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I know that many of you are alone this Christmas, and that you are either reflecting on the special Christmas memories from the past that you still treasure within your heart, wanting things to be as they were, but in reality you know that’s impossible.

Then there are many of you who are alone and you don’t have any good memories to even reflect upon. All the memories that still linger in your minds are ones you wish you could completely forget. And yet the harsh words, the abuse, the betrayals, the broken promises, the death of a loved one…all those painful memories somehow have a way of flooding back into your minds at this time of the year because of shattered hopes and dreams, heartbreak, and a longing for a love that will never disappoint you.

Then there are those of you who have lost all hope and desire to continue living because of some horrible choices that you have made in life, and you don’t even want to think about facing another day, and yet another whole year is about to begin!

No matter how you are feeling, I am writing this post to offer all of you hope. Real hope that comes from Jesus Christ alone!

Some Christians choose not to celebrate this holiday because of the many pagan roots that are a part of the celebration of Christmas. No one knows the exact day when Jesus was actually born, but to disregard the fact of the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, who willingly entered our fallen world cloaked in human flesh to show the extent of God’s love for us who are all depraved sinners in the sight of a thrice Holy God, is something that should leave us in awe!

Many people are continuously trying so hard to be accepted by God through their religion and by their good deeds, and yet God reached out to us and showed His love for us by sending Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son into the world as the greatest gift that He could ever give to us. His intention was that Jesus, being God in the flesh, would live the sinless life that we could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice for all of our sins and guilt when He would give His live in our place on the cross.

The only provision that He made so that we can be made right before Him is by putting our full trust in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as FULL payment for all of our sins and guilt –including the sins that you think God could NEVER forgive you for — and in His resurrection from the dead which proves that Jesus Christ is God, and that His once for all sacrifice was accepted by God the Father as being sufficient to satisfy the wrath that God has towards us because of our sins.

God’s gift of love through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, is the greatest gift that you could ever hope to receive! If you have never placed your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your forgiveness for sins, receive Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift, today!

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:16-21)

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:7-14)

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:8-19)

Jesus is the only way to God, and the only name we can call upon in order to be saved:

“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)

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”           (Acts 4:10-12)

We cannot find Jesus or forgiveness through any religion or by our good works or through any thing we may do:

“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:4-10)

“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)

“Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” (John 6:28,29)

But keep in mind that even the demons believe; they know who Jesus is:

“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:24)

“Whenever the impure spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” (Mark 3:11)

“They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet Him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of Him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” (Mark 5:1:8)

“Then He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath He taught the people. They were amazed at His teaching, because His words had authority. In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power He gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” And the news about Him spread throughout the surrounding area.” (Luke 4:31-36)

“At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Messiah.” (Luke 4:40,41)

The demons believe in God…and tremble!

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)

And yet they will be cast into the lake of fire along with everyone who has not placed their trust in Jesus Christ and therefore do not have their names written in the Book of life:

“Then He will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41)

“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

The Judgment of the Dead

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”                       (Revelation 21:22-27)

Only by believing in Him and receiving Jesus by placing your trust in Him alone for your forgiveness for sins is the only way a person can become a child of God: (Verse 12)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. 11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. 12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-14)

Jesus Christ is our only hope; our only Mediator:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all people.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

You can have assurance of eternal life:

“We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which He has given about His Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about His Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God 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 5:9-13)

If you truly believe this good news of the gospel, then place your trust completely and only in Jesus Christ to save you and repent; turn from sin to God:

“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)

 

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, God’s greatest gift in which you will receive His love and His promise that He will never leave or forsake you, His complete forgiveness –no matter what you may have done, and His true peace that surpasses all human understanding, I pray that you will do it today!

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Here are some songs that I pray will also bring you hope and joy in the midst of your sorrow:

HOPE WAS BORN THIS NIGHT – SIDEWALK PROPHETS

 

CHRISTMAS OFFERING – CASTING CROWNS

 

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – CASTING CROWNS

 

SILENT NIGHT – CASTING CROWNS

 

O HOLY NIGHT DAMARIS CARBAUGH

 

A CRADLE IN THE SHADOW OF A CROSS – DAMARIS CARBAUGH

 

MAY GOD GIVE YOU HIS GIFT – DAMARIS CARBAUGH

 

THIS IS CHRISTMAS – KUTLESS

 

WE ARE THE REASON – DAVID MEECE

 

 

For those of you who already know the joy of God’s love and forgiveness, Merry Christmas! Continue to faithfully share God’s love and truth with those whom God will allow to cross your path in this world that is growing spiritually darker by the day, whenever God gives you an opportunity!

Thank you very much to those of you who occasionally stop by my blog and take time out of your busy days to read some of my posts and poems. I appreciate every one of you!

God Bless You

Merry Christmas!

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED POSTS

BEYOND THE MANGER TO THE CROSS – DECEMBER 2009

FOR GOD SO LOVED HE GAVE – CHRISTMAS 2010

CHRISTMAS – HOLDING ON TO HOPE – DECEMBER 2011

LET’S NOT FORGET THAT JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON – DECEMBER 2012

A PERFECT PEACE – DECEMBER 2013

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO ALL AND A FEW THOUGHTS – DECEMBER 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS – DECEMBER 31, 2014

 

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worship-4-3-1Welcome to another ‘TESTIMONY TUESDAY.’ Lord willing, at least once a month on Tuesdays, whenever I come across a video or an article that either presents a Biblical testimony of someone coming to the understanding  of the true  gospel, or a testimony of someone who was set free from a cult or some form of spiritual deception, etc., I will post it for you with the hope that it will bless and encourage you, and, above all, so that God would receive glory and honor for setting these people free.

It is also my hope and prayer that when I share these testimonies with you, God will use His Word, and the Biblical truth presented in these testimonies, to set many other people free from the same bondage and spiritual deception that the people in the videos and articles I choose to share with you have been set free from.

And now for today’s TESTIMONY TUESDAY:

In light of the ruling that took place in the Supreme Court on June 26th, 2015, in which same-sex marriage was made legal in every state in the United States, I thought it fitting to share with you some of the many testimonies of men and women who were once fully immersed in the homosexual lifestyle, but have found hope, forgiveness, freedom, and healing through Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that in doing so, some of the few who may wear the label of Christian but do not act in a Christ-like manner towards  LGBT people will come across this post and realize that they all need our love and compassion just like everyone does.

As you will see by watching the videos that I added to the Playlist below, many of them were led into this lifestyle due to the fact that they were sexually abused as a child, or they went through gender confusion because of certain things that happened in their childhood or adolescent years, and got into this lifestyle because they were seeking love and acceptance.

It is also my hope and prayer that many LGBT people will be led by God to come across these testimonies — whether they find these testimonies here on my blog, on YouTube, or on other websites where Christians are sincerely reaching out in love and sharing truth with LGBT people — and that they will find hope by listening to these testimonies and healing by turning to Jesus Christ for forgiveness.

Every one of us is a sinner in need of a Savior no matter what sins we may have committed against a completely Holy God. Each one of us must confess our sins to God and place our trust completely in the only provision that God has made for us to be forgiven, which is in the sacrifice of His One and only Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. He died on the cross in our place for our sins, taking upon Himself the full wrath of God that was intended for each of us. If we place our complete trust in His sacrifice as full payment for our sins and not in anything that we can do to try and earn His forgiveness, we will then be able to come directly to God and have a personal relationship with Him and no longer be separated from Him because of our sins. He offers us His mercy and grace, as well as His never ending love.

