Posted by: the warrioress | August 25, 2014

Unfairly Accused

imageTimes have been really tough for me since my best friend, Donald, passed away on June 25, 2014. I always knew I would miss Don when his time to go came, but I hadn’t counted on the ugly drama appearing out of nowhere from people who were never part of Don’s life when he was living.

It’s amazing what happens to folks when they think they may benefit from a relative’s death. No matter how distant they were when their relative was living, when he dies, the vultures want to pick those bones bare. People will do quite literally anything for money — even Christians!  Dons last wishes weren’t even considered. His “family” has been completely about taking everything of his that has monetary value.

It’s hard to honor the bible and behave like Jesus instructed us when we are mistreated by strangers and falsely accused. Having to search myself nightly to be sure I have behaved appropriately is emotionally exhausting. We have to remember what to do in these situations as Christians.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). We desperately need that reminder when we are under attack. Let’s face it. Unless we guard our own heart, we will soon be down in the gutter with our opponents. We’ll be tempted to answer in kind, to attack them as they have attacked us, to vilify them, to smear their reputation, and in general to do whatever we have to do to get even with them.” (Source)

http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/when-you-are-unfairly-accused/

Posted by: the warrioress | August 22, 2014

ISIS

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I would love to completely embrace pacifism as a follower of Jesus Christ; unfortunately we live in a world that is evil to the core and growing more so every day that passes. It is time to put forth a proportionate response to the beheading of James Foley, a U.S. Journalist. ISIS threats to harm another American hostage must not be ignored. No, we cannot afford war right now, but when we are forced into war, we must engage so that America remains a significant force for democracy and freedom.

President Obama must listen to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who said:

“I don’t know why he used the word ‘justice.’ It’s not appropriate here. This is an attack on our country, we have to react to it,” an upset Chris Matthews reacted to a video excerpt of President Obama’s statement today about the beheading by an ISIS member of American freelance journalist James Foley.

“This is our country versus this group that’s declared war on us. What’s justice mean in this con– I don’t know why the word’s used, like we’re going to go to the World Court with this?!” Matthews sneered to guest Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post Media Group on the August 20 edition of Hardball. Later in the segment, an irate Matthews insisted “no American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it’s in our soul!”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2014/08/20/irate-chris-matthews-taken-aback-obama-reax-foley-beheading#ixzz3B5oBNjBH

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President Obama must tear a page from Fox News commentator, Charles Krauthamer:

“The point here is the only response to this beheading which will be understood by ISIS is a vigorous air campaign against them, supporting the troops on the ground, not American, there are boots on the ground, Iraqis and Kurdish, who just retook the Mosul Dam, who have succeeded in pushing back ISIS from the outskirts of Kurdistan. They have had success, they need U.S. air power, that’s the proper response. It’s not sending a prosecutor over to gather evidence about the beheading.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/08/21/krauthammer_only_response_to_beheading_is_vigorous_air_campaign_supporting_iraqi_troops.html

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President Obama, it is time to put on your combat boots and get ready to stomp some ISIS arse.’ All Americans must unify and support our sitting president in destroying this threat until it is vanquished. Enough is enough; there is a limit and we have now reached it.

We must behead the snake that is ISIS.

Posted by: the warrioress | August 16, 2014

Jesus Is NOT A Zionist!

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Killing, murder, genocide, and the open ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people is not acceptable under the New Covenant signed with the blood of Jesus Christ. This is what the Zionists are not understanding. Christians who support Israel don’t grasp this either — so many Christians seem to want to believe lies rather than the Holy Bible and the words of Jesus Christ! You are living in the times before the blood of Jesus was shed for the sins if the world! There are new instructions and definitions for right and wrong. There is a new Covenant to honor and pattern one’s behavior after.

