The Truth about Christmas

              With there being a month of snowmen, fat white people dressed in red and scenes of a baby in a manger it’s radically obvious that Christmas time is here. There is a theme more common around this time of year, and that is Giving. The scene of a baby in a manger, the song “Joy to the world.” All this is about when God gave his only begotten son. The thing that’s missing a lot of the time nowadays is what does the Bible have to say about Christmas? The answer, in short, is that God gave the world his son: The Lord Jesus Christ; and Jesus himself gave everyone a Gift, The Gift of salvation through believing in him.

What is Christmas?

              Christmas is a mashup of pagan traditions from the Nords and the Romans. The Nordic culture was around the winter solstice they would take evergreens and put them up in their houses to celebrate life in a very dreary and dark season and make sacrifices to their gods. The Romans also observed the solstice and had huge ceremonies to worship their Gods during winter solstice.

However, after the establishment of the catholic church (see more on “The Church” here), they were more lackadaisical on the Bibles commandment on not worshiping false gods and inherited the Roman celebration of their gods and tossed the name Jesus alongside it. The Evergreen trees were meant to symbolize “The Garden of Eden,” and the ordainments used to be apples as a symbol of “The Forbidden Fruit.” It’s a bit of truth mixed with a lie.

What is the Gift of God?

              With the season of giving here, I would like to stress the greatest gift to all mankind: forgiveness, not only forgiveness but the forgiveness of sins. Some way to be relieved of your burdens. God offers this to anyone because of 2 Peter 3.9 KJV “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” What exactly is the Gift of God then? Well, the Bible says Romans 6.23 KJV “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” So that means The God of the universe is offering eternal life to anyone through The Lord Jesus Christ. 

What Labor went into the Gift?

            Every gift must be paid for whether it be in time and labor or being paid for with money It must be bought. The gift of salvation through The Lord Jesus Christ was paid for by Jesus himself. How so? By the shedding of blood. Sinless blood. You see in the Old Testament it was required of people to pay for their sins by shedding the blood of a lamb as a sin offering to the Lord. Hebrews 9.22 KJV “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” When Jesus came, he was the Lamb of God John 1.29 KJV “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” The blood Christ shed on the cross of calvary was to purge you from your sin and give you eternal life.

How does it work?

            Well, it is a gift with no strings attached, meaning it must be received. Receiving the gift works something like this: Closing your eyes, getting on your knees and praying something like this: “Lord, Heavenly Father. I am a sinner in need of a savior, and I believe what I have read here about your son The Lord Jesus Christ, dying on the cross of Calvary for my sins. I accept him as my personal savior. In Jesus, name I pray Amen.” It doesn’t need to be that word for word, it is your choice to tell God you’re receiving the gift. Do it in your own words.

What if you reject the gift?

            Well, how would you feel if someone rejected a gift that you shed blood, sweat, and tears for? Sad but more likely mad. You will have to stand before God tell him whatever it was that made you refuse to believe. All God will have to say is: You cannot enter my kingdom. You are judged and deemed worthy of hellfire. Goodbye. Don’t reject the free gift of God. How shall you escape the damnation of hell? Not by your righteousness, not by your works, you can’t even pay your way out of hell. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the only way into Heaven.

 

What does the Bible say about reality?

Believe it or not, I used to be somebody who used to study philosophy specially under people like Alan Watts and Terence McKenna. With philosophers like that you come across this theme I’m trying to figure out what reality is. Since I got born again, I’ve come to wonder and learn a little bit about What does the Bible say about Reality? After a few months of just reading and learning the Bible I’ve come to learn that: Reality is not only created, but more than what we can see with our eyes, and on a very short timeline.

Created, not Happenstance

The Bible is a very interesting book, and when it comes to creation it starts out: Genesis 1.1 KJV “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (mind you it doesn’t explain how God is, Just that he is. Unlike any other religion), and then spends an entire chapter walking the reader through the process God went through. to create earth, day and night, Water on earth and at the edge of our solar system (above the heavens)(water in space found here), From there God creates the herbs of the field and then stars, sun and moon(yes, after day and night). Now I’m not going to be discussing today the gap theory. Just merely to run you through the process God went through, And how that defines the reality you live in whether you believe it or not.

