If we lived forever, maybe nothing would seem important. — Discover

It’s true. We do live forever, and that is why what we choose to believe

“Did you know that nearly 9,000 people fell to the ground together in 2007 to make snow angels in North Dakota? Did you know that I’ve started a collection of door knockers to hang by our staircase? Did you know that some tarantulas are cobalt blue? WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN.”

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via If we lived forever, maybe nothing would seem important. — Discover

This month  I am posting guest blogs. There is nothing spiritual in this post. She has 25 million followers but this is all about the natural man. If we live in the emotions or the natural mind, we cannot make the cross over to reality. The message is not wrong – it just does not meet a minimum standard for anything beyond the natural. God is not there, nor will He be found there.

What the author forgets – temptation is not sin

How we react and act in temptation is what matters.

http://reformationcharlotte.org/2018/06/05/the-same-sex-attraction-hypocrisy-test/

When the “flesh” rules, You know it can’t be God – SBC controversy

This article condemns the possible election of a woman to head the large  Southern Baptist Convention. We know that when sex is what motivates decisions we are on carnal grounds. According to the Bible, when natural man forms the basis for God’s people it is not God’s will. Here is the passage:

PHILLIPS For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God. All of you who were baptised “into” Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. (Gal 3:28)

Being IN Christ means that He alone makes decisions about who is leading and what his people are doing.  It is not based on gender differences in education, race or language. This is how the New Testament Church was run and where we need to return.

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/05/sbc-leaders-float-idea-of-beth-moore-as-next-denomination-president/

What You Think Determines What You Are

This blog is not Roman Catholic because God is not Roman Catholic but this writer’s presentation of ideas is important. Change who and what you are by thinking God’s thoughts and acting upon them.

via A Christian Apologetics Manifesto (19 Ways to Ignite Apologetic Passion)

What Jesus Said about White Privilege (guest editorial)

According to our Declaration of Independence, our rights are not from the government but from God. This is a reminder that Civics is no longer taught in American schools.  But the man’s other conclusions are correct, that God gives blessings, not privilege.

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/02/what-jesus-said-about-white-privilege/

There is also another factor – many white people live from paycheck to paycheck just like many minorities. So white privilege is a political position, not theological.

“And God Said It Was So”: Donald Trump Is the Spittin’ Image of Bad Theology by Carol P. Christ

Serious minded readers occasionally need to read stuff like this to remind us what real thinking and understanding is NOT. This is what happens when Self is on the throne. “The natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God.” Women too.

Carol P. Christ by Michael Bakas high resoultionI try very hard this election season to avoid reading about, watching, or listening to Donald Trump: the man is a liar, a cheat, a bully, a narcissist, a racist, a sexist, the list goes on. Yet even progressive commentators are talking almost exclusively about him. And now I am joining them–despite my best intentions.

Reflecting on why facts seem to matter so little to Trump, Patricia J. Williams characterizes his campaign as an exercise in one-way communication:

Freedom of expression is reduced to an arbitrary insistence upon one-way communication, a barked order. Making America “great again,” by this measure, is a command, not a hope. . . This assumption—the belief that communication flows in one direction only, that it is the role of some to speak and others only to listen—is a paradox that stifles rather than encourages debate.

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Patterns of Evidence (while I vacation)

By Krista Bontrager A Review of Patterns of Evidence In his film Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, documentary filmmaker Timothy Mahoney recreates his search for the historical truth behind the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. I previewed this film at a theatrical release in February 2015. The documentary is now widely available for rent and purchase, […]

via A Review of Patterns of Evidence — Women in Apologetics

While I am on vacation…here, study guide for critical thinking

March 16, 2018 The new curriculum by Elizabeth Urbanowicz on comparative worldview helps kids develop critical thinking skills. │ LISA QUINTANA What is a great way to teach children why the Good News is, well, so “good”? 460 more words

via Helping Kids Develop Critical Thinking Skills — Women in Apologetics

Ethicists Without Borders on the Crisis in Syria

While on vacation, my readers might be interested in……..

Daily Theology

Syria

Ethicists Without Borders on the Crisis in Syria

April 17, 2018

The poison gas attack that killed and injured scores of people, including children, on April 7, 2018, in Douma, Syria, shocks our consciences. We are a group comprised mostly of ethicists representing an array of religious, philosophical, and methodological perspectives. One of the things about which we agree is that the intentional, direct killing of civilians, including children, who are noncombatants and pose no threat to anyone, is never morally justified. Chemical weapons are both immoral and illegal; their use is always indiscriminate and their effects always inhumane. The United States, the United Kingdom, and France have expressed their confidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military were responsible for using these chemical weapons. All those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, regardless of their side or affiliation in this civil conflict, must be…

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The Book of Mormon (stage show) and Demonic Attack

I was innocently changing channels when I heard this song -the words, curses and demons -met my ear.  Since this is something I know about, I stopped to listen. A man is singing about how demons are attacking his mind – guilt, fear, anger, revenge, homosexuality, regret, confusion, lying, for starts. He is told to turn it off by his Mormon leader.

