Article by Christian Post on “Spain Church Attack Suspect Saw ‘The devil,’ Spoke of Witchcraft and Magic, Roommate Says”

1/29/23 Article on witchcraft, magic, and spiritual confusion leading a man to murdering others. The best the devil can offer the world is death.

That’s the bad news! (Follow link to read article)

https://www.christianpost.com/news/spain-church-attack-suspect-saw-the-devil-spoke-of-witchcraft.html?utm_source=webapp&utm_medium=notification&utm_content=headline&utm_source=onesignal&utm_campaign=2023-01-28

The good news is… that Christ wins and

that Jesus came to reverse the curse of sin and death for us!

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly,” ~Jesus (John 10:10) NASB

Update On Our Beliefs About Creationism – Wesleygospel.com

1/26/23 Creation. God’s creation as best as we can define our understanding of it.

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John had made us a statement of faith for our family, and he has done such a great job with it. I wanted to post his update on the creation part, as he has put a lot of energy into it. Here is the updated portion of the Creation section of our statement of faith:

2. Creation. God created all things in six literal days; and on the seventh day, He rested.
   1. The Scientific Community is Ruled by Agnosticism. We reject the concept of theistic evolution: which claims that each of the creation days stand for millions of years. While most scientists today will claim that there is evidence for deep time and evolution, we believe that such claims are only made to secure their own scientific careers, to lend their support to a view that is now old and popular, but not because it is honestly truthful, encouraging scientific activity with an agnostic bias toward scientism, and influenced by the theories of an unbeliever: Charles Darwin. His ideas were borrowed from his grandfather, who in turn borrowed his views from Lucretius, an ancient atheist and Epicurean philosopher from Rome.
   2. The Early Christians Believed in a Historical Adam. Lucretius essentially denied the existence of Adam and all creation stories. About 135 years after his death we can find that Luke 3:38 said, “Seth was the son of Adam. Adam was the son of God.” Early Christians living in the Roman Empire would have been aware of views like Lucretius had. Yet here is proof that they had faith in Adam as a historical person. Creation-denying views such as those held by Lucretius and Darwin, are contrary to Genesis 1-3, and undermine the most basic teachings of Judeo-Christian faith.
   3. The Notion of Deep Time is Without Any Historical Support. We believe that natural history museums like the Smithsonian, and science magazines like National Geographic, are completely agnostic, anti-Biblical in bias, and that the notions they have about homo sapiens living more than 500,000 years ago, are simply imaginative exaggerations. They say that human beings evolved, from some line of apes in Africa, which might even have racist undertones that were used to justify slavery and white supremacy. The only “proof” they have for this are fossilized bones that they’ve patched together with some Stone Age tools. They have no intelligible archaeological artifacts that suggest time periods, no legible writing, no real solid proof of any life histories with times and dates, like you would normally expect when doing academic history. We believe the Genesis timeline, Josephus, the legends of the Jews, Philo, Herodotus, and several ancient historians have shown that the world is about six thousand years old, not billions. Archaeology suggests that legible cuneiform writing only goes about this far back to Mesopotamia, the “cradle of civilization,” and the area where the Garden of Eden is believed to have originally existed.
   So we affirm this as the consensus view about creation that was held by Biblical theologians in church history, from Martin Luther to Puritans like James Ussher; and continued by 19th century Scriptural geologists and modern creationists. We totally agree with young earth creationism (Genesis 1-11; Exodus 20:11; 1 Timothy 6:20).

Sodom and Gomorrah Scene From Movie “The Bible: In the Beginning”

1/26/23 John had posted a video clip from Sodom and Gomorrah scene. Click on the vimeo video below. We are living in some scary times, and its good to reflect on God’s just punishment.

The Destruction of Sodom – The Bible: In the Beginning (1966)

Early Beginnings – 2005 😄

1/22/23 🫶In 2005, when I was 19 years old, I was born again into a spiritual kingdom. I was set aflame immediately to share it (the “Good News”) with the world, and felt compelled to. I wanted the good news that Christ took my place to meet God’s anger, and that He was pleased with me, to register with others like it had for me. I had heard this such message in very many words and presentations prior, countless even, but for me, I needed a living demonstration of the spirit’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4 NIV), in a place that wasn’t familiar, for me to really “get it”. This I did receive, and “heard” with spiritual ears, from the testimony of some of God’s servants, who also heard from the Lord Himself and could be confident in that, even in their finite perceptions. And how pure and gold it was for me to be able to see Jesus then, that is, to see Him start to teach me, Rebekah, my own self, from the Scriptures! (Recently, I was reminded that God was with me from even then, and that I needed to remember that). – Oh, how much grace He has shown! 🥰

I was often speaking of Jesus, and I could not get enough of Him. How that first-love-fire did burn 🔥(Revelation 2:4)! Thanks to a family on campus, and several good friends in the Lord and friends coming to know the Lord at that same season, and my twin of course, I began to know what a picture of Jesus-life could be illustrated as! Green pastures!

