VIDEO The Mystery of Godliness

 

BY HENRY M. MORRIS III, D.MIN

 

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

One of the main goals of ICR’s mission is to convey the basic and foundational truth that our God, Redeemer, and King is also the Creator of the universe. Every Christian has the obligation to be a witness for the “glorious gospel” (1 Timothy 1:11), and we ordinarily do so through the focus of the substitutionary sacrifice of our Lord Jesus at Calvary and His resurrection.

But there is a greater mystery to this gospel that is often shrouded in the naturalistic matrix that pervades our educational and media systems. ICR is challenged to peel back the veil of naturalism and reveal the majesty of the Creator, whose Word is affirmed by the evidence of empirical science.

Without Controversy

The opening of Paul’s bold statement in 1 Timothy 3:16 uses the unique Greek term homologoumenos, a strong compound passive participle essentially meaning “all speaking the same thing.” Basically, while the “mystery” is definitely “great,” the proof for who Jesus is and His incarnation for the purpose of salvation is widely attested. It is that evidence that ICR is most concerned with in our mission to “speak the same thing” with clarity.

Mysteries of the Kingdom

While subtle evidences of the “godliness” are manifest throughout the ministry of the Lord Jesus, many of them would be seen most clearly by those already called into the Kingdom. Matthew 13 lists several evidences of the work of God on Earth. The parable of the sower and the reception of the gospel are easy to see if one even partially observes how the world reacts to Christianity. The fact that God knew this and openly exposed these things in His teaching should be an evidence of His omniscience.

Likewise the parables of the tares, the mustard seed, the leaven, and the treasures all forecast the nature of the centuries of gospel growth and ultimate harvest of God’s people at the end of the age. None of this would have been possible without the sovereign knowledge of the Creator who “works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Magnificent Prophecies

Tomes have been written in attempts to refute the detailed Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. All have fallen woefully short of their goals, merely demonstrating the impossibility of human foresight and the necessity of divine foreknowledge made available to human agents. The identification of the tribe of Judah and the family of David in the city of Bethlehem—both in widely separated passages—attests to God’s sovereign plan. Daniel’s detailed outline of the “70 weeks” still baffles those who would attempt to naturalize those words.

The odds of such prophetic events being fulfilled in one event are not merely additive but multiplied with each successive announcement. For instance, the identification of the tribe of Judah may have a predictive qualifier of 1 in 12 (the number of tribes), but multiplied by the identification of Bethlehem (of the some 500 or so towns in Israel at that time) it becomes not merely 1 in 512 but 12 times 500—or 1 in 6,000. There are about 300 prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus during His time on Earth. The odds of those all coming true in one person are beyond counting!

Creation Miracles

During His public ministry, Jesus demonstrated His authority and power with miracles that could only be done through the creation of new matter where none existed before. John’s gospel account is built around seven such demonstrations. Jesus once said to those observing these displays of His creation authority and power:

“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:37-38)

Two examples should suffice. When Jesus turned the water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana (John 2:1-10), He created complex fibers, sugars, acids, bases, and juices with merely the instant thought from His mind. This was enough to stun the governor of the feast (to say nothing of the servants who filled the six water pots with 150 gallons of water). One may reject the evidence, but the feat could be nothing less than the creation of new matter where none existed before.

Likewise, the feeding of the crowd of 5,000 on one occasion (Matthew 14:13-21) and the 4,000 on another occasion (Matthew 15:32-39) involved the instant creation of new bread and fish meat from a small meal that was multiplied into thousands of pounds of food for the huge crowds. The apostles were unable to understand what happened as they collected the baskets of leftovers after all had been fed. Someone may choose to reject the record, but if it actually happened, then it could only be done by the One who brought the universe into existence by His spoken word just four millennia before.

ICR’s Mission

The power of God’s Word is the source of His authority in time and on Earth. Through the Word of God, we are given insight to who the Creator is, the role He has had in history, and the mystery of His being “manifested in flesh.” Therein lies the core of ICR’s mission. We are charged with demonstrating the accuracy, historicity, and scientific validity of that record, providing evidence that may clear away doubt on the part of unbelievers and wavering Christians.

Scientific Research

ICR is committed to quality research in the sciences. Some of that work has made it to the public in the form of books, papers, and seminar lectures. But most of the long-term effort is behind the scenes and continues to build upon the work of previous scientists and scholars such as those involved in the Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) project that culminated nearly 15 years ago. Dr. Vernon Cupps’ recent book Rethinking Radiometric Dating: Evidence for a Young Earth from a Nuclear Physicist expands on that work and provides a seminal review of the issues and demonstrates the error of the common “proof” of the deep time so integral to the false story of naturalistic evolution.

Dr. Jake Hebert’s popular booklet The Climate Change Conflict: Keeping Cool over Global Warming is built on his stellar analysis of the errors of the widely accepted Milankovitch theory that has undermined Ice Age studies as well as serious studies of climatology. Dr. Hebert’s research is vital in the demonstration of the bad science that emboldens atheistic thinking.

Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins’ work on the chimp and human genomes has uncovered the fallacy of their supposed genetic similarity and has been responsible for exposing the related errors conveyed in school textbooks. His work has been published in secular journals and continues to make positive inroads within the scientific community.