Brutality and alleged “defending of oneself” when one already has the upper hand cannot be rationalized as a defense of the indefensible, where Israel is concerned. Babbling that Robin Williams is a deluded atheist who insulted and hated Jesus Christ while he was alive, while expressing undying loyalty and support for the atheist, non-believing “Jewish” in Israel is absolute blind hypocrisy. The Jewish people in Israel do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah; thus supporting their holocaust of thousands of Palestinians is akin to what was perpetrated by Hitler upon the Jews to begin with! It’s wrong, sick, and ungodly, and God does not support it, nor does His Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus told each one of us how to treat our enemies.…43″You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44″But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…” (Matthew 5:43-45)

 

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Unceasing argument and an insistence upon only close minded, limited perspectives an interpretation of the Holy Bible has caused a terrible fracture within the Body of Christ. We are so terribly separated as a body of believers. Our power has been seriously compromised to carry out what God wants us to do together. I don’t believe God will be pleased that the simple and very clear instructions of Jesus were blown off and discarded in favor of Old Testament Law, “an eye for an eye.”

What unbeliever will respect people who murder and kill innocents and actually try to justify what they are doing as backed by God? God is not a ruthless murderer. God settled all past scores when Jesus died on that cross. God will eventually destroy pure evil when all is said and done, but in the interim our instructions are quite clear. We are to be children of the light. We are not to have blood on our hands, especially innocent civilian blood!

Jon 13:34
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Romans 12:14
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Romans 12:20
On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”

 

Posted by: the warrioress | August 14, 2014

Judging Robin Williams

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This is a rant. Just thought I better forewarn you …

Apparently there are those among us, within “Christianity,” who decided it might be a good idea to judge Robin Williams and declare him in hell for the world to read about on their various Facebook accounts, blogs, Twitter’s, etc.

Basing their thoughts and personal opinions from the Holy Bible, (but of course!), we’ve all been informed that Robin Williams was a lousy person because he laughed at God and Jesus in his comic routines, and that he may have been …(oh not this!) an atheist.

 

 

I read one “Christian”  blogger who shared a post the very next day after Robin Williams died, who opined that Robin was a despicable person, despite the hundreds upon thousands of people in the world who say and think otherwise. Friends of his wrote about his goodness, kindness, sense of humor, compassion, and love for his fellow human beings and family, yet this Christian blogger insists that Robin was “an enemy of God and a despicable human being.”

As usual, I got a little sick inside, like I do when I read other self-righteous, alleged- Christian posts and blogs, wherein the all seeing eyes of these Christians have already figured out who is going to hell, who is burning in hell that very minute, and who is in league with Satan himself, and Obama too, of course! (eyes rolling).

 

 

The absolute disrespect and hatred spewing out of this man’s posts make me so angry, but at the same time I anguish over the writings as well. What if people read his inane babblings and really believe what he’s insisting about God, our beloved Father in Heaven?

How in the world does anyone know for certain where Robin Williams is right now? It’s not like anyone else is God. It’s not like they have concrete-solid proof of what God plans to do with Robin Williams even if he was atheist. How do we know what he did about God minutes before he died? Maybe he actually prayed…. ? Who can know?

For those of you who were not aware, Robin Williams had early-stage Parkinson’s Disease, but he was sober when he died. He had managed to keep his long-term sobriety in tact, according to his loving wife and mother of his kids, who are still deeply grieving his loss. It takes a lot of guts to stay sober despite fighting serious depression and addiction! And we find out that he had Parkinsons Disease looming on the horizon?

 

 

Nevertheless, this “good Christian” along with many, many others, has unfortunately played God, judge and jury, and put Robin Williams in hell for his sins, his alleged atheism, his suicide, and whatever else they can dredge up to judge and condemn him for. Well, I have to look at this kind of behavior and try to fight the bile that rises up in my throat that I am actually linked via the title/word “CHRISTIAN” to people such as these.

Yes, I know that they are supposed to be my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, but I have to honestly tell you, readers, I really don’t think they are! How is this actually possible? How could people that behave like this be anywhere close to eventually being with God, Jesus, Heaven, and the Angels? How is it possible? Is this sincerely what we have to look forward to? (a life in Heaven with people like that?)

If that is what Heaven is going to be holding within it, I may have to rethink this whole thing. If God is seriously like these crazy Christian zealots insist He is, I think there is going to be a real problem when He and I talk in person.

 

 

For further reading:

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/08/13/the-15-most-horrible-conservative-comments-about-robin-williams-death-on-social-media/

Posted by: the warrioress | August 13, 2014

A House Divided

the warrioress:

Please listen and think about this valid, important message Ed is sharing! Thank you, Ed, for seeing thru to a major problem in Christendom today.

