Monday, December 24, 2012

My Christmas Wish (And all year, infact)


This Christmas Eve, I would ask for only one thing. I know it's the Christian tradition to give and receive presents that can be wrapped and extend Love to one another, but this year I would ask for but one thing that can't be wrapped or really accepted by my hand.

God? I know this is a lot to ask, but this is something only you can do. It's something I pray for every day, but not like for my Sister Ruth to be blessed with a new liver. My Brother James to be healed from the Cancer. Our family to be safe and healthy. I know, through faith you can do all those things in your own time. What I ask may be a little bit more difficult. 

See, I have friends and family that are blind and def. It's not something permanent and can be over come, but only if you intervene and remove the scales from their eyes and unplug their ears. You see, They won't look or listen to truth because of what men have said. They look up to most of these men and hold them in high regard. These men have been following the traditions of their fathers who have set themselves above their fellow men, causing many to become blind and stumble. They follow these men through obedience and can't see your word and your promises. These men choose to ignore your word. They instead choose to teach and follow tradition.

These are wonderful spiritual, devoted, kind people, Jesus. What I am asking is for you to intervene in their lives. Give them the courage to look at the things they have been told not to look at, by men. Give them the wisdom to read and study things on their own and use their God given gift of discernment to see things as you would have them see it. Remove the fog that many have over their minds that cause them to stumble while reading your Word so they can see the clarity of it. Remove the scales from their eyes so they can see the wonderful, full gift of Grace you have extended to them. Not only to SEE it.. but to reach out and accept it. Accept it NOW and not hope they have done enough after their death to hopefully receive it. Help them, Jesus!

Ohh what Joy they will have when they can say they have been saved!! When they are asked "Are you saved" they will say, without any doubts, "YES!" As it is now the answers they give are, "It's what we are working for"......

But the most important thing I ask.. Help them find YOU! You know each and every individual and know when and where they will be ready to receive your truth, because you are our creator. As you chose to snatch Brian and I and our Children at the exact time when you knew we would be sensitive to your word. I ask you do the same for our precious friends and family. Help me be patient with you. It's not about my timing. You will know when they will be ready. I will do my best to prepare myself to be your tool and have you work through me.

Lord, I know this is a huge thing to ask, but if even ONE person comes to your saving Grace it will be worth it. Thank you God for all you've done in my life. I can never thank you enough for everything. I know you know I have so much more to write but I can't find the right words. If you see fit to help someone find you this Christmas Season, I will fully rejoice in you. If you see fit to not, I will still Rejoice in you!

God Bless all my Friends and Family, in Jesus name. Amen.



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Question for my LDS and Polygamy family and friends. Thanks for taking the time.


This has been on my mind a lot lately and I feel to reach out and ask those of my family and friends, in Mormonism and Polygamy if you could, give me your take on this situation. Any others are welcome to chime in as well. It's not only Mormonism and Polygamy that have made me really think about this issue but also those that are not Jewish that feel they have to live under the "Law of Moses" when It's all been fulfilled through Christ. Are we really truly understanding the Bible and it's teachings, in context or are we picking and choosing what we want to follow what fits into our own agendas and tossing the rest.

 How important is it to know the Word of God? Is it enough just to have the Bible in our home and not study or even read it or just read it sometimes without study? One thing you must understand is things can be lost in translation. This does not mean the Bible is not translated correctly. It simply means the translations between languages loose their full effect. It's messages and what God wants to relay to you, remain intact. You can't expect less from a perfect God. Words and meanings loose their full effect when translating from one language to another.  For Example.. the word "Love" in the ancient Greek has 4 meanings.

Storge (στοργή storgē) means "affection" in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in "loving" the tyrant.

Philia (φιλία philía) means friendship or affectionate love in modern Greek. It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philos denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.

Éros (ἔρως érōs) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word "erotas" means "intimate love;" however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone whom you love more than the philia, love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. This word is not found in the Bible

Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē) means "love," such as in the term s'agapo (Σ'αγαπώ), which means "I love you." In Ancient Greek, it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of "true love" rather than the attraction suggested by "eros." Agape is used in the biblical passage known as the "love chapter," 1 Corinthians 13, and is described there and throughout the New Testament as sacrificial love. Agape is also used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one's children and the feelings for a spouse, and it was also used to refer to a love feast. It can also be described as the feeling of being content or holding one in high regard. Agape was appropriated by Christians for use to express the unconditional love of God.


