found, and I did eat Them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy Name, O Lord God of hosts" (Jer. 15:16). Many people do not even read the Bible. Some read It but do not study the Bible. If we let the Bible go through our minds like water through a sieve, It will not do us much good. We need to study God's Word carefully (read 2 Tim. 2:15). And it is possible to both read and study the Bible and yet not "eat" the Word of God. To "eat" the Word means to meditate upon It (chew It), to ponder its message to our own heart (digest It) and to apply It to our own life (live It). Do you know what it is to "eat" the Word of God? God grant that you may. It will then be the joy and rejoicing of your heart. Read the Bible book by book. While each book has a distinct message, they form a marvelous unity. Avoid the "grasshopper" method of skipping about here and there. In each chapter of the book you are reading, find and write down in a notebook three things: first, the main subject; second, the best lesson for your own heart; and third, the best verse if you could have but one. Memorize this verse. Read the Bible through again and again.
"There's a Man in It!"
Two little sisters were trying to put together a cardboard puzzle map of the United States. It was cut up into odd shapes. They were getting discouraged. Suddenly the older sister turned a piece over and saw on it part of a man's nose. On the back of another piece she saw part of a man's ear. "There's a man in it!" she exclaimed. They knew what a man's face looked like and soon put the pieces together correctly. Then their father turned the whole puzzle over for them, and there was the map of the United States. The Bible is a puzzle to many because they do not realize that "There's a Man in It," even the Lord Jesus Christ. He said the whole Bible was about Himself. "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Luke 24:27). To understand the Bible, we need to know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and look for Him everywhere in His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to take the things of Christ and show them unto you. May our desire be:
"More about Jesus in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in every line,
Making each faithful saying mine."
D. L. Moody wrote on the fly-leaf of his Bible these words: "This book will keep me from sin, and sin will keep me from this Book." That is a true statement. The habit of reading God's Word daily will do more for the stability, purity, peace, joy and fruitfulness of the life of a Christian than any other one thing. And many unsaved ones have been led to accept Christ by reading His Word. My friend, is He your Savior? If so, is He the Lord of your life? If so, can you say,
"Holy Bible, Book Divine,
Precious Treasure, Thou are mine"?
The Bible becomes ours, not by merely owning a copy, but by storing It in our mind and heart. Read It now, while you can. What a tragedy to grow old without Christ, or, if saved, to know only meagerly the treasures of God's Word. "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16). When this heavenly treasure, the Bible, is really ours, we will value the Words of God as did David, when he said, "More to be desired are They than gold, yea, than much fine gold" (Psa. 19:10). Gold cannot buy happiness, but God gives us abiding happiness through His Word.
"I'm a busy person with a lot to do. Why should I spend time reading the Bible? I don't have time to do all I need to do as it is."
"I already believe in Jesus Christ. I've already heard the Gospel."
"Why should I read the Bible?"
The following Scriptures should answer the question.
JOHN 8:31-32 RSV
31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
JOSHUA 1:8 Beck
8 Don't stop reading this book of the Law, but day and night think of what it says, so you can be careful to do everything written in it; then you will prosper and succeed.
ACTS 20:32 LB
32 "And now I entrust you to God and his care and to his wonderful words that are able to build your faith and give you all the inheritance of those who are set apart for himself.
MATTHEW 4:4 NLT
4 But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.' "
JOHN 6:63 ICB
63 It is not the flesh that gives a person life. It is the spirit that gives life. The words I told you are spirit, and so they give life.
ROMANS 15:4 CEV
4 And the Scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by giving us hope.
JOHN 14:23-24 Rieu
23 Jesus replied: 'If anyone loves me he will cherish my word; my Father will love him and we will come to him and make him our abode.
24 He that does not love me neglects my words. Yet the word you hear is not my own but that of the Father who sent me.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NLT
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.
17 It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
HEBREWS 4:12 NLT
12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.
God's Word is alive! The more you expose yourself to it, the more it will expose itself to you.
To know God better you must spend time hearing what He has to say. The Bible is His message to you. If you want Him to listen to what you have to say, you should also listen to what He has to say.
Although God can also speak directly to your heart, you need to know His written Word so you can judge whether God is speaking to you, or the enemy is trying to deceive you.