Not always seen

One the most fascinating things that you’ll find out if you look into any religion even atheism which recognizes science as its primary authority for life has things in it that aren’t purely physical what I mean by that is in Buddhism you’re really focusing on spirituality in science you come across something called metaphysics which is science that isn’t exactly able to be explained in the confines of basic physics. The Bible even touches on this Hebrews 11.1 KJV] “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When you’re hoping for something that’s faith atheist hopes that it took millions of years or billions of years whatever they say nowadays for things to progressively develop. Based on the factor that they don’t want to admit that God is real and that they may not like what he has to say. The evidence is what comes of it in the part of life that you can’t see. Meaning that when you strive for something in your life and you put a lot of time and energy into that you don’t see what all comes from it until the result is there. We live in such a day and age that everyone is after this instant result that they just want it and they want it now period and that’s not always the case and when people don’t get that in their lives they don’t know what to do. With most of the world being deceived 2 Corinthians 4.4 KJV “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” It’s tough for people to truly understand what being saved is when they don’t see heaven and hell right in front of them, some people can grasp the facts beyond that they have to accept Jesus Christ, there’s no other way into heaven the Bible says Ephesians 2.8-9 KJV “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” It’s hard for people to admit that no matter what the sin is it is what’s keeping them from getting into heaven and getting into a right relationship with the creator of everything the God of this universe.

On a timeline

The entire world has been on a timeline since the beginning of its creation and has different time periods with books belonging to each.

1.      Creation period (Genesis 1-3) Salvation was based on not eating the fruit of the tree.

2.      Conscience period (Genesis 4-50, The book of Job was written during this time.) Salvation was based off how well people acted according to their conscience.

3.      The Law was given by God (Exodus- Malachi) Salvation is based on the law given to Moses (The sure mercies with David- Should have been stoned to death for his sin)

4.      First coming (Time of John the Baptist) Repentance and Baptism for the nation of Israel to remain the people of God (Matthew-John) Dealing with Jews and Christians.

5.      Church Age (New Testament after Gospels)

·         General Epistles (Acts, Hebrews-Revelation) Books for the apostles dealing with Jews and Christians.

·         Pauline Epistles (Romans- Philemon) Books to the Gentiles, non-Jew Christians. This is the day and age we live in, meaning salvation is by faith alone PLUS NOTHING.

6.      Second Coming (End Time verses) (Matthew- Acts- Hebrews-Revelation) Fulfillment of prophecy concerning the end of days. The coming of the Messiah will bring the end of days, considering the First time he came there wasn’t an end of days.

7.      Kingdom/ Millennium (Verses on The Kingdom) Salvation by works not faith, meaning enduring to the end and not giving to the antichrist corruption.

What does this mean for you?

  This means you are in a period of grace granted by God that allows for you to simply get saved by believing on The Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation. (no matter your background, history or righteousness (good deeds). The Bible makes it so simple for you to be saved Romans 10.9-10 KJV “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 Will you change your reality today by believing what the Bible has to say if you don’t accept Christ as your savior? Revelation 20.15 KJV “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Don’t burned today, Listen to what the Bible has to say.

The Church as it is meant to be

      As a Bible believing Christian, the question has crossed my mind “What is the church?” With it being around the time of year where everyone gets super religious because the church down the corner is having free food, it’s important to know what “The Church” is all about. Simply put The Church is the body of Born-again Christians. Well what about the building down the street? That’s just a building, no matter how massive and “holy” it looks (most of the big ones are a waste of brick and architectural design anyway). Remember how most of Christ ministry was on the road not in a synagogue? You probably don’t. Let’s look together at what The Bible has to say about Church.

Importance of

            Before we get into what the church is supposed to look like we have to understand how important it is in Gods eyes and its relation to you. As stated above “The Church” is the body of Born-again Christians. That means the people who have done the following:

A.     Admitting you’re are a sinner

B.     Believed in your heart the finished work of The Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross of Calvary for sinners and rose again the third day proving he was God manifest in the flesh

C.     Confessed with their mouth the two statements above (NOT CONFESSING SIN BUT BEING A SINNER AND, CHRIST FINISHED WORK)

That is how to get into the church, not by membership or baby baptism. Easy as ABC. You don’t even need to leave your house to get into the one true church founded on The Lord Jesus Christ. The one true church has a spiritual foundation like a building 1 Corinthians 3.11 KJV “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Meaning that anyone telling you “join our church because it’s the true church” is A LIAR. They don’t know what the true church is, and if they do, they don’t teach what the Bible says. The universal church is a body rather than a physical building. The Bible describes in Ephesians Chapter 5 the relationship of Christ to the church as the relationship of the man being the head of a marriage, relating to the marriage between man and woman becoming one flesh, so the church is to Christ, meaning that believers are a part of the same body as Jesus Christ. Frequently in the new testament, the church is called a bride and Christ the bridegroom, confirming more of a relationship and one body over a building.

