Developing A Passion for God

 

Get All Excited
Get All Excited

 

 

 

God is so good and His mercies last forever and ever!

 

Wow!  I am just stand here amazed at how loving God is to us.

 

The weather is cooling off, it is a beautiful day with the smell of Autumn in the air.  Wednesday I enjoyed a nice time with new friends on a terrace at Tokyo Mid-town.  The building is surrounded by green and a comfortable breeze was blowing across the terrace.  I had the opportunity to share Jesus with about 6 people that night.  It was a wonderful chance to share the light of the God’s Kingdom to the people around us.

 

For the last two weeks the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about passion.  We all have it.  As you have seen from my earlier writing, some people are busy letting their passion go off in the wrong direction.  Involved in immoral relationships, so deep in work that they don’t have much time with God, or just plain chasing ungodly dreams.  What is your passion?

 

Is your passion that new car you bought?  Is it that new baby?  Is it going to the gym and exercising all the time?  There is nothing wrong with enjoying life. If you are in sin, you’ve got to get out of it. God has a better plan for us.  The Bible says

 

..in God’s presence is fullness of joy.

 

That car, that other person, that job, that cigarette, that drink, that day at the gym, that hike in the mountains… nothing can satisfy you like that relationship with God. 

 

Make a point of getting into God’s presence today.  Take the time to wait on Him

 

Those who wait upon the Lord… shall renew their strength.

 

What does that mean in everyday life?  It means if you make time to be with God.  Set aside even 10-15 minutes before you go to work to be with God.  To pray.  God will strengthen you each day you do this.  You will be more sensitive to His Spirit as you go about you day.

What do I do when I pray?  I use the word PSALM for model in praying,

 

P- Praise       

The Bible says to enter His gates with thanksgiving, to enter His courts with praise.  I start my prayer time with praise God for all that He has done for me.  Praise Him for my health, my overflowing finance (speak it out in faith), my obedient and loving kids, my wife that is madly in love with me.  Praise Him for the answered prayers.

 

S- Surrender

Next I surrender all my worries, my cares, my concerns, my stress, everything (and everyone) that bothers me I surrender to Him.  The Bible says, “Roll your cares on Him for He cares for you.”

 

A- Ask                        

After I have spent some time sharing with Him and talking with Him, this is when I begin to ask Him; To lay my needs, the needs of my church, my family, my business before His feet.  This is where a lot of people stop praying.  But there is more to the story.

 

L- Listen

Listen to God’s voice.  God “is a Spirit and those who worship Him, worship Him in spirit and in truth’.  God does not normally speak to you in an audible voice (although there are those who have heard him).  He is a spirit, and He speaks to our spirit.  We hear God’s direction via our spirits.

 

M- Meditate

Once you have praised Him, quieted your heart and surrendered to Him, then you can pour out your heart to Him.  After you have shared with God, then you listen to His wisdom for you.  Finally, as your spirit has become more sensitive by this time you need to meditate on what He has said or what He is sharing with you.  What does meditate mean?  It means to think about, think on, to go over and over in your mind.

 

As you use this PSALM tool you will notice yourself going deeper and deeper with God.  This is the beginning of developing your passion.  Passion for God, passion for your spouse, passion for your children, passion for people and bringing souls into the Kingdom of God, passion for life!

 

Have a God day!

Cell Phone vs. Bible

How Important Is Your Bible?
How Important Is Your Bible?

What would happen if you treated your Bible like you treat your
cell phone?

What if you carried it around in your purse or pocket?

What if you turned back to go get it if you forgot it?
What if you flipped through it several times a day?
What if you used it to receive messages from the text?
What if you treated it like you couldn’t live without it?
What if you gave it to your kids as gifts?
What if you used it as you traveled?
What if you used it in case of an emergency?
What if you bought a new one because the old one was worn out and tattered?

Do you know where your Bible is right now?

Unlike your cell phone, you don’t ever have to
worry about your Bible being disconnected, because Jesus already paid your
bill.

Separation of Church And State

Praise the Mighty Name of Jesus!

I think we are all getting fed up with the godless minority of our nation telling us to get God out of our lives.  This is a great positive response to dealing with this.  I am sure more and more people are going to rise up and take our nation back for God.   We see revival and outpouring breaking out through-out this nation.  Hallelujah!

Check this out!