Evidence of the global Flood during the days of Noah has been a strong emphasis from the days of ICR founder Dr. Henry M. Morris, Dr. Steve Austin, Dr. John Baumgartner, and Dr. Andrew Snelling. Dr. Tim Clarey has added to their work using data from oil drilling cores from all over the world. Dr. Clarey has answered many puzzling questions and demonstrated the assurance that the planet was inundated with a continent-covering flood. His outstanding research (soon to be available in his new In-Depth Science book Carved in Stone) will be the source of much encouragement to Christian geologists and strong evidence of the accuracy of Scripture.

Dr. Brian Thomas is researching original biochemicals in supposedly ancient fossils. These short-lived tissues—many found in dinosaur fossils—contradict the notion that these fossils are millions of years old since such tissues can survive for only thousands of years before decaying. We published his Ph.D. dissertation on this important topic, titled Ancient Fossil Bone Collagen Remnants.

Research Associate and zoologist Frank Sherwin continues to offer his unique insights on God’s intricately designed creatures in his writings and talks in the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History and outside venues, along with ICR’s other scientists.

Additional work is being done by Dr. Randy Guliuzza. His research on natural selection has eviscerated the bold claim that evolution is a fact. Dr. Guliuzza has developed a running commentary and volume of examples demonstrating the built-in DNA design that God placed into the “program” of every replicating organism that enables the organism to sense and adapt to the environmental changes around it.

As one would expect from an omnipotent and omniscient Creator, His living organisms would have the designed ability to live in the changing world—especially since His sovereign attributes can be “clearly seen” in every age and throughout all time (Romans 1:20) until He reduces the universe to a molten mass from which He will make a “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:10-13).

National Communications

ICR has been a quiet voice for the evidence of biblical accuracy for nearly 50 years. The Acts & Facts publication has grown from a small newsletter to a major monthly magazine. It and the Days of Praise quarterly devotional have both been made available without charge to any and all who want them. Those publications are read by nearly 250,000 people, and many more read them through social media. ICR conducts seminars and church training sessions in hundreds of venues each year. Thousands of attendees receive valuable insights and some of the latest work that ICR is developing. These ministries continue unabated.

The ICR Discovery Center

Of course, the newest member of our family is the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History, which opened in Dallas, Texas, in September 2019. After nearly five years of development with almost $35 million shared and given by the ICR family of supporters, the ICR Discovery Center stands to become a center of training and encouragement for thousands of guests, students, and school groups for years to come. If you have not yet made your plans to visit, please do so.

The Discovery Center is truly unique with its cutting-edge video displays, depth of information available through its many kiosks, and constant emphasis on the scientific evidence that demonstrates the accuracy and authority of the Bible’s message. Our conscious effort is to display the great “mystery of godliness” so that all who look will see the reality of the Creator being “manifest in the flesh” and leave with the certain knowledge that He is returning one day as the rightful King of the universe that He has created.

* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research. He holds four earned degrees, including a D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2020. The Mystery of GodlinessActs & Facts. 49 (3).

https://www.icr.org/article/the-mystery-of-godliness/

VIDEO John Newton Discovered Amazing Grace

Newton Lost at Sea

The Greyhound had been thrashing about in the north Atlantic storm for over a week. Its canvas sails were ripped, and the wood on one side of the ship had been torn away and splintered. The sailors had little hope of survival, but they mechanically worked the pumps, trying to keep the vessel afloat. On the eleventh day of the storm, sailor John Newton was too exhausted to pump, so he was tied to the helm and tried to hold the ship to its course. From one o’clock until midnight he was at the helm.

Newton on the Stormy Seas

With the storm raging fiercely, Newton had time to think. His life seemed as ruined and wrecked as the battered ship he was trying to steer through the storm. Since the age of eleven, he had lived a life at sea. Sailors were not noted for the refinement of their manners, but Newton had a reputation for profanity, coarseness, and debauchery which even shocked many a sailor.

Recalling Scripture

John Newton was known as “The Great Blasphemer.” He sank so low at one point that he was even a servant to slaves in Africa for a brief period. His mother had prayed he would become a minister and had early taught him the Scriptures and Isaac Watts’ Divine Songs for Children. Some of those early childhood teachings came to mind now. He remembered Proverbs 1:24-31, and in the midst of that storm, those verses seemed to confirm Newton in his despair:

“Because I have called, and ye refused . . . ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also laughed at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh: when your fear cometh as desolation and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer.”

John Newton had rejected his mother’s teachings and had led other sailors into unbelief. Certainly, he was beyond hope and beyond saving, even if the Scriptures were true. Yet, Newton’s thoughts began to turn to Christ. He found a New Testament and began to read. Luke 11:13 seemed to assure him that God might still hear him: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.”

Deliverance – Salvation of John Newton

That day at the helm, March 21, 1748, was a day Newton remembered ever after, for “On that day the Lord sent from on high and delivered me out of deep waters.” Many years later, as an old man, Newton wrote in his diary of March 21, 1805: “Not well able to write; but I endeavor to observe the return of this day with humiliation, prayer, and praise.” Only God’s amazing grace could and would take a rude, profane, slave-trading sailor and transform him into a child of God. Newton never ceased to stand in awe of God’s work in his life.

