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The Catholic Secret - Hidden From Their Faithful For Years

I attended Catholic schools all my life from grades 1 -12  .. and as a member of Catholic family .. went to Mass every Sunday .. and all the Holy Days etc. etc. - but find it most interesting how the Catholic Church .. and Catholic Schools all left off some very important issues related to the History of Catholicism .. as a grown man doing my own searching of God's Word .. and some study of the past .. I have come to know some things that are still not taliked about much in the Catholic Church ... or was not ever discussed in any I attended untill I quit going about 4 years ago ..

As I have had conversations with my own "elderly" parents over the years .. and I was able to asked questions because I was a grown man .. I discovered some really disturbing things about the so-called "Universal Church" ..

Whe I asked why we never opened .. never read from the big table Bible that sat on our living room table all the years of my life at home ... my Mom clearly answered - "we can't interpret the Bible, we would need a priest for that" .. it is no wonder so many baptized Catholics have become so dissillusioned with the catholic Church today. Then if you couple that with all the bad press about abusive priests - It Is Sickening! AQll I remember about hearing the name of Luther .. it was associated with "Lutherans" .. and we even had some of those churces down the street from my house - and I heard very "clearly" ... the professed statements that made it very clear that if you are not Catholic - then you are going to die and go to Hell .. the "protestants" included all the Baptists .. Lutherans, Episcopaleans etc. etc.

The Protestant Reformation began when one man by the name of Martin Luther (1483–1546), rediscovered the doctrine of faith. The Catholic church in medieval times had wandered so far from God’s Word that it actually taught that people could escape God’s
punishment for sin through good works, including the performance of rites and rituals of the church. ( sounds a lot like today too ) ..  The church even taught that full or partial remission of sin could be purchased for cash through so-called “indulgences”—a kind of spiritual Ponzi scheme the church hierarchy used to finance the construction of elaborate cathedrals.

Martin Luther, a German monk and a brilliant Bible scholar, was reading in Romans 1 when he was struck by these words of the apostle Paul: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16-17). Luther had read those words many times before, but this time, the meaning of those words jumped out at him in a fresh and powerful way: “The righteous shall live by faith”! In Romans, and also in Galatians 3:11, Paul echoed the Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk 2:4: “but the righteous shall live by his faith.” Luther also realized that this emphasis on faith dovetailed with the words of Jesus to Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, emphasis added). It must have come as an incredible shock for Martin Luther to realize that the teachings he had lived by and taught to others were at odds with the teachings of God’s Word in Scripture. Suddenly he understood why, even as a scholar in the church, he had never had any assurance that his sins were forgiven. Suddenly he understood that the sale of indulgences, which permitted the rich to buy absolution while condemning the poor to purgatory or hell, made absolutely no sense according to Scripture.

The moment he realized that the righteous shall live by faith, the light of the gospel broke through the clouds of his confusion and illuminated his soul. The rediscovery of faith as the mechanism of salvation was the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation. Six centuries have come and gone since Martin Luther made his world-changing rediscovery of faith. Yet even today, many still teach the erroneous doctrine that salvation is a matter of human works - take a look at today's Religons and look into what they teach as the Doctrine of Salavtion? Which God do they proclaim as The Most High God? (El Elyon) .. Jesus Christ, The Son of God .. or some other .. like NO GOD AT ALL in Atheism or what about - Baha'i, Black Muslim, Buddhism, Christian Science, Eastern Cults, Freemasonry, Greek Orthodox, Hinduism, Humanism, illuminati, Islam, Muslims, Jehovah's Witness, Kabbalah, Moonies, Unification Church, Mormons, New Age, Yin Yang, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Scientology, Seventh-Day Adventist, Unitarian, Universalism, Witchcraft, Wicca, Satanism  .. and then as we look at God's Words in Romans 10:3-4 what do we find ..  "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth."

