Thursday, November 30, 2017
A life-changing, heart-changing song for me.
Oh, What Love by The City Harmonic -
This song says it all!
Confession (Agnus Dei) by the City Harmonic -
I AM by Crowder -
He's always there holding onto us, calling us to hold onto Him.
And three for those who are hurting. But don't listen to them unless you are hurting because you won't be in the right frame of mind to really hear it....
The song that inspired the name of one of my blogs -
my heart's cry for the past couple years.
Fell Apart by the City Harmonic
One of the best opening lines ever!
These City Harmonic songs became my prayers
at a time I was too broken to pray for myself.
Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North
So much truth in this wonderful song.
(I don't know why the stupid computer made this one a different color.)
[Click on it ... and pray for it with me. This isn't just a myth, people. It's truth. And it's coming. Repent and grab onto God's forgiveness and grace and healing ... while there is still time.
And don't get me wrong; I am not saying that we can set dates, or that "soon" means this week or month or year, or that we should sell all our belongings and sit on some hilltop somewhere waiting for Jesus (that would be foolish, unbiblical, and a waste of your precious life and time).
But I am saying that this life isn't all there is. This life will end someday. And we need to decide where we want to spend eternity. Your eternal home isn't assigned to you randomly. You get to pick it: heaven or hell. Life with Jesus or without. And if you refuse to decide, if you refuse Jesus, then you essentially refuse eternal life with Jesus. Hell is our default destination, not heaven. Take this seriously. Before it's too late for you to decide.]
But one part stood out to me (although it all stood out . . . excellent movie!). A lost, hurting, confused man was in a hotel room when he found a Bible. And I thought about how sad it is that, nowadays in America, people are trying to get Bibles out of hotel rooms and to erase all references to God in public areas.
Do you believe?
(click on it)
(FYI, you don't have to believe in Jesus if you don't want to. You can reject Him if you prefer. But if He is who He said He is then you will have to pay the price for your unbelief - because He doesn't cease being God or being real just because you don't believe in Him. Seriously ... what if?)
(reposted from https://myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you ... then choose for yourselves whom you will serve, whether the gods of your own imagination who let you live whatever way you want or the socially-acceptable gods who tell everyone what they want to hear.
But as for me and my household ...
WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!
(Joshua 24:14-15, paraphrased for today)
Click here when you have time to listen. To really listen. You owe it to yourself, to your eternal soul, to listen to this song at least once and to really think about what it says. (And click here for one more, one that deeply touched my heart.) What do you have to lose?
John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God so loved the world. He didn’t just love the world; He so loved the world. He so loved the world that He (Jesus) would die in our place before He would miss out on an eternal relationship with us. He knew that we would disappoint Him and hurt Him and fail Him, but He still so wanted a relationship with us that He made a way. He knew that there would be many, many people that would reject His gift of love and salvation, but an eternity spent with those who would choose Him was worth the price of dying on the cross. That is some amazing love!
Because this will be what matters most the moment after you die. And, quite honestly, it's what matters most in this lifetime, too.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
To anyone who is hurting really badly, who is struggling with overwhelming anxiety or depression, who is considering taking their own lives ... I dedicate this post. Please, take some time to look through some of the links here. This is a round-up of some on-line resources or posts about dealing with anxiety or depression, particularly as a Christian.
It’s amazing and disturbing how brazen our society is in attacking everything about God and everything He created: marriage, monogamy, sex, family, sexuality, the scientific reality of gender, morality, modesty, the value of a person, the right to life, the existence of "right and wrong," the Bible, Jesus, and Absolute Truth. Not to mention God Himself, His very existence.
At least I hope that's why He's allowing all this breakdown to happen, all this conflict and divisiveness. Because if He's not - if He's not coming back soon - then God help those of us who choose to be faithful to Him. We're gonna need it!
If you haven’t seen The Case for Christ, the movie based on Lee Strobel’s life, you should see it. It’s good. It’s about his journey to Christ, from being an atheist who was very skeptical about Christianity and who only responded to “facts” to finally finding the evidence for Christ so overwhelming that he couldn’t help but believe.
What I liked about it was the two different ways that we see him and his wife come to Christ. She came to Christ through her emotions, through the pull on her heart, as though she knew it was the truth without needing the facts first. But he came to Christ through his mind, through researching the facts about Christ’s death and resurrection and the validity of the Bible.
One was led by their heart, and one was led by their mind.
I love that. I love that God has different ways of reaching different people, based on our personalities. I love that we can find Him through our heart and emotions, and I love that we can find Him through facts and reasoning.
I have always found it interesting to hear about someone’s salvation story, about what led them to finally believe in God, to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and how it changed their life.
Does anyone out there want to share their journey to Christ? What led you to Him? What effect did it have on you? What has life been like since then? Etc.?
Mine is quite simple and uneventful. My mom had been searching for awhile for God. I was in a Catholic school and we were attending a Jehovah’s Witness church (cult). But she knew there was more out there. And so we ended up at a Bible-based church of some kind, and she sent me to a Christian camp when I was 11. While I was there, I heard an “altar call,” a call to come to the front and kneel if you want to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. And I guess I just knew that I had no choice, that this was real and I wanted it. And so, without even really thinking about it, I rose to my feet and walked to the front. And that was it!
