Category: Christian Writing


All of us have stories that we can share about heartache and loss. It’s how we deal with them that truly matters. Some choose to harden their hearts and push everyone away. Others may develop a heart of deep compassion because they know what it feels like to be lied to, abused, rejected, and unloved. They will always be the ones looking for those who are alone in a crowd at a party or some type of gathering desiring to bring hope to a shattered life.

Some go on with life as if they have years to make things right with those they have distanced themselves from, but tomorrow is promised to no one. Life is so fragile, and so fleeting, as well. My precious mom will be eighty-nine next month and my eyes fill with tears just thinking about the fact that there’s not much time left before she will be gone from this earth, and that causes me to treasure every moment that I have with her when we get together because even though I have shared the good news of the Biblical gospel with her many times, I don’t yet have the assurance that she has placed her trust in Jesus Christ alone for her salvation, as I have.

I hope that you will take the time to treasure every moment that you have with your loved ones, as well. And if you are a follower of Jesus Christ I pray that you will share the love of Jesus and the good news of the Biblical gospel with your loved ones who do not yet know Him and all that He accomplished for them/us through His sinless life, His sacrifice on the cross in our place for our sins, and His glorious bodily resurrection from the dead for our justification.

This Holiday Season I hope that you will set aside how you personally feel and reach out to someone who you know is hurting maybe as much as you are, and try to bring some hope and encouragement into their lives. Or if you are someone who has unforgiveness towards anyone, now is the time to make things right because tomorrow just might be too late, and living with regret is even harder.

All of us have so much to be thankful for compared to so many people in this world. Yes, you may be deeply hurting right now because of the way that you have been treated by others, or because of how you are continuing to be treated by others, but unforgiveness only hurts the one who holds on to it. Express your sorrow and the anger that you feel to God who created you and who loves you more than anyone could ever love you! Take time to thank Him for the many blessings that He has given to you this year. Forgive those who have hurt you with an act of your will, and allow God to heal you emotionally, and to make things right and to change the circumstances in His time. Or He may just choose to change you through your circumstances. But please don’t wrongly believe that He approves  of abusive behavior or cause things like that to happen; do not blame God for the wrongdoings and sinful acts that others choose to do.

God offers the free gift of salvation to whosoever will come. Only through Jesus Christ  can we receive forgiveness for the vilest of sins and freedom from the burden of guilt by placing our trust in His once for all sacrifice when He died on the cross in your place and in mine. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, took upon Himself the full wrath of  God that we deserve for our sins, so that we could be covered with His righteousness in God’s sight, and our sins would be paid in full, never to be remembered again. If you choose to place your trust in what He did for you the barrier of sin that separates you from Himself will be removed and you will then become His child. This is the only provision that He made for us to receive His forgiveness, true peace, and a relationship with Him.

There is no other way:

Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

There is no other name:

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10b-12)

“There is no other Mediator:

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”      (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

 

Give thanks to the Lord this Holiday Season — and every day — for He truly is good! Others may have wronged you, but God desires to forgive you, to heal all the pain in your life, bring you true joy, and His peace that surpasses all human understanding. I truly speak from experience!

I want to express my thanks to all of  you who stop by here from time to time to read my blog posts. I appreciate every one of you!

To those of you who are in the United States, a blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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When time allows, I hope that you will click on the video above and listen to the reading of the entire book of Colossians and be blessed by hearing the truth of God’s Word.

For those of you who have placed your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ as being sufficient to pay the debt for your sins and guilt in full, have a blessed Sunday as you keep your eyes on Him. (Hebrews 12:2)

For those of you who have not yet come to realize that you are a sinner in the sight of a thrice Holy God, I pray that you will come to realize that the hard times that you are going through right now may be due to not only the consequences of the wrong choices that you have made in your life, but also due to the fact that because of the deep love that God has for you He is trying to get your attention. Many people either ignore God when things are going good in their lives, or they may even lash out at Him and blame Him or others for the pain in their lives.

The teachings in psychology have many believing that we are to blame others for how our lives are today, instead of taking full responsibility for how our lives are and forgiving others with an act of our will which is not dependent upon our emotions, and by choosing to make right choices. Contrary to some of the teachings in psychology, we are not doomed to become like our fathers or our mothers if they were abusive to us in some way, or if they ruined their lives by making wrong and sinful choices.

