In the turbulent times that we now live in, we stress the importance of keeping in mind the central theme of the gospel: Which is the fact that God's love extends to us ALL. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, (on the coming day of judgement), but have everlasting life (spend eternity with God). For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Jn 3:16-17.
Over the years we have written and produced many study books, which dealt with real life issues. I would utilize these books during my course of ministry, by teaching and preaching from these books. I would pass a soft copy of these books out to the entire congregation (at no charge) as a means to simplify the message at hand. I am now making these books available to you, (at no charge), by placing much of the contents of these books online.
We are aware of the fact that some of you desire these books in their entirety. Please keep in mind that on average these books have 175 pages.
It's not about the money, it's about the message. For now we are publishing these books in house, but hope to soon be able to publish them (as paperbacks) on a much larger scale. In the mean time, we are placing as much of the contents of each of these books online as expeditiously as we possibly can.
Standing on the Bible alone-- Even though we have done many books, these books in no way are intended to replace the Bible.
Today there have arisen many different religious organizations which claim that they are God’s chosen to represent Him and his plan of redemption Each of these various religious organizations claim that their organization, represents the proper and acceptable way to worship God.
Some of these religious organizations present their own forms of religious material. They all claim that their printed material is inspired by God, and shows the path to proper worship. In some cases these religious organizations claim that their material is even superior to the Bible. One of the most daunting task, a person who seeks to know God will ever face, is comprehending the difference between the real and the fake.
The key to coming to a right understanding, is a willingness to want to know the truth. When God sees that we are willing to accept the truth in regards to who He is, (His will and way). And when God, who knows all things, see that we are willing to accept the truth about ourselves, (our conduct, character, and state of being). He will make sure that we obtain the truth.
GOD'S SEXUAL REALITY----Thanks to the dramatic increase in knowledge we now have the electronic media. As a result we now are swamped with cable TV and the internet. Our generation is being exposed to sexual images and subject matter on a level never before seen in history. This easy access to sexual imagery has created a bold and brazen new sexual horizon. This new sexual landscape is having a devastating affect on marriages and families.
God saw this sexual reality coming long before we did. That is why he purposely slowed down the increase of knowledge, at the tower of Babel. I must confess that even I find it difficult to address some of today's sexual issues. Many of our young people, (your sons, daughters, nephews, and grand-kids) have been swamped with the tidal wave of sexual imagery which is now available. I strive to biblically answer many of these issues, in a way which is respectful to you and that honors God.
This book is part of a series that we did, to address some of the most critical areas of life: These are 1. Our single life (for those who are single), and how we function in it. 2. Our married life, and how we function in it. and 3. Our sexuality and how we function in it. No one gives us better advice, in regards to how to obtain a full and meaning ful life, in these areas than our divine creator, God almighty.
Many of the choices we make in life, begin with us making an estimate. An estimate is simply a rough calculation of the benefit, value, worth, importance, or power of something. We are constantly making estimates and assessments, in regards to the value, worth or importance, of things, situations, and individuals. A common flaw that we as humans have is, in spite of our best efforts we can either underestimate or overestimate, things and situations. God has no such flaw, He always knows what's best.
When it comes to how we should function, relational-ship wise and sexually, one of the greatest flaws in modern man’s thinking, is the tendency to overestimate self and underestimate God's guidelines. In fact many today actually think that they are smarter than God. While it’s true that many today think that they are smarter than God, the truth of the matter is we are not, (not even close). When it comes to the best way to function is our life's situation, no one gives better guidelines that God almighty.
We have placed a ten part series that deals with these issues, It's best to follow the series in the order we have set them up. To do so simply click on the image at the bottom of each page to go to the next section. You can click on the book cover above to begin. Or you can stroll down and click on a particular book to continue to browse.
THE BEAST RISING— This is a two book series, which deals with the most critical issues of our day. Volume #1, deals with the issue of Manipulated minds. And volume #2. Deals with the issue of Reprobated minds.
For students of biblical prophecy, the most anticipated end time events is the rise of the entity which is known as. “ the beast.”
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. And all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,Rev 13:1-17
There has been much debate and speculation, in regards to who this beast is, and what receiving the mark of the beast entails. While there’s room for debate in this area, the Bible makes it clear what the goal of the beast is. The goal of this beast is to #1. Exalt itself above God, #2. To initiate disrespect, and disbelief toward God on the highest level, and #3. To systematically attack and wear down the believers.
