A Vital Necessity

Have you ever sat down and considered what’s important in your life?

 

 

by Pastor Ray Patrick

 

Have you ever sat down and considered what’s important in your life? What do you consider to be vital or a necessity? What can’t you live without? Most of us would say food, water and shelter. Yes, you need those things to exist, but we can’t really live unless our minds and hearts are set on seeking the Lord who is the giver of life.

Sure, you can exist without a knowledge of God, but you can’t live without Him giving you the breath you need to stay alive, but if that’s all you want from God what’s the point? He has much more in store for you. Besides, you are called to more than just mere existence; you are called to live — to thrive — to enjoy your life abundantly!

Today, set your mind beyond mere existence, set your heart on seeking the Lord for all He has for you! Write down your needs and wants, match them up to God’s promises in scriptures, commit them to memory. Whenever you can, think about those verses. Meditate on God and His infinite love. When you see the Lord as a vital necessity in and for your life, you will truly live and enjoy the abundant life He has in store for you! Hallelujah!

“Set your mind and heart to seek (inquire of and require as your vital necessity) the Lord your God…”

(1 Chronicles 22:19, AMPC)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, today I choose to set my mind on You. Father, I need You not just for existence, but to truly live, therefore I seek You with my whole heart. God, please show me Your love and character today as You meet my needs and supply my wants. Lord, show me Your ways that I may walk and live close to You, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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Can Life Be Limited For God’s Child?

Oct 16, 2019

 

📝: GOD LOVES A PURE CONSCIENCE ❤️

When a child of God lives life based on their convictions(faith), according to the Word of God, he/she is pleasing to God.

Now the question is why should one live according to His Word? Because God set us free from the clutches of sin, the enemy, sickness and death and purchased us with His own blood. The freedom we received in Christ is spiritual and supernatural. It is the highest standard which mankind could ever imagine because Jesus Himself died, was buried and rose again from the dead to save us from death.

But there are times when we feel limited? When is that? When we desire the things of the flesh and in turn become burdened with life; or in other words when we become carnally minded. Secondly , also when we work under organisational and institutional rules, we feel limited. Any rule bound to be followed and isn’t liable to change, becomes tough in the long run.

The fact of the matter is — Everything in this world is limited. As children of God, the freedom we have received in Jesus will always have its challenges as we journey onwards. The more we desire to live by faith the more the opposition increases. The corruption in the world, the presence of evil and selfish desires will always make us feel limited. Therefore we must learn to set our expectations correctly.

Also, know who you belong to. Walk in the freedom of your faith. Let God be pleased with your living and giving. Give freely. May Gods Grace abound in us always!

Be blessed

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Authorities link Bibles and porn in communist campaign

New Chinese attacks blasted as ‘slanderous to God’

Chinese Communist Party authorities long have sought to suppress religious faith, from arrests and detentions of leaders to wholesale destruction of places of worship.

Now they’re trying a mind game, linking Bibles to pornography with the apparent hope that society’s general disgust with one will lead to rejection of the other.

Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China, reports that in a campaign “to eradicate pornography and illegal publications,” the state is targeting religious venues and imposing more bans on publications.

Bitter Winter points out that controlling free speech and the printed word is one of the ways the Communist Party has suppressed religious belief.

Since March 2018, “online and retail sales of Bibles have been banned in China, and hymn books or other spiritual readings aren’t allowed in churches unless sanctioned and published by the government.”

In August, posters promoting the campaign to “eradicate pornography and illegal publications” were put up in Fengzhuang Three-Self Church, a congregation of the government-controlled national church in Zhengzhou city in the central province of Henan.

“The government’s campaign to ‘eradicate pornography and illegal publications’ has actually swept into churches. This is slanderous to God!” one of the church’s workers told Bitter Winter.

“This isn’t just slanderous, but is a trap laid by the devil to make people mistakenly believe that there is a severe problem with the church’s ethos,” another said.

Bitter Winter reported that earlier in the month, the Religious Affairs Bureau of Zhengzhou city’s Erqi district “convened a meeting of the persons in charge of religious venues, demanding them to display information promoting the campaign against illegal publications in their places of worship.”

In an open letter, the Chongyang county government in the province of Huebei warned that “dark and evil forces” and “pornography and illegal religious publications” are associated with religious belief.

Such “harmful information” is described as anything that would “weaken, distort, or negate the “party’s leadership or China’s socialist system.”