Please do not blame God for the pain and abuse that others have wrongly brought upon you in your life. God loves you; He is not responsible for these things happening to you as some wrongly teach! God went to the extent of showing the depth of His love for you by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly allowed Himself to be cloaked in human flesh and came to this earth to live the perfect, sinless life that you and I could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ willingly allowed Himself to be nailed to the cross where He hung in your place and in mine to take the full wrath of God that you and I deserve for our sins upon Himself. (John 10:18, Hebrews 10:8-10)

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, the second Person in the Trinity. He proved that He is God by His glorious resurrection from the dead. Please get a Bible and begin reading through the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans. Pray and ask God to reveal the truth to you and you will indeed come to discover these truths for yourself!

Remember, all of us will have trials and temptations in life. Some of them come to get our attention to turn our hearts and minds to Him so that we realize our need for a Savior if we have not yet come to the point of placing our trust in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead as the only means of being forgiven and accepted by God and being able to have a personal relationship with Him. Sadly, many wrongly place their trust in their good works as the way of being accepted by God, but these good works appear to Him simply as filthy rags (Romans 3:10, 20-29, Ephesians 2:8-10,  Isaiah 64:6).

For those of us who have placed our complete trust in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, His once for all sacrifice on the cross, His death in our place, and His glorious bodily resurrection as being sufficient to pay the debt for our sins and guilt in full, trials come to prove that our faith is indeed genuine, (1 Peter 1:3-9) as well as to produce perseverance, character, and hope in our lives (Romans 5:1-11), and to conform our minds and our lives to Jesus Christ (Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 1:13-16, Romans 8:29).

In Jesus Christ alone you will find true freedom! You will find freedom from sin, guilt, fear, destructive behavior, and every false religious system that holds you in bondage to lies and deception. Turn to Him today! I pray for all who will read this post that many will choose Jesus Christ and seek the truth that can be found in His Word, the Bible.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

Many Christians are unaware of how they are giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils when they fail to test the teachings of professing Christian teachers they sit under against the truth of God’s Word. In failing to do so, many are being led into New Age/ New Spirituality practices that are rooted in occultism, and they are being led away from the Biblical Jesus and the Biblical gospel. This is happening through Spiritual Formation classes that present Christians with practices such as Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, Silent Prayer, meditation stations, so-called “holy yoga” classes, and so much more!

The Human Potential Movement (another term for the New Age Movement) is another way in which many Christians are being deceived and are departing from the true faith; the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. (Jude 3) In many businesses, seminars are being presented to their employees with techniques that they are told will relieve stress and help them to become more productive. However, this movement presents mind altering techniques and tells a person to look within themselves where they will realize that everything they need to achieve success can be found. Therefore, there is no need for God because ultimately you are God. There is no concept of sin and therefore no need for a Savior from sin.

In the following presentation, well respected Christian author and speaker, the late Dave Hunt, warns us about many of these doctrines of demons and emphasizes the importance of getting back to Biblical Christianity. He urges Christians to learn to think for themselves. He also has this to say, which many of us who have been part of an abusive church can sadly relate to:

“I think that some pastors don’t want their people to think. They ought to be able to tell you what to do.  That’s one of the problems. There’s a form of guruism in the church of Jesus Christ today, and to follow a guru you check your mind at the door, and they literally do your thinking for you. “Sun Myung Moon said, “I am their mind.” You have got to learn to think for yourself, because you have individual, moral accountability.”

When time allows, I hope that you will prayerfully consider listening to his very important and Biblically based message. As always, please be sure to test every teaching you listen to against Scripture –even what Dave Hunt says. (Acts 17:11)

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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There is a growing attack on the Book of Genesis like never before! If a person does not view Genesis as the inspired Word of God, then it will inevitably be simply a matter of time before they begin to start doubting the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus Christ, and even His resurrection from the dead.

In the following video Pope Francis has some very disturbing things to say that clearly limits the power of God and has even caused many Catholics to become deeply concerned:

“The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God. On the contrary, it requires it.”

Pope Francis also has said:

“When we read about creation in Genesis we run the risk of imagining God was a magician with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so. He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

Is Genesis an allegory as some teach? Or is Genesis truly a divine, historical book that records some of the amazing details about how God created our universe? When time allows, please consider watching this documentary filled with scientific evidence that show the many intricate details concerning the genetic structure of animals and man, giving strong evidence of a Divine Creator as opposed to evolution which is simply a belief with no fossil evidence whatsoever to show any transitions from one species to another, and therefore this system demands a belief in billions of years in order to allow for so many changes to occur.