God will not love you more because you read the Bible. It's for your benefit -- not required to make God love you. However, without reading the Bible, you will not grow spiritually, and you will be more easily deceived.
Prayerfully reading the Scriptures yourself is the only real defense against being misled.
God's Word is truth (John 17:17). Don't you want to know the truth? Why waste your time on lesser, unreliable things?
Your spiritual life is important. You always have time for what you consider important.
Jesus taught that God's Word is a seed (Luke 8:11). Plant the seed of God's Word in your life and you will reap blessings.
The promise of Jesus in John 8:31-32 is for you. If you continue in the Word of God, you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free!
Only those who continue in God's Word come to the place of knowing called faith. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Here are some articles for further reading:God's Word Is A Medicine
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." (Mk 8:35)
Regardless of the details of prophetic events Christ is still the "door" by which you can change your eternal destiny and direction. This proclamation has seen its peak of public acceptance and is now waning in general acceptance but it is meant for only one individual at a time. It is my prayer at the beginning of 2009 that the person who heeds this warning will be you.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
People get too jumpy to conclusions and say people are evil.
People are not evil.
Satan is evil.
He misguides them.
I feel like they're crying for help to be saved because they've gotten in to what they never knew was real.
If we could just reach out to everyone they could get saved.
Spread the good news of the bible.
As long as your still alive you have a chance to escape.
Open up a bible for the love of God.
It has the power of the holy spirit!
STairway to heaven backwards
Singing there hearts out in chains.
There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.
There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.
There's a feeling I get
When I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who standing looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.
And it's whispered that soon
If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.
Your head is humming and it won't go
In case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow,
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How ev'rything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
MARIJUANA HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE A DRUG THAT RENDERS IT'S USERS PSYCHOLOGICALLY DEPENDENT TO A SEVERE DEGREE. MANY M.J. USERS BECOME TRAPPED IN A DEAD END LIFESTYLE OF POVERTY, DEPENDENCE AND PARANOIA. OF WHOSE SPIRIT ARE THESE FRUITS?? DID YOU KNOW THAT THE DEVIL USES NO NEW THING TO BEGUILE PEOPLE? SORCERERS, SATANISTS, AND WITCHES HAVE KNOWN FOR CENTURIES THAT MARIJUANA IS A MEANS OF OPENING UP TO THE SPIRIT WORLD OF SATAN AND HIS DEMON FORCES. CHRISTIANS DON'T NEED THE DEVIL'S TOOLS!
WHO CONTROLS YOU?
The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) am come that they may have life and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
THE DEVIL WILL USE ANYTHING OR ANYONE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES. HIS NUMBER ONE TARGET IS CHRISTIANS!! IF HE CAN USE MARIJUANA TO CON THEM INTO BEING WEAK AND INEFFECTUAL, HE WILL. WHEN WE COME TO JESUS CHRIST, HE FORGIVES US FOR OUR SINS AND PUTS HIS LIFE INSIDE OF OUR HEARTS. THEN WE CAN WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE. WE DO NOT NEED THE CRUTCHES OF THE FORMER LIFESTYLE LIKE MARIJUANA. THE CHRISTIAN WHO TRIES TO WITNESS FOR CHRIST WHILE HIGH ON MARIJUANA IS REALLY NOT A WITNESS FOR CHRIST AT ALL. THE ONLY WITNESS THAT SUCH A ONE GIVES IS THAT SATAN STILL HAS AUTHORITY IN HIS LIFE.
DEAR CHRISTIAN, YOU DO NOT NEED MARIJUANA (OR ANY OTHER DRUG, INCLUDING ALCOHOL), FOR THROUGH JESUS CHRIST YOU CAN HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY. YOU MUST LEARN TO NO LONGER LOOK TO THE RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD, SUCH AS MARIJUANA, FOR HELP. YOU MUST LEARN TO LOOK TO GOD! YOU MUST LEARN TO KNOW HIM, FOR HE IS ALL YOU WILL EVER NEED. LOVE JESUS, WALK IN HIS HOLY SPIRIT, AND DON'T LET SATAN CONNIVE YOU INTO FOLLOWING ANOTHER SPIRIT -THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST.
