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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy week… the week when we remember our Savior’s ultimate sacrifice and resurrection! I would like to share these royalty-free, non-watermarked images for your personal use as we celebrate Jesus. You may take a screenshot of them and repost, or right click and “Save Image As” depending upon the type of device you are using. Let’s spread the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ!!

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“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” ~John 12:12-13KJV



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“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” ~Isaiah 53:4-12KJV



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“And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” ~Mark 8:31KJV

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NEW…

Just a quick post to wish everybody a blessed 2017! Lord willing, the regularly scheduled monthly blog posts will begin after the first of the year in January 2017. Thanks to each of you for reading, following, and sharing as we spread the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let us dedicate the new year to Him and for His glory as we continue to be a light in a dark world. Ask the Lord to renew your zeal for this upcoming year!

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I encourage you to read the following scriptures on newness and renewal for the new year!

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” ~Lamentations 3:22-23


“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10


“[The Lord] Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~Psalm 103:5


“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.”  ~Psalm 149:1


Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”  ~Psalm 51:12


“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. ~ Ezekiel 36:26


“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” ~Colossians 3:9-10


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ~2nd Corinthians  5:17

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The Birth of Christ

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD” ~Luke 2:11

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It is now the month of December where many people remember the birth of Christ. Many scholars believe that Jesus was most likely born in another month, perhaps September or even in the Spring. Still, this is the time of year when His birth is observed. I would like to encourage each of you to reflect upon the scriptures when Jesus so willingly came to earth. Take in the depth and magnitude of His first coming.

To see a full list of the scriptures pertaining to Christ’s birth, please click HERE.

I made a little video for my family, but I consider my brothers and sisters in Christ my family also! So, please enjoy the video posted below. God bless each of you this season and into the upcoming year!

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Dreaming of Heaven

I had never seen anything quite like it. A blizzard – so intense that you could barely see your hand before your face. The furious wind whipped the snowflakes around in the sky. And the cold – it was so intensely cold as the freezing winds blew. Visibility was very low, but I noticed a clearing in the sky that cut through the downpour of snow. The dreary, gray sky turned into all shades of beautiful pastels. The sky was softly lit with shades of golden yellow, baby pink, and lilac.

Then, to my amazement, the sky seemed to animate. The fluffy white clouds billowed until they unfolded, as it were, to reveal an ivory staircase. Amidst this beauty unfolding before my eyes, I didn’t even notice the cold snow swirling around me. I was in awe and intrigued by what my eyes beheld. It was a jaw-dropping scene; but it was about to become even more awe-inspiring.

To my shock and amazement, I saw Jesus walking down the ivory steps toward me. It was as if time stood still. He didn’t look down at the steps as He walked, but His loving eyes were fixated upon me. He had a look of love upon His face that made me feel completely accepted and cherished by Him. The wind blew His hair and robe as He walked triumphantly toward me. Then, He began to speak.

He talked to me for a while, but I guess I was in such a state of shock that I couldn’t retain some of what He said. However, I vividly remember Him desiring for His children to never lose sight of Heaven. He advised: “Keep your minds on Heaven. Keep your eye on the prize and do not get diverted so easily. I want my children to be more Heavenly-minded and not lose sight of the Heavenly, eternal goal. Think of Heaven more often – in fact, think of it daily. Do not get too preoccupied or busy that you stop meditating on Heaven or lose hope. Never lose sight of this goal.”

And just like that – I woke up from this incredible dream. The timing of the dream was amazing. It came following an anxious night of worry and care; when in my grief, I cried out to the Lord to speak to me some word of comfort and hope. Although this was just a dream, I could feel His immense love. I knew that, somehow, this was meant to encourage me – and now, I know it was to encourage you too.

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NEW Free Christian Resources Page!