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“For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21,22)

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned  from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.” (Romans 5:12-14)

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:17-19)

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Even the Catholic Apologetic organization, Catholic Answers, sees no problem believing in God and in evolution:


In the video below, Bishop Barron reveals that he does not believe that Adam was the first literal man by saying:

“Adam…now, don’t read it literally…we’re not talking about a literal figure, we’re talking in theological poetry; Adam, the first human being, names all the animals…” (5:48-6:03 minute mark).

Former Catholic priest of twenty-two years, Richard Bennett, shares his insight on how Roman Catholicism views evolution in the following video:

Lest you think that only some Catholics are embracing evolution, in the video below you will hear Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church say that he does not take Genesis Chapter 1 literally. In his book, The Reason For God, he said the following:

“For the record I think God guided some kind of process of natural selection, and yet I reject the concept of evolution as All-encompassing Theory.” –The Reason For God (Source – YouTube video, ‘The Real Tim Keller’) (More on Tim Keller at a later time –Lord willing).

 

DEBATE – GENESIS

In the following two presentations, Ken Ham gives many valid reasons to show us the extreme importance of believing in six literal days of creation as recorded in Genesis, and why as Christians it is not Biblical for us to accept evolution as fact. He also explains  how evolution actually destroys the very foundation of the gospel itself:

Once again, it comes down to this:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God? Or the word of man?”


 

For those of you who may be interested: On Thursday, November 16th,  you will have the opportunity to see Genesis: Paradise Lost. For tickets and a list of theaters where this movie will be showing, you can visit: http://genesismovie.com/

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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As you have been seeing in many of the previous Testimony Tuesday posts that I have been sharing with you recently, many Catholic nuns and priests have been leaving the Catholic Church after questioning some of the teachings of Catholicism and finding the truth in God’s Word, the Bible. Here are more testimonies of former priests that Richard Bennett, a former Dominican priest of twenty-two years, shares with us from a book that he wrote, entitled, ‘FAR FROM ROME, NEAR TO GOD.’ Prayerfully consider sharing it with a precious Catholic in your life.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

I am still searching for a job, but I am also continuing to work on some new posts for you. Lord willing, I hope to be sharing some of these new posts with you in the near future.

When anyone is involved in any type of religious system — no matter which one it may be — and begins to have doubts about what they have been taught, it is amazing what God does to reveal His truth to them! When time allows I hope that you will consider watching this video in which many nuns and priests share how they came to the knowledge of the truth when they began to search the Scriptures and discovered God’s amazing grace and love after they came to realize all that Jesus Christ did for each one of us!

In light of the fact that today is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, it is important to remember some of the things that the Catholic church teaches that gives many good reasons why there cannot be unity among us. Doctrine divides for many good reasons. Unity can only be built upon Biblical truth. Love speaks the truth to open the eyes of those deceived by the traditions of men. I pray that you will listen and come to understand some of the teachings of Catholicism so that you can reach out in love and share the truth of God’s Word with your loved ones who may be Catholic so that they can come to see who Jesus Christ truly  is and all that He accomplished for us, and come to know the truly good news of the Biblical gospel that has the truth that will set them free from the false doctrines of men that hold them captive.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

I was in the process of writing a post that somewhat addressed the Protestant Reformation, but due to the fact that my computer kept freezing up yesterday I am sorry to say that I won’t be able to have it finished by tonight. So instead, I decided to just post the above video which gives many Scriptural reasons why there should be a continued  outcry against the teachings of Catholicism and an urgency within our hearts to reach precious Catholics with the truly good news of the Biblical gospel so that they might know all that Jesus Christ did for them if they will only choose to believe the gospel and receive the truth by faith.

One thing that never fails to fill my eyes with tears of amazement and wonder is gazing up at the night sky away from all the glare of city lights as I stand in awe of the beauty of God’s creation;  a countless number of sparkling stars lighting up a dark night sky. And tonight and tomorrow night, in many parts of the United States as well as in the UK, many of us will have the best opportunity to view the Orionid meteor showers! Who could ever imagine that debris from Halley’s comet could be so beautiful to behold! Before I head out onto my deck with my camera to see if I can get just a glimpse of this beautiful display of space junk amidst God’s creative handiwork of innumerable glowing stars, and possibly get a picture or two, I wanted to share this breathtakingly beautiful timelapse video with you that I saw this morning that brought tears to my eyes from start to finish! The photographer, Matt Dieterich, did an amazing job of capturing some of the beauty of God’s creation in this video!