In James 2, the apostle demolishes that false doctrine and explains the delicate balance between faith and works. Actions Speak Louder than Words Here we come to one of the most famous passages in the epistle of James. It’s a passage that has often been misinterpreted over the years, even though its meaning is not difficult or obscure in any way. James writes: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You alone, but James teaches salvation by works.” The only way you can claim that James and Paul contradict each other is by interpreting both writers either carelessly or dishonestly. The key words in James 2 are: “if someone says he has faith.” James is saying, in other words, “Watch out for those who claim to be believers, yet whose lifestyle does not match up with the Christian faith.” Another way to paraphrase James is the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.”

In our modern era .. The Christian gospel is often presented as a matter of simple "believism" .. saying in effect .. If you believe in a certain RELIGION .. or practice a certain "religion" .. or listen to so-and-so ... then your Faith saves you .. Sometimes, Christian preachers and evangelists present the gospel in a way that suggests that all you have to do is “receive Jesus as your Savior,” and you are saved.

I am no man's judge .. so please do not take this as a "judgement" .. but I am convinced that many of us have "head-knowledge" and accept Jesus as Our Savior ... we "know" and believe in our minds that Jesus Christ died on the Cross at Calvary on what we practiced and learned as Good Friday ( as Good Catholic boys and girls ) ... but ( and I am speaking for myself ) .. we do a poor job of living with Jesus as Our Lord. We all need to ask ourselves, “If Jesus is not the Lord of my life, then is he truly my Savior?”

PLEASE DO NOT GET THE IDEA ... that if Jesus is your Lord - YOU WILL NOT SIN OR STUMBLE - you most certainly will!  I’m saying that if Jesus is truly the Lord of Our Life .. we will always repent of our sins ... and return to him ... trusting that His Blood paid the price for our sins .. Once .. and that once --- was for all our sins - past, present and future. This is quite a contrast to the teaching of "going to confession" ... and saying some special words to a priest sitting in a little closet .. Authentic faith will make a difference in your life - a difference that people will be able to see.

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Women - how does God Feel about women personally?

Have you cut yourself off from those around you?  .. Take hold of your Savior’s hand today, and start experiencing the joy of His acceptance  .. as you see Jesus Talking With a Woman From Samaria at the well.

Do women seek to be wanted? .. or to be UNDERSTOOD? .. Understanding – so that a woman does not feel the need to have to explain herself .. Women want a friend - Right?

Women want to feel special, right? .. they expect "Honesty" .. but not too much of it if it's personal .. right?

Caring women want a man to "KNOW" .. that she matters - right? .. and they want a man of "Strength" – especially strength of Character - right? .. and one who has "Compassion" and can show her He is capable of loving - true?

Now Read This Story from ...  John 4:1-16

One reason women at times have a weak view of men is because of their weak view of Jesus. Our Faith "view of Jesus" begins with our faith view of God is sometimes faulty... and that might be for many various and sundry reasons - where we live, our age, how we were taught and so forth - or maybe the real world view of our own father? We've heard the prayer .. Our Father In Heaven - Hallowed Be Thy Name -- right? .. so it's not totally surprising, after all, GOD IS BIG .. He is so out there .. how could we ever truly get an accurate picture of what GOD looks like? ... How Does GOD act? .. or HOW DOES GOD FEEL about us personally?

Knowing that we would need a way to understand Him, our heavenly Father revealed Himself through His Son - JESUS .. And when scripture syas ..  “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).  The better we get to know Jesus, the more we will understand the Father (14:9). And when we take a look at the way Jesus treated the people around Him, we get a good illustration of God’s love.

Think about the woman at the well in today’s Scripture passage. This was a person who had been outcast by society ... The fact that she came to draw water during the heat of the day (4:6), a time when no one else would be around, indicates that her exclusion from the townspeople was not just their idea; she herself felt the need to stay isolated. - maybe today you feel "isolated" .. imagine what women in the Middle east must feel .. women in China .. isolated .. outcasts .. of little value? .. Poor Self image?

But what did Jesus do?  .. pay very close attention to How Jesus Treats Women ..

