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Posted 2/7/16 at 10:55 PM | Phuong Schuetz

Handicapped By Choice

While in the Malaysian refugee camp as a youngster, I met a young lady who didn’t have any arms and her legs ended below her knees. I don’t know how but she was able to move around on her bum and knees to take care of herself. She used her mouth and thighs to perform daily tasks and was gifted with the ability to draw using her mouth. Those who met this young woman were amazed by her talents and inspired by her undefeated attitude. She was handicapped at birth but this didn’t limit her from living well. She didn’t choose to be born without limbs yet, this young woman chose to live life fully with what she had been given.

Unlike her, many of us aren’t physically handicapped from birth but we are emotionally, mentally and spiritually handicapped by choice. God has given us full use of our minds but we continue to live in a handicap state because our past, our sins and our current circumstances cripples us. We insist on doing things our way in order to take care of ourselves. The problem is, we tend to make a bigger mess of our mess because we try to fix the mess we created in our own strength and with our limited human wisdom.

Here’s the thing about being handicapped. You don’t know what you are missing if you’ve never had use of it! My grandfather only had half of his right arm above the elbow yet he didn’t feel lopsided or awkward. It didn’t bother him to not have two full arms because he had always done everything with his left arm and hand. The crippled young woman led a normal life despite her handicap. Both of these people were missing important body parts yet they didn’t know what they were lacking because they had learned how to live without them. FULL POST

Posted 2/7/16 at 9:16 PM | Stan Arney

One Night, He Prayed

Jesus Prays For Himself (John 17:1-5)

Jesus (Jesus Christ) Spoke These Words, lifted up His (Jesus Christ’s) Eyes to Heaven, and said: “Father (God Almighty), The Hour has Come. Glorify Your (God Almighty’s) Son, that Your (God Almighty’s) Son also may Glorify YOU (God Almighty), as YOU (God Almighty) have Given Him (Jesus Christ) Authority over All Flesh, that He (Jesus Christ) should Give Eternal Life, to as many (Believers) as YOU (God Almighty) have Given Him (Jesus Christ). And This IS Eternal Life, that They (Believers) may KNOW YOU (God Almighty), The ONLY True God (God Almighty), and Jesus Christ whom YOU (God Almighty) have sent. I (Jesus Christ) have Glorified YOU (God Almighty) on the Earth. I (Jesus Christ) have Finished The Work, which YOU (God Almighty) have given Me (Jesus Christ) to do. And now, O Father (God Almighty), Glorify Me (Jesus Christ) Together with Yourself (God Almighty) with The Glory, which I (Jesus Christ) had with YOU (God Almighty) BEFORE The World was.”

Jesus Prays For His Disciples (John 17:6-19)

“I (Jesus Christ) have Manifested Your Name (God Almighty), to the Men (Jesus’ Disciples) whom YOU (God Almighty) have Given Me (Jesus Christ), out of the World. They (Jesus’ Disciples) were Yours (God Almighty’s), YOU (God Almighty) Gave Them (Jesus’ Disciples) to Me (Jesus Christ), and They (Jesus’ Disciples) have Kept Your (God Almighty’s) Word. Now They (Jesus’ Disciples) have KNOWN that All Things, which YOU (God Almighty) have Given Me (Jesus Christ) are from YOU (God Almighty). For I (Jesus Christ) have Given to Them (Jesus’ Disciples) The Words, which YOU (God Almighty) have Given Me (Jesus Christ); and They (Jesus’ Disciples) have Received Them (Your Words), and have known SURELY that I (Jesus Christ) Came Forth from YOU (God Almighty); and They (Jesus’ Disciples) have BELIEVED that YOU (God Almighty) Sent Me (Jesus Christ).” FULL POST

Posted 2/6/16 at 3:15 PM | Stan Arney

A Glimpse Into The Indescribable

The Throne Room Of Heaven (Revelation 4:1-11)

