Fad Frenzy

An Excellent Article by; Random Thoughts  with Tammy G.

Random Thoughts with Tammy G

Real conversation in my car:

Me: I have to get back on my eating plan. I look like a Monchhichi.

Youngest: A what?

Me: A monkey doll thing. It was a cartoon, too. Google them.

Youngest: *Googles from smartphone.

Youngest:    …

Me:    …

Youngest: I’m horrified.

Me: Yeah, well, they only lasted 2-3 years.

Youngest: Thank you, Lord!

Ah, fads! How we love thee. But not for any length of time. I’ve been on Earth long enough to have seen my share. Survived my share. And unfortunately participated in my share. I’ve had Cabbage Patch Kids, Pound Puppies and Transformers. (when Transformers were first created not the CGI garbage they’re passing off now.) I colored on Fashion Plates and SpiralGraph. I wore jams and jellies. I listened to Madonna and Michael Jackson. A lot of my upbringing is a blur of neon accented motion.

My daughters had the dubious…

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VIDEO “Father and Son”

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June 19, 2009

It is amazing how children are often so perceptive to situations that merit extra attention. It helps to become attuned to their reactions as they often provide the most brutally honest of truths.

“Father and Son” tries to capture the innocence of age. The relationship between a father and son is universal, infinite. The boy grows up, but the man should never cease to be a boy. And that is the biggest lesson any father will learn – every father was, is a son. Whether a son becomes a father, and what kind of father, it sometimes takes a look in the mirror to be reminded.

Released in celebration of Father’s Day 2009, this film begs us to take an extra hour each day and learn a lesson or two from the ones who seem so different but are yet so close to us. In today’s age…

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Angus Buchan roadshow: Coming soon.. to infest your community

This is a MUST-READ article.

For the Love of His Truth

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 Grant Swart

About a letter of concern from a brother in Ireland.

From far beyond South African shores, the adopted country of self-styled superstar and cowboy preacher of iniquity, Angus Buchan (2 Co 11:13), and where he first hatched plans for his evil and blasphemous road-show, a brother in Ireland has sent us thought-provoking and concerned correspondence.

Adam’s letter serves to further illustrate the alarming rate at which the vile deception of the false gospel is expanding, under the guise of Christianity and in the hands of unscrupulous religious fraudsters. Buchan employs his particular version of deceitful gospel to masquerade as Christianity, exploit the desperately religious world (2 Cor 4:4) and to glorify secular humanism and false spirituality at the expense of God’s Word and Truth.

With his charismatic personality, his magnetic appeal to the unbelieving masses in the religious world and his strategically choreographed stage performance, which always…

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Indulgences in the Dark ages and Sowing a Seed of Faith in the Post-Modern age! What’s the Difference?

I have been studying revivals of the past, especially those of Luther, Hus, Knox, Zwingly, Edwards, Calvin, Livingtone and all the rest of the famous reformers. While being humbled and astonished as to how many of them were actually called by God under extreme circumstances, I could not help but wonder how religion has always been an enemy of God. I use the word religion very loosely but also more specifically, I use it to mean; a “Falsity” or “Man-made” scheme in controlling the masses through brainwashing and diabolical manipulation through and by using God as a pretext and a means to an end – Absolute power!

One thing that came to mind and has much bearing on the rest of this article, albeit short and less than thorough, is “The Charismatic and Word of Faith Movement” and the uncanniness of its resemblance or rather, almost an exact mirror image to the Catholic Church in its selling of Indulgences in the medieval times or the Dark ages as we know them to be.

Indulgences were documents prepared by the church and bought by individuals either for themselves or on behalf of the dead. As a result, the living purchaser or the deceased would be released from purgatory for a certain number of years. In the second instance, a plenary, or total, indulgence would release a person altogether and was seldom offered. In any case, the money from indulgence sales was used to support church projects, such as, in the case of  [Johann] Tetzel’s sales, the rebuilding of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. “Once the coin into the coffer clings, a soul from purgatory heavenward springs!” (Dr. James M. Kittelson, Issue 34: The Reformer’s Early Years, 1986)

Ironically, those times were darker because the light of the true supposed Catholic Church was blotted out by the Church itself – THE DARK IN THE DARKNESS – THE STORM IN THE CLOUD! It was almost as if the Church was orchestrated and guided by Satan himself. The indulgences that were sold had a primary and wicked agenda of building an empire and, more specifically, over embellished Cathedrals that would make the Catholic Church seem “Heavenly” ( Vladimir, AD 988) and attractive, giving the Church a semblance of strength in the eyes of the immediate world. Beauty was definitely in the eye of the beholder and awe was redirected towards the “Empire” intead of God!

