Posted by: the warrioress | October 28, 2014

Knowing

“Knowing the bible is one thing, knowing the author is another.”image

This doesn’t compute to the non-believing, or those who can’t perceive beyond a strictly non-supernatural realm. The bible tells us that all scripture is God-breathed, or inspired by the Holy Spirit; thus the author of scripture is not limited to whom held the pen — this is a holy scrawl emanating from a deeper Source.

One can study scripture as he would a textbook and still be distances away from grasping knowledge of the One who is ultimately responsible for and behind the words on printed page. Humility sees that men are arrogant and blind due to the pride of this life and its promise of worldly knowledge. The knowledge the world celebrates flatters the ego and is limited to a very temporary realm; this knowledge misses the author of scripture and what He is all about.

God’s wisdom is foolishness to the world.

1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?


Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God,…. The wisdom of the Jewish, or Gentile world. It is had in no account with him; it is despised and neglected by him; he makes it foolish, destroys it, and brings it to nothing; he lays it aside as useless, to make men wise unto salvation, and by the foolishness of preaching saves them that believe; he passes by the wise and prudent, and hides the things of the Gospel from them; so, that, with all their learning and wisdom, they can neither apprehend nor comprehend the mysteries of grace, whilst he reveals them unto babes, and chooses the foolish things of this world to spread the knowledge of himself, his Son, his Gospel, and the truths of it, and whom he makes successful, to the confusion of the wise and learned.

Posted by: the warrioress | October 15, 2014

Fear & Panic

There are so many, many reasons to fear and panic right about now, aren ‘t there?

We’ve all lost track of what’s next, of what we must be concerned about next…

What can we really do, though, about any of it?

As Christians, we are told within the bible that the end of the age will come and that we will recognize it by certain signs. This end must come because with it eventually comes the return of the savior, Jesus Christ,  King of Kings, Lord of Lords.

As Christians, we must be the calm amongst the storm NOW. We are the inspiration, the light leading the way out of the darkness. We are the hope that no matter what happens, Christ cares and will offer our weary, restless minds hope and peace. There will soon be no more pain, fear, anxiety, or trudging through the days in a terrified panic.

Of course if you don’t believe in the life-saving salvation of Jesus Christ, you have no reason not to panic. Things seem rather dire on the horizon and will continue to spiral down just as the ship, Titanic, slowly sank to her demise.

There is a new world coming and it will be far better than this one was, believe it or not. There will be no more tears there. God will wipe the tears from our eyes.

“In conclusion, whether or not people agree with them, or understand them, as we saw at the beginning of this series, the Lord Himself forewarned us of these things almost two thousand years ago. He wanted us to know about the coming wars which would scourge the world, the incurable plagues and the epidemics, the widespread famines, the devastating earthquakes, the prolonged draughts, the many hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones, the tidal waves, the floods and the tornadoes. God likewise wanted us to know of the rising tide of evil in the world as men oppress men through political, economic, military and religious means in order to make themselves lords over the poor of the world. Jesus referred to these things as the ‘Beginning of Sorrows'; only precursors of worse things to come. Not only that, but as I mentioned earlier, He also said that men’s hearts would fail them for fear, that is, they would have heart attacks, when the final Endtime events began to occur upon the Earth in earnest:

“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
Luke 21:26, KJV

While many people who do not know God’s Word will fear as these Endtime events begin to escalate upon the Earth, as God’s children, He tells us not to fear. That is precisely one of the reasons why He has chosen to impart to us this knowledge; because knowledge of the Divine One’s Ways and Will removes ignorance and fear. As the Prophet Amos was inspired to write:

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
Amos 3:7, KJV

Thus, rather than fear, we are to trust in Him completely, knowing that He does indeed love us, and that He will not allow anything to happen to us unless it is in accordance to His Divine Will, and for our own good. Please consider the following verses:

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3, KJV

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28, KJV

So again, Jesus knew that these things would come upon the Earth, and He wanted us, His children, to know about them, so that we would not fear, but trust in Him; therefore, there should be no doubt that they are ordained of God. El Shaddai, the Almighty God, is indeed allowing these things to happen, because the stench of man’s sickness, perversity and evilness has filled His nostrils; and He has risen to shake Himself, and the Earth, once more; and we are only now seeing the beginning of His Divine Chastisements upon a rebellious and anti-God world; the “Beginning of Sorrows”.”  (Source)

3And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”…

Revelation 21:3-5

Posted by: the warrioress | October 9, 2014

A New Creation

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This is what salvation is all about; it’s about letting Jesus change where He resides, (which is in your heart, mind, and soul). The changes come from the inside out — they start within you, and then spread out and touch every life that comes into contact with your own.

Living a life with Christ guiding you through the Holy Spirit changes who you are, how you react, and how you perceive everything going on around you. The bible says you become a new person for a reason.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Church enhances and encourages these new changes inside of us. The leadership, teachings, and focus of the body of Christ should fall directly in line with the new creation God is performing and creating daily within us.

Posted by: the warrioress | September 30, 2014

Time

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In other words, we are here very briefly. It goes by quick. If life, and God teach us anything, they teach us to prioritize. For a follower of Christ time may be measured differently, in that our priorities should include sharing our faith…but so often life becomes about money. We forget what really counts, often.

Posted by: the warrioress | September 25, 2014

Christian Discipline?

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. –Proverbs 23:13-14

Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. –Proverbs 20:30

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. — Proverbs 13:24

Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! –Psalm 137:9

Backward people who are not psychologically sound can misinterpret and misunderstand scripture. For example, would Jesus Christ dash one of your kids against a rock? Can you picture Him beating one of your young children or switching them until they bleed? There are Christians today who swear by this kind of brutality, who believe this is the will of God. They cite scripture to back themselves up. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

Well, how do we tell them firmly, “no, no thanks?” And why should we not beat our children in the name of the Lord? Some claim this is biblical. They swear it’s what God expects us to do. The bible doesn’t promote child abuse, however; the bible promotes law-abiding behavior. Child abuse is against the law. We are to honor our government leaders and law-makers and obey the laws of this land.

Gotquestions.org tells us:

“Some people believe in discipline, but not in physical discipline such as spanking. However, the Bible is the final word on what is truth; it is not mere opinion or theory. The word “rod” indicates a thin stick or switch that can be used to give a small amount of physical pain with no lasting physical injury. A child should never be bruised, injured, or cut by a physical correction. The Bible warns that parents should never abuse the power and authority they have over their children while they are young because it provokes the children to righteous anger (Ephesians 6:4;Colossians 3:21). Physical discipline is always done in love, never as a vent to the parent’s frustration. It is also just one part of discipline and should be used when the child shows defiance to a clear limit, not in the heat of the moment.

Read more:   http://www.gotquestions.org/spare-rod-spoil-child.html#ixzz3EIk3B5Zw

http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-spanking.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/why-jesus-wants-you-to-stop-spanking-your-kids/

Posted by: the warrioress | September 20, 2014

If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

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Truly a Christ-like, Christian perspective.

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:

KidsFiltered


Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because; as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because; as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.

For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.

My children won’t…

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Posted by: the warrioress | September 14, 2014

Blessed

Posted by: the warrioress | September 14, 2014

Life Song

Posted by: the warrioress | September 6, 2014

I’m Dreaming of a White President

Listen carefully to songwriter Randy Newman’s parody that points out what most bigoted Americans can’t admit. Newman gently prods the tender underbelly of those good Christian, God-loving folk who insist that Barack Obama is the worst president we’ve ever had.

“Newman explains, “No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president. I’m proud of this country for having elected Obama in 2008. But from the beginning of his term, I noticed a particular heat to conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily generate that kind of passion: The budget, appointments, health care.” He continues, “I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.”