As John tells us, “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” Rev 13:5-7.
The Bible sounds a Solemn warning that those who will seek to share the good news of the gospel, as outlined in John 3:16, will find that (as this age comes to a close), they will be some of the most hated and persecuted individuals on the planet. We are told that these events will begin to transpire, as the end time beast of Rev 13, is being given rise. For many within the various churches, they seemed to have been blind sided by the radical changes, that are now taking place.
There is now a radical departure from the way God and the Bible was viewed in times past. Many today reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God. They are convinced the book was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. They believe that because the writers of the Bible lived in an unenlightened era, the Bible contains many errors and harmful teachings.
It is argued that that the Bible has been misquoted in such a way as to inflict great psychological harm on those who have sought refuge in the church. They say that this is especially the case for those who are living a alternant lifestyle. There are many today who totally reject the Bible, this especially true when it comes to issues such as human sexuality, marriage, and family. The various activist groups that have now risen to prominence are more and more rejecting the godly standards of times past, compare.
1. Groups that seek to promote human potential, minus any help or intervention by God. Some in this group say that rather than God being mankind best hope, He is one of the greatest hindrances to human advancement and harmony. Many now say that the only real hope is a better education, better job and economic opportunities, human ingenuity and the scientific community.
2. Groups that seek to promote sexual liberties, minus God’s guidelines. Many in this group say that God’s sexual guidelines are both archaic and too constrictive.
3. Groups that seek to promote genderless role assignment and responsibilities, when it comes to male and female. Some in this group say that when it comes to women the God of the Bible is a misogynist.
4. Groups that seek to promote certain racial agendas, to either maintain or undo the great racial divide, ( as some call it). In times past some in this group used the Bible to justify racism. On the other end of the spectrum, some today accuse God of being a racist.
Along with the rise of the beast, will be the total loosening of the powers of darkness, and the arrival on the world stage of the antichrist. In the book of Revelations the apostle John tells of the vision God showed him of two great beast.
One beast rises from the sea, and the other beast rises from the earth. Revelation 13 describes these two beasts that will rise up and take power in the end times. The first beast, referred to in the Bible as the beast, is a political power that will rule over the earth in the end times. The second beast is the Antichrist. We note that the first beast rises up out of the sea, Compare.
We note that the first beast rises up out of the sea, Compare.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, Rev 13. The scriptures clearly tell us, who and what the sea represents.
According to the Bible, the sea in this instance symbolizes and represents the sea of humanity. This is what was explained to John in the book of revelations, “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest,… , are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Rev 17:15. According to the Bible, what gives rise to this end time beast, is us as a society in general, and the mind set we function in, in particular.
Today there are issues that have come to the forefront, which has caused much debate, both within the church and without. When it comes to these subject matters the Bible addressed these issues thousands of years ago. God has already set guidelines, which in today’s moral climate are becoming less and less acceptable by many. It is the scriptural stance that we as believers are called upon to take, which is causing many to take great offense toward us a believers.
As Christ stated, “22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matt 10:22. For us as believers we are instructed to take a stand on the word of God, even when doing so is not popular. As Christ went on to say, “26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.” Lk 9:26.
When it comes to addressing these issues, it is now obvious that many today are fearful to do so. This is true when it comes to those from every walk of life. Today it’s obvious today that many businessmen, educators. actors, athletics, cooperation's, etc, are fearful to say anything that may appear to be offensive to the various activist from each of these groups. It seems that the most important thing today is business, and career protection. There are many who are fearful to take a moral stand, because they fear the consequences if they do.
Many in the media, the corporate world, the entertainment field, and even many in the clergy, are simply too fearful to say anything that would set them at odds with these groups. Fear, intimidation, and complacency is the new norm. It seems that job and career protection comes first. Today the only acceptable words when it comes to these various activist movements, are glowing words of commendation in regards to the heroism, and bravery of those who seek to promote these agendas.
For some believers they will be fearful to take a stand, because they are fearful of the impact financially, socially. Others believers will be too ashamed to take a scriptural stand, their main concerns being either they are not scripturally knowledgeable enough to do so: Or they fear that if they do take a stand, it would cause then to appear to be Bible believing fanatics.
