Posts tagged ‘christian’

October 21, 2015

Christianity today….

Where to start….

I have been having conversations with ‘Christians’ over the last few years and among them I have found that they differ from my views on biblical topics.  Do not judge they say or there isn’t just ONE way to Heaven or God would never do that or Why would God do that.  This Comic strip below really expresses what I have found Christianity to resemble a lot like lately in light of the current times. I will elaborate a bit more after you read the strip below:

i'm a C BUT

This comic strip really hit home for me in light of my conversations with not only Christians but non believers as well.  I keep hearing these common themes of ‘it’s personal’ and ‘that’s how I feel’ a lot.  For me, reading scripture and knowing Jesus and my God whom I serve is how I get to know him and learn what He wants from me and how I should live. It is not a feeling or something to be kept quiet.  We are meant to live out loud and shout the good news from the Mountain tops.

The sad situation is that there are so many Christians that believe this way and that needs to change. And that change needs to start with you and me.  To end with scripture that is apropos, I will end with this one.

 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work – 2 Timothy 3:16,17

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April 15, 2015

The name of God

I wanted to post this for a long time. The reason is because from what I know now is of importance to mostly the ‘Western Hemisphere’. Of most importance to get across for me in this blog today is the name “ALLAH”. This name is a beautiful name of God in Arabic. It is also the ONLY way to call him “GOD” in Arabic. Just like we say “GOD” in English, the same holds true in Arabic. Muslims don’t hold the sole right to call God “Allah” just like Christians don’t either. It is the universal name of God in Arabic.
So for education purposes I wanted to share this with you. I am also including a great excerpt from Wikipedia.org about the many understandings of the name ALLAH below:

**Allah (English pronunciation: /ˈælə/ or /ˈɑːlə/;[1] Arabic: الله‎ Allāh, IPA: [ʔalˤˈlˤɑːh] ( listen)) is the Arabic word for God (al ilāh, literally “the God”).The word has cognates in other Semitic languages, including Elah in Aramaic, ʾĒl in Canaanite and Elohim in Hebrew.

It is used mainly by Muslims to refer to God in Islam,but it has also been used by Arab Christians since pre-Islamic times. It is also often, albeit not exclusively, used by Bábists, Bahá’ís, Indonesian and Maltese Christians, and Mizrahi Jews. Christians and Sikhs in West Malaysia also use and have used the word to refer to God. This has caused political and legal controversies there as the law in West Malaysia prohibits non-Islamic uses of the word.

The Aramaic word for “God” in the language of Assyrian Christians is ʼĔlāhā, or Alaha. Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, use the word “Allah” to mean “God”. The Christian Arabs of today have no other word for “God” than “Allah”.(Even the Arabic-descended Maltese language of Malta, whose population is almost entirely Roman Catholic, uses Alla for “God”.) Arab Christians, for example, use the terms Allāh al-ab (الله الأب) for God the Father, Allāh al-ibn (الله الابن) for God the Son, and Allāh al-rūḥ al-quds (الله الروح القدس) for God the Holy Spirit.**

I hope this helps when from now on you hear the word Allah, you realize that it is the beautiful name of God in the Middle-East and other parts of the world.

I also wanted to iterate the fact that God’s name should never be taken in vain, Exodus 20. This is where the 10 commandments lye and the respect, reverence and holiness of our Father should never be taken lightly or in vain.

Blessings

June 3, 2013

I’m a sinner

I’m a sinner
I’m a saint
I am a hypocrite
I am a believer
I’m not perfect
But I know who is
I am being sanctified
Until that day
When I return to my creator
Who loves me anyway
I am a sinner
I am a saint

February 10, 2010

In the morning

In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee – Psalm 5:3

Going to the Lord in the morning is one of the most important things we as Christians can do to start our day off right.  God wants our best, our first-fruits, NOT our left-overs.  What I mean is that God wants us to spend time with Him in the morning before our day starts and seek Him, knowing plans He has for you that day become reality as you thank Him for those blessings and acknowledge Him for the good that comes into your life.  What God gets disappointed about is when we leave Him out of our entire day and then in the waning minutes of your day, before you fall asleep, you say “oh yeah, God…” and fall out asleep shortly after.  Where is the relationship with your Father in Heaven there? 