“I’m Dreaming”

George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven
I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a
I’m dreaming of a white President
Someone whom we can understand
Someone who knows where we’re coming from
And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land
In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
A big eclipse is coming
And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”
“You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
And find yourself a tree
There’s a lion in the front yard
And he knows he won’t catch me.”
How many little Albert Einsteins
Cut down in their prime?
How many little Ronald Reagans
Gobbled up before their time?
I don’t believe in evolution
But it does occur to me,
What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
Or God forbid, climb a tree?
Where would this country be?
I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Oh yeah

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Posted by: the warrioress | September 5, 2014

Why Do You Respect Obama, Adrienne?

 

The above expresses my frustration and my feelings perfectly. These days, I feel that I can recognize real Christians by how they treat the president of the United States. God has given us explicit instructions about our leaders in government and what is expected out of our behavior, public and private, where they are concerned. Many Christians do not give a hoot what God has said in that bible they allegedly read.

I’m certainly not perfect either in my daily life, but I am continually seeking others wiser than myself in the ways of the Lord to learn from and model myself after as I grow spiritually. People who mistreat our president are not people I want to emulate or learn from.

There are Christians who do not understand why I defend and stand up for President Barack Obama. I could write lengthy posts about various reasons, but the most important reason is because I have always treated the president of the USA with respect; I treat the office with respect and I trust that God has allowed the leader in office to guide our country for whatever His reasons — I don’t question that.

This particular president has affected my life personally, and the life of my daughter. He created a health care policy that saved our booties when her father died and her medicines cost thousands of dollars that we didn’t have. Her health insurance was cancelled because my ex husband had died, but Obamacare picked up our slack, thank God, and right before Christimas too. My child now has an excellent Humana policy that I am paying for and am able to afford thanks to this president! He cared. He really cared about US.

I see this president expressing concern, love, and positivity about moving our country in a more compassionate direction for all. He cares about all of us, not just the one percent or the half that suits him. We all count with President Barack Obama, even the hateful, mean, ugly-acting people.

This president is honorable, ethical, compassionate, and he does what he says he’s going to do. He keeps his promises. No matter the good he does, though, it’s not good enough for half of America. What’s really odd is that at least a quarter of those who hate him struggle financially just like I do. Go figure that they support the side that loves the rich and promotes the rich and could care less about the poor! This just seems illogical to me, unrealistic, and impractical.

 

 

It infuriates me when I see people I love and care about picking on this president, when he can do no right no matter what he does.  I am sickened by this behavior, especially from alleged Christian people who claim to love the Lord.  At any rate, I know I must contain my anger and simply pray for these people because it is up to God to judge them, not I. They are spreading hate, not love. They have bought into the darkness of this world and don’t even know it. It makes me very, very sad to watch their behavior, read their posts, and listen to their lies. Examples:

Obama is a closeted, secret Muslim.

Obama hates America.

Michelle is a man.

Obama is gay.

Obama wants to destroy America.

Obama is the antichrist.

Obama has no plan, no strategy to deal with ISIS ….and other sundry blatant lies.

These people should be ashamed of themselves! They are dishonest. And as for the racist comments?

“Get that niger out of the white house!” (yes, someone I’ve known for years, on my friend’s list, misspelled “nigger,” — that right there should tell you something).  It tells you that he is spouting PURE IGNORANCE and is UNEDUCATED and REDNECK. And I don’t mean these adjectives as something to be proud of.

I lost this friend because of his “nigger” comment the other day on my Facebook wall. I don’t think I can be friends with someone who is that racist; it just sickens me too much. What do I have in common that I can share with a person who hates an individual because of the color of his skin?

When I see alleged Christians lying and spreading falsehoods about the president, I know they’ve lost their way. When I confront them about this and they make excuses, defend their actions, or just blithely continue in their despicable behavior, I realize I am powerless to change them. Only God can change their hearts and I surely do hope He does so in this lifetime. I would hate to be in their shoes when they stand before Him.

Anyway, I could go on and on about why I respect and appreciate President Obama, but I think you get the gist of what I’m saying. I respect the office first and foremost, no matter who resides within it. I think this president has done a fine job as president so far and I stand up for him for all of these reasons.

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