When I look up at the nighttime sky or gaze upon the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, it seriously makes me stand in astonishment as I sadly wonder, “How can anyone not believe that there is a God?” When they stand before Him on judgment day, truly they will have no excuse!

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heart. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.” (Psalm 19:1-6)

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)

His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed? He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger. He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble. He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars. He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea. He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (Job 9:4-10)

Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.” (Psalm 147:1-6)

 

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Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Out of a deep love for God many Catholics enter the priesthood and convent out of their desire to live their lives fully for Him. After taking their vows and being involved in the religious life oftentimes for many years, many nuns and priests leave and sometimes have shocking stories to tell about suffering  mental and physical abuse. Others leave after they come to the realization of what the Catholic church actually teaches when they discover God’s love and truth that can be found in God’s Word, the Bible.

Here is the story of former Catholic nun, Mary Hertel. Whether you are a Catholic, or a Christian who has many precious Catholic loved ones, I pray that, when time allows, you will listen to Mary’s testimony.

If you are a Catholic — or whatever church or belief system you may be a part of — I pray that you will all come to realize how very important it is for each one of us to think for ourselves and not simply accept the teachings of our particular church or authority structure that has been put in place, because our eternal destiny is truly at stake!

Mary Hertel was also interviewed in May of 2012 by former Dominican priest for twenty two years, Richard Bennett. If you’d like, you can listen to what they both had to say in this one, as well, when time allows:

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“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13)

Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

Your prayers would truly be appreciated. I am still in the process of looking for a job and for another church to attend, and I am also continuing to do research and working on finishing writing the next post in the apparition series –when time allows. These short posts that I have been sharing with you lately are just my ways of trying to show you that I am still very interested in keeping this blog going by sharing important information with you, but life sometimes has a way of changing our priorities. However, I assure you that I will never stop earnestly contending for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. (Jude 3)

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IMPORTANT UPDATE! SEE NOTE BELOW!

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different religions? Many religious groups such as Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that they are the “one true church.” So how do we know what the truth is?

Why is it that man is constantly trying to find his own way to God instead of trusting in the simplicity of the gospel: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31) Sadly, many add to Scripture and they also place their traditions on the same level of authority as God’s Word, thus nullifying God’s Word, as Scripture declares. (Mark 7:13) Many try to achieve a righteousness of their own by their good deeds hoping to earn their salvation instead of simply placing their complete trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ when He died in your place and in mine to pay the debt for our sins in order to meet the just demands of a thrice Holy God.

Do you, dear reader, understand the gospel of salvation according to God’s Word and not according to your religions persuasion? When it comes to our eternal destiny we must be certain that we know what the truth is! When we come to the point of realizing that the Bible is truly God’s Word because the archaeological evidence points to its authenticity and reliability, and if we choose to believe by faith that we have the very living words of God recorded for us as He moved upon the men that He chose to write down His Words for us (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16,17, 2 Peter 1:16-21)  then we will read God’s Word like never before and seek Him with all of our hearts to discover the truth for ourselves…a truth that is so wondrous and yet so simple that even a child can grasp it and choose to believe it and receive it! A truth that sadly becomes distorted and twisted when the philosophies and traditions of men become added to it and lead many from the life changing truths that the Biblical gospel holds.

Last month I had the joy and the privilege of listening to a young woman in her early twenties share her testimony with me of how her Sunday School teacher shared the gospel with her as a five year old child. Even at the tender young age of five she realized that she indeed was a sinner and that Jesus Christ died in her place for all of her sins, and she placed her trust in Him as she prayed at the side of her bed that night. The joy that she still has in Christ became  evident as she shared that account with me that happened some fifteen or so years ago, and you, dear reader, can have that same joy if you will turn to Jesus Christ and turn away from placing your trust in all of your man-made traditions and righteous deeds that are like filthy rags in the sight of God. (Isaiah 64:6) I pray that you will.

When time allows I hope you will prayerfully consider sitting down with your Bible and listening to this message by Pastor Greg Durel. Be sure to test everything in light of Scripture as we are always to do whenever we listen to anyone preach or teach God’s Word to make sure that what is being said is true. (Acts 17:11)

IMPORTANT NOTE: It was brought to my attention on October 29th (two weeks after I had published this post) that the host of the show (Tony Orlando/As It Is Written) on which Greg Durel appeared, is a Seventh Day Adventist. I am not sure why he chose to appear on this show, but Seventh Day Adventism is a cult. Therefore, even though I have appreciated many of Greg Durel’s teachings that I have been listening to this past month, I will no longer be posting any more of them, and I already changed the settings to all of his sermons that I had previously published and that they are now “private” so as to avoid misleading anyone away from Biblical truth. Eventually I will also delete them, but I guess I’m hoping that I will find out that he had a good reason for being on that show, although I can think of none.