This is a statement that was read over the PA  system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee, by school Principal, Jody McLeod

‘It has always been the custom at  Roane County High School football games,  to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country.’

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it ‘an alternate lifestyle,’ and if someone is offended, that’s OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, ‘safe sex.’  If someone is offended, that’s OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a ‘viable means of birth control.’  If someone is offended, no problem…

I can designate a school day as ‘Earth Day’ and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess ‘Mother Earth’ and call it ‘ecology.’

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as ‘simple minded’ and ‘ignorant’ and call it ‘enlightenment.’

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.   Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.

Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree.  For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical… I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally.  I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall ‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,’ and refrain from praying at this time.

‘However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that’s not against the law—-yet.’

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.

They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer’s Box!

The only place they didn’t pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America – the Seat of ‘Justice’ in the ‘one nation, under GOD.’

Somehow, Kingston, Tennesseeremembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!

JESUS said, ‘If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.’

Dealing With Sin

Rom 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. NKJV

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In Japan, I have been amazed by the ‘speaker cars’ (vehicles mounted with bullhorns and speaker systems) parked at busy Tokyo shopping district intersections talked about how we are sinners.  It seems like that is all we hear about.  Sin.  To me it has always seemed condemning.  They do mention Jesus as the Messiah, but the people delivering the message don’t seem very joyful in playing these recorded messages to the masses of this 28 million person city.

However, recently they’ve got a point.  There is sin out there.  We as Christians have got to deal with it.  As we enter into the last days, more and more people are compromising.  Some people who have accepted Jesus as beginning to believe lies of the enemy and accept things that clearly defined as sin in the Word of God.

If you look at some church in the US and Europe, you can see these compromises.  God wants us to love the sinner, but we are to hate the sin.  One such example is homosexuality; the unnatural lust (unhealthy looks and thoughts) of someone over people of the same sex.  We have some traditional church denominations that have accepted this people in need.  That is fine. But our acceptance of these people should be to help them get out of sin.

 

How does sin work?  Well, clearly there is various types of sin.  All sin leads to death, but some sin will take you there quicker.  The Word is very clear about sexual sin.  God has given us a built-in sin meter called our conscience.  One way to see your conscience is to relate it to one of those ninja throwing stars.

When a believer sins, his conscience is like that sharp star spinning inside him.  It spins and at that point the believer should say, ‘Father forgive me for I have sinned.  According to 1 John 1:9, I confess my sin to you and know I am cleansed from all unrighteousness’.  From that point, if some demon tries to speak to you and remind you of that sin.  Then you have to say, ‘I am washed by the blood of Jesus.  That sin is gone.’ The next time you are tempted to think the same thoughts or do the same thing you confess the Word.  ‘I am free from the law of sin and death, I stand on the Word of God’.

If the believer continues to sin, the points of that spinning star become duller and duller.  They are no longer listening to their conscience that God created them with.  Eventually, the person is separated from God as their conscience is no longer sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  They stop coming to church regularly.  They stop giving.  They stop fellowshipping with other Spirit-filled Bibile believing Christians.

When sinful thoughts come, you have to deal with them immediately.  You cannot receive them.  Receiving sinful thoughts is like weeds in the garden.  When you see them sprout up, you need to pull when they are small.  You’ve got to deal with them.  If you let time pass and let them grow up they will be much harder to deal with as they have taken root.

Don’t become dull to God by letting sin in your life.  Keep sensitive to his plan for you.  When you mess up, confess the sin, and confess God’s forgiveness.  He has an awesome plan for you.  Don’t let some demon or the world steal it from you!

God is awesome.

 

Making Our Redemption A Reality- by Jim Kaseman

Many Christians are SICK, POOR and DEFEATED in many if not all areas of their lives! In spite of what the Lord Jesus Christ did for them at Calvary’s cross where God provided redemption for ALL MANKIND. REDEMPTION from SIN, POVERTY, SICKNESS and DEATH!

The Word of God reveals that born-again believers are new creatures in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17) with eternal life and the very nature of God (I John 5:10-13). And as believers they HAVE BEEN DELIVERED out of Satan’s power and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:12-14).

If this is true, how come so many Christians don’t look, act, or talk like they are in the kingdom of God? It’s because their redemption is not a reality in their lives.

OUR CONFESSIONS RULE US

A SPIRITUAL law few people realize is that our CONFESSIONS RULE US! Whether you are saved or unsaved, you will never rise above your confession. In Mark 11:23 Jesus tells us that we can have anything we say as long as we do not doubt in our heart (spirit) but believe in our heart (spirit) and confess it with our mouth. He DID NOT SAY believe in your HEAD and confess with your MOUTH. HE SAID, believe in your HEART (spirit) and confess with your MOUTH!

The reason so many people are church members all of their lives, have a lot of head knowledge of the Bible, and still end up lost in the pits of hell is because they have not obeyed God’s Word for Salvation as described in Romans 10:9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt BELIEVE (not doubt) in thine HEART (not head) that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the HEART (not head) man believeth unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation.”

CONFESSION WORKS IN EVERYTHING

The law of confession works not only for salvation, but for everything in life—GOOD or BAD. In Mark 11:23 Jesus says “…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” For example, some people have more faith in Satan than God. They believe with all their heart and say with their mouth, “I always get the flu when it comes to town.” And because they believe it and say it, they get the flu. Instead of believing in their heart and saying with their mouth, “Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sickness according to Matthew 8:17; therefore I forbid any sickness to come upon my body!”

You see, Proverbs 6:2 tells us that we are snared (trapped) with the words of our mouth. Confess sickness and poverty and you’ll have it! THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

DEVELOP YOUR FAITH

Testimony or confession is a vital part of the faith life. If you want to develop robust faith you must continually say what the Lord is doing for you and what the Word of God says about you. The more you talk about Him, the more real Jesus becomes to you. The less you talk about Jesus, the less real He is to you!

Confess what the Word of God says about you and your situation even if you don’t believe it right away. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Confess it often enough and soon faith will drop into your heart as you hear the Word of God on your own lips.

FAITH’S CONFESSIONS CREATE REALITIES

We will have whatever we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths (Mark 11:23). For you see, faith’s confessions create realities. As far as God is concerned everything you have or are “In Christ” is so. He has done it. All the promises in the Bible are legally ours.

The Bible is a legal document, sealed by the blood of Jesus. However, it is you believing and confessing it that makes it a reality to you. God wants us to enjoy and know the reality of what He has provided for us and He has already told us how to do it through His Word.

Go through the scriptures, especially the New Testament, and find the verses with “In Christ,” “In Him,” “In Whom,” “Through Him,” etc. and begin to personalize them and confess them with your mouth. Begin to say, “This is mine, this is who I am in Christ, this is what I have in Christ, this is what I can do in Christ.” When you do this, your redemption in Christ Jesus will become a reality to you.

It is already real in the spirit realm, but we need it to become a reality in this physical realm where we live in the flesh. We don’t need physical healing when we get to heaven, we need it now. We don’t need money when we get to heaven, we need it now. We don’t need deliverance from Satan’s bondages in heaven, we need it now in this time on this earth where we live today!

START NOW—CONFESS DAILY 
Make your redemption a reality, begin to personalize God’s Word, confess it daily with your mouth, believe it in your heart (not head) and begin to act as if God’s Word were true.

DO THIS AND YOU’LL WALK IN VICTORY!

WHAT I AM IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY)

I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. My spirit is created in the image and likeness of God. 
2 Cor. 5:17 
I am complete in Christ Jesus. Col. 2:9-10 
I am righteous in Christ Jesus. I have right-standing with God just like I’d never done anything wrong. 2 Cor. 5:21 
I am redeemed from the curse of the law (poverty, sickness and spiritual death). 
Gal. 3:13 & Deut. 28 chapter 
I am God’s child and a joint-heir with Christ. Rom. 8:16-17

WHERE I AM IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY) 
I have been taken from Satan’s kingdom and I am now in God’s kingdom. Col. 1:13-14 
I am part of the Body of Christ and Satan has no power over me. 1 Cor. 12:14-27, Luke 9:1 & Luke 10:9 
I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus far above all power of darkness and all things are under my feet. Eph. 1:20-23 & Eph. 4:6

WHAT I POSSESS IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY) 
ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places are mine in Christ Jesus. Eph. 1:3 
ALL my needs are supplied by my Heavenly Father, in every area of life, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 
I don’t have to worry about anything, for God has commanded me to cast all of my cares on Him. I Peter 5:7

WHAT I CAN DO IN CHRIST (CONFESS DAILY) 
In the power of the Holy Ghost I am a witness for Jesus. Acts 1:8 
I can and do tell others about Jesus Christ. Matt. 28:18-20 
As a believer and in the name of Jesus Christ I cast out devils, I speak with new tongues, and when I lay my hands on the sick they do recover. Mark 16:17-18 
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

FOR COMFORT AND STRENGTH (CONFESS DAILY) 
The joy of the Lord is my strength. Neh. 8:10 
The Lord is the strength of my life. Psalms 27:1 
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I John 4:4 
I will not let the Word depart from before mine eyes, for it is life and health. Prov. 4:21-22 
I let no corrupt word come out of my mouth but that which is good to edifying. Eph. 4:29 
I refuse to give place to the devil. Eph. 4:27 
I speak the truth in love and grow up into Him in all things. Eph. 4:15 
No man shall take me out of His hand. For I have eternal life. John 10:28 
I let the peace of God rule in my heart. I refuse to worry about anything. Col. 3:15 & 1 Peter 5:7 
That which I refuse to allow here God also refuses to allow and that which I do allow God also allows to come to pass here on earth. Matt. 16:19 
I am a believer and these signs do follow me. I speak with new tongues, I take authority over the devil, I lay hands on the sick and they recover. Mark 16:17-18 
I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. Col. 2:10

FOR FINANCIAL ANDMATERIAL NEEDS (CONFESS DAILY) 
Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. (Poverty, sickness and death) Gal. 3:13 & Deut. 28 chapter 
For poverty He has given me wealth, for sickness He has given me health, for death He has given me eternal life. II Cor. 8:9 & John 10:10 
I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. Psalms 37:4 
I have given and it is being given unto me good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, men give into my bosom. Luke 6:38 
I have paid my tithes and offerings and God has opened the windows of heaven and is pouring such blessings upon me that I hardly have enough room to receive them. Malachi 3:10 
I have all sufficiency of all things and abound to all good works, for my God has made all grace abound toward me. 2 Cor. 9:8 
There is no lack for my God supplies all my needs, in every area of life, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 
The Lord is my Shepherd I DO NOT WANT. Psalms 23:1

FOR GUIDANCE AND WISDOM(CONFESS DAILY) 
The Spirit of truth abideth in me and teaches me all things. He guides me into all truth. I have perfect knowledge of every circumstance and opportunity that comes before me. John 14:26 & John 16:13 
I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own understanding. Prov. 3:5 
In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path. Prov. 3:6 
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105 
I let the Word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom. Col. 3:16 
I do follow the good Shepherd for I know His voice, a stranger I will not follow. John 10:3-4 
I am not conformed to this world but I am transformed by renewing my mind by the Word of God. Romans 12:2

IF YOU HAVE FEARS AND WORRY (CONFESS DAILY) 
I am the body of Christ and Satan has no power over me. 1 Cor. 12:14-27 
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I John 4:4 
I will fear no evil for you are with me Lord. Your Word and your Spirit comfort me. Psalms 23:4 
I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me. Isaiah 54:14 
No weapon formed against me shall prosper for my righteousness is of the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 
Whatsoever I do shall prosper for I am like a tree by rivers of water. Psalms 1:3 
Lord, you have delivered me from the evils of this world for it is God’s will. Gal. 1:4 
No evil will befall me neither shall any plague come near my dwelling. Psalms 91:10 
For you have given your angels charge over me and they keep me in all my ways. Psalms 91:11 
In my pathway is life and there is no death. Prov. 12:28 
I am a doer of the Word of God and am blessed in my deeds. James 1:25 
I take the shield of faith and stop everything the enemy brings against me. Eph. 6:16 
Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. I forbid any sickness or poverty to come on me. Gal. 3:13 & Deut. 28 chapter 
I overcome by the blood of Christ and the Word of my testimony. Rev. 12:11 
I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me because I resist him in Jesus’ name. James 4:7 
The Word of God is forever settled in heaven and in my heart. Psalms 119:89 
My peace is great, because I’m God’s child and I’m taught of the Lord. Isaiah 54:13

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES 
Upon examining these portions of scripture you will find the message of who you are, what you are, where you are and what you have BECAUSE OF CHRIST JESUS. (This is a partial listing only)

