Monday, December 24, 2012
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God: his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light: he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who belived in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dewlling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:1-14 NIV
"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" which means, God with us."
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus." Matthew 1:18-25 NIV
I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up all who are reading this today, this Christmas Eve. I pray that those who know Your name, but don't really knbow You. I pray for their salvation. I pray they will come to know You and have a personal relationship with You. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"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 everything, 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 4:4-7 NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him." Romans 4:7-8 NIV. In Jesus' name amen.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I called this painting "Grace". Since this is a painting of ballet dancers "Grace" would naturally be a fitting name. Not for the reason you may think. Yes, the ballet dancers are graceful, but more important is the Grace of God through Jesus because when I fall He is there to catch me, save me and deliver me. I am really grateful to Jesus for the gift of salvation.
"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 NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up my friends, family and all of you out there in cyberspace who read these words. I pray that you all will accept and appreciate the gift of God's grace and that the Lord will open the eyes of those who do not believe. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
"Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." Titus 2:6-8 NIV
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for all the children in school now. Please protect their hearts and minds from the enemy. Please guide and give courage to their parents to stand up for You and for what is right according to Your Word--the Bible. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I wish everyone in the whole wide world know the Jesus of the Bible. I wish everyone could be free in Jesus! The reality is that many do not know the Jesus of the Bible. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am an ex-Mormon. For those who are new to my blog I have written in older posts about how I got into Mormonism and how I got out. Anyway with that said...Way back in my youth (33 years ago) when I was a Mormon I thought I had it all together. I was engaged to a good Mormon guy and I was planning my wedding. I did not understand spiritual blindness back then. Then one night while doing dishes with my mom she said this to me, "Jesus didn't come for the "perfect" people, He came for everyone. Your dad and I won't be able to see you get married in the Mormon temple because they keep "unperfect" people out." The Lord used this one sentence to open my eyes and the spiritual blindness that had gripped me went away. This Bible verse came to my mind, "On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:12-13, NIV. We all fall short of the Glory of God and we all are sinners in need of a savior. Unfortunately, the world has many false saviors, but the truth is there is only ONE Savior and you will only find Him in the Bible. For some reason that message is offensive to many people. I think it bothers them so much because they don't like to think of themselves as sinners. Some do not even acknowledge or accept that there is sin in the world. This battle that born-again Christians face is a spiritual battle, "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, NIV. So spiritual blindness is part of the world and speaking words from the Bible and prayer is the only way to break the chains of spiritual blindness. For many in the grips of a false religion they don't believe the Bible is really the only book that speaks the truth. So for those deep in confusion we need to pray that the Lord will break through and open their eyes. When I was a Mormon I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon along with the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. I was taught that the Bible is only accurate in as far as it is correctly translated. How convienent that Satan would put forth this lie to keep people in the dark and not trust God's Word--The Bible. The man that I was engaged to way back in 1979 has since died. I saw his obituary online and was sad to see he died still in the darkness of Mormonism. I wish that were not so, but sadly it is. I have been praying for his children and the wife he left behind for their salvation.
Please join me in praying for the salvation of all those lost in darkness. I know this is a general prayer, but we worship a BIG GOD who is MIGHTY TO SAVE, JESUS CONQUERED THE GRAVE! (thanks Laura Story for that wonderful praise song!) I will be eternally grateful for the grace of God in protecting me and saving me. "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:27-30, NIV. I know the world and media will say that Mormonism is just another Christian denomination, but this is NOT TRUE. The Mormons have changed who God is and their version of god does not match up with the God of the Bible. They can't see this because they don't trust the Bible, but that is part of spiritual blindness. So in saying that let me leave you with this verse:
"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!" Galations 1:6-9, NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus I pray for Your Mighty Hand to protect us from the enemy and his lies. I pray that Your wisdom and favor will be upon Your people and I pray for those lost in darkness that the truth found in the Jesus of the Bible will touch their hearts and start them on a journey toward You and Your grace and the gift of salvation. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, August 3, 2012
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, the eplieptics and the paralytics, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him."
