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Mega Church Pastor and Dr. Spock

Posted by wordforit on November 20, 2007

As far as Dr. Spock, I never did understand what was so attractive about allowing someone else to have so much influence in raising ones’ children. It’s odd that when many parents were given an excuse for not being responsible in addressing misbehavior ( as it essentially amounts to) they also began to refuse to take responsibility for misbehavior. (All due respect to those who are, and were, abused).

It takes courage to admit being wrong, as Bill Hybels has done. Pray sincerely regarding the wrongs of any church, especially when it affects astronomical numbers of individuals.

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A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church
By Bob Burney

If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said:

We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren’t firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn’t realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self-assurance of parents.

Oops.

Something just as momentous, in my opinion, just happened in the evangelical community. For most of a generation, evangelicals have been romanced by the “seeker sensitive” movement spawned by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. The guru of this movement is Bill Hybels. He and others have been telling us for decades to throw out everything we have previously thought and been taught about church growth and replace it with a new paradigm, a new way to do ministry.

Perhaps inadvertently, with this “new wave” of ministry came a de-emphasis on taking personal responsibility for Bible study combined with an emphasis on felt-needs based “programs” and slick marketing.

The size of the crowd rather than the depth of the heart determined success. If the crowd was large then surely God was blessing the ministry. Churches were built by demographic studies, professional strategists, marketing research, meeting “felt needs” and sermons consistent with these techniques. We were told that preaching was out, relevance was in. Doctrine didn’t matter nearly as much as innovation. If it wasn’t “cutting edge” and consumer friendly it was doomed. The mention of sin, salvation and sanctification were taboo and replaced by Starbucks, strategy and sensitivity.

Thousands of pastors hung on every word that emanated from the lips of the church growth experts. Satellite seminars were packed with hungry church leaders learning the latest way to “do church.” The promise was clear: thousands of people and millions of dollars couldn’t be wrong. Forget what people need, give them what they want. How can you argue with the numbers? If you dared to challenge the “experts” you were immediately labeled as a “traditionalist,” a throwback to the 50s, a stubborn dinosaur unwilling to change with the times. “…

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God Does Not Call the Equipped, He Equips the Called

Posted by wordforit on November 5, 2007

The Next Time You Feel Like God Did Not Make You For A Grand Purpose, Remember:

Noah got drunk, Genesis 9:20-22.

Abraham was too old, Genesis 17.

Jacob was a liar, Genesis 27:19.

Leah was considered ugly, Genesis 29:17

Joseph was abused, Genesis 37:24-36.

Moses stuttered, Exodus 4:10.

Gideon was afraid, Judges 6:21-23.

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer,

Judges 14.

Rahab was a prostitute, Joshua 2:1.

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young,

Jere.1:6-7 and 2Timothy 1:2.

David had an affair and was a murderer,

2Samuel 11:3-27.

Elijah was suicidal, 1King 19.

Isaiah preached naked, Isaiah 20:2-4.

Jonah ran from God, The book of Jonah

Naomi was a widow, Ruth 1:3.

Job went bankrupt, The Book of Job.

Peter denied Christ, Matt.26:69-70.

The Disciples fell asleep while praying, Matthew 26:40.

Martha worried about everything, Luke 10:40.

Mary Magdalene was cleansed of seven demons,

Mark 16:9.

The Samaritan woman at the well had five husbands, John 4:18.

Zaccheus was too small, Luke 19:3.

Paul was too religious, Acts 8:1. (note: I left this in, but am dubious about “too religious”…)

Timothy had an ulcer, 1Timothy 5:23.

Lazarus was dead! John 11.

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God desires for you to reach your full potential.

Are you available?

You are not the message. You are the messenger!

His Eye is On the Sparrow… Matthew 10:29

God Bless and Keep you and Yours. Amen.

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Addendum: This was an old e-mail but I looked up scripture before posting and deleted some because it was just WRONG! I am very leery of things that are all over the internet…

The e-mail I received actually starts off that Noah was a drunk—no indication of that whatsoever but scripture does say that he was a husbandman Genesis 9(gardener/farmer) and he kept vineyards, then drank too much one afternoon. Likely the heat is why he was in his tent naked, but there is a whole other story behind him being seen naked by Ham (son) [or] Canaan (grandson)…a curse ensued… ~  

1Corinthians 3:9~ we are the husbandry (fields).

