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  • Amy 4:42 pm on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blessings, christ, , church, commandment, financial, God, ,   

    8 Reasons Church is for You 

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    There are many benefits of attending church, but I want to highlight just a few for those of you who are wondering what the big deal about church is.

    1. You get to interact with God
    2. You get to be around other believers (iron sharpens iron -other believers can help bring out the godliness in you)
    3. You get a message from God and more of His will is revealed to you
    4. You are prepared for future events -good and bad
    5. Jesus did it. Jesus always gathered with other believers even as a kid he was with the elders. He primarily ministered to groups of people.
    6. Paul recommends it. During Paul’s ministry some people became arrogant and stopped associating with other believers.
    7. Promote spiritual growth
    8. Helps deter “backsliding”

    If you attend church and Bible study regularly, there is nothing Satan can bring your way that you won’t be already prepared for.

    What future events has church prepared me for personally?

    1. The economic downfall in 2008 (I knew about it years before via my pastor and him being sensitive to God’s Spirit).
    2. Healthy Sex Life
    3. Happy, Fun Marriage
    4. Depression
    5. Job Loss
    6. On several occasions my financial blessings were located at church (meaning people within the church met my need financially)

    Going to church and paying attention to the message and God’s Spirit (the Holy Spirit) while in service will not only help you be prepared for future crisis, but avoid future crisis and do things the right way the first time.

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  • Amy 10:58 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anti-Christian sentiment, Atheism, born again, , Christianity, Ezekiel, God, in christ, , new birth, new life, non-believer, unsaved   

    Straight from the A…..theist! 

    I’m sure we all know people who are not only unsaved, but are anti-God, anti-Christian, can’t stand the Word, and can’t stand you! Well, here’s a testimony of a man in Birmingham, AL like that. His name is Brian. Actually, he’s just been born again, so he’s not like that anymore. He gives good insight as to why non believers respond the way they do to Christians. I love hearing his testimony because it let’s me know that even my peers who currently despise God, can be undone through God’s Love. Notice, I didn’t say God’s rage, anger, or wrath. It’s through His love that He chases us down and draws us near. Listen to his pre-christian and post-christian experience here: Brian Noble’s Testimony from Bham AL

    Maybe you know someone like Brian, or you are like that yourself, either way, God can soften all hearts towards Him. In a book of the Bible named Ezekiel, God takes literal dry bones from a valley and breathes life into them in response to a prophet praying for them. Maybe you have some dry bones in your family or you are dry bones yourself. Well, guess what. Even if you hate God, with your permission, He will take your dry bones and give life to them. He will take your heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. So, the next time you’re around some dry bones, just say, “I believe even these bones can live!”

    Remember, no one is a lost cause. And if you know someone who is, Jesus died for them too.

    How did you feel about God before getting saved? If you’re not saved, how can you relate to Brian?

     
  • Amy 7:32 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    What’s Really Causing You to Doubt? 

    I am posting a comment that I made to an amazing blog article called How Jesus Responded to Doubt:
    http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2013/04/how-jesus-responded-to-doubt.html

    My response is as follows:
    This article has really blessed me today. I’ve been saved since 1993 but have recently began to struggle with the truth of salvation, heaven, hell, etc. I want to believe God and his word with all my heart. I want to be as bold and confident as Paul. I don’t know where this doubt came from except to say I was in a backsliding state and began to listen and believe in other "good" ways of living. (That’s why its important to remain in a good Bible-based church and don’t deceive yourself into thinking that you don’t need to attend a church or to regularly be around other believers).

    It is interesting that Jesus tells John the Baptist "blessed are those who aren’t offended…" How many Christians do we know quit church or leave the faith altogether, not because they found overwhelming evidence that it’s a false religion, but because they got offended. Offence can lead to doubting Christ and God’s method of salvation. When one becomes offended, he usually starts looking for other options like John the Baptist: "Are you the one or do we look for another." John himself.baptised Jesus and heard God say "This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased." How could he doubt the Messiah when he baptized him and felt unworthy of doing so? If the one who baptized the Messiah was tempted to doubt, how much more can we be tempted since we never actually seen him! Let’s take care to not be offended at Jesus and Christianity due to what we’re experiencing in our lives or some other "Gospel" we’ve read. And let’s be diligent in praying that we remain steadfast in our faith and are not tempted by the evil one.

    Remember, Satan wants to distort God’s character so that you think God is evil and bad. He wants you to doubt that the Messiah is the [only] way to God.