The Local Church

      Now on to what the church should look like. By that I mean what is the church supposed to do. The Local Church is supposed to do several things, First and foremost the individuals are supposed to reach the lost with the gospel, planting seeds of the gospel in any way possible, the Bible says Acts 1.8 KJV “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” This is telling the disciples to go to all the earth and teach them of The Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, all the Paulene epistles are written to the Churches (or local believers) of that area, and the book of Hebrews addressed by Timothy. That said the emphasis was on those specific Local Churches. The Whole point of a local church is to have a place to learn the Bible, reach the lost and be fellowlaborers in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

What it does

·         Get the Gospel out as stated above Acts 1.8 KJV “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The Gospel is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” This can be done in a few ways, Street preaching(What all the prophets, Paul, and The Lord Jesus Christ did), Door to door, Work, Anything you as a Christian do should be done for the glory of God and being a testimony to the lost world in word and deed.

·         Praying for Brethren. 1 Thessalonians 5.25 KJV] “Brethren, pray for us.” and the furtherance of the gospel Luke 10.2 KJV “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

·         Praise the Lord in word and song Ephesians 5.19-20 KJV “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

·         Fellowship(no fellowship without assembly) Acts 2.42 KJV “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

The Importance of Being in a local church

      So, what’s the overall importance of attending a local church? To get fed and grow spiritually, to fellowship, labor in learning about the Lord Jesus Christ and Gods word and teaching others. If your saved, you are a part of a spiritual body Romans 12.4-5 KJV “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” that needs you to function. Serving the Lord is the best choice you can make and does a lot of good in this life and in eternity. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend find yourself a New Testament Bible Believing Church Jesus even said Matthew 7.15 KJV “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

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What does the Bible say about money?

           As an average American in debt and making my way through life in the world, I’ve noticed it is important to know “What does the bible say about money?” After a little study and refreshing the Bible says it can very easily lead to Sin, be Content with what you have, and simply to Give.

           If you’ve never been exposed to the truth in the Bible simple fact Sin is Bad. That said money is something that can lead to sin almost as easy as envy or adultery. Money becomes a god to some people thinking they have no need for anything in their life because of money. If that’s the case with you, well there isn’t a cash register in a coffin (That’s Free). Money can’t buy your way into heaven, give you peace of mind, immortality, or true love. It brings more stress then people intend if they have the wrong idea about money.

  • [1 Timothy 6.10 KJV] “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” When people get to loving money people start wanting things they aren’t theirs, forsake the true God and bring much stress to the person loving it. Loving something above God shows that your heart isn’t right with him and should consider that next time you have a near-death experience.

  • ·[Proverbs 23.4 KJV] “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” The Bible says in Proverbs (a book of wisdom) directly to not work for riches and to not give in to your wisdom. If your purpose in this life is to get rich what is the point, you can’t take it with you to the grave. Now practically speaking providing for your family in the unfortunate case of a death is the respectable thing to do, but ask your self: are you laying up the riches for yourself or your family you leave behind.

  • [Exodus 20.17 KJV] “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Don’t be the “wise guy” and ask “Who is my neighbor?” … Anyone you meet. That said, this is one of Gods commandments and breaking any one of them is a sin. Wanting, desiring something that isn’t yours is called covertness, which is even referred to as idolatry.

           Today’s common thread is that the more you have the better, or that you’ve somehow been blessed by God. While for the most part this simply is not the case it is important to recognize that all you need in this life Is food and raiment. The Bible says [1 Timothy 6.8 KJV] “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” Meaning that anything more than just that is purely a blessing from God or a curse depending on how you’re using it. That said the apostle Paul said in [Philippians 4.11 KJV] “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Paul had been through a lot of Good and even more suffering for The Lord Jesus Christ.  Realizing along the way that whatsoever The Lord put him through he found peace in his heart with it.