Matthew 8:17; 11:28-30; 18:11,18-20 
Mark 1:8; 9:23; 11:23-24 
Luke 10:19; 17:33 
Romans 3:22-24; 5:1-19; 6:4-23; 7:4; 8:1-2, 32-37; 12:5 
1 Cor.  1:2-5, 30; 8:6; 15:22, 57 
2 Cor.  1:20-21; 2:14; 3:14; 5:17-21 
Gal.  2:4, 6-20; 3:13-14, 26-29; 4:7; 5:1-6; 6:14-15 
Eph.  1:3-23; 2:5-22; 3:6,12; 4:16; 5:8; 6:10 
Phil.  1:11; 2:5,13; 3:9, 12-14; 4:6-7, 19 
Col.  1:12-28; 2:1-20; 3:17 
John 1:4; 3:15-17; 4:14; 6:40, 56; 10:10; 14:6-23; 15:4-9; 16:23-24 
1 Thess.  4:16; 5:18 
1 Tim.  1:14 
2 Tim.  1:9-13; 2:1, 10-12; 3:15 
Titus 2:14; 3:7 
Hebrews 1:3; 2:9-18; 4:14-16; 7:19-25; 8:6; 9:11-15, 24-28; 10:10-20; 13:5-6, 8-21 
I Peter 1:3, 8, 21; 2:5,9,21; 3:18; 5:10 
2 Peter 1:8 
1 John 1:7-9, 5; 2:1-8, 27; 3:2-6, 24; 4:9-15, 4; 5:1-20 
2 John 1:9 
Rev.  1:5-6

Quoted from here

Posted on 24 May, 2008

Is Mormonism Christian?

Earlier this year (2007), I met Mitt Romney in Tokyo.  I was impressed with his clear way of communicating and how he described his work in the state of Massachusetts.  He described how he brought in experts from business (he was a founder of Bain Capital) and used his business to get a state badly in debt, out of debt.  He told one story of how there were many courthouses spread around the state.

His solution was to make sure there was a courthouse within 100 miles of the residents of the state and eliminate the overlap in staffing, and building costs.

I was very impressed with Mr. Romney.  The whole experience got me thinking that we really need to start getting rid of all the lawyer types of people and focus on getting business people in government.  People who understand profit and loss.  Very good requirement for those who are running for elected offices.

Mr. Romney is now running for President of the United States.  After hearing him that day in Tokyo, I would have probably voted for him except there is one slight problem.  Mr. Romney is a Mormon.  The vast majority of the populace in the United States consider Mormonism a cult.  With that in mind, there is no chance that the vast Christian majority of the United States will vote for a Mormon.

I have a number of good friends that are Mormons.  Of recent, many of them tell me they are Christian.  But are Mormons Christian?  I did some research on the web and have pasted one of the articles I have found below.  Very curious to know from any Mormons, is this information all correct?  I know there is some misinformation out there for just about anything, but from my read of the book of mormon years ago, and studies it seems that points 1 through 9 are correct.  Please feel free to comment

http://www.irr.org/mit/Is-Mormonism-Christian.html

Is Mormonism Christian?A Comparison of Mormonism and Historic ChristianityCopyright © 1999 Institute for Religious Research. All rights reserved.

Salt Lake Temple, SLC, UtahIs Mormonism Christian? This may seem like a puzzling question to many Mormons as well as to some Christians. Mormons will note that they include the Bible among the four books which they recognize as Scripture, and that belief in Jesus Christ is central to their faith, as evidenced by their official name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Furthermore, many Christians have heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing Christian hymns and are favorably impressed with the Mormon commitment to high moral standards and strong families. Doesn’t it follow that Mormonism is Christian?