He loved her. He accepted her. He gave her what no one else would give: attention and respect. That is what Jesus does for us as well - all of us! The Lord does not want us burdened by guilt, shame, or heartache. Nor does He want us to be secluded from other people. Instead, He calls us to become active participants in His kingdom ... The Kingdom of God that is within you .. and about you ..

Have you cut yourself off from those around you? Take hold of your Savior’s hand today, and start experiencing the joy of His acceptance.

WOMAN .. WOMEN .. God Knows What You Need, Better Than Men - why is it that you do not turn to Him first? ..

Prayer and Study Suggestion http://www.iaskgod.com/the-lords-prayer

The Story of the Farmer and YOU and Me .. TODAY

Matthew 13:1-23 (NIRV)

The Story of the Farmer

13 That same day Jesus left the house and sat by the Sea of Galilee. 2 Large crowds gathered around him. So he got into a boat. He sat down in it. All the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things by using stories.

He said, “A farmer went out to plant his seed. 4 He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. Birds came and ate it up. 5 Some seed fell on rocky places, where there wasn’t much soil. The plants came up quickly, because the soil wasn’t deep. 6 When the sun came up, it burned the plants. They dried up because they had no roots. 7 Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and crowded out the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It produced a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than what was planted. 9 Those who have ears should listen.”

10 The disciples came to him. They asked, “Why do you use stories when you speak to the people?”

11 He replied, “You have been given the chance to understand the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. It has not been given to outsiders. 12 Everyone who has that kind of knowledge will be given more. In fact, they will have very much. If anyone doesn’t have that kind of knowledge, even what little he has will be taken away from him. 13 Here is why I use stories when I speak to the people. I say,
“They look, but they don’t really see.
    They listen, but they don’t really hear or understand.

14 “In them the words of the prophet Isaiah come true. He said,
“‘You will hear but never understand.
    You will see but never know what you are seeing.

15 The hearts of these people have become stubborn.
    They can barely hear with their ears.
    They have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes.
    They might hear with their ears.
    They might understand with their hearts.
They might turn to the Lord, and then he would heal them.’ (Isaiah 6:9,10)

16 “But blessed are your eyes because they see. And blessed are your ears because they hear. 17 What I’m about to tell you is true. Many prophets and godly people wanted to see what you see. But they didn’t see it. They wanted to hear what you hear. But they didn’t hear it.

18 “Listen! Here is the meaning of the story of the farmer. 19 People hear the message about the kingdom but do not understand it. Then the evil one comes. He steals what was planted in their hearts. Those people are like the seed planted on a path. 20 Others received the seed that fell on rocky places. They are those who hear the message and at once receive it with joy. 21 But they have no roots. So they last only a short time. They quickly fall away from the faith when trouble or suffering comes because of the message. 22 Others received the seed that fell among the thorns. They are those who hear the message. But then the worries of this life and the false promises of wealth crowd it out. They keep it from producing fruit. 23 But still others received the seed that fell on good soil. They are those who hear the message and understand it. They produce a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than the farmer planted.”

God is The God of All MERCY - El Malei Rachamim

God is The God of All MERCY - El Malei Rachamim .. Our God Who Is Full of Mercy .. Our All Merciful God .. Our God Who has been merciful to us from our beginnings

To many, especially the Jewish People ..  "El malei rachamim" is a funeral prayer - a Prayer for the Soul of the Departed .. A prayer of remembrance - where one prays that The God Who dwells on high will grant proper rest under the wings of the Divine Presence. However, to a Christian .. a Believer in The Lord Jesus Christ - The Son of God ... Jesus of Nazareth .. The One who was .. the One who is .. The One Who Is To Come Again .. The Way .. The Truth .. The Life .. Jesus Is The Only Begotten Son of God .. and he became man so that we might have "life" and have it more abundantly .. have life everlasting (forever) through The Blood of The Lamb of God - we begin to see Jesus by the Power of The Holy Spirit .. and the Fullness of  El Malei Rachamim ..