           The Bible also says [Acts 20.35 KJV] “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Meaning that it is better for an individual give something than be given it, whether that be money, time or anything else. when it comes to money it is very important to recognize the difference between the Old Testament law and the New Testament standard or recommendation. The Old Testament law required 1/10th of a person’s earnings and harvest to be given to the priest. There’s no specific amount stated in the New Testament about how much you should give. That said there are more reasons in the New Testament on why you should give those being: it helps get out the gospel, it provides for the pastor and the church’s needs, and it helps people in need. When it comes to giving though you may wonder how you’re going to be able to do it. For a starting amount take it to prayer and when God gives you an answer listen. If you want to jump the gun 1/10th would be fine. that said if you ask the Lord about how much you should be giving, he provides as much as you need to do that and still meet your needs (Rent, Clothes, Food). This isn’t some way to get rich God isn’t a lottery. It’s a way to serve the Lord and given to him as he is given unto you because if it wasn’t for him you wouldn’t be where you’re at. Good or bad be faithful be a giver and God will bless you for it.

           I hope I’ve been able to show you today through scripture how The Bible wants people to approach money, And I hope that you found profit in this and you’ve looked at your heart comma and if it’s off somewhere or you just don’t have the right part right now about this I urge you to ask God to change your heart, for your relationship with him and money The Bible says [Matthew 6.24 KJV] “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” [Matthew 6.19-20 KJV] “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”

Ps. To the believers in the prosperity gospel, thinking money is the seed you need to be focused on just read what the bible has to say in Luke Chapter 8 Verse 11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.” In the middle of the parable of the sower it tells you what the most important seed is. Not your money.

PS ps. You can’t buy your way into heaven The Bible says [Mark 10.25 KJV] “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Meaning that you can’t buy your way into heaven and that you have to pay for your own sin meaning you have to suffer in hell for eternity because that is the wages of sin. The Bible says in [Romans 6.23 KJV] “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Meaning and that your sin has bought you a place in hell period now Jesus Christ made the payment for your sin on the cross of Calvary The Bible says [2 Corinthians 5.21 KJV] “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Meaning that he took our sin and paid that debt with his shed blood. All you need to do to accept that payment it’s come to the Lord with a willing heart admitting you’re a Sinner asking God for forgiveness and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross of Calvary for your sin and rose again the 3rd day proving that he was God in the flesh. If you do this today your biggest debt will be paid for eternity.

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What does the Bible say about everyone Dying?

           I recently had a good friend kill himself. If you want to pray for comfort, I wouldn’t oppose, But I do find comfort knowing that he is in heaven. With him dying recently it brought up the popular question “Why do people have to die?” and Wondering how God used someone to make such a change in my life how it could be that young man and not me. With me believing there is more to this life than what we can just see I also wanted to know “What does the Bible say about death?”

Death:

           100% of people who are born, die. Just look at all of History, every time a human baby has been born, it has also died. Your grandparents were born, and they also will die (if they haven’t already), same with your parents, and you for that matter. The reason can be found in Genesis 3 when Adam (The first man) ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and simply stated death exist because of Sin. Death is when something ceases to have life.

What is death caused by?

           The answer you get depends on who you ask, most people will say “born to die” which is pathetic considering it still doesn’t answer the question. Others might say “To help in the process of furthering the evolutionary chain”, but how does death help the progression of life? It doesn’t. For the most part people have no clue why death exists. In Romans 5:12 KJV The Bible says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Meaning that all people die because of one man disobeying God. Sounds far out but so does the nutty idea that the human race is getting better by dying.

Names of death

           There are a few ways people refer to death in the Bible. The most obvious being “death” but there are also several other ways the Bible refers death such as:

  • Returning to dust: Genesis 3:19 KJV “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” This verse occurs after Adam has eaten of the fruit and is cast out of the garden.

  • Removal from tabernacle: 2 Corinthians 5:1 KJV “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” This passage is refers to what happens to the bodies and souls of saved Christians.

