Thursday, February 16, 2006

Just Some Thoughts

I just took a gander at an interfaith website that I used to post in. The site now seems to have moved from be tolerant to intolerance at any and all Christian view points. Even the site owner is posting anti-Christian propaganda.

A well known Christian site as well is allowing Christian bashing, in the name of tolerance, in it's site. As long as it is pagans bashing the Christians it is ok, but don't you dare have a different Christian view point.

Where in the bible does it state that we should be overly sensitive to the pagan point of view, but bashing fellow believers is ok? Where Christians must temper what the bible says in order to get along? If it is true, as I believe, that the Holy Spirit convicts people through the Word then how are people going to be convicted if we do not voice what the Word says?

I am beginning to feel as if we are a dying breed. A place to voice opinions with out worry of being insulted over those same views?

I am not in anyway saying that we are to go out and insult people, I am simply saying that we must start quoting the Word without watering it down. Jesus didn't go out and just insult people, but neither did He temper what He had to say. Lets face it, the Word is going to insult people who do not wish to hear it. We do not have to use the Word as a sword in order for it to be a sword.

Is it really becoming the time when we are all going to have to take sides and religious tolerance is indeed dead? Is being a Christian really going to be the same as being a leper?

Or am I just paranoid?

I look around and I see those who are trying to follow the Word, being tempted in any and every way they can be. They are being attacked through their self-esteem. The world is telling them that they are bad Christians, they are being attacked from the inside. They have this “whispering” in the ears telling them that they are evil and no good. That they do not measure up to what “Christians should be”.

Even Paul had his “thorn in his side”. Doing that which he didn't want to do. We must not ever forget that the flesh is at war with the spirit. The deciding factor is the mind. Especially now, we must not forgo the renewing of our minds. Meditate on the Word until it reaches the heart and spirit.

Do not give up because we fall into temptation. God will not allow us to be tempted more than we are able to handle. It can either make us stronger or it can weaken us. The choice is ours. We have been given the keys to grow, what are we going to do about it?

Lets also not forget to be there to support each other. We need to hold those up who are in need of holding up, we need to let our promises of prayer to be more than just words.
posted by Star @ 3:56 PM
Saturday, February 11, 2006

1 Corinthians 3:11-15
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

We need to make sure that our foundation is and will continue to be Jesus.

1 Peter 1:6-9
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Jude 1:
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

This is all that we stand for.
posted by Star @ 2:48 PM