Stained-glass image of John Newton at St. Peter and Paul Church in Olney, Buckinghamshire, where Newton served as parish priest.

 

New Directions – John Newton’s Conversion

Though Newton continued in his profession of sailing and slave-trading for a time, his life was transformed. He began a disciplined schedule of Bible study, prayer, and Christian reading and tried to be a Christian example to the sailors under his command. Philip Doddridge’s The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul provided much spiritual comfort, and a fellow-Christian captain he met off the coast of Africa guided Newton further in his Christian faith.

Newton left slave-trading and took the job of tide surveyor at Liverpool, but he began to think he had been called to the ministry. His mother’s prayers for her son were answered, and in 1764, at the age of thirty-nine, John Newton began forty-three years of preaching the Gospel of Christ.

John and his beloved wife Mary (At the end of his life John would write that their love “equaled all that the writers of romance have imagined”) moved to the little market town of Olney. He spent his mornings in Bible study and his afternoons in visiting his parishioners. There were regular Sunday morning and afternoon services as well as meetings for children and young people. There was also a Tuesday evening prayer meeting which was always well attended.

 

World’s Most Famous Hymn – Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace by John Newton

For the Sunday evening services, Newton often composed a hymn which developed the lessons and Scripture for the evening. In 1779, two hundred and eighty of these were collected and combined with sixty-eight hymns by Newton’s friend and parishioner, William Cowper, and published as the Olney Hymns. The most famous of all the Olney Hymns, “Faith’s Review and Expectation,” grew out of David’s exclamation in 1 Chronicles 17:16-17. We know it today as “Amazing Grace.” Several other of the Olney hymns by Newton continues in use today, including “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds,” and “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.”

Rector John Newton – Abolition of Slavery

In 1779 Newton left Olney to become rector of St. Mary Woolnoth in London. His ministry included not only the London poor and the merchant class but also the wealthy and influential. William Wilberforce, a member of Parliament and a prime mover in the abolition of slavery, was strongly influenced by John Newton’s life and preaching. Newton’s Thoughts on the African Slave Trade, based on his own experiences as a slave trader, was very important in securing British abolition of slavery. Missionaries William Carey and Henry Martyn also gained strength from Newton’s counsel.

Newton lived to be eighty-two years old and continued to preach and have an active ministry until beset by fading health in the last two or three years of his life. Even then, Newton never ceased to be amazed by God’s grace and told his friends, “My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior.”

Trailblazing poet
The Olney hymns first brought attention to Newton’s friend, William Cowper, who later became a famous national poet, considered to be the first of the “Romantic” poets. Cowper’s “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” and “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” have continued to find their way into today’s hymnals.

 

Amazing Grace Lyrics

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.

https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1701-1800/john-newton-discovered-amazing-grace-11630253.html


Bill & Gloria Gaither – Amazing Grace ft. Wintley Phipps (Live)

VIDEO If Not Now, When? – Left’s Attacks on God – Government is Afraid of Christianity

Sept 5, 2020 KHATRAIN

Christians are called to share the Good News to everyone. This is called the Great Commission, commissioned by no other than our Lord Jesus Christ before he ascended into Heaven.

However, let’s face the hard truth. A lot of christians today do not take the opportunity to share the gospel or even make the slightest effort to do it. They always say, they’re not ready, or they’re not confident, or they’re still waiting for the perfect timing. But the question is, if not now, when?

I was reminded of this when reading the book of Ecclesiastes. It says in 11:4 that farmers who wait for the perfect weather never plant. I thought of christians planting the seed of the gospel to other people’s hearts. Are we always waiting for the perfect timing?

What are we afraid of? Are we afraid that our message will be rejected? We have to understand that it is not us who’s being rejected, but the gospel. Yes, there is a risk that the person we’re sharing to is not yet ready but we won’t know until we try. As mentioned in Ecclesiastes 11:6:

“Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both”

Of course, we have to be prepared that not everyone will accept the message and not everyone who accepts it will grow spiritually mature. As Jesus said in the parable of the sower, some seeds will fall on footpath, some on rocky soil, some among the thorns, and some on good soil (Matthew 13:1-23).

But the message is clear, we have to share the gospel no matter what, in any way we can. Our mission is to spread the Good News to the world, regardless if it means sharing it to our family and friends or going from house to house or joining a missionary team or using our talents (e.g. music) or using blogs or social media for people to know Jesus. There are lots of ways to do it. The only requirement is our willingness to share the gospel.

Let’s take this time to reflect and ask ourselves what have we done to advance His kingdom here on earth. How can we contribute and participate in the Great Commission? If you haven’t shared the gospel yet, in any way you know how to, ask yourself: if not now, when?

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

https://followthegoodshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/if-not-now-when/


The Left’s Attacks on God


Why the Government is Afraid of Christianity Part 1

 

Why the Government is Afraid of Christianity Part 2


No longer common but a man with uncommon favor

UncommonFavour

Cornelius was a man of prayer.

He gave generously to charity and to the poor and was a man who revered God.

One day while he was wide awake, he had a sudden vision. He saw an Angel coming toward him. Terrified, he listened with rapt attention as the Angel spoke. ‘Cornelius, your prayers and your help to the needy has not gone unnoticed and has come up as a memorial before God,’

The Angel then instructed Cornelius to send for Simon Peter and shared the address where to find him. The Holy Spirit knows the address where your blessing is waiting.

