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Four Faithful Fundamentals of the Faith

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. – Hebrews 2:1

Nothing is easier than drifting downstream.  No-one ever drifts upstream, but rather downstream, In other words, you drift away not towards your intended goals.  To drift downstream just sit back and relax, don’t put any effort forth and you will
start to drift.  You may not even realize that you have started to drift until it’s too late.  You are always either moving forward or backward; you are never standing still.

We all know Christians that have drifted away, they are all around us, people who used to attend church, used to read their Bible, used to do a lot of things, but have drifted away.  Are you starting to drift away?  If so, then grab the oars of the Fundamentals of the Faith to get back on track.

You need to learn the Fundamentals for any endeavor that you wish to be successful.  No matter what it is; In Football Continue reading Four Faithful Fundamentals of the Faith

The Four Incredible Hidden Treasures

The subject of hidden treasure is fascinating; it has prompted numerous books, movies, theories and actual treasure hunting expeditions.  Two of the most popular hidden treasures are:

  1. The Knights Templar Treasure
  2. Captain Kidd’s Buried Treasure

The Knights Templar’s have been surrounded by a shroud of mystery for years.  The were founded in 1118 during the Crusades state of Jerusalem by a French Knight by the name of Hugues De Payne.  De Payne started the order with eight fellow Knights.  They were quartered at the Temple Mount by King Baldwin II.  The original function of the Knights Templar was to protect pilgrims as they traveled the dangerous road from the Port of Jaffa to Jerusalem.  They were the most formidable fighting force in “Christendom”, and they also possessed immense wealth and political power.

On October 13, 1307 (Friday the 13th) the King of France, Phillip the Fair, along with the Pope, Clement V conspired to destroy the Templars.  Theories for their reasoning abounds; however, three stand out: Continue reading The Four Incredible Hidden Treasures

Fear Factor

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

– 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear Factor was a T.V. show that aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006 that pitted contestants against each other in a 

variety of stunts (usually 3) to win a prize of $50,000.  The show was divided into three segments or Stunts:

  • First segment was usually a physical challenge, such as testing the contestants fear of heights by suspending them from a helicopter while collecting flags or something of that sort.
  • The Second segment would be a Mental challenge, which could be either:
    • an eating challenge, where the contestant would be required to eat something that would generally be considered as gross or disgusting.  Live bugs were often used in this segment.
    • or an Animal challenge, where the contestant would be either partially or completely covered by an animal, such as, snakes, ants, spiders, rats or something similar.
  • The Third segment would usually be an extreme stunt, such as strapping into a car and jumping a ramp or something like that.

The episode would end with a winner and the statement “Evidently, Fear is not a factor for you”.

My hope is that at the conclusion of this Podcast, that you can say that Fear is not a factor for you.

If you allow it too, Fear will control you;  The use of fear as a control technique has proven to be very successful.  People will stand in line volunteering to give up any and all of their rights if fear is successfully employed.

If you are living in the Spirit of Fear, you are not exercising the Spirit of God in your life.  2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that God didn’t give us the Spirit of Fear:

  • Isaiah 43:1
  • John 14:27
  • John 16:33

So who does?

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Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!

If you don’t prepare, you will permit a pack of problems.

 

When Catherine and I were first married, we decided along with my brother to go on a canoeing/camping trip. It started as a canoeing trip, but we also wanted to camp. What we wanted was a two-day canoe trip where we could camp half way.  The issue that arose was that the canoe outfitter did not have any such trip.  So, we made our own; We received permission from the outfitter to pick a spot along the creek bank that we could camp.  It was accessible by car, so we set up camp first and then embarked on our canoe “adventure.”  We only canoed downstream for an hour or so, then set up camp.  We thought that we were prepared to camp, but as it turns out not so much.  It first became clear that we didn’t thoroughly prepare when we realized that we didn’t properly “prepare” the female portion of our trip that there would not be any facilities.  We had to make our own.  Next, we were confronted with the task of finding suitable wood to create a fire, so that we could keep warm and cook our meal.  David (my brother) found an area not too far away that we could get some firewood.  It was an area that had been cut down previously and had small twigs as well as some bigger pieces that we could burn.  We had prepared ourselves for the task of cutting wood, by bringing along a hatchet.  So, there we were, tents up, a fire started, all was going well.  Then, for a reason that I am still (26 yrs. later) not sure of, Catherine somehow stepped (barefooted) right into Continue reading Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!

A Mothers Love

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall
drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

                                                   – Matthew 20:20-23

In this Podcast:

We will look at the Three things that every Mother can learn from the mother of James and John Zebedee:

  • She wanted her children to be part of the Kingdom of God
  • She wanted her children to be actively involved in the work of the Lord
  • She had big expections for her children

What are Mothers?

Where is the good way?

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 

Psalm 25:4-5

Have you ever attempted to give someone driving directions?  Especially someone who is “directionally challenged”?  GPS technology has come a long way, but so many people rely completely on these things.

In this podcast we are going to see how to find the right path:

Houston, We have a problem!

The title of this podcast is taken from the popular, but incorrect quote from a phrase spoken by Astronaut Jack Swigert during the failed Appolo 13 mission. He actually said, “OK, Houston, we’ve had a problem.”  This phrase has become popular to describe an unforeseen problem.  We’ve all had our share of problems, some due to our bad decisions while others by no fault of our own.

In this Podcast:

we will look at the Four common responses to solve a problem:

  • Throw money at it
  • Turn to other people
  • Take it away
  • Turn to Jesus

We will see that these are the four responses that the Disciples had when confronted with the problem of feeding over 5000 people, which they had not planned to do.

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God Meant it for Good: Episode 5

” And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.Prison Light
And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward. -Genesis 40:1-4

 

In this Podcast:

  • The 4 C’s of Circumstance: First Two C’s
  • Blessings aren’t constrained by your circumstances
  • Circumstances don’t change your commission
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The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 8

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. maxresdefault
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

In this Podcast, we discuss the fact that:

  • The Lord doesn’t consider us to be Servants
  • We should consider ourselves as Willing Servants
  • Our Liberty takes a back seat to the welfare of others

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The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 6

This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. the-deadly-lures-of-legalism
Howbeit in vain do they worship me,  for
doctrines the commandments of men.

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men…

In this Podcast, we discuss the fact that:
  • The Pharisees were concerned with outer cleanliness, to the exclusion of Inner Purity
  • Jesus taught that Inner Purity was more important than Ritual Washing
  • The Inner Person (of the Believer) needs to be purified

Continue reading The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 6