To fairly and accurately resolve this question we need to carefully compare the basic doctrines of the Mormon religion with the basic doctrines of historic, biblical Christianity. To represent the Mormon position we have relied on the following well-known Mormon doctrinal books, the first three of which are published by the Mormon Church: Gospel Principles (1997), Achieving a Celestial Marriage(1976), and A Study of the Articles of Faith (1979) by Mormon Apostle James E. Talmage, as well as Doctrines of Salvation (3 vols.) by the tenth Mormon President and prophet Joseph Fielding Smith,Mormon Doctrine (2nd ed., 1979) by Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. 1. IS THERE MORE THAN ONE TRUE GOD?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that there is only one True and Living God and apart from Him there are no other Gods (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; 44:6,8; 45:21,22; 46:9; Mark 12:29-34).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that there are many Gods (Book of Abraham 4:3ff), and that we can become gods and goddesses in the celestial kingdom (Doctrine and Covenants 132:19-20; Gospel Principles, p. 245; Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p. 130). It also teaches that those who achieve godhood will have spirit children who will worship and pray to them, just as we worship and pray to God the Father (Gospel Principles, p. 302). 2. WAS GOD ONCE A MAN LIKE US?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that God is Spirit (John 4:24; 1 Timothy 6:15,16), He is not a man (Numbers 23:19; Hosea 11:9; Romans 1:22, 23), and has always (eternally) existed as God — all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere present (Psalm 90:2; 139:7-10; Isaiah 40:28; Luke 1:37).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that God the Father was once a man like us who progressed to become a God and has a body of flesh and bone (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22; “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!” from Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-347; Gospel Principles, p. 9; Articles of Faith, p. 430;Mormon Doctrine, p. 321). Indeed, the Mormon Church teaches that God himself has a father, and a grandfather, ad infinitum(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 373; Mormon Doctrine, p. 577). 3. ARE JESUS AND SATAN SPIRIT BROTHERS?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that Jesus is the unique Son of God; he has always existed as God, and is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father (John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 14:9; Colossians 2:9). While never less than God, at the appointed time He laid aside the glory He shared with the Father (John 17:4, 5; Philippians 2:6-11) and was made flesh for our salvation; His incarnation was accomplished through being conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:34-35).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that Jesus Christ is our elder brother who progressed to godhood, having first been procreated as a spirit child by Heavenly Father and a heavenly mother; He was later conceived physically through intercourse between Heavenly Father and the virgin Mary (Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p. 129; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 546-547; 742). Mormon doctrine affirms that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers (Gospel Principles, pp. 17-18; Mormon Doctrine, p. 192). 4. IS GOD A TRINITY?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost are not separate Gods or separate beings, but are distinct Persons within the one Triune Godhead. Throughout the New Testament the
Son and the Holy Spirit, as well as the Father are separately identified as and act as God (Son: Mark 2:5-12; John 20:28; Philippians 2:10,11Holy Spirit:Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 3:17,18; 13:14); yet at the same time the Bible teaches that these three are only one God (see point 1).
By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 576-577), and that the Son and Holy Ghost are the literal offspring of Heavenly Father and a celestial wife (Joseph Fielding McConkie, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, vol. 2, p. 649). 5. WAS THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE A GREAT EVIL OR A GREAT BLESSING?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the disobedience of our first parents Adam and Eve was a great evil. Through their fall sin entered the world, bringing all human beings under condemnation and death. Thus we are born with a sinful nature, and will be judged for the sins we commit as individuals. (Ezekiel 18:1-20; Romans 5:12-21).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that Adam’s sin was “a necessary step in the plan of life and a great blessing to all of us”(Gospel Principles, p. 33; Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 2:25;Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 114-115).6. CAN WE MAKE OURSELVES WORTHY BEFORE GOD?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that apart from the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross we are spiritually “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1,5and are powerless to save ourselves. By grace alone, apart from self-righteous works, God forgives our sins and makes us worthy to live in His presence (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6). Our part is only to cling to Christ in heartfelt faith. (However, it is certainly true that without the evidence of changed conduct, a person’s testimony of faith in Christ must be questioned; salvation by grace alone through faith, does not mean we can live as we please — Romans 6:1-4).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that eternal life in the presence of God (which it terms “exaltation in the celestial kingdom”) must be earned through obedience to all the commands of the Mormon Church, including exclusive Mormon temple rituals. Works are a requirement for salvation (entrance into the “celestial kingdom”) — Gospel Principles, p. 303-304; Pearl of Great Price — Third Article of Faith; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 339, 671; Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 25:23).7. DOES CHRIST’S ATONING DEATH BENEFIT THOSE WHO REJECT HIM?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the purpose of the atoning work of Christ on the cross was to provide the complete solution for humankind’s sin problem. However, those who reject God’s grace in this life will have no part in this salvation but are under the judgment of God for eternity (John 3:36; Hebrews 9:27; 1 John 5:11-12).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that the purpose of the atonement was to bring resurrection and immortality to all people, regardless of whether they receive Christ by faith. Christ’s atonement is only a partial basis for worthiness and eternal life, which also requires obedience to all the commands of the Mormon church, including exclusive Mormon temple rituals(Gospel Principles, pp. 74-75; Mormon Doctrine, p. 669).8. IS THE BIBLE THE UNIQUE AND FINAL WORD OF GOD?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the Bible is the unique, final and infallible Word of God(2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1,2; 2 Peter 1:21) and that it will stand forever (1 Peter 1:23-25). God’s providential preservation of the text of the Bible was marvelously illustrated in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that the Bible has been corrupted, is missing many “plain and precious parts” and does not contain the fullness of the Gospel (Book of Mormon — 1 Nephi 13:26-29; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, pp. 190-191).9. DID THE EARLY CHURCH FALL INTO TOTAL APOSTASY?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the true Church was divinely established by Jesus and could never and will never disappear from the earth (Matthew 16:18; John 15:16; 17:11). Christians acknowledge that there have been times of corruption and apostasy within the Church, but believe there has always been a remnant that held fast to the biblical essentials.By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that there was a great and total apostasy of the Church as established by Jesus Christ;this state of apostasy “still prevails except among those who have come to a knowledge of the restored gospel” of the Mormon Church (Gospel Principles, pp. 105-106; Mormon Doctrine, p. 44).