While all this was going on, Simon Peter went onto the roof of his house to pray. He was hungry after returning from a long journey and his partners were preparing food. Suddenly he went into a trance and had a vision.

In his vision, Peter saw different, forbidden things, animals, birds, snakes coming down from heaven on what appeared like a large canvas sheet. He heard a voice telling him to eat the things he saw. Peter protested. He has never eaten any unclean, forbidden and common thing before and was not about to start.

The voice spoke again ‘“What God has made clean, do not call common or unclean.”

This happened three times and then the sheet was lifted back into heaven.

While Peter was left perplexed, I believe that God was demonstrating to Peter the cleansing power of the Gospel.

If you are Filled with the Holy Spirit and Baptised you cannot be called unclean or sick or infected because now God has called you clean and has cleansed you by the blood of Jesus.

Later, Cornelius, as directed by the Angel met Peter and each shared the vision they saw.

Cornelius was eager and ready to hear what God had inspired Peter to say. So, Peter preached the Gospel and as Cornelius and all those listening heard the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time, there was a powerful outpouring of the Holy spirit. Peter then baptized all those who had received the Holy Spirit and there was a thorough cleansing for everyone present in that place.

God chooses even those who are called unclean or undeserving to Himself and generously pours out His Holy Spirit. In this case, Cornelius and his household and everyone present who were Gentiles.

How did this come about?

Cornelius’ lifestyle of prayer and generous giving had come up as a remembrance before God.

It is important to note here that maybe there are Angels recording each persons acts of generosity, charity, prayer life and present them before God.

So God decided it was time to bless Cornelius and cleanse every unclean thing around him, his family, his surroundings. God desired that Cornelius, the man of prayer, the man who was generous to the poor should no longer remain a common man but become a man with uncommon favor. A man on whom no unclean thing could have any  power.

A man who would be cleansed and delivered from every unclean spirit of sickness, misfortune, poverty, disappointment, or failure.

Are we sensitive towards those who are in need?

Do we take time to pray and honor God?

Because God is faithful and rewarding, He will hear our prayers, watch our generous acts and will surely bless us with uncommon favor.

 

Bible verse

And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

Acts 10:15

https://sophialorenabenjamin.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/no-longer-common-but-a-man-with-uncommon-favor/

VIDEO National Prayer March With Franklin Graham, Washington DC, Noon, Saturday Sept 26th – Last Days Deception

September 3, 2020 by sundance

 

Franklin Graham is organizing a national prayer march in Washington DC on Saturday September 26th.  The prayer march begins at the Lincoln Memorial at Noon and travels to the Capitol Building.

National Prayer March With Franklin Graham – Washington DC, Saturday September 26th – Noon


Join Franklin Graham For A Prayer March In Our Nation’s Capital

“Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land.”
—2 Samuel 24:25, NASB

Will you join us for this march as we call out to God to heal our land?

Date: September 26
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Starting Location: Lincoln Memorial
Distance: 1.8 miles

Participants are expected to follow applicable health and safety protocols, including the use of social distancing and a face mask, while in public and to monitor government orders that may impact travel. Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should refrain from participating in person.

“America is in trouble. Our communities are hurting, our people are divided, and there’s fear and uncertainty all around us. Let’s join together and do the most important thing: pray!”

– Franklin Graham

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David Wilkerson – Last Days Deception [Must Hear]

AUDIO Resentment Is Poison!

By Rev Bill Woods

 

As we watch prophecy being fulfilled on a daily basis and hear the reports about the Great Reset coming in January, 2021, it becomes very frightening.  You need to ask:

  • Am I ready for the Rapture described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

15  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are   asleep.
16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

And I Corinthians 15:51-54, when Jesus will come and catch up all Christians to take them to The Marriage Feast of the Lamb?

1 Corinthians 15:51-54:

 

51  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–
52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 

I certainly don’t want to be here to face the Great Tribulation and all the wrath of Satan and his Anti-Christ.

 

How can I know I’m prepared to be with Christ?

 

Make certain everything is surrendered to His Will!

  • That means all anger, lust, bitterness and resentments must be surrendered to Christ and your heart cleansed from these negative killers of your spiritual walk.

 

Many Christians are harboring bitterness in one form or another not realizing these negative attitudes can ruin their relationship to Christ and cause them to miss the most important event ever–going to Heaven with to be with Jesus!

 

Listen!  You cannot entertain a bitter spirit if you want to go to Heaven!

 

For that reason I want to talk to you today about resentment!

 

RESENTMENT IS POISON!  It’s like an acid that destroys the container where it’s kept.

  • Resentment is sin and will keep you out of Heaven!
  • You probably can’t deal with it on your own, but Jesus can cleanse your heart if you give Him permission to so.

 

Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
14  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Jesus gave a startling warning about forgiveness: “If you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins”

 

Why, when we want revival, doesn’t it come?

– We want souls saved and our Church (God’s Church) to grow but too often   we’re dead on the vine.

 

We make excuses and rationalize why miracles don’t happen, but that’s all they are — excuses!

“It’s the music!”