I pray that you will be willing to receive this free gift of salvation that was paid with the precious blood of Jesus shed for you –no matter how sinful your life may be. Come to Him as you are with godly sorrow in your heart, and He will be the one who will transform your mind and your life as you begin to read the truth that’s in His Word, and by the power of His Holy Spirit. He will wash all your sin, guilt, and shame away, and give you a brand new life. Your life may not change over night, but in time you will be able to look back and see just how far He has brought you from the person you once were, and rejoice in how He will use your life for His glory. 

Lord willing, when time allows, I will continue to add testimonies to the following Playlist. So if you’re interested in hearing more, you can occasionally check back here. Or you can simply search YouTube and find many more testimonies on your own by searching for “ex-gay and lesbian testimonies,” etc.

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:11-13)

“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” (Leviticus 18:22)

“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. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1: 18-32)

“Or do you not know that wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers 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)

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”           (John 14:6,7)

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

“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)

“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)

“But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure.  Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact sin is lawlessness.  But you know that  He appeared so that He might take away our sins.  And in Him is no sin.  No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.  No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” (1 John 3:3-6)

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”  And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.  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 10:17-23)

 “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)

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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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INTRODUCTION

Life can become extremely overwhelming: a loss of a job, financial problems, relationship problems, health issues, concern for loved ones, desiring loved ones to come to know who Jesus truly is so they might have joy and the assurance of salvation…the list can go on and on! At times it may seem that all we deal with are problems, one after another, many even coming at the same time which may cause us to begin losing our peace and hope! Truth be told, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Not only because of certain  circumstances in my life right now, but also because of many of the things I have been writing about recently, and therefore I found the need to express some of my feelings through the following poem.

As always, when I find myself beginning to lose hope, I must make the choice to put aside my feelings and choose to rely on God’s grace that is always sufficient, and His strength that is always made perfect in my weakness. When times like this come, I find my hope, strength, and encouragement in His Word. Soon I am then able to, once again, fight against the battles that rage all around me as I hide myself in Him and make the choice to place my trust in the fact that He is still in control even when the circumstances of life try to say otherwise. It is God alone who restores my hope as I reflect upon His faithfulness to me in the past, and the ultimate sacrifice He made by sending His one and only Son — Jesus Christ, God in the flesh — who lived the perfect, sinless life that I could never live, to become the perfect, once for all sacrifice, by giving His life in my place to reconcile me, a wretched sinner, to a completely Holy God. It is dwelling on the good news of the gospel and the risen Christ, that enables me to once again press on.

If you, dear reader, have not come to the point of placing your trust in the complete and finished work of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross for your sins, I encourage you to get a Bible and begin reading the Gospel of John, the Book of Romans, Hebrews, Colossians, Ephesians, and wherever else God’s Holy Spirit may direct you. God’s Word, the Bible, is not a book one can understand with their intellect, but rather it is understood spiritually as God’s Holy Spirit opens your understanding to see the truth and to expose false teachings that have blinded you from seeing the truth. Ask God to open your mind to the Scriptures that you might come to know the truth and have hope and strength to face life, one day at a time, and have the assurance of life eternal in heaven.

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:8b-10a)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”             (Romans 15:13)

“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ” ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ — a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ ” (Matthew 10:32-36)

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”                    (Philippians 3:10-14)

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God,  for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“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 weakness, 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)

 

SONGS FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN – HIS STRENGTH IS PERFECT

TWILA PARIS – WARRIOR IS A CHILD

TWILA PARIS – MY LIPS WILL PRAISE YOU

SELAH – PRESS ON

 SELAH – YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE

SELAH – BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD

 

 

rainbow-blue-sky-clouds-1-2-4-1I found the rainbow/ocean picture on Photobucket and used the ‘edit’ feature to add the Scripture.

YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING

You’re my joy in the midst of deep sorrow

You’re my hope when I see no hope for tomorrow

You’re my peace when all of life seems so out of control

You’re my strength that calms my weary soul

Jesus, You’re my everything

You’re my hiding place when it seems like no safe place can be found

You know what weighs heavy upon my heart without me uttering a sound

You’re my Savior, my God, the one who reigns on high

You’re aware of all things; nothing escapes Your watchful eye

Jesus, You’re my everything

Your promise to those who love You, is that You will work all things together for good

Your children, who are called according to Your purposes, rest in this truth as we

should

You’re my provider, my covering, my soon coming King

You’re the only one who now gives me a reason to rejoice and sing

Jesus, You’re my everything

Your Holy Spirit comforts me when I feel I just can’t go on any longer

Your Word gives me wisdom that encourages me and makes me feel stronger

Your sinless life, and the blood You shed unto death in my place, washed all my sin

and guilt away

Your resurrection gives me true hope and assurance, that enables me to face the trials

of each new day

Jesus, You’re my everything

Our world is growing spiritually darker, because many reject what You’re unchanging

Word has to say

All the evidence surrounds us, and not all things will change for the better when we

pray

We can never bring peace to this broken, sin-filled world, no matter how hard we may

try

Your Word is clear; there will be no peace — or unity — until You, the Prince of Peace,

returns and reigns on high

Until my final breath, or until I’m caught up to meet You in the air, from the depths of

my heart I will say

–Jesus, You’re my everything

Copyright ©2015 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory All rights reserved.

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

 

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INTRODUCTION

Making Christmas crafts with my children and decorating the tree together, staying up until 2 a.m. assembling and wrapping their presents after they were snuggled in their beds and fast asleep, remembering the joy on my precious children’s faces when they’d open their gifts on Christmas morning…these are just a few of the special memories of Christmas past.

Then there are the ones that still linger in my mind that bring feelings of heart-wrenching sadness, like the one Christmas when my son was older. It was around five or six years after his dad had left us. My daughter was playing either in her room or the family room to pass the time, while my son sat on the couch and waited patiently for his dad to come as he had told him and my daughter that he would. When minutes began to turn into hours, the sadness and disappointment that my son was feeling grew more evident on his face, and my heart broke for him. Then the phone rang, and his dad gave them both the frequently given reply on Christmas day:

“Dad can’t come today, but I’ll come and take you out during the week.”

Even though their dad did call them every day after he left, and came over twice a week to take them out, to tell your children that you are coming on Christmas day and to get their hopes up only to disappoint them, was cruel and totally uncalled for!

Christmas for me personally was very hard. Especially when I had to go to the mall and shop for gifts and watch many different men and women walking hand in hand and laughing together, and I was all alone, but still faithfully waiting and praying that my husband would return home and love me the way a husband is supposed to love his wife.

The Christmas before my ‘husband’ left, when things were tense and I was being completely rejected by him, temptation literally came knocking at our door:

It was about a week before Christmas, and it was after 10:00 p.m. Suddenly there was a knock at the door. As usual, my ‘husband’ was out with his friends, so I was not about to answer the door when I was home alone with two little kids. My daughter, who was nine years old at the time, but very wise for her age, kept telling me to open the door, and I kept telling her all the reasons why I shouldn’t. However, I gave in when she said, “Mommy, maybe God wants you to open the door.”  Hesitantly, I opened the door, keeping the screen door locked. There in front of me stood a tall, dark, and handsome man. He said,

“Hi. I know it’s late, but my car died out in front of your house, and I just wanted to let you know that I called the police to let them know, and I will be back tomorrow with a friend to help me get it started.”

I said, “Okay,” and closed the door. The verse “make the most of every opportunity” came to mind, and since it was almost Christmas and I had a box of New Testament Bibles and would give a New Testament to people who would come to my door whether they were Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons, or selling magazines or windows, etc., I decided to give him one, as well. After all, it couldn’t be a coincidence that his car just happened to die out in front of my house when his car could have died out a few houses further down the street. I knew that God wanted me to share the gospel with this man, so I wrote a short message inside of the New Testament that I was going to give him. I said something like this:

“I don’t know what you have gone through in life, but I know that it wasn’t a coincidence that your car happened to die out in front of my house. I believe that God allowed your car to die out in front of my house because He knew that I would be faithful to share His love and truth with you. He wants to bring healing to your broken heart and hope for your future that can only come by receiving His love and forgiveness.”