Conclusion: The above points in italics constitute the common gospel believed by all orthodox Christians through the ages regardless of denominational labels. On the other hand, some new religions such as Mormonism claim to be Christian, but accept as Scripture writings outside of the Bible, teach doctrines that contradict the Bible, and hold to beliefs completely foreign to the teachings of Jesus and His apostles.Mormons share with orthodox Christians some important moral precepts from the Bible. However, the above points are examples of the many fundamental and irreconcilable differences between historic, biblical Christianity and Mormonism. While these differences do not keep us from being friendly with Mormons, we cannot consider them brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible specifically warns of false prophets who will teach “another gospel” centered around “another Jesus,” and witnessed to by “another spirit” (2 Corinthians 11:4,13-15; Galatians 1:6-9). Based on the evidence presented above, we believe Mormonism represents just such a counterfeit gospel.It has been pointed out that if one claimed to be a Mormon but denied all the basic tenets of Mormonism — that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is true and divinely inspired, that god was once a man who progressed to godhood through keeping the laws and ordinances of the Mormon Church, and that the Mormon Church was divinely established — the Mormon Church would reject such a person’s claim to being a Latter-day Saint. One cannot fairly call oneself a Mormon if one does not believe the fundamental doctrines taught by the Mormon Church. By the same token, if the Mormon Church does not hold to even the basic biblical truths believed by the greater Christian community down through the ages, how can Christians reasonably be expected to accept Mormonism as authentic Christianity?If the Mormon Church believes it is the only true Christian Church, it should not attempt to publicly present itself as a part of
a broader Christian community. Instead it should tell the world openly that those who claim to be orthodox Christians are not really Christians at all, and that the Mormon Church is the only true Christian Church. This in fact is what it teaches privately, but not publicly.


Statements of 5 Christian Denominations on MormonismChristian churches teach belief in God as an eternal, self-existent, immortal being, unfettered by corporeal limitations and unchanging in both character and nature. In recent years, several Christian denominations have made studies of Mormon teaching and come to the conclusion that there are irreconcilable differences between LDS doctrine and Christian beliefs based on the Bible.

Whats In A Name?

What’s in a Name? A lot! A name sets the tone for who we are and what we do. We are called by our name multiple times each day. What’s your name and what does it have to do with your calling?

 

In July 1983, God called me as a missionary and a minister of the gospel at a summer camp near Everett, Washington. It was during an evening chapel service at a Church Camp called Cedar Springs. The speaker called those kids who felt God’s call into missions to go to the front of the chapel. God spoke to me then that I was ‘called to be a missionary, but a different type of missionary’. So he made it clear to me that I wasn’t supposed to go forward.

 

What did that ‘different type of missionary’ mean? Although I wanted to go right to Bible school after college, I knew that he really wanted me to go to a secular University. So I went to the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated in 1990. After graduation, I went immediately to Japan. Literally, the next day. I did my initial Bible schooling through a combination of Assemblies of God coursework and Rhema Bible Training center teacher Bob Yandian.

