The Puritans and the Christians Today

Puritans 1 Peter 2:12With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d share some thoughts regarding the Puritans.

When you hear the word, “Puritan”, what comes to mind?  Is it an image of self-righteous, obnoxious, narrow-minded, humorless, witch-hunting, killjoy kind of person?  I used to think that way, until I became a believer!

In sixteenth-century England, the Puritans were concerned about bringing Christian values to bear an increasingly secular nation.  The Christians today have the same problem.  What was the Puritan’s solution back then?  Go to America and create a purely Christian society for the world to see and follow. Continue Reading

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Origin of Halloween

Leviticus 19:31Leviticus 19:31,Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.”

 

Occult (in latin “accultus”) means to cover up, hide or conceal.  The purpose is to deceive you.

 

Halloween, also called All Hallows’ Eve, dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).  Today, in the United States, it’s a secular celebration where children visit homes and receive candies and other goodies, after the traditional greeting of “trick or treat.”

 

Let’s look back at the origin of this celebrated day.  About 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived in the area that is now called Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France.

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Blessed Repentance

Blessed RepentanceRevelation 2:1-5, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”

“Repent”: in Greek, it’s “metanoeo”, means to change one’s mind, to think differently, to reconsider.

Five of the seven churches in Revelation were told to repent.  Repent is a fundamental thing to do.  When you repent, you want to change the way you formulate your ideas. Continue Reading

When in doubt, Praise God!

Remember GodThomas came with doubts, did Jesus turn him away?  No.  God never turns away the sincere heart. Tough questions do not stump God. He invites our inquiries. What concerns you?  What occupies your mind?  Talk to God.  Pray and read the Bible.  God can restore you.  He can heal you.

Doubt is a threat to faith – it leaves no room for the hope of faith that is rooted in the assurance of faith.

Here is some scripture to remember:

Praise the Lord for the glory of his name; worship the Lord because he is holy.
Psalm 29:2

Sing praises to the Lord, you who belong to him; praise his holy name.
Psalm 30:4

Come, let’s worship him and bow down. Let’s kneel before the Lord who made us,
because he is our God and we are the people he takes care of and the sheep that he tends.
Psalm 95:6–7

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Loving God with All Your Strength

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Loving God with All Your Strength

Loving God with all your strength means having an intimate relationship with Him and having that constant awareness that we are walking with Him.  We should go through our day with the awareness of serving and pleasing Him.  We should offer ourselves as living sacrifices and not be conformed to this world. Continue Reading

The Canaanite Woman and The Power of Faith

Proverbs 31
Be a Proverbs 31 Woman

Matthew 15:21-28 “Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”

Have you ever risen to a challenge? Have you risen to a challenge for a loved one? Continue Reading