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Welcome to another edition in a new category of posts entitled, ‘TEACHING THURSDAY.’ Lord willing, at least once a month on Thursdays, I will be posting either a video, an article, or some form of teaching  in which a *Biblically sound teacher *(Biblically sound because what they say and teach lines up with the truth of God’s Word,  Acts 17:11) will either expose a cult, an unbiblical movement, teaching, or a practice that is leading many people and Christians astray, or present some type of Biblical teaching to help you grow in a deeper understanding of God’s Word on different topics. Some of these teachings may be essentials of the Christian faith, and others may be things that we can debate but not divide over.

It is my hope and prayer that by presenting these teachings to you, many more Christians will not only come to realize the importance of testing the words of men (and women) against the truth of God Word so they will not be deceived, but also it is my hope and prayer that many Christians will come to know the joy of learning and knowing God’s Word.

On with today’s ‘TEACHING THURSDAY.’

In light of the ruling that took place in the Supreme Court on Friday June 26th 2015, in which same sex marriage was declared to be legal in all of the United States, many Christians are now put in a position where they must choose either to go along with what the world says is acceptable, or stay true to God’s Word and continue to speak the truth in love. Sadly, we now live in a day when many are attempting to redefine God’s definition of marriage (Genesis 2:18-25) according to the desires of their sinful hearts. (Romans Chapter 1)

Then there are some who say that, although homosexuality was condemned in the Old Testament, they wrongly say that it was not addressed by Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and then there are others who claim that the Bible is filled with errors and inconsistencies.  Many Christians are unable to give any evidence for the reliability of Scripture and are therefore unable to answer the questions that arise about supposed inconsistencies that some people claim are in the Bible.

With all of that in mind, I thought that the following video by James White, as well as the next one by Pastor Randy White, would be helpful to many of you, because, as Christians, we need to be reminded of the fact that not only can we have complete assurance in the reliability of Scripture, but also we really need to learn to use our critical thinking skills and pray that God will help us learn to discern truth from error in this day when many Christians — including Christians in leadership positions — are choosing to compromise with Biblical truth, and are therefore on a downward spiral into apostasy.

 

With each passing day I am becoming more convinced that Jesus Christ could return in my lifetime because of all that we are seeing take place in our world. For those of you who may still be sitting on the fence, it’s time to stop compromising; please repent and make the choice to live for God wholeheartedly and according to His Word –before it’s too late!

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“For I am the LORD, I change not…” (Malachi 3:6)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

“Mine heart within is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whose wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of His holiness. For  the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right. For both prophet and priest are profane; yea in My house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.

Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness; they shall be driven on, and fall therein; for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD. And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused My people Israel to err.

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing; they commit adultery, and walk in lies; they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. Thus saith the LORD of hosts. Harken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heard, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise Me, the LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, “No evil shall come upon you.” For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard His Word? Who hath marked His Word, and heard it?

Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind; it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until He has executed, and till He have performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My Words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doing.

Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” saith the LORD. I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in My name saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the hearts of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea they are prophets of the deceit of their own hearts; Which think to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal.

The prophet that hath a dream , let him tell a dream; and he that hath My Word, let him speak My Word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” saith the LORD. Is not My Word like as a fire?” saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces. Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:9-32) KJV

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:12-17)

“Your Word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Psalm 119:89)

“Long ago I learned from Your statutes that You established them to last forever.” (Psalm 119:152)

“All Your Words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal.”                     (Psalm 119:60)

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” (Psalm 1:-6)

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11,12)

UPDATE: More posts coming soon –Lord willing. My free time is very limited these days, and presently I am working on a few posts whenever time allows, and one is becoming quite lengthy because of all the information I found when I was doing some research.

A book review is coming soon, as well.