Hello to all of my readers! I am excited to announce my newly launched Free Christian Resources page! This page can be accessed on the right sidebar of my blog.  ——–>

It is my hope and prayer that this new page will be helpful to you in strengthening your walk with the Lord. Personally, I have found much personal/spiritual growth through some of the resources listed (such as audio sermons, etc.) and I wanted to share the joy! As the missionary Keith Daniel always says, it is important to not neglect your quiet time with the Lord. Have a time set aside daily where you focus solely on God, the reading and meditating of the Bible, prayer, worship, etc. I believe the resources listed will assist you in this.

Please feel free to share the new page with others if you wish; afterall, everything is free. I made a promise to the Lord a few years ago that I would never make money or ask for money from this blog. It is a personal conviction of mine as I do not want to put a financial stumbling-block in anybody’s way. Jesus invites all to freely come. That is why I wanted all of the resources listed to be free of charge.

Thanks to all of my readers and those who follow this blog. It is my sincere desire to bring encouragement to the body of Christ in any way that I can.

God Bless YOU!

Maranda M.

Revealing Truth Today 

 

 

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The State of the Pulpit & Christianity

“He must increase, but I must decrease” ~John 3:30

Some troubling questions have been burning within my soul in regards to the state of the pulpit and Christianity, as a whole. It is my hope that this blog will act as a ‘wake-up call’ to Christians worldwide. The true Bride of Christ is beautiful and respected, no doubt. However, it saddens me that some claim to be the Bride, yet, act as if they are engaged to this world, instead.

The Bible plainly states that, “by their fruits, you shall know them” (see Matt. 7). Jesus taught that a corrupt tree (likened to an evil person) cannot bring forth good fruit; neither can a good tree bring forth corrupt fruit. If a discerning Christian sees someone bearing corrupt/bad fruit, it is not a ‘judgmental attitude’ which causes us to be aware of this fact. You see, it is the Holy Spirit of the Lord that gives us the discernment and wisdom to see such things. It is a protective mechanism, if you will, which guards us from false teachers, heretics, deception, and the like.

It is deeply concerning to me that I see much corrupt fruit. However, I not only see this amongst sinners, but alarmingly, amongst some professed-Christians and ministers! I do not wish to stereotype or make a blanket-statement to insinuate that all of God’s followers are powerless or unholy, for that would be entirely untrue and unfair. However, it is clear that there are only a few left who take the Bible seriously; who strive to please God above all else. There are so few who still strive to live a holy life and remain unspotted by the world of sin.

The Powerless Pulpit

“…we have too many dead sermons to too many dead people. Oh, the horror of it!”

~ Leonard Ravenhill

Why is anointed preaching of the truth so hard to find, nowadays? A powerless message never encourages anybody to seek Christ or to deepen their relationship with him. Certainly not all, but many ministers nowadays preach an ‘easy-to-swallow’ message that never challenges sin; perhaps, because some are in sin themselves – or else, they fear losing their congregation by preaching truth. In Matthew 15:14, Jesus calls such ones, “blind leaders of the blind” – where there is no sense of direction and both the leader and followers fall into a ditch of deception. They only preach what the people’s ‘itching ears’ want to hear (see 2nd Timothy 4:3).

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Leonard Ravenhill (click to enlarge)

Revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill, used to say, “The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity.” In his classic book, “Why Revival Tarries”, Ravenhill felt the primary reason for dead and powerless churches was due to their lack of prayer. He writes, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off. Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer.”

Nowadays, such ministers are a ‘dime a dozen’, so to speak. They also do not express the horrific weight of sin and how it grieves our Lord; rather, they are very passive about sin. This type teach on vague topics which will be accepted by the majority, without contest. Their sermons will consist of ‘how-to-steps’ in order to get you rich, successful, and happy – while neglecting the deeper things which would create a spiritual depth in the congregation. You see, true joy comes from a deep relationship with the Lord. Yes, it is great to know that God provides our needs and that he is able to heal our bodies – I certainly don’t deny that whatsoever nor look down upon that fact. But, my concern is that all of the external ‘things’ are becoming the primary goal for many Christians.

