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Sometimes in life when working in the christian field of helps and counseling we run into many different situation. Many times people will say one thing and mean another, or tell you something that not exactly true, you know Lie to you. Many time even when lying people will either convince themselves what they are saying is true or actually believe from the being, this is called being deceived and it is usually a form of ignorance or lack of understanding. It can be very hard to deal with people on this level, I know in times past I would be frustrated and even angry with people whom I felt were being deceptive.
The fabric of our lives is what makes us who we are, that fabric should be interwoven with God! It is God who has made us. He desires to be the Fabric of our lives. I was recently at the beach there was an announcement over the loud speakers that there were lost children looking for their parents. One of the children was a 5 years old, the other was 3 years old, and there was a 1 year old. After the last child’s parents were located the life guard station politely announced “could parents please stop drinking and keep an eye on your children”. We know that alcohol was a factor, because the police had been there checking and confiscating alcoholic beverages right before we arrived. A women sitting across from us was commenting on how could any parent lose track of their children. If you look at the marriage status in this country today you will see that statistically 1 out of ever 3 marriages fails. I feel as though from talking with people that the number is more like 9 out of every 10 fails. It seems everywhere I turn people are either getting a divorce or there marriage is on shaky ground. I think that there is something seriously wrong with the fabric many people are choosing to weave their lives out of today, NO GOD only themselves!!!
I have been on a 36 year quest to find the right the path which would give me a greater spiritual awareness and closeness to my Creator. I have found it to be a rocky road at times. On this journey I have finally come to know God in a greater way than I ever thought possible. I have also found that the hard things in life can be good for us, because they help us, by Faith, turn to our Creator and seek his help and guidance. GOD LIKES THAT, yes he likes when we depend on him. It was always that way we just didn’t know it. After all he did create us, wouldn’t you think he has all the answers. WHY NOT ASK? Please read the following Article, in it you may find something that can help you, as it did for me.
Here’s an interesting piece from Ivan Maddox of West End Bible Fellowship in Atlanta GA. He brings up some intriguing points concerning the trees in the story of the Garden of Eden.
There are quite a few diseases and conditions that are known to be “genetically determined” – i.e., items that are caused by the exact makeup of a person’s DNA.
For example, the condition of color blindness is definitely genetic in nature. That disorder is passed from parents to children, through their “X” sex chromosomes.
Women have two X chromosomes, so in order for a woman to express the color blindness disorder, both of her X chromosomes need to contain that trait. (If only one of a woman’s X chromosomes has the trait, then she is known as a “carrier” of the disorder.)
Here’s another old conditional immortality pamphlet from my father’s collection that I’m bringing into the digital age. I searched the internet for this particular piece and never found it. Although I did find out that the author (Horace Lorenzo Hastings) lived back in the 1800′s (1831-1899). This little track was published by Adventist churches for decades after – my particular copy by Advent Christian Publications & then hand stamped from the Advent Christian Church of Shamrock, Texas (probably in the early 1970′s). Enjoy!
by H. L. Hastings
1. Who is immortal?
“The King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God.” 1 Tim. 1:17.
Some verses are just ‘refrigerator verses,’ you know? I mean the kind like John 3:16 which gives a great message, makes you feel good, and you’re not afraid to post it for all to see. People post verses on bumper stickers, t-shirts, refrigerator magnets, Facebook statuses, and I even have some stenciled on my walls. I love the reminder of God’s words being everywhere my eyes might happen to fall. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 comes to mind, which says, “And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
But what do you do with a verse like this one: “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4.
A new year and a new decade has just begun today. Many people use this time of year to reflect upon the past year and set their New Year’s resolutions or goals of things that they would like to change for the coming year. Many of those resolutions are quickly broken by the end of the day.
As Christians, we should be continually reflecting upon our lives and “cleaning house” so to speak. We need to sweep away the bad habits that slowly and insidiously creep into our lives that are not holy or pleasing to our God. Some sin becomes such a habit, that it sets itself up as a stronghold in our lives. We become a slave to this habitual sin and we feel oppressed. We feel we cannot escape it. This sin becomes a false god in our lives.
Here’s another 1960’s old-school sermon from minister J. Ronald Schoolcraft. And even a near half-century later, this message still has words of truth to help us in the year 2009 and beyond!
“To Scare the Devil”
By J. Ronald Schoolcraft
A young warehouse worker took his customer’s order and started down one of the long aisles of the warehouse to get the desired parts. As he went he was whistling gaily the tune “Just Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. “My, he’s a happy fellow!” the customer remarked. One of the girls looked up from her stack of records and said “He says he does that to keep the devils out of his mind!”