Prayer continuously throughout the day and begin in the morning before you leave your house for the day that is about to begin.

October 29, 2009

Holiday post

I super-duper like this post given by Dusty Kemp who is the Pastor at Bread of Life Church in NW Houston.  Here is what he has to say about the Saturday event known as Holloween:

WHAT ARE YOU GOING AS?

Well, it’s that time again. October 31st brings the galactic alignment of three events in my life this year. It is the thirtieth anniversary of Bread of Life/New Life Church and Daylight Saving Time ends.  And, as you all know, it is the night for some (who aren’t super-holy like you and me) to dress-up their children in clothes they would normally never wear, to visit neighbors they have never spoken to and strangers with unknown backgrounds, and threaten them for candy that they usually forbid their kids to eat. Wow I love holidays!

In late October, it seems like everyone wanting to make small talk, likes to ask you, “What are you going as?” They don’t bother to tell you where you are supposed to be going. But just to be on the safe side, I decided I’d better be ready to “go as something”, just in case. I have decided to dress-up as a Christian.

Hmmm. Now what would one of those look like? Do you know? Do you have a costume for one? I hope not. Costume is defined as “a set of clothes worn by an actor or someone attempting to masquerade.” If our Christian living is just an act, or a masquerade in which we are hiding what we really are, well, that’s hypocrisy.

Okay, let’s get dressed. First, we have to put on love.a It’s the greatest of all of the commandments. If we walk in love, all that God requires of man is fulfilled.b  Oh, and we must become like children. Jesus said that we wouldn’t enter Heaven if we didn’t.c  He meant to be mature in our thinking, but like children where sin and evil were concerned, harmless and inoffensive, not worried about anything, but trusting the Father in everything.d

It’s interesting isn’t it…that dressing like a Christian doesn’t involve “outer accessories”? There is no mention of carrying a Bible, wearing a suit and tie, etc. It is first dressing your heart with love and child-like faith. When that is done, the outer man will follow accordingly.

So, enjoy your weekend. Dress appropriately. If you see people masquerading and you think it’s a sin, remember that you are dressed in love! If you are collecting candy and think the hyper-religious are being weird by opting-out, be sure that there is a layer of love under your costume!

And with all of us dressed in love, let’s be children at heart, but not fight over trivial things like candy.

a (Colossians 3:14)
b (Romans 13:8b,9)
c (Matthew 18:3)
d (I Corinthians 14:20) 

March 25, 2009

wednesday devotional

I wrote this little diddy for my men’s gathering today:

“-Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”  Philippians 2:12, 13

 

I wanted to share a positive message today about God and His powerful Word.  I want to talk about His goodness that reigns over all our lives.  His goodness that surpasses all understanding.  His goodness that works in us to good things all over the world in every Christian around the world. 

What type of things does God have us do that is good and that furthers His kingdom on earth?

I think about how often I fail to do the good I know I should do.  I also think about the good opportunities that I miss.  Encouragement is, there will be more opportunities. 

I was asked to serve on an Emmaus Team that was to be held in January of this year.  I was going through some hard times personally in December and had to call the Lay Director and tell him that I had to decline my position on the team.  The walk didn’t make and the LD was asked to serve on the men’s walk in April instead.  I wasn’t asked initially to serve on that team, but last night I got a call from Robert Kent, the LD, and he asked me to be the Head Chapel position.  I was going to be the inside Table Leader, but God had better plans and I am going to be Head Chapel Servant.  I find that this position is where He wants me to be in proportion to where my life is now.  I want to iterate the aspect of how God will bring you another opportunity even when you think you don’t deserve it or think that He has forgotten about you…HE HASN’T!!!  He will pick you up and give you another chance and opportunity and enable you to still do the good for His purpose!

I believe one of many thoughts and views on working out your salvation is knowing that you will make mistakes and continue to learn in life what it means to be a Christian believer.  How hard it is to be a believer, but knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us. 

 

Where have you found God directing you to do good in your life?  In your family, community, world?