  • Sleep: John 11:11-14 KJV “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” After The Lord Jesus Christ got chased off and crossed the Jordan near where John baptized The Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Yielding up the ghost: Genesis 25:8 KJV “Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.“(not in any other version)

John 19:30 KJV “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Types of death

           In the Bible there is a lot of death. It’s a bloody book from Genesis to Revelation. Just like there are many things that have two meanings in the Bible such as wine see here. There are also two types of death. A physical death more commonly seen with the names above but there is also a Death of the Soul, after the physical death. The Bible says in Revelation 20:14 KJV “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Meaning the death we all have before us isn’t the only one that can be experienced. There is a spiritual death that happens after that. 

           You may be wondering now how you can avoid this second death when God will say “Depart” and your soul is sent to hell. The Bible says John 3:7b “… Ye must be born again.” How can I be born again? Acts 8:37a “… If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” All you need to do is admit you’re a sinner, believe on Christ, and confess to God that you have done this and “Thou shalt be saved”. The bible says every knee shall bow. Do it now so you’re not forced to after you die and before you are sent into a lake of fire.

            All our bodies go too the same sized hole, where is your soul going?

I can’t wallow in the loss that happened in my life, I will see them again one day. I just hope all I’m doing will be worth it for The Lord Jesus Christ and all the people he put into my life.

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Faith is more than 5 letters

      Have you ever had an experience where you go to sit down in a chair and your classmates or coworkers pull it out from underneath, or you go to lean on something miss it and fall over? From then on you don’t trust your classmates or you’re extra careful about where you lean. Your faith in that situation has been tested. You’re a little bit more wary about what you do because of that. What is faith? Some people describe it as leaning on something you know is going to be there; faith is hoping then what you’re going to do next will affect or, the desired outcome.

What is faith?

           I’ve had people ask me recently what faith are you? Which kind of struck me odd, because I’ve also started working on memorizing a verse from Hebrews Chapter 11 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Before I had a personal relationship with God as my father, I had very little faith in anything but my personal experience. The current definition from most people’s final authority (Google) it states that faith is: “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” The social definition of faith leans more towards “What religion are you?” rather than “what are you putting your faith in as truth?” Atheists have faith in the “Big Bang Theory”, and Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” they hope these theories are correct basing the evidence of things not seen. Buddhist have faith that karma is what goes effects your “next life”. Capitalist have faith that their money will solve all their problems. New agers have faith that the stars predict their future and morality is a mindset.

How does faith apply to everyday life?

           No matter what you believe in, what religion you are or if you even believe in God you have faith that you will wake up in the morning. You have faith that the ground will still be the ground, the sky will still be the sky and water will still be water, you’re leaning on what you know as truth. Faith has applications in every part of every person’s everyday life. Some people have faith that their lottery ticket will get them out of debt. Some people have faith that their parents will take care of them forever. Others only have faith in themselves and what they can achieve by their own will and strength. 

Different faith or belief systems

           If you look at how atheist look at faith, they have faith that over millions of years everything came to be what it is today, and it is there because of that. Whereas people who believe in creation have faith that some outside force created everything that is, will be and, will ever be and they would rather put their faith in that. People have faith that when they die, they are going to return to dirt. Which was said in the Bible, not just by an atheist, and other people have faith that while their bodies may return to dust that their souls go off into eternity. People have faith that when their souls go off into eternity based on what they’ve done in this life it goes to a better place rather than a bad place, heaven or hell. Personally, along with a few other people have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that no matter what bad thing I’ve done in my past, what sin I committed I’m going to end up in heaven or spend eternity in a good place. I don’t base my faith on what somebody else has told me to do, what somebody else has told me to believe I based my faith in the Bible which has completely changed my life from what it was growing up. I’m not here to try to convince you that I have all the answers, I’m just here to try to ask you what if I’m right what if heaven and hell are real, and it’s not a karma-based system? Entry is granted only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

How do I turn faith into a guarantee for eternity?

           There’s something in the Bible then no religion has, the dictionaries can’t define, that science textbooks will never tell you about, and that’s something called saving faith. Saving faith is when an individual leans their eternal destiny on The Lord Jesus Christ, and what he did on the cross of Calvary. The Bible says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: is the gift of God:” It also says if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart The Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13). It’s not by confessing it to a priest or to somebody else, It is about telling God himself that you’re a Sinner and that you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. A lot of people don’t do that because of pride in admitting they are a sinner and they’ve done bad things in their life or they think there needs to be something else to it, something more that needs to go into it, to make amends for their sin. I hope that whatever day you’re reading this on you found something that you’ve been looking for and you believe in Jesus Christ, faithfully putting your trust in him. It is as simple as that, have a good day. 