Just Think About this as a "Name" - El Malei Rachamim - Our God Who Is Full of Mercy .. Our All Merciful God .. Our God Who has been merciful to us from our beginnings ( even in our mother's womb ) .. and we have been given and shown His Mercy in every moment of our lives ..  

Let's Consider Ephesians 2:1  .. God Has Given Us New Life Through Christ

2 You were living in your sins and lawless ways. But in fact you were dead. 2 You used to live as sinners when you followed the ways of this world. You served the one who rules over the spiritual forces of evil. He is the spirit who is now at work in those who don’t obey God. 3 At one time we all lived among them. We tried to satisfy what our sinful nature wanted to do. We followed its longings and thoughts. God was angry with us and everyone else because of the kind of people we were. 4 But God loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. 5 So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God’s grace has saved you. 6 God raised us up with Christ. He has seated us with him in his heavenly kingdom because we belong to Christ Jesus. 7 He has done it to show the riches of his grace for all time to come. His grace can’t be compared with anything else. He has shown it by being kind to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 8 God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. 9 It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it.

What we believe determines how we will act .. and live out our lives. To behave in a godly manner, we must embrace biblical truth. So let’s take a look at some basics of the faith and relate it to God's MERCY towards all men .. and especially take a look at ourselves ..

Man’s relationship with God is broken, apart from Jesus Christ. When Adam and Eve rebelled, their nature became corrupt and alienated them from God. That “flesh” nature was then passed down to all subsequent generations, separating man from the Father (Rom. 5:12). On our own, we can neither make amends for our sin nor change our nature. No more than a leopard can change his spots ..

Salvation comes through Jesus alone (Acts 4:12). God’s justice required a penalty for sin, but only a sacrifice without defect would suffice. ( The Lamb of God ) .. Jesus, who lived a perfect life on earth, was uniquely qualified. He bore our sins and died in our place so we might be forgiven and adopted into God’s family. When we receive Jesus as Our Savior, we’re given a new nature, and Christ’s righteousness is counted as ours (Phil. 3:9; 2 Cor. 5:17).

The church today .. is Christ’s body .. and it is made up of born-again believers throughout the world (1 Cor. 12:13). All Christians are commanded to worship the Lord, care for one another, and share in the work of spreading the gospel. God’s followers are also given spiritual gifts to use in building up other believers.

If these truths are the basis for our view of life, we will find ourselves growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Forgiving others will become a possibility and dying to self a more common occurrence. Ungodly traits will fade away and be replaced by the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

Take a moment to "reflect" on the Name of El Malei Rachamim - Our God Who Is Full of Mercy .. and recall all the "mercies" you have been shown in your days ..   

 

 

 

 

 

Are You .. All of Us - God's own possession?

You are a people for God's own possession" (1 Pet. 2:9).

When Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14), He stated a truth that has very special meaning to many believers .. and in many ways.

If you were to go to: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god .. and study the Names of God .. you will see that Jesus and "Jehovah Rohi" .. Our God Who Shepherds and GUIDES US .. is one with His Father ..

Go to any gravesite burial service .. and you will usually hear the reading of Psalm 23 ... Psalm 23 ... A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need. 2  He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. He leads me beside quiet waters.  3 He gives me new strength.  He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me. 5  You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies. You pour oil on my head. My cup runs over. 6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

What memories of Our God .. who directs and guides us .. do you have? Everyone is His by creation, but we as Christians are uniquely His because He paid the price to redeem us from the bondage of sin and death. God's ownership of believers is emphasized throughout Scripture. Paul admonished elders to "shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20:28). He said to the Corinthians, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body" (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Titus 2:14 says that Christ "gave Himself for us, that He might redeem [or purchase] us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession." Isaiah 43:21 says, "The people whom I formed for Myself, will declare My praise." That was to be Israel's purpose, and it is yours as well. God chose you as His own possession and gave His Son to purchase your salvation. You are His eternally, so live accordingly and rejoice in such a glorious privilege!

