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Welcome to another SURVEY SATURDAY. Thank you so very much to those of you who have taken the time to participate in some of my previous surveys! However, even though I now know that some of you are interested in seeing me write posts ‘exposing false teachers,’ and you also desire to see ‘book reviews‘ here, I would truly appreciate it if you could please let me know who it is that you would like me to write about, and what books you would like me to review for you.

If I don’t receive any additional feedback besides participating in this survey I may discontinue posting these Survey Saturdays and just continue sharing information with you that I believe to be very important for you to be aware of. 

If you’d like to participate in what could be my last Survey Saturday poll, I urge you to vote and to share your suggestions with me, as well. Or, if you’d like, you can send me a personal message by going to my Page above, entitled: ‘If You’d Like To Contact Me,’ and share your requests with me that way.

I am here not only to honor God and to share Biblical truth and to expose error through what I write, but also I am here with the desire to encourage and to help those of you who are searching for answers. With that being said, I would truly appreciate it if those of you who read this blog from time to time would please provide me with a little more information so that I can serve you better through what I write. It’s quite frustrating to me now that I know what some of you are looking for, but don’t quite know the false teachers that you would like me to write about, or the books that you would like to see me do reviews on.  :/

As I mentioned in my previous SURVEY SATURDAY posts: I will be presenting some type of survey to you normally once a month, (Lord willing) on the last Saturday of each month, to give those of you who read this blog from time to time, an opportunity to submit your requests to me as to what you would like to see me write about here on this blog in the future. Would you like me to write more poems? Then when I post a poll with that as an option, please vote accordingly, and I would truly appreciate it if you would leave me a short comment as to what topic you’d like me to write one about, and I will consider writing on that topic which I will always write from a Christian perspective.

Do you have some concerns about your pastor or a certain pastor or teacher that you have been listening to, or something that they are teaching or something they have taught in the past that has been troubling you, and you’re searching for some information and answers? Then please vote accordingly when I post a poll with that as an option and please leave a comment or send me a personal message using the ‘contact form‘ below or leave a comment in which you can choose to remain anonymous and let me know who it is that you have concerns about, and why, and I will be happy to do some research on that pastor, teacher, or topic, and focus on that particular person or teaching in the new series of posts that, Lord willing, I will be continuing to write in 2016, under the Category entitled, ‘FALSE TEACHER FRIDAY- LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A BEREAN.’ I may share an in depth report on that certain pastor or teacher, or I may simply write briefly about the person or teaching and then include links to some good posts addressing that person or teaching that have been written by other Christians who are well respected and trusted. However, I continue to urge you to always test everything you read and listen to against God’s Word to see if it is true or not (Acts 17:11) –including everything that I write.

Please always keep in mind that no matter how many years a pastor or teacher has been preaching or teaching, or how well respected they may be, we must always continue to examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done by those who claim to speak for God) is true,’ (Acts 17:11) because God’s Word is filled with warnings about deception and false teachers! (Matthew 24:4-11, Acts 20:26-31, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 4:1-4, 2 Peter 2:1-3, to name just a few).

Maybe you have some concerns after reading a certain book that left you feeling very troubled, and you’re searching for some information on the author to see if what they are teaching is Biblical or not. Share your concerns and the name of the author and book, and I will do some research and write a post addressing the author and book in question. I am considering the possibility of writing some book reviews later this year –if time allows. I am not an expert on any certain topic, by any means, but I am definitely a Berean and a detective-at-heart and will gladly do all that I can — with God’s help — to give you some helpful information to put those troublesome thoughts to rest, and to encourage you in the process.

I post these surveys because it is my desire to help those of you who are searching for Biblical truth concerning what may be troubling you, so your participation is very important to me in order to help you.

FYI: As I mentioned in a few previous posts, Lord willing, I will be writing  posts in the near future addressing ‘mysticism in the church‘ and ‘spiritual formation,’ because, sadly, these teachings are leading many Christians astray these days. If you are interested in learning more, please be watching for these important posts.

I am still in the process of writing a post on the important topic of mysticism and how it is merging with Christianity and deceiving many Christians. In this post I will also be addressing how many Christians are being led astray by Spiritual Formation. Lord willing, I hope to have this post completed by the end of next week. So if you’re interested, please check back here from time to time.

When time allows, I also encourage you to please visit LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH, HERESCOPE, and many other very good blogs that I posted links to in the side bar where you will find many very good articles on these subjects, as well.

Do you have a suggestion of your own? Then please send me an email. Since this may be the last survey that I post due to the lack of participation, voting and sharing your requests are extremely important and will be greatly appreciated!

Here’s my email address if you’d like to personally contact me: marydalke@yahoo.com

The polls most frequently responded to shows that many of you have left more than one church and that you feel betrayed by leadership. This month’s question is:

If you are still attending a church that you know you should leave, what is keeping you there?

Whether you’d like to vote in the poll below, or if you’d rather contact me personally and share your suggestions concerning what you would like me to consider writing about in the upcoming year (Lord willing), I’ll be looking forward to receiving your replies and requests!

This poll will be active for a full week, so you have until the end of Saturday, December 4th, 2015  to place your vote! Feel free to add your own answer where it says “Other.”

 

 

 

 

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/Living For His Glory

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INTRODUCTION

Sad but true, pornography is called — among many things — ‘the secret sin of the church.’  The statistics are 1 in 10 pastors admit to visiting a porn site once a week, 30 to 50% of women who call themselves Christians admit to being addicted to porn, and the statistics are much higher for men; at least 70% of men who profess to be Christians admit to having a serious addiction to viewing pornographic material on a rather consistent basis.  I heard those statistics on the radio concerning a survey that was taken by ‘Focus On The Family,’  and wrote them down.  As with any survey — especially one such as this, where many choose not to admit their addiction to pornography — the statictics are bound to be much higher than recorded. 

But for those of us who are professing Christians, why is it that some of us are controlled by something so twisted, distorted, and perverted such as pornography?  For those of us who are married, don’t we realize how emotionally damaging this is to our mates?  Could it be that some of us have professed Christ just with our lips, and we have yet to truly repent of our sins?  Why is there not a fear of God in our hearts that will bring us to our knees in deep remorse out of hatred for our sins enough to turn from them?  Well, the videos below and the thoughts that came together as I prayed about writing this poem will deal with some of these issues, and the truth in the Scriptures I posted below I pray will not only expose your sins, but also bring hope and victory to you over your addictions.  For it’s only through Christ that forgiveness and freedom is found to destroy the bondage to sin.  And God’s Word has the power to cleanse and to renew our minds and to free us from the sins of the flesh that only destroy the beauty of this expression of love that was meant to be only between a man and a woman in marriage — no matter what society says today!

This poem came together as I first thought about a comment that my first Bible study teacher shared with us… ‘Your commitment to Christ will be shown, by what you do when you’re all alone.’  That thought made an impact on my life; hearing that, plus some Bible verses she shared with us about how God sees all that we do, was enough to convict me as a new Christian.  Even though I immediately was convicted of watching movies with sexual content after I first became a Christian, God used what my Bible study teacher shared with us to end the excuses for watching anything that even began to stir those desires within me!  (Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5, 8:4)

For those of us who are single, we especially need to guard our hearts and protect our minds from allowing Satan to use the genuine godly desire we have — to one day find someone to share life with and to marry, and then to be able to express our love in a deeply intimate way —  to overpower and control us and lead us into sin.  Instead of giving in to temptations, we must make the choice to surrender our desires to God, and walk by the Spirit so that we will not gratify the desires of our sinful nature.  (Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:16) 

Since July is ‘Pornography Awareness Month,’ I decided to post it now, and would have posted it sooner, but because I had been so concerned about what is happening at my former church, Harvest Bible Chapel, and it took over a month to express some of my concerns in the ‘Introduction’ of my poem, WARNING YOU WITH TEARS I am a little behind. I hope and pray that God will somehow use this poem, ‘WHO ARE YOU,’  for His glory, and His Word for your correction, conviction, encouragement, and ultimately for your freedom.

Most of this poem was written last year, but I hesitated to post it.  However, it seemed that almost every time I would get into my car and drive to work, I would hear something about the destructive nature of pornography!  I wrote my thoughts and some of those things down, and posted them below…

  • April 4, 2011 As I continue to hold off finishing this poem, ‘Who Are You,’ I keep hearing information on pornography.  I heard last week on WMBI that the top ten searches on the Internet for children between the ages of 7 and 10 includes porn!  Then today, I was listening to a video that had nothing to do with the problem of pornography, but the subject was brought up and the pastor said how we as Christians are to cut these things out of our lives and how it has such a negative and destructive affect on how men view women.  I am sure the same can be said about how women view men, as well!