The difference between agape and phileo becomes very clear in John 21:15, but unfortunately it is obscured in almost all English translations. After being raised from the dead, Jesus met Peter. Here is the short version of what they said to each other.
Jesus: Simon…do you love (agape) me more than these [fish?].
Peter: Yes, Lord; you know that I love (phileo) you.
Jesus: Simon…do you…love (agape) me?
Peter: Yes, Lord, you know that I love (phileo) you.
Jesus: Simon…do you love (phileo) me?
Peter: [Grieved] “Lord…you know that I love (phileo) you.”

Why the difference in words for “love” in this conversation? Why did Jesus use agape and Peter use phileo? Jesus was asking Peter if he loved him with the love of God, a love that may require sacrifice. After all, Jesus had just gone through horrendous torture for Peter’s sake (and ours), something he did not want to do but did anyway because of his agape love. In contrast, Peter avoided possible torture by denying Jesus.

Jesus twice asked Peter, “Do you agape me? [That is, are you willing to do things for my sake that you do not want to do?]” Peter, on the other hand, still felt the sting of having denied Jesus, and was hopeful that their friendship was intact. Did Jesus hold Peter’s denial against him? Would he still treat Peter as a close associate and companion? Peter was not sure where he stood with Jesus, so he was trying to let Jesus know that he was still a true friend, and had phileo love for Jesus.

The third time Jesus spoke to Peter, he came to Peter’s level and asked if Peter were indeed a true friend (phileo), which grieved Peter. Nevertheless, it was important, because Jesus knew what Peter did not know—that Jesus would ascend into heaven, and Peter and the others would be left to carry out his work on earth, which would require that they all be his good friends and do his will even when it meant hardship.

 As you can see by this interpretation of the Word Love, meanings can get lost in translation and the true meaning be overlooked.

 We are so blessed to be able to have a Bible in our home. In many countries, it's illegal to have one and the punishment for having one is very severe leading to imprisonment and even death.

Why is it important to know the teachings in the Bible? What does the bible teach us that's so important to our lives? "The Gospel". What is the Gospel? To put it short, What Jesus did for us and the "Good News" of salvation for all. Granted, the Mormon definition is different from the True Christian definition. I won't go into that today.

Let's say, you have a question or had an experience and you wanted to test and make sure it was what you should be doing to not be lead astray. The Bible helps keep us on the right path.

You feel your in a place in your life where nothing is making sense. Your questions are being deflected and not answered. Your parents can't help you. Your siblings can't help you. The things you've been taught most of your life don't fit or feel right. You open the bible one evening and read...(KJV) "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Simple enough... God is stating in his Word,  (NIV) "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." We are being told to ask for "wisdom" if we lack it. What is wisdom? Some would have you believe wisdom is anything you pray about that gives you a warm feeling of reassurance. Is that truly wisdom?

Wisdom : 1. the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. (Dictionary.com)

One thing the Bible, Gods Word, has frequently warned of is following our feelings when it comes to seeking truth.
Jeramiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Proverbs 28:26 - "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
Jeremiah 10:23 -"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps"

How would someone go about asking God? Prayer would be a good thing to do. Where else can we go to ask God?  Why not the Bible? The stories and lessons taught cover every known situation we have to work through here, for our lives. It's how God designed it.

Think about the following situation. I've already drawn my conclusion to it.

You decide to use prayer to search your answer and go into the a quiet secluded area to pray. You are met by an angel, a spirit, a messenger... someone or something.. and they tell you an answer to your question. You are overwhelmed and happy to have got an answer, then go home and tell your parents about what happened. If you, and the people you tell, really know the Bible, huge questions should arize when you go through the events of the experience.

Galations 1:6-9
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

This is a warning, in Gods Word, to help us stay on the right path.
and another....

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 

Are you sure those were Angels from Heaven you were conversing with? Are you absolutely SURE? Satan, himself and his "ministers" can transform themselves into something pleasing to the eye.

If anything, a true, bible believing , studying person would have picked that out in a hurry and cast it out, at best, as a made up lie by a child. Or at worse, as a satanic experience. It should have stopped right there.. but it was made to continue.

In the end, it was a new Gospel. One that had an explanation for all of the mysteries of God. It placed a false god and savior, into a pretty box. Making it possible to hold and comprehend all things... yet.. causing those who accept the pretty box to put aside common sense and say the scientific, rational things, are the mysteries of God. It brought God down to a human level, degrading his power and majesty. Bringing him down to the level of his creations and saying he was once a man. It puffs up men.. to think they could become a god themselves when the Bible clearly states, there is but one God. It takes the focus off the true Savior in the impossible quest for their exaltation. It's so centered around "Works" that they focus on what they should be doing instead of what's already been done FOR them. They do works to save themselves, not because they love the Savior and His Atonement. They puff themselves up with pride as the Pharisees did in the Bible whom Jesus, himself rebuked. Setting themselves above others because of their "Works". Stating they are the one and only true way to salvation. They have a higher calling to save mankind through their temple ordinances. This "Religion" started with Joseph Smith Jr. and has rolled on for the passed 180+ years , evolving and changing as it goes. It's name is Mormonism.