The Bible is Relevant

“The church, in the days of her power, never got along with the world; and the world never got along with the church.” ~ A.W. Tozer

In addition to prayerlessness, I truly believe that another reason why many churches have lost power is due to compromise. Many modern pastors strive to make church a place of entertainment while embracing an ‘anything goes’ attitude – all in the name of relevance. However, allow me to assert this: The Bible is relevant! Founder of Heart Cry Missionary Society, Paul Washer, so accurately said:

“We [most modern churches] are using carnal [worldly] means to attract people. If you use carnal means to attract men, you are going to attract carnal men; and you’re going to have to keep using greater carnal means to keep them in the church. So, what has happened is this – we have these large churches filled with many unconverted, carnal people. But, in those churches, we also have this small group of people that honestly want Christ… all they want is Jesus.” He continues, “But the pastor, in order to keep this larger group of unconverted people, he caters to them; so, while he is feeding these carnal men and women with carnal things, he is letting the sheep of God starve to death… The leadership is catering to the carnal and letting the Bride of Christ starve to death impoverished. That is wrong, and there is going to be judgment for it.”

Another concern Paul Washer has (as do I) is when ministers declare people to be ‘saved’ or ‘born again’ without any true signs of conversion or deep repentance. Their lives do not reflect that they have, indeed, been converted – nor are they sorrowful over their sin. The sinner will, perhaps, mouth a short 1-minute prayer – yet, they will be told that they are truly a Christian and on their way to Heaven. As Paul Washer puts it, “we make a two-fold son of hell” when the unrighteous are declared to be righteous.

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Charles H. Spurgeon (click to enlarge)

We must all be careful – for it is God who declares one as righteous. God’s Spirit alone will bear witness of salvation. Romans 8:16 states: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” God’s Spirit is holy; therefore, if one is truly converted and Heaven-bound, they will strive to be holy in order to please God. They will have a holy hatred of sin and evil. The Bible will be relevant for them; they don’t need all of the smoke and strobe lights in order to worship God. One of the most revered preachers of the 1800’s, Charles Spurgeon, put it like this: “If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to Hell in.”

 

Entertaining the Masses

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” ~ 1st John 2:15

It seems that the bulk of modern church leaders are striving to become relevant in today’s culture; but, most of the methods used to achieve this ‘relevancy’ are only causing more destruction. The focus is on entertainment and socializing. They will host car shows, movie nights, campfires, and Halloween costume contests in an effort to attract sinners. Okay – I get it, but then again, I truly don’t. Isn’t Jesus enough to attract them? Doesn’t the Bible say that they will see our good works and our life will attract them? What are they seeking… entertainment or Jesus? Charles Spurgeon once said, “I do believe we slander Christ when we think we are to draw the people by something else but the preaching of Christ crucified.”

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Keith Daniel (click to enlarge)

And the music during worship services… oh, let us be very careful with this. So often, it borders on being worldly and sensuous. So many sound like songs to a lover with the name of ‘Jesus’ scarcely or never mentioned. Music is powerful – let’s make sure that the music directs us to God and not to the singers, band, or musicians. Respected missionary from South Africa, Keith Daniel, once preached: “Don’t let the world into the church, America. You don’t win the world by becoming like the world – the world wins you, always… Entertainment is sin in the pulpit of God and in the church; there’s no place for it. Be careful, be careful. If you’re not sure that you are so sanctified by God… and filled with the Holy Ghost, and prayed through as much as a preacher before you stand before God’s people… [then] don’t ever get up and sing. Don’t ever get up and play any instrument. Go to the theater if you want applause; why come to the pulpit?”

Personally, I became keenly aware of this entertainment epidemic not long ago. I have visited churches who were trying so hard to be relevant that they were nothing more than social clubs or Broadway shows. Their methods included silliness, irreverence, worldliness, pep talks, and so little focus on Jesus Christ or the Bible. I cringed at the thought that there might be a person who came, desperate for Jesus – and all they got was an empty message and a couple of jokes, with refreshments afterwards. What if a hopeless, suicidal soul was giving Christianity a chance – yet all they were offered was entertainment with a couple of ‘amen’s’ thrown in to Christianize it? To me, it is a tragedy when such a holy God is misrepresented. People say, “Oh, lighten up! Don’t be so serious and strict!” But, a person’s eternal soul is nothing to take lightly. I would to God that we could all have eyes that saw beyond the here-and-now and into eternity! How differently we would view life!