      – “The pastor doesn’t dress right or isn’t dignified enough — no spiritual food.”

        – “It’s our location — too much crime — it doesn’t meet my needs!”

– A thousand excuses why we aren’t growing — THAT’S ALL THEY ARE —

EXCUSES!

 

Have you ever found a potato that’s gone bad?

– A spot of rot in the potato that must be surgically removed if the meal’s to be  wholesome.

 

Worse — If you haven’t checked the potatoes for awhile, the rot might’ve spread through the whole bag making all the potatoes unusable — ready for the garbage can.

– Rotten potatoes stink and are unappetizing!

– They’re unusable.

– They’re contagious to wholesome potatoes.

 

You can’t use rotten potatoes for a meal because they’re rotten.

 

It happens sometimes in a church among Christians.

– Something happened that’s caused bitterness and we just can’t let go of it.

– Satan will help you understand how rotten your situation is……….

– He knows God can’t use you if you’re filled with a rotten spirit.

 

When we left Deer Valley.

– Arrived in Stevenson with an attitude.

– Tina, Peggy, the Twins, Steve matched my attitude.

– Horrible rebellious worship services………sang to defy me not to glorify God

 

After 2 miserable years God confronted me in my office —

“I thought I called you to preach!”  “You did!” 

    – “I thought you said you’d go wherever I sent you!” –“I did!”

    – “Then what’s the problem?”“I guess there isn’t a problem, Lord!”

 

My attitude changed and then the Church’s changed and we had 5 very productive years.……

– God couldn’t use me or that Church for His purpose as long as bitterness was   destroying us.

People harboring resentment don’t understand the price they’re paying for that luxury.

– Friendships are broken………..

– Jobs are lost.

– Homes demoralized.

– Psychosomatic illnesses develop.

– The once vibrant relationship with God fades and loses the romance.

Personality grows brittle and unbending.

– Resilience and flexibility are lost from the personality.

– Emotions become unstable.

Energy, which once was productive is turned inward and productivity drops — effectiveness dwindles.

All this comes from resentment.

– It’s the worst disease of the mind.

– Resentment comes from a variety of situations, involving a perceived wrong

(real or imagined) done to us which brings feelings of injustice or

Humiliation.

Resentment turns to bitterness — an acid that only destroys the container — YOU!.

– How can you expect God to use something full of rot?

What are the Effects of Resentment?

Resentment is strongest when it’s caused by someone we’ve been close to.                                                      .   – An injury causing resentful feelings inflicted by a friend or loved one makes us   .     feel betrayed, and these feelings can have deep effects.                                                                        .     – Cheryl, “I’m not going to take sides.”

Resentment is emotionally debilitating if not dealt with.                                                                   .   – It causes many negative results, like touchiness or edginess when we think of .     the person we resent or the situation that almost destroyed us..

We can say there’s no anger or hatred against this person, and yet be provoked to anger when they’re given positive recognition.

Resentment has long-term effects, like developing hostile, cynical, sarcastic attitudes that splash into other relationships, lack of personal and emotional growth, have trouble being open to those we love, have trouble trusting others, loss of self-confidence, and overcompensation.

What’s interesting is resentment doesn’t have any direct negative effects on the person we resent, except to deteriorate our relationship with them.

To further compound these negative effects; resentment drags us down. (depression – illness)

Our resentful feelings destroy communication between us and the person we think wronged us, which results in more miscommunications and develop even more resentment.

– Resentment has the unique quality of being internalized, where it can do

further emotional and psychological damage but that still doesn’t impact the  person being resented.

So people hang on to their resentments because they feel justified in feeling the way they do.

– Justified or not, NOBODY who wants to be happy and productive CAN AFFORD    to hold on to resentment.

 

Nobody in the Bible was more justified to harbor resentment than Joseph.

– He could’ve fought back, or perhaps just sulked in self-pity, or floundered   trying to use other ineffective defense mechanisms.

He did the only thing a strong person does — he rose above the people, the circumstances – the places which might’ve provoked resentment within him.

Remember his brothers rejected him?

– His boss’s wife lied about him and had him thrown into prison.

– The butler promised to remember him — he didn’t!

He wasted precious time in prison serving time for a crime he didn’t commit.

HOW DO YOU STOP RESENTMENT FROM TAKING OVER?

– What’s the cure for resentment if it’s in your mind and life?

Resentment that crops up on the job, in the home, at church, or in social relationships will spread like gangrene to all areas of life.

– Destroying all happiness.

Only radical surgery by the Holy Spirit can restore life to what it’s supposed to be.

 

  1. THE ONLY CURE FOR RESENTMENT IS BEING WILLING TO RECEIVE THE

CLEANSING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

A person may rationalize his right for resentment by believing his feelings are justified because of the injuries he’s suffered.

– He may excuse himself by saying resentment is a problem everybody faces.

Psychologist James J. Messina recommends 5 steps to facing and resolving resentful feelings.

  • Identify the source of the resentful feelings and what the person did to cause these feelings,
  • Develop a new way of looking at past, present and future life, including how resentment has affected your life and how letting go of resentment can improve your future,

(3) Write a letter to the person you resent, listing offenses and explaining the           .          circumstances, then forgive and let go of it. (but do not send the letter),

(4) think about a future without the negative impact of resentment,

(5) If resentful feelings still linger, go back to Step 1 and begin again.