The Church coffers were filled through and by lies and chicannery – as if one could really and truly buy one’s self a pardon out of purgatory, which, by the way, is not even Biblical to begin with and furthermore, it sound like a “Alice in Wonderland” fairytale.

It is also startling to see the resemblance to pantheism and polytheism combined. More specifically, it sounds exactly like Hinduism. It is believed in Hinduism that one has to go through the process of reincarnation to become a better person. It is like going through hell over and over again until one is purged from all wickedness and then ones “Atma” (soul) is absorbed into Brahman – the Absolute; the Universe. (There is much more to this religion than just the few words that I have just penned, but, be that as it may, this is the long and short of it).

The Charismatic and Word of Faith Movement is exactly the same and even though, from the outside, looks as if they are operating under a different theology; that is; from Catholicism, however, (Do not be fooled) their theology and philosophy is the same. In their case, they are selling “Promises of Material wealth and health” from God if only their adherents or subscribers would “SOW A SEED OF FAITH”  obviously in the form of money. Remember, it has got to be money. What is the Minister going to do with an old pair of shoes as a donation even though it came from the goodness of your benevolent heart and also; that is all you could give? Just like the Catholic Church with its bent philosophy i.e. “Indulgences” so is the Word of Faith Movement equally crooked. They may not be selling a ticket out of Hell, but still they are selling a ticket on how to twist God’s sovereign hand in treating them with more superiority and love than anyone else. Indulgences were seen as “Twisting the arm of God” by and through the “Strong Arm” of the Catholic Church in proxy of God. So is it with “Sowing a Seed of Faith – MONEY – ka-chink-ka-chink”! I used this vulgar phrase on and with a purpose!

There is absolutely no difference and the means to the end is the same – to fill the coffers of the super rich false preachers and to build their own empires all in the name of God and under the guise of Christianity and with their misconstrued and out-of-context Bible verses. The Blind leading the Blind! (Quite ironically an idiom from the  Upanishads)

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What does it mean to be Saved? Part 2

 

1 Corinthians 1, 2,6 (Selected Verses)

I am continuing with the theme of what it means to be saved.

What I would like to do with this post though, is specifically highlight the latter part of the sermon. This was an eye-opener for me and I pray it will have the same effect on  the reader. I feel that, many times, you and I take the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for granted and do not realise the gravity of His indwelling and the Holiness of His indwelling.

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Your Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not just a matter of being able to do the right Christian thing or being able to practice the gifts of the Holy Spirit but it actually goes beyond that and as I will explain to you, it is actually a very serious matter indeed for the Christian!

Now, just to state the obvious, all of you know that a temple is a place where you go to worship. In other words, it is a general place of fellowship and of worshipping together as a community. The same thing can be said of our church building. It is a place where we gather specifically on a Sunday to fellowship together and worship together through the reading of God’s word. The Greek word for that type of temple is the word, ἱερόν” which means temple or a place of worship. However, in the verse that we have just read, Paul uses a completely different Greek word when he speaks of, “… Our bodies being a temple of the Holy Spirit…”

The word that Paul uses over here has much more significance than just a locality or a general place of worship. Unfortunately, our English language has kind of diluted the word that Paul actually used and possibly the impact of what he was saying. The Greek word is not the word, ἱερόν”(Temple) but rather it is the word, ναός, meaning: SHRINE – that part of the temple where God Himself resides. It is the very central core of the place of worship! In other words, it is not just a house or building that worship takes place in but it is actually at the holiest place – the shrine – where worship takes place. If you recall, in the Old Testament, the high priest would go behind the curtain into the Holy of Holies where the Holy presence of God dwelt. You will also recall that; the people would tie a rope onto the high priest’s ankle just in case he was struck dead in the presence of God and then they could drag him out of the Tabernacle without having to go in there themselves and also being struck dead themselves.

Now, you need to understand that there is a vast difference between a “Temple” and a “Shrine”. A temple is a general place of worship but a shrine is THE PLACE OF WORSHIP! Therefore, in other words, your body is not just an abstract dwelling place of the Holy Spirit where He goes when he feels like it, but – and this is so important for you to understand – your body, according to the 1 Corinthians 6:19 is like the holy of holies; that place where God, Himself, dwells. Your body, therefore, is a shrine; a dedicated place of worship, not just on a Sunday but every single day of your life! Now, I have got to tell you that; when I first understood it this way, I literally quivered and was almost scared to a point. The impact of this verse, the truth of this verse, and the power that this verse wields is not just profound but it is unquestionably awe-striking, to say the least.