“That which was from the beginning, which we have hard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched, this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1). 🍞

📖 I spent time alone reading the bible, and other times when I was around Jesus’ people, who were not tied to preaching to please an organization, but who could speak plainly for the Lord, I got a very pure picture of something that I wanted for myself and for my future. I was not anti-organization, but I did get into a lot of trouble being zealous, and was convinced more every day that the kingdom of God was spiritual and something that man could not control rightly, but that only the Holy Spirit working with man could. This was a BIG deal because of the church atmosphere that I had known prior. And my problem was not with the structure, but more with the sins and questionable practices I was seeing more and more 🎚 of. As I read the Bible, too, tried to ask honest questions. Initially, it was really beneficial to read the words of Jesus over again, especially the red words, and also I listened to books of the Bible on audio cd when I would lay down. I am really thankful that I grew up in a community who appreciated reading the Bible. Those words from the Scriptures, when I listened audibly especially, brought healing to my soul. When I could steal away, I would, and with my heart having been full from loving the Lord with all of it a given day, I would often “cry on his shoulder”, and tell the Lord about it all. When I went alone to a small chapel on campus, I started having such strong emotions of sorrow for sin and praying for others, that I would let myself groan, since no one was around. Pretty soon, I was speaking in tongues, and having “taught” myself, if that can be done, used that in my prayers (1 Timothy 4:7B).

🧡 My heart found its home in Jesus, and I would be contemplating a Scripture or meditating on ideas when I had the chance. The things I remember thinking on were the Scriptures Old and New Testament, using the study notes and verse references to jump from one passage to another, and highlighting and enjoying that, thinking hard through ideas until my conscience was totally settled about whatever the issue was: whether it was the thought of how to pay tithes (Matthew 23), what are “Gifts of the Spirit”, and how to speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12), or what benefits come from knowing God’s people, and how to apologize to the Lord if I was in error (experience in relationships!) My emotions were healed when I was alone with the Lord, and that was special. My favorite thing to do was to sing praises to God, alone or in a choir we sang in for the school, and often I could not finish a song, because my heart was so full, I could mostly cry and hum. The fact that I did grow up in a pentecostal environment/church city that believed in the gift of the Holy Spirit – speaking in tongues (speaking with different languages to God by the Holy Spirit and by angels), didn’t hurt me at all!

I didn’t slow down, and it got a lot of people’s attention – for good and for bad, but I hoped for good, really, that my walk with Jesus would be a good, if not accurate presentation. Sad times were there, misunderstandings, misinterpretations of why I did the things I did, but not once did the Lord put me to shame. (And Jesus still hasn’t to this very day!)

“As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in Him’, shall never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11 NIV)

Closing thoughts:

I find that often I am writing about things going on now, things I’m learning now, asking questions about “the here and now”, and forgetting those good old times, forgetting how innocent the love of Jesus is, and how sweet and good He is. Its very important to be able to articulate, to remember first beginnings, especially for faith issues, because faith deals with our thoughts, communications, expressions, feelings, actions, and other things. To be able to communicate effectively what you believe, why, or even how you got there, can help a lot of people.

Ask me sometime, and I will stumble through telling you about my Lord Jesus. Then I’d like to hear your side, too.

Be A Wheat and Not a Tare- “There’s Very Little Outward Difference Between True and False Believers” – Derek Prince Youtube Video

1/23/23 Derek Prince Video “There’s Very Little Outward Difference Between True and False Believers”

Derek Prince speaks to a group about the wheat and the tares, and its a good review of what Jesus taught about hypocrites in the church, and how to deal or not deal with them.

https://youtu.be/P6cDAy6XISM

The Forefather and Patriarch Abraham – Professor of Math and Astronomy, in Egypt?

