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Posted 9/4/17 at 10:24 PM | Greg Gordon

Sharing the Sorrows of our Lord

Stay here and keep watch with me. - Luke 26:38

We sometimes guage Christian life and spirituality in terms of what have accomplished or what we have done for God. One over-looked feature of spirituality is that of sharing the very heart of God. One almost revolts at the thought of such intimacy or closeness to God, but our Lord calls his disciples to stay with Him in his deepest hour of sorrow. Have you ever thought to ask God to share in his sorrows and heart for a broken humanity? If you were in Gethemane that night would you accept the call to watch with Jesus?

Our Lord at times is seeking those who will simply "watch and pray" with him. Not seek great things in his name or big goals but to simply be at his feet, caring about how the Lord feels. In some way to minister to the very Lord himself. The Old Testament priesthood had this element of ministering and appeasing the Lord himself. While our Lord in the incarnation came into humanity he was touched and ministered to by the tears and the hair of a forgiven woman. As the world grows exceedingly worse in sin and evil, God's heart breaks even more for those he died for. Will we minister to the Lord's heart in such times when evil itself seems to triumph? When last has your heart been broken on the inside for those around you who were lost and without the hope of Christ? When last has a tear dropped from your eye for those who are on their way to a Christless eternity? FULL POST

Posted 9/3/17 at 12:30 AM | Dylan Moran

What is Transhumanism and Why It’s Not an Enemy of Christianity

Transhumanism is a movement that seeks to find the solutions to mankind problem’s in robotics, genetic modification and general human involvement in what would be perceived to be natural processes. This movement is often perceived as the enemy of religion because the views contrast so strongly, but that need not be the case.

To learn more about transhumanism, robotics and related concerns, visit Human Paragon, a leading resource for anyone in the Transhumanism community and anyone seeking more information. For info on how this connects to Christianity, read on.

We’re All After the Same Thing

Christians and transhumanists both want to better mankind, to reduce poverty, suffering and illness the world over. These two goals are the same, and any groups that so strongly share the same ideals should not be the enemy of one another.

Transhumanists seek to better understand the genetic makeup of mankind in order to find ways of tweaking this. It is artificial evolution and if as Christians we can accept evolution and the way that this ties into our beliefs, then surely we can so the same with the science of transhumanism. After all, it is our duty on this earth to love and to care—to be altruistic. And there is nothing more loving and caring the using our natural talents and intelligence to mold the world around us in order to remove the problems we face every day. FULL POST

Posted 8/29/17 at 7:21 AM | Lara Sen

Tips to Get Your Christian Business Up and Running at Minimal Cost

As Christians, many of us are keen to do something really worthwhile when it comes to our contribution to the world and one of the ways in which this can be done is through our work. If you start your own business, you could make a huge difference to the lives of others by doing everything from providing goods and services that they really need, making the products you sell more affordable than your competitors, and creating new job opportunities for the future.

Of course, before you can do any of this, you need to get the business off the ground and this often means being trying to raise money. If you are limited for cash, this doesn’t mean that you cannot get involved with your own business – it simply means you have to think outside the box a little when it comes to the essentials.

Some of the way to reduce your initial costs

There are various ways in which you can look at reducing the costs associated with starting your new business. For example, rather than trying to find money to buy brand new items such as office furniture or equipment, go online and look for second hard ones. You can get some great deals on products that are of very high quality but are slashed in priced because they are used or refurbished. FULL POST

Posted 8/12/17 at 11:55 AM | Greg Gordon

Forsaking the Love of God

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. - Revelation 2:4


Over the years we hear many explanations of the reasons why our Lord spoke so strongly to the Ephesian Church about their loss of their "first love." Our Lord summed up the entire Old Testament in one sentence, paraphrased: "Love God and Love Others." This love has action and proof to it. Intense and sincere devotion to Jesus Christ will produce a life of godliness and good works. Jesus was calling his Church back to practical worship, godliness and a denying of worldliness. They had hatred of evil, endured persecution in their society (Revelation 2:3), were able to spot false teachers and doctrines (Revelation 2:2) and even hated the major evil doctrine of the day taught by the deacon Nicolas (Revelation 2:6). Yet slowly love of pleasures were mingling into their affections for Jesus Christ alone. They passion they had for Him and Him alone was beginning to wane. Their looking to the cross and seeing the "lover of their souls" was something that lost its luster at least for a moment.
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Posted 8/5/17 at 10:08 PM | Greg Gordon

Praising Jesus Everyday

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. - 1 Peter 1:3

Sometimes our life seems to spiritually become foggy and we lose sight of what really matters. Pressures, trials, circumstances come in like weeds crowding out the very purpose and reason why we exist. When we lose sight of the cross, when we begin to lose our desire to praise and thank the Lord, we can know that we are failing to really focus on the matter of first importance. Christ was the one that became flesh, who shared our humanity. He suffered and died, and God resurrected him. He is our hope, our sure foundation, our mighty fortress, our promise of eternal life. Our response must be praise, thanksgiving, a singing of hallelujah. As St. Peter opened his epistle with "praise" we should also begin each day with praise to our God.

