Food For Thought: Busy Schedules

So… in my life I have many many things to accomplish every day. Just as pretty much anybody reading this does. I really have been bogged down lately with the tasks I have to complete in the short amount of time I have. I just now am feeling like I’m getting a hold on it, and I’ve been struggling with this burden for a few months. I realized that God has to be number one. I have been pushing him to the back burner, and that’s the whole problem. God wants to be first in our lives and He will take care of everything else. He wanted me to slow down, and look to Him for guidance and help with my problems. There is evidence all in the Bible supporting what I’m typing, but honestly, how could I have known what the Bible says if I wasn’t reading it? How could I have felt God’s presence to know everything is going to be okay if I didn’t pray? My relationship with God was definitely not where it should have been, I let worldly thoughts and cares in and pushed God away until I couldn’t feel conviction anymore, until I felt hopeless and unsaved. But God didn’t cause any of that to happen, I did. Now I am trying to do better, trying to get up in the morning and read the Bible and pray first thing, taking the steps I need to in order to keep my mind pure, and I feel like a totally different person. I’m happier, I’m more humble, I’m more grateful, I’m more considerate, I have a better attitude, and most importantly… I feel closer to the Father. God is good, and I had to post this to hopefully encourage someone who’s struggling right now with their flesh, and Satan. God never moved an inch, and if you are saved and feel a billion miles away from Him, you moved. He didn’t.

 

Scripture:

Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

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ISIS: We CAN Fight Back! Are You In?

First off, let me say that I am a Christian, and so, being a Christian and seeing these other Christians beheaded, crucified, and burned alive….to say the least, I may be more passionate about this topic than others. If I could ask God and get a verbal answer I’m more than positive He would tell me that yes, seeing one of His children being martyred (aside from being absolutely honorable) it’s absolutely heart wrenching. I think being martyred is the best way a Christian can die, so to these people who cause it happen: yes it may hurt temporarily, and yes the family may hurt temporarily, but WE HAVE A HEAVENLY HOME!!! AMEN? A Father who gives a peace that passeth ALL understanding here on earth, but those who’ve passed away who had trusted in Jesus for their salvation, they are in the Fathers arms, and in a better place we couldn’t even imagine how grand it is if we tried. Oh I feel like shouting, what a glad reunion day!

To get to the meat of what my purpose for this article was, I would like to also say that this is a time we need to get involved. I am beyond outraged by these acts ISIS has committed. I want to do SOMETHING, I am tired of crying around and moping in a state of depression (that could be my next article’s topic..) and doing absolutely nothing to fight back. Christians, we are in a battle, not just this physical battle around the world with ISIS, but we are in a SPIRITUAL battle with the Muslim “religion”. I encourage you all to become informed, I have listed a few sources and videos that I hope you find helpful, but the most helpful thing you can do as a Christian to fight ISIS is learn about their beliefs, their “holy Koran” what makes them tick, and from there learn ways to help convert the ones you know to Christianity. Be outspoken, don’t shy away, that’s what they want, they want to intimidate you. I would say go enlist in the US military, but our Commander in Chief continues to dissapoint, so make that choice on your own whether you believe enlisting will help. If we are going to fight ISIS we have to be informed, be compassionate like Jesus, and do our part by getting our heads out of the sand (watching pointless television shows, being nosey on social media, listening to Satan’s music, ETC.)

If you can’t or won’t do anything else, please write congress, write the president, make phone calls, tell them how much you are outraged by our little involvement in fighting ISIS! Raise cain, because that’s the only reason we have the little bit of involvement we do right now. America needs to fight back, because its coming here, don’t lie to yourself and say its only effecting other countries. Are YOU in? I am.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2956040/Journalist-puts-Jewish-skullcap-walks-streets-Paris-filmed-hidden-camera-safe-streets-are.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/17/isis-reportedly-burns-alive-45-people-in-western-iraqi-town/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/video-isis-mass-beheading-coptic-christians/

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/

http://www.hopeministriesonline.com/index.php?page=the_kistlers – this man has a video on Islam that he could send you, very informative about their beliefs. Just recently went to a revival he preached at, very knowledgeable man.

How reliable is the King James bible?

This blog is one of the few blogs I will ever re-blog, enjoy!!!

Lighting the Lamp

Before I continue with this article I’d like to say that I don’t believe one can only be saved through reading the King James Bible. There is enough truth found in all adult versions of the Bible I’ve read – both modern and otherwise – to save or damn people who read them with an open mind and heart. But the inescapable conclusion one comes to after doing some serious reading on the subject is that some Bible versions are more doctrinally correct than others, and are therefore less likely to encourage doubt and deception in the Lord’s sheep.

So how reliable is the King James Bible? The following has been reprinted from http://www.kjvtoday.com for your interest and edification:

What is so good about the KJV?