Who were Joseph Smiths parents, really? Did they truly know the Bible? What kind of life did they live, really? What did they really believe? Where do you get your information? Is it from those that have an agenda? Have things to protect? Or are you getting your information straight from the unbiased, unadulterated, unchanged, Non-whitewashed source?

As stated earlier, I was asking my Mormon and Polygamy Friends and Family and their take on the situation mainly because you still Hold Joseph Smith as your Prophet and founder of your churches. As you've read my observations and conclusion on this one area, I would like to hear yours.







 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

God in Everything

Having grown up under the veil of Polygamy and later in my early 20's joining the LDS church, I was taught to look at the Cross as something that should be shunned. Many of my Mormon/Polygamy family and friends would relate the cross as a means of murder, like a gun, and urge everyone to distance themselves from it. It wasn't something to place on your body or in your home. "Why would you celebrate the object that killed your Savior?" 

Did the cross kill Him or was it the Jews? It's like saying Guns kill people instead of people kill people.

The Cross and Crucifixion  have been a large part of history, and, we are finding, our future. All things point to it.  From early Biblical verses, prophesying more then 1,000 years before the event to, with our advanced technology today, finding patterns of the exact cross shape holding our very bodies together, and more.

Let's look at Numbers
In Numbers 21:8-9 we read, "Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live. So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived".

This is a most unusual story! The tribes of Israel used to carry around a wooden standard, about 9 feet high, with an insignia of the tribe written on material hung on the Crosspiece. God told Moses to hang a bronze serpent on this wooden Cross bar instead of the standard. Bronze indicates judgement in the Bible, as also does a serpent. The Serpent on a Pole is the Holy Spirit's picture language for God's judgement on Jesus Christ on the Cross.

If an individual was bitten by a snake (which is a type of Satan), there was a way to be healed. If the individual looked up to the bronze serpent on the pole they would be healed. Jesus Himself indicated the connection between the Crucifixion and the Serpent on the Pole in John 3:14-16:
"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".


In Psalm 22 there are many verses which clearly look forward to the Crucifixion. The following are a selection of such verses:

vs. 1: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

vs. 6: despised of the people.


vs. 7: All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

vs. 8: He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!"

vs. 13: They gape at Me with their mouths, like a raging and roaring lion.

vs. 14: I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it has melted within Me.

vs. 15: My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; you have brought Me to the dust of death.

vs. 16a: For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.

vs. 16b: They pierced My hands and My feet;

vs. 17: I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.

vs. 18: They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.
 
Let's skip ahead to today, with our advanced technology, and talk about Laminin. 
 
 Laminins are major proteins in the basal lamina (formerly improperly called "basement membrane"), a protein network foundation for most cells and organs. The laminins are an important and biologically active part of the basal lamina, influencing cell differentiation, migration, adhesion as well as phenotype and survival. Fourteen other chain combinations have been identified in vivo. The trimeric proteins form a plus sign with one long arm, giving a structure that can bind to other cell membrane and extracellular matrix molecules. The three shorter arms are particularly good at binding to other laminin molecules, which allows them to form sheets. The long arm is capable of binding to cells, which helps anchor organized tissue cells to the membrane. source - Wikipedia

..... in short... Laminin is LITERALLY the glue that holds us all together.

Colossians 1:15-17
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER. "
 
Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together...one cell to another....by the cross.
 

 
 
We focused on something small.. Lets change gears and look at something LARGE! 
  
Sometimes known as the Hubble Cross or Cross of Hubble

This image of the core of the nearby spiral galaxy M51, taken with the Wide Field Planetary camera (in PC mode) on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows a striking , dark "X" silhouette
d across the galaxy's nucleus. The "X" is due to absorption by dust and marks the exact position of a black hole which may have a mass equivalent to one-million stars like the sun. The darkest bar may be an edge-on dust ring which is 100 light-years in diameter. The edge-on torus not only hides the black hole and accretion disk from being viewed directly from earth, but also determines the axis of a jet of high-speed plasma and confines radiation from the accretion disk to a pair of oppositely directed cones of light, which ionize gas caught in their beam. The second bar of the "X" could be a second disk seen edge on, or possibly rotating gas and dust in MS1 intersecting with the jets and ionization cones.

The size of the image is 1100 light-years.
 