1/22/23 From some of John’s research, he found that Josephus, a man who is credited with much of the historical learnings about the validity of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and also Jesus’ life on earth (from what I remember) – also wrote about some information he gathered about the forefather or our faith, Abram who became Abraham. I learned more about Abraham today. [John is always finding some new nugget of truth that is intriguing to me. :)]

ABRAHAM WAS A MATH AND ASTRONOMY .🔭 PROFESSOR IN EGYPT: whereas the Egyptians were formerly addicted to different customs, and despised one another’s sacred and accustomed rites, and were very angry one with another on that account; 📐Abram conferred with each of them, and confuting the reasonings they made use of, every one for their own practices, he demonstrated that such reasonings were vain, and void of truth📚Whereupon he was admired by them, in those conferences, as a very wise man, and one of great sagacity, when he discoursed on any subject he undertook; and this not only in understanding it, but in persuading other men also to assent to him. 👨‍🏫He communicated to them Arithmetick; and delivered to them the science of Astronomy. (28) For before Abram came into Egypt they were unacquainted with those parts of learning: 🔢 for that science came from the Chaldeans into Egypt; and from thence to the Greeks also. ” –Josephus, Antiquities 1.8.2

Adam Clarke, when commenting on Genesis 13:2, says this is where most of Abraham’s money came from.💫

Whoa – that’s a neat secret from history!

“Breathe On Me” – Hillsong Darlene Zschech

1/18/23 Grew up hearing this one and it meant a lot to me! I am thankful for the hymns always and forever, but I also love a good easy listening song to God, that has a good message sometimes, too. Reading in Genesis where the Lord formed man from the dust and it seems appropriate, its in Genesis 1:7 “Then the Lord GOD formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 3:7 NIV)

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This is a good one! Darlene Czech is a wonderful artist.

https://youtu.be/GHnomHnH51A

***(I am not advocating Hillsong as a church in their present condition, however, I do like this song).****

“5 Most Well-Known Christian Symbols and Their Meanings” – written by Whitney Hopler – Originally Published today!

1/18/23 We praise our mysterious God and King!

This article was copied directly from Biblestudytools.com, It’s great on symbolism from the Bible. It’s simple, plain, and good instruction. The kingdom of God is full of symbols and we see symbols used in communication with God throughout the entire bible in dreams, visions, and supernatural interactions with God and man.

Matthew 11:25

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”

Here is the exact article Whitney wrote and published today on symbols in the Bible and Christian symbols we see often in the Christian faith: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/most-well-known-christian-symbols-and-their-meanings.html?utm_source=Pushnami

Whitney Hopler

Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

January 18, 20235 Most Well-Known Christian Symbols and Their Meanings

Christian symbols have been illustrating important aspects of our faith since biblical times. While symbols themselves are simple, they represent profound spiritual concepts with deep layers of meaning. Many different symbols exist in Christianity. Let’s explore 5 especially well-known Christian symbols together, and discover how they can inspire us with awe.

What Is Christian Symbolism?

Christian symbolism includes any symbols that represent parts of Christianity. During the first few centuries of the church, Christians often used symbols that weren’t widely known, in order to prevent unnecessary persecution. After the Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century, Christian symbols became more well known. Christian symbolism now features both symbols that are original to our faith (such as the cross) and symbols that have been adopted from other uses to represent Christian concepts (like the candle).

Symbols communicate significant spiritual concepts in simple ways. That helps us focus on the core meaning of those concepts. Using symbols, we can quickly direct our attention an aspect of our faith that has many layers of meaning. Symbols can inspire us to learn more about what they represent. In my book Wake Up to Wonder, I describe how we can encounter God’s wonder through symbols – especially symbols in our dreams – and how that can inspire us to become lifelong learners.

By learning about 5 of the most well-known Christian symbols, we can find inspiration from the profound spiritual truths they represent.

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Symbol #1: The Cross

This symbol shows the t-shaped structure of the biblical cross, where Jesus gave his life to make humanity’s salvation possible. Crosses made be made of any type of material, but they are usually either wooden (like the cross where Jesus died) or metal (which is more durable). Crosses that also feature a figure representing Jesus are called crucifixes. Churches often feature large crosses inside and outside their buildings. People sometimes display small crosses inside their homes, wear crosses as jewelry, or even display crosses on their cars to communicate their faith. During their devotional prayer times at home, many Christians have a cross with them for inspiration.

The cross has become the primary Christian symbol. It represents the core of Christianity: Jesus’ sacrificial death on a cross for humanity’s sin, to save the world by reconnecting us with God. As John 3:16-17 proclaims: “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.” The cross reminds us of the ultimate gift Jesus gave us through the Crucifixion, by making a way for sinful humans to have relationships with a holy God.

Jesus references how the cross symbolizes sacrifice with a purpose in Matthew 16:24, when he says “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Symbol #2: The Dove

Dove with a branch

Doves are small, elegant birds that are closely related to pigeons. While doves come in many beautiful colors and patterns, the solid white doves are depicted in Christian symbolism because white traditionally represents purity.

In Luke 3:21-22, the Bible describes the Holy Spirit showing up like a dove at Jesus’ baptism: “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:16-17 also describes that event: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” So, the dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit in Christianity.