This doesn’t change the fact — RESENTMENT IS SIN!

Because of the consequences of resentful feelings they’re dangerous and need to be dealt with.

Like the rotten potato, resentment and bitterness stink!                                                                                                             .   – They make us unusable to God.

– They are contagious to the Church Body.

Resentment poisons relations, and must be handled by introspection and forgiveness.

There’s no solution for sin except forgiveness and cleansing

  • 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Too many let the problem fester.

– Convicted killer, Wesley Dodd:  “Dad wouldn’t come to my concert…………”

Jim Corbett, Man-Eaters of Kumaon — Man -eating tigers — hunted a man-eating tiger with an injured paw that had festered and made it impossible to hunt down other animals — only slow man.

We want to blame others for our resentful feelings, and tell ourselves we have a right to feel this way, but it’s really our choice! — RESENTMENT IS SIN!

– God cures sin when we confess it to Him!

– Why let this emotional cancer eat you when God has the cure?

Stoic boy with fox chewing his entrails…………..

– We want revival! — Revival won’t happen until God cleanses the resentment                     .     and bitterness.

Remember the potato?

– You must get rid of the rot then you’re service will be appetizing, useable, and     contagious.

 

A teacher once told her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they’d refused to forgive in their life’s experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy.

She told them to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night; on the car seat when driving; next to their desk at work …..

The hassle of lugging this around with them demonstrated what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places.

Naturally, the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty slime.

This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves!!

Remember:  14  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

That makes the price too high to continue letting resentment dictate my life!


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The LORD is good

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The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

We are living in very difficult times. Everywhere there is poverty; in almost all levels of society, there are abused children, women, and even pet animals. We have civil wars and proxy wars that never seem to end. In some nations, lawlessness and chaos are a common state of affairs. There are greedy politicians and opportunistic business owners who rip their own countrymen for a quick gain, and many other ills that make it appear that the world is full of evil and there is totally no hope.

But the LORD is good. He is good to all people, in all places, in all situations, and at all times. Even to those who are in pain. Regardless of how things in our lives appear, or how they look, or how we feel, the LORD is good. This is the blessed assurance we have in all circumstances and conditions of our existence. The LORD is good all the time and in every possible way that we can imagine.

According to Biblical Illustrator commentary: “The goodness of God is the perfection of His nature which inclines Him to deal graciously with His creatures…to give out His riches and happiness, and make His creatures partakers of them – as far as their different capacities will admit… This goodness of God is infinite”.

When the Old Testament Bible says “stronghold” [“ma-oz”, in Hebrew], it refers to a fortified place or a fortress. The language conveys the idea of protection and defense. In our verse, God is this refuge to the troubled soul in many ways. The Biblical Illustrator speaks of this stronghold in three (3) different ways:

  1. Keeping impending trouble off
  2. Removing God’s people out of reach of trouble
  3. In most cases, giving God’s people the strength to bear (or carry) their trouble

Those who turn to LORD for safety and refuge is guaranteed protection and sanctuary in His name. The thought that the LORD is good is already a consolation.

God knows His people, those who trust in Him, in a personal and intimate way. In this verse, to trust [“cha-sah”, in Hebrew] means to confide, or to have hope. No matter how dreadful the situation is, the LORD will remain faithful to those who put their trust in Him.

https://benjiebensing.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/the-lord-is-good/

 

VIDEO Metabolic Pathways to God

 

BY FRANK SHERWIN, M.A. *

We read in Genesis 1 how God created the universe and everything in it—from people, animals, and plants to planets and stars. Life is incredibly complex, having been created that way “in the beginning.” Indeed, there is no such thing as “simple” life.1

Metabolic Pathways

God created the majority of life forms as cellular organisms—from single-cell protozoa to huge multicellular creatures such as blue whales. Even bacteria and plants are cellular in nature, despite the unique construction of their cell walls.

In biochemistry, a metabolic pathway is a linked series of chemical reactions occurring within a cell that leads to the formation of one or more functional products. Metabolic pathways are the means living entities use to convert, via enzymes (proteins), one compound into another. Such pathways are found in all living creatures.

A molecule that starts a chemical pathway inside a cell is called a substrate, a substance on which an enzyme acts. Enzymes are also called biological catalysts and are designed to make biochemical reactions proceed with incredible speed. When an enzyme connects with a substrate (reactant molecule), the substrate breaks into two product molecules (products) while the enzyme remains unchanged and immediately connects with another substrate. These reactions occur in a fraction of a second.

In each moment of cell life billions of substrates are transformed into billions of products by billions of enzyme molecules. These reactions are extremely fast, and we can imagine the cell as a viscous environment where these reactions occur in an ordered (and only apparently chaotic) fashion. The whole body of these reactions is called metabolism.2

Cellular pathways begin outside the cell when a ligand (or first messenger) encounters a specific protein detector (or receptor) that is suspended in the plasma (or cell) membrane. A large family of these detectors is called G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs).3 These GPCRs are designed to detect specific biomolecules (ligands) outside the cell and initiate internal signal pathways inside the cell and, ultimately, create cellular responses such as the production of proteins.

