Clearly, most of America’s founders and early settlers wanted the Bible, prayer, and biblical principles so entrenched within society that nothing would remove them. This is why John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, rightly said, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were … the general principles of Christianity.”
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour…..
Christianity faces many enemies on different fronts and we need to heed the apostle Peter’s warning so that we will not be distracted by petty squabbles amongst ourselves. Satan never gets tired of innovating new ways and means to discredit and malign our Christian faith internally and externally. One that we need to become much aware is what popular culture is spewing out through its many satanic inspired industries that targets our children and young people.
Keep watch at all times brethren in Christ. KEEP WATCH!!!!!!!
Here’s an interesting article I came across to prove that there are men that holds a view that death is an annoyance that can be remedied. However, this is what the Bible says that cannot be undermined nor ignored: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” Hebrews 9:27 ESV
Here’s another example of how God can transform a life after going through a huge firestorm. Indeed, “all things work together for good for those that love God…” Be encouraged as you watch and hear the story of transformation from an episode of a huge backlash…
“Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation.” Cherrie Moraga
After reading it, my first impression was “Wow, another great idea?” and “Somebody has thought of this already? While for some it seems surreal yet death is a reality and an inevitable event for all living beings. Even batteries dies… In this case, it can be replaced with a brand new one.
Can life be replaced after it dies??? Hmmnnn….here’s what the Scriptures said: “…And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27 ESV). There are those that does not believe this, but it will not change what the Scriptures said that will occur. One may wait and see but are you willing to take the chance for eternity just because you don’t believe in the afterlife of heaven or hell? As for me, I’ve made my choice and that is to believe in what Jesus said: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
(John 11:25-26 ESV).
I will not take the chance but become secure in His promise. How about you???
I had the opportunity to watch the three versions of Les Miserables: the 1998 movie, the actual play when they came to Vancouver and the latest movie adaption using the musical genre. I like this movie a lot as it has many great virtues and one clear message of forgiveness. Legalism without grace is a deadly trap that no one must place himself or herself that can also lead to various obsessions like what happened to Inspector Javert. His legalistic persona created an obsession to pursue without fail Jean Valjean that led him to his own peril and despair even after the person he was vehemently pursuing extended him grace. He saw grace and genuine change while he had a heart engulfed with obsession without grace.
On the other hand, Jean Valjean experienced forgiveness from the Bishop when he was caught after stealing and received a second chance in life, as a result. He pursued life having this experience until he reached out to another person and extended the same favor to her daughter. Altogether, Les Miserables showed a clear distinction between harsh legalism and unmerited grace and favor. The former places one under bondage and the latter experiences genuine freedom from anger and hopelessness.
May we learn from this movie the timeless truth of grace and forgiveness in order to live without baggage in our journey of life. Let’s remember that God never stops forgiving us whenever we asked Him: “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]” (1 John 1:9, AMP).
The language spoken in heaven by the angels and the redeemed is the language of forgiveness. It will be the only language spoken there. No other language will be understood. It will be spoken by the cherubim and the seraphim and the whole angelic host as they praise God, the author of forgiveness and of eternal salvation. It will be spoken by all the redeemed as they greet one another on the banks of the River of Life and gather round the throne of the Lamb and sing their song unto him who loved them and washed them from their sins. But no one can learn that language after he gets to heaven. It must be learned here upon earth—in this world, and in this life. That is what Jesus taught us when he taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
We are living in a world deeply polarized with many issues and on top of this huge list is about God, His existence, role and value to many. Here’s an article I found that provided me an awareness of what is out there in response to my faith in God. It is filled with the most common challenges that Christian believers must learn to respond biblically and thoughtfully to engage others with love when they are totally on the other side of the debate.
I will post my reply next time on every issues she has raised on her article from what the Bible has to share about each issue. Let it become a great discussion for both sides and it should not become a cause for disputes but to allow an open flow of communication from both sides. God does not need to be defended by anyone but He just needs to be heard from what He said from what was written about Him from the Scriptures.
Some people complain because God puts thorns on roses, while others praise God for putting roses among thorns.
What Bible teaches in Hebrews 9:27 is this: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” The fact is very clear that everyone will die but to predict its coming seems to be enticing. My question is this: what will anyone do when you can predict your death? Would anything change for the better or even worse? One can only find out if this is indeed possible. Let’s wait for it if it indeed will come…
I believe that knowing where one will go after you die is more valuable than knowing one’s time of death. More importantly is what happens next: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (1 Corinthians 5:10).
Whether we can predict our time of death or not, we need to make sure that we have lived a full life that honors our Creator. We are going to meet Him to account for everything we have in our life and we owe it to Him to do so.