Suggestions for Prayer: Begin To Look To The Prayer taught by Jesus .. and begin to learn of The Name of God .. so that you might "hallow" His Name .. see:  http://www.iaskgod.com/the-lords-prayer

For Further Study: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god

How To Change Your Life! Spiritually, Financially, and Relationally

Maybe this can help - Change Your Life!
 
If you want a complete breakthrough in every area of your life .. Spiritually, Financially, and Relationally with God .. there are certain things that need to be in place in order for you to have a season of victory in your life. Before a breakthrough comes, certain things must be dealt with .. Specifically, there must be a complete defeat of your enemies! WHO IS YOUR ENEMY? Here is a thought .. an explanation of something deep.

It was the dream of King David to build the house of the Lord. However, he explains to his son Solomon in 1 Chronicles 22:7-8 that he could not fulfill his dream because he had “made great wars”.  Please understand what most people do not understand about this passage of scripture...  David fought many wars for the purpose of God's people. They were battles against the enemies of God. It was not the fact that David had fought that stopped him from fulfilling his dream, it was the fact that he only secured complete victory over his enemies at an age too old to build! Verse 9 shows us this- “Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around.”

YOU CANNOT PURSUE YOUR DREAMS WHILE FIGHTING YOUR ENEMIES! .. have you ever noticed how "weary" you become as you constantly "battle" your enemies? You must build from a place of rest, as Solomon did. I pray that you will receive a breakthrough in "understanding" - right now ...  'May every enemy to your dreams be defeated according to God's Holy Will! .. May you enter a season of rest that only comes through Jesus Christ .. and His Holy Spirit! .. and may the dreams God has given to you come to pass - and I ask this in Jesus Name!

There are keys to victory that I need to share with you... Before we go any further, there are a few basic things you must understand. THERE ARE 3 KEYS TO SUCCESS! .. First, you must know "what to do" .. Secondly, you must "know" HOW TO DO IT .. and Thirdly - YOU MUST DO IT!  Remember - if you leave out any "key" .. you are doomed to failure!

ALSO .. a wise person must see and understand there some principles you must know about .. 
1. There is an enemy in your life .. and this enemy is "spiritual" - spiritual warfare is resisting, overcoming and defeating the enemy's lies (in the form of deception, temptations and accusations) that he sends our way.
2. The enemy operates from a spiritual or unseen realm - and the first deception of the enemy - is to make you think there is no enemy.  CONSIDER THIS: Ephesians 6:10-18 .. read about God's Armor .. 10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his  mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans. 12 Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in   the heavenly world. 13 So put on all of God’s armor. Evil days will come. But you will be able to stand up to anything. And after you have done everything you can, you will still be standing. 14 So stand firm. Put the belt of truth around your waist. Put the  armor of godliness on your chest. 15 Wear on your feet what will prepare you to tell the good news of peace. 16 Also, pick up the shield of faith. With it you can put out all of the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Put on the helmet of salvation. And take the   sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword is God’s word. 18 At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all of God’s people.
3. This warfare you find yourself in is dangerously aggressive and highly orchestrated by a very determined, very experienced and very well organized enemy - Satan .. and he has thousands of years of experience at this - YOU DO NOT!
4. YOU are a target of this well organized enemy ( The Devil ) .. and this fact is not something from Ripley's "Believe It or Not" files - THIS COMES FROM GOD'S WORD!  .. consider 1 Peter 5:8 .. 8 Control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is   like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow. ( DEVOUR ) .. eat his prey, hungrily or quickly ... as in FIRE .. DISEASE .. OR OTHER FORCES .. to consume someone or something destructively - maybe like your  marriage .. your family life .. yourself as in with "drugs" or "drinking" .. just consider the synonyms: consume, engulf, envelop.

With these principles understood there is one more thing you MUST UNDERSTAND - God Hears Your Prayers .. and God PROMISES TO BE FAITHFUL  .. just stop now and read:
Matthew 7:7-11 about the subject: Ask, Search, Knock  -  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%207:7-11

Your spirit and strength renewed .. have a Good 4th of July

.. have a Good 4th of July

Your spirit and strength renewed .. have a Good 4th of July .. One Nation .. Under God!
 