In my message I clearly shared the gospel with him, and included a tract, as well. In front of the Bible was a list of questions that led a person to the knowledge of the fact that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, and the need to repent of sin, and listed many Scriptures where these truths could be found. When I finished writing the letter, I put it inside of the Bible and wrapped it in Christmas paper so I would be ready for when he would return  with his friend the next day hoping to get his car started.

The next day he did return with his friend, and after his car started he came and knocked on our door to let us know. I then held out the wrapped Bible, and said, “This is for you.” He said,  “What’s this?” I said, “Well, it’s almost Christmas, and I wanted to give you this.” He looked stunned and appreciative as he took the package and thanked me and went to his car. I closed the door but stood there and prayed strongly as I watched him walk to his car through the tiny window in the door. He sat there for a while, so I figured he was opening his gift, so I closed my eyes and strongly began to pray for him. I prayed that God would prepare his heart and mind to receive the message of the gospel and all that I had shared with him. Suddenly, I heard the door bell ring, and opened the door to see him standing there. With tears in his eyes, he said, “How did you know?” He proceeded to tell me that he had been in Viet Nam and how when he came back his wife had left him. Everything that happened I recorded in my diary, but basically I said the following to him:

“I didn’t know. I just knew that God allowed your car to die out in front of my house and knew that He wanted me to give you a Bible and to tell you that He loves you.” 

His eyes filled with tears as he thanked me again, and he went back to his car and drove away.

Little did I know that he would return less than a year later, just a couple of months after my ‘husband’ left us. To make a loooong story short, he came to our door and said the following words to me:

“I thought about you a lot over the past year. I didn’t come back to start trouble; I just needed to come back to see if it was you, or Jesus in you that I was attracted to.”

I stood strong, and in my mind I kept saying, “Jesus in me! Jesus in me!” I loved and feared God too much to give in to temptation, and I loved my ‘husband’ in spite of how he treated me throughout our marriage to ever consider getting involved with another man when I was still married to him.

In an attempt to stop him from continuing to talk about me, I turned the focus of the conversation on to Jesus, and shared the gospel with him again, making it clear to him that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, so that he would see his need to turn from sin by having a true godly sorrow in his heart for the things he had done. I asked him if he would like to receive God’s love and forgiveness, by placing his complete trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of his sins, and he said he did. I led him in a prayer, and he repeated it after me, and when we were done he looked as if the weight of the world had lifted off of his shoulders.

After encouraging him to continue reading the Bible, I tried to end our conversation so he would leave, because he was saying all kinds of things that every woman would like to hear. Especially a woman like me who rarely ever heard those kind of things from her husband; a ‘husband’ who had now left me. There was no sexual overtones to anything he said; he just made comments about the thoughts he had concerning me over the past year. Things like how he thought I was pretty, and how he thought about my “big brown eyes.” As I firmly tried to end our conversation, he handed me a ripped piece of paper with his phone number on it and told me that I could call him if I wanted to, and then he finally left.

I could have tried to justify calling him in my mind by telling myself that ‘he needs my guidance,’ but the  thought to do that never crossed my mind; I knew this would not be God’s will, and I would be setting myself up for temptations if I ever did. He was completely in God’s hands now. I never called him, and he never came to my home again. It was one of those opportunities that I made the most of, at a time when I could have been sad and depressed, but I chose instead to share the love of God and the gospel of grace, hope, and forgiveness with this heart-broken man. We as Christians need to see the opportunities that God sets before us, but we need to proceed with caution! We must use the opportunities that come our way with the desire to bring glory to God by constantly being led by His Spirit and not our flesh, because  Satan will try to use some of these opportunities that come our way in an attempt to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8) if we are not constantly in God’s Word and ignore the warnings clearly set forth in Scripture!

I praised God for the opportunity that He gave me that night, and still praise Him and stand in awe at how He arranged for this man’s car to die out in front of our house that night right before Christmas so many years ago!

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b,14)

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15,16)

“Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5,6)”Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8,9a)

“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)

“We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:13-16)

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

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

The Christmas season has a way of bringing many memories to my mind

Some are precious moments tucked away, unchanged by time

Some are best forgotten, but they linger still the same

Some bring tears of joy, some still a hint of pain

Unmet expectations, hopes and dreams yet to be fulfilled

Sorrow grows within my heart, and yet, in a moment’s time, because of Christ, my

heart is stilled

I choose instead to reflect upon that holy night, so long ago

When God sent His only Son to redeem mankind, because He loved us so

I take time to reflect upon the moment, that He gave me eyes to see

His redemptive plan revealed in Scripture, His truth that set me free

It’s then my perspective changes, before my emotions send me spiraling out

of control

I choose instead to be led by His Spirit, to find someone who is broken of heart

and soul

Someone who needs to hear the gospel message, that brings hope, forgiveness,

and grace

A message that can set a captive free, and bring a heart-felt smile to light one’s face

Though there are many longings in my heart that still remain

From dwelling on thoughts that can lead to despair and hopelessness, I must choose

to refrain

As this year draws to an end, I reflect upon one thing I know to be true

That God’s love transcends any love I’ve ever known, for He came down to give

His life for me —and you

Copyright©2014 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory All rights reserved.

Updated January 5th, 2015 (Added more thoughts to my Introduction and another Scripture).

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

A BLESSED HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

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INTRODUCTION

The following poem came about as I began hearing the many calls for ‘unity‘ and became deeply troubled by what I was hearing!  I know that there are many other born-again, true followers of Christ who are equally as troubled by these calls for ‘unity’ as I am, and the way I decided to warn other Christians was by writing about it and expressing my thoughts through the following poem.

When I first watched the video above, I was shocked by the responses of acceptance and approval expressed by many people in the audience to what Tony Palmer was saying which obviously revealed that many lack Biblical discernment and the knowledge and understanding that the teachings of the Catholic church have not changed at all!  Below is just one of the many examples of the “anathemas” declared by the Catholic church.  This is Canon IV from the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent which still stands today:

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Many who claim to be Christians fail to test what is being said (by those who claim to speak Biblical truth) against the truth of God’s Word, (Acts 17:11) and therefore are sadly led into spiritual deception because they are moved by their emotions, and in this case many are thinking how Jesus would want us all to unite to bring about His desire for all of us to be as one, when this is not the type of unity Jesus was praying for in John 17…

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as we are one–I in them and You in Me–so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that you sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”  (John 17:20-23)

I will share more thoughts with you when time allows, but I want to post this poem now to give enough time for as many as possible to respond to the poll I posted below.  I would deeply appreciate your participation if the question applies to you!  Thank you, and God bless you!

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by 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 him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again: if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”  (Philippians 3:7-9)

“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.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

“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)”

“The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (1 Peter 4:7)

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.  Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.  I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.  So be on your guard!  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:25-31)

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

 

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WILL YOU BE DECEIVED INTO UNITY?