In this era of political correctness, there are many in the corporate and private sector who are apprehensive, about addressing certain critical issues. Yet for us as believers, we are appointed to be ambassadors for Christ, and are instructed by the scriptures, where we must stand on these issues. on the stand we must take on these issues. The stand that God calls for us to take, is not for the faint of heart. Unfortunately, for the faint of heart: Christ tells us that we are to stand on His teachings, as outlined in the scriptures, even when they are not popular, and even if it puts us in harms way.
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For us as the believers, the outbreak of COVID-19 brought many critical issues to the forefront. The question of faith as it relates to pain, suffering and sickness, no doubt has been one of the most pressing questions. Even the national news media outlets noted the fact that “people of faith” were getting sick and dying like everyone else.
It was noted that included in this grouping were ministers and church leaders. For many within the various churches this stark reality, raises troubling questions: These troubling questions are in regards to sickness, pain, and suffering, in relation to faith. This is especially true, when we consider the teachings embraced by many believers, in regards to the benefits of faith.
Many Christian bookshelves are filled with books, which proclaims the power of faith. Many of these books which were written by nationally known ministers, explain how the believers can achieve success. These books offer “secrets” on how to think and practice your faith so you can be a “winner” and reach your goals.
Over the past few decades, most Christian TV ministries, promised their supporters, health, wealth, and prosperity. There is no denying the fact that there is power in faith, when exercised, as outlined in the Bible. We are told in the scriptures,"6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Heb 11:6.
Our present Christian society seems to be obsessed with the belief that rightness with God should always result in material success, health, and prosperity. In fact much of the teaching today seems to imply, that if we use our faith correctly, we can overrule any of life’s situations we deem to be unacceptable. Over the past few decades many have embraced the “name it claim it” doctrine. In fact a common cliché among believers, when it comes to negative situation, (sickness, financial hardships, family issues, etc) is “don’t claim it” or “I bind that.”
This teaching spawned mega churches all over the world, as believers flocked in droves to hear about their “covenant right” to health, wealth, and prosperity. Believers were assured that faith in Christ, when combined with living a godly lifestyle, and positive speech, concerning one’s confidence in God’s promises, would always result in one obtaining health, wealth and overall prosperity. Thus, many believers embraced the notion, that God would do anything we by faith we asked, (or as some taught, “command”) Him to.
The issue at hand is not whether or not we should have faith in God to the point of expecting from him: The real issue is comprehending our most important needs, and seeking to utilize our faith in these areas. And when doing so having a right understanding of the proper balance between God's sovereignty, our faith to obtain from God.
For many believers, who have embraced the 'name it, claim it" doctrine, the outbreak of COVID-19 brought certain troubling issues to the forefront. Namely that many of the ministers who have taught this doctrine, and those who embraced it, have themselves gotten sick and in some cases died. We in no way mention this as a means by which to mock or ridicule these individuals, (the same can easily happen to me). The question we are faced with today is what battles are we called to engage in, and what battles are we exempted from.
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Before you browse any more of our books I would like to explian----Many of these books reflect much of what I experienced in life, before and after salvation. As I have often explained, in addressing the condition of our society today, it is not my intent to do so in a condemnatory fashion. I have not forgotten where I came from. I was brought up in the deep south 50s and early 60s. This was a time when many earth-shaking movements (Of which I had a front row seat) were beginning to take shape.
There is no denying the fact, that every “modern day” generations, has had certain defining trends, by way of fashions, music, and social trends. But the monumental events which began to take place, during the advent of the 60s and 70s, went far beyond, fashion, music, and the status quoi social trends of times past.
This was the time of the counterculture. The term counterculture is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day.
Back in the 60s and 70s, activism and protest from every quarter were more and more coming to the forefront. This was activism and protest, on levels we as a nation had never before seen the like thereof. Unbeknownst to those of us of that generation, there were unseen powers of darkness, which was utilizing these acts of civil protest to user in an agenda, that was foretold to come about thousands of years ago.
There I was right in the midst of all these radical changes, but nor I or my peers fully realized just the true ramifications of these changes. In fact, it safe to say, that trying to fully grasp, what was really going on, is like trying to understand the nature of a tidal wave while standing in the middle of it.
First of all, there was the civil rights movement, of the early 60s. This was also the time that the war in Vietnam was raging, as was the protest against it. Then there was the hippie movement, which I got involved in during the late 60s.. I was a active participant in the sexual liberation movement, which proclaimed we had a right to have sex with any and every body. During the early 70s I got caught up in the disco movement. It was also during this time frame that I also got heavily involved in the drug scene, (both selling and using).