  • June 2011 Again, I was listening to a video that had nothing to do with pornography, but heard the pastor say something about pornography; 50% of women are addicted to porn, and porn will cause a ‘tsunami of sex crimes.’  I think God wants me to address this destructive sinful addiction, and will finish this poem!

  • June 13th 2011 Berean Beacon posted a video on porn.  (Decided not to post that video because it was rather graphic; I didn’t even finish listening to it).

  • August 2, 2011 On my way to work heard another program on WMBI about pornography.

  • Came across another video that expresses to men their need to guard their hearts and minds, and to treat women with respect and not take advantage of them.  (See video #4).

Your comments are welcomed, but any vulgar or obscene comments will not be published.

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

INFORMATION ON PORNOGRAPHY

CHARISMANEWS – PORN DANGERSSUBJECT OF MONTH LONG AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND EVEN MEN ARE…  VICTIMS OF PORNOGRAPHY

THANK YOU CHRISTIAN RESEARCH NETWORK FOR LINKING TO THIS ARTICLE WHY ARE SO MANY MEN HOOKED ON INTERNET PORN, VIDEO GAMES? BY RUSSELL D. MOORE

 

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO FOCUS ON

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.”  (Job 31:1)

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  (Psalm 19:14)

“I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.  But if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My Words to My people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.  “Am I only a God nearby,”  declares the LORD,  “and not a God far away?  Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?”  declares the LORD.  “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:21-24)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

“Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in the knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:1-10)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.  Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Romans 13:11-14) 

“So I say live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do.”They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.  You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.  Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”                   (Ephesians 4:17-24)

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; with holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

“…for it is written:  “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins’s deceitfulness.”  (Hebrews 3:13)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1) 

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:3-7)

“Why do you call me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  (Luke 6:46)

Jesus said…”But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3,5)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)

“…I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” (Acts 26:20)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation, and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say,  “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  (Titus 2:11-14)

“The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:21)

“They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him.”  (Revelation 16:9)

“Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.”  (Revelation 16:10b,11)

computer-man-close-up-002WHO ARE YOU?

Who are you when no one is watching?

Who are you when you cannot be seen?

What images do you allow into your mind,

Or on your t.v. or computer screen?

If Jesus were to now visibly appear at your side,

Would there be something you’d want to quickly delete or hide,

From the eyes of Him who is holy and true,

Even though He already knows all that you do?

Would what you view bring Him glory,

Or would it fill Him with disgust,

Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ,

Or are you feeding an ungodly lust,

Many women suffer in silence, some feel completely abused,

Rather than feeling loved, their husbands only make them feel used,

Some women are wrecklessly treated as objects for pleasure,

Instead of someone to be loved; a person to value and treasure,

The innocence of a child –robbed by someone they thought they could

trust,

Someone who wickedly acts out what they viewed; a mind that has been

perverted and controlled by lust,

If God is truly reigning in your heart,

Then now is the time for you to start,

To put to death those desires that war within,

And cause you in your mind and heart to lead you to sin,

Secret sins exposed by His light,

Are no longer in darkness, they’re now in plain sight,

If you are His child you must make the choice,

To turn from these destructive sins and respond to His voice,

Your deliverance is waiting, your forgiveness as well,

Refusing repentance will only lead you to hell,

Secret sins exposed by His light,

Will shatter your darkness, and if you’re willing to fight,

He’ll give you His strength so you’re no longer weak,

And give you the victory so for His glory you’ll speak…

Bringing correction and hope through Christ to all who are bound, 

By these sins of the flesh, so that freedom through repentance and

Christ then can be found.

Copyright© 2012 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.  Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material on Living4HisGlory’s Blog without expressed permission by this blog’s owner/author is strictly prohibited.  Exerpts and links to information may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mary K. Dalke and Living4HisGlory’s Blog, as well as the author of any of the information at any of the links posted, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.  He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” (Psalm 107:13-16) 

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