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April 24, 2013

Mormon Missionaries – Sold-out and diligent in sharing their faith – Are we.??

another testament of Jesus Christ

Holy Bible and the book of Mormon

“So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11).

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Last night, completely by happenstance, while browsing in the iTunes store i discovered that 2 of the Top 10 and 3 of the Top 20 Christianity FREE Books were those of the Mormons.

I thought of this article my pastor shared a few days ago: “A State Seeks to Be Heard in a New World Economy: Why Mormons are Dealing with Globalization. Language Programs Flower in Utah’s Schools – Utah, with a history of missionary work, hopes to create a bilingual workforce, in part to lure international businesses.”

 
This evening at dinner i was telling my family about the article, several of the Mormon books being in the top free downloads and how the Mormons are all about their mission when it comes to sharing their faith..

And then…

After dinner, just before dark a couple of Mormon “Missionaries” who wanted to make sure God’s word was being shared with the lost, showed up on our porch with a free “testament” and a prayer for our family. I have seen them often and here all this time i was thinking they were probably Jehovah Witness, since we do have some of those visit often also.

Anyway, this is the second time in the last five days someone of a ‘variant’ faith has showed up on our front porch wanting to make sure our family knows about Jesus/God. WoW.

I see these two (most kind and courteous) young Mormon men knocking on doors and praying with folks on their porches at least once every couple of weeks or so. They are sold-out, diligent and serious about sharing their faith — Are we.??

Perhaps this will help…

‘Rom. 1:16, “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.” What is the Gospel? 1 Cor. 15:1-4 says it is the sacrificial death and physical resurrection of Jesus for sins. It is the powerful message of salvation to sinners. If you know that the Word of God will accomplish what God wants it to and if you know that the gospel has power to save, then it should ease your mind to know that in witnessing you are using two very powerful weapons: God’s Word and God’s Gospel. The Word of God is the Bible. The Gospel of God is His revelation of redemption.’
‘John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” Here Jesus speaks specifically about His crucifixion. It is He who draws to Himself all who are to be saved. When you present the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus for sins, Jesus draws the sinner to Himself. He does the work, not you.’
As a Christian, you are to witness with truth, honesty, and integrity. As the Lord provides the opportunity, you should respond in lovingkindness with a humble and gentle spirit (2 Tim. 2:24). And in that, you should point people to Jesus. It is He alone who saves.

‘If you know that God’s Word will accomplish what God desires, that the gospel is powerful to save, and that it is Jesus who draws all men to Himself, then you should realize that the responsibility of salvation does not rest on you, but on God. You are the teacher, the deliverer of good news. “How shall they believe in Him who they have not heard?” (Rom. 10:14). You help them hear.!’

‘These three verses should help you to gain confidence. You witness; God saves. You plant the seeds; God waters. He uses you. It is His Word that accomplishes salvation. It is His gospel that is powerful. It is His Son Jesus who draws. You witness in power when you witness with the Word of God.’  Need more – read more at: http://carm.org/three-important-verses-witnessing

“Missionaries” came by and… <–http://instagram.com/p/YeCSrAhTyn/

 

April 2, 2013

Great House of God

A Home for Your Heart, Lucado

The Great House of God; A Home For Your Heart by Max Lucado

I have asked one thing from the LORD. This is what I want: Let me live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life. ~Psalm 27:4

Did you know that God has built a House for your soul – a home for your heart? Just as you have a physical house to shelter your body, God has provided a Spiritual home to shelter your heart and house your soul.

The Lord’s Prayer sets this expansive floor plan in “The Great House of God,” while author Max Lucado takes you on a captivating room by room tour through the grandest and soundest of shelters you could ever know.

‘The observatory will stretch you.  The chapel will humble you.  The study will direct you.  And the kitchen will nourish you. The roof never leaks, the walls never crack, and the foundation never trembles. In God’s house, you are home. So come into the house built just for you. Your Father is waiting.’

Also included is an excellently detailed study guide that would make this an ideal book for small groups or book clubs to go into a deeper study or discussion of presented topics chapter by chapter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this eBook free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 16 CFR, Part 255.

December 15, 2012

Reasonable Service

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. ~The Apostle PaulRomans 12:2

A wise man, someone whom I deeply admire His heart for Jesus, once told me that: “There are times when the people need a Prophet and other times when they need a Priest …” He may or may not remember the time in which this was said but it took roots and is especially remembered as this entry is written.

I have no stones to throw, neither have I arrived at this place of total surrender in which i am so oft compelled to write and speak of.. Nevertheless, I must continue, ‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work within will carry it on to completion.’

Yesterday our nation experienced a horrific tragedy — our hearts are broken. And yet, while we all sit in this broken state of longing.. longing to wake-up and discover this is only a very bad dream, an unreal nightmare perhaps, longing to understand the incomprehensible — questioning: “Dear God, WHY.!?” I am gently being reminded that what many of us (those who are Not directly involved in this tragic happening – indeed a parent’s worst very real life nightmare) are really experiencing, in general as ones who call ourselves Christians and as those who ‘are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God’, what we are really experiencing is a state of shocked denial.