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest awhile.”  MARK 6:31

Some people never really rest. ( I think I am one of these peoiple ) .. They are so busy with the activities of life that they appear to be a blur: always on the way to somewhere; never slowing down. Jesus did not have that problem. He purposely sought solitude for spiritual replenishment. He seemed to know just how important such times were for “re-charging” His spiritual battery, and He took advantage of them at every opportunity. What about you? How long has it been since you were quiet and still in the presence of God, with no agenda other than a desire to sit at His feet? Many view solitude as a negative prospect, and are alone only if, and when, it is absolutely necessary. But solitude rightly pursued and experienced energizes our interaction with others, and nurtures our soul. When Iowans Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey became the parents of septuplets (that’s seven babies, folks!) they were exponentially overwhelmed with the responsibilities faced by every new mom and dad. Seven to rock, seven to feed, seven to change, seven to bathe and cuddle and hold...what a challenge! But this young, Christian couple said, while they appreciated the outpouring of help they received, they looked forward to the time they could be “alone” with their young family for an entire evening. Once, after bringing the babies home, this husband and wife reported that they got in their car, drove to a nearby grain silo, parked behind it, and cried and prayed together. They instinctively knew that stepping out of the fray for a few stolen moments away would strengthen them for the task at hand. All of us have demands on our time and become weary of life’s grind. Time alone with God without phones, pagers, prayer partners, portable cd players or other human or technological distractions, is critical for allowing His Spirit to fill us. In solitude, we can receive from God His life-giving breath, emerging with renewed sensitivity and compassion for others, and intensified love for Him. This is true replenishment from the source of all strength and truth.

Sooner or later you will meet The Living STONE! Get Stoned Now!

Get Stoned Now - But Do It The Right Way.

SOONER .. OR LATER .. we shall all come face to face with The Living Stone .. will He "know you" .. or cast you aside  .. and tell you that He never "knew you" ??

 

1 Peter 2:4-12 - (NIRV) - The Living Stone and a Chosen People

Christ is the living Stone. People did not accept him. But God chose him. God places the highest value on him.

You also are like living stones. As you come to him you are being built into a house for worship. There you will be holy priests. You will offer spiritual sacrifices. God will accept them because of what Jesus Christ has done.

In Scripture it says,

“Look! I am placing a stone in Zion.
    It is a chosen and very valuable stone.
    It is the most important stone in the building.
The one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 28:16)

The stone is very valuable to you who believe. But to people who do not believe,

“The stone the builders did not accept
    has become the most important stone of all.” (Psalm 118:22)

And,

“It is a stone that causes people to trip.
    It is a rock that makes them fall.” (Isaiah 8:14)

They trip and fall because they do not obey the message. That is also what God planned for them.

But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are a people who belong to God. All of this is so that you can sing his praises. He brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people. But now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy. But now you have received mercy.

11 Dear friends, you are outsiders and strangers in this world. So I’m asking you not to give in to your sinful longings. They fight against your soul. 12 People who don’t believe might say you are doing wrong. But lead good lives among them. Then they will see your good works. And they will give glory to God on the day he comes to judge.

The Middle East Rebellion - Chosen People or Rebels Against God?

Middle East Peace - Jesus Is The Answer

The Middle East Rebellion - Chosen People or Rebels Against God?

Enjoying Spiritual Privileges In The Middle East should be a "given"  - instead it seems to be nothing but war, disruption, rebellion, hatred, and anger toward all things "Christian."

When God spoke in the Old Testament - he was speaking of the peoples of the middle east. When He spoke things like - being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood or .. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession who did all that include? In 1 Pet. 2:4-10 .. You are the people of God, You have received mercy .. Peter surely was not talking to Westerners was he?