After These Things, I (John) looked, and behold, a Door Standing Open in Heaven. And The First Voice (God Almighty’s) which I (John) heard was like a Trumpet Speaking with me (John), saying, “Come up here, and I (God Almighty) will Show YOU (John) things which must take place after this.” Immediately, I (John) was in The Spirit; and behold, a Throne Set in Heaven, and One (God Almighty) sat on The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty). And He (God Almighty) who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a Rainbow around The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty), in appearance like an emerald. Around The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty) were Twenty-Four Thrones, and on The Thrones, I (John) saw Twenty-Four Elders sitting, Clothed in White Robes; and They (The Twenty-Four Elders) had Crowns of Gold on Their (The Twenty-Four Elders) Heads. And from The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty) Proceeded Lightnings, Thunderings, and Voices. Seven Lamps of Fire were burning before The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty), which are The Seven Spirits of God (God Almighty). Before The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty) there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in The Midst of The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty), and around The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty), were Four Living Creatures Full of Eyes, in front and in back. The First Living Creature was like a Lion, The Second Living Creature like a Calf, The Third Living Creature had a Face like a Man, and The Fourth Living Creature was like a Flying Eagle. The Four Living Creatures, each having Six Wings, were Full of Eyes, around and within. And They (The Four Living Creatures) do NOT Rest, Day OR Night, saying: “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever The Living Creatures (The Four Living Creatures) give Glory and Honor and Thanks to Him (God Almighty) who sits on The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty), Who Lives Forever and ever, The Twenty-Four Elders fall down before Him (God Almighty) who sits on The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty) and Worship Him (God Almighty) Who Lives Forever and ever, and Cast Their (The Twenty-Four Elders) Crowns before The Throne (The Throne of God Almighty), saying: “YOU (God Almighty) are Worthy, O Lord (God Almighty), to Receive Glory and Honor and Power; for YOU (God Almighty) Created All Things, and By Your (God Almighty’s) Will, They (All Things) Exist and were Created.” FULL POST

Posted 2/5/16 at 8:07 PM | Stan Arney

Eagerly Waiting For The Adoption

Sonship Through The Spirit (Romans 8:12-17)

Therefore, Brethren (Believers), We (Believers) are Debtors, NOT to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if YOU (Unbelievers) live according to the flesh, YOU (Unbelievers) will die; but if By The SPIRIT, YOU (Believers) put to death the deeds of the body, YOU (Believers) will Live. For as many as are Led By The Spirit (The Holy Spirit) of God (God Almighty), These (Believers) are Sons of God (God Almighty). For YOU (Believers) did NOT receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but YOU (Believers) Received The Spirit (The Holy Spirit) of Adoption, by whom We (Believers) cry out, “Abba, Father (God Almighty).” The Spirit (The Holy Spirit) Himself bears Witness, with OUR (Believers) SPIRIT, that We (Believers) are Children of God (God Almighty), and if Children, then Heirs, Heirs of God (God Almighty) and Joint Heirs with Christ (Jesus Christ), if indeed We (Believers) suffer with Him (Jesus Christ), that We (Believers) may also be Glorified Together.

From Suffering To Glory (Romans 8:18-30)

For I (Paul) consider that the sufferings of This Present tTime, are NOT worthy to be compared with The Glory which shall be Revealed in Us (Believers). For the earnest expectation of The Creation (Believers), eagerly waits for The Revealing of The Sons (Believers) of God (God Almighty). For The Creation (Believers) was subjected to futility, NOT willingly, but because of Him (Jesus Christ) who subjected it in Hope; because The Creation (Believers) itself also will be Delivered from the bondage of corruption, into The Glorious Liberty of The Children of God (God Almighty). For We (Believers) know that The Whole Creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but We (Believers) also who have The Firstfruits of The Spirit (Jesus Christ), even We (Believers) Ourselves groan within Ourselves, eagerly waiting for The Adoption, The Redemption of Our (Believers) Body. For We (Believers) were Saved in This Hope, but hope that is seen is NOT Hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if We (Believers) Hope for what We (Believers) do NOT see, We (Believers) eagerly wait for it with Perseverance. Likewise, The Spirit (The Holy Spirit) also helps in Our (Believers) weaknesses. For We (Believers) do NOT know what We (Believers) should pray for as We (Believers) ought, but The Spirit (The Holy Spirit) Himself makes Intercession for Us (Believers) with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He (Jesus Christ) who searches the hearts (of Believers) knows, what The Mind of The Spirit (of Believers) is, because He (Jesus Christ) makes Intercession for The Saints (Believers) According to The Will of God (God Almighty). And We (Believers) know that All Things work together for Good, to those (Believers) who Love God (God Almighty), to those (Believers) who are The Called According to His (God Almighty’s) Purpose. For whom He (God Almighty) Foreknew, He (God Almighty) also Predestined to be Conformed to The Image of His (God Almighty’s) Son (Jesus Christ), that He (Jesus Christ) might be The Firstborn among many Brethren (Believers). Moreover, whom He (God Almighty) Predestined, These (Believers) He (God Almighty) also Called; whom He (God Almighty) Called, These (Believers) He (God Almighty) also Justified; and whom He (God Almighty) Justified, These (Believers) He (God Almighty) also Glorified. FULL POST