It doesn’t work, and it is not supposed to work.  Mental disciple is important but getting rid of demons is not only deliberate mind control.  Demons are spirit beings and must be dealt with by the Spirit of man through the Spirit of God. The answer is not in the Book of Mormon or any other man-made book.

Here are the lyrics of this song.

ELDER MCKINLEY
I got a feelin’ that you could be feelin’
A whole lot better than you feel today
You say you got a problem…well, that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way
When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head –
Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’!
It’s a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you’re feeling certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light –

And turn ’em off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘bap’!
Really, what’s so hard about that?
Turn it off!
Turn it off!

ELDER CHURCH
When I was young, my Dad would treat my Mom real bad
Every time the Utah Jazz would lose
He’d start a-drinkin’, and I’d start a-thinkin’
How’m I gonna keep my Mom from getting abused?
I’d see her all scared and my soul was dyin’!
My Dad would say to me, ‘Now don’t you dare start crying!’

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘flick’!
It’s our nifty little Mormon trick!
Turn it off!
Turn. It. Off!

ELDER THOMAS
My sister was a dancer, but she got cancer
The doctor said she still had two months more
I thought she had time, so I got in line
For the new iPhone at the Apple Store
She laid there dying with my Father and Mother
Her very last words were, “Where is my brother?”

Turn it off! (Yeah!)
Bid those sad feelings adieu!
The fear that I might get cancer too…

[laughter]

ELDER MCKINLEY
When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade (Oooh, Steve Blade…)
He and I were close as two friends could be (We could be close…)
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover (Wow!)
I was having really strange feelings for Steve…
I thought about us on a deserted island (We’re all alone…)
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and –

Woah! Turn it off!
Like a light switch
There it’s gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now
Boys should be with girls – that’s Heavenly Father’s plan
So, if you ever feel you’d rather be with a man –
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE
Well, Elder McKinley, I think it’s okay that you’re having gay thoughts. Just so long as you never act upon them.

ELDER MCKINLEY
No, ’cause then you’re just keepin’ it down
Like a dimmer switch on “low”… (On “low”…)
Thinking nobody needs to know (Uh oh…)
But that’s not true!
Being gay is bad, but lying is worse
So just realize you have a curable curse –
And turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Turn it off!

Turn it off!

Now, how do you feel?

ELDER PRICE
The same.

ELDER MCKINLEY
Then you’ve only got yourself to blame
You didn’t pretend hard enough
Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes
Then find the box that’s gay and CRUSH IT!
Okay?

ELDER PRICE
No, no…I’m not having gay thoughts!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM
Alright! It worked! (Yay!)

He turned it off…
Turn it off…
Turn it off!
Turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’! (Click click!)
What a cool little Mormon trick (Trick trick!)
We do it all the time!

When you’re feelin’ certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light
And turn it off!
Like a light switch on a cord
And now he isn’t gay any –

Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Tuuuuuurn it…
Turn it off!
…Off!!!

First, feelings have nothing to do with it.  Demons create the negative feelings of lust, or envy, rage, the list goes on.  The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you with evil thoughts and emotions.

How do you react?  Immediately you eliminate contact with the problem source.  If you are watching porn, then make a covenant with your eyes, a term from the book of Job, and never watch again.  You can set your compute to warn you or eliminate that.

More importantly you must recognize that the devil, the enemy of your soul, is out there looking for ways to destroy you at any point where you let evil take over your mind.  If it is music stop that too.  If you have unsavory friends, get better friends.

But the best warfare is to say out loud (the bathroom is a good place for this as others might not think this is cool) and say the following as loudly as you can.

“Satan get off my back and out of my life.  I know who you are and what you are doing in Jesus name flee from me and never come back.”  Then announce the troubles he is causing,

People ask me, why the loud voice?  Because demons will pretend to be deaf.  And if you shout, you sound mad  If you whisper a rebuke no one will take you seriously.

My daughter had a terrible stomach ache when she was in elementary school.  She went to the girls room and shouted just as I have instructed you.  You do not need to be 12 to do this; you can be any age.  The authority of Jesus’ name does not depend on your age or status.  Be aggressive.  What about “steal, kill and destroy” sounds passive to you?

Tell the devil off whenever you need and this will clean up your mind and your life.  But turning something off simply won’t work.  If it did work it would be in the Bible.