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How many of you have so much going on that it is all overwhelming you? This could be something that comes in spurts or never seems to let up. I have experienced both, and have learned; and am learning that being worried and frustrated is the worst thing that we can do. Jesus counseled His disciples about being filled with worry as He said, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature” (Luke 12:22-25 NKJV)? Instead of being overwhelmed by the problem and its seeming consequences, you must rather see and expect resolution even when you don’t know how it will be accomplished. Continue to do what you can to resolve the issue even when you don’t understand how your actions can accomplish that task. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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The Father did this for your sake and my sake. The Father did not need to prove anything to anyone; however, He chose to demonstrate the resurrecting power of God that He promises to all who will believe upon Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God has already demonstrated through the resurrection of Lazarus that He will and can resurrect believing humanity. Also through the resurrection of Jesus, God has demonstrated that we shall also have a resurrected body just like the one that Jesus wears this very day. For the apostle Paul teaches us, “That the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”(Acts 26:23 NKJV) If Christ is the First to be resurrected to eternal life in His humanity, then it is we who believe upon Him who shall follow Him in like manner. We shall be eternally resurrected in our spiritual bodies just as He has been in His humanity. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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In order for these persons to be saved they must come down off of their ladders of pride, their stairways of power, and their elevators of authority. They must become low and common in mind, heart and spirit, just like every sinner must approach the Lord with sorrow of heart and acknowledgement of their need for Christ, as they acknowledge also that their very best works are as filthy rags without Jesus Christ. Without this acknowledgement there can be no true worship, or salvation, regardless of a persons position, rank or class in society or culture, because death is the great equalizer. God does not respect persons, but requires their faith in Christ. Evidence of this fact fills the Holy Scripture. Here are but a few of such declarations that make this fact perfectly clear: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of person” (Acts 10:34 KJV). And Paul reminds us, “But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me" (Gal 2:6 NKJV). And Paul also reminds us, “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1Peter 1:17-19 NKJV). Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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What are the priorities of our life? Is it our children and families? Is it making sure the children get a good education, and moral training, as well as a good skill set? Are our jobs our priority whereby we receive moneys to support and feed our families as well as to entertain ourselves? There is nothing wrong with loving our families and working hard to provide for them—we should. However, neither our children nor any of the things that we have obtained in life should be our first priority in life. All of these things contrary to the understanding of many are a gift from God—even for those who reject the fact that He Is God. That is how gracious and kind God Is. However, we need to understand, particularly if you are a believer in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, that all that we have is a gift from God. None of the things in our lives can be a greater priority than our heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus the Christ. Not even our children should be loved greater than we love Him. You must remember that “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:2 NKJV). Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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It would be so easy to try to skate around their belief systems with the platitudes, and the mantras of the world that sound good but have no saving value or effect; not from the eternal perspective of the Living God. As a matter of fact, to do such a thing would be cruel, because people need to know, “Thus says the Lord,” in regard to our Master and Savior. They need to know that they are on the wide path that leads over the cliff to eternal death and damnation. And if you know this, but will not speak up because you are afraid, what does that make you? Yes! They will in many instances respond negatively to you—so did you upon your first confrontation with divine truth. I am referring to the time that you were all alone and had to choose Christ over the desires of the flesh—a time of great testing, and you knew it was wrong and would offend the Living God if you chose the fleshly desires over Christ Jesus. This experience happens even to those who have grown in the church all of their life. This was a major cross road in your life! Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Please note that our judgment of sin in accordance with the written Word of God is not something we should glory in as we foolishly exalt ourselves because we are not caught in sin at the moment. The reason for judging the sins of our brothers and sister is not for condemnation, but for loving correction. It is a system of checks and balances ordained by God, whereby we assist and encourage one another as we grow together in the faith. For the Scriptures teach about our loving approach to others in this regard, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1Peter 4:8 NKJV). Scripture also teaches about our duty to correct our brethren, “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:19-20 NKJV). Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Yet there were those carnal, unsaved Jews that had the Mosaic Law so engrained within their minds that they found it hard to let go of the Law. They would cling to the Law but not to Christ Who fulfilled the Law. They would accuse people who ate the pig or hog of breaking the Law because the pig or hog meat had been previously forbidden meat. It was hard for them to grasp the concept of the grace of God after being under the weight of the Law for so long. So they still rejected Christ inwardly, even though they may have outwardly pretended that they had accepted Christ; but they had not! They did not realize that they could not fulfill the Law, but they thought that they could; thus in their pride they refused to believe God; they refused to accept the salvific work of the Son. By insisting that the Law be kept without error, they were saying that the Law was greater than Jesus who is the Law, and Who kept the Law without error. They did not realize that because Jesus was able to extend grace to believers that He was able to cover them with His own righteousness, and thereby satisfying the fullness of the Law. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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If your parent named you Jacob, as was the name of the father of the twelve son of Jacob whom became the twelve tribes of Israel, then your name would have meant: “he who supplants.” Jacob was given that name because he was grabbing the heel of his twin brother Esau as if he, Jacob, wanted to be born first. Jacob’s first attempt to supplant Esau’s birthright failed at birth, but he succeeded in supplanting Esau’s birthright through deception later. In that process of deception, Jacob caused His father Isaac to bless him with all of the rights and privileges as the first born. Yet Jacob lived a certain period of his adult life deceiving and being deceived; or should we say being swindled, and swindling His uncle Laban. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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The whole purpose of the Mosaic Law was to be so cumbersome and impossible so that we would know that we can not attain to the state of holiness by our own doing. Once we realize the impossibility of manufacturing holiness from within ourselves, by ourselves, then we would be willing to receive the free gift of holiness from God through His Son Jesus. It is not a holiness that comes because of anything we have done, it is a free gift; it is God’s grace. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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God always does things His way. God’s ways are always ways that we cannot conceive of in our limited finite minds. When Satan influenced Adam and Eve to sin, He thought that He had a victory that God could not reverse because Satan knew that mankind violated God’s law and justice system. He knew that God had to condemn mankind to eternal death, just as he had done to Satan and all of the fallen angels. A sentence yet waiting to be fully carried out; but it will be carried out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Jesus said, “I Am He”! He alone in all of His perfection was the only one who could have redeemed all who believe. We owe Him a debt that we could never repay. Yet He does not require payment; for He paid the debt in full. All that Jesus requires is our love and trust in Him. And the wonderful thing about that requirement is that He also enables us to love, trust, obey and believe in Him by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Our subconscious mind works similar to our peripheral vision. We know that there are a multitude of things that are going on in our peripheral view, but our eye’s are primarily focusing upon our designated view; whether it is the street we are walking down, the person approaching us, or a store sign that we are passing by, and etc. However, there are a lot of things that go on in our peripheral view that we don’t notice in our conscious minds. Nevertheless, our subconscious mind sees and processes everything. Likewise, we are spiritual beings. Yet, we have become so analytical and conscious mind focused that some of us don’t realize that there are the subconscious and spiritual components to our humanity just like we also have the emotional and conscious mind component of our humanity. In order to function in a fuller capacity in our humanness, we need to take the time to slow down or even shut down our conscious minds so that we can be still and quiet as we listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts and minds. We may also quiet our souls, and meditate upon the Word of God as we listen for God to speak to our hearts with a knowing that far exceeds communication with words. At a later time we may analyze God’s spiritual communication in our conscious minds that are yielding to the continued guiding of the Holy Spirit, as God chooses to expand upon it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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God gave Adam dominion over all of the earth, which means he was the ruler over the earth second only to God. When mankind sinned, his authority and dominion was transferred from mankind to Satan. At the point of man’s sin and fall, Satan obtained dominion and title to the earth. As a consequence, all of unbelieving mankind is unwittingly under the dominion of Satan as well as they are His servants—deny it if you will, but the fact remains the same. Fallen humanity has no choice but to serve Satan, because at the fall, mankind became spiritually dead and separated from the fellowship and absolute protection of God. Therefore they cannot, in their own ability, know or find God, the eternal and divine Spirit. The switch for access to the Light of God has been turned off and can only be turned back on by God Himself! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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We all delight in positive and stress free living. We desire to be happy and peaceful all the time; and that is a wonderful objective and place to be. However, challenges and disruptions always seem to trip us up by interrupting the peace. Even Jesus during His earthly ministry was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Justice is a must! Love is extended to every believer because of the satisfaction of God's justice by Christ on Calvary's cross and His resurrection from the grave, defeating death. God chose to freely love us in spite of our violation of His Justice: His infinite unchanging LAW! Yet, in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Throughout the great majority of human history, mankind has been ruled over by a government of one, either a king, or a dictator, or an emperor, which are pretty much the same type of ruling authority. All of the rest of the people were for all intent and purposes subject... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Today the Door, named Jesus is wide open. Through that Door you may enter the Sabbath Day of God’s Rest. “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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A garden of flowers in all of its colorful hues is a magnificent beauty. A virtuous woman, tender of heart and spirit, and loving God with all of her heart as she displays the love and compassion of God, is a sculptured beauty in her physical presence. Yet her kindness... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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As I have said previously, there are some major players in the theater of the future prophetic event know as the Tribulation. The first is the Sun-clothed woman, imagery that depicts the nation of Israel. The second personage is the Dragon, imagery that depicts Satan, as well as the Antichrist... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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When you genuinely come to believe in Christ, you are also empowered by the Holy Spirit; thus the divine nature of God to live habitually in obedience to Christ. There are two inseparable parts to this act of God upon every true believer. This act is known as sanctification, by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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These are strong words, but words that need to be said in this struggle for life that we are in. They are words said in love, with hope! Even precious stones have their imitations—fakes! What is love without actions of obedience to Christ? What is fearfulness in the Word without... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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We all now live in what is called the Dispensation of grace. Prior to the Dispensation of grace, all people lived in the Dispensation of the Law, under the Mosaic Law that was given to the nation Israel by God through Moses. Now we are not about to get into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Because you love and cling to Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are justified before God as believers by the shedding of Jesus’ blood on Calvary’s cross. Jesus’ blood death satisfied the Law of God on behalf of all sinners who truly come to believe upon Him, and to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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Is it fair for God Whom existed by Himself in the preceding Age of eternity, before there was any creation or creature; is it fair for God to make the rules by which His creation functions, is governed by, and is subject to Him? Who is the wise man that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling
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The rapture of the church is a certain event that will take place as declared in Scripture. It shall happen, yet billions of people will be left behind having missed being taken up to heaven in this manner. What would be the response of an unsuspecting world? It would likely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Teaching Through Storytelling