Posted 2/2/16 at 9:10 PM | Stan Arney

The Second Death

Greatness Of Christ’s Sacrifice (Hebrews 9:23-28)

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things, in The Heavens, should be Purified with these, but The Heavenly Things Themselves, with Better Sacrifices, than these. For Christ (Jesus Christ), has NOT entered The Holy Places made with hands, which are copies of The True, but into Heaven Itself, now to Appear in The Presence of God (God Almighty) for Us (Believers); NOT that He (Jesus Christ) should Offer Himself (Jesus Christ) often, as The High Priest enters The Most Holy Place every year with blood of another, He (Jesus Christ) then would have had to suffer often since The Foundation of The World; but NOW, ONCE at The End of The Ages, He (Jesus Christ) has Appeared, to Put Away sin, by The Sacrifice of Himself (Jesus Christ). And as it is Appointed for Men to die ONCE, but after this The Judgment, so Christ (Jesus Christ) was Offered ONCE, to Bear the sins of Many. To those (Believers) who eagerly wait for Him (Jesus Christ), He (Jesus Christ) will Appear a Second Time, apart from sin, for Salvation.

The Persecuted Church (Revelation 2:8-11)

“And to The Angel of The Church in Smyrna write, ‘These Things says, The First and The Last (Jesus Christ), who was dead, and came to Life: “I (Jesus Christ) KNOW, Your Works, Tribulation, and Poverty (but YOU are Rich); and I (Jesus Christ) KNOW, the blasphemy of those (Unbelievers), who say they (Unbelievers) are Jews and are NOT, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do NOT fear any of those things, which YOU (Believers) are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of YOU (Believers) into prison, that YOU (Believers) may be Tested, and YOU (Believers) will have Tribulation, Ten Days. Be Faithful until death, and I (Jesus Christ) will give YOU (Believers), The Crown of Life (Everlasting Life, in God’s Immediate Presence). “He (Believers) who has an ear, let him (Believers) hear, what The Spirit says to The Churches. He (Believers) who Overcomes shall NOT be hurt by The Second Death.”’ FULL POST

Posted 2/2/16 at 9:42 AM | Chris Fedorcek

Live Fearless

“Punch your fears in the face!” These were the wise words that came out of the mouth of my five year old last night as he was talking to his older sister. As I heard the words come out of his mouth I was floored. I think what got me the most was that it was a moment of awakening for myself. Suddenly I was transported to different times and situations in my life that I should have taken this childlike boldness and faith to heart. I think about some of the opportunities I’ve missed because I let fear control the situation.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 27:3, “Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confident.” (HCSB) So often in life we let the armies of the enemy contain and control us. We let the war raging around us in the physical and the spiritual put us in a state of paralysis. We aren’t called to be controlled cowards, but to be bold warriors! Throughout scripture we read the words, “be bold and courageous” and yet we give in at the very first sign of adversity.