There is a wonderful chorus that goes: "Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah." Take time even now while reading this short mediation to praise Jesus, He is longing for your adoration. Look again to the cross, see its beauty and glory. Glorify the risen saviour who paid so much for you. Thank Him who died for you. Heaven will be filled with praise and thanksgiving. God is looking for worshippers in the work of the Lord. It has been noted by godly men that we sing songs about God but our need is to sing worship to Him. Jesus deserves and desires this attention and focus. God alone our goal and sight. Look to Him today, take time to praise Him. This will be our heavenly occupation, enjoy it now.

Posted 7/31/17 at 2:31 PM | Diane Castro

The Heart of the Law

According to rabbinical Judaism, there are 613 mitzvoh, or commandments, in the Torah, the five books of Moses. The commandments are divided into two categories: 365 negative and 248 positive. With so many dos and don’ts, it’s virtually impossible to know them all, and completely impossible to obey them all.

Thankfully, the New Testament gives us the key that enables us to understand God’s law in a manageable way and to obey it in a realistic way. When asked “which is the great commandment in the Law,” Jesus replied,

 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40).

Our first responsibility, then, is to love God. If you’re not sure exactly what that looks like, then consider that our love for God is expressed and demonstrated by loving others. And that, my friends, is spelled out very clearly throughout the New Testament. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/17 at 6:08 AM | June Samuel

How Long

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true …….”?

Revelation 6:10: “…..until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth”?

       These words came from the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Revelation 6: 9.

It is okay to ask God a question and to ask it with passion. In Revelation 6 verse 10 these saints are in heaven and they are asking a question. These saints are not asking the Lord to judge and avenge their blood . They know the Lord will judge. They know the Lord will avenge their blood. They are asking “how long” before it happens.

God answered their prayer / question immediately. Revelation 6:11: …….and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

God did not give them the number of days, months or years when their blood would be avenged. Instead, He told them when all of their fellow servants and brethren who are to be killed are killed. Then God will avenge their blood. God knows who of His servants will be killed, and when they will be killed. God also knows when He will bring an end to the killing of His servants. Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own authority". Acts 1: 7 FULL POST

Posted 7/2/17 at 5:40 AM | Greg Gordon

Unforgiving at the End of the Age - Greg Gordon

St. Paul writes to Timothy giving us a picture of how it will look just before the second coming of the Lord. He shares that people will be “unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good” (2 Timothy 3:3).

In the end times there will be a great shift in how people live and act worldwide. Jesus spoke of children who will betray parents and how people will even want to put Christians to death (Matthew 24:9-10).

But we see the root of the issue in the attitudes of human hearts, and committed believers in Jesus Christ are not excluded. Not having love, not forgiving, and speaking evil of other good believers will be just part of the coming spirit of anti-Christ in the world.

Unforgiveness is a prison, a torturer. It will rob us of our joy, peace and even physical health. Jesus knew mankind and he knew that a great problem that many deal with is forgiving others. It is one of our Lord’s primary teachings and the apostles were very keen to this. FULL POST

Posted 6/17/17 at 7:44 PM | Sunny Shell

#PsalmSunday: Psalm 46:1-3

#PsalmSunday: When the LORD God Almighty walled up the waves of the Red Sea to provide the Israelites safe passage, He never says that He also kept the Israelites from experiencing the sound of the rushing waters, and the power of the mighty winds that He used to restrain the sea (Ex 14:21-31). I imagine it might've been like the eye of a hurricane—the safest place to be in a hurricane, yet, not without the frightful sound, and hint of the great power of the winds and waters that swirl about.

If the Israelites feared the winds and the waves more than they feared God, they would've never crossed over to the other side to safety. Just as the Israelites' fear of the LORD prevailed, we too, must trust the LORD's steadfast love and faithfulness regardless of the torrential times we live in; within our homes, communities, or anywhere in this world. Our fear and love for the LORD must prevail because the Father has lovingly walled us up, that is, hid us in His Son, our Strong Tower, and therefore, we ARE safe (Prov 18:10). FULL POST

Posted 6/15/17 at 2:59 AM | Lara Sen

10 Tips for Planning a Smooth Baptism

Baptism is one of the most important days in a child’s life, and it should be celebrated. Your friends and family will want to be a part of your celebration, so consider having a party.

This requires careful planning and all the right resources. As you go about your preparations, here are some tips for hosting the perfect baptism reception.

1. Create Beautiful Invitations

The very first impression will be your invitations, so plan these carefully. Invitations should be appropriate to the event, so cute photos and designs are a must. You can easily design your custom invitations online and have them shipped to your door.

2. Choose the Right Date, Time, and Venue

The smallest details will make or break the success of your event. If you choose a date and time that doesn’t work for the majority of your guests, you’ll have an empty house. Consider holidays, family reunions, and other events that would make it difficult for guests to attend.

The venue is another important piece. It should be spacious enough for everyone on your guest list, comfortable for your baby, and appropriate for the occasion. Church reception halls, large family houses, large backyards, dance halls, and other cozy venues tend to fit the bill. FULL POST

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