Mary Magdalene Luke 8: 2. Also, John 20 (11-18 the discourse w/ Mary [of Magdala] after Jesus’ resurrection). It’s also all over the place that MM was a prostitute but the only thing I am aware of is that she was relieved of seven evil spirits…

Woman being condemned for adultery (“you w/out sin cast the first stone”) ~ John 8: 1-11

Woman was a sinner and washed Jesus’ feet Luke 7: 36-50 “thy faith has saved thee”

Mary, sister of Martha Luke 10:38-39

Woman at the well (Jacob’s Well, incidentally) ~ John 4 She went back and told the others of meeting Jesus (who knew all about her, although they had never met) and He tarried/ ministered there two days (see verses 39&40 of John 4 in which the citizens became believers due to her testimony)…What always grabs me about that story is that He knew she’d had five husbands, was cohabitating with another guy, and still welcomed her to the family! Tells us much, huh?!? Some of us cannot even get past simple mistakes and this woman must have had a complex life…

Luke 10: 25-37 ~The Good Samaritan (different story all together from the woman at the well). The footnote in my Bible shares this:  “The Samaritans were descendant s of colonists whom the Assyrian kings planted in Palestine after the fall of the Northern Kingdom in 722 B.C. They were despised by the Jews because of their mixed Gentile blood and their different worship, which centered on Mt. Gerizim John 4:20-22.” (The Assyrians were the ones running things in Nineveh during Jonah’s time and he despised their cruelty to his people…) Sound familiar?

His Eye is On the SparrowMatthew 10:29

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Regarding the Occult…

Posted by wordforit on November 4, 2007

25redicross.jpgListing the very practices we are warned against is an effort to bring awareness that certain things which have become standard, are persuasively dangerous. Who wouldn’t like to know if a brother or parent, etc., are happy on “the other side”? Which of us wouldn’t like to know what will show up in having our charts read? Faith is a key component in walking with Jesus! Humans have a soul satan incessantly seeks for perpetuity and entering his realm is saving him effort.  (Bold Red text=new window)

It cannot be stressed strongly enough that what we are dealing with and what we are condoning with our silence are destructive to our very being. I look at children (including my family), innocently being taught acceptance of others to the degree of uncertainty about right and wrong. I read an article in which American children are inadvertently hearing a message of hate for the USA at home, school, and elsewhere, therefore, they are confused about how to feel… the messages against Christianity are just as pervasive and the foundations are shaky. “”come out from among them, and be ye separate…”

2Corinthians 6:17 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Although we have to pray and study for answers regarding all issues, instruction is explicit in Deuteronomy 18:9-14 about avoiding practices of the occult:

Warning against Heathen Practices: 9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.”

And Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Some may not understand why God is so emphatic in His warnings against playing around with activities which seem harmless in fictionalized book versions, but satan is there, waiting to give you false power and knowledge, except that his is limited, so how much can he share of “not much”? He is, however, smarter than the average bear. The demons have been roaming for centuries, they know human nature and how to convince us that we are something we aren’t, whether it’s an inflated or deflated image. Frankly, I think the pride in not wanting to be made a fool of by unclean spirits is an acceptable type of pride! More importantly, though, is the aversion to allowing Jesus to be made into a joke!

Simply put, satan has already betrayed Almighty God, therefore, we are not to dabble in the realms of darkness, inviting and encouraging demonic motion. They know exactly what they’re doing!

Other verses I find relevant are Mark 1:24-26, indicating demons know Jesus,  the plan of salvation in James 2: 19, and Matthew 8:28-29 which tells that they know they’re doomed. Demons also have a well-developed system of doctrine 1Timothy 4:1-3.

Mark 1:24-26  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hold thy peace, and come out of him“. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

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

The Gergesene Demoniacs: Matthew8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Note: “before the time?” Literally, before their time is up!)

Prediction of Apostasy: 1Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

God offers All, satan will deceive and make unfulfilled promises. In the end, satan will gladly take any of us to hell with him and these (below) are avenues for opening the door to his entire host. Jesus has defeated death and satan, all we have to do is BELIEVE IN JESUS AS THE SON OF GOD, THE SAVIOR. FREE invitation to heaven!!

Please, learn to recognize these and when something sounds remotely unbiblical.

Pray for wisdom.

  1. Fortune-telling – of any kind such as palm reading, crystal ball gazing, numerology, or seeing psychics.
  2. Tarot Cards
  3. Ouija Boards
  4. Seances and any involvement with mediums or spiritists.
  5. Astrology and any form of horoscopes.
  6. I Ching -hexagrams
  7. Hypnotism
  8. Transcendental Meditation or any type of Far Eastern Meditation.
  9. Crystals
  10. Witchcraft
  11. Satanism
  12. Voodoo -Vodun
  13. Channeling – dead spirits;contacting “higher self “
  14. Reincarnation
  15. Astral projection -out-of-body experiences
  16. ESP  – extra-sensory perception
  17. Dungeons and Dragons – role-playing games. (Articles)
  18. New Age Movement techniques and activities.
  19. Necromancy -communicating w/ the dead, e.g. Sylvia Brown, John Edward (McGee)

God Bless and Keep You Always, In All Ways.  Amen.

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