"But I fear, lest by any means as the serpent beguiled eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit (demons) which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." 2 Cor. 11:3-4
THE WITCHCRAFT - DRUG CONNECTION!
Let's not lose sight of the fact that all drugs are more correctly identified by their proper name of pharmaceuticals, which in the Bible is always translated as witchcraft or sorcery. Yet many people mistakenly believe that using drugs to gain access to spiritual forces is a modern fad and that the Bible is silent in this regard. This is simply not true. As a matter of fact, mind altering drugs have been employed by the devil and his agents since the earliest times to achieve his ends and are specifically condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. Of course a distinction must be made between drugs that have a proven medical value and are used accordingly and those drugs that are misused and abused by people seeking to escape reality. It is this latter category that definately relates to witchcraft and sorcery and ultimately ends in the total demonic enslavement of the user.
It has been shown in other research works that the Greek words pharmakeia, pharmakeus and pharmakos, which are translated witchcraft, sorceries and sorcerers in the New Testament are connected with the use of mind altering drugs. The three words are derived from the Greek word pharmakon, which means drugs or magic potions. In the Greek version of the Old Testament the words pharmakeia, pharmakeuo, pharmekon, and pharmekos are used twenty two times to translate several different Hebrew words. The Hebrew words in question are kashaph, lehatim and chartummim. All three words are connected with sorcery, witchcraft and enchantments.
It is obvious that the Greek word pharmakon has to do with drugs; a more relevant and contemporary application could hardly be found. The denunciations against sorcery contained in Revelation 9:21; 18:23; 21:8 ; and 22:15 apply to those who use drugs to bring on trances during which they claim to have supernatural knowledge or power. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary) (Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
SORCERY A. Nouns. 1. pharmakia (or-- eia) ^5331^ (Eng., "pharmacy," etc.) primarily signified "the use of medicine, drugs, spells"; then, "poisoning"; then, "sorcery,"
Sorcery is listed along with other sins because people involved in the black arts of witchcraft use drugs to alter their state of mind to try to gain supernatural knowledge or abilities. God never gives knowledge or abilities in this way though, because it is in contrast with gaining them through discipline (self control), obedience, patience, and other fruits of a day-to-day intimate relationship with Him. The only insights, pleasures, etc. gained through mind altering substances are therefore coming from Satan.
The connection between witchcraft and drugs in undeniable. Today, drugs are used more than ever throughout every realm of witchcraft and the occult. The truth remains that drugs open the user to the spirit, yet what foolish people fail to realize is that once you've been opened you have no power to close the door. Drugs are one of Satan's most powerful weapons. He uses them to gain entrance into your life, and once he's in his only ambition is to keep you HELL BOUND!
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The following prayers will be of help to you:
Dear Jesus I need your help. I come to you with all the sins I've committed and I beg you to forgive me and wash me clean by your precious blood. I ask you to come and live in my heart and give me your abundant life and peace. I want to serve you, obey your commands and do what is right. I want to live for you everyday, please lead and guide me by your Spirit into righteousness. Thank you Jesus for hearing and answering my prayer.
FREEDOM FROM DRUG ADDICTION:
Dear Jesus, I now confess and repent of all sins connected with drugs and drug addiction. I renounce, break and loose myself from all curses of addiction and I command the demons of Marijuana and all other drugs I've taken to be bound and leave my physical body right now by the power and authority of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. I break the curse of the addict over myself and my family, and I renounce all curses of addiction that I may have inherited from either side of my family to seven generations back. I renounce and bind all mental anguish and physical torment related to drug addiction. I place the blood of JESUS over my mind, body and spirit. I thank you Lord for setting me free!!
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by Martin Luther
The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, commonly known as The Ninety-Five Theses, were written by Martin Luther in 1517 and are widely regarded as the primary catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.— Excerpted from 95 Theses on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences by Dr. Martin Luther (1517)
Works of Martin Luther. Adolph Spaeth, L.D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et Al., Trans. & Eds. (Philadelphia: A. J. Holman Company, 1915), Vol.1, pp. 29-38.
OCTOBER 31, 1517
1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.
