This was sent to me by my son. He’s come through many hard trials and storms in his life, but I am very proud of him and grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for what He’s done in my son’s life.
“I was reflecting on my life today and all the dreams that I have been able to live. The final pages remain unturned but the book is a little tattered.
There are people who say they have read Gods word and I feel sorry if that is all they have received. I have felt Gods word! Only people who have can truly understand what that really means. These are not just words on paper, They are life, knowledge, wisdom, instructions and letters of Love to his Children.
When you read something does it change your whole life, your very being? Gods words can if you open your heart and eyes to see.
Jesus said, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” It is true that I have never seen the Father or the Son but I feel their hand on me almost everyday, and if I don’t, it’s probably because I’m not listening. The whole world tried to drown out our connection to God with the constant background noise and busywork that we claim is our life. Truly we are in school, building our character, being tested. What is important, the passing breeze of our lives here on earth or an eternity with our creator? We chose wrongly more often than not.
Do we love our family, our friends, our passions but spend so little time with the one who loves us the most! Our final test is coming and no man knows the day, but that comes and will we regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did do? Our Lord is very patient and forgiving with us, but just like any Father, I don’t think he wants to be forgotten, lest he has to humble us once again to remind us of who we are.
I had initially started to write this to show the blessing of all the dreams that I have been allowed to live and they have been many, but each man has his path and days and some changed the world and some on us merely existed. Hopefully we were able to smile a lot and develop a character that God would find pleasing. Let us not forget who’s children we are and give thanks and rejoice that we have been chosen to feel God.”
“A Catholic believes that the message of the early church and the Catholic church is the same. However the salvation message proclaimed by the Apostles Peter, Paul and John, and the early believers was that of grace through faith. It was not salvation in any church but in the person of in Jesus Christ the Lord. Many bible believers have not really analyzed the history of the early church. It is therefore of great importance to study the history and message of the early church. This is done in this documented professional DVD. Kindly make this DVD known to others and we would appreciate your comments on the website as it is posted.” Videos broadcasting 24/7 at http://www.mogulus.com/for_catholics_…
The Biblical Uncovering of the Pope and the Papacy (Papacy is the Antichrist) by Richard Bennett
Sounds a little extreme doesn’t it? Perhaps even to many evangelical Christians, including myself, who’ve pondered the who and what is, that person or persons named, “The Antichrist” in the bible. But, the present Pope, and all the Popes who’ve gone before him? How can this be of the Pope whom all Catholics acknowledge as the Holy Father?
Catholics and some evangelicals alike may be offended at the extremity of this statement, and turn away from hearing the message of this former Catholic priest. But for those sincerely seeking to know the truth, I would urge you to hear the speaker out, even if it’s only to challenge what he’s saying. And then decide for yourself, as I did, if there is merit in his message.
To Catholics, let me say I do not post these messages out of animosity toward the Catholic people, but rather out of love for you and for the Truth. I urge you to listen to the message of Richard Bennett, and then to begin searching out for yourselves the truth of the matter. Study the history of the Catholic Church; not from Catholic sources, but from other historical records.
Most of all, I would urge you to begin studying the Bible, earnestly, perhaps for the first time, and compare the scriptures with the teachings of the Catholic Church. I pray that your eyes will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit to see that salvation is by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins and shed His blood that you and I might be saved.
The Catholic Church teaches that no one can call God his father who has not made the church his mother.
The bible teaches the opposite… speaking of Jesus:
” Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
I pray that God the only Holy Father will draw you to Jesus Christ, for truly, no man comes to Jesus unless the Father draws them. The heavenly Father, not any man, the Pope, Mary, or any church.
“Jesus said “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44)
Finally, who is this former Catholic priest, Richard Bennett? His testimony, which I believe is valid and bears witness to the truth is here:
Now, in the case of my girlfriend, she has been in crisis for the past year, because of her abusive husbands increasingly wild and abusive verbal behavior. This distressing behavior has escalated since his retirement last year, and he can hang around the house and point out to my friend that she is the cause of his misery and unhappiness.
However, things have taken a turn for the worse in the last month and a half when he started threatening suicide. This panicked my friend who tried to reason with him and beg him not to hurt himself. He seemed to like that. So, then he dusted off his old hand gun and began waving it around and pointing it at his head, and screaming at her, “I’m going to do this right in front of you so you can watch”….and “You don’t think I’ll do it, do you”. Mind you, this was a loaded pistol he was brandishing, not a wooden spoon.
Unfortunately, my friend continues to live in the home. As a Christian, she is reluctant to leave the home in spite of my advice and her own children’s advice that she needs to. Where serious verbal abuse has gone on for a number of years, with no change in sight, it’s time for a separation in my opinion setting some boundaries, along with a lengthy time limit for the abusive party to change… or no deal. Letting him, know, that without change there will be no reconciliation.