During this time, I had several distinct groups of friends and associates, which all seemed to be somehow connected. Some were heavily into the party scene, some were caught up in the the thug scene, others were heavily into the drug scene, and others were heavily involved in the gay scene.
As I have often admitted when sharing my story, I did many things sexually, criminally, and relation-nal ship wise, that I am now ashamed of. I hurt others, I hurt myself, and I’m sure I was a great disappointment to God. It is perhaps the words of the apostle Paul which best express how I honestly view myself. "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 1st Tim 1:15-16. When sharing my story I openly acknowledge that I truly was the chief of sinners, and if God had not mercifully delivered and saved me on May 21st 1974, I would still retain that title.
WHEN GOD GIVES UP-- In this book we address one of the saddest realities of all: Which is, there does come a time when after God has constantly reached out to us, and we continually reject His call, that he gives up and gives us over to ourselves. In addressing this tragic reality I don't do so out of arrogance or in a spirit of condemnation.
God sounds a solemn waning, that many take for granted. He warns that there comes a time, when he will no longer call out to us, if we continually ignore his voice. God loves us all and he calls out to each of us. Because of His love for us, God seeks to correct us, to change us, and to save us.
But because he did not design us to be robots, we can ignore the still small voice, of God which speaks to our conscience. Thousands of years in advance, the scriptures foretold of the accelerated metamorphoses in human intelligence, which is now evident.
The scriptures also foretold of the mindsets and attitudes which would accompany this acceleration in man's intellect. The apostle Paul tells us that the carnal attitudes of the time will deteriorate to the point, where many will become unreachable by God. This in turn will lead to the most precarious time in human history. A time when God will totally give men over to themselves.
God warns that there comes a time when after he has continually called out to us, and we ignore Him, he will leave us to our own ways. It's called being given over to a reprobate mind. In this book we will strive to understand why a God of love would give up on trying to change certain individuals, and simply leave them to their own carnal ways. Hopefully you are not on God's "give up list." CLICK ON BOOK COVER TO READ A PORTION OF THIS BOOK
Today we are witnessing a major adjustment to our collective moral compass. There is no denying the fact that the widespread acceptance and embracing of the LGBTQ lifestyle, could not have come about, without their being a recalibration of our nations' moral compass. In order to fully realize just how rapid and astonishing the advancement of the LGBTQ agenda has been over the past few decades, we need to take a historical look back at how things were in the not too distant past.
Some argue that this radical change in our collective moral conscience is proof of that our society as a whole, is suffering from a case of gross moral deterioration. Others who disagree with this assessment say that these are positive changes. They further argue that in order for a society to remain relevant and vibrant, it must embrace change which accepts and promotes diversity, and all inclusiveness.
Those who disagree with this assessment say that what many celebrate as being a modern sophisticated society's mindset of all inclusiveness, is a tragic sign that our nation has reached a level of moral deterioration, to a degree from which there is no return. In seeking to come to grips with just exactly where we are at morally as a society, some say that we have lost our moral compass.
Others argue that rather than losing our moral compass, we have purposely thrown it away. In order to grasp the spiritual significance of the radical changes that have takes place from the 60s, and 70s on up to now, we will need to examine the scriptures from a prophetical perspective. We will also examine the LGBTQ a historical and personal perspective.
THE MIND, A JOURNEY TO SELF UNDERSTANDING--- The truth of the matters, when it comes to seriously thinking about life and all the ramifications that comes with it, God wants us to think. No one wants us to seriously and honestly think, ponder and consider, our life’s journey more than our divine creator, God almighty. It has been his will all along that we arrive at the place of true self understanding. God is not intimidated by enquiring minds which ask, who am I? what is my origin? What is my purpose? What’s beyond this life? In fact we were designed in such a way, that questions such as these would come up in our thought processes. God has given us the ability to both comprehend ourselves and Him.
Many today view those of us who do choose to utilize our faith to believe God, as being dimwitted individuals. They say things to us such as, "You may be a very sincere person," they say, "but unfortunately you have been brainwashed by your religion. Your life of faith may be very meaningful to you, but in reality you are very naive and have simply been duped With the rapid increase in knowledge, we now live in a time when many voice this sentiment toward believers. God is the divine creator of the mind and He wants us to ponder, to reason, to THINK!!!