Unity with those who teach false doctrine is not what Jesus had in mind

When He prayed unto His Father before He left this world behind

And yet we see this happening right before our very eyes

The call for unity that’s now taking place is spiritual deception in disguise

Lulled into a state of compromise because Christians fail to test what’s said against

God’s Word

They’re being emotionally manipulated and therefore deceived by all the lies that they

have heard

Some lies being told are, “The protest is over,” and “The miracle of unity has begun”

And that we’ll “commit the sin of separation by refusing to join together all as one”

A call for unity now goes out all across the land

A claim that “on doctrinal issues we all agree,” so link now, hand in hand

But nothing could be further from the truth, Vatican II sure makes that clear

All anathemas are still in place, and precious Catholics are still deceived and bound

by fear

Will you be deceived into unity by all the voices you will hear

Will you be led by your emotions that stir your heart and cause your eyes to tear

Or will you recognize deception at the very moment it comes your way

Because you know God’s Holy Word and for discernment you always pray

Jesus strongly and repeatedly warns us of deception in His Word, so be alert; do not

be deceived

Even ‘New Age’ mysticism is being taught and accepted; doctrines of demons now

openly practiced and believed

The return of Jesus Christ could come at any moment, the signs are all around us,

it’s clear to see

So stand strong, be guided by God’s Spirit and not your emotions, don’t be deceived

into a Christless unity

COPYRIGHT © 2014 Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

“For the preaching of the cross…” Picture obtained from  KingJamesBibleOnline.org

I found and ‘quick captured’ the shot of Canon IV from the ‘Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent’ in a Mike Gendron video.  I will post the video here in the very near future.

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

Lord willing, coming soon:

MY TESTIMONY: FROM FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO PEACE AND ASSURANCE — HOW GOD REVEALED THE TRUTH TO ME AS I WAS READING A CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE

(In this post I will be sharing many of the teachings of the Catholic church with you and testing them against the truth of God’s Word.  I will be using an exact copy of the Catholic New Testament  I originally read back in 1980 with the hope that God will open the eyes of many Catholics so that they will  also see and receive the joyous truth of who Jesus really is, and what  His perfect, sinless life,  His  death, and His resurrection really accomplished for us!  Lord willing, I hope to have it done by the end of July –possible August.  If you’re interested I hope you’ll consider checking  back  here from time to time.  God bless you!) **UPDATE** ALREADY COMPLETED AND POSTED MY TESTIMONY. YOU CAN ACCESS ALL THREE PARTS BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW:

MY TESTIMONY: FROM FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY, TO PEACE AND ASSURANCE – HOW GOD REVEALED THE TRUTH TO ME AS I WAS READING A CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE – PART 3 (TO READ PART 1 AND 2, CLICK AT THE VERY TOP OF THE POST WHERE INDICATED)

 

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First I want to say, “I’m sorry” to all of you for not writing anything lately.  To be honest with you, it’s been rather difficult to find the time to even have a few minutes to concentrate and get my thoughts together to write a post or poem since I lost my job of 13 years at the end of October.  I am still searching for a new job, and have had no replies from anyone on the two sites where I posted my resume’, but in Christ’s strength I continue to press on. 

In spite of everything I have been going through lately, I completely stand in awe of the peace that God has given me, and that’s what inspired me to write the following poem so that I can give God the glory for blessing me with His perfect peace that allows me to rest in Him and sleep peacefully every night.  Yes, I did have a few brief moments of crying out to God for His wisdom on what to do and where to go, and I may possibly still have a few of those moments in the days (hopefully not weeks and months) to come, but because I have built my life on Christ as my firm foundation, my faith and trust in Him has not been shaken.

As I was writing this poem I also thought of the many who do not know Jesus and the hope and peace that comes from having a personal relationship with God through Him…people who have been devastated by physical, sexual, and verbal abuse…people who have tragically lost a loved one to death or an accident, and they have been hurt so deeply that they lash out at God instead of crying out to Him for His comfort and His help…people who hate themselves because of some of the wrong choices they have made and they want to end their lives because they can’t go back and change the past.  With all of that in mind, I addressed these brokenhearted people in the final six verses of the following poem, and pray that if anyone who has been devastated by life’s painful circumstances does find their way to my blog,  that God will somehow use my poem — and especially the Scriptures — to bring hope and comfort to their broken and shattered heart.

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

An early ‘Merry Christmas’ to all of you!

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory


 

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) KJV

“For  He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations.  His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:14-18)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:1,2a)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“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.” (Philippians 4:6,7)

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A PERFECT PEACE

Amidst deep feelings of rejection, there remains a perfect peace
Untouched by man’s cruel endeavors, I now see as God’s instruments of release
A perfect peace that only comes from knowing that God is in control
His peace silences every fearful thought that comes, and stills my very soul
Like the perfect peace that filled many hearts when Christ was born that starry night
The fulfillment of many prophecies, hope was born and fear gave flight
The Messiah, the Promised One, who came to free us from our sin
And clothe us in His righteousness, and transform our hearts within
He took on flesh so willingly, and willingly laid down His life for you and me
So that those who’d place their trust in Him would be forgiven and set free
Jesus bore the full wrath of God for all our sin, though Pilate fought for His release
So the barrier of sin would be removed, and with God, His Father, we’d then have
perfect peace
A peace beyond human comprehension, no matter what circumstances one may face
His strength made perfect in our weakness, and sufficient is His grace
A peace not based on mere emotion, but rooted in Christ and in His Word
For we stand on Christ, our firm foundation, unshaken by what we see or what we’ve
heard
We can have the calm assurance that God works all things together for our good
Even when we pray and trust, and things still don’t turn out as they should
Is your life in utter chaos, do you think He’s unaware…
Of all the pain you hold inside, do you believe He doesn’t care
Do you shake your fist at God, have you even convinced yourself He isn’t real
Have unspeakable tragedies severely affected how you see things, and how you feel
Cry out to God to know what’s true, turn from sin; find sweet release
You’ll receive His healing love and complete forgiveness, and you too can have…a
perfect peace

Copyright©2013 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.
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Scripture added by Mary K. Dalke on Photobucket 

 

YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN READING:

BEYOND THE MANGER TO THE CROSS (CHRISTMAS 2009)

FOR GOD SO LOVED HE GAVE (CHRISTMAS 2010)

LOOKING BACK (NEW YEARS EVE 2010)

CHRISTMAS — HOLDING ON TO HOPE (CHRISTMAS 2011)

LET’S NOT FORGET THAT JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON  (CHRISTMAS 2012)

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PART 1

What happens when you’ve been raised in the Catholic church that teaches it alone is “the one true Church,” and yet one day when your life begins to crumble all around you, you are given a Catholic New Testament Bible from the most unlikely person, and as you begin to read it you find that all you’ve ever been taught and strongly believed to be true begins to completely unravel because of what you find?  You come to the point of having a crisis of faith; you find yourself facing a collision between truth and error.  But what is the truth? 

Here’s my story from the beginning, focusing on the most important points, but also adding some background details to give a more complete picture of what I will share.  The portions of my testimony that I will come back to in order to share some important information with you from the teachings of the Catholic church, Vatican ll, and most importantly, God’s Word, I will highlight in purple, and place a number by, and will then add the corresponding number to the revealing information from Catholic sources and Scripture that I will add later on a completely different post to make it less confusing, in order to not only document what I say, but also to reveal truth to you about the particular things that I will share with you.  

CHILDLIKE FAITH, YET FILLED WITH FEAR

When I was a child, I always had a deep love for Jesus.  Looking back now, I know it was only because God had been drawing me to Himself.  (John 6:44)  In many of the pictures that my parents took of me, you would find me with my hands folded in prayer and a big smile on my face.  The day I made my ‘First Holy Communion,’ I remember walking down the aisle in my white lace ruffled dress with excitement in my heart, because, after all, I would finally be (1)‘receiving Jesus’ through receiving the communion wafer’ that would be placed upon my tongue.