Included are sermons, religious publications and Bibles.

“Many believers have reported that the Three-Self churches to which they belong have been subjected to sudden inspections by the government. All newspapers, hymnbooks, gospel leaflets, and especially Bibles that weren’t published and printed by the state were confiscated and even burned,” the report said.

A church in Shenyang city was fined $1,400 when South Korean Bibles were found.

Fox News reported Marco Respinti, the director-in-charge of the Italian-based Bitter Winter, said the Communist Party is using “very tricky, subtle cultural warfare” to combat the church in China.

“Sometimes the CCP says you’re allowed to have religious materials in the state-controlled church, but then they stop people, so it’s contradictory,” Respinti said. “They are trying to control all of culture, and religion is a huge part of people’s culture. So they’re trying not only to stop people’s public expression of religion but they are also trying to go into personal things — beliefs — they are trying to indoctrinate people through these banning of religious materials.”

 

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VIDEO Kanye West Brings Sunday Service to Houston Jail: ‘This Is a Mission, Not a Show’

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HANNAH BLEAU 16 Nov 2019

Rap superstar and fashion mogul Kanye West brought his famous Sunday Service to inmates in a Houston, Texas, jail this week, describing the effort as a “mission, not a show.”

The Jesus Is King artist appeared at the Harris County Jail this week with his choir and performed for inmates. The visit came ahead of West’s expected appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, slated for Sunday.

“On this date, @kanyewest visits @HCSOTexas jail system. ‘This is a mission, not a show’- Kanye,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. “@kanyewest visited us today. I know he has a busy weekend in H-Town surrounding his visit to @lakewoodchurch, so appreciate him and his choir spending time with us. #HouNews.”

Jason Spencer, Public Affairs Director for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, posted a series of photos, showing inmates praying, demonstratively moved by the moment.

Kanye West is expected to attend Lakewood’s 11 a.m. service on Sunday and hold his Sunday Service performance at the church at 7 p.m., local media reports.

The Grammy-winner and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump brought his Sunday Service to Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this month, where 1,000 attendees dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ, according to Crossroads Church Pastor Curvine Brewington, who detailed what he witnessed in an Instagram post.

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Tonight, @candacebrewington & I got to experience Kanye West’s Sunday Service at @bethany_church in Baton Rouge. If you’ve ever doubted the legitimacy or spiritual impact of this #sundayservice project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @the.smitan during the altar call. YES, I said ALTAR CALL. 😲 Tonight, worship was lifted, the name of Christ was exalted, the Word of God was preached, a multitude prayed together, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and an opportunity to respond was given. In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, i witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior! 😱🙌🏾 Say what you want, & think what you want…. But trust me when I tell you – The Spirit of the Living God was indeed present. I danced, wept, stood in awe of God’s redemptive work, & can honestly say that tonight I witnessed a new wave of REVIVAL first hand. #Jesusisking • Isaiah 43:19 “Behold I do a NEW thing. • 1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. • #excited #inspired 📸 @the.smitan

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West’s commitment to Christianity prompted the American Bible Society (ABS) to hand out 1,000 free Bibles to those interested in Christianity, launching an initiative called “Bibles for Kanye Fans.”

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VIDEO ‘VeggieTales’ Creator Continues to Make Learning Scripture Fun

 

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FRESH VEGGIES
Phil Vischer, filmmaker, and creator of VeggieTales is back with 18 brand-new episodes of VeggieTales. The first episode, The Best Christmas Gift will be released on October 22nd on DVD and digital. They will also be releasing six new songs from The Best Christmas Gift on digital album and more on November 1st. This is the first Christmas show since 2014. The remaining episodes will be released over the next three years in a partnership between Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Big Ideas Content Group, and NBCUniversal.  The new series has a new format in Mr. Nezzer’s theater, and the message Phil wants to get across to kids is that God is with us. Other shows he is writing are on the Fruits of the Spirit.

Phil created Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber when he was only a 25-year-old Chicago-based computer animator, searching for ways to integrate filmmaking and his faith.  With the help of his wife, Lisa, his buddy Mike Nawrocki from college, two art school grads and his church’s music director, Kurt Heinecke, VeggieTales videos made it into a third of all American households with young children.