Matthew 4:23-25, NIV
""When Jesus came into Peter's house he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
"He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases". Matthew 8:14-17, NIV
"Surely he took up our infirmities and carried or sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:4-6, NIV
"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the LORD. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the LORD will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:13-16, NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for healing us from disease, pain and broken hearts. I pray for those who are reading this that they will turn to You, Jesus, and be healed from whatever is wrong. I pray they will have hope in You, Jesus, and not in things of this world or philosophies of this world for You are the ONLY ONE who can heal us. In Jesus' name, amen.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Bible is God's Word. If you want to get to know God then you need to read His Words found only in the Bible. Other books that claim to be God's Word written by people who believe they are "special" or modern-day "prophets" do not know God. They only know that God exists, but don't know Him. God clearly says that you cannot add to or take away from His Words and those who do this will be rebuked by Him. If they did know God they wouldn't have written those "other books" in the first place. My heart weeps for those people who are lost in spiritual darkness. Spiritual darkness is not a good place to be because it robs you of joy, freedom and peace. You can only find love with the God of the Bible. Anywhere else and you will find emptiness, bondage, anxiety, NO peace and frankly, hell. Heaven is real and so is hell. If you want to find what God's plan for your life is then you need to read His Bible and give Him your life. At some point in your life you will have to decide which road will you choose, the wide gate or the narrow gate. I choose the narrow gate.
These past few weeks at my church the pastor has been talking about Christ in the Old Testament. This has been a really good series and I have learned a whole lot. There are verses in the Bible that refer to "The Angel of the Lord" over 20 times in the Old Testament. Which person of the Trinity is The Angel of the Lord, or rather who is this? The Angel of the Lord is Jesus Chirst, the second person of the Trinity. The last time The Angel of the Lord is mentioned in the Bible is in the first chapter of Matthew (I have typed this out down below). After that Jesus is born and The Angel of the Lord was here on earth in person. So when people say that Jesus never talked about things in the Old Testament they are wrong for The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (One God, the Trinity) has always been with us and always will be with us. I would encourage you to go to the Northcreek Church's website and listen to this sermon. Here is the website: www.northcreek.org the title of the sermon is "The Pre-Life-of-Christ Life of Christ, Part 2 by Pastor Kent Dresdow.
"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar." Proverbs 30:5-6 NIV
"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." Revelation 22:18-19 NIV
"The Angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:7-8
"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Becasue Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
All this took place to fulfill what the LORD had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the LORD had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus." Matthew 1:18-25 NIV
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
John 10:27-30 NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for those who believe those "other books" that are not from You. I pray that You, Lord would open their eyes to see the truth found only in Your Word the Bible. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I always hear the word "pride" attached to so many things. People say they take "pride" in who they are or in their work or in their children. In thinking about this I decided to see what the Lord has to say about "pride". Turns out the Lord has a whole lot to say about it and these Bible verses are just the tip of the iceberg:
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)
"Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice." Proverbs 13:10 (NIV)
"To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech." Proverbs 8:13 (NIV)
"A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor." Proverbs 29:23 (NIV)
"In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God." Psalm 10:4 (NIV)
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9(NIV)
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for this broken, prideful world. I pray that we as a people would humble ourselves before You so You will heal us and save us. I pray for Your favor and that Your wisdom will be upon us. For salvation is only through Jesus. There is nothing we can do or accomplish that will save us. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
"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
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7:13-14
"Jesus answered, "It is written:'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only." Luke 4:8
"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters." Luke 11:23
"Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38
"He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." John 8:47
"On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Mark 2:17
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:27-30
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will." Romans 8:26-27
"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well: the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:13-16
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up those who are suffering and in pain. I pray that You Lord would strengthen their faith. I pray that You will give them hope as they see Your Mighty Hand move in their lives. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, April 16, 2012
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV)
Put your trust in the Jesus of the Bible, for He is the One we need, the One we are grateful to and for.