Denial of the truth, that by our collective and permissive will we have advanced the things of this world making them into idols unto ourselves and our children.  Denial of our neglect. Denial of our rebellion. Denial of our idolatry.  We have refused the offering of ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice — we have neglected to protect the gateways to our mind and heart, our eyes and ears as well as those of our children.  We have copied the customs of this world, deeply implanted them within our homes and within our communities – failing to worship in spirit and truth; failing even our ‘reasonable service.’

Luke 1:78,79

Mercy of God shine on those in darkness.

Many of us have taken this neglect to the extreme of rebellion. Resenting and rejecting any who dare to speak of this truth; labeling and writing them off as mere over bearing “do gooders” or as angry zealots. Voices of truth and reason are entirely tuned out while we tune in to the latest movie, sage, or song – inquiring minds need to be informed we foolishly assure ourselves.

We not only sit, watch, and listen to productions that demoralize, damage and destroy the holy institution of family; we actually pay for this deadly pollution to filter through the eye and ear gates of our homes and thus our personal being, plus that of our entrusted posterity.   We continue to thumb our noses in the face of God every day in our choosing what music we will listen to, what TV programs we will view and what movies we will go see at the theater; spending untold amounts of time weekly on activities that have not one desirable benefit for own selves, let alone that of any others. Meanwhile people, whom Jesus poured out His blood for, are perishing, literally dying, while we go about with blinders on, spiritually numbed and indignantly ignorant to the schemes of the evil one.

This, no doubt, sounds harsh.. But it is nonetheless a word spoken in love. It is not all negative. All is not lost. Jesus is still on The Throne. There is Good News, also! We have been given the Gift of Repentance aka the Gift of Turning, and the freedom plus the power to exercise it through His Holy Spirit.

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found…’ (Psalm 32:1-6).

We can repent; that is to turn.. turn away from all that is not of the LORD.. We can turn.. turn off our Cable, Satellite, TV and all other type services we call entertainment that support, promote, idealize, glamorize, and air apostasy, violence, sex, loose virtue, poor morals and the demonic. We could turn in and refuse to purchase those weapons that enable individuals to commit mass murders…

We can take the money we save from this [Gift of] turning and use it to support orphans and widows. We and use it to feed those who are literally dying from starvation and lack of clean drinking water in third world countries. We can use it to help buy immunization shots that prevent death in poor countries for children who desperately need.  We could help support the eradication of Human Trafficking and Slavery.  We can turn and if we truly desire Life, we will turn.

psalm-32-esv1 Furthermore, we could use our new found time which we would find ourselves having without these empty activities, to volunteer with low income and at risk children in our local communities. We could serve a meal to the homeless. We could offer our time to a single parent or sit with one of the many lonely elderly people among us – visit the shut-ins.  We could befriend that oddly different person or seemingly awkward, strange family we have been avoiding. We could help to stop stigmatizing those who struggle with life altering disabilities by becoming genuinely concerned and involved in the life of a special needs or mentally ill individual. We could go lay hands on the sick and intercede for their healing.  We could cook a meal for that family who just lost their Beloved to death.  And the list goes on of what we could do to show God’s love to others… We would be saving lives; our own and those of our children. Please, pause calmly, think on that, then act upon it.

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. ~James, brother of Christ  <– In other words: Go! Touch the Untouchable. Jesus certainly did and so must we.

Our God is not dead nor absent from this tragic world. HE is alive within ME, within YOU, within US. He is there enabling His body, the Church to use their freedom for the service of others by going about doing good, in His name, daily. This, after all His ‘tender mercies,’ is nothing more than our ‘reasonable service.’

April 3, 2009

Mini Mi – Penny for your thoughts…

Filed under: Blogroll,Children,Family,Love — canwetalkaboutthat @ 3:20 PM
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So, we are trying to convince Mini Mi that taking my purse, hiding in the closet, removing and saving my belongings [she especially likes my face power, mascara, and lip gloss] for future use… Tearing my dollar bills in half, returning [only] the other half to my purse… is wrong!

Her Daddy told her “this is called stealing and it is wrong.” Her reply, which was animatedly accompanied by indescribable facial expressions, hands waving and finger pointing, was:  SHH, Quiet! Its Mine!”

And me; I don’t even know what to do but laugh, but not in front of her mind you! 🙂

She just seems to be determined to have a collection of my belongings  in her closet, clothing drawers, or other undiscovered secret places… and as I write this she is proudly prancing about with black looking warrior marks [the mascara] streaked across both eye lids. I wish the web cam was working about now, so I could share a picture of this with you! However, I’m feeling pretty sure that you [at least the moms anyway] can mentally picture this and heartily laugh without one! 🙂

Yep, our Mini Mi is a most tenacious and feisty three year old, hence my hubby nick naming her “Mini Mi.” Truth is, he loves her resemblance to her tenacious, sometimes stubborn mommy! ;-) My quick witted temperament and pull er up by the boot strap attitude, if need be, was a source of wonder and attraction to him back in our prior marriage days… and I suspect [even be it to his bewilderment sometimes] that it still is! LOL

A few months ago, I shared with Mrs. Williams “Mini Mi’s” ability to frustrate the hay out of her Sunday school teachers by [often] suddenly and without notice escaping their class, which has locks and latches that she cannot reach. They have no idea how she gets the door open because if she used something to stand on it would seem that it would block the door from opening. This is not a very big room either…

Ms. Williams said, “She is going to be a prophetess.” …and then I start thinking, well praise the Lord that at least Juan and I now understand such things as this; so maybe she won’t have to struggle down some of the paths we did! Which, by the way, is one of my main concerns in her having such a kindred spirit to mommy.