At the peak of Phil’s success, things took a downturn.  Over-aggressive expansion coupled with a lawsuit from a former distributor forced Phil’s company, Big Idea Productions, into bankruptcy in 2003.  Unfortunately, Phil lost everything—his company, his characters, and his dream.  But he didn’t lose his relationship with God.  On the contrary, losing everything showed Phil that God was all he had ever needed in the first place.   Phil found himself with a ministry he never expected – a ministry to anyone who has lost a dream.  He detailed the dramatic rise and fall of his dream and the lessons learned in his book, Me, Myself & Bob.

Since the bankruptcy of Big Idea Productions, Phil has produced What’s in the Bible? – a 13-part DVD series walking families all the way through from Genesis to Revelation, explaining the origins, meaning, and some of the “trickier bits” of the world’s most influential book.  Phil is also a frequent radio guest on Family Life Radio, Focus on the Family, Moody Radio and others.

BIBLE FOR KIDS Just this month, Phil has published his first children’s Bible entitled, Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids. Phil explains, “We haven’t explained to kids that they’re part of a bigger story. The gospel has been turned so often into just tips for a better marriage, or tips to get through college without becoming an atheist. So, kids are running to the Avengers, they’re running to Harry Potter, they’re running to Star Wars. They want to be part of a big story, and we’ve lost the ability to excite them that the gospel is a big story. That’s what I’ve been trying to do with my most recent projects: Let’s all tell the big story of the Bible and get kids excited about it again.”

From Genesis to Revelation, this Bible also includes resources like the printed book, e-book, audiobook, videos, music, Sunday school materials, and a downloadable parents guide.

 

https://www1.cbn.com/veggietales-creator-continues-make-learning-scripture-fun

 

What Does Hell Say About God?

The Truth Many Cannot Bear to Hear

 

by Greg Morse Staff writer, desiringGod.org

 

As children, we love stories. We lie in bed, or curl up on our parent’s knee, as the voice of our mother or father takes us into fictional worlds. We explore Where the Wild Things Are. We join the inquiry, Are You My Mother? We doff our hats with Babar, learn life lessons from Charlotte’s Web, stand with outstretched arms towards The Giving Tree. We wonder what Green Eggs and Ham actually taste like.

Then we grow older. But hopefully not too old to pass through wardrobes into Narnia, or dig our five-by-five Holes with Stanley Yelnats, or live in them with The Hobbit. We might imagine seeing color the first time with The Giver or soaring on a Nimbus 2000 with the boy bearing the thunderbolt scar. We humans are creatures of story.

As such, we are born with a unique skill: the ability to detect off-notes in narrative. Like the wrong key struck on the piano. Little ones tell their dad, “That’s not how it’s supposed to go!” But sadly, many hear God’s story, and give the same protest when he reads that chapter which spans eternity.

Truth Some Hearts Can’t Bear

As many wrestle with the existence of hell — or as we ourselves wrestle with it — that innate sense resurfaces. Many read, “These will go away into eternal punishment” — to be tormented with fire and sulfur, day and night, without any reprieve or rest, forever (Matthew 25:46Revelation 14:9–11) — and reflexively say, “That’s not how it’s supposed to go.” They shake their heads, How is that a good story? Such try to rescue us from orthodoxy with Rob Bell, who writes,

Telling a story about a God who inflicts unrelenting punishment on people because they didn’t do or say or believe the correct things in a brief window of time called life isn’t a very good story. (Love Wins, 110)

For Bell and company, the lack of a happily ever after for all — or even most — sounds off. Even annihilation, to them, seems like a better ending. A God that would punish humans for an eternity is devastating, crushing, unbearable, traumatizing, terrifying, cruel, wrong, untenable, unacceptable, awful, unlovable. Hear it from Bell, this God is a being that no amount of good music or coffee can cover.

“Heaven will not be heaven without the reminder of God’s righteous condemnation.”

The challenge, then, is not to merely prove the existence of hell from one’s exegesis, but to answer why God’s story is better than we would have authored — because it is. We must try to reason with the heart, for Jesus taught us an extraordinary truth when he exposed that the mind will misunderstand what the heart detests: “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word” (John 8:43). So it is with many today when considering hell.

Four Truths About Hell

We should not come to this subject lightly. We are talking about a real hell for real people for a real eternity. A place it would have been better to never have been born than to enter. A place of fire. Punishment. Banishment. Outer darkness. Curse. Destruction. Anguish. Second death. A place where worms feast, strong men weep, and teeth gnash. The four letters describe an unending punishment for those we have, for a brief time, known.

