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Posted 3/11/17 at 8:29 AM | Greg Gordon

Sola Scriptura and Church Traditions

Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? - Matthew 15:3

Church Traditions

Traditions! Some hate them and some love them, what when we come to the New Testament scriptures and the Church what are we to do with them? Are they good, bad or neutral? The Scripture passage shared above is one of the first bible verses we think right away on the position of our Lord on human religious traditions. It seems on the outset that all traditions are against the commands of God and therefore we have to disregard them. But let us take a closer look this passage and others. The pharisees were coming to Jesus stating that his disciples were breaking their traditions, "the tradition of the elders" (Mark 7:3). The pharisees believed they were keeping the passed on traditions of moses and elders in hand washing. But what they missed was the inner reality of why the hand washing was done. God was desiring inward purity and they lost the inner meaning and simply focused on the outward. FULL POST

Posted 3/10/17 at 5:44 AM | June Samuel

God Almighty

Who is this God of the universe - this great expanse of galaxies, planets and stars?

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
The declaration of the glory of God is made known in the message of creation. This message is understood in every language. There is no people who cannot understand the speech of creation. Its message is powerful. (Psalm 19:1-3) The speech of creation tells of beauty, of power, of excellence in imagery, of wisdom, of glory and grandeur. Its message tells of a Being who is supreme in intelligence, wisdom, and excellent in power. The universe speaks volumes of the supreme intelligence and intricate wisdom of its Maker - The Almighty God, The God of the universe. I AM is His Name. (Exodus 3:14)

How could a majestic universe as this create itself? God’s “hand has laid the foundation of the earth” and his “right hand has stretched out the heavens”. (Isaiah 48:13). “For thus says the Lord who created the heavens,” “God who formed the earth and made it and established it. God who formed the earth to be inhabited” – says - “I am the Lord, and there is no other”. (Isaiah 45:18) FULL POST

Posted 3/8/17 at 11:07 PM | Lara Sen

Church says Cannabis utilization in the religious sphere

Furthermore, God stated, Let the earth deliver grass, and the herb yielding seed…

- Genesis 1:11

Congress might make no law regarding a foundation of religion, or disallowing the free exercise thereof…

- The United States Constitution
In a wide range of cultures and religions that originate before the United States or Christianity, the cannabis plant has been utilized as a spiritual and religious ceremony. Much like the utilization of wine in Christianity, cannabis has additionally been utilized as a major aspect of spiritual rituals and functions. From Hinduism to Rastafarianism to Christianity, many cultures and religions have received this plant.

Hindus have utilized cannabis in religious functions as right on time as 1000 BCE. The plant has been expended in a custom watching the goddess Shiva. Likewise, amid the festival of Holi, the plant is expended in a religious drink called bhang. As indicated by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report: "there is bottomless confirmation… which demonstrates not just that ganja[cannabis] is offered to the god and devoured by these classes of worshippers, however that these traditions are so personally associated with their worship that they might be considered to shape in some sense a vital piece of it." To outlaw the utilization of cannabis is outlaw conventional Hinduism, which is basically what the U.S. has done. FULL POST

Posted 3/8/17 at 8:26 PM | Daniella Whyte

Always By Your Side (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 50)

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

There are times in life when we may feel as though we are alone. Encountering a problem and having no one to talk with about it can be a lonely road. When we meet obstacles along our journey, it is easy to give up when you feel no one is there who understands the universal struggle. I think we all would agree that life’s pressures become a little less of a burden when we have someone by our side. This is why Jesus promised He would never fail us, never abandon us, always be by our side.

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Posted 2/28/17 at 6:02 PM | Greg Gordon

Kyrie Eleison, Lord Have Mercy

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. - Psalm 51:1

Deserving Mercy?

So many times in life we feel deserving of right treatment, we feel like we deserve always good things. We look at others and think of them as worse then us and try and justify ourselves. Those who always judge others are not recipents of mercy or have at least forgotten the great mercy shown to them. We consider God a just God, and in many ways He is, but if He were truly just without mercy we would all be sent to hell. God chooses to remember us when we should be forgotten and left to our own devices.

