10 Ways to Identify False Teachings

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I want to recommend a good Christian blog to you called, Famine In the Land,” by Rick Becker.  He has written the following helpful articles, as well as much more.  I do hope the following links are useful to you.

Personal Update

I have been struggling with a lot of pain in my shoulder over this past summer which has prevented me from using my computer to write blog posts.  It is now improving (though not totally healed) and so I am hoping to get back to writing myself over the autumn and winter ahead.

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Not quite my level – Lol!

The pain I have endured has however, given me greater compassion for those who suffer and live with pain, which can be so greatly debilitating and exhausting.  It has at times been such a struggle just to do ordinary things that I always used to take for granted.

Through the experience I have also learnt that I need to exercise my body more, as well as looking after my mind and spiritual life.  Too much of a sedentary lifestyle really isn’t good for me.  An office job in the day and a comfy sofa in the evenings may have contributed to my troubles!

I remember that Paul wrote to Timothy about exercising:-

“For bodily exercise profits a little, biceps-2750460_1280

but godliness is profitable for all things,

having promise of the life that now is

and of that which is to come.”  1 Timothy 4:8

And I also remember the Proverbs 31 woman of who it was written:-

“She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.”  verse 17

I have discovered that if I don’t much use my physical muscles then they waste away until they can’t even function properly when I need them!   I think that similarly if we are lazy with our spiritual lives then our “faith muscle” can likewise grow weaker and fail us when in the heat of the battle, when a strong faith would be valuable.

So I encourage us all to work to the best of our abilities both in keeping our bodies and spirits in tip top condition to “fight the good fight of faith.”

God bless,

Helen

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Food Cravings & The Chastening of The Lord

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Today I wish to emphasize that I have not managed to achieve “perfection” in my spiritual life quite yet!  I realize the Lord Jesus does tell us to aim for such, but I am still just on the path, setting my sights and prayers towards that end, as the Lord in scripture said:

“You shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

I am learning that each time that I try to find satisfaction with something of this world, in a way that the Lord does not wish me to, thankfully He corrects me so that I can keep learning more of His ways and less of my own.  However, it is certainly not a nice feeling, being “chastened by the Lord” but I am still glad that He does correct me when I am straying. Continue reading

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Calvinism – The Bible’s Response

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Flaws In Calvinism

By Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Copied in full from ApologeticsPress.org

John Calvin (1509-1564) was a French theologian during the Protestant Reformation whose system of Christian theology, primarily expressed in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, has exerted tremendous influence throughout the Christian world for nearly five centuries. The central tenets of his thinking have been summarized under the acrostic TULIP.

Total Depravity = All men have inherited the sin of Adam through their parents and are morally unable to choose to follow God and be saved because of their own depraved, sinful nature which extends to every part of their personality.

Bible Responses

Ezekiel 18:19-23—“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. Continue reading

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Why Modesty Matters for Christian Women

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Might modesty matter?   Is what we wear really an issue?

From both my reading of the Bible, and the witness of the Holy Spirit within me, I believe that it does matter, it is an issue.  Also, I believe that to a large extent, the clothing that the fashion and retail industry promotes and provides for women and girls nowadays is becoming increasingly more sensual and immodest.  Consequently, as Christian women, we will each need to think and pray through this matter for ourselves and any family members that we are responsible for.  Let me explain to you why this is so.

But at the outset let me just give you the basic definitions of modesty:-

 “Behaviour, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.”  Continue reading

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The Breath of God

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I just want to share with you this poem I wrote many years ago, whilst living in a large, industrial town in England, when there was very little opportunity for me to get into the countryside that I so desperately loved.  I was obviously missing such countryside & struggling with how mundane my life was with the daily life of bringing up a family of three little boys.  I was so desperate for the wide spaces of the countryside and for fresh air and freedom that I actually sat outside my back door writing this poem & even stayed sitting there as it began to rain (I just got an umbrella & carried right on writing)! 

THE  BREATH  OF  GOD

I long for the mountains, the rivers and trees,

The smell of the pine in the cool evening breeze.

I long for the peace and the solitude there,

Where all is becalmed by the cool mountain air. Continue reading

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Fellowship During Apostasy: If not in the Churches – then where?