But since then, I have been driven to have solid, rational answers for why I believe in Christ and why I don’t believe in other religions or atheism. So I have spent time researching other religions and what they offer and researching Christianity and the validity of the Bible and the events of the Bible. And in doing so, my faith has only grown more solid. It’s only confirmed my faith more.
For me, it’s Jesus or nothing! He alone has the words of life and truth and true hope!
How about you? What’s your story? Your case for Christ?
I wrote a section for Christians about “The End Times” in the Bible study I wrote. But I wanted to write a shorter, easier-to-understand version for everyone else. With all the hurricanes, earthquakes, “cash-less” technology, terrorism, martyring of Christians, people’s rebellion against everything God stands for, disease epidemics, the technology to put little radio transmitters into people’s hands containing their information, the various celestial events, a fast-approaching “one-world system,” a brewing civil war, a brewing world war, the events surrounding Israel and Jerusalem, etc., it seems like a good time to post this.
And no … contrary to a popular “prophecy,” I do not think the world will end with a large planet crashing into us.
Oh, no … it’s so much worse than that! Or better! Depending on whose side you’re on.
(And may I add ... I find it so funny that scientists swear up and down that there is no Planet X that is going to crash into Earth like that one guy predicted, yet none of them saw that strange, cigar-shaped asteroid coming - the one that whizzed by us not too long ago, that came from another solar system, that was completely unpredicted and unlike anything seen before, and that travelled very fast. And yet they say there's no chance of a Planet X crashing into us? A little overly confident, don't you think?)
And to all those scoffers who say "None of this has anything to do with the end of the world" or "There is no 'end of the world' and Jesus isn't coming back again," I would like to ask you ...
"Are you so sure!?! Are you so sure that there isn't a supernatural world out there? That there isn't a God who will someday do exactly what He said He'd do in His Word? That He isn't moving and working in this world and about to bring this time to an end? Are you so sure!?! Even if the end doesn't come in our lifetime, it will come someday - in our own lives and for the world as we know it. Are you prepared to face the truth? Will you find the truth before it's too late?"
I believe there’s going to be rapture of the true believers before the tribulation starts (which I talked about in the post “My Understanding of the End Times”).
In this post, I’m going to list which significant passages I think refer to the Rapture and which refer to the Visible Second Coming, which will happen at the 6th seal, during the tribulation. This is all just my opinion. I do not claim to have any special revelation from God. It’s just the best way I make sense of Scripture.
Before I get into the verses, keep this in mind:
1. All “coming of the Lord” passages that include something about Jesus coming in power and great glory and with angels pertain to the visible second coming of Jesus at the 6th seal during the tribulation. (However, there are some passages that refer to the visible coming which don’t use those words, but you can tell by the context, by the fact that they were already talking about the big “end of time” visible second coming. And He also comes again visibly at the end of the trib for the battle of Armageddon, so that coming is referred to at times. But neither of these "visible comings" are the rapture.)
2. None of the passages that pertain to the rapture have the words “in power and great glory and with angels.”
This helps clear up a lot of confusion about which “coming” the passage is referring to.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Are you women who are attacking Matt Damon for that statement saying that there is no difference? That predator actions against a child are the same thing as touching a woman's rear-end? Just wondering. Because it sounds like you don't see a distinction, while Mr. Damon rightly does. And I commend him for being bold enough to point it out.
This is not to excuse any kind of inappropriate behavior, for there is no excuse for inappropriate behavior against someone else. And it's not to say that men shouldn't be held accountable for inappropriate behavior (they should be!) or that women should put up with it (never!) or that women shouldn't demand to be treated with more respect (being treated with respect should be a given!).
But it's to point out the fact that those who do not see a difference between inappropriate/disrespectful behavior and genuine abuse, those who are getting caught up in the frenzy of reporting every tiny offense as if it was a huge violation (the things that nearly all women have probably faced at some point or other, such as someone patting their bottom, brushing against their breast, gazing at their bodies too long, or complimenting them inappropriately) are going to undermine the women who have serious stories to tell.
Calling everything "abuse" - even things that would be better labeled "inappropriate" or "disrespectful," even things where the woman enjoyed it or benefitted from it at first - is going to dilute the meaning of "abuse" and the effect of reporting it. And it's going to hurt, not help, the cause. It's going to backfire! Just watch and see.
When everything is "traumatic abuse," then nothing is "traumatic abuse."
(And to anyone who's been hurt by others, who's been carrying around deep heart wounds that need healing ...
Come to Jesus! He's waiting for you, to heal your broken heart, to give you peace and joy and life.)
about God's grace and mercy, forgiveness and love:
Confession by The City Harmonic
Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle
Grace Like Rain by Todd Agnew
Oh, What Love by The City Harmonic
Love, Heal Me by The City Harmonic
Fell Apart by The City Harmonic
By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North
Come As You Are by Crowder
Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher
Strong Enough by Matthew West
I AM by Crowder
I Need a Miracle by Third Day
Forgiven by Sanctus Real
Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray
Flawless by Mercy Me
Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) by Crowder
Forgiveness by Toby Mac
Man of God by Audio Adrenaline
(We Christians know what it's like to be human.)
My Jesus by Todd Agnew
(Because the world just doesn't understand who Jesus really is.)
Secret Ambition by Michael W. Smith
We Believe by Newsboys
Manifesto by The City Harmonic