Now you see the importance of not only why we must examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said is true or not (Acts 17:11), but also you now see the importance of doing research on every person and ministry to see if what they believe and teach lines up with Scripture, as well! I am deeply sorry for not checking out who Tony Orlando is and what his beliefs are before posting this for you!

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 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.” (John 6:25-36)

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”(John 10:9)

“Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. “(Acts 4:12)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”(Philippians 3:9)

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:12-17)

“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19,20)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:8,9)

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God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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First, I need to, once again, deeply apologize (to those of you who read this blog from time to time) for not having posted anything lately, but I have had to take care of many important matters over the past few weeks, which included looking for a job and a new church, things that I am still presently continuing to do. I still have a lot to do before being able to finally finish writing my post in the present series – APPARITIONS OF THE VIRGIN MARY, OR DEMONS IN DISGUISE? EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE IN LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE, however, I wanted to take a few brief moments to share something with you:

This morning as I was looking at the videos that were in my recommended list on YouTube, I happened to see one by James White entitled RADIO FREE GENEVA – JAMES MCCARTHY’S SERMON ON CALVINISM, which, long story short, led me to James G. McCarthy’s website where I found the link to his PDF – THE MASS – FROM MYSTERY TO MEANING that I posted the link to below for you.

When it comes to speaking the truth in love and earnestly contending for the faith, I consider James G. McCarthy to be among the few who do both well. Many Christians, whether they are pastors, teachers, authors, or simple followers of Jesus Christ like you and I may be, expose false teachings, but if we do not do it in love, it repels those who are deceived, instead of reaching them with the truth spoken with grace and in love.

When I was a Catholic, I firmly believed — like many Catholics strongly believe today — that Jesus Christ was literally in the wafer and the wine after the priest said the words of consecration during the Mass. It was the most reverent moment to me to think that Jesus Christ was now literally present with us, body, blood, soul, and divinity in each wafer and in the wine, and that He would be IN us when we would partake of communion!

I had no knowledge of Scripture at that time in my life, but when I began to read God’s Word, the Bible, after I was given a little Catholic New Testament Bible, God powerfully opened my eyes to the truth as His Word shattered many of the teachings of the Catholic Church that I held to be the one true Church all of my life –until those life-altering moments as I read through God’s Word and tested what I was taught against every Scripture that I read! But you can read about all of that in my extremely lengthy three part testimony that I have posted at the top of my blog, if you’d like. What I really want to share with you today is the testimony of James G. McCarthy!

I SO identify with all that James G. McCarthy has to say in his short, but powerfully written digital booklet, THE MASS – FROM MYSTERY TO MEANING, and pray that God will use it here on this blog to reach many precious Catholics with the truly good news of the Biblical gospel. I pray also that God will open their eyes to the truth of His Word as He did for me, James G. McCarthy, and the eyes of so many other former Catholics — so that they will also come to understand that Jesus Christ’s “once for all” sacrifice was sufficient to pay for every one of their sins — and every one of your sins, whoever you may be — if you will only place your full and complete trust in Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice. As the sinless Son of God — Jesus Christ, God in human flesh — hung on the cross and was dying in our place for our sins, His final words were, “It is finished.” Tetelestai; the debt was paid in full. There is no longer any need for sacrifices to be made for sin! Jesus Christ did it all!

What joy a Catholic will have when they come to realize this amazing truth! What love and appreciation will fill their hearts when they grasp all that Jesus Christ has done for us! He alone is our Savior! He is the only Mediator between God and mankind! 

 

THE MASS – FROM MYSTERY TO MEANING:

http://jamesgmccarthy.com/files/The%20Mass%20From%20Mystery%20to%20Meaning.pdf

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”(1 John 4:9,10)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give  the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.  Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)

“For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.  But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.  So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”  (Galatians 3:21-24)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.” (Titus 3:4,5)

“Anyone who believes in the Son of  God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given us about His Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:10-13)

“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will never count against him.” (Romans 4:7,8)

“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.  How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:11-14)

“Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”                (Hebrews 10:19-23)

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God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE: Lord willing, I am truly hoping to have the next post in the apparition series done before the end of October.