Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Would you be willing to ... for Christ???

Would you be willing to lose all your worldly posessions, lose a limb, lose a family member, spend the rest of your life in prison, or to pay the ultimate prise and lose your life for the cause of Christ???
I recently received in the mail a package that contain a book called "Tortured for Christ" by Richard Wurmbrand, a magazine "The voice of the martyr" and a map of the world with highlighted areas one dark blue for restricted nations and the other green for hostile nations... I figure I would check the magazine and see what it was all about... I ended up reading the whole thing within 20 minutes. When I finish reading I must say that I was fully convicted by what I had read! It had the story of a young guy from Nigeria named Godwin  Vincent who lost his left hand to Muslim extremist who attacked him while he was on his way to the grocery store, the reason for the attack Godwin is a Christian believer!
Godwin Vincent
There was also the story of a pastor in India who was beaten for preaching the gospel, his church and Bibles were burned... while he was being beaten they told him to "stop preaching because people are converting and we don't want people be converted!"
Wife of beaten Indian pastor

In Vietnam an evangelist baptizes people in secret

In Pakistan another shares the gospel even though his life has been threaten many times...

In Indonesia, many have been killed and others are force to move to "christian refuge camps" all because of their believes!!! In China, Iran and Afghanistan there is many who have been put in prison for preaching the gospel or for giving out Bibles or tracks... some will never get out of that prison cell, their sentence is life in prison.

Through all this you can see that not one of them is willing to stop the evangelizing of the area they live in... Do you know why??? They love Christ and want to share His love and His salvation with others!
To me really the saddest part of all is that probably most of them do not even know truth but are still willing to lay down their lives for this mighty cause.
I feel ashamed to say that I (knowing truth) have never put even 1/2 as much effort into evangelizing my area as these poor people! It makes me so sad to even think about it... Our church has such a great calling and God has been dealing with all of us but still some wont listen! 8,( We are full of excuses about why we can't give of out time... We have a revelation of who Jesus really is but yet most of the time we choose to do nothing about it... We live in America the "land of the free" where we don't have to worry about persecution... but still we have a million excuses why we can't go do outreach today... Well Saturday is my only day off, I have to do laundry, I have to wash the cars, give the house a good cleaning, I have to clean the garage, do the lawn, clean the refrigerator, go grocery shopping, go to the mall for that one day sale, etc.... you can fill in the blank! I know what God has been dealing with me about, do you know what God wants you to do???God didn't call us just to sit and enjoy but we are also called to share the good news with others. Jesus didn't die for just a few but He died for all of us!  I think its about time to get serious about this revival God promise to Ontario! We need to start putting the work of God first in our lives, people are hungry for what we have... lets be that bridge that God uses to bring them home.
 Lets pray that God would enbolden us. We have the power of the Holy Ghost and with God all things are possible. He will help us and guide us to the lost and hungry! We need to reach them all... as many as we can before Jesus returns for His own! We need to reach for the Old and the young, the gay and the straight the rich and the poor, the "saved" and the lost... all have an opportunity to make it to heaven but we need to help them along! 8)
It is our calling that God gave to us... are you ready to respond to your calling, even if you might lose all???

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's the same shall save it.   Mark 8:35

and remember to pray for the persecuted believers of these world!

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Here we go!

So new year, new resolutions right?
I would have to say that my biggest resolution this year is to loose weight... I feel like the older I get the fatter I get aughh! So I have finally decided that I am gonna do something about it! I want to loose 50 Lbs by the summer. Thats my goal... I have sign up with Sparkspeople.com which is a great site to keep an online food jurnal... also it has a lot of help when it comes to work out ideas and food recipes and all this other cool stuff! 8) So yes I am happy to say that I am ready to get back in shape! YEAH ME!!! 8)
This week we ( meaning church family) are gonna be having a week of prayer and fasting, so I don't think I will be writting to much on my jurnal! lol It would look like this:
    Breakfast - nothing
    Lunch -      nothing
    Dinner -     nothing
It would look like this all week! ( hopefully) lol
The good thing about fasting for a week, besides the obvious spiritual advantages is that you usually loose about 5 Lbs... again YEAH ME! lol
So I will keep you all informed to see how I am doing. feel free to leave me any encouraging messages! lol
Also I recently decided that I wanted to learn how to knit... I found size 8 (5 mm) needles @ a 99 c store and I figure ha lets give it a try... so I will soon be posting pictures of how that is going! I am currently working on making a baby blanket... which I will have to say that for having just learned the basics I am doing pretty good! 8)
Well that is it for today... I love you all! 8)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

31 Reasons why!

This is a post my good friend Sis. Jana Chance McVay posted as a note on Facebook on January 27, 2011
Enjoy!  8^)

Tonight my pastor taught about something that we as Christians, people who are striving to be like Christ, should not have as part of our lives. Yes, he spoke about television and the movie industry. No, he did not just give us examples or simply admonish us to refrain. He took the time and gave us scriptural reasons we should refrain. Oh, and the bible study he taught was not something he put together himself. It was originally put together by an Assemblies of God minister back in the 60's. The scriptures are still the same, God is still the same, but television is DEFINITELY different than it was back then! There are people of great intelligence who have chosen to refrain from having a television in their homes. They feel it is a waste of time and can "dumb down" a child that is exposed to it. Psychologists have said that children are being numbed by the violence they see. That children's psyche are being adversely affected. In fact, many of Hollywood's own stars do not allow their own children to watch television or the movies they themselves are a part of. Why? Because there is too much violence, sex, mayhem, gossip, etc. that they don't want their children to be damaged by. 