We must all get to a place that we recognize we have been “crowned with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5) and find that inner child that was fearless. We’ve got to find that inner child that would leap off couches and truly believed that nothing was impossible. My prayer for you today is that you will find this inner child, that you will find the boldness of Christ inside of you, that you will take your fears on face-to-face and when you get there that you will punch your fears in the face! FULL POST

Posted 2/1/16 at 12:48 AM | Stan Arney

The Parable Of The Fig Tree

Fellow Believers, the passages which lead up to “The Parable of The Fig Tree” are as follows:

The Signs Of The Times And The End Of The Age
(Matthew 24:3-14, Mark 13:3-13, and Luke 21:7-19)

The Great Tribulation
(Matthew 24:15-28 and Mark 13:14-23)

The Destruction Of Jerusalem
(Luke 21:20-24)

The Coming Of The Son Of Man
(Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, and Luke 21:25-28)

The Parable of The Fig Tree falls BETWEEN:

The Coming Of The Son Of Man
(Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, and Luke 21:25-28)

AND

NO ONE Knows The Day OR Hour
(Matthew 24:36-44 and Mark 13:32-36)

The Importance Of Watching
(Luke 21:34-38)

In other words, Jesus Christ told His Disciples, Specific Events (All These Things) to Watch Out for, which would give Us (Believers) an idea of when “The Coming Of The Son Of Man” IS about to occur.

So, let Us (Believers) look at “The Parable of The Fig Tree” together:

The Parable Of The Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-35) FULL POST

Posted 1/28/16 at 2:40 PM | João Mordomo

The Spiritual Decathlon

A couple of weeks ago someone mentioned to me how important a small piece I wrote back in 2009 had been to their spiritual growth, so it seemed like a good idea to post it here.

Note: In the article, I mention Bruce Jenner. Sadly, much has changed since 2009 and I do not endorse the current iteration of Bruce Jenner as a role model. But in the piece, I also mention Dave Johnson, whose life in many respects does serve as an example to be followed. After a career in competitive athletics — which included winning the bronze medal for the decathlon at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona — he went on to became a school teacher and administrator, and served as athletic director at Corban University (“educating Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ”), and later in a ministry position with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Here's the original article:

Last week at the gym, while running on the treadmill, I was watching the decathlon event(s) of the World Championships in Athletics. I’ve always loved the decathlon. I can’t remember just about any of the athletes on Wheaties boxes over the years, but I remember the decathlete Bruce Jenner.* (A word to the wise: Wheaties are totally overrated. After years of eating “the breakfast of champions,” I never won anything and gave up eating them!**) FULL POST

Posted 1/21/16 at 3:26 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Purity Lost...or is it?

Purity. Virginity.

We have two words in English to use about someone who has never had sex, but we don’t have words to use for people who have never said a swear word; never cheated on their taxes; never stolen anything.

So perhaps it’s no wonder that people who have had sex before marriage feel a degree of shame that people in the midst of other sins don’t.

When we have sex before we’re married we figure we’re in a special category of sinners. After all, we’re “pure” unless we have sex…That’s what we’re taught, isn’t it?

This week I’ve thought a lot about “lost purity” and the way we talk about it. I wrote my top post EVER on Tuesday–the 10 Things That Scare Me about the Purity Movement (my daughter’s post on why she didn’t rebel actually went more viral, but this is the top one that Iactually wrote). FULL POST

Posted 1/20/16 at 1:54 AM | Stan Arney

What About The Great Tribulation

The Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15-28)

“Therefore when YOU (Believers) see the ‘Abomination of Desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel, The Prophet, standing in The Holy Place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop NOT go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field NOT go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in Those Days (The Great Tribulation)! And pray that your flight may NOT be in Winter or on The Sabbath. For then there will be Great Tribulation, such as has NOT been since The Beginning of the World, until This Time (The Great Tribulation), no, nor Ever shall be. And unless Those Days (The Great Tribulation) were shortened, NO flesh would be Saved; but for The Elect’s (Believers) Sake, Those Days (The Great Tribulation) will be shortened. “Then if anyone says to YOU (Believers), ‘Look, here is The Christ (Jesus Christ)!’ or ‘There!’ do NOT believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show Great Signs and Wonders to deceive, if possible, even The Elect (Believers). See, I (Jesus Christ) have told YOU (Believers) beforehand. “Therefore if they say to YOU (Believers), ‘Look, He (Jesus Christ) is in the desert!’ do NOT go out; or ‘Look, He (Jesus Christ) is in the inner rooms!’ do NOT believe it. For as the lightning comes from the East and flashes to the West, so also will The Coming of The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. FULL POST

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