"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36
October 28, 2009
Are You Tempted to Worry?
1949 Daddy Gordon holding baby Cathy
1975 Mommy Cathy holding baby Linda
1997 Mommy Linda holding baby Hannah
This morning my daughter, Linda, told me how much she is enjoying her small group ladies Bible study and today, the topic was on temptation. She learned that it is not a sin to be tempted but to act on the temptation is a sin.
We then talked about the temptation to worry as parents. Everyone worries now and again but is this pleasing to the Lord?
Let's see what the Bible says:
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4
May the Lord Jesus Christ help each of us to not worry but pray to Him with thanksgiving!
Today watched a video series about women in cults and was struck with the thought, 'I was in a cult... again!' when thinking about my 1998-2005 involvement with the Brownsville Assembly of God church and FIRE International Church, both in Pensacola, Florida. (FIRE has since moved to Charlotte, North Carolina).
Raised in Christian Science (cult) and then lured into the Seventh Day Adventist Church (cult) after becoming a born-again Christian, I am still stunned to realized once again, I had been suckered into ANOTHER cult!
As a former Brownsville student, graduate of FIRE ministry school, missionary with FIRE International, I can say without a doubt this was/is a cult, full of kundalini witchcraft and deception.
Scripture tells us 'Let no man deceive you'. I was deceived and have since repented.
May the Truth be revealed, may the lies be exposed, may the deceived wakeup, may the sinner repent, may the lost get saved and may the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified I pray.
Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta - The Ecumenical Order HSH Nicholas F.S. Papanicolaou (left) discusses the Order on a special program on God TV with Rick Joyner, reaching 400 million people worldwide. source
Are we to use the Gospel to make a profit?
It has always bothered me when a Christian counselor charges the 'client' for listening, give hopefully Biblical advice and then prayer. "That'll be $50 and you'll be happy to know we now take Visa and Mastercard!"
If the apostate church would simply read the Bible now and again, maybe they would see the error of their way.
Then again, maybe not.
In any case, read what the Lord Jesus Christ says:
"And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves." Luke 19:45,46
"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:7,8
"ok....are you ready for round 2 of my sailfishing adventures? I headed out this morning in search of another sail. I brought a bag of ballyhoo in case I didn't find my Lys but right off the bat about 30 min into into my paddle I found to big LYs. So I let one go off the back and kept the other on my spinning reel close to my yak . Within minutes a sail comes right up to the close in bait and starts checking it out . I quickly grab the rod and start trying to get line out to let the Ly swim, then the sail turns away and 3 secs later my other rod starts screaming. So I quickly reel the first line in and just let it swim right next to my yak, I don't want this bait to die. So I grab the rod that's going off and I am not lying I think I was pulled at least 1 mile offshore. After about 30 or so min I get him close to the yak he is lit up and WAY bigger then the sail I got a few days ago. He starts tailwalking in front of me and I was so nervouse he was going to jump right on top of me I quickly let some line out to get him away from me. And then.... I look out of the corner of my eye and I watch a mahi inhale the other ly that is literally inches from my yak and that rod starts sreaming. Now I'm several miles offshore and I have a sailfish at my bow and a mahi peeling drag on my stern. The sailfish is done, so I get him yakside and quickly release him and off he goes. I was exhausted from the sail and then the mahi put up a good fight lots of jumps and finally got him gaffed and in the yak. That was the longest paddle back in fighting north winds but it was and epic day and believe I won't top today for a VERY long time!!!Wish I could have gotten better pics of the sail so you could see the size of him"
Cap'n Linda Snags a Sailfish from Her Kayak Today!
"Mom! Guess what I just caught?"
A couple of days ago my daughter called saying she hoped to catch a sailfish from her kayak. Then this morning she called excited to tell me - it took about 20-30 minutes to pull him in after he dragged her in a circle a few times. She said, "I prayed to the Lord this morning on the beach" and He answered her prayer! So after on shore and taking a few pics, she put the fellow back in the water. And back out she went as well. She called me from her kayak. Then the mother of two and pregnant with number three said, "Oh! I gotta go - I'm hooked up again - bye!"
P.S. Btw, 'The Old Man and the Sea' by Hemmingway is one of her favorite books!
Also Linda wrote: same report, 2 different forums, if you want to read the comments =)
Last year, my daughter who lives on the Gulf of Mexico and loves to fish, passed the test to receive her captain's license. Her goal is to one day have a charter fishing boat service.
Red Fish @ Panama City Beach pier/Sept '09
And the Captain of my ship is the Lord Jesus Christ. I trust Him to safely deliever me to the right destination, so I choose to stay on board, following His orders and not jump ship nor join a mutiny when a storm or temptation comes along.
"The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Van rijn Rembrandt 1633
My desire is to be in His will, pleasing Him and seeing others come to know Him, finding freedom and forgiveness.
May you also get on board and enjoy the journey with Him!
And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19
Over the years, I have helped in various ways at crisis pregnancy centers and today, I will be volunteering for the Pregnancy Resouce Center of Napa Valley at a booth they are having at a Christian event in Calistoga.
This brings me to why I desire to help others who may find themselves in an unwanted pregnancy...
MY PRO-CHOICE DECISION
by Cathy Palmer
Please read my story which tells how the Lord Jesus Christ changed my life…
DRUGS, SEX, & ROCK N' ROLL "Pregnant?" I exclaimed when the doctor gave me this unwanted news. I could not believe my ears because I had used birth control. But it was true, so in fear and shame, I immediately began making plans for an abortion. It was the early 70's and my hippie life style of "drugs, sex, and rock and roll" had caught up with me again. This was the latest of several traumatic occurrences in my life; a couple of years earlier, I was committed to a mental hospital for a few months where I was given a series of 12 shock treatments. My family was told that I was a paranoid schizophrenic needing medication the rest of my life, never to be normal again. However, due to my mother's Christian Science beliefs, she tossed the pills and within a few months, by the grace of God, Who I did not know – but He knew me - I recovered completely
CRISIS Now, here I was with a crisis pregnancy, too selfish to consider adoption and too ashamed to give birth to my baby unmarried. I found a medical center that agreed to perform the saline abortion they said I needed. Only a few people knew of my dilemma and some attempted to talk me out of it, but I had already made up my mind long before I got pregnant. So alone, I had my abortion, which was a horrible experience. Completely numb, I dressed and walked out the building. My "problem" was fixed as I returned to my "normal" life of free love and contraceptives.
SEARCHING A few years passed and I was now married. However, my wounded life had reached a point of despair and complete hopelessness. Nothing I tried brought true satisfaction: drugs, marriage, religion, jobs, friendships…every path I searched left me feeling empty. A couple of friends talked to me about Jesus, but I thought I was a Christian. One friend would came over and show me verses in her Bible after our husbands had passed out from doing drugs!
TRANSFORMATION Another friend told me about a Christian television program, so one day in 1976, I turned it on. However, I turned it off just as quickly because I didn't watch “those kinds” of shows! But, the next day, I turned it on again and was intrigued by the various guests who told amazing stories about how Jesus Christ had changed their lives. I watched the entire program and at the end, I got on my knees and said, “I’ve sinned against You, O God - please have mercy on me!” and asked Jesus into my heart. Something happened and by the end of the week, I KNEW I was different! It felt like I had been in a deep, dark pit and only when I looked straight up, could I see a small blue dot; everything else was black. Then it was as if Jesus lifted me out and put me on top of a mountaintop where I could see clear, blue skies for the first time in my life!
FORGIVENESS I knew that I was a sinner but Jesus washed all my sins away, including that of my abortion. And He continues to heal my emotions and restore my soul by the power of the Holy Spirit. God has turned my mourning into gladness and my weeping into joy!
NEW LIFE In late 1999, the Lord told me to quit my job, move to Florida, and go to Bible School. Even though I was $35,000 in debt, He said to "step out in faith and trust Me", which I did. Less than two years later I was debt free and a missionary in Europe. After 3+ years living in Berlin, Germany, I am now back in the USA with a burden to see the church wake up and the lost find true freedom through a personal relationship with God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
DESTINY God also has a plan for your life - a plan that gives meaning and direction. Not only does He want you to live with Him forever, but He wants you to fulfill your destiny here on earth. However, we ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect will. The only thing we can do to be saved from His wrath, is to turn away from our evil ways, our sin, and put our trust in Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross for us. He chose to lay down His life for us because He loves us. Jesus took the punishment for our sins and stepped into the courtroom to pay our fine. Not only did He rise from the dead and defeat death after three days, Jesus is alive today and coming back!
FINDING PEACE Time is short, my friend, so to find peace with God, this is what I did: First, humble yourself and get on your knees, asking God to forgive you of anything that may have offened Him, praying something like this: "God, please forgive my sins. I turn from them and put my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and my Savior. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe He rose from the dead after 3 days. And I believe He is coming back one day. Thank You, Lord!" Now read the Bible - not the modern/corrupt ones, but the King James Bible which hasn't be changed over the years. Read John 3 about being born again.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Watch Cathy's Story
September 4, 2009 UPDATE It was a wonderful day as we talked to lots of people about the Lord, about abstinence and exposing the lies of abortion.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. . John 8
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. John 14