2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance, i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.
3. Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.
4. The penalty, therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.
6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God's remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in such cases were despised, the guilt would remain entirely unforgiven.
7. God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same time, humble in all things and bring into subjection to His vicar, the priest.
8. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, according to them, nothing should be imposed on the dying.
9. Therefore the Holy Spirit in the pope is kind to us, because in his decrees he always makes exception of the article of death and of necessity.
10. Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.
11. This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown while the bishops slept.
12. In former times the canonical penalties were imposed not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.
13. The dying are freed by death from all penalties; they are already dead to canonical rules, and have a right to be released from them.
14. The imperfect health [of soul], that is to say, the imperfect love, of the dying brings with it, of necessity, great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater is the fear.
15. This fear and horror is sufficient of itself alone (to say nothing of other things) to constitute the penalty of purgatory, since it is very near to the horror of despair.
16. Hell, purgatory, and heaven seem to differ as do despair, almost-despair, and the assurance of safety.
17. With souls in purgatory it seems necessary that horror should grow less and love increase.
18. It seems unproved, either by reason or Scripture, that they are outside the state of merit, that is to say, of increasing love.
19. Again, it seems unproved that they, or at least that all of them, are certain or assured of their own blessedness, though we may be quite certain of it.
20. Therefore by "full remission of all penalties" the pope means not actually "of all," but only of those imposed by himself.
21. Therefore those preachers of indulgences are in error, who say that by the pope's indulgences a man is freed from every penalty, and saved;
22. Whereas he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which, according to the canons, they would have had to pay in this life.
23. If it is at all possible to grant to any one the remission of all penalties whatsoever, it is certain that this remission can be granted only to the most perfect, that is, to the very fewest.
24. It must needs be, therefore, that the greater part of the people are deceived by that indiscriminate and highsounding promise of release from penalty.
25. The power which the pope has, in a general way, over purgatory, is just like the power which any bishop or curate has, in a special way, within his own diocese or parish.
26. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession.
27. They preach man who say that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul flies out [of purgatory].
28. It is certain that when the penny jingles into the money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result of the intercession of the Church is in the power of God alone.
29. Who knows whether all the souls in purgatory wish to be bought out of it, as in the legend of Sts. Severinus and Paschal.
30. No one is sure that his own contrition is sincere; much less that he has attained full remission.
31. Rare as is the man that is truly penitent, so rare is also the man who truly buys indulgences, i.e., such men are most rare.
32. They will be condemned eternally, together with their teachers, who believe themselves sure of their salvation because they have letters of pardon.
33. Men must be on their guard against those who say that the pope's pardons are that inestimable gift of God by which man is reconciled to Him;
34. For these "graces of pardon" concern only the penalties of sacramental satisfaction, and these are appointed by man.
35. They preach no Christian doctrine who teach that contrition is not necessary in those who intend to buy souls out of purgatory or to buy confessionalia.
36. Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.
37. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has part in all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is granted him by God, even without letters of pardon.
38. Nevertheless, the remission and participation [in the blessings of the Church] which are granted by the pope are in no way to be despised, for they are, as I have said, the declaration of divine remission.
39. It is most difficult, even for the very keenest theologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people the abundance of pardons and [the need of] true contrition.
40. True contrition seeks and loves penalties, but liberal pardons only relax penalties and cause them to be hated, or at least, furnish an occasion [for hating them].
41. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, lest the people may falsely think them preferable to other good works of love.
42. Christians are to be taught that the pope does not intend the buying of pardons to be compared in any way to works of mercy.
43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons;
44. Because love grows by works of love, and man becomes better; but by pardons man does not grow better, only more free from penalty.
45. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons, purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation of God.
46. Christians are to be taught that unless they have more than they need, they are bound to keep back what is necessary for their own families, and by no means to squander it on pardons.
47. Christians are to be taught that the buying of pardons is a matter of free will, and not of commandment.
48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for him more than the money they bring.
49. Christians are to be taught that the pope's pardons are useful, if they do not put their trust in them; but altogether harmful, if through them they lose their fear of God.
50. Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the pardon-preachers, he would rather that St. Peter's church should go to ashes, than that it should be built up with the skin, flesh and bones of his sheep.
