O Lord please have mercy and save the people from the deception of the enemy. It is not a game but obsession and possession. Let the truth be revealed we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Relate: Apparently there is this new phone app that for the past couple months has been all the rage. Now, I don’t have it but from what I understand, people who do have the app will run around strange areas they have never been before in an attempt to find new and better monsters. When they do find one, they then have a chance to catch it and add it to their… zoo? Battle school? They then train these monsters, somehow, and when they get strong enough they would then take those monsters out to do battle with the monsters of another trainer. My question…
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Our Natural and Spiritual Bodies
“It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:43-44)
In this portion of this great chapter on the resurrection—first that of Christ, then the future resurrection of the redeemed—death and resurrection are compared to seed-sowing and harvest. When a seed is planted in the ground, it is as though it had died and is buried. For a long time after its “death,” the seed cannot be seen, but finally it rises again as a beautiful flowering plant, or sheaf of grain, or even a lovely tree.
Jesus made this same analogy. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24; note also Mark 4:26-29). Our human bodies, because of sin and the Curse, eventually die and are buried; but one day (like the planted seed) they will appear again, but now immortal and glorified, far greater than they were before—that is, of course, if their real inhabitants (their eternal created spirits) have been born again through faith in their already-resurrected Savior.
Our new spiritual bodies rising from the grave will be real physical bodies (like that of Jesus after He was raised) but will no longer be under bondage to gravitational and electromagnetic forces as at present, but only to spiritual forces of which we have as yet very little knowledge.
We do know, however, that our spiritual bodies will be “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). Although “it doth not yet appear what we shall be. . . . when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). Then in our glorious, powerful, spiritual bodies, we as “his servants shall serve him” in love and joy forever (Revelation 22:3). HMM
From the Institute for Creation Research
I watched on TV, how the victims and volunteers helped each other in rescue, encouragement, sustenance and serenity. Do we love one another as they love one another?
So many look serene despite devastating loss of life assets and savings, accepting their losses and hanging with faith in our loving God. When push comes to shove is our faith strong enough as our refuge and strength?
The hope and trust in one another and God for supply of future needs to rebuild is awesome. What will be your reaction if you lost every worldly good you have? Will it destroy you?
The house of faith is strong as Christians all over the country send cash and supplies to their credit. Praise the Lord! His name is being glorified.
On August 17 we requested prayer
” May the Lord be near with His peace and love, through neighbours and those providing help of every form to the victims, reaching out in compassion.
May faith stand strong and the Lord’s faithfulness as refuge and strength be glorified. Amen.”
We continue to pray the same and thank God that all things will work out for good to them that love the Lord. It will be difficult, hurtful and hurting. It will be times of doubt but also a time of generosity, kindness and love.
Hang in there brothers and sisters. Help is coming through faith, family and friends. Amen.
Awesome – God is supplying, saving, sustaining and strengthening lives in Him. Amen and we praise Him for His faithfulness, grace and mercy.
Please join me in studying the Language of the Promise by Graham Cooke! Blessings ~Zoey
Hi Folks! I will be starting a study from the book: The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke. I will include the link for the free ebook for you to read and follow along here: The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke (please download for your personal copy)
Monday’s we will meet here to share the study and please have the sections read as I post them prior to our meeting. We will start on August 29th with the first section: In Your Beginning (pgs.1,2). God bless your reading as we begin our study. ~Zoey
Special Thank You to Graham Cooke for sharing a free copy of his ebook ~God Bless you!
We pray that we may show more grace as we have received from You, the Author of our life stories.
Thank You Lord for Your grace. Amen.
In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom: (Ezra 1:1)
Relate: Who wrote Isaiah? The answer to this question at first glance is obvious: Isaiah did. Well then, I have an immediate follow up: Did Esther write Esther? Did Job write Job? Was Jonah written by Jonah or about him? Is Malachi a name or a title? It is easy to assume that the name of a book proves authorship but that is clearly not the case. Even in books where the name is most likely the author of most of it, internal evidence makes it clear that they did not write all. (Amos and Jeremiah are great examples of this) Beyond that, the names…
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When the Foundations Are Destroyed
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)
The word here for “foundations” is not the usual word for, say, a building foundation. Used rarely, a better translation of this word would be “purpose,” or “basis.” The fear expressed is not that the foundations of our faith might be undermined but that we might lose our sense of purpose.
In the context of the psalm, David was in danger of becoming demoralized by the pressures of wicked desires and evil ambitions all around him, and Christians surely have the same problem today. Why should we try to maintain high standards of doctrinal integrity and moral purity when the people around us—even most Christians—seem to be occupied mostly with materialistic ambition and pursuit of pleasure? If we allow the devil to undermine the very purposes God has for our lives, wandering away from His will in favor of some temporal interest, then why even continue with a pretense of Christian living?
David’s solution was simply to remind himself that “the LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men” (v. 4). He may allow the righteous to be tried for a season, but we must not forget that “the righteous LORD loveth righteousness” (v. 7) and that “the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (v. 5).
When we are tempted to wonder whether it is really worth all the effort, and when our very foundation and purpose for living seems to be crumbling, we should remember that our God is Creator, Sustainer, and Judge of all—that He still is on His throne, and that we who belong to Him have been “predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11). HMM
From the Institute for Creation Research
My dearest friend moved out of state about a year ago. One of his top priorities was finding a church like One Heart, the one we attended, in his new city. He told me he’s still looking.
“It’s hard,” he said, “finding a church like ours where everyone is so friendly and glad to see you and Biblically based. I really felt at home and comfortable when we were going to One Heart.”
He said he visited a Methodist church just up the road from his house. “When I looked around,” he said, “I was the only one who had a bible. I took out my pad and opened my bible to take notes during the message. I was the only one taking notes. I couldn’t believe it. I looked around again and I noticed some people looking at me like I was crazy.
“What was even worse,” he said, “when the service was over and I got up to leave, no one, not a single person, said one word to me. Not even one!“
Marie and I had an almost identical experience when we first moved to Lawrenceville. We were visiting churches around, and visited a Methodist church just a few miles from our house. When the service was over and we got up to leave, no one said one word to either of us or even smiled. We walked by the pastor and all he did was shake our hands and say, “Good morning.” The pastor knows everyone in his flock. He surely knew we were visitors, yet he and everyone else in that Methodist church that day made us feel unwelcome. Needless to say we never went back.
The church, the Bride of Christ, ought to be one of a few places of refuge left in “the world”. And yet, many church congregations are clannish and cliquish. They’re only comfortable among their own and put little, if any, effort in being a warm, caring place for visitors. Churches like that are few and far between. My friend and I happen to be blessed with a warm, caring churches reaching into the community and the world for Jesus Christ. Our pastor delivers his message with his Bible open and reading passages that relate to his message. And EVERY visitor I’ve ever encountered receives warm regards not only from our pastor, but from members of our church family.
A Christian blog recently addressed the trend among young people leaving the church. A Millennial responded, “I’m a millennial who left [the church] for many reasons. I was often treated poorly by Christians, which I took to be human nature. But, when I worked at a “Christian” establishment the only person who was decent to me was the only non-Christian–a gay Wicca (pagan).”
Shame on us.