You are God's greatest earthly creation. There is nothing on the planet that even comes in at a close second. God gave you and I the ability to be self-aware. This is an essence which is unique to man. Our ability to think, deduce, reasons, choose, and understand the consequences of our choices, comes with a great responsibility. IT'S CALLED ACCOUNTABILITY. One of the greatest influences on modern man’s tendency to overestimate self and underestimate God, is rooted in one key fact: Many today think that they are smarter, more in the know and more intelligent than God. The truth of the matter is that from Eden up until now, our minds can be easily manipulated. We need God's help if we are to reach the place of self understanding God calls us to. For all who think (with an intellectual smirk), that their minds cannot be manipulated, we challenge you click on the above book.
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THE SALVATION CONSPIRACY- In this book we reveal the greatest conspiracy of all time. It is a conspiracy which began in the heavenly realm. It started with a rebellion on the part of the most beautiful, gifted, and wisest of all of God's created beings, Lucifer. We are told that as a result of this rebellion, there was a battle between spiritual beings known as angels. We are also told that the leader of the rebellion, Lucifer (Satan), was defeated and cast out of the the heavenly realm. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev 12.
This conspiracy is not intimidated by the intellectual, economical, of military prowess of men. In fact it uses these and similar items to further its ultimate goal, of bringing about destruction and eternal death.
What makes this conspiracy so hard to detect, is the ability of the powers behind this conspiracy to take on a camelion like appearance. From the beginning of time as we know it, the perpetrators of this murderous conspiracy have effectively functioned in the dark shadows of the minds of men. This conspiracy seamlessly blends in on every level of the fabric we call human existence.
THE NEW BIRTH--A RIGHT UNDERSTANDING. It is a proven fact that we as human beings are inexplicably prone to do certain things. This proneness in each of us to act out in certain ways, in ways in which many others around us do not, is evidence (to some) that we all have certain predispositions desires and cravings, which are unalterable. Seeing that there are those who have a proneness to do certain things, and in some cases, to act these things out at an early age, does this mean that they were born that way. Are some people born as serial killers, born addicts, born liars, born gay, born to be religious? etc.
According to the Bible, regardless of how we feel that we were born, it is possible to obtain a new birth. If fact Christ demands it. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Jn 3:5-7. This is what sets God's true plan of redemption apart from all of the false worldly religions. Christ spoke of a new birth experience, via the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which He alone could and would perform in the hearts of all who truly repented and believed. This new birth experience, goes way past merely being religious, simply believing, or even being a good person.
It is the actual entering into a relationship with Christ. Christ sounded a warning that on the day of judgment, many good, religious, and seeming sincere people will be lost, because they never entered a relationship with Him. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matt 7:21-23. (Don't worry if you are honest with yourself and God, He will let you know if you are in a relationship with Him).
The most dangerous aspect of this salvation conspiracy on the part of Satan is twofold in nature: #1. He seeks to convinces men that not even God, can bring forth a real life change, in their lives, Or #2. He seeks gives men a counterfeit change, which consist of a religious affiliation, minus a true relationship with God through Christ. In this book we expose Satan's efforts to hinder men from obtaining the true new birth. In doing so I will share my personal story of deliverance and my new birth experience, which took place on May 21st 1974 at 10:30 pm. Click on the above image to go to first chapter
The Bible tells us that as this age comes to a close that we will be faced with some of the most traumatic times in human history. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2nd Tim 3:1. The word perilous means…… *Hard times *Risky times *Dangerous times *Hazardous times *Hard to bare. We are now going from one major natural disaster to another. A notable example being the coronavirus, which has been one of the many stressful items we are constantly facing. There is the unprecedented flooding in certain areas of our country. In some of our major cities our drinking water has become almost undrinkable due to contamination. Our financial institutions along with the financial condition of many individuals is now in dire straits.
The Bible tells us that things will deteriorate so bad, that "22 Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matt 24:22“ We are indeed witnessing the perilous times that the Bible told us would come in the last days. God loves us and He wants us to be true survivors, in this world and the world to come. Our survival will depend on what happens just on the other side of death, when we all stand before our divine creator for judgement. In order for us to be soul survivors. we must give heed to the call of God, in this world, if we are to survive in the world to come.
THERE WILL BE ONLY A FEW SURVIVORS. One day when Christ was teaching one of those who was listening at his teachings, approached him with this question concerning salvation. "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? (will survive). Lk 13:23. It's interesting that the person asked if "many" people would survive. Evidently the person had been listening to Jesus' preaching and became convinced that Christ seemed to indicate that few people would be saved. In an attempt to seek greater clarification he felt compelled to ask this question. This person wanted to know if "few" people were saved.
In response to this question Christ noted that in spite of all the various religious organizations and religious activity, very few people will actually be saved, *(in comparison to those who are lost). And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." —Luke 13:24. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (only a few will survive). Matt 7:14-14.
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DIVORCE REMARRIAGE AND BEYOND----The traditional family setting of a husband and wife, with no prior marriages living with and raising their own biological kids, has steadily been on the decrees. For better or worse, we are living in a time when nearly half of all marriages end in separation or divorce. Filled with hope and unbridled optimism, the majority of divorcees go on to remarry and often with children from their previous relationships. Unfortunately the statistics tell us a very sad but true story. Two thirds of these new unions also break up, especially when children are involved.
The complex nature of life within a newly formed step or blended family lends itself to a very high rate of failure. Over the last thirty years, there has been a major shift in the traditional family structure. Given today's high divorce and remarriage rates, families often now include step-parents and step-siblings. Most experts agree that the sensitive issues, delicate feelings and strained relationships that are built into any step situation are intense. If these the sensitive issues, delicate feelings, and the strains put on these step relationships, are not handled carefully, they have the potential to destroy any chance the family has of finding any sense of (if not happiness), at least common ground and common purpose together. To read more click on the book.
Many in our society have become fixated on human intellect, physique, physical attractiveness, and physical prowess: Today these attributes have been elevated to a place of godhood. At the same time, we as a society have developed a mindset that has almost completely eliminates any serious consideration for God. In fact many today take pride in labeling these development, as “progress”.
Man is inherently religious and must worship something during his sojourn on earth. We are all hardwired by our creator to be worshipers, none of us are exempt from this reality. If we reject the God of the Bible, the Creator of all things, we will worship His creation, (the created things). Paul noted that those who reject God and His call on their lives, simply will choose to direct their worship, toward the things He created. "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature [literally, creation] more than the Creator." Rom 1. Whatever we most value, and treasure will be that which we will worship, focus on and devote our time, energy, and affections toward. As we explain in great detail in this book, the number one item of worship today is ourselves. We will place portions of this book online for you to read soon.
REMEMBERING GOD IN THE DAZE OF YOUTH--- It is critically important that you grasp the essence of who you are, while you are still young. No one can better explains you to yourself, than your designer and creator. Unfortunately young adulthood is the time of life, when many tend to leave God out of their life's equation. For many of young people, playing pretend was a major part of their young adolescence. Many young people grew accustomed to playing pretend via, video games, toy guns, costumes of our favorite super heroes, etc. For most the game of pretend did not end when they reached young adulthood; the pretense simply takes on a more sophisticated edge. As most young people reach young adulthood, they quickly realize that life for the most part is still one big question mark.I wrote this book for those who are just starting to ponder the meaning of life and their very existence.
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In this book we examine what constitutes true wordship. The desire to worship is universal, its instinctive because we are created in God’s image. Blaise Pascal observed, “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness… This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself."
The word worship itself speaks of giving worth, time, honor, and glory to something. It came from old English worthship — which means the ascribing of worth. WORSHIP is an EXPRESSION OF LOVE--What you love most you will worship and adore most: The degree to which we love something — is the degree to which we ascribe worth to it.
As Stephen Sizer explains, “If you have travelled abroad on holiday or for work, you will no doubt have observed a variety of places of worship. Synagogues, mosques, temples, shrines, churches, chapels, cathedrals. Some permanent, some temporary. Some very ancient, some modern. Some ornate and some very simple. If you have ventured inside, you might have seen Muslims prostrating, Shia’s lamenting, Buddhists meditating, Voodoos dancing, Shintos chanting, Hindus sacrificing, Zoroastrians lighting fires, Jews rocking, Sufis whirling, Shakers… shaking, Catholic kneeling, Mystics contemplating, Pentecostals slaying, and Anglicans doing everything, decently and in order.”
Today there have arisen many different religious organizations which claim that they are God’s chosen to represent Him and his plan of redemption Each of these various religious organizations claim that their organization, represents the proper and acceptable way to worship God. Some of these religious organizations present their own forms of religious material. They all claim that their printed material is inspired by God, and shows the path to proper worship. In some cases these religious organizations claim that their material is even superior to the Bible.