Originally posted on Ed Christian's World:

The Christian Church is a house divided against itself and this division could just tear what is left of the Church apart. Now that I have your attention let’s discuss it.

Christian’s believe that the Bible is God’s word and that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. All Christians believe this, yet because of disagreements over this or that, the Church has divided into denominations. We have the Baptist, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian and many, many more. They all believe the basic fundamentals of the Christian Church. The difference is some don’t look at your neighbors as including all neighbors, some look at contraceptives as against the will of God, some think you can baptize with a sprinkling of water, and the list goes on and on.

In the Bible Jesus said love your neighbors as God has loved you, take care of the poor, needy…

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Posted by: the warrioress | August 10, 2014

Authenticity

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There are so many people claiming to be “Christian” in the times we live in. These people go to church every Sunday, they may actually even read their bibles! Politically, the great majority seem to be firmly with the Republican Religious Right; these will infer in no nonsense tones that “the Christian Left” is a misnomer, an oxymoron–well, it isn’t. There are strong, faithful Democratic believers in Jesus Christ, despite what those on the political right may claim. Those struggling to remain independent of a political party are frowned upon and told to choose whom they will serve, God or Satan, as if being a Christian Republican is a given and the only valid choice.

The agenda of the religious right is not Christian in the least, unfortunately. New Christians will certainly be surprised to find that very little of the Republican party’s actual platform lines up with the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself; this can cause confusion for the sincere follower of Christ.

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How do we recognize the faithful, the sincere among us who are living their daily lives as Jesus instructed them to? How do we know if they really have the Holy Spirit within them, despite their politics, religious doctrine, or the church they attend? What does the bible tell us?

Most Christians will probably not live their lives perfectly all the time. In the bible, even the favored of God found the Christian life to be challenging; this is why they turned to one another for teaching, clarity, guidance, and encouragement. They were told to love one another. There are so many who claim Christ, but are not loving or encouraging. Some Christians are cliquish and judgmental. Some Christians are more about fear, anger, and argument than about loving one another. It’s not easy to deceive other Christians indefinitely though; eventually the reality of who someone is shines through.

The following suggests five tests that will reveal truth. The bible says we can even test ourselves in 2 Corinthians 13:5:

“Now then; let us reflect on these “tests” and give ourselves an honest self-rating of “Christ in Us” in these five areas.

Gospel Belief and Confession: Do you believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Have you held fast to sound doctrine against the many false prophets offering a different gospel?

Born Again / Spirit of Adoption / The Lord’s Correction: Are you born from above? Do you have that ongoing “Abba, Father!” instinct within, that inner knowing of your relationship with Him? Is God treating you as His child when you fall into sin?

Repentance / Freedom from Sin: Have you resolutely turned away from sin? Do you habitually sin, or can you praise God in spirit and truth that He has truly “set you free indeed?”

Good Works by God’s Grace: Have you been given a grace-gift of ministry to serve others with? Is your life living proof of Christ in you, or have you only “mere words” and self-delusion to cling to?

The Fruit of the Spirit: Are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control manifesting and growing in your life? Are you producing fruit in keeping with repentance?

As we go through the various seasons of life we might well find ourselves deficient in one or more of these tests. Seeing the whole of them can illuminate where we have stumbled, and encourage us to deal honestly and urgently with any problem areas.”

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To study these tests in depth, look into this reading which is excellent:

http://www.acts17-11.com/christian.html

Posted by: the warrioress | August 7, 2014

By Our Love

Click here if you’re on a mobile device: http://youtu.be/7CobNWUXb1M

 

Posted by: the warrioress | August 4, 2014

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

~~ Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God ~~

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It’s been difficult to write as there is a lot going on in my daily life after the death of my best friend, our vacation, my business, and with school starting up again soon for r my young sophomore-to-be.

I’ve been dreadfully torn and preoccupied with the sufferings of Israel versus Palestine, and have felt so much passion, outrage, mourning, etc., that I decided to just sit with it and allow God to deal with me on it. I  have been awaiting a word from God on this in my increasing unrest as the violence escalated. I believe I’ve found something written that expresses the Christ-like view; I have hugged this close to myself as I try to understand these horrific events that are out of my control. I hope you find this helpful too if God has laid this upon your heart.