51. Christians are to be taught that it would be the pope's wish, as it is his duty, to give of his own money to very many of those from whom certain hawkers of pardons cajole money, even though the church of St. Peter might have to be sold.
52. The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.
53. They are enemies of Christ and of the pope, who bid the Word of God be altogether silent in some Churches, in order that pardons may be preached in others.
54. Injury is done the Word of God when, in the same sermon, an equal or a longer time is spent on pardons than on this Word.
55. It must be the intention of the pope that if pardons, which are a very small thing, are celebrated with one bell, with single processions and ceremonies, then the Gospel, which is the very greatest thing, should be preached with a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.
56. The "treasures of the Church," out of which the pope. grants indulgences, are not sufficiently named or known among the people of Christ.
57. That they are not temporal treasures is certainly evident, for many of the vendors do not pour out such treasures so easily, but only gather them.
58. Nor are they the merits of Christ and the Saints, for even without the pope, these always work grace for the inner man, and the cross, death, and hell for the outward man.
59. St. Lawrence said that the treasures of the Church were the Church's poor, but he spoke according to the usage of the word in his own time.
60. Without rashness we say that the keys of the Church, given by Christ's merit, are that treasure;
61. For it is clear that for the remission of penalties and of reserved cases, the power of the pope is of itself sufficient.
62. The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.
63. But this treasure is naturally most odious, for it makes the first to be last.
64. On the other hand, the treasure of indulgences is naturally most acceptable, for it makes the last to be first.
65. Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which they formerly were wont to fish for men of riches.
66. The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men.
67. The indulgences which the preachers cry as the "greatest graces" are known to be truly such, in so far as they promote gain.
68. Yet they are in truth the very smallest graces compared with the grace of God and the piety of the Cross.
69. Bishops and curates are bound to admit the commissaries of apostolic pardons, with all reverence.
70. But still more are they bound to strain all their eyes and attend with all their ears, lest these men preach their own dreams instead of the commission of the pope.
71. He who speaks against the truth of apostolic pardons, let him be anathema and accursed!
72. But he who guards against the lust and license of the pardon-preachers, let him be blessed!
73. The pope justly thunders against those who, by any art, contrive the injury of the traffic in pardons.
74. But much more does he intend to thunder against those who use the pretext of pardons to contrive the injury of holy love and truth.
75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and violated the Mother of God -- this is madness.
76. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its guilt is concerned.
77. It is said that even St. Peter, if he were now Pope, could not bestow greater graces; this is blasphemy against St. Peter and against the pope.
78. We say, on the contrary, that even the present pope, and any pope at all, has greater graces at his disposal; to wit, the Gospel, powers, gifts of healing, etc., as it is written in I. Corinthians xii.
79. To say that the cross, emblazoned with the papal arms, which is set up [by the preachers of indulgences], is of equal worth with the Cross of Christ, is blasphemy.
80. The bishops, curates and theologians who allow such talk to be spread among the people, will have an account to render.
81. This unbridled preaching of pardons makes it no easy matter, even for learned men, to rescue the reverence due to the pope from slander, or even from the shrewd questionings of the laity.
82. To wit: -- "Why does not the pope empty purgatory, for the sake of holy love and of the dire need of the souls that are there, if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a Church? The former reasons would be most just; the latter is most trivial."
83. Again: -- "Why are mortuary and anniversary masses for the dead continued, and why does he not return or permit the withdrawal of the endowments founded on their behalf, since it is wrong to pray for the redeemed?"
84. Again: -- "What is this new piety of God and the pope, that for money they allow a man who is impious and their enemy to buy out of purgatory the pious soul of a friend of God, and do not rather, because of that pious and beloved soul's own need, free it for pure love's sake?"
85. Again: -- "Why are the penitential canons long since in actual fact and through disuse abrogated and dead, now satisfied by the granting of indulgences, as though they were still alive and in force?"
86. Again: -- "Why does not the pope, whose wealth is to-day greater than the riches of the richest, build just this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of poor believers?"
87. Again: -- "What is it that the pope remits, and what participation does he grant to those who, by perfect contrition, have a right to full remission and participation?"