February 23, 2009

black history month

I want to acknowledge Black History Month for February.  I also want to highlight a Brother in Christ who is a solid Christian, pastor Tony Evans.  His words are inspiring and powerful.  They hit home and he brings the truth every time he speaks.  Don’t get turned off by his loud voice at first, if you haven’t heard him before, because he builds up to his point and hits you right in the center of your soul.  What a powerful speaker and follower of Christ, is Tony Evans.

A quote I remember from him, and this is paraphrased, but something like this, “The Bible is like the ocean, it’s as deep as you want to go and never be full and it’s as shallow as you want to be and not drown.”

September 29, 2008

christian films

In order for us to see quality movies in the future, we need to support Christian films being made today.  One movie in particular that is currently featured at your local movie house is Fireproof.  A film featuring actor Kirk Cameron, who is a Christian.  If you didn’t know that already…he is also the same guy from the TV show Growing Pains. 

Referenced recently was this quote from Rotten Tomatoes on the movies recent weekend success:

Coming from seemingly out of nowhere and debuting in fourth place was the Kirk Cameron drama Fireproof. The film, which tells the story of a firefighter who must find a way to save his marriage, brought in an estimated $6.5M from only 839 screens for a strong average of $7,764, second highest in the top ten. The film has been heavily promoted to Christian groups and proves once again that religious-themed films can bring in an audience.

So take your better half and go see this movie and support Christian Films being made today!

August 13, 2008

West Coast Christian

I grew up in a Muslim culture with my dad and his side of the family in Southern California.  My parents were divorced when I was about 3 or 4.  I had chosen to live with my dad and did so for most of my adolescent years.  I had accepted or at least tried the Muslim faith for a short period of time when I was about 14 or so.  I did realize quickly that it wasn’t for me though.  However, there was still the Arabic influence in my life that I loved: the food, my family, speaking Arabic, etc.

This story about a young man growing up Muslim in the West Bank(Israel/Palestine) and now seeking asylum in Southern California(United States) and attending a Christian Church and forsaking the religion he was brought up with reminds me of my past history and growing up in a similar fashion. 

This has conjured up many thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions.  I’m very proud of this young man for doing what he has done.  The fact is, when you do what he has done, your family forever forsakes you as well.  It’s the culture that dictates this.  Although, his mother might still want to love on him, I’m sure, the fact is, he has left everything he knows to accept, embrace and share his faith in Jesus Christ.  Praise God!!

This brings me to another point.  That is how blessed and privileged we are to live in the United States of America and enjoy the freedoms that were bought by blood by our forefathers to give us the life we have today.  This young man received it and relishes in the beauty of Freedom!  Long Live Freedom!! 

We as Americans, should be more thankful and grateful that we have the rights we do have to practice whatever religion you want in our God Blessed Country, the great USA!  We all have this right, and I know that I’m grateful for it.

I am honored and wowed by this story and hope you read it all, because it is very enlightening and inspiring.  It just hit me so hard and not growing up in “The Church”, but accepting Christ when I was in my early 20’s, Jesus is someone whom I will never forsake or take for granted, especially seeing many sides of life, and other faiths and realizing that He is the only way and truth and life. 

I’m proud to say I’m Christian, from the mountain tops!

July 15, 2008

Jesus is Lord

It is reckoned that the earliest and simplest of the Christian creeds comprised just three words; JESUS IS LORD.

Upon the strength of this straighforward confession believers were baptized and welcomed into the Christian community.  With this phrase they were making a statement about Jesus’ identity.  Lord(Kurios in Greek) was the word which the scholars used for God’s divine name(Yahweh) when they translated the Old Testament into Greek.

They knew LORD was a divine title, and they constantly employed it with reference to Jesus.  He was not the latest addition to the pantheon of Roman deities; He was unique in His birth, death and resurrection – and one day every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

Giving in to the pluralistic thinking that grants validity to every religion is false.  We are, if you like, stuck with the great New Testament affirmations of the uniqueness of Jesus.(Acts 4:12-Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.)

There is a myth gaining ground in our day – namely that the world religions(Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, etc) agree on the main things while disagreeing on only peripheral matters.  In fact the differences between them are profound.  The English poet Steve Turner makes this point well in his poem CREED:

“We believe that all religions are basically the same, at least the one that we read was, They all believe in love and goodness, They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation”