Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Conscience

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Conscience

by Andrew David Naselli and J. D. Crowley

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A Moral Version of Your Nervous System

What happens if your finger accidentally touches an extremely hot object like a stove or a dish that just came out of the oven? If your nervous system is functioning correctly, then you would reflexively pull back your hand to avoid more pain and harm. Your nervous system is a priceless gift from God because it saves you from danger. It’s a built-in system that instantly communicates, “Warning! Pull back!” It’s a gift from God.


– See more at: https://www.crossway.org/blog/2016/04/why-you-shouldnt-ignore-your-conscience/

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Isolation from the Church Is Dangerous

Isolation from the Church Is Dangerous

We are all prone to wander off from the path.  In certain cases it may be a sinful temptation or merely laziness.  Just as John Bunyan depicted in The Pilgrim’s Progress as Christian and Hopeful followed Vain-Confidence off of the true path onto a different path that eventually led them astray.  They became lost and eventually were captured by Giant Despair.  They found themselves prisoners in the dungeon of Doubting Castle.  In their despair, Hopeful said, “O that I had kept on the true way!”  Avoiding isolation is a constant work of sanctification.  

– See more at: http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/isolation-from-the-church-is-dangerous/#sthash.6CPLaUfq.dpuf

Observations Why We Shouldn’t Watch “Noah” 2014 Film

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The Poster:
I wasn’t expecting that much from Noah, but I thought that it was probably going to be a feel good cuddle-fest where Noah is a kind and loving guy who gathers all the animals around him like Cinderella, builds a boat, and then sails on some rolling waves with his family with them all singing southern gospel songs in an Indonesian accent.  Do you get that from this poster?

The poster told me that it was going to be a dark and emo-styled movie where a singer from a Mars Hill worship band builds a boat and barely escapes with his life while everyone else dies…or something like that.  I expected it to be somewhat true to the Biblical account.

Observation One: The Opening.
The movie opens up with a quote: “In the beginning there was nothing”… no mention of God?, It is clear in the first verse of Genesis that says this “In the beginning GOD created heavens and the earth.”

Observation Two: The History.
Apparently God spoke everything into existence and then took a hike…except for on the second “day” (which means somewhere over a few billion years) he made some sort of angelic creatures who, after sitting around for a few billion years, left heaven to help Adam & Eve. Adam and Eve were banished from the garden for eating a fruit which the movie describes as choosing “darkness” rather than light, and then the Watchers show up.

Observation Three: The Watchers.
The “angelic beings” aren’t the Nephilim, as some people have thought.  The Nephilim weren’t cast out of heaven, but were “were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown” (Gen. 6:4) who were on the planet at the same time as the “Sons of God” in Gen. 6:2.  The beings in the movie also aren’t the “Sons of God” in Gen. 6:2 since whoever the “Sons of God” were, they “saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose“.  The Watchers are demons, if they’re anything.

Observation Four: The Devil.
The movie doesn’t explain the Devil at all, but it does contain a cryptic image of a snake shedding it’s skin in the grass of the garden. In the first scene with Noah, he’s a boy and is about to be blessed by his father, Lamech.  His father pulls out a snakeskin, wraps it around his arm, it starts to glow, and then some descendants of Cain show up, kill him, and take the snakeskin (which they call a “relic”).  Later on, Ham steals the snakeskin from Tubal-Cain and it ends up back with Noah.  We learn that it is the skin of the snake from the Garden of Eden, and it apparently is the tool by which Noah’s birthright to protect the earth is handed down through the generations of the line of Seth. In the movie, Noah’s helper is the Devil.

Observation Five: The Crazed Warlock Methuselah.
Noah’s grandfather was the protector of demons, using a flaming sword that he apparently got from somewhere. Beyond that, there’s the unbelievable usage of magic in this movie.  No mention of God, no prayer.

Observation Six: The Eco-Psycho message.
That’s right.  Eco-Psycho…as in “ecological” plus “psychopath”.  In this movie, mankind is a vermin on the earth that deserves the flood and gets no warning, no preaching, and outright condemnation.  In the bible Noah for years and years while he was building the ark, preached and taught repentance to all people around him, so that they might be saved.

Observation Seven: Noah is a Homicidal Maniac.
The character of Noah in this movie is so far removed from his biblical counterpart that he’s absolutely unrecognizable.  He’s a maniac who is an idolater, a warlock, a murdering psycho, and in reality has absolutely no idea what’s happening with the flood, other than the “Creator” is behind it.  What’s the worst is that Noah in this movie chases his granddaughters around the ark with a combat knife and then stops because he “loves” them, but then drunkenly laments his “love-fueled” inability to do the unthinkable for an indeterminate matter of weeks after the ark ends up on dry land.

Observation Eight : Tubal-Cain is the voice of reason.
In the movie, Tubal-Cain is the king of mankind, at least in the region of Noah.  – Subdue the earth?  Where have we heard that talk?  Oh yeah.  That’s the words of God from Genesis 1:28.  So the “good guy” works with demons, is a mass murdered, and is utterly confused as to why…but the “bad guy” is quoting scripture.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” – Isaiah 5:20.

Observation Nine: The “God” of Noah doesn’t exist.

God doesn’t speak to anyone in the movie.  Noah has a nightmare where he sees Adam and Eve, the snake, and then he’s underwater and surrounded by dead bodies. God of the movie isn’t involved in his creation either.  The direct supernatural events aren’t caused by God, but magic. In other words, the God of Noah looks a lot more like someone from comic books than the Bible.

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Noah is a movie that steals some names, the concept of a flood, and then insertseverything else from non-canonical literature and various carnal imaginations, and undermines the entire story by flipping it on its head in the most extreme ways.  It’s a story where the hero is the most wicked man in the story and the demons are more of a help than God.

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An excerpt from “ Noah: A No Holds Barred Review ” http://bit.ly/1fLPLrT

 

And Out Came This Calf

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Image by Phillip Medhurst Bible Illustrations http://bit.ly/1kN1ObD

All sins separate us from God. May it be “small” sins or “big” sins they are all the same, yet in one sense they are different to each other. There is no such small or big sins, all sins separate us from the Most Holy God. It is said in James 2:10 that “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” That means that lying is as same as murdering and lusting is as same as stealing. So what is the point of giving the law then if we can’t measure up anyway? The point of the law God has given to us is to point out that we can’t measure up to His holiness and we need someone to stand in the gap which is Jesus to save us and to intercede for us so we will become Holy in Him; believe in Him and have eternal life (John 3:16).

In what sense sins are different from each other? I am not saying that sins do have degrees of which separates us far or more farther or just a little bit far from God, what is clear is that all of sins separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Sins do differ in ramifications. For example if I lie I am not going to be put into jail, however if I murder someone I will be arrested and tried and put to jail, both sins will separate me from the Holy God yet each do have different ramification or consequence. Every sin do have a direct ramifications and indirect repercussions. There will be surely consequences of everything we do, every plan and every action, every sin that we commit.

We can look at King David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheeba as an example of consequences of sin in 2 Samuel 11. Before David committed adultery, he is winning all battles for his Kingdom which started when he was young when he defeated Goliath because Goliath mocked the name of the Lord. Then later in David’s life during his kingship and winning battles after battles, he committed a sin against the Lord by planning to have Bathsheeba who was Uriah’s wife. Uriah was one of David’s most loyal adviser and warrior. David perhaps didn’t think about the repercussion or consequences of his sin that he is trying to commit at that time, yet David’s disobedience brought a very serious impact. Repercussions were defeat after defeat in battles; Uriah one of his loyal warrior died along with other innocent warriors; the baby born out of adultery died; the sword would not depart David’s descendants; his wives and concubine was raped in public by his own son Absalom. ‘A one-night affair harms no one’ that is what the world is saying but that isn’t true… there will be repercussions if not direct ramifications. David should know better, because God gave and entrusted him much and much was expected of him. Does it mean that God does not forgive? God does forgive but that doesn’t mean David will not reap the consequence of his sin.

We believers are not different from David, much is given to us, much will be expected of us (Luke 12:48). It is a great sin that despite that we’ve witnessed God’s grace and goodness and we knew better sometimes we don’t act like it, as if we don’t know or as if we haven’t told that God hates sin. Sometimes we don’t think of what the consequences will be if we commit this sin or that sin. Why is it great sin? David knew that adultery is a sin against the Lord, yet he planned for it with precision despite his knowledge of the law. This is true with all sins not just adultery, and we can’t say to God that “Oh I didn’t know” or “Oh and suddenly a golden calf appeared” (Exodus 32).