88. Again: -- "What greater blessing could come to the Church than if the pope were to do a hundred times a day what he now does once, and bestow on every believer these remissions and participations?"
89. "Since the pope, by his pardons, seeks the salvation of souls rather than money, why does he suspend the indulgences and pardons granted heretofore, since these have equal efficacy?"
90. To repress these arguments and scruples of the laity by force alone, and not to resolve them by giving reasons, is to expose the Church and the pope to the ridicule of their enemies, and to make Christians unhappy.
91. If, therefore, pardons were preached according to the spirit and mind of the pope, all these doubts would be readily resolved; nay, they would not exist.
92. Away, then, with all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, "Peace, peace," and there is no peace!
93. Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, "Cross, cross," and there is no cross!
94. Christians are to be exhorted that they be diligent in following Christ, their Head, through penalties, deaths, and hell;
95. And thus be confident of entering into heaven rather through many tribulations, than through the assurance of peace.
Once precious princess
Left her father's house
To walk the streets that never rest
Maybe they'll hear me in the metropolis
So Im sending out and SOS
Fighting with her "ta"
She wants out of this mess
And those big city lights
Might brighten up the darkness
You know that Im tired and you know that Im stressed
You can't stop me and you can't stop this
You could call the police try to make an arrest
Today is the day that reposses
Leaving on the first bus that I can get
Now its rings around the eyes sopping wet from rain droplets
Window shopping for some solace
No address and penniless
Thats the price you pay from running away from the stress
Feeling the pain likes the dance by the DJ
Reminds me of a tiem when things were ok
Frightened by her own shadow
Now she wants to go home
Many names for one G-d
Trotting on through the facade
You were all my children
Got a dig for that feeling
Love will break through the concealment
Strip away the serpents skin
We came to win
Dispatch the troops
Send out the captain
My gem is held captive in the dungeon
Don't come back again untill you end the mission
If it takes a long time
Dont lose the vision
If you're stuck
Check the blueprint
Got to find the rhythm
Won't you please return child
Where you been?
She says I can't come home because he won't let me in
And besides we don't need no more friction
Used to look so nice how'd you get so thin?
With a heart of ice it's a heart of sin
Skin white like a ghost with a pale complexion
Pray to G-d for the dead we need resurecction
Don't you know wherever you go thick and thin
You are still my children
Since you've been gone my soul's been hearting
Wondering through this world
We are all just obys and girls
Many names for G-d
Trotting on through the facade
From the album "Mesmerizing the Ultra".
i think you are right undoubtedly that most people seem to be accepting the war on terrorism
but i believe that acceptance is very superficial
i believe it's based on the fact that people don't have information given to them by the media...let me give an example
the federal communications commission regulates radio and TV, telephone and satellite transmissions
the concentration of media in the hands of few and fewer corporations isn't a news story but the changes in the last two decades have been remarkable
in 1983 90 percent of the major media were controlled by just 50 companies
by 1992 that number had been cut in half to just two dozen companies
and by 2000 the overwhelming majority of the mass media was owned by only 6 companies
6 6 6 companies...
BURGLESMAN NEW CORPORATION
AND VEVENDA UNIVERSAL
by 2006 all these companies were owned by one company
Clear Channel Communications
what you don't want
is to have so few owners in a community
that they can dominate the dialogue
and move it in any direction they might want to move it in without having the alternative
of competing ideas to ensure that they are diverse owners of media
the founders of this country figured out a way for there to be a fairness in the media - to make it possible for ordinary people to create media
that means that it isn't in the hands of very large corporations
(clear channel communications)
but just locally owned locally produced organizations to the folks who are consuming it
that's the answer
and right now we have a set of changes that will move us in exactly the wrong direction being considered
and still the vast majority of Americans no nothing about it
3/4 of Americans had absolutely no idea what so ever
NO IDEA WHAT SO EVER
people who did actually know about it were almost universally opposed
people do not have information given to them by the media.
we have enormous freedom
that's not a gift that was given to us it's a legacy that was left to us
by centuries of struggle centuries of people most of whose names are completely forgotten
the ones who created the freedom and the rights that we now have
and that will be taken away unless you constantly defend them
sadly there is in fact a major effort to take them away right now.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Then Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We can only speak to the ones that will hear.