I am not judging anyone who has a television. Instead, I challenge all of us to study the scriptures that were given tonight and honestly seek God's will about this topic. If you are interested, you can listen to the Bible Study at http://inlandlighthouse.com/ on the Sermons tab. The title of the Bible Study is "Scriptural Reasons Why Television and Hollywood are Unacceptable to a Christian."

My husband took down the scripture references and reason from each scripture while our pastor spoke. Here is the list he compiled:

Deut 7;26
Do not bring an abomination into your house

Psalms 1:1-2
It puts viewers in the seat of the scornful.

Psalms 101 2-3
No wicked thing before my eyes

2 Cor 6:14
  Fellow-shipping with works of darkness

Phil 4:5
It pollutes righteous thoughts

2 Cor 6 16-17
Touching the unclean things

Rev 21;2 Luke 1:17
Unsuited for the someone preparing him/herself  to be the "bride" of Christ.

Eph 5: 14-16
We are not to waste time but to redeem it.

Eph 5: 3-13
Do not partake of idols with the children of disobedience
Amos 6: 1-3-4-6
Viewers are sitting in the seat of violence, which take away the grief for sin. Fences are deadened

Romans 12: 1-2
Does not renew your mind, in Godly thinking

1 Cor 5 6-7
Represents the leaven of the world
It should be purged from the home.

Col 3:1-6
Mortify all things ungodly.
Don't set your affection on things beneath.

Col 3:8
Put off filthy communications

1 Thess 2:10-12
Not walking worthy of God, it is unholy

1 Thes 3:4-7
Viewers are not keeping themselves holy.

James 3:10-12
It is a polluted fountain

Jeremiah 8:12
It takes away the blush of sin.

Rev 3:18
Jesus calls us to anoint our eyes.
Do not poison our eyes

2 Cor 7:1
Cleanse ourselves.

2 Cor 4 1-2
Renounce the hidden things of dishonesty

Psalms 97:7
Idols that confuse and confound

Mark 9:42
It offends children and causes them to stumble.

Psalms 19 7-14
Viewing becomes presumptuous sin
In your face sins!! Let them not have dominion over me!!

Rom 13: 12-14.  And 1 John 3:3
We need to cast off works of darkness. Put on Jesus Christ.

Deut 7 5-6
God commands us to tear down unholiness, idols.

James 4: 3-4
Friendship with the world is enmity with God

1 Pet 3 10- 13
Hate evil, eschew evil. Love life and see good days.

2 Pet 3:13-17
Is it only a spot on your garment?
It is still wrong!!

1 John 2 15-17
Fulfills the lust of the flesh, pride of life!!

Hosea 14-8
Overcomers who have seen Jesus do not need it!!!
(Thanks Sis. Jana!)

From: Miriam ---->>>> BE BLESS! 8^)

Blessed is the man!

I was amazed when I found all this scriptures today while thinking of what I wanted to put on my status on Facebook... I found all of these scriptures while searching on blueletterbible.com for Psalms 65:4 which is a scripture Bro. Galen DeCosta used while teaching @ church on a Sunday morning last year...

Psa 1:1Blessed [isthe man that walketh not in the counsel of theungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in theseat of the scornful.
Psa 32:2Blessed [isthe man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile.
Psa 34:8O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [isthe man[that] trusteth in him.
Psa 65:4Blessed [is the man whom] thou choosest, and causest to approach [unto thee, that] he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, [even] of thy holy temple.
Psa 84:5Blessed [isthe man whose strength [is] in thee; in whose heart [are] the ways [of them].
Psa 84:12O LORD of hosts, blessed [isthe man that trusteth in thee.
Psa 94:12Blessed [isthe man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
Psa 112:1Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [isthe man [that] feareth theLORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Pro 8:34Blessed [isthe man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
Isa 56:2Blessed [isthe man [that] doeth this, and the son of man[that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
Jer 17:7Blessed [isthe man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hopethe LORD is.
Rom 4:8Blessed [isthe man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Jam 1:12Blessed [isthe man that endureth temptation: for when he istried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

So in short (sort of) lol... If you want to be bless in your life this is what you need to do...

  • Don't mix with sinners! 
  • Don't be impure!
  • Trust and hope in Him!
  • Seek Him when He calls you! 
  • Let Him be your strength and be a man after God's own heart! (Like David) 8^)
  • Take His correction!
  • Fear Him, but also rejoice in Him!
  • Listen and wait on Him!
  • Every time the doors are open, Go to church!!!!
  • Let Him be your hope!
  • With His help, resist temptations! (YES it can be done!)
  • and last but NOT least.... Fall in LOVE with Jesus, His word & His ways!
Be bless! Love you all very much! 8^)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Old Account Settled

There was a time on earth, when in the book of heav'n 
An old account was standing for sins yet unforgiv'n;
My name was at the top, and many things below,
I went unto the keeper, and settled long ago.

The old account was large, and growing ev-'ry day,
For I was always sinning, and never tried to pay;
But when I looked ahead, and saw such pain and woe,
I said that I would settle, I settled long ago.

When at the judgement bar, I stand before my King,
And He the book will open, He can-not find a thing;
Then will my heart be glad, while tears of joy will flow 
Because I had it settled, and settled long ago.

When in that happy home, My Savior's home above,
I'll sing redemption's story, and praise Him for His love;
I'll not forget that book, with pages white as snow,
Because I came and settled, and settled long ago.

O sinner, seek the Lord, Repent of all your sin, 
For thus He hath commanded, if you would enter in;
And then if you should live a hundred years below, 
Up there you'll not regret it, you settled long ago.

Long ago, long ago, yes the old account was settled long ago;
And the record's clear today, for He washed my sins away, 
When the old account was settled long ago 

By Frank M. Graham.
Written in 1902