Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6
Hundreds of thousands are signing on to this declaration. Here is some of it:
"Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we affirm:
As Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, we take seriously the Biblical admonition to respect and obey those in authority. Because we honor justice and the common good, we will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s." www.manhattandeclaration.org
Our church sanctuary remodel is moving forward! Main sanctuary carpet has been installed, and this week the stage will be carpeted in a complementary color. The full worship band will be back in business on Sunday, so bring yourself, a friend, a big voice and let's enjoy His praises in beautiful surroundings!
The sanctuary remodel is underway! The old carpet has been removed.....the lower walls have been painted....the new L E D lighting process is underway.....and.....the new landscaping is settling in with all this rain!
May God prosper our spirit as well as our facility!
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.--Timothy
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.…Peter
So----let's read it, believe it, and live it!!
He's alive, He's alive!
He's alive and I'm forgiven!
Heaven's gates are open wide!
He's alive, He's alive, He's alive!!!!!
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Happy Easter Y'all!
It turns out our kids in school are being taught to distinguish facts from opinions. Normally, that sounds like a good idea. It seems though, that an opinion cannot also be a fact. A belief cannot be a fact. So, is it wrong to cheat on a test? Who knows? It is only an opinion. Are all men created equal? Does life begin at conception? It it wrong to kill a cartoonist who makes fun of your prophet? All just opinions, not facts. No moral facts means no moral absolutes....everything is up for interpretation. No real right or wrong. And yet....our kids are being taught how to act and think....even though there are no moral facts to base them on. Confusing, to say the least.
Let's help our kids understand life in Jesus, right and wrong from the Bible, truth in Christian life--and how to watch out for tricky ways their faith may be undermined.....
Ask, Seek, Knock: God’s Formula for Persistent Faith10:49AM EDT 3/28/2013 JENNIFER LECLAIR.
If faith without works is dead, then asking without seeking and knocking is just as lifeless.
There are many reasons why you may not be receiving prayer answers, from doubt in your heart (see Rom. 10:9) to asking with wrong motives (see James 4:3) to unconfessed sin (see Is. 59:1-2) to unforgiveness (see Mark 11:25) to strife on the home front (see 1 Pet. 3:7) to turning away from Scripture (see Prov. 28:9).
But you can believe purely, ask with right motives, have a clean heart, forgive all your enemies, avoid arguments and soak in the Word all day and still not see prayer answers. That’s because asking—without seeking and knocking—flows from the same lazy river as faith without works.
Before you take offense and stop reading, ponder Jesus’ promise on determined, active faith, and then consider two Bible characters’ strategies for getting what they wanted. Let’s start with Jesus’ promise: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-8).
Most Bible translators didn’t do us any favors with this rendition because it suggests a single request will get the job done. Sure, sometimes a single request suffices. You ask Him. You thank Him for it. And you keep praising Him until you see the prayer answered. But sometimes it takes persistent faith to receive God’s promises. Sometimes you have to go after it with godly determination that won't quit.
Three Steps to Reviving Your Faith
That’s why I like how the Amplified Bible translates Matt. 7:7-8: “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”
This is a promise from God. So long as what you desire is His will—and His Word is His will—you can be assured that if you keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking, you will eventually receive the promise. Let me expound on these three principles:
1. Ask. Although God knows what we need before we ask Him, He usually won’t provide our needs until we ask because He wants relationship with us. So ask, and keep asking, until you feel a release in your spirit—and then thank Him until you see the promise manifest.
2. Seek. It’s not always enough just to ask. More often than not, you also have to seek. In other words, add some works to your faith. If you’ve asked Him for a new job, seek a new job. If you’ve asked Him for reconciliation in a relationship, seek reconciliation. If you’ve asked Him for healing, seek healing. Don’t sit back and wait for an angel to do all the work. Faith without works is dead (see James 2:26). (Be led by the Spirit, of course. You can't bulldoze your way through the doorway to God's promises.)
3. Knock. If you seek, you will find. Once you see God's promise in clear view, knock and keep on knocking until the promised door is open. Let’s say you’ve asked Him for a new job. You’re seeking a new job and you know in your Spirit (or even hope in your heart) that it’s a perfect match. Start knocking. God opens doors that no one can shut (see Rev. 3:8), but often, you have to knock.
So, How Do You Knock?
In the context of Matthew 7, knocking means “importunity in dealing with God,” according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary. That suggests urgent and persistent requests. In other words, once you’re sure you’ve found what you have been asking for—once you see the breakthrough within reach—turn again to asking but with greater urgency.
David sought the Lord in this manner: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” (Ps. 27:4, NKJV). David didn’t just have a desire, he sought after the object of his godly desire. He had persistent faith. If you read the Psalms, pursuing God was a constant theme in his writing. Looking at our three-step process, David desired (ask) and sought (seek). Based on David's relationship with the Lord, which we read about in the Word, I believe he found what he asked for, then inquired (knocked). God opened the door to intimacy.
Much the same, consider the parable of the persistent widow. Jesus used the parable to teach us that we should always pray and not lose heart. Jesus also showed us that the widow did more than ask: she kept on asking, kept on seeking and kept on knocking. Read the parable and see this with your own eyes:
“There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:2-8)
Pray Once or Keep Praying?
Can you see it? There is a time to pray once, hand it over to God, and trust Him to answer. But there is also a principle of persistent faith where you ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, and knock and keep on knocking until you receive the promise. How do you know the difference? The easy answer is to be led by the Spirit.
A deeper answer is to consider the opposition. When you face opposition to walking through the doorway of promise, ask God to show you what to do to position yourself for the manifestation, then take any God-inspired action (seek) to find the doorway He leads you to. Once you find the door, start knocking and keep knocking. God will surely open it at the appointed time. Amen.
Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including Did the Spirit of God Say That? You can email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
Does time seem to be speeding along? Waking up seem to happen every 12 hours!! New days come flying at us so quickly. Christians are encouraged to redeem what time we have. To do that, we need to slow down frequently---to hear from the Holy Spirit--to get a direction, an idea, a word, a work that He is calling us to on this fleeting day that is today. God's word--written and whispered---is our playbook for success. Don't let the days speed by without taking time to study the playbook!!!! Blessings!
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