John 13:15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
44 "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 "If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Phillipians 2:15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
1 Timothy 6
4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
Matthew 15:14 "Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
John 8:47"He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Matthew 10:14 "Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
Mark 6:11"Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them."
Luke 9:5"And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."
Acts 13:51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
8 "But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Do not look to man for your answers!
Jesus knows the hearts of men..
Fools and liars strive to make soul salvation an impossible mountain to climb.Its another new age deception
Realize the thief on the cross claimed soul salvation in nine words just before he died and had a lived a life of sin.
Jesus saves the sinful men that believe in Him
Hunger for Jesus?
Repent; confess & invite Him in.
While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.
Judges 7:20-22 (in Context) Judges 7 (Whole Chapter)
# 1 Samuel 7:8
They said to Samuel, "Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines."
1 Samuel 7:7-9 (in Context) 1 Samuel 7 (Whole Chapter)
# Isaiah 22:5
The Lord, the LORD Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision, a day of battering down walls and of crying out to the mountains.
Isaiah 22:4-6 (in Context) Isaiah 22 (Whole Chapter)
# Isaiah 65:19
I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.
Isaiah 65:18-20 (in Context) Isaiah 65 (Whole Chapter)
# Ezekiel 9:8
While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell facedown, crying out, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel in this outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?"
Ezekiel 9:7-9 (in Context) Ezekiel 9 (Whole Chapter)
# Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Revelation 21:3-5 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The premise is wrong from the start if you think that many words will get God to move - and that you need to help Him make sure that people are praying. Here are some verses to consider:
Matt 23:14 (KJV) - 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Matt 6:7-8 (KJV) - 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
2 Tim 2:15-16 (KJV) - 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
Isaiah 1:12-15 (KJV) - 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Eccl 5:1-7 (KJV) - 1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
Isaiah 58:1-14 (KJV) - 1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
Let’s say I give you 2 million dollars every day. One million for you, and one million to give away to anybody you want, any random person. Every single day you would have the “burden” and “duty” of giving away a million dollars.
-How long would you wait to give it out?
-Would it be a chore or a blessing to give the money away?
-If someone rejected the million dollars, would you feel ashamed and hide the money never to give it away again? Or would you think the person that refused the gift is crazy?
Nobody would think I was crazy if I stood on a corner shouting “Free money for those that will receive it!” They would be lining up. Nobody would shout out to me, “Don’t you have better things to do?”
If we would do this for worldly riches, why won’t we do it for eternal riches? I think it has to do more with our belief than it is our methods. Do we really believe the gospel is worth more than a million dollars?
There’s nothing relevant involved with giving away money. There shouldn’t be anything relevant about sharing the gospel, just do it. If you gave a random person on the street a million dollars, I don’t think they would reject you because of your method. They wouldn’t care if you wore sandals with socks or a 5 piece suit, because it’s the gift, not the person giving it. It’s the message, not the messenger.
If you have horrible disease, you could care less about the style of the doctor giving you a cure, you just want the cure!!
The truth is, we don’t want to be rejected, and we’ll go very far out of our way to avoid it, so far out of the way we forsake the message and commission of the gospel. We have to get over this somehow. Remember when Jesus sent out the 12 disciples? He sent them out with a “rejection clause”, He told them exactly what to do when someone rejected the message. This tells me not everybody will receive it, and that’s ok. As a matter of fact, Jesus said only few will find it. My goal now changes from trying to convince people that the gospel is true and indeed good news, to simply proclaiming the message and letting the seeds fall where they may. I can’t change the heart the seed falls into, my job is just to cast the seed out.
So, if we can focus more on simply proclaiming the news of Jesus instead of the thought of trying to “win” people, our job will be easier. The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those that are perishing. We need to get that straight first, what you’re doing IS foolish to the world, we don’t have to hide from it because it’s in the foolishness that God confounds the wise.
We can’t get in the habit of letting the world dictate our methods. The world is only getting more evil. It’s job is to push itself further from the truth of the gospel. We just need to accept these things and enter into the darkness with our light. When we do that, everything happens automatically.