Abbreviations:
English Standard Version (ESV)
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
King James Version (KJV)
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
New International Version (NIV)
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Food For Thought: Looking For Your TRUE Love

Human’s have a way of loving that seems so good on the surface but is actually kinda dark on the inside. To be loved by a human in my eyes means little to nothing. I am so tired of seeing people crave for another persons affection and love, to be quite frank its sad, and too often the reason for divorce. Sex, sin, a double cheeseburger, whatever your poison, is only good temporarily. Jesus on the other hand, is forever.

People may love conditionally, but Jesus loves unconditionally. I can beat up on Jesus all day long and he forgave every slap, punch, and kick I contributed to over 2,000 yrs ago. If I try to beat up on you all day long you’ll probably never forgive me, but that is your human love. Jesus doesn’t love like we do, He loves better than any boyfriend I’ve ever had, and he loves better than any boyfriend I ever will have. He loves me more than my friends do, more than my church family does, and even more than my parents do. Everyone is looking for love everywhere, except at Jesus’ feet. Where are you looking for love? Because it’s right here ↓

Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”

Now go and start loving Him with everything you’ve got!Matthew 22:37-39 – “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Food for Thought : Social Media

EVERYONE wants their thoughts to be heard. Whether they are willing to admit this or not, it’s just fact. FaKebook is just one of the many examples, then there is the all too famous Myspace that has went by the way of the grave…(and suddenly pops up a new post on your Instagram or Twitter account!)

Social media is booming like never before, but that doesn’t mean people never wanted their thoughts to be heard before, it just means most people were one of three things: scared, doubtful, or skeptical. I just read an article that mentioned the use of social media and how people are skeptical of getting a page of their own. I for one can most certainly relate. I also, can attest to feeling all three of these feelings the people who weren’t ever heard before felt. I have felt scared of what people may think of me if they know my thoughts or opinions, and even beliefs. I have felt doubtful that anyone would care to hear my thoughts, opinions or beliefs. I have felt very skeptical about social media, and for good reason. Social media is a self-centered thing for the most part. Most people just want to look perfect for the world to see and want to have their pictures commented on or tagged. There is also the aspect of online-predators seeking their next victim. Last, but not least, there is the sense of need for social media to simply BE NOSEY! I personally have never had a FaKebook, but my friends do (considering I am 20 yrs old, who my age doesn’t, or for that matter, who my age hasn’t had one less than five years??) So, none the less, we stalked. We got on their Fakebook and looked up old boyfriends, the ugly girls that they got with (to compare to ourselves of course) and this happens with every teenager. Of course now that I’m older, if I am interested in looking you up, Ill Google you…if nothing comes up ill know how unimportant you are. That’s everyone’s mindset. For the record, if you are not Tim Tebow, I most likely will not ever Google your name. (Bet-cha if I had Fakebook that comment would’ve gotten a lot of “likes”)

Whys and wherefores that everyone uses for partaking in their social media: (instead of stating the obvious previously mentioned reasons of course)

  1. It is convenient to keep in touch with family, and or friends. Now mind you, the friends and family part only means the friends and family that chooses to follow the “norm” with you by signing up themselves. Hello there, speaking from personal experience, if you are doing it to keep in touch with your closest friends and family, you aren’t doing it for them when they choose not to get a Fakebook and everyone knows you are having a birthday party, got a new puppy, are engaged, are pregnant, etc except them. This “closest friend/family member” gets swept under the rug. It’s the harsh reality. How many of you have posted something important, forgot to call grandma, and grandma finds out from someone she hardly knows? Bet grandma didn’t feel that close to ya anymore. Safe to say. If I ever get married, and pregnant (because it should happen in that order) I will never let my husband find out through Fakebook, yes people, that has happened.
  2. Everyone else has one. PLEASE tell me when I jump off a bridge that means everyone else will jump after…I just know this is the REAL reason people have Fakebook, Twitter, etc. *EXTREME SARCASM*
  3. Just because there is so much bad on social media doesn’t mean I have to be part of it. Okay, so just because you attend a strip club doesn’t mean you have to be a part of it right? I’ll believe that when I see it. I have seen godly people who read their Bibles often succeed with this motto, but who out there reading this blog reads their Bible daily?? NOT MANY, wanna know why, how about because people are too busy checking who sent them “friend” requests (don’t even get me started about “friends” on FaKebook) who “liked” their most recent post, and who did what to who on somebody’s Fakebook they’ve never even met outside of Cyberspace!

People judge, people talk, people need to get real, and re-read this blog for a reality check. I may be one of those millions who want to be heard, but as of right now, I am making sure I try to keep the most important things front and center in my life, and hopefully social media will always be the least important.

Parents, when you ignore your child as he/she is trying to vocalize feelings or emotions to read a post on social media, you are showing them what is most important.

Children, when you spend more hours in a day in front of a lit screen than you do in front of real tangible people…I hope you figure out what’s most important in life, because it’ll be close to the equivalent of finding a drop of water in Hell. Except here is only nearly impossible, in Hell it IS impossible.

Employees, when you find yourself in the bathroom catching up on the latest gossip via social media, you are a pitiful employee, and I hope you get caught.