Did These Pathways Evolve?

One must ask if these complex and ordered pathways are the result of time, chance, and random processes or the result of plan and purpose. In Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry, the authors state all the GPCR signaling mechanisms “must have arisen early in evolution.”4 But the phrase “must have” is hardly a scientific explanation and fails to describe any form of step-by-step Darwinian origin for this elaborate mechanism. For example, the sense of smell (olfaction) in people and other mammals is due to GPCRs, but “little is known about how olfactory receptors function in mammals, or how this large gene family has evolved in response to different evolutionary challenges.”5

Four years after that statement, the supposed evolution of these fascinating pathways remained unknown. As reported in the Annual Review of Biochemistry, “The emergence of the pathways that now comprise core and central metabolism, or even intermediate metabolism, is particularly enigmatic.”6

Indeed, other evolutionists see the obvious design in these living pathways (albeit without acknowledging the designing Creator) and rightfully compare them to human technology. A parasitology textbook commented on internal cellular reactions in protozoa and “the multitude of other metabolic events that make biochemical pathways look like printed circuits of high-tech electronic equipment.”7

Only God can create life. At the subcellular level, we see the enormous complexity that is the work of His hands, and these pathways lead us to Him.

References

  1. Sherwin, F. Not-So-Simple Plankton. Creation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org December 13, 2018, accessed January 3, 2020.
  2. Fani, R. 2012. The Origin and Evolution of Metabolic Pathways: Why and How did Primordial Cells Construct Metabolic Routes? Evolution: Education and Outreach. 5 (3): 367-381. Emphasis in original.
  3. Sherwin, F. 2006. Those Amazing G Protein Receptors. Acts & Facts. 35 (12).
  4. Nelson, D. and M. Cox. 2017. Principles of Biochemistry, 7th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 459.
  5. Dybas, C. By dark of night, how do bats smell their way to fruit? National Science Foundation Research News. Posted on nsf.org March 3, 2014 accessed January 3, 2020.
  6. Noda-Garcia, L., W. Liebermeister, and D. S. Tawfik. 2018. Metabolite-enzyme coevolution. Annual Review of Biochemistry. 87 (1): 189.
  7. Roberts, L. et al. 2012. Foundations of Parasitology, 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 51.

* Frank Sherwin is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado.

Cite this article: Frank Sherwin, M.A. 2020. Metabolic Pathways to GodActs & Facts. 49 (3).

https://www.icr.org/article/metabolic-pathways-to-god/

VIDEO “I Wanted To Die” Women’s Overcomer Story Will Leave You In Tears

By Billy Hallowell on November 13, 2019

“I wanted to die.”

Brandy teared up as she delivered her heartbreaking story, revealing that the desperation she experienced while incarcerated on drug charges after years of emotional and physical abuse had led her to the brink.

She shared her story as part of PureFlix.com’s “Restored With Missy Robertson,” a digital series that reveals “Duck Dynasty” star Missy Robertson’s life-changing work to help women in crisis.

WATCH: Stream the First Episode of “Restored” for Free Right Now

Laminin is Robertson’s jewelry business where women go to work after they leave jail, escape trafficking, overcome addiction or need a reboot; Brandy was once one of those women.

The former Laminin employee shared her powerful story of unimaginable pain, adversity — and overcoming the odds.

“When I was two, my mom left me on the doorstep of a dope man’s house and she never came back,” she told Robertson. “She left us there on promises that she would come back to pay for the drugs, and she never came back.”

Watch Brandy share her powerful story below:



The drug dealer ended up dropping Brandy and her baby brother off at child services and they were soon adopted by their grandfather. Life was good — until her mom showed up eight years later.

At first, Brandy was intrigued and wanted to get to know who her mother was, so she and her brother ended up moving back in with her. And that’s when life took a dramatic turn for the worse.

“We moved in with her … and that’s when all hell broke loose. We were there for about three days and I was smoking pot,” she said, noting that she was just 10 years old at the time. “And then about two weeks after that … they were tying my hands and feet to the bed and shooting dope into my arms and raping me.”

Things went from bad to worse for Brandy, as the unimaginable abuse continued until she left at age 16.

“They would sell me to the pimp, they would take me to truck stops to provide for their drugs,” she said. “My worth was not very much.”

Brandy said she would go without a shower for days as a child, with sores appearing all over her body from the drugs being shot into her veins.

Life didn’t radically improve when she left home, though, and she eventually found herself living a life of crime and was soon incarcerated.

“I was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine,” Brandy explained. “I went to prison for seven years.”

After her release, she said she fell in love and got pregnant, but quickly realized she was in a terrible and damaging relationship.

Brandy ended up in a battered women’s shelter, and two months after her daughter was born she found herself back in prison.

That’s when she experienced true hopelessness and wanted to die.

“I fought the guards … so I could be in seclusion,” Brandy said, noting that she was alone in confinement for four years. “I had lost my mind. I was throwing feces … I had literally lost my mind … I was eating toilet paper. The things that you see in the psych wards.”

But God had plans to turn everything around. As it turns out, Brandy’s cell was next to a Christian barracks — a location where inmates would wake up every morning singing praises to God.

At first, Brandy set out to torment the women who participated, cussing, yelling and pounding on the walls when they went to sleep. But it did little to dissuade them.

