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Two teens found guilty in Ohio rape case

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When I hear on CNN that parents should speak to their children about rape, we definitely live in a sad day. What happen to spanking? I grew up playing Mortal Kombat, highly discouraged by my mother, but she allowed me to purchase it with my own money. I played the game, used the fatality and never once thought about harming someone in real life.

The main reason is that I was taught that everyone was created in the image of God. Every female and every male possess a spirit. They are more than just a result of the big bang. They have value. They are more than gases and atoms. They have a soul.

What fools fail to realize is that without the understanding of God, life becomes meaningless. I heard Neil deGrasse Tyson say we are the same as space. Really?

Taking thoughts like these lead to a devaluing of life.

Another huge problem is that many women feel they need to use their body for promotion. How many women are catapulted in our society using sex and their body? Older women are not teaching younger women how to be chaste because they are not. We have older women on television shows talking about having premarital sex and being for all practical purposes prostitutes. Are we going to serve the dollar or God?

I made the mistake of typing into YouTube the word twerp and found a horrific array of teen girls bending over and doing things that are downright shameful. I kept thinking where are the parents? Where are the parents? Are we going to serve the dollar or God?

Now I understand the Bible has declared that sin will wax worse and worse and the hearts of many will grow cold. I also understand that I am unaware of Christ exact return and will live as if another revival is around the corner. Who knows it could begin today. Reblog this message if you’re bold enough.

I want to convey the clear message that we have responsibility to uphold the wisdom of God and not be confused like the world when horrific acts like this happen.

Let’s recap:

1. God gives meaning and value to human life.
2. People are not inherently good. They need to be taught to love.
3. Be bold and share your knowledge of God.

Preachers’ Daughters

preachers-daughters-1200x630It would seem the church is getting quite the visibility on television these days, as “Christ” the supposed product is becoming more and more a lucrative venture. Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? Listen to the words of Paul:

   “To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice (Philippians 1:15-18).”

It must be said that my understanding of the show is limited to the premiere episode and not for what may unfold on the show, but having seen the first episode it motivates me to inform many parents who are afraid to talk about sex to stop right away. The first thing that stuck out to me on the preachers daughters was the daughter who used freedom and porn star in the same sentence.

Her ignorance of the life of a porn star should have been met with a teaching point for enlightenment. She needed to be given understanding and not the third degree about it being wrong. I understand her older sister shed a little light, but the parents not so much.

She should have been told that many porn stars suffer from STD’s and the inability to get pregnant. They often get stuck into prescription/illegal drug abuse. Those who have children encourage them to stay away from it. Others get tricked into sex trafficking, which is sex slavery, not freedom. This lifestyle is a slippery slope to hurt, pain, low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.

There was another daughter who did not know the father of her baby. What do we say to all these things?

Ignorance for the Christian parent is not bliss. Children are exposed to a whole lot more information then the previous generation. The Christian parent needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus and teach their children to have the same. Being a follower of Christ is more than rules and regulations. We serve a living God who speaks to us. We must teach our children to hear from God.

 

SURVIVOR THE SERIES

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Are you intrigued by the survivor series? Are you hanging on every word, waiting with anticipation for the next episode? Are you a regular participant in office conversation of who will survive? Are you surprised by the strategies used to eliminate the other person on the show?

The series success is rooted in reality. As participants of the human race and members of multiple families we often find ourselves in a survivor series. Those who are in the military are pitted against their peers for promotion. There is favoritism among siblings by their parents.  The “ it” guy and girl in school competes against the up and coming “it” guy or girl. The adulteress competes for more attention. All these things and more create survivors or casualties.

The biggest problem with this type of living is that it contradicts scripture. For the Bible commands our love be directed toward God. All these things mentioned above are focused upon self.  The preservation of self is found through the elimination of ones self in Christ.

If we live against the grain, there is something you will notice change. Your burden becomes light and your yoke becomes easy. When you play the survivor series with humanistic rules you carry the entire burden yourself. When you play using God’s rules he promises to help carry.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30

THE BIBLE on the History Channel

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As a believer in Jesus Christ and a reader of the scriptures, you become overjoyed when the Bible is presented on national television. You also become skeptical, as most versions of the Bible on television are grossly sanitized, so that they do not offend. Amazingly, there is no problem with Hangover Part II playing on television with its clear degradation of women, but I digress.

Having watched an episode of “The Bible” I liked the quality of the show. The theatrics and the high quality visualizations and CGI I found to be on point. I felt the story as I was watching it. Of course, they must add to the Biblical account to make it flow. I would watch the series with my children and then read the Biblical account. Their story has been sanitized. Homosexuality of Sodom and Gomorrah has been removed. It also has some inaccurate points as it showed Pharaoh alive after the flood when the Biblical account shows him dead.

There is also controversy concerning the races of the characters.  You find the black man’s kryptonite the white women (Samson and Delilah) and Noah’s Scottish accent. I think this fits well with our changing demographic and to create discussion that previously did not exist outside of Biblical scholars.

Here is another controversy. Wait for it.

Read the Biblical Account in KJV.

God has a plan for your life.

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In the Bible the story of Gideon is one of great inspiration and encouragement. Gideon was a man that honored and reverenced God and who’s heart was right with God. God knew his potential and God had a big plan for his life and sent an angel to him.

Don’t you realize that God has a plan for your life? Don’t you realize that you need to fight a fight in your mind and trust God when you feel insignificant or not capable of doing what God knows you can do?

The angel arrived and when Gideon was in his sight he saluted him and say, “Greeting oh great and mighty man of valor”…Gideon was chosen to lead one of the greatest battles that the Israelites would ever encounter.

When the angel told him the plan, I wonder if Gideon thought to himself, “hey, he’s got the wrong guy, here I am scrambling to find some food to eat and he’s calling me a great man”?

Sometimes we don’t see our potential as God does. He knows what we are capable of and sometimes it just takes someone to encourage us. I am encouraging you today, all of you. Ask God what he wants you to do, in fact everyday we need to ask him to ‘order our steps’…and he will.

What is in your heart? What is hidden deep down inside? Don’t think that God only calls us to ‘big’ things. Everyone isn’t called to be a ‘Billy Graham or a Mother Theresa’…no some of us are called to be mom’s and dad’s that pray and fast for our children. Some of us are called to be a prayer person for our brothers and sisters or aunts and uncles.

The pressures that we feel as Christians to constantly perform our Christian duties can sometimes be self-imposed. Let your heart lead you in the direction that is suited for you. Just be faithful to that leading and God will be pleased. Don’t ‘beat yourself up’ with condemnation; God knows how he wants to use you.

Be encouraged that all your efforts to live right and do right will not go unnoticed by the one to whom it matters the most, Jesus!

by Sheila (Guest Post)