Needless to say, I would leave such churches feeling frustrated and saddened, to the point of tears. I was so hungry for God’s Word but felt as if I could find it nowhere (in its true form)! I have even heard of people who were relegated to travel hundreds of miles each week to find a decent church to attend; or else, begin a home church. I could easily identify with the scripture in Amos 8:11-13 which states: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.”

There are even those who claim Christianity, yet, do not respect the Bible. They think their ideas are more relevant than a book which is ‘over 2,000 years old’. In opposition to this thought, let me affirm – the Bible is far more relevant at over 2,000 years old than the wisest man’s words spoken only 2 minutes ago. The Bible is the living Word of God!

Few & Many

“We [Christians] are a colony amongst billions.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

Matthew 7:13-14 states: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Few… few will find this narrow way that leads to life; but many will find the way of destruction!

Are you with the few that are unpopular in the world? Or, are you with the many whom the world loves? In John 15:18-19, Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Are you willing to stand alone, being unpopular, hated, and persecuted? With the way the world is going, this is not merely a hypothetical question of ‘if’ you will be hated – but ‘when’. If you follow the standard of the Bible, you will be accused of being a narrow-minded, old-fashioned bigot; and you will be viewed as being unreasonable. Be warned of this and be prepared.

In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said: “Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Holiness

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I [God] am holy.” ~1st Peter 1:16

The gist of this entire blog is to give some food for thought and to urge all Christians to be holy. It is a tragedy that some pseudo-Christians will chastise the genuine Christians for speaking truth. They will even argue with what the Bible says and make excuses as to why they don’t have to obey it. They live prayer-less, Bible-less, worldly lives while still wearing the label of ‘Christian’. But as the English evangelist, Arthur Pink, once said: “Let not the child of God become discouraged because his efforts to please Christ make some of those who call themselves ‘Christians’ speak evil of him.”

Holiness doesn’t make a person immune to the troubles of this life, nor does it mean perfection in all things 100% of the time. But holiness does cause us to press toward perfection in God’s eyes (see Hebrews 6:1). Holiness also causes us to be exceedingly sorrowful if we do sin; to the point that we desire for sin to be completely eradicated from us. Holiness requires discipline, yes; but it also requires a desperate dependency upon God.

It seems there is just a small remnant of those left who wish to please God above self. Sadly, it has become more and more challenging to differentiate the professing-Christian from the sinner. Many seem to be very passive and apathetic about their walk with God – which is deeply concerning. It seems they’d rather argue than pray. They’d rather spend time with their sin than time with God. They’d rather read a dark novel than the Bible.

“Many of you will read a novel from beginning to end, and what have you got? A mouthful of froth when you have done. But you cannot read the Bible. That solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect, while anything that man writes, a catch of the day, is greedily devoured” (Charles Spurgeon).

Why is it so important to live a life of holiness and withdraw from those who do not practice nor preach holiness? Because, Hebrews 12:14 states: Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness–without it no one will see the Lord.” Furthermore, we are instructed to withdraw from those who do not teach sound doctrine. 1st Timothy 6:3-5 explains, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

The Bible also gives a distinct outline as to what standards a bishop/elder (preacher/one who oversees) must adhere to. This instruction was originally given when appointing the elders in Crete; but I believe it still acts as an accurate guide and safeguard for us, nowadays. It says, “If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre [money]; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” Verse 16 concludes, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:6-11, 16).

In conclusion – let us be wary of these things and always use the Bible as our protection. Remember, in the last days, there will be many false teachers. They may look good on the outside, but even the enemy of our soul disguises himself as an angel of light. That is why it is so easy to become deceived if we neglect careful study of God’s Word. “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:7-9). In other words, it only takes a small amount of false teaching to destroy a man’s entire ministry and to deceive those who sit under his teaching. Consider yourself very blessed if your pastor is genuine, through and through. Yet, ultimately, it is Christ who we all can trust 100%. Let us be a beautiful Bride for Christ in our words and deeds – and be fully committed to him in all of our ways.