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up in Jesus everyone who is reading this. I pray that You, Lord will open their eyes to the truth of Your Word (Bible). I am grateful to Jesus for His grace and gift of salvation. I pray that this gift of God's grace will touch those hearts that are unsaved--that those who do not know Jesus will come to know Him and be saved. I pray for those that do not know that Jesus is the only One we need, and that gratitude goes to Him alone. I pray for joy, and peace in Jesus for your hearts and minds. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Jesus died on the cross for you and me. He is risen today! Happy Easter!
"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man is calling for Elijah!"
Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave it to Him to drink.
The rest said, "Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him."
Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His rescrrection, they went into the holy city and appeard to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feard greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.
Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.
On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how the deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.' "Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard. ( Matthew 27:45-66 NKJV)
"Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. "And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" And they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, "Tell them, 'His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.' "And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will appease him and make you secure." So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen." ( Matthew 28, NKJV)
I hope you all have a happy and blessed Easter!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NKJV
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you partake of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation." 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NKJV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up everyone who is reading this devotional who has turned away from You. I pray that You will soften their hearts and comfort them so that they may know how much You love them and want to help them. I pray that You will show them Your way to life and grace and peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, February 20, 2012
So here I am on Easter Sunday (April 15, 1979). I have to go to my Mormon ward because I was a Sunday school teacher for 3 year olds. When I walked into the Mormon ward (a ward is a church congregation) I said hi to all my friends and inside felt like crying. I sat through the service and noticed there was not a CROSS anywhere. I'm thinking it's Easter and there is no cross. Why? All they talked about during the Easter service was the exaultation of man and how they were going to be gods. Nothing was said about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Nothing was said about salvation. I wanted to cry. I come out of that service and see my maid of honor. She was a sweet girl and I always enjoyed talking to her. I asked my maid of honor, "What would you do if the prophet came to you and your husband and told him to take another wife?" She said that she would just welcome her as a sister wife in the Lord." I could hardly believe my ears and I said to her, "Oh, come on! How could you say that?" Then I walked away from her and again was close to tears. I walked into my Sunday school class with those adorable 3 year olds. One kid always wore this cute little sports jacket. I couldn't teach the lesson. All I did was show them pictures of Jesus and asked them who they thought He is. A few days later I called the bishop and told him to have someone come and pick up my Sunday school stuff because I have lost my testimony. I told him I no longer believe the Mormon Church is true. He was stunned and could hardly believe it. Then the harrassment starts. I was harrassed by constant phone calls (and in 1979 answering machines were not the norm). I was harrassed by Mormons coming to my home. They sent me letters. They seemed to be every where. I finally had to tell them to leave me alone or I would have my attorney tell them to leave me alone. Over time they quit bothering me, but it was a very stressful time.
A couple of months later I met my born-again Christian husband. I met him at a going away party for mutual friends. What I didn't know is that my mother had been praying for me to meet a great born-again Christian guy soon. That was really great. I married him in a Christian ceremony 32 years ago.
God never intended for people to engage in polygamy. He has said numerous times in the Bible that marriage is between one man and one woman. Here are some Scriptures where the Bible says it is so.
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man no separate." Matthew 19:4-6
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." Ephesians 5:31
"Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven." Mark 12:24-25 (We are not still married in heaven)
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. " Matthew 7:15-20
So both the Old and New Testaments state God's will for marriage. Polygamy is not part of that picture. Marriage is God's creation. People will try to change it and in so doing will go against God. Like the Bible says "watch out for false prophets".
