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Evil is what you get when God is pushed out of the picture. And we constantly push God out of our lives when we choose to live for ourselves and not for him. And Like two polar ends, if you have good/ God then there is no evil. But if you have evil then there is no good. Nothing in between, God does not mix with darkness. The world does not love God.. The Bible says no one searches, no one loves him, no one seeks him.
They want touchy, freely emotional love that we present to the world /know in the world, that RADICAL ACCEPTANCE, and everyone united, high on the world, and it evil.Most people think they are fine that way, but that’s when the devil has you, because you are self-righteous, see no need for God. Is life a frog immersed in a pot full of water at low heat, and it does not notice that it’s getting hot till it’s too late to jump out. They are on low heat.
But God’s meaning of love is different than ours, it is better, more fulfilling, and it calls for us to make changes in our lives and hearts. He means if you love me, be righteous, Not self-righteous but godly. He showed his love in sacrifice, the most precious in heaven! And we push him away like it meant nothing. Like throwing away the blood of his son that he loves dearly. No wonder he has wrath towards us. Just because we rather chose ourselves over him.
But no one is holy, righteous, no one does good. Unless they have God in their lives which turns them away from those things and calls them to live holy lives separated for him, to not mix light and dark. That is what makes you his children, safe,
saved. What is good to God is doing whatever is pure, good, true, , right, faithful, peaceful, gentleness, meekness, godliness, seeking God above their own self interest. And doing ALL of these, not partial. Because again its polar opposites, if you have good, you cannot have evil in you, if you have evil than you have no good in you. But no one can do this on their own (that is works based religions that say if you work hard enough God will approve, but our hearts decieve us) that is why he wasn’t his son, so we can live under his grace, and we receive the holy spirit, which equips us and keeps us blameless*, and holy in God’s presence. We have a relationship with him.
God is holy and only resides in his holy people, (opposite of what the world thinks, they just believe that God is in all of us.. No, he does not mix with darkness.. So he may bless you because he is good, and help you, when you call out to him, but it’s meant so you will turn to him and life for him.) They come to him and recognize that they are broken, sinful, can’t escape their own desires, and just give in, no self control, no real love and loyalty, all messed up from GOD’S standards. they are not leading a Holy(good) life, and they need God to bring them to life. (Before jesus came we were ALL dead in our sins (meaning we did not have the spirit of God leading us, and we were not aware of the sins in out own heart.)
But instead we make up our own standards and consider ourselves good. And then HOLD God to our own standards. And that is the blind leading the blind.
God is good(holy, sinnless, pure light)and love, when Adam and Eve sinned, they ruined the whole earth too. God said if you eat of this apple you will surely die. EVIL was in The serpant that lied and manipulated God’s word, and instead of them trusting God they chose evil. Like us we choose evil when we do not choose God. They surely died as he said.. They were now dead in spirit, and in sin, they bore their own shame. So they hid from God. No longer intertwined with God because IN God there is no evil. The connection, and relationship with God was ruined for generations and God had plan to send his son to bring us back to him, to intertwine us again. There was a veil on the world. In us, and those who do not believe God alsi have that veil still.. When you start to believe God that veil is broken and you can see clearly from God because now you have a relationship and he speaks to you and opens your eyes to see and ears to hear the TRUTH according to God and not the way the world sees it.
He says LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERATAND AND HIGH SOUNDING PHILOSOPHIES OF THE WORLD, BUT SUBMIT TO HIM AND HE WILL TEACH YIU ALL OF IS WAY.. HIS TRUTH AND HIS LIFE.. THE BIBKE SAYS JESUS is the ONLY one who gives true life (eternal) the only Way(no other ewy to heaven, or to the father EXCEPT THROUGH HIM, he IS the door, he IS the way.) the Only truth. No religions or philosophies these are man made, even some demonic made to decieve people.. Like tge serpant that twisted God’s word in the beginning is still doing that confusing people. And resulting in soo many churches and temples…etc. But God said YOU come to me and I will teach you, not the world.
WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THE MIND OF GOD, WHEN THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM. AND THEY KNOW NO TRUE HOLYNESS.
The Bible says, that the universe groans.. Waiting for that judgement day. So disasters happen because the earth is in waiting for God’s day, and we hold an influence because we could take care of the earth better.. But we are of sin, wanting our way first. Also the eartg was created to be sustained by God which he does, but also to be taken care of my holy, righteous peoole that we were before adam and even sinned. They chose that. There was a result and God sent the his only begotten son to die on the cross to save who ever starts trusting him.
Also the Bible says we have a place that Jesus is preparing for us. And then he will come get those that loved him and put their trust in him.
Drafted 4 moths ago, and just writing my heart out. I felt like this often but thankfully now I can say i feel better, more in control of my life, and like God is sitting right next to me pulling me forward. I am happier than I was a few months ago, and so I am really grateful to be able to look back and see that I was so lost just a few months ago and already God has given me a hope to hold on to….
If only I knew what the future holds.
I wish and hope and pray that a lot of good and fortune would come. But honestly I’m afraid.
I fear trying because I am afraid to fail. I need to remember that not trying is worse than failure. Continue reading
So I was watching a video online about Kirk Cameron saying wives should be submissive to their husbands, and another one about the full house star Candace Cameron Bure and how she said she is submissive to her husband. And the The Young Turks on YouTube completely dissected this Biblical idea of women being submissive to their husbands. I love watching this show because they always bring up good ideas, and questions. But on this video I had to leave my comment because I believe they are seeing submission as the negative submission, like a slave to a master or a maid to a boss. But not at all, this submission that the bible refers to is mutual respect of ideas and more. I wrote out a comment and if you read through it all please let me know what you think … THANK YOU 🙂
First , Here are the videos if you want to see them..
I know it’s a lot.. please read.. It’s not like that at all . wives submit to husbands THE WAY YOU SUBMIT TO THE LORD and husbands LOVE YOUR WIVES respect your wives JUST AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH.. and how did christ love the church? He died for us so that we may live, and he lives for us so that we can be free of sin and death and live our destiny in him, in goodness and love.. it is not one-sided “yes sir” we don’t submit to god saying yes sir.. we talk to god and tell him the desires in our heart and he listens and makes a way for us, and we listen to his guidance because he knows what is right for us, because he knows our HEARTS, AND OUR SPIRIT AND WHO WE REALLY ARE, his plans are always to prosper and not to harm us, and to make us victorious in him because he loves us and desires us to be happy in our full potential as children of GOD the creator of heaven and earth, and everything you know.. This passage is an addition to marriages, how you’re supposed to treat a marriage WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOU: LOVE, PEACE, GOODNESS, KINDNESS, FAITHFULNESS, HOLYNESS, SELF CONTROL, JOY, GENTLENESS ETC. (Gal 5:22)
It’s a command to both husband and wives to respect each other, listen to each other, submit to eachother, work together when making decisions, and a wife tells her husband how she feels, and what she wants .. and the husband is supposed to respect her, love her the way Christ loves us, and support her.. submission is showing respect to eachother NOT THE WORDLY SUBMISSION WHICH HAS A STIGMA ATTACHED TO IT, ALMOST LIKE A SLAVE/ MAID/ OBEDIENCE IN EVERYTHING.. NOT THAT AT ALL.. it is assumed that a woman waited for God’s guidance in finding her husband and so his heart will be for her and her heart will be for him, but since we are sinful people we get selfish and want whatever we want and that’s how some marriages end, and god is just laying out some guidelines to make every GOD CENTERED marriage work. And though it does not say MEN be submissive to your wife, it does give other commands which in order to be fulfilled a husband has to also submit to what his wife desires, so they submit to eachother, love eachother equally because they are one, and treat eachother the way they would treat themselves.
And yes Husbands have the final final say in decisions that they can’t come into agreement with, just because someone has to have the final say of what they’re going to do, and the husband is the head of the household. And the command is for wives to be submissive .. ,but he doesn’t just decide no or yes… as a christ centered marriage and as head of household he goes and talks to god/ prays and God will guide them both..And the husband is commanded to love her so much that he will do what is best for her, no matter what. and the only decision he’ll say no to ,, is if he sees a better way or if it will hurt his other half in some way.
Ephesians 5: 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands AS YOU DO TO THE LORD. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Why am I here?
Why do i matter?
Who says anything matters..
Im going through a time where I honestly feel like I don’t want to be here. I say that to myself often. I would never commit suicide or anything. I’m not unhappy, I just don’t understand sometimes.
I try to push it away by saying, “God has a reason for everything, he has a plan, he is taking care of us.” All which I believe with all my heart, I just do not know his plan yet and sometimes I forget those reasons.
If it were up to me I would choose to not be on this earth, like never created.
Truthfully I am afraid of the future.
I hate the way this world is, the way some people are, cold hearted and really only care about themselves and what they want. And I only imagine things getting worst. What I see matters to this world is basically status and money. In order to live an okay life you need money, but you’ll have to deal with the stress that comes with it, like spending all our waking hours working.
One way or another you have to work.
School is work, networking is work, building a resume is work, keeping a routine is work. Work causes stress when you add pressure. And most people have the pressure of NEEDING to work to live a comfortable life, not choosing to work.
I believe this is what stresses me out. I’m only 21, I’m not set to choose if I want to work or not. The government says I have to work, I have to pay bills, and if I want to have a place to live, eat, or wear something decent, I have to work, Otherwise we have the option to be homeless- tough choice.
Was I really born to wake up everyday to go to school, to work, and to sleep and do it again over and over and in between to fill time, find some meaningless entertainment, like a movie that I would’t even remember in a month.. I highly doubt it.
Everyone wants to be safe, happy, loved, peaceful, joyful, energetic and basically alive with no worries.
As I put things into perspective, I notice that I am really pressured. Pressured to keep up with time, to behave a certain way, to conform to societies ways, to have an education if I ever want to make it anywhere (even to help people you need a piece of paper with stamps and a signature), I have to work because I need to pay for that education, — Stress. I cant get a great job until I get an education, and I cant get a good education until I get a great job.
I can’t buy a house until I get a great job and great credit, and Its hard to get a great job if I dont have a great education. And great credit comes when you are willing to spend and then pay them back with interest.
This system sucks, it works like a trap, the government is cruel, and the police force isn’t all serving and protecting the way they are suppossed to.
I hear stories about people getting killed all the time, stories of people trusting the police and becoming a victim instead.
I believe we have a false sense of freedom. When you try to be dfferent and speak up, you can get killed, shut down, shoved into a prison, who knows… disorder is disliked.
I say why was I born, and why am I still here..
I can really only answer that in one way.
He is the way, the truth and the life.
you ever heard “The truth will set you free”? Well Jesus is the truth.
The only thing that can truly set me free is Jesus.
So he gives me hope and stregnth, and love, and joy, and peace all over again even when this world is terrible, the bright light in him restores hope to people everyday.
I know why I am here; I matter because God created me the way I am, with a purpose and a plan.
- Jeremiah 1:5, NIV Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.
- Revelation 4:11, NKJV You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.
- Matthew 37-39, ESV 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 5:16, NIV Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
- Ecclesiastes 12:13, ESV The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.Micah 6:8, ESV He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Psalm 86:12, ESV I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
- Jeremiah 29:11, NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.tells me so..
Sunday 9pm service
June 9, 2013
“I’m searching for a real love”
(My notes on Pastor Karl Lentz preaching) Enjoy!
Some words you have to be careful when you say them because people can take it the wrong way.
( When you’re married be careful what you say)
One word that has been misused is LOVE !
It has been changed around in our community and now people are trying to find the wrong things and love in all the wrong places.
The search could be over if they’d figure out that LOVE is a PERSON, Jesus Christ.
” I found true love when I found the creator of the universe who accepted me the way I was and loved me too much to leave me like that.”
REAL LOVE REVELATION :
You cannot GIVE the love of God (the reason you’re on this earth), and
you cannot SHOW the love of God (the reason you’re in NY)
if you have not experienced his love than you can’t show it.
John 20:1 (MSG)
” The one that Jesus loved.” (I cannot be moved)
The writer of John wrote that in 3rd person.
Confidence and security in God’s love for him, something that this world cannot give you.
How free it is to live with that Security of how much Jesus loves YOU. you can go out and do things and even if you lose, it’s okay because Jesus already won the fight.
At the end of the day you live for the pleasure and journey of one, Jesus.
“Everything around me can be breaking down but my God is immovable!”
Do you have faith that God can throw you so far into things and still be there to catch you?
If you go out in faith and have confidence because your God is the king of heaven and all things, than you wouldn’t worry or fear but have faith in him.
Luke 15:11-32 (MSG)
The Story of the Lost Son
12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
31-32 “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!'”
Better to be a no name servant in the kingdom of God than a famous wealthy person in the world.
A son who went to “Vegas” lost it all and came back to his father and his dad didn’t see any of that, he was just happy his son was back.
1. Real love doesn’t manipulate.
2. Real love Plans: Don’t hope it happens, you PLAN for it to happen.
You think ahead and make a way.
” I know the plans I have for you” – guess what? God’s not done working in you.
3. Real love waits : The Love of God is irrevocable.
Its always there when we want it. Something about the story, the son believed and knew that his dad was waiting for him and that he could go back home at any point in time.
– Believe that God looks at us like that. God is waiting, waiting, and waiting.
It’s part of our calling also; to give and wait.
The son came back in his own time, he was at the bottom and came to his own senses. And he knew that his father was waiting for him.
Our job is to do what’s right and sometimes wait.
Real love will get us to wait it out.
Can you be the Christian that never turns the light off? Because Jesus never turned it off on us.
4. Real Love Runs: His love is relentless
We serve a God who fought for us. When you’re confident in his love for you, you start doing things BECAUSE he loves you not because you’re seeking it.
We can’t loose anyone else to this mistaken word of love.
Being there and loving them at their worst and loving them at their best.
His real love has to get out to this city!
If you haven’t heard of Hillsong nyc church, (Welcome home!), and you live in NYC please look them up, their Sunday services are held on 14st. I really encourage you to go but If you have than I encourage you even more to join a connect group. ❤
Join a group where you feel comfortable to speak up, to talk about God, to pray freely, and where you feel you can relate to others.
The connect groups aren’t just bible study they’re a chance to connect, of course, but also to encouraged you in your faith. You can gain new relationships and friendships and I love the one I go to because it feels like a sisterhood, and a place that I can make some really great girl friends. (even though its in another borough, an hour away) :/.
Connect group meeting tonight was awesome. (Our group in Astoria, Queens is all woman, so I met a lot of great woman). And unfortunately my memory eludes me on some of their names.
I’m so thankful that I can truly say that they’re a great set of woman that encourage and motivate me to just be an amazing woman of God. I love the feeling that I get when I’m around them. I feel like I belong there and like Jesus is going to use them to help me brake old habits. While helping me to add good new habits, unfailing faith and so many other things. I wish you guys could feel how much love I feel when I enter their home, its just amazing.
This was my second time attending a connect group, I met Kendall in a Hillsong service were they gave us “4 minutes of fellowship” and we connected and she told me about the new connect group that she and her roommate were having. I really liked her right away. I had been trying to go to one by where I live for a long time but I didn’t know anyone yet so I didn’t want to go on my own.
But since I met Kendall, I took a chance and went, and I’m grateful I did because I got a chance to meet some wonderful woman of GOD! 🙂 I’m excited to see how God moves within us, and how we will be helping each other become strong leaders in our communities embodying God’s grace, love, and strength.
Many people were affected by hurricane Sandy. All you see on the news is the damages that it caused, the after effects of a natural disaster.
Unfortunately, there were many people who died. Some people lost their houses, their electricity, their gas, and so many other valuable and important things. Many of which are irreplaceable.
If you were affected severely by the storm, my prayers goes out to you and your family. If you weren’t affected by the storm than you should find some time or some way to help out the people who were.
I thank God that the worst my family and I experienced was a little cold weather and not anything extremely serious.
Since Wednesday I’ve been searching for a way to help out the victims of Sandy. Looking up information in the internet barely helped.
I want to volunteer and just be put in the middle of things to help people ut right away. But all I saw was “Donate this amount of money” and “Donate that amount of money”. Donating is great but I don’t have any money to give.
I hardly found clear links to places where I can volunteer my time, skills, and services. And, if you wanted to volunteer than you would have to attend an orientation or training, nothing right away. I understand some people need to be trained on how to deal with people, but there’s so many things going on that need immediate help so I wanted to share what NEW YORK DREAM CENTER is doing.
NEW YORK DREAM CENTER is an amazing church in downtown Manhattan that is volunteering and giving aid and everything they have to all everyone they can reach.
To volunteer, we will be meeting up in West 25th St between 9th and 10th avenue at 11am. Feel free to walk up to any one of us.
Check out the video and you will certainly be motivated!
I pray this letter find you safe and dry from the crazy couple of days we all have had. Hurricane Sandy I guess really wanted to make her presence known on the east coast. We are doing everything we can to begin to meet the needs of those impacted by the storm in the city. We presently are working daily in our normal Adopt A Block Site in Chelsea. We are bringing water,candles, and supplies to those stuck without any power. Many elderly live on high floors and cant get out due to no power. Our team has been amazing walking up 15-20 flights of stairs in the dark bringing supplies to those who are without.There are two ways you can begin to help 1.) Follow us on twitter to find out daily what time and where we will be out bringing supplies to those in need. We need all the man power we can get. 2.) We have started a Hurricane Relief Fund to help us provide resources to get all the supplies needed during the Relief efforts. We NEED donations! Please visit newyorkdreamcenter.org to Donate.What an incredible opportunity we have as a church to simply BE THE CHURCH to our City. The need is GREAT and we will do our part in seeing that need met. The Dream Centers Motto has always been “Find a need and fill it, Find a hurt and heal it.” And we get to do just that during this trying time. Let give JESUS an opportunity to shine like never before! To any of you that are reading this that need help during the aftermath of the storm please email or call us with your needs so we can do our best to help you. For further updates please follow us on twitter @nycdreamcenter to stay update to date with all that we are doing.Stay safe and keep our city in your prayers. We love you all!!!
Pastors Brad and Stella Reed
Church Email: firstname.lastname@example.org