Video Links:

“Wake Up Church!” Video Compilation

“Is Entertainment Worth Being Defiled?”

“Churches are Using Carnal Means to Attract Visitors”

“Run”

Text Links:

“The Modernist Preacher – Entering Hell” by Oscar C. Eliason

“Hated for the Right Reason” by Revealing Truth Today blog

“Pseudo-Christianity Will Not Stand” by Revealing Truth Today blog

“Could the Persecuted Church Rescue American Christianity?” by Russell D. Moore

Sources:

truthaccordingtoscripture.com

holydesperation.com

sermonindex.net

en.wikipedia.org

facebook.com

youtube.com

biblos.com

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Help Our Brother in Christ: Saeed Abedini

Update: Pastor Saeed Abedini was released in January 2016! God bless all of those who prayed!

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

As many of you may know, 34-year-old American, pastor, husband, and father, Saeed Abedini is currently imprisoned for his Christianity. In this world we live in, it can become commonplace to detach from the reality which persecuted Christians face daily. However, let’s shine with the love and compassion of Jesus. Let us remember to pray for him and his family, and do what we can to help.

An Innocent Man… Jailed

According to the website, beheardproject.com, he is “serving an 8 year sentence in one of Iran’s toughest prisons, simply for sharing his Christian faith.”  The website gives more details of his arrest, as follows:

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Image from source: Jordan Sekulow

On July 28, 2012, when he was in Iran “to visit family and to finalize the board members for an orphanage he was building in Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard detained Saeed, asserting that he must face criminal charges for his Christian faith.”  Less than 2 months later, he was taken to an unknown location by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Days later, Saeed’s family was informed that he was in solitary confinement at Evin Prison.

He has been cut off from his wife and two young children who are in the United States. He was allowed visitation by his parents until recently. Both of his parents had to leave Iran, which took its toll on them. His mother has been hospitalized on a couple of occasions due to the immense stress and heartache she has endured, due to her innocent son’s imprisonment.

Furthermore, the above-mentioned website states: “Saeed had been denied medical treatment for infections that resulted from beatings. While in Evin, the ward doctor and nurse refused to treat him because, as a Christian, he was considered ‘unclean’ and an infidel.”

“In early 2013, it became known that Saeed was suffering from internal injuries and doctors determined that his injuries warranted immediate attention, and, in their medical opinion, he needed to be treated in a non-prison hospital. For almost a year, the Iranian regime ignored this advice. In March 2014, Saeed was permitted to enter a private hospital for treatment, but after spending almost two months in the hospital, he was returned to prison without having been given surgeries deemed necessary by hospital doctors.”

Now is the Time for Action!

Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, has been working diligently to get him freed – but she needs our help. She recently posted on Facebook how we can help. She posted the following on November 10, 2014:

Hi All,

I would appreciate your help in the next critical weeks as the November 24th deadline for the nuclear negotiations with Iran approaches. We want to make sure Saeed is not forgotten. That he is not left behind. A movement has started to blitz the White House with postcards asking that President Obama to not forget Saeed (please see the link below).

You can order post cards or ask your church to order postcards to send to the white house. Postcards are available for purchase through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by calling (562) 567-2050 or by emailing freesaeed@trinity3in1.net.

You are also welcome to send your own postcard with the below message:

Mr. President,

A man in your position has been given great power and responsibility to represent every American, whether on domestic or foreign soil. Please hold to your own words, that no one is left behind. We, the American people, ask you to do everything within your power to bring U.S. citizen, pastor, husband & father, Saeed Abedini, home to his family from his time of incarceration in Iran.