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for those lost in Mormonism and those lost in other false religions. I pray that their hearts will be softened and that they will hear the Good News of Jesus and His saving grace for them. I pray that many will be saved. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It was 1979 and I was a young 23 year old woman planning my Mormon wedding. I had my dress, flowers, photographer, venue (Mormon temple), and reception planned. The only thing left was the invitations. We wanted invitations that had our picture on the front. For some reason we could never get a good picture of the two of us so that kept us from ordering our invitations. It was April of 1979, and my fiance, Mike, had come over to give me a birthday present from his parents. That present was my Mormon temple robes. When I opened up the box I saw white chiffon type material and then this big green apron. The big green apron is what made me shudder. It was dull green satin with green leaves stitched on it that were supposed to represent fig leaves. It looked crazy--the way the leaves were so wavy. It reminded me of a Van Gogh painting. Not to offend Van Gogh, but he did suffer from mental illness. Mike and I then left for my Mormon ward to go to the church service. I did not tell Mike what I thought of those temple clothes at that time. My parents then came home and my mom sees a box on the coffee table and opens it. Immediately the Holy Spirit convicts her heart and she knows the Mormon Church is not a born-again Christian Church. Funny how the Lord opens your eyes to the truth. Anyway, later that evening I was helping my mom dry the dishes and she had a funny look on her face. Upon pressing her as to why--she didn't want to say. When I asked her on the tenth time she said, "I opened up that box and saw those Mormon robes and I thought this is not a Christian church. This is a cult. Your father and I can't come into the Mormon temple to see you get married and that is not Christian. Christ didn't just come for the perfect people, He came for everyone." With that the blanket of darkness that had covered me was lifted and I said, "You're right!" My heart sank because I was engaged to be married. Now what do I do? To make a long story short and I have probably told this so many times, but after praying about whether I should marry Mike or not I knew I had to speak to him. So I called him up and said "I have lost my testimony". He took the train out to my house. We spoke at length and he didn't want to break up (at first). I told him that he was NOT going to be God. There is only ONE GOD and neither he nor myself would EVER be GOD. What followed was shocking. Mike sat there with his arm around me and said very coldly, "Karen, why don't you want to be a god?" I thought, what? Who are you? Mike, do I know you? During the eight months that I dated Mike I had no idea he really thought he was going to be a god. I said to Mike, "No, I do not want to be a god. God has a lot of responsibility and we can't be Him. He is the Great I AM. There is only ONE GOD and we are not it!" Mike showed me a Bible verse (1 Corinthians 8:4-6) "So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from who all things come and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live." Mike tried to convince me that this Bible verse meant that there is more than one God. That is not what it says. This Bible verse is talking about that there is only ONE God, but that people create idols (like money, movie stars, etc. anything that we put first instead of God). So people in a sinful world who love money would make that their "god". This Bible verse clearly says that there is only one God and we are only to worship the God found in the Bible. Once the Lord showed me the truth the false Mormon doctorine unraveled very quickly. No one will be a god and it is just arrogant and wrong to think otherwise. Here are some Bible verses that show there is only one God and how He saved us.
"Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one." Isaiah 44:8
"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 world. 1John 4:1
"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
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." Titus 3:5
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Romans 10:9-10
"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me." Isaiah 43:10
After the Lord showed me that Mormonism is wrong I still had to go to the Mormon church one last time, but that story will be saved for my next blog devotional.
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that You will show people reading this and people in the world the truth. The truth found in Your Word (Bible) sets us free and I pray that those lost in the darkness of Mormonism and other false religions will be set free from that darkness. I pray that people will not be deceived into thinking Mormonism is from God, but that Mormonism will be exposed for the false religion that it is. I pray for protection and I ask that Your favor and wisdom will be upon me and all those who seek You Lord Jesus. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
When I was a young woman around the age of 22 I was engaged to a Morman man. I remember going to my ward (in Mormon speak a ward is a church congregation) to go to a farewell service for a young woman going off on a Mormon mission. Now, this young woman wasn't very nice to me. I really don't know why, but I do remember feeling uncomfortable around her. Nevertheless, I was required to attend this farewell service. There were a number of people who went up to the podium to speak about her and how many things she has done for the Mormon Church and the ward. As I listened to the guests speak about her I remember I started to feel tired and weary. At that moment it dawned on me how "works" oriented the Mormons are and for the first time since I had joined that church, 8 months before, I felt like I was in bondage. I remember thinking that when I was in a born-again Christian Church I never felt like I was in bondage. Sitting there in that Mormon ward I felt like I could never measure up and that no matter how much I did or tried to do it wasn't enough. Oh, I just felt so weighed down like I had a million bricks tied to me. I said to myself that in my born-again Christian upbringing there was so much freedom! I never felt this exhaustion or frustration in the born-again Christian church. I saw such a contrast between the two. There is freedom in the born-again Christian church because Jesus shed his blood for us all on the cross and paid for our sins. By grace we are saved! A few months after this farewell service I broke my engagement and left the Mormon Church.