Therefore, this is so important for all of us, including me, not just to understand but, moreover, to be shocked by. I say “shocked” because, how often do we commit sins and wrongdoings with our bodies and not realising for one moment that we could literally die in the Holy presence of God and be dragged out by ankles? In other words, what this specific verse is speaking about is that your body is the most sacred part of worship and if the Holy Spirit dwells in your “Shrine” then your body belongs completely and wholeheartedly to God as an act of worship and a place of worship all the time – every single minute of the day and of your life!

Point 6: No Holy Spirit – No Salvation – No Life!

You have got to realise that, as a Christian, your body is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and without the Holy Spirit you are incapable of being holy; you are incapable of being a “Shrine”, and if that is the case then your so-called pseudo-Christianity and your so-called religiosity can never be pleasing to God, ever!

However, for those who are genuinely born-again Christians, you need to know that; because the Holy Spirit indeed dwells in you, the fact of the matter is that your body is now the very shrine of worship; the very core and central place of worship! It is in continual adoration and worship at the feet of Jesus.

1 Peter 1:15-16

15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Do you understand now, even from the verse I have just read out of 1 Peter 1:15-16 that, holiness is not how you think you should conduct yourself and how you think of morality but rather God’s holiness can only come and change your life – be effectual in your life – if you are indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit. Again, you can only be indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit if you are saved! Then, because you are saved and because the Holy Spirit indwells your body, you have got to understand that your body now is the very central core of worship to God! Furthermore, if the Holy Spirit indeed dwells in you then you will know that you are saved because, as John 16 says, He will make certain of revealing this to you in all truth and righteousness. Moreover, you are not your own and now your body is the very core and central place of worship – The Shrine of Worship – where you meet God and God meets you. You have got to realise and embrace the fact that you are a walking, breathing, and continual Christian being of perpetual Worship by the mere fact that the Holy Spirit dwells in you.  Again, if the One who dwells in you “IS HOLY” then “YOU ARE TO BE HOLY AS HE IS HOLY” and that can only come about through the Holy Spirit’s continual sanctification every single day!

Point 7: Misconception of Worship!

A final thought I want to add and which I feel is pertinent and in context with the discussion so far is about “The misconception or misapprehension of Worship”! You see, people think that worship is the songs that they sing on a Sunday. People think that; by holding a Worship Conference where they sing all these amazing songs accompanied by the most professional bands is worship but, once again, that is the furthest thing from the truth. That is not worship! Worship, in its entirety and in its most central form is in fact, your body and the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit within your body!

Once again, if you’re saved then God’s Holy Spirit dwells in you. If God’s Holy Spirit dwells in you then, and only then, can you offer up pure and fragrant worship to God because your body is, in fact, just like the Holy of Holies!

If you call yourself saved and if you believe you’re saved, but you’re not offering up your body to God as a place of worship then I’ve got to warn you – and the warning applies to me as well – there is not only something seriously wrong but, you are treading on very thin ice and dangerous waters with God! I’m not saying this to scare you because I have got to tell you that God’s grace so very often protects you and I but, let it not be that we take God’s grace for granted and abuse His grace instead of being completely in awe of God’s grace and offering up our bodies as a place of worship to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

Romans 6: (Selected Verses)

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

6We know that our old [person] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under law but under grace. 15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Summary.

Let me end by summarising the main points for you.

 

Point 1: The Holy Spirit indwells you!    (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)

Point 2: The Holy Spirit Reveals God’s Thoughts – His Precepts!      (1 Corinthians 2:10-12)

Point 3: God’s thoughts are foolishness to the World – Those that are perishing!     1 Corinthians 2:14-16, 1:18; Matthew 3:8, 4:17 (Cf. Matthew 21:32; Luke 5:31-32, 17:3, 24:46-48)

Point 4: Faith Leads to Repentance!     (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 11:6)

Point 5: Your Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit!     (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Point 6: No Holy Spirit – No Salvation – No Life!         (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Point 7: Misconception of Worship!              (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 6:1-23)

 

Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, CLDIP, DDIV, ADIV)

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God’s Grace

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“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Philippians 4:23)

The basic form of today’s verse appears 13 times in the New Testament. In Scripture, repetition is not for lack of something to say but the Holy Spirit’s intentional emphasis on something.

God extends His grace to the very creation itself by merely keeping the universe together (2 Peter 3:7), intending thereby to “speak” and supply knowledge (Psalm 19:1-4) sufficient to display His very nature and power in such a way that there can be “no excuse” about His existence and care for humanity (Romans 1:20).

In seven of the 13 times, this “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is focused on “you.” God’s grace is very personal. Everything that He has done is because He loves you and me beyond any grasp of our earthly imagination. No one is beyond the touch of God’s grace:…

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