Unity vs Cult

Recently, I heard the statement, “I don’t let theology get in the way of unity.”

Here’s just a couple of my thoughts on that.

Jesus did say that he wanted us all to be united:

21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. John 17:21

But he also had this to say:

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Revelation 22:18-19

Finally, he gave this warning, too:

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 1 Timothy 6:4

So, be careful about those who would proclaim something that isn’t written in the Bible – that would be someone starting a cult. But don’t quibble over obscure words or difficult to understand passages, either. Instead:

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 1 Timothy 6:4

God bless us all as we struggle to find the truth.

 

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Women’s unLiberation

I have found it very fascinating that the new craze to sweep us ladies up is so anti everything we say we have been working for over the past century or so.  We truly have come a long way, baby. Yes, there are still plenty of places to go – women are not paid 100% equally to men, many women are suffering unspeakable tyranny both here in the United States and throughout the world. But overall, things are moving in a good direction for women here in the  United States.

So why the embracing of tyranny again? Why, after all of the hard work of generations of women liberators are we mesmerized by those gray books and movies? We say we want to be free, to be treated with respect, to be seen as an equal, and yet, we are captivated by this? Why?

I have not read or watched them, so I am just going off of the advertising that I wasn’t able to miss, and I do understand that the protagonist does eventually free herself, for a time, anyway. But why get so sucked up into it in the first place?

The only answer I could come up with is this: all of us were made to worship, to be obsessed by, to be captivated, even enslaved by something or someone. I see it in my own daily life. I am not truly happy unless I have something that requires something of me – my cat, my guinea pig, my husband, my kids, the school, the church, my family, my friends, my books.

Yes, it is nice to have a day or two with nothing to do. But to find real fulfillment, I need someone or something that requires my time and attention.

Why did I get a dog when I was single? Yes, a big reason was because I needed something that would require me to exercise, but I also needed something that would need me. Why did I get married? Why did I have kids? I wanted to belong, I wanted to have some people to serve, to have fun with, too, but, primarily to serve – that is what true love is, after all – giving your life up for another.

I think the following Bible passage sums up well that we are destined to be slaves, it is just our choice to what:

18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to escalating wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.

20For when you were slaves to sin, you were free of obligation to righteousness. 21What fruit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:18-23

My Heart Goes out to Orlando

I pray that everyone affected by the devastating event that took place Sunday evening in Orlando

(and, I guess that is every one of us, to one degree or another)

finds the love, joy and peace that we are looking for –

the search of those things drove people to that night club in the first place.

Humble Yourselves Before God
God Loves you!                                                                              http://www.crosscards.com

 

psalms 94:19
God gives us joy!                                                                                                                                   dailyverses.net

 

john 14:27
Only Jesus gives lasting peace.                                                                                               dailyverses.net

 

God bless you with his Love, Joy and Peace, today and forever!

I love you!

First let me state the obvious: I am human, so, unfortunately, that means I am going to fail you at times.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
I John 1:8

I apologize in advance, and will apologize when it happens, too.

But do let me say that, even if I believe that your choices are not healthy or beneficial for your well-being,

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.
1 Corinithians 10:23

I love you!

That means, with God in me, I will greet you with joy and peace and treat you with love, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

If I love you, why do I write things that frustrate you?

First, God asks that I share what He has shared with me.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20

Also, I don’t want to be the cause of you believing something that is going to harm you. Quite selfishly, it is bad for me if I cause you to stumble.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.”
Mark 9:42

Finally, I want you to live truly free!

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
Acts 13:38-39
 

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
1 Peter 2:16

While my hope is that everything I write will be full of the truth of God that can set us free, I realize that again, I am only human. Feel free to love me back when I fail!

I love you, but more importantly, God loves you even more!

Blessings to you all!

I bless you with the desire to know God’s best plan for you!

When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me, I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

After years of arguing with God about it, I have learned that His best plan for me is writing. What is His best plan for you?