I have just recently discovered an interesting blog called “End Times Prophecy Report” and just wanted to share this short article by Jeremiah Jameson on the difficulties of finding any believers with whom to have true fellowship with. He makes some interesting points and he has written many more interesting things too on his blog.

He says:-

“The inhabitants of the churches are a mixed bag: some are deceiving; some obviously know they are deceiving but do not know they are being deceived; and some are merely blind being led by the blind.

Unfortunately for this last group (who enjoy the camaraderie and feeling of “belonging”), the blind end up in the same place as the blind leaders.”

And also:-

“The complaint of “no fellowship” is a common one. So is the complaint of “I don’t know of any good churches.”

Apostasy has a ready answer: “There are no perfect churches.”

Of course, no one is speaking of perfection–except the apostates who are anything but. Apostasy hides behind the “perfection” excuse, stalling for time.

So with whom is one to fellowship?

With the same people one has ALWAYS had fellowship with: true believers; the Body of Christ.”

I just love his practical advice:-

NOTE: If one does not presently know any true Christians, share the gospel and convert someone.  Then, fellowship with the new convert.”

I have just given someone a copy of John’s Gospel and am praying much for this unbeliever to become a sister in the Lord so that I can follow this advice.

You may also like to read his article on there being only a few Christians left in the end times prior to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, which you can find here.

End Times Prophecy Report

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“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

LOOKING FOR FELLOWSHIP IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

This writer sounds a lot of warnings concerning the apostasy which has totally taken over the churches. Besides what one can see with one’s eyes and hear with one’s ears, the Bible has plenty to say about the condition of the churches in the end…

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Royal Wedding or The Marriage of the Lamb – Will you be attending either of these?

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God So Loved The World

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Occasionally I like to make up my own praise songs to the Lord and thought I would share them with you now and again.  My Christian life is both one of worshipping the living God and the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as warning my fellow men and women of the dangers of following the wrong paths.  Life is a balance and I want to try to reflect that here at my blog.  I hope you like my little song, although as I am unable to write the music I trust you can make your own tune up or simply enjoy it as a poem.

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For God So Loved The World

 

For God so loved the world

That His son to us He gave

Whoever shall believe in Him

He shall truly save.

For God so loved the world

That to all that do believe

In humility and honesty

His forgiveness they receive. Continue reading

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A Storm-Proof Christian Life – The Ultimate Key

Taking A Closer Look at the Wise & Foolish Builders

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I was just remembering many years ago when my son and I enjoyed building ourselves a little sand island on a beach and watching the tide come in around us.  It was a really fun thing to do with my child, to see how long it took for the sea to demolish our little building upon the sand – and it wasn’t very long, I can tell you! Recently however, this has given me cause to consider Jesus’ teaching regarding the wise and foolish men who built their respective houses upon rock or upon sand.  This is of course, a basic Bible story that is recorded in the gospels of both Matthew and Luke.  This is often taught as a children’s story (with simple songs) but it was initially spoken to adults as the culmination to the Lord’s first publicly recorded sermon – the one frequently referred to as the Sermon on the Mount.  As such, I believe that it is certainly worthy of our time in considering once again what the true meaning of this sermon ending could teach us today. Continue reading

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Toronto “blessing?” – My personal letter to warn other believers

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I have decided to share publicly a letter that I actually wrote in 2005 to some of the Christians at that time that I knew and cared about.  It was, and still is, a very serious subject regarding strange things that were occurring within a “Christian church” that I had attended.  It took me nine months to discern and extricate myself from the said church, albeit the last weeks were simply to experience the leaders of the movement personally before exiting for good.

I have been greatly saddened of late, to discover that people who I had thought would be discerning Christians are in fact now, over a decade later, working alongside the very same leaders that I was warning about then, collaborating on projects in the basement, on the fringes of this other church, and the people are no doubt, unaware of the true nature of the spirit that works in their midst.  The church I write about in this letter is still stating on their website that “impartation” is one of their things!  If alarm bells don’t go off in your thinking at this word then you have some serious Bible reading, praying and research still to do.

My hope and my plea is for all Christian people to wake up from their trusting, somnambulant state and to pray and beseech the Lord God for true spiritual discernment and wisdom.  We live in days of increasing wickedness on all sides and tolerating it continually amongst the churches will only lead to a deadening of your own ability to hear the Lord’s true voice. Continue reading

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