If you were able to ask someone from The Middle East about Jesus of Nazereth - you'd likely hear something like - I don't believe in Jesus of Nazareth ( لا أعتقد أن في يسوع الناصري  ) .. and if you were to press farther and ask - "Please tell me about the Jesus God you don't believe in." ( من فضلك قل لي عن يسوع الله كنت لا أعتقد في  .. you might get words describing - a vengeful, unfair, arbitrary cosmic God who delights in watching the middle east stumble through life in search of meaning and direction.  وانتقامية وغير عادلة والتعسفية الله الكونية الذين المسرات في مشاهدة منطقة الشرق الأوسط من خلال الحياة تتعثر  .. After listening to that portrayal of God .. a westerner might say - I don't believe in that God either.

Most people have a warped view of Jesus of Nazareth because they can't see beyond their circumstances and the conditions that plague our fallen world. Their distorted world view keeps them from understanding God's goodness and mercy through His Son, Jesus. But we as believers understand because we see beyond the physical realm and experience His grace and kindness in many ways .. especially in our western civilization. We Believe Scripture speaks pointedly about the duties and responsibilities of Christians, but all of that is balanced by the rights and benefits that we have in Christ Jesus, and in writing to Christians who were experiencing severe persecution, the apostle Peter reminded them of their privileges and called them to praise God for His abundant grace (1 Pet. 2:9). That is our calling as well.

Let us all consider many of those privileges, including our union with Jesus of Nazareth - Our access to God the Father, His priestly role, Our spiritual security, election, dominion, and inheritance resulting from The shed blood of Jesus. The implications of them all are staggering and should be a source of great joy and thanksgiving as you study them .. read them .. in God's Holy Word.

Maybe some things to pray about this week ..
 
• Thank God for the privilege of being His child. Not a Muslim or an ISIS fighter - yet to seek Wisdom and Understanding ..
• Pray that Jesus would strengthen and encourage us all with the truths we read and hear from The Bible.
• Regardless of our circumstances, learn to focus on God's glory and grace, allowing them continually to fill our hearts with praise and worship - especially this 4th of July.

For Further Study: Read 1 Peter 1:3-9 and 2:4-10.

Ask God How You can Help Reach The Middle East for Christ?

If you have been following the news, you know that political instability is escalating in the Middle East as the jihadist group ISIL (Islamic State in the Levant, also commonly referred to as ISIS) executes the hostile takeover of major cities in Iraq and Syria. This is a dark time in history for these nations, and yet God is using sites like www.iaskGod.com  to draw as many to Christ in these and other countries in the Middle East via the internet - The World Wide Web .. and as you know, there are many others like Leading The Way which broadcasts not only domestically but internationally through their satellite channel "THE KINGDOM SAT" .. and they are proclaiming the Truth of Christ 24/7 in the Middle East, and through regular radio programming, broadcasting specifically to areas like Baghdad and Basra in Iraq, as well as the Kurdish region in the north where many are heading as they flee ISIL's trek to Baghdad.

Believe it or not, Leading The Way even has on-the-ground teams who follow up with viewers every week via emails, texts, Skype calls, and Facebook messages. just like we do as visitors to our site search for the real meaning of life and true security - that which is not found in their regions of the world. Stories like these from the follow-up teams provided us with proof that we can reach out accross the world via the internet .. 

Let's all pray for those from Iraq, Muslims who are asking many questions about Jesus Christ .. seeking and asking questions about Our Lord. Please pray that they hear the truth, and recognize the Lord’s voice and accept Him.

We get emails from all around the world through our Global Media Outreach missions involvement and in these emails people indicate that they just prayed and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior after being a Muslim all their lives .. let us all seek to ask God to give these people strength to take the step to surrender their hearts and lives to the Lord.

Please pray for wisdom in how we may all share our faith with these peoples - you may not be able to take a missions trip to the middle east or to Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Afghanastan, Yemen, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain - but you can help us reach more and more people through the internet. While the political unrest continues, especially please join us in praying for God to draw many more to Christ during this time - and ASK GOD HOW YOU CAN HELP?
 

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