 

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What the Bible ACTUALLY say about drinking wine, and the Truth bout alcohol.

        Growing up in a catholic town and in a Christian family the topic of alcohol was very lightly touched on, hearing “Jesus drank wine so can I” and all that kind of stuff, referring to the first miracle of Jesus. I had also heard of how in communion they drank wine that was supposedly the blood of Christ. But there was always one thing I never knew: What does the Bible say about drinking? The word wine appears in the Bible 233 times, meaning there is probably a lot to be said about wine. The primary things that the Bible says about wine are the types of wine, what wine has been used as (and) for, Evil effects from and what it is an illustration for.

Jesus drank so why can’t I?

        When people ask this question, they are referring to Jesus Christ’s first miracle found in John 2:1-11 When Jesus was at a wedding and turned water into wine. The short answer to if The Lord Jesus Christ got drunk is: No. Drunkenness is a sin, and if Jesus got drunk that means he sinned, and the cross of Calvary was pointless and means all born again Christians are bound for hell just like the rest of the lost world.

The types of wine:

·        Old Wine: The Bible first refers to wine in Genesis 9:21 when Noah, after the flood plants a vineyard and gets drunk from the wine that is produced and as a result one of his sons commits an unseemly act. The Bible also makes mention of wine in Numbers 6:3 “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.” What we can gather here is the definition of wine is there are a few types and it is strongly tied to alcohol. Old wine is what most of the people today mean when they say ‘wine’.

·        New Wine: The second type of wine found in the Bible is new wine and the Bible sheds light on that in Isiah 65:8 “Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster” is very clear on the definition of new wine, straight from the cluster. Meaning wine has two meanings and two very different results for drinking. Old wine will make you a drunken fool and if that’s the only bad thing you have done in your life, you’re still bound for hell, New wine which makes for a pleasant time and goes great at family BBQ.

Evil Effects of Alcoholic Wine:

           There are many negative impacts of alcohol starting with violence, mocks a man, causes poverty, bites like a serpent, impairing judgment, inflames passions, and takes away the heart. Here is the scripture reference for the results of booze

·         Violence: Proverbs 4:17 “For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

·         Mocks a man: Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

·         Causes Poverty: Proverbs 23:20-21 “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

·         Bites like a Serpent: Proverbs 23:31-32 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

·         Impairs Judgement: Proverbs 31:4-5 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

·         Inflames passions: Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

·         Takes away the heart: Hosea 4:11 “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

 

        Not only does the scripture speak the absolute truth, but you can also see it driving around on a Friday night. What you’re doing out on a Friday night is hopefully well-intentioned, either way, just observe the bars and I’d bet you can check off at least 3 or 4 of those results at one time. You can see how wine takes away the heart when a family is torn apart because a dad can’t put down a bottle.

Illustration of wine

        The Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ is illustrated by wine in Isiah 55:1 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” As well if you look at John 6:54 “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” If you take these passages and compare them to the Lord’s supper when he sets the illustration to the disciples as the wine as his blood and the bread as his flesh. He even says exactly what the wine/blood stands for in Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” 

        Now don’t go thinking that it was literally The Lord Jesus Christ blood and flesh when they ate dinner as some people do. All through the Bible, God uses similitudes which compares one thing to another so people can grasp it better, and that is exactly what’s happening here. Jesus is saying LITERALLY I give my body and blood for people to be SPIRITUALLY cleansed. Like the sacrifices of the old testament when God made the requirement “and almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.” The Lord Jesus Christ is even referred to by the last prophet, John the Baptist as “… the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Conclusion:

        The Bible has clearly defined that drunkenness is a sin that causes violence, poverty, impairs judgment and can take away your heart, there are two types of wine, Jesus didn’t get drunk, and that wine in the Bible can be referring to the blood The Lord Jesus Christ shed so that no man would have to perish in hell for their sin, even if it is drinking. Will you drink the new wine today and believe on The Lord Jesus Christ?