Matt Darvas comments:

“Jesus gives us only ONE side to ‘pick’

And He says,

Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.

I don’t know of any other way that this statement can possibly be interpreted other than in its most literal form, which is that Jesus really wanted us to take no other side than that of peace.

And furthermore, with his command to,

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Every single justification for retribution, the use of violence and the practice of Christians taking sides in any conflict, must surely come crashing down.

It was as if Jesus knew that violence would only deliver more violence, and hatred only produce more hatred…

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If we who are called to be ‘children of the light’ insist only on fuelling the darkness by propagating the rhetoric of one side over another, then sadly darkness is all we will ever get. And yet the Kingdom is coming, hope is on the way. Let us Christians, of all people, not be the ones to stand in its way.” (Matt Darvas)

Please read more below:

http://mattdarvas.com/2014/07/24/israel-vs-palestine/#

Posted by: the warrioress | July 26, 2014

Are We Doing This Right?

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I ask myself this question pretty much daily, in regard to Christianity.

“Am I doing this right?”

I believe it boils down to personal instinct/opinion. We read and interpret the Holy Bible, the instruction book of our faith. We try our best to grasp the overall bigger picture –instead of getting bogged down in the nuances and particulars, and missing the forest for the trees. In the end, all we have to go on are our own internal guts, but if we are truly born again, we have the mind of Christ.

 

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My mind and soul tells me loud and clear when something’s wrong. I trust the promise that when I became a new creature in Christ, God gave me a new mind, a spiritual mind, a mind led by the Holy Spirit. I can ask myself anything, using the measuring stick of “what would Jesus do?”

 

 

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In reference to anything I wonder about, I can be assured that Jesus already addressed how we are to love and behave as people who follow Him, who are born again. Jesus already expressed this in the Holy Bible.

Jesus is our example in that Bible.

We are not living under the weight of the law any longer, we are living under the law of LOVE, of “love thy neighbor as I love myself.” If my actions don’t exhibit that kind of love, I am doing whatever it is wrong. Period.

Sure enough! Yes, it really is just that simple. There is no need to make it complicated.
Take any political issue out there — yes, anything. Is the behavior expressed loving toward all concerned? If it isn’t, it’s wrong, so fix it.

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God made following Jesus very simple, because the old ways of “an eye for an eye,” and heavy handed rules that no one could manage didn’t work. When we master loving ourselves and others like Jesus does, we’ll have it right. Until then, how does what your doing, saying, or acting like look when comparing it to what Jesus would do? If you can’t perceive of Jesus murdering innocents in cold blood, or greedily demanding money for Himself while the child in front of Him is starving, then get a clue!  If Jesus wouldn’t do something a certain way, why are you doing it that way? Jesus already showed and told you and I how to behave in this life.

If Christians really try to be like Jesus, people won’t go around noting that alleged Christians act the least like Him.

Some of us, many of us, have completely wandered off that very narrow road of love and are walking on the worldly highway of hate. Wake up. Now, please. Please.

If this is your state of being…wake up now. You have fallen and you can’t get up. Get back to the narrow road that Jesus walked.

Posted by: the warrioress | July 22, 2014

On Vacation in New Braunfels, TX

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I’m so grateful that God has seen fit to allow my daughter and I to go on a mini-vacation where we are staying in a lovely riverfront condominium. We’ve been dining out, swimming, hot-tubbing, sleeping late, and exploring the grounds here.

 

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I’ve been in the river and it was breath-taking cold, but in this heat, refreshing! My daughter is having so much fun going out for late evening swims and soaks. We plan to explore the town a bit tomorrow afternoon after some hot coffee. We are very blessed to have this well-needed break.

The only thing that continues to weigh very heavily on my mind is the unceasing and needless loss of valuable human life due to the fighting between Israel and Gaza. This upsets me greatly. I have spent time begging God to intervene before more children and innocent civilians are murdered; this war causes me anguish and I hate it. May this awful travesty stop soon. It grieves my heart and the heart of our Lord to watch what human beings are constantly doing to one another.

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