Even though I had a deep love for Jesus, I also had an intense fear of death.  Maybe it was due to the fact that one of the nuns in either first or second grade who was my teacher at the time, had for some reason told me that the stars would one day fall from the sky at the end of the world.  That, plus the fact that during our preparation for making our ‘First Holy Communion’ we were taught about a place called (2)‘purgatory,’ which we were told is ‘a place of temporary punishment where a person goes who dies in the ‘state of grace‘ to burn in fire to be ‘purged’ from (3)venial sins’ or ‘for those who have not (4) ‘fully paid the satisfaction due for sins.‘ For many years I would lie awake at night for hours, with paralyzing and fearful thoughts about death running through my mind.  Many a night as I laid there, I would try to calm my fears by praying the ‘rosary’ using the one I had with beads that would glow in the dark for a while after holding it up to a light for a minute.  As I grew a little older, these fears were not as overwhelming as they once were, but they were still there, nonetheless.

When I was in the 5th grade, a man approached my dad and asked him if he would consider selling our apartment building.  We lived between the church rectory(where all the priests lived) and the convent (where the nuns lived), so my dad told him he would sell it to the church before he would ever sell it to anyone else.  Well, around two months later, my dad received (5) a letter from the church stating that the church wanted our property, as well as the other two apartments on each side of us to build a new school.  It obviously was a setup when that man came to our home that day to talk to my dad.  We were given around nine months to be out of our apartment.  When our time was up, we still had some of our belongings inside, but we were forced to leave.  I remember as a child standing there with my family and watching our home being demolished right before our eyes.  I remember seeing our bathtub as the wrecking ball went crashing through our wall.  In a strange way it was rather exciting for a child to watch, but it was devastating for my mom who was also pregnant with my brother at the time.  We did not leave willingly, and the church did not pay us near the amount of money that our building was worth.

So on we moved to the next apartment building where I began sixth grade at another Catholic school which I would walk six blocks to get to every morning.  We also had to attend (6)‘Mass’ every morning before school began, which was something I didn’t have to do at the last school I attended. In seventh grade I made my (7)‘Confirmation’ and, ‘received the Holy Spirit’ as the Catholic bishop gave each of us a slap on the cheek, signifying that we were now soldiers of Jesus and reminding us to be brave in sharing and defending our faith.

After I graduated eighth grade we moved to our first house.  We were now a family of eight and needed more room.  I attended an all girls Catholic High School, but did not have to go to Mass every morning, but did continue to attend Mass every Sunday with my family. 

In the spring of my third year in High School, I met a young man who was almost four years older than I was.  To make a long story short, we dated over the next 2 years, and right before my senior prom, he gave me an engagement ring.  We set a date to be married for the following year, which was the day after my 19th birthday. 

Even though I was very young, I really thought he loved me.  However, one month before we were to be married, he came and confessed something to me that he had just done that was devastating to me.  By that time I had already purchased my wedding dress, and we had reserved the hall with a down payment and received many gifts from the bridal shower that my family had planned for me, so I felt there was no way I could call off the wedding now.  Because he had been crying when he confessed what he had done, I thought he was really sorry, so I chose to forgive him. 

He had a very hard childhood: His mom died when he was 16, he had an abusive father who later abandoned him and his family, taking the two youngest boys with him and leaving him and his six other brothers and sisters to be raised by his grandmother.  Being aware of all he had been through, I tried to show him that I loved him enough to forgive him and to be there for him to prove my love for him when others in his life had failed to show him love and commitment.  Sadly though, the very night we were married and when we were still at the reception hall, I knew by the way he was acting towards me that he didn’t really love me.

DARKNESS AND DESPAIR

When we were dating, he seemed to always know when I was upset about something, and he would talk lovingly to me and wouldn’t let me get out of his car and go into my family home until I opened up to him and shared what was on my mind that was troubling me.  Because of that, I thought we would continue to have a deep and personal relationship throughout our marriage when it came to our communication.  However, once we were married things instantly changed.  He became harsh and verbally abusive towards me, and I began to shut down inside.  One day within a few weeks after we were married, I tried to put my arm around him, but he said to me,  “Stop hanging on me!  You don’t own me!”  From that moment on, I was paralyzed with fear of him.  Was he always like that, and this was the first time that I became aware of who he really was?  

Within a few short years, our marriage was crumbling.  In spite of all I had tried to do to get my husband’s attention, and to lovingly try to talk to him about wanting to have some time that we could spend together, he ignored me and continued on in his pursuit to live mainly for himself.  Yes, there were times when he would plan vacations, and we went to Florida, Canada, New York, and a few other places over the 12 years we were married, but even then he would leave me in the hotel room and go off on his own for a few hours each day.  He was a good provider, but he never put any effort into our personal relationship after we were married.

During spring and summer he played on a softball team at least four days a week, and in the fall and winter he played and watched football on weekends, as well as go to hockey games with his friends.  During the week he was also on a  bowling league with some people he worked with.  I was at a point where I did all I knew to do and say to try and make my husband realize that I loved him and just wanted to have some time with him.  I never nagged him.  Instead, I tried to show him I loved him by allowing him to go out with his friends to his games, etc.  But one day I gathered up the courage to express my thoughts to him in an attempt to make him realize that I cared enough about him and our marriage to no longer hold in how I was feeling.  However, when he simply brushed off what I had calmly shared what had been in my heart to say to him, and when he just made a statement that was sarcastic and turned what were valid concerns into a joke, I crumbled inside and withdrew into a deep depression. I had tried all that was humanly possible to try and make my marriage work.  From nice home cooked meals, to dressing in a way that I thought would appeal to him.  But when he had free time, for the most part all he wanted to do was to be out with his friends.  The thought that came to me at this point was, if my own husband didn’t love me, then I must not be worthy of being loved.  The hair I once loved to wash and style, (because I always wanted to be a beautician) I now just bound up and would then tie different decorative scarfs around my head each day for most of the week.  I got that idea from how my friend from France (who lived across the street from me) frequently wore her hair.   The sorrow and despair I now felt inside reflected on my face either as a blank stare or a frown, and my home began to reflect the chaos I felt inside, with things strewn around everywhere, because I had finally come to the point where I had no sense of hope left whatsoever. 

It was at this time of darkness and despair that I started to seriously seek God through my Catholic faith.  I went back to (8) confession after it had been many years since going last.  (This confessional experience was something I never thought of as being significant to be part of my testimony, but because of the many scandals that are coming to light concerning the sexual abuses committed by  Catholic priests, as well as the videos I have seen on YouTube concerning what some priests are told to say to the people who are ‘confessing their sins’ to them, I thought sharing this may help confirm someone’s valid concerns who may have gone through, or who are presently going through something similar –or much worse –and may now find themselves reading this).  I started out as we were taught, by saying,  “Bless me (9) father for I have sinned.  It has been (amount of time in days, weeks, months, etc.) since my last confession.”  (It had been a number of years since my last confession, so that showed the extent and the depth of how serious I really was about seeking to draw closer to God!)  I then continued to ‘examine  my conscience’ and ‘confess to him the amount of times I had lied, etc.’  When I thought I had exhausted the list of sins I had committed over those many years, the priest then asked me this direct question: “Do you practice birth control?”  I hesitated to respond to him, but since we were taught that (10) the priest sits in the place of God,  I said,  “Yes.”  (I used contraceptive foam, which still allowed a chance for a woman to become pregnant; I didn’t want to take ‘the pill’).  He replied with,  “Aren’t you going to confess that?”  I said,  “I didn’t think it was a sin.”  He replied by telling me of the teachings of the Catholic church on this issue and told me that if I did not choose to agree with using the ‘rhythm method,’ which was the only method approved by the pope and the Catholic church, then (11) he was not going to forgive me of my sins.  Then he followed what he said with this:  “How many times a week do you perform this lustful act?!”  I was shocked by what he said, and how he said it!  Tears began to silently stream down my face, and in my mind I said,  “But I’m married!”  He made me feel dirty, just as if I was a prostitute!  All because of this act that I believed to be an expression of deep intimate love between a husband and his wife!  Reluctantly, I proceeded to tell him the amount of times, and when he made me agree to use the ‘rhythm method,’  as the only means of birth control, he gave me this as my (12)’penance,’ by saying, “For your penance you will say ten ‘Our Fathers’ and ten ‘Hail Mary’s.’  Then he proceeded to grant me forgiveness by praying the ‘prayer of absolution.’