Sincerely,

The Persecuted Church

In 2nd Timothy 3:12, the Bible says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” And while there are varying degrees of persecution, let us help our brother in Christ, Saeed Abedini, who is enduring severe persecution for his Christianity. Following the Bible is not always commended by this evil world who hates the truth; but God knows and sees all, and will greatly honor His persecuted children. 1st Peter 3:17 states: “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

God sends the Holy Spirit and extends His grace and strength to those who are persecuted. If the world hates us for our Christianity, we know that we are truly God’s children; for the world does not hate her own (John 15:18). The persecuted Believer is comforted with these words… “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It is such a comfort to know that no amount of suffering can separate us from the love of Jesus.

Please do all you can to help. Let us band together as Christians and pray for Pastor Saeed and his family. Let’s pray for God’s perfect Will to be done in this situation.

Ways to Help

– Prayer

– Sign Petition HERE

– Share this need on social media

– Send Postcards to the White House. Please see above for what to write on your postcard and/or to order postcards if you prefer. For more information on the “Postcard Blitz” please read HERE. The mailing address for the White House is:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Sources:

biblos.com

brainyquote.com

facebook.com

beheardproject.com

whitehouse.gov

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Soldiers in God’s Army

“Thou therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” ~2nd Timothy 2:3

This is war. At the time of our salvation, we enlisted to be soldiers in God’s army. We wrestle not against people, but against evil powers. This is not an easy battle. Sometimes, the soldier has to find a bunker and get away from the commotion to rest, refuel, and pray. The soldier cries, gets injured, and is sometimes scared. The soldier oftentimes feels ‘down for the count’ – but this is war and he soon dusts himself off, dries his tears, and courageously stands against all Hell again. That’s what soldiers for God’s army do. They endure pain, setbacks, disappointments, and weariness – but God means so much to them that they are willing to die for Him. They fight and they arise as a good, strong soldier, even though they will often feel inadequate. They arise above the sneers and ridicule of the inactive soldiers on the sidelines. This is what a good soldier does. This is what we do. This is who we are.

“It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him…” 2nd Tim. 2:11-12

GASome of God’s faithful soldiers have afflictions which plague us – still we fight. We have shattered hearts – yet we do not become bitter. We have sleepless nights – but we find our rest in God’s arms. He meets with us in the bunker, the hiding place. There, He hugs us as we cease to suppress our tears. We cry upon His strong shoulder. He doctors our deep, deep, painful wounds with great love and comfort. He assures us that this is only a light, momentary affliction in comparison to the glory which will be revealed. He will lead us to victory. We will be the eternal champions. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. He assures us that, one day, He will have enough of this. He will rise up with His full fury and judgment against those who so cruelly injured His soldiers – His precious children. He will fight for us. He comforts us with the words, “One day, I will wipe all tears from your eyes.” He continues, “And there shall be no more death; neither sorrow nor crying – and no more pain.” But until then, we have to keep fighting. Until then, we have work to do. Time will end all suffering for the saint. Rest is coming – the eternal kind; but for now, we must labor. If we weary, God meets us in the hiding place and gives us the strength to carry on.

If we endure like a good soldier unto the end, we will be given a crown of righteousness that doesn’t fade away. We will be blessed with Heavenly riches and surrounded by unspeakable, glittering beauty. But most of all, we will be with Him, face-to-face for all eternity. The depressing, shadows of war will be a distant memory – and He will be so proud of us that we endured. We will rule and reign with Christ on that bright, shining day. He will say to us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant – enter into the joys of the Lord”… and it will be for all eternity.

Then, we will be forever separated from those who hated us, abused us, persecuted us, taunted us, and outnumbered us. Their lips of hatred and sin will only utter tormenting, agonizing cries. They made their decision and God has made His. Never, ever again will their wicked words or deeds harm us or break our Savior’s heart. At this point, He is done with them for all eternity. Oh, that they would seek the Lord while He still may be found! We are either in God’s army or we are in Satan’s army – there is no middle ground.