But really what to do with her…? We don’t want to break her will; that often seemed to be the goal of many parents when Juan and I were growing up. I firmly believe that she’s going to strongly need that daring, spunky, feisty little tenacious attitude in this [sometimes very mean] old world as she grows up. This world is not getting any better; it is getting worse day by day… And I can testify that its evil would have literally swallowed me whole [many times] if God had not blessed me with the strengths that He did… no, indeed I did not save myself, His blessings and favor did.

Any whom, purse is rescued, other half of dollar permanently lost it seems, and I’m going back to my school work now.

Penny for your thoughts…

March 25, 2009

Community – Then and Now

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As a child I grew up in a small backwoods town. If you drove through it you wouldn’t even believe that we considered it a “town” and might even chuckle at the thought. We had, I think maybe about 300 people in our little town. My family lived on about a hundred acres, so our neighbors needless to say were not “just next door.”

However, everyone seemed to know each other, or at least the adults did ~aka~ the “elders” – when you were twelve years old didn’t everyone over forty or so seem old? Anyways, being a child, I didn’t know it yet but we were a community not just a little town tucked away in the backwoods.

In our little community, as it pertained to anything that happened outside of one’s home, there was none of the “that’s not my kid nor my brother, so I’m not intervening” type attitudes that we often see today. Everyone made it their business to be mindful of all the other community members, especially the younger ones; even when a new kid popped up on occasion [probably visiting, but hey they might stay] they’d keep “one good eye” on him or her too. And if one of those “young-ones” looked to be “up to something” and it didn’t seem to be settling quite right with them [the elders/wise ones] they didn’t care whose young-one it was they’d intervene in some manner or the other.

Yep, we young folks were not so fond of our noisy “elders” [at least back then that is] they always seemed to ruin our grandest of plans! They “bossed” us, even when we didn’t exactly know who they really were, they knew us often by name but when not, by parents name i.e. “That’s Jimmy Barnes kid over there throwing them there rocks.” I use Mr. Barnes kid as an example cause I’d of never been guilty of throwing rocks mind you; I might have missed my target via that method! ;-)

They were a real pain, or so we thought, with their meddling, minding our business, giving long lectures, unwanted [now known to be pearly] advice and even ratted us out to our parents sometimes! I mean really we had a most difficult time getting ourselves into much mischief in that one cart town!

Not to mention they were always picking on, I mean keeping an eye on me because I was pretty adept at mischief, usually the harmless type which they loved to laugh about, but sometimes — you know like if Mary Jane pulled her puppy’s tail, or one of the larger kids was picking on a smaller one — I was prone to get involved and had no fear calling a cease your fire command or it’s a dual with me you mean bully!

Nonetheless, if I only called for one well that might have been Okay, but those nosy elders had come to learn that I rarely backed down from my stance in defending those considered to be our weaker community citizens. Yep, I’d be ready to battle it out for sure [all seventy-five spit-fire pounds of me that is – did I mention I was also a tiny little elf looking child]. Hey, in all fairness, I did give them an option to stop being a bully; by nature I do not like strife. I’ve always strongly preferred getting along with all, peace and love over war, both – then and now. I was a determined one when it came to “justice” for the underdog though – then and still now.

Any whom – Getting on to the point – How many of us did not moan and groan earlier on that we’d never be like Mom, or Dad, or Sally Sue’s parents or so-in-so…in moments of resentment at their all knowing ways?

Nonetheless, over the years I have come to realize most every young person’s worst fear “Oh my goodness, I’ve become just like them!” Well golly, I’m more often than not, so glad that I did! 🙂

Most of the time this resemblance, to my former community elders, it’s a good thing……but sometimes — you know like when an all grown-up Mary Jane is still pulling the puppy’s tail, or when it appears that bigger people are just being outright mean bullies to little people — I can become like that twelve year old spit-fire of a girl from yesteryear; desiring to help save or defend the weak and hence find myself wanting to call the cease fire command or it’s a dual.

And thankfully, although the community has changed, even the new community has community elders around that notice when the [all be them well intending] younger folks are up to something that “doesn’t settle quite right” with them.

I’m also thankful that I’ve learned from many of them that I’m much better off seeking their experienced counsel, before I go grabbing tigers by the tail or challenging the bullies to a dual at dawn…… And am even more thankful that there are still many that have not adopted the new and growing attitude of this world – “that’s not my kid nor my brother, so I’m not getting involved or intervening” in any manner – that is as it pertains to me and my family anyways.

Yep, who’d of ever thought it – That we’d someday be grateful for the eyes, ears and even the [unmerited] advice of our concerned community, both – Then and Now.

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