Asking for God's mercy is something the prophets and believers of the Old Testament cried out for. In the New Testament we see this same cry, notably three times in the Gospels. The Canaanite woman cries out "Lord have mercy on me" (Matthew 15:22). The two blind men cry out to Jesus, "Lord have mercy on us" (Matthew 20:30-31). Lastly, Blind Bartimaeus cries out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me" (Mark 10:46). These individuals saw the reality of humanity that it is in need of God's mercy. Jesus clearly gave these people mercy, something they did not deserve. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/17 at 3:49 AM | Daniella Whyte

Developing in the Dark (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 49)

John 6:19 (NLT)
They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified.

In life, there are two kinds of storms. We encounter storms that correct us and teach us lessons we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. And we encounter storms that develop us and make us grow. When we’re out of alignment with God, He sends storms into our lives to show us the error of our ways. But sometimes, when we’re following His path, He allows us to go through storms that teach us how to trust.

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Posted 2/16/17 at 10:35 AM | Greg Gordon

K.P. Yohannan: Everything Changes When You Fall in Love

K.P. Yohannan

I Don't Know What To Do!

I went into my study, sat on the floor and simply prayed: “Jesus, I don’t know what to do. I know so much and everybody thinks I am a spiritual person, but I am so lost. I don’t know where You are, and I can’t find You. Please talk to me.” And He did. At the end of seeking Him for two weeks, the Lord showed up. I can’t explain how, but within a few seconds, millions of pictures began to flash before my eyes: faces, images and places I had been to on the mission field. And then He said, “I have been waiting for this day when you would come to the end of yourself. I have called you. I know you.”

I expected the Lord to say, “You messed up. Sell everything, go back to India and wear rags.” But He didn’t.

Instead, I was so overcome with the awareness that He loves me, He understands me and He wants me. I wasn’t able to stop crying. For weeks I couldn’t think of anything else than just being His. I was so overwhelmed by His love that He could have asked me anything outrageous, and I would have done it. FULL POST

Posted 2/13/17 at 7:45 AM | Greg Gordon

The Publican and Pharisee, A Lesson in Pride and Humility

Publican and Pharisee

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. - Proverbs 11:2

Pride and the Devil

When we speak of pride we also often times think of the devil. He was the beautiful angel who through transgression and pride fell from his place with God to a fallen state. Lucifer, an anointed cherub of God became the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44). He was soiled and became filthy and the enemy wants to defile all those who are unsoiled also. When we are free from pride the enemy of our souls desires to sow prideful thoughts into our life. Pride is a preoccupation with self, it is to say that I am more important then all others. Pride says "I" am always right. Pride is when at all costs we need to revenge ourselves of our abusers. Pride says that we are more important then others and when sinned against our rights are more important. Personal glory and importance leads to a proud heart and opposition to God (1 Peter 5:5). FULL POST

Posted 2/9/17 at 9:35 PM | Daniella Whyte

What Do You Live For? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 48)

Philippians 1:21 (NLT)
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

What does it mean to really live? True living is giving your life away. Happiness comes from genuine service and sacrifice, not selfish gratification. Service and sacrifice break down walls of smugness and pride in our lives and allow Christ to shine through. Until you understand that life is about living in Christ and giving your life in service to Him and others, you will never really live or experience long-lasting happiness.

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Posted 2/8/17 at 7:28 PM | Greg Gordon

Learning To Receive Correction From Spiritual Leaders

I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. - 2 Corinthians 12:21

Humility in our Walks with Christ?

There are many tests for the humility of our walk with Christ. One of them is how we react to correction and namely correction by spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. It is never easy to consider we have been wrong in an area of our life and our decisions have caused hurt towards others. Paul the Apostle was encouraging the Corinthian believers to repent fully of their past behaviours, he was full of grace towards them that they could change. But sadly in the 2nd letter he wrote to them at the end he started to doubt whether they had changed. He wrote, I fear there would be "discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder" (2 Corinthians 12:20) still among you! FULL POST

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