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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Capture Picture of Bible - Posted by 'Life Everlasting'

Welcome to another edition in a new category of posts entitled, ‘TEACHING THURSDAY.’ Lord willing, at least once a month on Thursdays, I will be posting either a video, an article, or some form of teaching  in which a *Biblically sound teacher *(Biblically sound because what they say and teach lines up with the truth of God’s Word,  Acts 17:11) will either expose a cult, an unbiblical movement, teaching, or a practice that is leading many people and Christians astray, or present some type of Biblical teaching to help you grow in a deeper understanding of God’s Word on different topics. Some of these teachings may be essentials of the Christian faith, and others may be things that we can debate but not divide over.

It is my hope and prayer that by presenting these teachings to you, many more Christians will not only come to realize the importance of testing the words of men (and women) against the truth of God Word so they will not be deceived, but also it is my hope and prayer that many Christians will come to know the joy of learning God’s Word.

If you read last week’s ‘TEACHING THURSDAY’ post and enjoyed Pastor Randy White’s first, in depth, verse by verse teaching on the book of Revelation, or if you missed it and would like to see it, you can click HERE. I started putting together a ‘Playlist’ for you and will continue to add each week’s teaching to this ‘Playlist’ as soon as they become available.

On with today’s ‘TEACHING THURSDAY.’

It’s finally Spring! My favorite season of the year! All that snow that has been piling up has now disappeared, the trees are beginning to bud, and flowers are again emerging from the ground to display just one of many aspects of the beauty of God’s creation!

Another sign that Spring is here is the fact that many of you are once again beginning to receive visits from Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. It starts with either a knock on your front door, or your doorbell  begins to ring. It usually happens when you’re in the middle of doing something important, or on your day off when you decide to sleep in for a few extra hours. When you peer through your window to see who’s there, you see that familiar sight of either well dressed Jehovah’s Witnesses; men in suits, and  women in dresses. Or you may see Mormon men dressed in black pants and their crisp, white shirts, and women in dresses. There they are, standing on your front door step. For those of you who actually open your doors, you find that you are greeted warmly by these loving and sincere, but sincerely deceived groups of people who have come to share what they have been well trained to share with you.

I must admit that before I was a Christian I was one of those people who would pretend not to be home when they came around. Or, if it was a warm, summer day and my door was opened and it was too late to pretend, I would just politely answer the door and accept one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ‘AWAKE’ magazines or a Mormon’s tract, and allow them to speak to me for a minute or so. I would then thank them for stopping by, and tell them that I wasn’t interested. When our short conversation came to an end, I would just tell them to have a nice day, and I proceeded to calmly close the door.

However, after I became a Christian, God put an overwhelming compassion in my heart for these very dedicated, but deceived and lost groups of people known as Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons who have accepted, believe in, and go door to door presenting people with ‘another Jesus’ and ‘another gospel’ (2 Corinthians 11:3,4 Galatians 1:6-9) because they themselves have been deceived. Since God opened my eyes to the false teachings of Catholicism, I know very well how it feels to be spiritually deceived! And therefore I strongly desired, with God’s help, to somehow help each one of them who came to my door to come to know the true Jesus of the Bible!

Very few Mormons came to my home. Even though our conversations were short, I always made sure to give each of them either one of the New Testament Bibles from the cases of Bibles that I would purchase ($1.00 for each Bible if purchased by the case), or if I ran out of Bibles, I would give them a tract before they left my home to continue on with their door to door visits. However, many Jehovah’s Witnesses frequently came to my home. I allowed many of them to come into my home to give me their presentations, hoping to interact with them and to share the gospel with them.

The first time I let Jehovah’s Witnesses into my home was within days or weeks after I became a Christian! They had me so confused that I couldn’t help them very much at all! I felt so bad that I cried in front of the man and his wife and admitted to them that I didn’t know my Bible very well because I was a new Christian. I asked them if I could at least pray for them before they left my home and they actually allowed me to. From the depths of my heart I prayed out loud and pleaded with God to reveal His love and truth to them, and God helped me to pray in such a way that I believe it showed the love of Jesus to these Jehovah’s Witnesses. (If you’d like, you can read more about my encounters with Jehovah’s Witnesses at the links below under ‘RELATED POSTS.’)