As I left the confessional booth, I was both physically and emotionally shaken by all that had just occurred.   The tears continued to stream silently down my face as I walked to one of the wooden  pews and kneeled down on the padded kneeler bench to say my many prayers as my ‘penance’ for my sins in order to receive God’s forgiveness.  In my desire to connect with God through my Catholic faith, I did not feel any closer to God.  Instead I felt dirty, and even more in despair than I had been before!

THE LIGHT THAT EXPOSED THE DARKNESS – JOY UNSPEAKABLE

Things continued to be very difficult at home.  I was still very depressed and discouraged, but ‘divorce’ never entered my mind as an option. It was around this time that my ‘husband’ brought home a little Catholic New Testament Bible that was destined for the trash, and he gave it to me.  He would also bring me home many magazines for the same reason, but the Bible was something I wanted. When we would go on vacation, I would always read the Bibles that were placed on the night stands next to the beds in the hotel rooms after my ‘husband’ had fallen asleep, because I was seeking God and hope, (even though it was actually God who was seeking me). But this was the first time I actually had one of my very own!  It was ‘The Word Of God New Testament Sacred Heart League 1971 edition.’   (Unfortunately I gave it to a woman who was a part of my Bible study many years ago whose mother-in-law was Catholic and was close to death, because I wanted her to discover the truth in God’s Word before she died, so unfortunately I can’t quote from that version. I am searching to find a copy to purchase so I will then be able to, but still have the cover that fell off because of how much I read it, which was how I was able to share the title of  it with you). As I eagerly read through it, God began to open my eyes to see things that made my heart leap with joy, but at the same time these verses began to rip at the very foundation of the Catholic religion that I believed to be the only religion that had the truth! I would read verses such as:

“Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.  However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sins the Lord will never count against him.” (Romans 4:4-8) (NIV)

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)  (NIV)

**UPDATE 4-3-14** I NOW HAVE AN EXACT COPY OF THE ORIGINAL CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT THAT I READ BACK IN 1980 (YAAY!!) AND I WILL POST HOW IT READS IN THAT BIBLE BELOW:

“A man who works is paid; his wages are not regarded as a gift, but as something he has earned.  But the man who has faith, not works, who believes in the God who declares the guilty to be innocent, it is his faith that God takes into account in order to put him right with Himself.”  This is what David meant when he spoke of the happiness of the man whom God accepts as righteous apart from any works:  “Happy are those whose wrongs God has forgiven, whose sins he has covered over!  Happy is the man whose sins the Lord will not keep account of!”  (Romans 4:4-8)

“I will have mercy on their transgressions and will no longer remember their sins.” (Hebrews 8:12)

Both Scriptures take from: ‘The Word of God THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR IN TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION SACRED HEART LEAGUE EDITION’ Published April 15, 1971 Signed and sealed by Bishop Joseph B. Brunini, Diocese of Jackson Mississippi

For the first time, joy unspeakable began to rise within my heart!  But at the same time, confusion began to fill my mind.  What I was reading sounded too good to be true!  Could it be possible that Jesus paid for my sins in full when He died on the cross?  If so, then why is there ‘purgatory?’  I wanted desperately to believe these things that I was reading were true, but if the Catholic church is the ‘one true Church‘ as we as Catholics are taught, then how could this be??  In my desperation to know the truth, I cried out to God from my heart and said, 

“God, if Your Word says that You not only forgive sins but forget them, then why do I have to burn purgatory for sins You say You not only forgive, but also forget?” 

I wasn’t expecting an answer, and I didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my mind I strongly heard these words:

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

[At this point I want to stop and make myself perfectly clear …Please know that I am not condoning or encouraging the practice of seeking God so He will ‘speak to you‘ as many so-called Christian leaders are doing today.  God speaks to us through His Word.  It is a very rare occurrence for God to ‘speak’ in these ways, and when He does, we are to always remember that any thoughts that may come to us must always line up with His Word and never contradict it.  Also, God does not give new revelations outside of His written Word, as many say today, as well. With that being said, I will now  continue]:

When those words came to my mind, I knew it was God, because up to that point I was still in complete confusion, and was not capable to even think that! Joy flooded my heart, and in an instant I chose to believe all that was in His Word.  God began to convict me of sin, and expose many of the Catholic teachings that I believed to be true. Slowly I began to realize that these things were simply the traditions of men that blind people to the truth of the gospel that sets men free.

TESTING WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES

AGAINST THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD

When God opened my eyes to see the joyous and amazing truth that Jesus paid for my sins in full, I was filled with joy,  peace, and a deep love and appreciation for Jesus and what He had clearly accomplished for me when He died in my place for all of my sins! However, I still found myself being very confused. As I mentioned before, as a Catholic I was taught that ‘the Catholic church is the ‘one true Church.’  So the thought of leaving and not going back caused me to strongly hesitate to leave completely.  If all that I was taught as a Catholic was true, then that would mean that if I left the ‘one true Church,‘ I would then certainly find myself in hell for eternity when I would die!

Even though I was set free from sin and the guilt and shame of my sin, and my heart and mind were filled with joy and peace, there was still a strong tie that held me to the Catholic church and I could not yet leave completely. I would go to my Catholic church on Saturday evening, and then I would attend the Assembly of God church that I was invited to on Sundays. As I began to hunger to know God’s Word, the truth became more clear to me with each page of the Bible that I read.

Right around this time, I was reunited with some friends from school, and one of my friends was now a Christian.  She gave me some information that started me on my quest to dig deeply for answers concerning what the Catholic church teaches, which I wanted to then test against God’s Word.  As I mentioned in some of my previous posts, ‘I am a detective at heart,’ and now I see that God put that within me for maybe this very reason: To start me on the road to become a Berean (Acts 17:11) so I would never again be deceived by the teachings of men! It was also my way of finding out the truth once and for all, so I could be free!

One of the first things I received which opened my eyes completely concerning what the Catholic church actually teaches, was an excellent series of tracts called, ‘THE  CATHOLIC CHRONICLES,’ written by the late Keith Green, a Christian singer who sadly died in a plane crash on July 28th, 1982, and I have posted the link to it below:

TO READ, CLICK HERE THE CATHOLIC CHRONICLES

When I was reading about the ‘Sacrifice of the Mass,’ and read — and remembered — how the priest calls Jesus a ‘victim’ at the ‘Consecration’ part of the mass, when, in fact, Jesus willingly gave His life for us when He died on the cross, (John 10:18) this began to clearly open my eyes and sever the tie that held me in bondage to the Catholic church. 

From Keith Green’s, Catholic Chronicles ‘The Sacrifice of the Mass What Does It Mean?’

“The sacrifice of the Mass is the same sacrifice of the cross, for there is the same priest, the same victim, and the same offering.”  (1)

And in the words of Pope Pius IV…

I profess likewise that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory (2) sacrifice for the living and the dead.”  (From the fifth article of the creed of Pope Pius IV.)  That is the incredible truth!  The Roman Catholic Church believes and teaches that in every Mass, in every church, throughout the world (estimated at up to 200,000 Masses a day) that Jesus Christ is being offered up again, physically, as a sacrifice for sin (benefiting not only those alive, but the dead (3) as well!)  Every Roman Mass is a re-creation of Jesus’ death for the sins of the world.  Not a symbolic RE-CREATION – but a literal, actual offering of the flesh and blood of the Lord to make daily atonement for all the sins that have been daily committed since Jesus was crucified almost 2,000 years ago. (4)  That’s why the bread and  wine must become physically Jesus’ body and blood, so that they can be once again offered for sin:  “The Holy Eucharist is the perpetual continuation of this act of sacrifice and surrender of our Lord.  When the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, Christ again presents Himself in His act of total surrender to the Father in death.”  (5)  He offers Himself continually to the Father, in the same eternal act of offering that began on the cross and will NEVER CEASE.”  (6)  The Mass is identical to Calvary – it is a sacrifice for sin – it must be perpetuated to take away sin.”  (7)

Footnotes:

1] The Roman Catholic Sacrifice of the Mass, by Bartholomew F. Brewer, Ph.D.