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Sourcery, Witches, and Spiritual Experiences in The Bible

My testimony:

I was born to a Witch and a Sorcerer, and I ended up getting adopted at two and a half into a Christian family. So, for the most part I grew up in a Christian household and always knew that there was more than the world than just the material world, but I never had a personal relationship with God. Around the time I was in high school, I started fooling around with drugs and meditation, spirituality, drug philosophy, looking into pseudo-science, metaphysical science, etc. That developed into much worse in college where I started communing with spirits, zodiac maps, and Egyptian Gods. I inevitably found myself in a spiritual black hole after trying to perform an Egyptian ceremony and send my soul to the stars. I started feeling daemons all around me and hearing voices. I was at the point the only thing I could think to do was kill myself. God had other plans. A thought kept running through by head about being born again. Without any idea what that meant, and a strong fear in my life of God because at that time he was dealing with me as what I was in his eyes, lost, dirt and self-righteous. I saw a necklace on one of my friends that had Jesus on the cross and reminded me of my childhood in church. I felt God calling and he led me to Open Door Baptist Church in Missoula, Montana and March 3rd of 2019 I accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as my savior. Finally knowing the true God as my father and having my soul at peace for all eternity. Those other spirits wanted nothing from me but to give them gain from the spiritual into the physical. God gave me something I never had before, or could ever be given, spiritual peace. If I had gone through and killed myself, I know now I wouldn’t have gone to heaven. I had never truly experienced peace until that day.[Rom 5:1 KJV] “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” All Glory to The One True God, Who Reigns Above All Forever. Amen.

I see how the summer changes to fall, the leaves turn color, and everything seems to be withering away at the change of the seasons. It reminds me of the occultism and the witchcraft I associated myself with, and how a lot of people don’t know the truth behind it. So, I went on a scripture study of what the Bible had to say about it. In short, it wasn’t anything good. I hope this makes you realize the ruler of this world has blinded your eyes and none of your spells can’t save you from the eternal Lake of Fire before you.

What is witchcraft?

The simple definition is: one that communes with spirits for insight into spiritual things (Future events, fortune-telling, etc.) Some scripture concerning this is seen in 1 Samuel Chapter 28:7-25. In this passage after Samuel dies, King Saul seeks his guidance from the grave (Samuel guided Saul on Gods Behalf). Saul sends his servants to find a lady with a “familiar spirit” and have her summon Samuels spirit from the grave. It goes terrible. Samuel informs Saul from the grave that Saul is going to die because he had done this and not sought God.

What was the Old Testament law concerning witches?

The law is very short and not so sweet concerning witches in the old testament in Exodus 22:18 “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” The punishment was death. That has changed nowadays because the law is a schoolmaster for sin and not the law of the land. So, if you want to live like an idiot and open the door for spirits and get possessed by devils, go crazy and go to hell, be my guest, actually please stay away.

What does the New Testament say about witches?

As stated above, witches during this day and age aren’t condemned to a physical death, but they will die spiritually in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14). The Bible says in Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” There is nothing a witch can do to reach God.

How does a witch get eternal life?

There is nothing they can do but cry aloud to God saying “God forgive me for committing this abomination in your eyes, I pray that you would forgive me and I believe in the finished work of your son The Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary for my sins.

What’s next?

Throw out the idols, spell books, any paraphernalia and Get a King James Bible Av 1611 if you want some real spiritual power. Psalm 51:7 KJV Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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3 Things God CANNOT do

I know what you’re thinking “God can do anything, he’s God, nothing’s impossible for him.” Well that’s where you’re wrong, there are 3 things God cannot do and they’re probably the most important things to know about God and his person. Yes, this is the same God that created the earth in 6 days, that caused a flood, that sent fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah, that destroyed the tower of Babel. Yet despite all that there are a few things he cannot do.

Number 1:

God can not lie. I know what you’re thinking ha-ha kind of cheesy, this is Common sense and may seem kind of basic but it’s something God cannot do. Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

Number 2:

God cannot change. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” It’s the same God that created everything, that spoke to Moses, that came down and made himself flesh in the person The Lord Jesus Christ.

Number 3:

God cannot let you into heaven unless you’ve been born again. John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

I want you to ask yourself are you 50% 75% or 100% sure if you were to die RIGHT NOW you’ll go to heaven?

If not, the bible says in 1John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

All you need to do is admit to God that you’re a Sinner, that you need a savior and you believe on his son the Lord Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross of Calvary.

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