After I learned how to better witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, I began to invite them in again. We had long conversations in which I tried very hard to keep them on one topic at a time, because they like to keep changing the subject. However, after a while they stopped coming to my home. I kept thinking that they must have placed me on a ‘Do Not Call On These People List’ or something, and one day I started to actually see them pass by my home and knock on other people’s doors instead. I trust that God continued to bring more Christians into their lives to plant more seeds of truth into their hearts and minds,  and to water the seeds that He allowed me to plant in their hearts, as well. In the end it’s only God who makes things grow. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

So with all of that in mind, in today’s edition of ‘TEACHING THURSDAY’ I’d like to share many excellent teachings with you to help those of you who also have a desire to learn how to effectively witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

If I may, I’d like to end this post with one plea: If you’re a Christian, please don’t turn down the opportunity that God may give you to witness to any Jehovah Witness or Mormon who may come to your door. At least just take a minute or two to share your testimony with them and allow God to use you to speak His truth into their hearts. They get so many people who slam doors in their faces. Wouldn’t you like to be one among very few who will reach out in love to them?

(Lord willing, in the near future I will also post many good teachings to help those of you who desire to reach Mormons, and others with Biblical truth, as well. So if you’re interested, keep watching for new TEACHING THURSDAY posts).

 

 

 

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to” live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11)

“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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Well, if any of you read my last poem, WORN BUT DETERMINED, you probably were able to figure out that I was concerned I may be losing my job of 13 years.  And on October 31st I did.  That is the bad news.  However, the good news (at least to me) is that I will momentarily have some free time to devote to finishing ‘Part 2’ of my testimony.

I would truly appreciate your prayers for wisdom and guidance as I pray and search for another job.  My heart’s desire is to get a job writing from a Christian perspective, but I know the chances of that happening are rather small.  However, I serve a Mighty God, and if it is His will for me to write, then somehow He will bring the opportunity for me to do so in a miraculous way.  And He may even use one of you.  So if any of you know of a Christian blog, magazine, paper, company, etc., that is looking for a Christian writer, I would truly appreciate it if you would be willing to send the link to my blog for them to consider me as a possibility.  I know there are many other poets and writers who are much better than I am, but I may be just the one they are looking for.  (I can pray, hope, and dream, right?)

For those of us who are in Christ, we have the assurance that God is in control and will provide for us and bring us a job in His timing, and in His own unique way, and that He will ‘work all things together for our good.’  And we can rest in His peace and sense His grace and strength even in the midst of the turmoil and heartache we are presently going through.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”  (Philippians 4:4-9)

“But He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

For those of you who have lost a job and may consider yourself very religious, but do not know Jesus Christ personally, by realizing you are a sinner — as we all are — and have not come to the point of placing your complete trust only in the sufficiency of His atoning work on the cross when He died in your place, taking upon Himself the wrath that God intended for you and for me because of our sins, I pray you will find yourself a Bible and allow God to open your eyes to the amazing truth of the gospel that is found in the verses below, among many others I could post here. 

God’s Word, starting from the very first book of Genesis, reveals the sinfulness and depravity of man, and the complete inability he has to save himself, and reveals the plan of redemption that He chose to save us.  Here are just a few of the many verses in His Word that reveals the gospel to us, as well as verses of encouragement for all of you who are true followers of Christ:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the flesh–to live according to it.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”  (Romans 8:1-14)

“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)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”  (John 3:16-21)

While you are waiting for me to finish ‘Part 2’ of my testimony, (and writing and posting the poem, ‘WOE TO THE SHEPHERDS’ that I mentioned at the end of my last post) here are some very good videos for you  to watch comparing Catholicism to God’s Word, the Bible:

Thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking the time to read my posts and poems.  God bless you.

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