“No matter how bad I beat and how bad I banged they’d wake up in the morning anyway still singing praises to Him,” she said.

Watch Missy and Jase Robertson tell their Laminin story below:



A female chaplain eventually approached Brandy and spoke faith into her life. But it wasn’t until she got out of lockdown that she truly had an epiphany about God’s love — and it was all sparked by some love given to her by fellow inmates in the Christian barracks.

“When I got out of the lockdown the people that I was trying to disrupt all that time let me come in there. … and they knew that I was the crazy lady that was beating and banging,” she said. “I walked in it was like everyone was holding their arms open. I’m like, ‘This is prison and I’ve never felt more free.'”

Brandy eventually got out of prison and desperately wanted to change her life, with her daughter serving as her main motivation.

She eventually came to Laminin, where she worked with Robertson and got her life on track. Now, she says she’s “a blood-bought child of God.”

“I am free,” Brandy proclaimed.

Watch the entire “Restored With Missy Robertson” series right now on PureFlix.com to see what the Robertsons are up to after “Duck Dynasty” and explore some truly powerful stories centered on faith and radical recovery.

https://insider.pureflix.com/movies/i-wanted-to-die-womans-overcomer-story-will-leave-you-in-tears?

Dennis Prager: The present moment has set blacks back a half-century

June 30, 2020 | Dennis Prager

According to the make-believe world of the left, we are experiencing a great moment in American racial history. For the first time, the story goes, more whites than ever are coming to realize how racist America is, how racist cops are and how systemically racist everything in America is. Only now do many Americans understand just how racist Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, Ulysses Grant, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, “whitening” agents, meritocracy, Western culture, Christianity, jailing Blacks and the NFL are. The bestselling book in America is about alleged “white fragility” — the term for any rational response to the irrational charge that all whites are racist.

All this is supposed to be good for America’s Blacks.

But none of it is. In fact, it is all destructive.

Take the movement to defund police departments and the incessant charges of “police brutality” and “racist police.” Only those who don’t care about Blacks other than using them to advance their power — Democrats and the rest of the left, both Black and white — argue this war against the police is good for Blacks. Already the increase in the number of Blacks murdered, not to mention injured, is reaching levels unseen in decades. And there is every reason to assume, as police pull back from high-crime areas, it will get worse.

Take the left-wing mantra that all whites are racist. If I wanted to obstruct Black progress, and especially damage Black children, I couldn’t come up with a more effective idea. To believe from early childhood that you walk through life held in contempt by all of your fellow citizens who are white is to walk through life with much more than a chip on your shoulder. It is more like a heavy boulder.

It means that you will walk through life with two paralyzing burdens: anger and victimhood. Either one is enough to ruin your life. Combined they’re devastating. It gives one an idea of how cynical the left is that it would want to cultivate both of these life-ruining emotions in as many Blacks as possible.

Anger and victimhood not only ruin the individual’s life but also destroy one’s relationships with others. Everyone who has an angry individual in their family knows not only how unhappy that person is but also how much havoc they wreak on the rest of the family. The same holds true for the relative who sees him or herself as a perpetual victim. Such people are both miserable and miserable to be around. And since victimhood is a major cause of evil — people who see themselves as victims usually think they are not nearly as bound by moral rules as others are — they are more likely to hurt others.

The “protesters” who destroy and loot think their victim status allows them to destroy and loot. The man identified as the president of the greater New York Black Lives Matter, Hawk Newsome, recently told Fox News: “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right? And I could be speaking … figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”

In a report yesterday on a police shooting of a robber who resisted arrest and reached for an object in his waistband, the San Diego Union-Tribune quoted a protest organizer: “If this young man was robbing, that means his state and his government failed to provide him with the resources he needs.” When you feel you are a victim, you are allowed to rob.

Take the constant, often absurd, charges of racism at the most benign comments. If you say, for example, that you see nothing wrong with the picture of Uncle Ben on a box of rice, you will be accused of racism. As a result, most whites understand they can no longer speak truthfully or from the heart in the presence of a Black American. It is hard to imagine a worse recipe for genuine relationships between the races. Whereas the great majority of whites, and even most Blacks, thought white-Black relations were good and improving when Barack Obama assumed office, a minority of both groups think so today.

Take the assault on merit-based advancement in the name of racial equality. Will this help or hinder Blacks? It will obviously help some Blacks in the short run. But over the long term, telling any group they needn’t meet a universal standard of excellence can only harm that group — not to mention harm the way their success will be viewed by others. Moreover, it is difficult to imagine a more condescending view of a group than to argue that standards must be lowered for them to succeed.

The damage the left is doing to America may be mortal. When it is widely deemed OK to destroy statues of Abraham Lincoln, society is experiencing a moral earthquake which may eventually destroy it. But the damage the left is doing to so many Blacks — to their moral compass, to their happiness and to their relations with their white fellow citizens — is not in the realm of “may do.” It is done.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” came to theaters fall 2019. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.

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Dennis Prager, one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts, has been broadcasting in Los Angeles since 1982. Dennis Prager’s popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9am to 12pm (Pacific Time), 12pm to 3pm (Eastern) from his home station, KRLA.

 

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