Jesus Death & Resurrection – Mary’s Perspective

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An original poem by Helen at Grainofwheatblog

Mary Stayed Weeping

 

As I stood by the cross I watched Him die.

I loved Him so much that I wanted to cry.

Such pain & such sorrow, I felt such grief,

For my Lord who had given me such relief;

From darkness & horrors & demonic dreams,

Now all I could hear were our silent screams.

 

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Easter, Passover or Neither? Does it Matter?

easter-2072387_1280Have you ever thought about why we buy chocolate eggs at Easter time?  Have you ever wondered why Easter moves around the calendar each year?  Have you ever pondered if Christians should celebrate Passover instead of Easter?  Have you ever even thought about why it is called “Easter”?  I know that I have had such thoughts.  So, I have started to do a little reading up about these things to try to get a bit of clarity on these matters for myself.

Now before I delve into the history and practices of Easter, I want to say that the bible tells us that:-

“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.”  Romans 14:5-6

Essentially, we are to help to edify other believers, rather than put a stumbling block in each other’s paths.  We each need to read our bibles prayerfully to decide which days we observe to the Lord and which we do not.  But with an enquiring mind and a humble spirit I am confident that the Lord God will gently lead and teach each of us what pleases Him.  Continue reading

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Church – To Be or To Go? That is the Question

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I can start this article with no better scripture than the wonderful, clear teaching from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  If you truly believe that all Christians should go to a church building on Sundays then please hold the following scripture in your mind as you read this post.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;

as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  

By this all will know that you are My disciples,

if you have love for one another.”  

John 13:34-35

The sign that Jesus gave us of outward proof that we are His disciples was our love for other believers.  He didn’t put a little footnote that said, “But you only need to love those who regularly attend the same church congregation as yourself.”  Or did He?  If so, I certainly haven’t found such a footnote yet!

However, I have had church-goers tell me that people who do not regularly attend church services are disobeying scripture!  I have had other bloggers say that those who suggest or teach that it is OK for Christians to stop “going to church” are outright “false teachers” to be avoided like the plague!  As these are both pretty serious allegations for the supposed body of Christ to be throwing around about one another I felt it was time to write what I have learnt about this issue.

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Tightrope Walking?

Have you ever felt that you keep stumbling and failing the Lord with the way perhaps balance-151797__480that you react to people and situations?  I know I have felt that way on several occasions, and never more so than the time that I was going through the fiery furnace of my faith walk when treacherous traitorous words and actions abounded on all sides.

I will share a short article I wrote about that time, in the hope that it encourages you to keep on going with the Lord even when you feel that you have perhaps failed Him again.    Continue reading

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Pierce My Ear O Lord

Why The Slave Refused His Freedom

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The Lord pierced my heart seven years ago with a little bit of scripture of a pierced ear.  It was one of those occasions that God took me completely by surprise.  I was just reading my way through Exodus and had just read the ten commandments when it happened.  The Lord suddenly pierced my heart and soul with a bit of scripture that I’d never really noticed before.  Such is His way, is it not?

I dropped to my knees before the Lord, using the scripture as my humble prayer.

“I love You, my Lord, my Master and I will not go free.

My ear is pinned to Your door.  I am Your willing servant forever.”

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God is Still Holy – & He wants us to be Holy too

Have you ever read the bible story where King David organises the moving of the ark of the Testimony and a man called Uzza ends up dead?

It’s one of those shocking stories that can leave you feeling particularly puzzled if you don’t read onto the following chapters or have forgotten the bible stories about the transportation of the ark of the covenant (or testimony) from earlier books of the Bible.  I happened to read it recently and want to tell you what I have discovered. Continue reading

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Bible Version Controversy

Is the King James Version of the Bible the only one we can trust as some contend?bibles

This is becoming a serious concern for some Christians which can lead to anxiety in others.  I find that as I read on the internet that one person says one version is best and then others state the opposite, that just leaves me feeling confused!!

You can go from the vehement King James Version Onlyists to the those who are happy with the Message translation (per) version.  Then there are hundreds of other versions too.  Are some more trustworthy than others?  Are any the “inerrant word of God,” as some claim?  Are some actually dangerous to our faith, as others strongly contend?

I was a while ago, looking into the differing texts and methods that bible translators use.  I was attempting to understand things that really felt rather complex.  In order for me to satisfy myself that I could, at the very least, trust the Bible in my hands I ended up doing a parallel, line-by-line reading of my preferred version, a New King James Version Bible (NKJV) with a King James Version Bible (KJV). Continue reading

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Calvinism’s False Doctrine

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Here follows an excellent, succinct rebuttal of Calvinism. The author, Cathy White, has saved me the job of writing such an article, and made my heart rejoice to read her very clear scriptural rejection of this unbiblical teaching.

Some years ago I read a book by Dave Hunt called, “What Love is this?  Calvinism’s Misrepresentation of God,” that went into detail on each of the TULIP points of this doctrine.  I recommend it to you for further study of this issue.

May the true and living Almighty God lead you into all truth of the difference between Religious TULIPs as opposed to the true doctrines of the Bible.

I would really welcome your input so if you would like to share any comments please feel free to do so in the section below.  You can find my full Comments Policy here.

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“Calvinism” is very popular and many Christians, though they would not identify themselves as Calvinists, may have embraced some of Calvin’s doctrine without realizing it. The doctrine is named after a man named John Calvin, a reformer, who lived in the 1500’s. Calvinism propagates error. Knowledge of error helps us to be discerning when listening to or reading Christian material. If a teacher is a Calvinist, all that they teach will be taught through the lens of Calvinism. The result of this Calvinistic “bent” will be teachings that are dangerously distorted.

This is just a simple outline of Calvinism . . .

T.U.L.I.P. is an acronym used by Calvinists to describe the main five points of Calvinism.

T stands for TOTAL DEPRAVITY – This “Calvin” doctrine propagates the error that that man is so depraved and corrupt that he is not capable of making a choice to follow the Lord…

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Selfies Or Selfless

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A Perfect Plastic Person?

Another year behind us and more wrinkles ahead of us!  I don’t mean to insult anyone but the aging process happens daily to us all, without fail.  However, I have just found a cheat’s way to avoid such issues, as I got a brief look the other day, at the new-to-me technology that is Snapchat!  Gosh! With some of those make-up and prettifying filters I looked like a teenager again!  I could present an image to the world, as many people do, that makes me appear superficially and artificially attractive.  What an eye opener that was to me.  Such fun too! Continue reading

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My Sheep Hear My Voice – Flee From the Hirelings!

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Today there are a plethora of voices and opinions crying out for our attention within Christian circles and we simply must take stock and decide who we will listen to, and whom we can trust.

Do we merely allow ourselves to be cowed into passive, submissive silence simply because someone else is shouting louder or behaving in an intimidating and controlling fashion?  Or ought we instead to be listening out for the voice of our true Shepherd and acting in obedience to Him only and thus speaking up for His truth?

I am writing today to encourage you in the latter, as I share some of my own stories of my dealings with various “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” that have proved to be quite prolific in England, as I feel sure they are in your part of the world too.

Firstly, let’s go to the basics and look at what Jesus said about Himself being the Good Shepherd and compare that to the qualities of “the hireling” shepherds that He warned us of.  Here it is in John 10:1-16. Continue reading

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