Contend For The Faith

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Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered unto the saints.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

And the angels, which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

                                                                                                                                Jude 1:3-7

Power of Music

Black and White

Kate Meckler

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have laid bare America’s ongoing racial divide.

One source of that tension is the large financial gap between black and white Americans.

The figures are staggering.

A typical black household has accumulated less than one-tenth of the wealth of a typical white one. And it’s only getting worse.

Over the past 25 years, the wealth gap between blacks and whites has nearly tripled, according to research by Brandeis University.

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That’s in large part because home ownership among blacks is so much lower. Housing is often Americans’ greatest asset and a major component of their overall wealth.

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Blacks also typically have lower incomes than whites, which also makes it harder for them to save and build wealth. The median income for black households is less than 60% that of white ones.

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Original Source: Black Suffering

The Solution: Justice for all people.

Time and chance happens to them all. Whatever gifts or lack thereof you must start with the relationships you’ve been given. Secondly the economic resources and/or privilege and from here you begin making moment by moment choices. 

You choose whether difficulties will make you live in bitterness, revengeful, or fear. 

God has said, he would provide our needs. Our wants may be endless and our ability to consume more and more is a bottomless pit that cannot be filled, but when our heart is directed into the patient waiting for Christ and in the obedience of God’s word we will not be forsaken. This goes for all humans on the planet who put their hope in Jesus.

We may look at statistics and be saddened by the devils winnings, but remember faith without works is dead. God has given his people a difficult responsibility to work their faith.

Remember sin will never garnish you favor with God. He is not blessing those who refuse to repent and keep committing iniquities. Stop the sin. Look to Jesus and move forward. Though man devises his way God will direct his paths. He cannot direct if you’re not moving.

 

 

Power of the Feet

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For most of us, the feet are used to gain access to all sorts of things within the earth we live. We may use our feet to run down a field or track. We may paddle them in a pool to gain speed in swimming. The feet may be used to run to or from trouble. It is the feet that may be used for good or evil.

When the school bell rings do you use your feet to go to class or use it rather to do evil by cutting class? Do you use your feet to travel to the drug dealer or a so-called friend who is using you for your vehicle? What are you doing with the power of your feet?

You may have been fooled into thinking your feet cannot sin. You may have been fooled into believing the feet have no power, but you would be wrong. All kinds of power reside in the feet. As with other body parts it may be used to bring God glory or fulfill the dream of the kingdom of darkness. Who will you hand your feet over to? Jesus or Satan?

Will you walk into the den called clubs and be played by demons? Will you run into a store and remove contents you did not pay for? Will you use your feet to jump off a building to your death or run into the middle of traffic? What commands are you giving your feet?

Command your feet today to walk in paths of righteousness. Command your feet today to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Command your feet to walk into the church and receive a word from the Lord. Take your feet and ask God to anoint them. Ask Jesus to give your feet a good purpose and walk always in a good thing.

Christian Recording Artist Vicky Beeching Reveals She Is Gay: How Should Christians Respond?

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We are living today in a perfect spiritual storm in which biblical ignorance, moral compromise, and societal changes have combined to produce deep spiritual deception.

That’s what opened the door for Contemporary Christian Music artist Jennifer Knapp to “come out,” and that’s what opened the door for Jars of Clay front man Dan Haseltine to voice apparent support for same-sex “marriage” as well as for influential leaders like Rob Bell and Jim Wallis to advocate for redefining marriage.

That’s also what opened the door for an evangelical publishing conglomerate to publish and aggressively promote a book devoted to promote “gay Christianity.”

At any other time in Church history, ideas like this would not been countenanced for a split second among committed followers of Jesus who were grounded in the Word, but today, professing Christians are questioning some of the most basic scriptural truths about morality.

You can expect a lot more surprises in the coming days – both from pastors and music artists – but as painful as this is to witness, it is a necessary separation that will ultimately divide those who seek to change the Word from those who seek to submit to the Word.

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Power of Ignorance

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“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:15-16).

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:19-24).