2] Propitiatory – conciliatory, to soothe the anger of, to win or regain the goodwill of, to appease, placate or make friendly, to reconcile – Webster’s New World Dictionary and Harper’s Bible Dictionary.

3] “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment.”  (Hebrews 9:27).

4] The Catholic Home Instruction Book #3, p.90.

5] The Spirit of Jesus pp. 89-90, Imprimatur: John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, Archbishop of St. Louis

6] Sons of God in Christ Book 4, p.117

7] For Them Also, pp.289-299

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**UPDATE**  THIS PORTION ADDED4-3-14**(THIS PORTION UPDATED 4-4-14)

SOME OF THE MANY SCRIPTURES THAT I READ IN MY LITTLE CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE THAT GOD USED TO REVEAL HIS TRUTH TO ME CONCERNING THE ‘SACRIFICE OF THE MASS’

My choice to read the book of Hebrews as one of the first books of this little New Testament was something that clearly God was involved in!  As I read it, He opened my eyes by the truth of His Word and I moved from being overjoyed by those truths to deeply grieved within minutes!  Here are some of the verses I read:

“But Jesus became a priest by means of a vow, when God said to Him, “The Lord has made a vow, and will not change His mind: ‘You will be a priest forever.’  ”  This difference then, makes Jesus the guarantee also of a better covenant. There is another difference:  those other priests were many because they died and could not continue their work. But Jesus lives on forever, and His work as priest does not pass on to someone else. And so He is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through Him, because He lives forever to plead with God for them. Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs.  He is holy; He has no fault or sin in Him; He has been set apart from sinful men and raised above the heavens. He is not like other high priests; He does not need to offer sacrifices every day, for his own sins first, and then for the sins of the people. He offered one sacrifice, once for all, when He offered Himself.” (Hebrews 7:21-27) 

“But Christ has already come as the High Priest of the good things that are already here.  The tent in which He serves is greater and more perfect; it is not made by men, that is, it is not a part of this created world.  When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, He did not take the blood of goats and calves to offer as sacrifice; rather He took His own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of the burnt calf are sprinkled on the people who are ritually unclean, and make them clean by taking away their ritual impurity.  Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ!  Through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will make our consciences clean from useless works, so that we may serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:11-14) 

“Indeed, according to the law, almost everything is made clean by blood; and sins are forgiven only if blood is poured out.  These things which are copies of the heavenly originals, had to be made clean in this way. But the heavenly things themselves require much better sacrifices. For Christ did not go into a holy place made by men, a copy of the real one.  He went into heaven itself, where He now appears on our behalf in the presence of God. The Jewish High Priest goes into the Holy Place every year with the blood of an animal. But Christ did not go in to offer Himself many times; for then He would have had to suffer many times ever since the creation of the world. Instead He has now appeared once and for all, when all ages of time are nearing the end, to remove sin through the sacrifice of Himself. Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God.  In the same manner Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the sins of many.  He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:22-28 

“Every *Jewish priest stands and performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times.  But these sacrifices can never take away sins.  Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is good forever, and then sat down at the right side of God.  There He now waits until God puts His enemies as a footstool under His feet.  With one sacrifice, then, He has made perfect forever those who are clean from sin.  And the Holy Spirit also gives us His witness.  First He says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them in the days to come, says the Lord:  I will put My law in their hearts, and write them on their minds.” And then He says,  “I will not remember their sins and wicked deeds any longer.”  So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed.  We have, then, brothers, complete freedom to go into the Most Holy Place by means of the death of Jesus. He opened for us a new way, a living way, through the curtain–that is, through His own body.  We have a great priest in charge of the house of God. Let us come near to God, then, with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been made clean from a guilty conscience, and bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep His promise.”  (Hebrews 10:11-23)  *NOTE: As I was writing this, the word “Jewish” in verse 11 grabbed my attention.  I then checked all the other translations on the ‘Bible Hub’ website and what I found confirmed  what I was thinking…the word “Jewish” (priest) is not in any other translation, and I find this rather concerning!  Even though by reading the Scriptures I posted above in context it is definitely clear to see that these verses are speaking about Jewish priests, to add the word ‘Jewish’ without putting it in italics, as other translators of the Bible do in order to let the reader know that word is not in the original documents, seems to indicate that those who wrote this particular translation intentionally added the word  “Jewish” to take away the possibility of a Catholic seeing the truth –that the sacrifices the Catholic priests (as well as the Jewish priests) offer cannot take away sins; the truth that God’s Word clearly reveals, because Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient!  If you’d like, you can click HERE and see all the other translations for yourself.

When I first read those Scriptures in Hebrews in that little Catholic New Testament, I became overjoyed because I saw the truth of the glorious news that Jesus did take the full wrath that God intended for me because of my sins upon Himself, and that He paid the debt for my sins in full, but then I became deeply grieved and horrified when God revealed the truth to me through His Word and made me realize that the ‘Sacrifice of the Mass’ was and is blasphemous, because it is saying that Jesus’ ‘once and for all‘ death on the cross was not sufficient to pay for our sins in full!

 

If you’d like to listen to the rest of this on William Webster’s website, you can click here, and you can also listen to more information he shares in the following video…

RICHARD BENNETT, FORMER DOMINICAN CATHOLIC PRIEST OF 22 YEARS

If you’d like to search for more information on former Catholic priest, Richard Bennett’s website, you can click >here.

MIKE GENDRON, FORMER CATHOLIC WHO LOVINGLY SHARES THE GOSPEL WITH CATHOLICS:

If you’d like to find more information on Mike Gendron’s website, you can click >here.

CECIL ANDREWS FROM TAKE HEED MINISTRIES

If you’d like to find more information on Cecil Andrews’ website, Take Heed Ministries, click >here

VIDEO CONTAINING MANY TESTIMONIES OF FORMER PRIESTS AND NUNS

TO BE CONTINUED — END OF PART 1 OF MY TESTIMONY

MUCH MORE TO COME (LORD WILLING) BY THE END OF JUNE, **(**UPDATE** BECAUSE OF ALL THE INFORMATION I AM ADDING TO PART 2, I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT IT WON’T BE COMPLETED UNTIL SOME TIME IN JULY OR AUGUST.  PLEASE CONSIDER CHECKING BACK FROM TIME TO TIME.  I AM HOPING YOU WILL SEE THAT THE INFORMATION I WILL BE SHARING WITH YOU WAS WELL WORTH YOUR WAIT)** COMPLETE WITH TEACHINGS FROM VATICAN ll, THE COUNCIL OF TRENT, AND THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND COMPARING THEM TO SCRIPTURES.

The reason I am sharing my testimony is because it is the desire of my heart to share the truth of the gospel out of love for Catholics, wanting them to come to the knowledge of the truth.  And that is that Jesus paid their/your debt to sin in full and that they/you can know for sure that when their/your life comes to an end, they/you can be in heaven, not because of any good thing they/you can do, but because of what Jesus Christ has already done. 