 

As I look back at how God has led me I have found that He knew exactly what my gifting and my talents were back on that day in 1983. He knew how I could be more effective as a minister and that by 2001 (when I went in to ministry full-time) that I could minister to everyone from beggar to business professional. God knew that traditional missionaries and ministers are sometimes limited to certain social classes of people, but that by the year 2000 we would need people who minister to and encourage people in business, entrepreneurs and community leaders that are usually neglected by missionaries for the financially struggling.

 

On a Saturday (February 17, 2007) I was praying in my church as I was preparing to minister on Sunday. God spoke to me, that He was going to answer my prayer to make a bigger mark on this world for Him. To be a history-maker, a dispenser of the love and the joy inexpressible that He has for everyone who will accept and also learn to walk in His power and authority that He has for them. He spoke that as I was to call myself Spencer as a reminder of how He wanted me to be a blessing to those around me and help them to stand up and receive what He has for them.

 

I have to admit that I was a bit shy about any changes to my name. Afterall, my name had been with me for almost 40 years at the time. I tried to push the whole idea under the carpet. But on another Saturday in October God reminded me of what I was supposed to do. So that next day (Sunday) I shared the vision with my church family. Everyone at Victory was excited to hear about God’s plan for me, but also that God had a plan for them as well. Of course, we’ve got to remember that all our plans vary for each person based on our gifts and callings.

 

As I began to do what He said and act on His promise to me, I see God’s vision manifesting for me. Opportunities began to open up to reach more people as I had acted on God’s word. TV companies calling, people stopping me on the street saying “hey, are you that guy?”. God has called us here to make a difference. Not to be the same thing. As Spencer Patrick, I am so proud to be a child of our Father God. Every time I hear my name, I am reminded of His goodness, His plan, and His purpose for me. Spencer means ‘distributor’ or ‘dispenser of the provisions’. Patrick means ‘noble one’ related to the patrician class of nobility in the Roman empire. It is clear God sees me as His distributor of

 

-the power of the Holy Spirit

-the message of how to enter in abundant life He promised in John 10:10

-the love to the lost and dying of our nation and any nation we minister in

-the hope that only came come through Jesus our Messiah

 

What’s in a name? A lot, and every time you hear your name, let it be a reminder of God’s plan for you, His plan to prosper you, His plan to give you hope and a future that will not end until you decide you are ready to go home and be with Him.

 

I am going long, and I am going strong! What about you? God is AWESOME!

Politicians With A Heart

I really don’t know this gentleman, but from what I can see I am impressed. It is nice to see an American Senator who is willing to buck the system and serve the US government with his heart.

Senator John W. Warnet

It seems that John Warner will be retiring. Although, he doesn’t seem to have the smoothest personal life, from articles commenting about his retirement it seems that he is a man who was not forced to stick to party decisions. He is known for looking at each issue and really try to represent the people of his districts/state.

With all the lobbyists, peer pressure from the parties, and other pressures associated with leadership of a country (usually gold, gals, and glory are the issues) I am sure it is really hard for senators, representatives, judges, and the executive branch to represent the people who voted them into office. The idea of going off your own heart is great. I hope all the US government civil servants will take note.

Be A Teacher, Be A Hero

I once heard it said, “Be a teacher. Be a hero.” When it comes to examining the Bible’s keys to organizational increase, we could say, “Be a teacher. Be a success.”

Great leaders don’t hide in ivory towers plotting strategy. They teach by instilling in those around them their ideas and their values. This is the approach Jesus modeled. He was often called rabbi, which simply means teacher. His effectiveness is evidenced by the success of His pupils.

-Mac Hammond

Becoming a Star at Work- Be Solution-Oriented

I love to be around people with ideas. It’s easy to find people who are experts at seeing the problem. It’s the rare and valuable person who always seems to have an idea for the solution.

When you examine the qualities of the people chosen most frequently for promotion and leadership, you discover that the vast majority are people who generate lots of new ideas —fresh ways of looking at a situation. Fear keeps most people from training their minds to think creatively and keeps them from putting forth a new idea when they happen to have one.

Being a solution-oriented person with lots of ideas will position you for promotion and increase on the job.

by Mac Hammond