 
God, who has always been and always will be, shows us He is everywhere. We would be nothing without him. Literally falling apart in all aspects of the human existence. He is our Creator. He created us and knows every part of us. Do we turn our backs on our Creator or embrace him and his saving GRACE. 
 
I wear a cross on a necklace close to my heart  because he changed my heart after I accepted him. He lifted the burdens and removed the chains that held me bound to slavery and death. Through Him and his saving grace, that were performed on that cross, He has set me free. He was born and remained sinless so he could take upon him all the sins of the world. Only someone who was pure could have done such a thing. Jesus, my God, who came down in the flesh to descend below all men, taking upon himself every single sin that was ever committed and then laying down his own life for me. (Yes, no one could have taken his life. He, willingly gave it for everyone who will accept his free gift of GRACE) Died by his own will to save a sinner as myself. I believe him when he said "It is finished" ~John 19:30. I accept his true Gospel. The One and only true Gospel taught from the Bible.
 
 Galatians Chapter 1
 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
 
Mormonism and the ever changing Gospel that started with Joseph Smith has so many confused as to what it is they actually believe. Talking with many of my family and friends that are still blinded by the Mormon faith, frequently say when I bring up known doctrine or church history, "I don't believe that." When I ask what it is they do believe, I'm not ever given the same answer for the one question or I'm just blown off and the subject is changed. 
 
Is it ever a wonder why Mormons don't take head to 1 Corinthians 1:18
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." It is indeed the Power of God in every aspect of the Word. Without it none of us would be here. None of us would have any hope to save us from our sins. None of us would ever taste freedom. 
 
Praise to my God! I will praise you every day and give all glory to you! You are Great! You are my Savior! Thank you for saving me from that awful bondage that held me tight for so long. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

House - Car - Salvation

Let us suppose you were going to be buying a home. What kinds of questions would be asked and what kinds of things would you want to look into.

Location. You want to make sure the location is where you need it to be for your commute for work.

Schools if you have children. How are the schools in the area?

Is the neighborhood where you would want to raise your family?

What would the yearly taxes be and the cost of the utilities each month?

Who do you ask? You would probably ask the owners of the home.. but I wouldn't stop there. Talk to neighbors also. They live there and would know what it's like and don't really have an agenda like the sellers do.

You would then ask the sellers how the house was and if there were any problems or special maintenance issues that needed attention. Would you stop there and take their word for it? I hope not. I would then call in an inspector to double check everything with the house. Foundation, water damage, structural integrity and more. Chances are he will find things the home owners didn't mention, then you can make an informed decision based on an unbiased opinion.

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Let's pretend your going to buy a car.  Again, what kinds of questions will you ask?

How does it run?

Has it been in any accidents?

How much millage does it have on it?

Does it have any fluid leaks?

How are the tires?

Does it have a clear title?

Again, would you take the persons word for it, hand over the cash and drive off? I would hope not. A test drive is in order and either you looking over the engine exterior and interior or taking it to a mechanic you trust. Check and make sure it's even theirs to sell in the first place.

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These are 2 simple examples you need to follow when investing a large amount of money before buying. These are things you need to know will work for your family. Don't want to invest a large sum of money into something that is already broken and will leave you stranded on the side of the road or falling down all around you without a moments notice.

Why then would you do anything less about your salvation?

Before you go and join any religion, don't you think it would be a smart thing to investigate the foundation of that religion? After all.. this is something that will be affecting you for eternity. Shouldn't you be putting much more effort into it then you would a house or a car? Sadly, some people don't. They choose to carry out family traditions when their own parents didn't do their research either. It's handed down from one generation to the next till it's become ingrained into the family dynamic.

Some choose to follow a feeling rather then facts when it comes to religion. Others choose to follow those who have already joined without they themselves first investigating it. Listening to only one side of the discussion instead of getting a broader view of it themselves. After all, those who have already invested so much time and energy into their religion have an agenda and something to protect.

How would one go about asking the hard questions that need to be asked. Sure, you can ask those who have already accepted one religion over another but keep an open mind and study the other side as well.

How does the foundation look? Who were the people it first started with and what was their character? How did they live their lives and did they practice what they preached? Is there enough evidence for the facts to stand on their own and to handle some scrutiny? Do all the facts match? Are the teachings consistent? Does anything seem off or do all the pieces fit?

These are some very important questions that need to be asked and given answers that are not excuses for behavior and lifestyle.

Remember, this is forever. Can you afford to be wrong when it comes to salvation?  Are you one that wants to be standing across from the judgement bar and being told. "... I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Mathew 7:23. Are you willing to take that chance?

I am pleading with you to search out the Foundation. Is it strong and will it be able to stand strong when the storms come.  Where have you chosen to build your house?