135.8 Degrees BELOW Zero December 12, 2013Posted by Streim in Life Lessons From the Word, Living in the Real World, The Grace of God, The Joy of His Love, Time for Sharing.
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USA Today — December 11, 2013 reports
There’s cold, and then there’s Antarctica cold. How does a frosty reading of 135.8 degrees below zero sound? Based on remote satellite measurements, scientists recently recorded that temperature at a desolate ice plateau in East Antarctica. It was the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, though it may not get that recognition in the official record book. A NASA satellite measured that temperature in August 2010; on July 31 of this year, another bone-chilling temperature of -135.3 degrees was recorded.
James 1: 2-6 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
If you are in the middle of a cold, frozen tribulation period in your life… thank your Father and Lord Jesus for the divine magnificent love “preparing you for Glory”. Sending you blessings in spite of being in a tribulation of deep freeze. :) ♥Streim
What is going on…? October 17, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, One True Gospel, Seeking Truth?.
Tags: Bible, Christianity, disciples, error, God's Faithfulness, Gospel, life, Living in the Real World, Obedience, pastors and church leaders, Salvation, Serving God, Truth
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Where do we draw the line between “right and wrong”;
How do we distinguish between “good and evil”?
How do we know we are following “the Truth–according to God” or “distorted man-made traditions”?
When will today’s pastors, teachers, authors stop resorting to “techniques of modern culture to share the Gospel” message and start “preaching the Gospel from God’s Word“?
What are Christians required to conform to? The “morality of our society” or the “standards of God’s Word”?
How do we know when hot IS “hot”? Or cold IS “cold”? Is it our perception?
When I studied in the Word for the doctrinal series I began (but after much prayer ‘knew’ I was not to continue), I started reading from Jeremiah the prophet. I must say, I see a spiritual parallel between the “overt disobedience” of God’s chosen people during Jeremiah’s time and the “overt lies” being taught (and much to my dismay–believed!) by many Christian churches today.
When the LORD God spoke to His people through Jeremiah, the LORD’S love was expressed in His continued patience (v12); but He did require repentance–turning away from their sin and towards Him. (vs 13-15)
Jeremiah 3: 12-15 “ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the Lord; ‘ I will not remain angry forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord. 14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
We hear so much today about perspective and moral relativism in the world. It’s quite obvious there are many of our Christian teachers, pastors, leaders, authors, etc that are grasping and using these ideas. WHY? Because as many say “How do we get people into the church today?” when they should be saying “How do we reach lost souls with the Gospel of Christ and disciple them as commanded in the Word?” You might wonder what the difference in these two questions is.
It’s the difference between the BLACK AND WHITE truths of the Word and the many shades of grey found in the perceptions of men.
BLACK AND WHITE: God’s Word
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard , which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full . This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned , we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1
Post-modern Christianity (here’s just ONE shade of gray!)
(Taken from “Roots of Church Growth Movement” at standupforthetruth.com)
In the early days of the church, Christians gathered to equip one another to do that, and the purpose of the church became about praying with one another, worshiping God, breaking bread and learning from the apostles teachings about Jesus. Our Lord instructed us through the ages to go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
But these days, the leaders of the modern church in the West seem to be focused elsewhere. Countless conferences equip us not to share the Gospel but to be good leaders. For example, this year’s largest conference, Catalyst, had as its theme: Go and Make. But nowhere was the word Disciples ever attached to that message, and leaders once again gathered by the hundreds of thousands to learn about how to grow membership, meet their felt needs and get them connected in church programs. (Catalyst, by the way, is the largest in the seeker/growth movement.)
Today’s popular model is nowhere to be found in Scriptures, and in fact might be opposite of how churches are to grow.
Remember as forgiven, blood bought children of Almighty God we must know the deceitful ways in which the enemy is working in today’s world–especially in the Church! Getting people into churches is NOT what will change their eternal destiny. We are to go into all the world, wherever that may be, and preach/teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples (those who will live according the Word) in truth and love. If there is no making of disciples— there is error. Jesus teaching at the feast said this to the unbelieving “Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him” John 7:16-18
May the get into the Word of God daily and dig deep into the bounty of His truth! ♥ Streim
A Women and A Fork October 4, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Christianity, family, friends, funerals, Gospel, Heaven, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joy, pastors and church leaders, Praise, story, terminal illness, worship
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A Woman and A Fork
There was a young woman in her late twenties who suffered from a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her home to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what Scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered
something! “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” the Pastor asked. “This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you Pastor, doesn’t it?” she said. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” responded the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me a story, and from that time on I have always
tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.
“In all my years of attending family get-togethers, church socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged her good-bye, knowing this may be the last time he
saw her before her death. But he knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing
and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
In John 14: 1-8 Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to
come. Have a beautiful weekend of filled worship, praise and thanksgiving to our God. Our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! ♥ Streim (** I am not the original writer of this story, however I did some editing**)