How Paul considered the lostness of his kinsmen, and how Jesus lamented the unbelief of Israel teaches that we need not lay aside our love for the lost in discussing the eternal lostness being an appropriate punishment for their sin. Consider four truths.

1. Who Will Be in Hell

The first consideration is clarifying what sort of creature will be under God’s wrath forever. The little old lady who has shown herself to be a selfless, gentle, patient, forgiving, and amiable neighbor may have a quaint funeral. But the person eulogized is not the person who she truly was nor who she will show herself to be in eternity to come. God has hidden her from us. At death, God repossesses all borrowed virtue, the full torrent of her wicked heart is unleashed. She will be fully given over to her sin (Romans 1:242628).

The hatred of God, the impatience, the lustful thoughts, the greed, the slander, the viciousness, all will stampede forth. The evil that showed itself in seed form on earth will grow to be forests. The light of common grace will fade from her, and she will be given to the darkness which she so loved (John 3:19). Her full depravity, now exposed, will cause the saints who cared most for her on earth to shudder. Sin, fully enthroned, dehumanizes.

We can see ungodliness ripen in our own life span. Little Adolf, sleeping in his crib, becomes Hitler. Jezebel casts aside her dolls to slay prophets. But these do not compare with the change to be seen when hearts fully harden, and they’re faced with the Master they hate. God cut down our life span to prevent such ripening (Genesis 6:3). While citizens of heaven are their most fallen on earth, citizens of hell are their most human.

John casts a ray of light upon the tormented in the book of Revelation. These creatures will still hate God, still curse the name of our Lord, still blaspheme the Holy Spirit who eternally dwells within us — even while under the pain of judgment.

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds. (Revelation 16:8–11)

Between gnawing themselves in anguish, they still move their chewed tongues to curse our God. “Immortal horrors,” C.S. Lewis rightly called them. Preferring to be scorched than saved, they will share the fate of their father, the devil. What fellowship shall children of light share with these creatures when both are seen as they truly will be?

2. What Hell Says About God

Some, like Bell, believe that God cannot be glorified in hell. “The belief that untold masses of people suffering forever doesn’t bring God glory. Restoration brings God glory; eternal torment doesn’t. Reconciliation brings God glory; endless anguish doesn’t. Renewal and return cause God’s greatness to shine through the universe; never-ending punishment doesn’t” (Love Wins, 108).

Behold the wisdom of man. To which the apostle Paul responds,

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory — even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? (Romans 9:22–24)

Hell, like all of creation, tells of the glory of God. Bell says it doesn’t; God says it most certainly does. The Almighty is not embarrassed by it. God’s righteous vengeance against those who exchanged his glory and rejected him for a lifetime will not be conducted in back alleys. He shows his wrath and makes known his power. Why? In order to communicate the full riches of his glory to his children.

Contrary to how we might write redemption’s story, the lake of fire warms us with the reminder that our God is powerful, righteously severe, and abundantly merciful toward his own. Heaven will not be heaven, in God’s perfect plan, without the reminder of God’s righteous condemnation — this beyond, even, eternally exposing the scars of Christ. We will be sobered. We will be amazed. We will be thankful for God’s mercy to us.

“Hell, like all of creation, tells of the glory of God. The Almighty is not embarrassed by it.”

The unredeemed hate this. They begin to gnash their teeth already. Starting with men as the end of all things, they will not allow God the right of his deity: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Romans 9:15). They show how presumptuous the creature can be when he tells God that he must save all men; when they are shocked — not that God would have mercy on any, but that he won’t show blood-bought mercy to all.

3. What Hell Says About Christ

In all discussions of hell, we must remember that God the Son knows it better than anyone else ever will — including all submerged in it forever. A thousand lifetimes later, no closer to the end than when they began, they shall not inch any closer to saying those words we find upon the Savior’s lips in the Gospels: “It is finished!” (John 19:30). With all the torment they experience, they remain but near the surface of that burning lake which Christ, out of love for his people, plunged to the bottom.

When Paul, the apostle who experienced unceasing anguish for his unsaved kinsmen (Romans 9:1–3) and labored for their salvation (Romans 10:1–4), considered the refusal of the creature to his Lord’s hell-assuming love, he said, “If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!” (1 Corinthians 16:22). In other words, when he considered the refused proposal of Jesus Christ — who did not merely stoop to one knee to ask but stooped to the grave — he said, it is proper for such a one to be damned.