    So, what did I do to resolve my issues of doubt? Made commitment to believe Gods word, made a quality decision to attend church regularly, joined my church Bible study, took part in communion (and surprisingly had a spiritual experience where the Lord spoke to me and said He shed his blood for me. This personalized Jesus’ finished work and helped me to believe even more that not only did he die, but he died specifically for me), reviewed historical data that had non Christian historians say that Jesus was Baptized by John the Baptist and He was executed by Pontius Prefect Pilatus.

    So, how did you resolve your doubt of the Messiah or what’s your current reason for doubting?

     
  • Amy 7:32 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , God, , , justification, , , , , sanctification,   

    Sanctification vs. Justification 

    I just read and amazing blogpost on the difference bewteen sanctification and justification: http://carm.org/justification-and-sanctification
    These are 2 important terms that’s every believer should know. Reading this really brought peace 2my spirit in knowing that I am saved and have eternal life because of Jesus did and not because of what I do after believing in Jesus.

    If you are a believer please take time to know how you are saved. If you ate not a believer, become one! Even as a Christian myself for a long time I thought I was going to heaven simply because I did what God wanted me to do. I was obedient. Obedience doesn’t get us to heaven, salvation does. I’m not going because I am obedient, I am going because I have been saved by the grace of God through my faith in believing that Jesus lived and died as my substitute. He shed his blood specifically for me (and for you too).

    The Bible teaches that salvation is a FREE gift. If it is a gift, then we can’t earn it. We simply receive it. Receive what’s already yours!

    Back to sanctification and justification: Justification is an instant process that occurs when we believe on.Christ. He justifies us as now being worthy of heaven. It is a legal act that comes with being born again and totally handled by God. We don’t justify ourselves, God does. It makes me think of Justin Timberlake’s album JUSTIFIED. Sancitification, on the other hand, is a process. Sanctification is the act of being made holy or conformed to the image of Christ. So, not only does God want us to accept Jesus as our atoning.sacrifice, He also wants us to be like Jesus. This is a process that is worked from the inside out over a prior of time. Namely, our entire lifetime. The reason it is a process is because it involes and effort made by us and God (we’re the ones that determine the speed of the sanctification process). It involves us turning away from our sins, growing spiritually, spending time with God and renewing our mind by studying and believing Scripture.

    Not everything happens when we get saved. When we get saved, we get saved. Some people’s mind and attitudes change instantly, for others, like myself, its a process. When I got saved I was still bossy, still mean to my brothers, still lied and gossiped. But over a period of time I began to have a change of heart: I didn’t want to lie anymore because I knew God didn’t like it. I stopped gossiping (by the power of the Holy Spirit- I thought it was impossible to not gossip), I realized (after many years) that it was not okay to try and rule.over my brothers and make them behave perfectly.

    Don’t fear not being fully sanctified. Look at the disciples, they imperfectly followed Christ: James didn’t believe until Jesus was crucified (and Jesus was his own brother)! Peter loved the Lord, yet denied him. Even stopped following Christ once Christ was crucified! Yet he returned to the Lord and went on to preach to thousands.Thomas doubted, yet went on to spread the Gospel to India. I have been afraid of having an imperfect walk with the Lord, yet I find comfort in reading about the imperfect lives of the disciples and knowing that whoever comes to Jesus, he will in no way reject (John 6:37)

    An awesome post on Jesus not rejecting us: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2010/07/whoever-comes-to-me-i-will-never-cast-out.html

    Where are you in your sanctification process? Have you noticed any changes since being born again?

     
  • Amy 7:32 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: burial, death, , , , , God, grace, , , , , , , resurrection, salvation, saved,   

    Jesus shed his blood specifically for you 

    Jesus shed his blood specifically for you.

     
  • Amy 1:05 pm on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Strength of Fear 

    I would make more progress if I wasn’t afraid.

    Fear literally holds us back. Do you have things that you’re praying for or believing to accomplish? For many of us we’ve had the same goals for years. If it seems you’re not making progress, check your fear level. So far it has taken me 5 days to invite a co-worker to church. I had planned to ask them on last Friday, not its a week later on Thursday. I even saw them on during the weekend! What’s the delay? My fears.

    The Bible teaches us that fear is a spirit. Its an unclean spirit that we can take authority over and cast out. "Fear, I command you to go in the name of Jesus!" We also know that fear is a feeling. And the only way to dissipate that feeling is to do what we’re afraid to do.

    Do what you’ve been afraid to do today!

    What fears are holding you back?

     
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