We now live in the times that Christ foretold of: A time when many false religious organizations who claim to represent God and the proper way to worship Him is abounding. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. Matt 24:4-25. One of the most daunting task, a person who seeks to know God will ever face, is comprehending the difference between being a true worshiper verses being religious.
We have now reached the time when preaching and teaching has become merely a form of entertainment. Many today have opted to view preaching in this light, rather then it being an instructive tool by which we can learn how to utilize the word for real life application. God takes note of how we hear the word, but he also notes how we respond to the word we hear. God noted to Ezekiel how his people had fallen away from their zeal for the word, so much so that preaching became nothing more than mere entertainment. 30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: (MERE ENTERTAINMENT). for they hear thy words, but they do them not.Ezek 33:30-32. (more on this later).
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephe 5:16. “The time,” refers to the time at our disposal, our own personal time. The concept behind this idiom, redeeming the time, is that we are to "buy up” with the intent of utilizing in a spiritually positive manner all the time we can. Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, Heb 3:7. The apostle Paul tells us that the time to answer God’s call is “TODAY.” The reason why today is so important is because, no one dies yesterday and no one dies tomorrow. When we die, we die today. We live our lives one day at a time. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow never comes.
We are to make full use of our time, to use our time to full advantage. This involves being wise, and not being foolish. We must make good use of our time in preparing ourselves to give account to our creator of how we used our allotted time. Our minutes, hours, days and years are gifts from God. Time equals opportunity; this opportunity comes with responsibility, which translates into accountability.
Roy Davison tells us, “ On the day of judgment we will give account for how we used this valuable treasure: whether we used our time for good or ill; whether we used our time for selfish, self-centered purposes or to honor God and serve our fellow man; whether we used our time to build up or to tear down; whether we accomplished something or wasted our time on earth. You can wait to spend your money, but you cannot wait to spend your time. Time is passing by. Its proper use requires constant attention.”
SET FREE, LOVE, SEX, ROMANCE ADDICTION--- A vast majority of our society seek after the things which give them pleasure, minus a real relationship with God. They seek pleasure in drugs, sex, sports, religion, worldly possessions, etc. The spirit of Hedonism: a devotion to the pursuit of carnal pleasures, via self-indulgence, is prevalent today. A hedonist is characterized by a love affair with, and a single-minded pursuit of, carnal pleasure and self indulgence. Much of this mindset is acted out sexually, or by way of emotional attachments, via a relationship. The mindset of Hedonism rejects the notion that choosing to obey, honor, and respect God, brings the greatest sense of fulfillment.Hedonism believes that the pursuit and obtaining of the carnal pleasures, which stimulate the emotions and the five senses, is the ultimate source of pleasures. Hedonism proclaims,"if it feels good to me, it must be right for me".This mindset has led many down the bath of sex and love addiction.
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WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT??? Desire– The word desire is defined as: a sense of longing for a person or object or hoping for an outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "craving" or "hankering". When a person desires something, someone, or a certain outcome, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item, person, or certain outcome. What determines the choices we make in life, the lifestyle we live and the very future itself can be summed up in one word, DESIRE. Before we can resolve the various conflicts in our lives, we must first come to terms, with just exactly what we want in life. In order to do this we must understand how our value system is prioritized. Our affections, emotions and conduct reveals what we most desire, but these items don’t always clearly reveal why we desire certain, objects, situations, and circumstances to the degree that we do so. Some objects, and situations, of our desires are good and others are not so good. There is no denying the fact that whatever we choose to seek for most, will impact our lives. This holds true not only in this world, but in the world to come also. There are many things in this world that we can set our desires on. In essence, we are our desires, and our desires are us. It’s for this reason that Christ tells us that the greatest commandment of all is to love (DESIRE) God above all else. Christ tells us that the value system we function in is closely linked to what we most desire. What we most desire becomes what we most treasure.Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Lk 6:34.
THE PRESENCE OF GOD---- Our deliverance from our sinful nature and the obtaining of true rest and peace, can only be accomplished in the presence of God. God has both made a way for us to come in his presence, and lovingly invites us to come. Our ability to come before his presence and obtain the fullness he offers requires that we come humbly and honestly before him. No matter where we may go true joy, peace, and completeness,can only be obtained in the presence of God. As the psalmist said, "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore".Psalms 16:11.
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