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 Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

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INTRODUCTION (UPDATED APRIL 22, 2012)

On the morning of April 11th 2012 as I turned on my computer, the news headlines grabbed my attention: ‘8.6 Indonesia Earthquake; Tsunami Warning Issued.’  I went on YouTube to find out more information and found the above video.  As I saw the people with fear written on their faces, it made me realize the hopelessness these people must have, because few to none of the Indonesian people are Christians –according to this information at Wikipedia – and therefore they had no hope or peace in the midst of this fearful situation. 

Knowing God was still in control, and remembering the horror and devistation I saw as I watched some of the videos from the Tsunami that took place in Japan on March 11, 2011, I began to pray for the Indonesian people asking God to spare them from experiencing the horrors of what the Japanese people went through last year, and that God would draw these people to Himself and use this somehow for His glory in the hopes of many coming to know Christ .

Then I began to think about the many circumstances in life that we all go through when life seems to be going well, and then all of a sudden it’s as if our whole world completely falls apart: the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, the betrayal of a spouse, giving birth to a ‘still-born’ child, etc.  Without Christ as our solid foundation in life, and His Word, the Bible, to bring us truth, hope, strength, and comfort at times like this, life looks bleak and meaningless.

It’s situations like these that can bring us to our knees.  Unexpected tragedies destroy the false idea that we are in control of our lives, and will either soften our heart towards God and make us see our need for Him, or they can cause us to harden our heart and turn away from Him.  How will you respond when you come face to face with tragedy?  I pray you will choose to draw close to Him and turn from any sin that has separated you from a Holy God. 

And for those of you who still believe that ‘we can ‘earn’ our way into heaven by our ‘good works,’ – as I once believed – I pray you will no longer place your trust in your sincere and hard efforts in the hope of being accepted by God, but that you will come to realize you are a lost and wretched sinner in need of a Savior – as we all are – and that you will place your trust in Christ who has paid your debt to sin in full so that you can have a personal relationship with the Living God.  The hard times you may now be facing could possibly be God’s way of turning your eyes heavenward so that you might see that the earthly things and people you have placed your trust in are failing you, and that the things you are turning to in order to find satisfaction are not filling the void in your life, but rather they are destroying your life  instead.

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

“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 all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.”  (Romans 3:23-25)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  (Proverbs 14:12)

“The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10)

Even when we have placed our trust in Christ as our Savior from sin, and continue to turn from sin to show our commitment to Him, we will still face trials and circumstances that will attempt to overwhelm us and cause us to lose hope and even our faith in Him; a marriage that ends in divorce in spite of many prayers and an unwavering faith, prodigal children, sickness…the list could go on and on.

As the thoughts for this poem began to come together, the verse concerning ‘Biblical truth being rejected and many people falling into deception’ came to mind because of the fact that many of us who are Christians are seeing that shocking reality taking place right before our eyes.  This truth constantly weighs heavily on my mind and heart and I pray and continue to observe the many pastors and ministries drifting from solid Biblical truth and openly embracing heretical pastors and their teachings.  

Besides desiring to give praise to God through the poems I write, standing for Biblical truth and having the desire to expose the spiritual deception I see entering the church more and more today  is why some of my poems include, or are centered on, those topics.  I urge you to test all that you hear and read against the truth of God’s Word so that you will not be led into deception!  Please do not think so highly of your pastor that you find yourself thinking – as I once did – that, “My pastor would never drift from solid Biblical truth!”  Keep Jesus as your main focus, and be like the Bereans… “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  (Acts 17:11)  If Paul spoke under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and his message was tested against Scripture, how much more should we ‘examine the Scriptures every day to see if what is being said – by our pastor or other Christian leaders – is true!’  

In closing, I would just like to say that, no matter what you may face in life…no matter how overwhelming and heart-breaking the circumstances in your life may be, believe that He is still in control, and run to Him and trust in Him with your whole heart.  You will find refuge in Him, wisdom and comfort in His Word, and peace beyond all human understanding as you pray and surrender all your concerns to Him. 

God bless you, and thank you very much for taking time to stop by to read my poems.

 SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON (MORE COMING SOON)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  (1 Peter 1:3-7)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5)

“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  (Psalm 9:10)

YOU ARE STILL SOVEREIGN

You are still Sovereign when tragedy hits,

You are still Sovereign when the seas roar and the earth splits,

When a husband leaves his faithful wife,

When a child is ‘born’ with no signs of life,

Our hope may be shattered, many tears may fall,

But You are still Sovereign over all,

You are still Sovereign when our dreams fall apart,

You are still Sovereign when we’re left alone with a broken heart,

When a loved one may die,

When we can’t understand why,

When Biblical truth is rejected, and into deception many fall,

You are still Sovereign over all,

Your ways are always higher, nothing escapes Your watchful eye,

Your will is that none would perish; that in repentance to You we would cry,

Heartbreak may be Your merciful way to bring us to our knees,

That we might come to You in full surrender, instead of living just as we please,

In the presence of a Holy God, none can come to dwell,

Unless we repent and are found clothed in the righteousness of Christ,

 we will find ourselves eternally in hell,

Tragedies have a way of turning our eyes from the captivating,

 but worthless things in life,

That we might seek You in the midst of chaos and pain, and find truth and peace

 in place of strife,

Sadly, some will choose to become bitter and harden their hearts even more

 towards You, our God who is faithful and true,

But we must rest in the fact that You are still Sovereign, and choose always

 to place our trust fully in You.

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INTRODUCTION

At the end of May I started to reflect upon  my life, and the things I have done in my past before I became a Christian that fill me with regret and are a continual reminder to me that I am a sinner saved by grace,  even though I know God has forgiven and changed me.  I was so moved with gratitude at the thought of how God decided to choose me, when I see so many other people He has not yet chosen to reveal Himself to.  The title of this poem sums up the overwhelming feelings I had, as the thoughts for this poem came together.  More to come when time allows…

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  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.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:15,16)

“Or do you show contempt for the richness of His kindness , tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance?  But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgement will be revealed.  God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew then to the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew then for the Gentile.  For God does not show favoritism.”  (Romans 2:4-11)

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit, have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive 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 through His Spirit, who lives in you.  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry,  “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”            (Romans 7:14-8:17)

“The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit–a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.” (Isaiah 54:6)

“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)

“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)

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)

“This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”  declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23)

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified in me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

SO UNDESERVING… SO GRATEFUL

What was it that You saw in me

That made You choose to set me free

So undeserving of the love You showed

So unable to pay the debt to sin I owed

No strength to stand against temptation

Always feeling the weight of condemnation

Attempting to do good to earn Your approval

Always failing in my attempt to find guilt’s removal

Bound by fear that caused me to lie

Creating false reasons to escape rejection, I did try

Using sinful humor to find acceptance and a friend

Sinking deeper into guilt, seeking pleasures without end

It was not because of a righteousness I had of my own

It was not because of the kindness to others I had shown

If it was because of my weakness, then for that I give You praise

My heart cries out in thankfulness, my voice in thanks I raise

If it was because I was unloved and rejected, then it was worth the pain

To now know Your love and acceptance, Your forgiveness and joy was mine to gain

If it was just because of Your grace, that You chose to save a wretch like me

Then I will boast in Christ alone, who has the power to set us free

I will never forget that glorious day

When I was reading Your Word, and in my mind You did say

Those amazing words that set me free

From sin and fear, when Your truth I did see

You gave me courage to face my fears

Hope and trust to stop many of my tears

Strength in the areas where I find myself weak

Wisdom, when Your truth to the lost I do speak

Grace to make me desire to be pleasing in your sight

Peace when I focus on Your power and Your might

Men’s words and ‘religions’ are just traps and a snare

They keep us in bondage, when Your truth is not known to share

Your mercy extended, Christ’s blood now covers me

So grateful to You I will always be

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved. 

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