But in the case of threats with loaded guns, that indeed is a deal breaker and time for the abused party to get out of Dodge. My friends abusive spouse, remember, has accused her of being the cause of his misery and the guilty party. However, when she says she will leave, he hauls out the gun again and says if she leaves he’ll shoot himself. Huh? How does that work? If he hated her that bad wouldn’t he be glad when she left. No, it’s all manipulation. And it’s what’s called the “cycle of violence”.
Right now, he’s settled down and is mild and gentle as a little lamb. Docile and hasn’t lifted a trigger finger in the last week or so. I was wondering why I hadn’t gotten any SOS calls from her as I usually do when he’s on a rampage. Today I found out why. He’s sick. Yes, he is sick and my little friend has been nurturing him back to health with comfort foods and lots of TLC and prayers. So that he can what? Be physically healed so he can go on his next rampage.
It’s so predictable with these two, and nothing is going to change unless she makes the move and leaves the house, when he’s not looking, and before he gets a chance to haul out the gun again.
The moral of this story for any of you women going through this cycle of violence is that abusers won’t change as long as they have an enabler, or a strong reason to change. That will not happen with you in the house still buying into threats and feeding them chicken soup and comfort food, playing in to their manipulation.
What this abusive man needs is serious repentance and giving his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Not mental “therapy” per se.
Sometimes secular therapists get it right! We should all learn as Christians to be able to say no when needed, and mean it. There are going to be those distressing times when someone is putting it to us in the way of barging in on our boundaries, not being sensitive to our personal feelings, needs, time, or even what may be God’s will for our lives in an attempt to have their own way with us. As a dear brother pointed out today that even Jesus wasn’t “nice” to His detractors all the time.
Setting boundaries can apply to Christian relationships of all kinds, in church, in family relationships or friendships and….in marriages.
The good news is that we can say no in a firm but godly way and not have to feel guilty about it as if we’ve done something to displease our Lord.
Being coerced into doing something against our will is a type of manipulation, and subtle form of bullying and would be nothing more than spiritual abuse if you stop to think about it.
There is not a more controversial topic in the body of Christ than the idea which says Christians struggle from time to time with sin. From the moment of someone’s salvation, they are told, and rightly so, that salvation has been made complete because the person has made Christ their savior and they have placed their trust into the finished work of salvation. (Romans 10:9) But do Christians still continue to sin? Or do they merely struggle with sin?
The first question that needs to asked is, what IS sin? By pure definition, sin is an act, whether mental or physical that violates God’s moral law. The word says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23. So we know that each of us, believer or unbeliever, all have fallen into sin and come short of God’s perfected glory. But what happens after…
Let me preface this post by saying I wasn’t saved when Jimmy Swaggart was in his hey day. In fact, I was only vaguely aware of the name. Shortly after my conversion, I remember standing in front of the TV watching this guy bawling into the TV cameras. My tender, newly saved heart was moved with emotion and sympathy for him. Little did I know at the time, one of the biggest superstars and icons of Christendom of that era, had just got gotten caught with his pants down, so to speak. Hence, the national TV confessional, with tears streaming down his face, and the never to be forgotten words, “I have sinned”.
I had a Christian friend at that time who told me that she had been a devoted Jimmy Swaggart fan for years, but when he “fell from grace”, she thought if Jimmy Swaggart can fall, how…
I’ve always loved this beautiful song by Sandi Patty. Traditionally, the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem was the way that the Lord Jesus took on His way to the Cross. Now, they say that He may have taken another route. But does it really matter which path He went? The important issue is that He did, willingly, in obedience to the Father, for you, and me, and us all.
Years ago, I remember reading a National Geographic that had a pictorial article about the yearly observance of Christians walking down the Via Dolorosa in observance of the path they believe the Lord Jesus Christ took on His way to Calvary where He would be crucified. I read, someone cried out from one of the windows above on the street, “They believe, they believe!”. Somehow, I felt those words were prophetically uttered under the unction of the Holy Spirit.. I’ve never forgotten them.
Whether the crowd truly believed they were following the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ is actually irrelevant. What does it prove after all that is of any spiritual value? It was that “They believe, they believe!” which was the touchstone of their faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Heb.11-1
an astonishing verse when you think about it…
Funny how that works, but it’s true. Without faith, trying to believe in God would be like sitting in a car without an engine and wondering why you couldn’t get anywhere, must less, being able to receive anything from God. I suppose that’s why atheists struggle and weigh themselves down in their unbelief…… and only hear the sound of crickets chirping.
Is truth important? Are strongly held beliefs harmless if they contradict what is plainly true? Could Christ be a saviour if he was a sinner? Is God sinless? All fair questions that need answers.
I have known people with ten bibles who were the worst example of christians, and I have seen catholics appear heads and shoulders above christians. There is no bull’s eye on any religion, but let God be true.
Belonging to a sect is neither approval or denial of God’s favor, but ‘what think ye of Christ,’ ah that is the question. My main concern here is Mariolatry, and that surely can have an effect on ones allegiance to God.
Papal decrees have given Mary the claim of being born sinless, also known as the Immaculate Conception. Many have wrongly thought this term was given to her motherhood…