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Jan 29, 2013

Why I left my Church

I left my church two years ago because they loved to believe the lie rather than the truth. They are scared by September 11 rather than have faith in God. Now many Christians worldwide want to play God themselves and they support the liberals in any religion, just because they fear those who believe that God reveals himself in a book. So they want to get rid of true believers of all sorts who do (Jews, Muslims, Christians) who are in their way for a world they can rule themselves and where they do not have to ask God for anything anymore, and I have the feeling that they are doing this by all means. I have no idea how far they might go. WE Christians, however, need to keep the faith and hold on until the end. We were not promised a rose garden on earth. We were promised it would be rough, and also that we would be send among wolves. I will never accept them in the flock ever. They steal, rob and murder. 

I am really sad for all the lost, but at least I can say that their blood is not on my hands. I have warned them all to open themselves to strange forms of New Age meditation - but they all fell prey to that apart from my Bible study group - I rejected doing that - so they knew whom to filter out. ;-) Now they have a new pastor who has even cited from the Koran in a TV service of the national TV station to please his muslim brothers and sisters. Their tolerance knows no borders - they just hate and bully their Christian brothers and sisters who still believe. They bully them out of their churches - no problem. But you see, it is their choice, and I have to respect it, just as God will accept their choice. I can only highly recommend to all Christian believers to stick together more than ever. Praise God we have the possibilities for that.

Strong delusion? Oh yes, and it is sad.

What is the Bible for me?

The Bible is more to me than just stories: It is God's Word and the truth.

Unfortunately there are tendencies today that want to see only stories in the Bible and they reject that it is God's Word. The problem: if it was not, we would not need any faith. We can watch enough stories on TV or in the cinema every day. We could leave it with ethics and morality. That is why so many people run away from the churches in bundles. Why should they pay for that? They think they are good enough already...
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Jan 26, 2013

Quiz Time... Salvation



Salvation is...

a) ... a Covenant between man and God
b) ... of the LORD
c) ... granted to everybody

You can find the solution at the end of this post after the picture.
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There is the Old and New Covenant between God and humans. This Covenant grants us to have eternal life if we believe in Jesus Christ. But we are saved by the blood of Jesus only - through faith by grace. I admit this was a difficult question… There is some Scripture on this:

Salvation is of the LORD...

But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. (Jonah 2:9 KJV)

I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. (Genesis 49:18 KJV)

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (Psalms 3:8 KJV)

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:26 KJV)

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:11-12 KJV)

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2 Corinthians 7:10 KJV)

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9 KJV)

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13 KJV)

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47 KJV)

... and last not least:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:15-18 KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)


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Solution:
The right answer is b)


Jan 22, 2013

Power...

Jesus rejected the power when he was tempted in the desert, and preferred to serve God. So we can say "thank you God" if we are lacking power, because that is when God can be strong in us. God has a fable for the meek, not the power people. And when we pray the LORD's Prayer, we pray, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (Matthew 6:13 KJV) Since when has it become ours?
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Bible Study on John 1:38-51

(38) Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? (39) He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. (40) One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. (41) He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. (42) And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. 
(43) The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. (44) Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. (45) Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. (46) And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 
(47) Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
(48) Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
(49) Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
(50) Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. (51) And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

John 1:38-51 KJV
The Jews were waiting for their Messiah who was said to come to save them, the annointed of God, and they thought they would be saved from the Roman conquerers by Him. They did not recognise the Messiah is Jesus... but more and more Jews today wake up and see the mistake... So when Andrew told this to Peter that they had found the Messiah, it was really good news, but it was also doubtful that people would believe it... Like when we say God is alive - who believes it? But when they took Peter to Jesus, Peter did not say anything but Jesus gave him a new name right away, and Peter did not even ask if it was true that Jesus was the awaited Messiah. It is also striking how Peter was asked by Jesus who he thought he was, and Peter answered: 
"He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:15-16 KJV)
And how did Jesus respond to this?

"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 16:17 KJV)

So Peter had not said to himself "Oh, it might really be the Messiah, so I will believe it" - no, it was revealed to him by the Father. This is how it works. We know who Jesus is if the Father has mercy on us and reveals it.

Afterwards Jesus told Peter something about his jobs on earth that He had planned for him:

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19 KJV)
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Jan 21, 2013

Pray...

Have you forgotten about the big chance that all the humans have, even planted into us since we were a child? Or did you not pray to God then? Do you remember your first prayers as a child?

Prayer can do so much... it prolongs life, as scientists have found out. It helps us move on. We can relax and let go of problems and move on fast... If we address God and He listens, He can do miracles. If you do not know what I am talking about, try it out, and pray something like this: "God, if you are really there, help me find you. Let me know who you really are. If you are God, you cannot be dead, so please let me know, because I want to know if you are real."

Be patient and wait what is coming... Do not open doors yourself. God will open you one... Believe that God loves you so much that He wants to save you forever, so expect Him to come into your life to make the best of it.


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Jan 19, 2013

First Resurrection

Jesus will reign for 1000 years, and then the devil will be let lose again... and then will be the Judgement... - for the rest of the dead (apart from those of the first resurrection) will not be woken up before 1000 years are over...
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:1-6 KJV)

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:18-19 KJV)

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Jan 18, 2013

The right Bible version

I use several Bibles for several reasons... But I think for most people it is important to read even one of all the versions... I am sure God can fill the gaps in some versions, or put an emphasis on some things while we are reading, just as He wants to have it. I became a Christian while I was reading a German simplified version of the Bible, maybe comparable to the NIV... After a while it was not enough for me, however, and I started using other versions for comparison. Today I hardly use the old simplified version, but it can sometimes be helpful for the context, and to bring it back into memory. My favorite Bible of today is the King James Version. This was because some in the internet wanted to report me for copyright infringement for posting Bible verses from a different Bible... So I started using the Old King James. I did not know then, but it turned out they did me a great favor. I just love it! *smile*

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Jan 16, 2013

Jesus Christ Saves

I was not saved after my confirmation when I was 14, although I said that I believed in Jesus. I did so because everybody did that, and I could not know that God was really alive... nobody had given me this impression... It was later when God revealed Himself to me after a long time of searching on my part... It is at God's timing, not ours... He saves us, because we cannot save ourselves but need His forgiveness, He does not need ours or anything from us... But God loves us so very much... Amen.

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Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)

That is my God! Wooooo hoooooooooo!!!

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Jan 11, 2013

Why not me? Job 2:7-10

Heaven is the most wonderful place whose beauty and glory we cannot even imagine... That is the stuff our hope and faith is made of: Death is not the last word... There is a Word that can raise the dead into eternal life. It is when we lose a Beloved person that our faith is tempted. We have no choice: We must believe in Jesus and put all our trust in Him. 

I knew a Christian who died a while ago. He had been very sick for a long time... I adored him for his faith and strength that kept him going on, even encouraging others. I asked him if he never thought "Why me?", and he answered, "Why not me?" 

Since then I can deal with things that happen to me much better... I know God loves me even if evil things are going on around me... If they have to happen, why not to me? Was not that what Jesus led to the cross to say, "Let it happen to me!"? So why not to me?

But whatever happens to us Christians, know this: We are so very Blessed, because God loves us. It just does not matter what happens. It is just for a while... We live in tents here on earth and have no permanent domicile here... But we can rely on God always. 

Amen. 

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So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

(Job 2:7-10 KJV)

Jan 10, 2013

With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.

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The Bible, Psalm 119:10,11 / KJV

The Beauty of the Psalms

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