Let’s look at what Moses’ brother Aaron excuse when he was confronted by Moses in Exodus 32. The Israelites just freshly came out of Egypt and Moses went up to mount Sinai to receive God’s commandments. While Moses was up on the mountain, simultaneously the Israelites were committing a ‘great sin’ (Exodus 32:21). The Israelites grew tired of waiting for Moses and they asked Aaron to create gods to go before them and that is what Aaron did. Aaron asked the Israelites to ‘throw their golds’ and out of these golds Aaron made an image of a golden calf as their god. This ‘great sinning’ happened just after the Israelite witnessed how God’s power delivered them from Egypt and how God’s mighty hands departed the red sea to save them. This ‘great sinning’ happened while the cloud of glory was still before their eyes covering and protecting them and while they were at the foot of mount Sinai, the holy ground. Why is this a ‘great sin’ because the Israelites knew better, Aaron knew better… for the golden calf to be created it has to be fashioned and planned with precision, it doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. That’s makes it ‘great sin’ on the Israelites because despite of their knowledge and experience of God’s goodness, the Israelites blatantly planned to forsake the Lord and and worship the golden calf instead. What did Aaron replied to Moses in Exodus 32:24?

“So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.”

Moses could have replied, ‘yeah right a golden calf just happened to come out of the fire by itself’. No! It was planned and fashioned while God’s goodness was before their eyes. What was the repercussions? Moses asked the Israelites “who is on the Lord’s side?” Those who gathered around Moses lived and those who didn’t fell from the sword, that’s the direct ramification for their sin, and later on in Exodus 32:25 God sent a plague to the Israelites as a consequence of their great sin, those who remain because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made.

All sins separate us from God and every sin has consequences, directly and indirectly. The bible compare sin to yeast that causes bread to rise, just like cancer that needs be dealt quickly before it spreads.

The good news is that Our God is a forgiving God, He is faithful and just to forgive us. In fact If we confess our sins, He will remember them no more.

‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ – 1 John 1:9

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” – Isaiah 43:25

This is God’s grace to us… ‘remembering our sins no more.’ Praise be to the most gracious God! We also have to remember that we must never make God’s forgiving nature a license to do sin. For us believers to say ‘Oh God loves me so much, he will understand and will forgive me, so I will do this sin anyway’… that’s what David and Aaron did, sinning when they knew better. In fact Paul said in Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” and in the following verse Paul said “by no means”.

WHOEVER HAS EARS, LET THEM HEAR!

Peace and Blessings to you all!

Seven Things to Pray for Your Children

By Jon Bloom

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Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God has (and still is) answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women.

I have frequently used these prayers when praying for my children too. And I commend them to you (see below).

But, of course, prayers are not magic spells. It’s not a matter of just saying the right things and our children will be blessed with success.

Some parents earnestly pray and their children become a gifted leaders or scholars or musicians or athletes. Others earnestly pray and their children develop a serious disability or disease or wander through a prodigal wilderness or just struggle more than others socially or academically or athletically. And the truth is, God is answering all these parents’ prayers, but for very different purposes.

That’s why Scriptures like John 9:1–3 are in the Bible. We must not too quickly assess God’s purposes because they can be opposite of our perceptions. God measures success differently than we do, which is why he often answers our prayers in ways we don’t expect.

So pray for your children. Jesus promises us that if we ask, seek, and knock the Father will give us good in return (Luke 11:9-13), even if the good isn’t apparent for 40 years. And because Jesus regularly asked those who came to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51), we know that he wants us to be specific with our requests.

So, here are seven helpful, specific things to pray for your children:

1. That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. (Matthew 19:13–15)

2. That they will respond in faith to Jesus’s faithful, persistent call.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

3. That they will experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will increasingly desire to fulfill the greatest commandments.

And he said to him, “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.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

4. That they will not be unequally yoked in intimate relationships, especially marriage.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

5. That their thoughts will be pure.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

6. That their hearts will be stirred to give generously to the Lord’s work.

All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29)

7. That when the time is right, they will GO!

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

 

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Without God We Cannot, Without Us God Won’t

A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates – all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.
Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant, fertilize, and cultivate, he cannot expect a harvest at the end of the season. In a sense he is in a partnership with God, and he will reap its benefits only when he has fulfilled his responsibilities. – Jerry Bridges

Just as farming is a joint venture between man and God, in which man cannot do what God must do and God will not do what the farmer should do, so too is the pursuit of holiness. – Tim Challies

After God saved us, we have a human responsibility to witness and proclaim His faithfulness. We have to keep plowing, sowing and cultivating not as means to be saved but to witness because we are saved by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 60:1-14

PEACE AND BLESSINGS!