The dove also serves as a symbol of peace in our faith. That’s because the Bible story of the worldwide flood features a dove that represents peace. God flooded the Earth because sin had corrupted everyone and everything living here. But since God found a few faithful people – including the prophet Noah – he saved them and two of every creature from the land and air (so they could reproduce after the flood) on Noah’s ark (a gigantic boat). After the flood, Noah sends a dove out from the ark, and Genesis 8:8-11 says: “Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.” In that story, the olive branch represents the peace of God’s new promise to humanity – to avoid total destruction because of sin, and to give us grace instead.

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Symbol #3: The Fish

In the early church Christians used a fish symbol called an Ichthys to identify each other’s faith in secret circles, because many Christians were persecuted during that time. Ichthys is the ancient Greek word for fish, and it forms the acronym “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.” The Christian fish symbol features the outline of a fish shown with two intersecting arcs.

Jesus uses the symbolism of fish when he first calls his disciples to join him. While they’re fishing in a lake, Jesus calls out to them. Mark 1:17 records: “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’” The Bible often mentions fish, which were a staple food for people during biblical times. When Jesus miraculously multiplied food to feed thousands of people who were listening to him teach, he turned only a few fish and loaves of bread into enough food to fulfill everyone in the large crowds. The Bible describes those two separate miracles, known collectively as feeding the multitude and separately as feeding the 5,000 and feeding the 4,000, in Matthew 14Mark 6Luke 9John 6Matthew 15, and Mark 8. After Jesus’ resurrection, John 21:1-14 describes how Jesus appears to his disciples by the shore of the Sea of Galilee and gives them miraculous power to catch an extraordinarily large amount of fish. Then Jesus cooks some of the fish along with some bread and invites the disciples to join him to eat breakfast.

Symbol #4: The Candle

Candles have served as symbols of hope and spiritual enlightenment since ancient times. In many religions – including Christianity – light represents God’s presence, which brings hope and the enlightenment of wisdom. The Bible tells us in 1 John 1:5 that God is light, and 1 John 1:5-7 encourages us to walk in the light of relationships with God: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Christians adopted the candle as a symbol of Jesus’ work giving hope and enlightenment to the world. Jesus serves as the ultimate light in our world, and he calls us to join him shining light into the darkness of our fallen world. In John 8:12, Jesus says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus urges us all to shine our God-given lights into the world through good deeds, saying in Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The candle symbol reminds us that God is with us, so we can choose faith rather than fear in any circumstances. As Psalm 27:1 says: “The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”

Symbol #5: The Rainbow

Rainbow over a field

Rainbows are stunningly beautiful. They reveal the different colors of visible light and often stretch in large arcs across the sky. Seeing a rainbow can be awe-inspiring, reminding us of the wonder of God’s work in nature and in our lives. In Christianity, rainbows remind us of God’s beautiful faithfulness and grace.

The Bible explains in Genesis 9 that the rainbow serves as a sign of God’s promise to never again destroy creation through a flood, as he did in Noah’s time in judgment for sin. In Genesis 9:11-16 “‘I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.’”

God’s glory also shows up in the form of rainbows in the Bible. The prophet Ezekiel describes a vision in Ezekiel 1:28: “Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.” In Revelation 4:3, the apostle John mentions that a rainbow surrounds God’s throne in heaven: “A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.”

Conclusion

Christian symbols are simple signs that represent significant concepts in Christianity. Every Christian symbol can help us focus on something wonderful about God and his inspiring work in our lives!

“I Agree” – Agreement is Huge!

1/17/23 📖If you don’t have agreement with the Lord, with your spouse, your children/family, or friends, then absolute chaos ensues. These two verses today came to mind, and I felt like the Lord quickened me with His Spirit recalling these:

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🤝“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3)

🎚“Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25)

(7) “For there are three that testify, (8) The Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. (9) We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son” (1 Peter 5:7,8,9).

Give up your life, Get life back! Work For God – Derek Prince #shorts YouTube

1/16/23 This is my favorite bible verse of all time: “For whoever wants to save his (their) life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25) NIV

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“For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25) KJV

I have believed, experienced, and come to hope that if God disallows something in your life, its because He has something better in store for what you need, and He is not in the business of “ripping people off” – Can anyone’s God claim that? No! They cannot.

This short video speaks about a David Livingston that went to Africa, and I know of another man my father used to speak of, named Johnny Brooks, who also went to Africa, and that surrendered his life to God and made an impact for eternal things.

Enjoy this video below. Click on play to watch

https://youtu.be/7X9K-60QqdI