John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."
2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
Deuteronomy 13:1-4, "If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them," you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him."
The reason I felt such bondage while I was sitting in that Mormon ward is because they do not worship the same Jesus that a born-again Christian worships. I worship the Jesus found only in the Bible and the Mormons worship a made up Jesus. There is no freedom, no life, in a made up Jesus. Look at it this way. There are many people in the world with the name Karen. My name is Karen and I am nothing like all those other Karens in the world. There is only one me. Well, there are many religions who claim to know Jesus, but it is only his name that they know. So if you want true freedom, and life everlasting then you need to know the Jesus found only in the Bible. Jesus is waiting for you to open up a Bible and start reading it. He wants you to know Him. He wants you to know how much He loves you. What are you waiting for?
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up everyone reading this devotional. I pray that You will touch their hearts and heal their hurts. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Hi everyone! Almost a year ago I wrote a blog on the Bible verse Matthew 7: 13-14. It was about which road will you go down the wide gate that leads to destruction (hell) or the narrow gate that leads to eternal life (heaven). Yesterday, (January 22, 2012) I went to church and Pastor John spoke about "One Second After You Die". Wow, something to think about. If you go to www.northcreek.org and then click on to the link for the sermons you can hear Pastor John for yourself.
The Bible passage he used was Luke 16:19-31, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury everyday. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire. But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house. For I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets: let them listen to them.' No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"
The rich man has lots of wealth and lots of stuff. He ate expensive food and enjoyed it all. The rich man was cold hearted and never used his wealth to help anyone. The poor man, Lazarus, was suffering with illness that covered his body with sores. Lazarus couldn't take care of himself. Even through this suffering Lazarus obviously loved the Lord and had faith in Jesus. God kept quiet about the rich man's name, but God knew the poor man's name. The rich man had a fancy earthly funeral. The poor man, Lazarus did not have a fancy funeral, but the angels came and carried him to heaven.
After the rich man died he went into hell. What does the Bible teach us about hell?
A. It is a place of torment
B. Spiritual torment, no escape EVER
C. Emotional torment, knowing your family is headed there too (like the rich man stated)
D. Torment is continuous
E. No second chances once you get to hell
F. Your plea for mercy will not be answered
G. In hell you retain your identity and awarness
Does God know your name? Which road will you choose? You can prevent choosing to go to hell by trusting in God's Word (Bible). The only book that shows us how to know who God is, how to know God and how He came to save us is the Bible, (John 3:16). You cannot trust any other book. You cannot trust your feelings for feelings can deceive us. So, if you have not yet asked the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart to forgive you for your sins and be Lord and Savior of your life, then please do not delay. One second after you die, YOU will have determined your forever home.
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for the unsaved. I pray that they will open their hearts to love You and ask You, Jesus to save them. I ask that Your favor and wisdom will be upon us and please protect us, comfort us and thank You for Your saving grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways: we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake. For God, who said "Let light shine out of darkness." made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed: perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians Chapter 4
"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." Romans 3:23-24
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, first I would like to pray for those who are unbelievers and whose minds have been blinded so that they cannot see the gospel of the glory of Christ. I pray for their salvation and I ask You Father to remove the blinders so that they may see. I pray that You will touch their hearts so that they will be free in You, Jesus and not live in frustration or despair. With thanksgiving I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that,
"they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven."
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown." Mark 4:1-20 NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that we will have the kind of faith that is rooted in good soil. I pray that we will produce a good crop and that weeds will not grow in our crop. Please protect those who read this devotional and I pray for Your wisdom and favor on us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, January 2, 2012
"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 everything, 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 4:4-7 NIV
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, as we enter a new year I pray for your wisdom and favor on us. Please protect us from evil and give us your calming peace when we feel anxious. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.