God will have His own people in His world of peace and no evil or conflict will be permitted then. We will be free from all worry, free from all pain, and free from all sickness and death. We will be so elated that we will have to be given a brand new body in order to take it all in; in order to tolerate the insurmountable joy that awaits us. No more weariness, no more sickness – ever, no more funerals or caskets, no more bills to fret over paying, no more setbacks or disappointments, no more fighting and no more war… our faith will become sight! This is the truth of what awaits us! Until then, let us be God’s faithful soldiers. Glory, glory hallelujah – His truth is marching on!

 

Inspirational Links:

“A Few Good Men” Song

“This is War” by Paul Washer

“Becoming a Soldier in God’s Army” by Keith Daniel

“The Armor of God” Scripture

“For Our Freedom” Poetry

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Can You Defend Your Stance?

ringsIn the near future, I plan on blogging about a hot-button issue… divorce, remarriage, and adultery. I have given this much study, thought, and prayer. It will likely be an exhaustive study that will need to be divided into parts. While it would be far more comfortable for me not to address this – I feel that I must, out of concern and love. If it were something that had no effect on the soul, I would be more at peace not concerning myself with it – but the fact is, this topic does deal with our eternal souls (see 1st Corinthians 6:9). Having said that, also note that I will address this topic with scripture and not from flighty, human-swayed opinions. It is an issue that is highly controversial and most Believers are divided on where they stand. There are several stances and variances on this topic.

What is your stance on the topic of divorce, remarriage, and adultery? What I am asking of you is… CAN YOU DEFEND YOUR STANCE WITH SCRIPTURE?? If so, I would love to hear your comments (please comment below). This is not meant to condemn anybody or to start arguments – it is simply so that we all may see stances, apart from our own, to encourage us to study out what the Bible really says about this important issue. I will use these comments to get a rough percentage of where the majority stands for my upcoming blog (for statistics) – but I will not disclose any names or identities.

Question: What is your stance on divorce, remarriage, and adultery?? (give scriptures – comment below)

So, the ball is in your court – I want to hear from YOU in the comments!!

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For Our Freedom

On my blog post last month, I shared a poem I wrote a few years ago. Since I am in “poetry-mode” I thought I would share another poem I wrote. I don’t remember the exact date, but I think I wrote this poem when I was only 16 or 17 years old. I knew it was inspired by God since the words seemed to flow effortlessly off of my pen. I hope this poem is a great blessing to you.

“For Our Freedom”

There once was a young man that was drafted for war

He was scared to leave home, because he’d never left before

He told his family, “Goodbye,” and there he went

He left a warm, loving home, to go live in a tent

He wrote his family letters to tell them how much he missed them

He couldn’t wait until he could see them again

Days, then weeks, then months went by

It seemed all he could do was pray and cry

He could hear the blast of explosives nearby

In his mind he kept thinking, “I’m too young to die.”

All at once he heard the loudest sound

He was thrown into the air, then landed on the ground

The next thing he knew, he was in a hospital bed

He didn’t know whether he was alive or whether he was dead

As time passed by, he got to go home from the war

But he didn’t look the same as he did before

His body was maimed, and also scarred

For the rest of life, his body was marred

Why did this young man go risk his life?

It was for our freedom, yes for you and I

But, there was another man that fought a war

His name is Jesus, and he fought even more

He told His Father, “Goodbye,” and there He went

He left the comfort of Heaven to come to this world where He was sent

He prayed to His Father, and told how much He loved Him

He couldn’t wait until He could see His Father again

Weeks, then months, then years went by

He knew He was on a mission for you and I

He could hear the footsteps of the soldiers nearby

In His mind He kept thinking, “I know I must die.”

All at once, He saw the three rusty nails

They were hammered in His hands and feet – the pain – more than He could tell

Next thing He knew, He was in a borrowed tomb

But that wasn’t the end; He knew His life would resume

As three more days passed by, He got to go home from this war

He knew that we would never be the same as before

Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin

That is why Jesus died, so we could be born again

Jesus went through such turmoil and disgrace

Just think about, He took our place

Why did Jesus come to give His life?

It was for our freedom, yes, for you and I

 

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