Did the King of glory travel from the celestial throne to a beastly stable to the garbage dump of a cross to submerge under the fire of God’s wrath — to be rejected by ants who prefer their lusts, appetites, and self to him? What must be the result when a world scrolls past the King of glory for lives of pornography and ESPN? Hell. God calls to the angels, “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate. . . . They have forsaken me [and now my Son], the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:12–13). Hades testifies that preferring anything to Christ — not hell itself — is eternally horrifying.

4. What We Learn from Fairy Tales

Perhaps we should pay more attention to our children’s stories. The pattern is familiar: The pristine kingdom falls, the land is cursed, evil gains the upper hand. This sets the stage for the hero to defy the curse, and, at great cost to himself (self-sacrifice), conquer the dragon, ushering in the last state that surpasses the first — the light shining best for those who have seen darkness.

Yet remember how these stories end: the witch, the monster, the evil king and his henchmen, stand vanquished and banished from the kingdom. Have you ever witnessed a child cry for them? No child I have known protests the demise of Scar, Lord Voldemort, or the Witch-king of Angmar. While the analogy breaks down, as all analogies inevitably do, we should still ask why that is. Because we know the rightness of the villains being punished. We just don’t like the fact that we — and those we love — are by nature the villains of the narrative.

Both Old and New Testament writers exalt in something peculiar to our modern ears: God, the man of war, slaying his enemies. Modern man, made more in the image of secular humanism than the Holy One of Israel, wonders, Singing about God’s drowning of Pharaoh’s army in the sea — how can this be? (Exodus 15). Our spiritual ancestors celebrated God’s holiness, his power, and his love to save his people from their enemies — while the Egyptians deemed him unlovable.

“We are talking about a real hell for real people for a real eternity.”

But is this heartless? Unfeeling? Will we not be able to enjoy heaven while ones we knew are in hell? God’s Book, along with the fairy tales and great epics, teaches us that the death of the wicked defines romances and comedies, not tragedies. One day, the lake of fire will be filled, the evil warlord and all his minions will be conquered, and we will celebrate our King’s victory over those who cursed his Son’s name and devoured his people.

When we consider the story of eternity, we must silence that carnal protest that throws God in the dock to give his defense before our felt sensibilities. He is the potter; we are the clay. He is all-wise; we are all-foolish, apart from him. He is the Judge of the world; he will surely do right. And right includes hell; the casting of Sauron and his orcs into the utter darkness of Mount Doom. In so doing, he communicates the full range of his power and glory to his people, the full loveliness of his Son, and the perfect harmony of his purpose and plan — of which the redeemed will not detect a single off-note.

These major Christian churches say same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda stops at their front doors

Won’t allow ceremonies in their facilities

Oct 26, 2019

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Many Christian denominations officially celebrate same-sex marriage, even though marriage is defined in the Bible as the union of a man and a woman.

They include the Friends General Conference, Metropolitan Community Church, National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal church.

In the United Kingdom, the Church of England, the Church in Wales, the Scottish Episcopal Church and others have adopted it.

But in Northern Ireland, all of the major churches have stated their opposition, the Belfast Telegraph reported

“The Church of Ireland, Methodist Church of Ireland and Presbyterian Church in Ireland all stated that they will only celebrate marriages between a man and a woman,” the report said. “The Catholic Church expressed its concerns at the ‘redefinition’ of marriage, but did not comment directly on whether it would hold same-sex wedding ceremonies on its properties.”

The report explained marriages between same-sex couples are no longer illegal in Northern Ireland after legislation passed by Westminster came into effect at midnight on Monday.

However, a spokesman for the Church of Ireland stated that weddings taking place in one of its churches or conducted by one of its ministers will only celebrate unions between men and women.

The church official said: “The Church of Ireland affirms, according to our Lord’s teaching, that marriage is in its purpose a union permanent and lifelong, for better or worse, till death do them part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side.”

The report explained Rev. Jim Stothers, the deputy clerk of the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly, said his denomination will continue to “hold the scriptural basis of marriage.”

He said the church includes in every marriage ceremony the statement: “Since the beginning of creation God, in His gracious purpose, provided marriage as the accepted way in which a man and a woman may come together as husband and wife.”

Stothers said the secular imposition of same-sex marriage “does not change that.”

The Christian Institute in the U.K. noted it previously has warned that “no consideration” has been given to those who respectfully disagree with same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

“Free speech protections that have been won over many years must be put in place in Northern Ireland,” warned Institute Director Colin Hart.

 

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