ROME’S ADULTEROUS OFFSPRING – CHRISTMAS!

ROME’S ADULTEROUS OFFSPRING – CHRISTMAS!

“What do you think of the Roman Catholic ‘Church’?”, the Anglican clergyman was asked. “If it’s not the Church of Jesus Christ, then it has to be the devil’s mistress.”, was his reply. Poor man, Oxford had taught him Greek and Hebrew, and yet he was still not quite clear as to the satanic character of Roman Catholicism. Yes indeed, Papal Rome is Satan’s masterpiece, and much the same can be said of Rome’s adulterous offspring – CHRISTMAS – arguably the most ancient, powerful and universal seduction known to man.  Who can deny that the Christmas observance has something in it to appeal to EVERYONE? The world’s giant retailers depend on it for a significant part of their annual profits. In fact, its “religious” content notwithstanding, the enormous appeal – the very complex mystique, of this annual festivity can be reduced to two driving forces : PROFIT and PLEASURE.

An objective appraisal of Christmas would have to conclude that it is THE WORLD’S GREAT ANNUAL DRUNK. Not that all are intoxicated over Christmas, BUT MANY ARE; many that rarely get drunk during the rest of the year.  This alone speaks volumes about Christmas.  This writer has very clear memories of the drunken Christmas seasons he witnessed while growing up in South Africa. O how sad was the sight of men staggering in the streets or sitting on the curb, next to their own vomit, barely able to mutter a “Merry Christmas.”! The loud call of Christmas is undoubtedly, “let us eat, DRINK and be merry.”  And O! how eagerly does the infamous “mother” of this baptized paganism – Papal Rome, seize on this season as her greatest opportunity to bring many unwary souls under her bewitching influence.

Think of it, dear Christian reader, has not experience shown you that Christmas “intoxicates” all who participate in it? Those who don’t get drunk on whisky, are still temporarily carried away by the distracting flurry of activities associated with it.  There is the often frantic search for suitable gifts, the Christmas cards, the finding, decorating and setting up of the idolatrous Christmas tree (Jer.l0:4), the preparation for sumptuous feasts, and for most congregations in America, this seasons calls for tedious exercises in drama, in preparation for the annual Christmas play.  And “‘Tis the season to be jolly”, and also for the endless repetition of “Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” – very honest expressions, because the very heart and soul of Christmas is – not worship, but MIRTH – frequently great, debauched and even disastrous mirth.  O the strange mystique of Christmas!

How seductively it lures its devotees into overspending, massive overeating, powerful emotional upheavals that bring on deep depression, making Christmas the prime season of the year for suicide.  Surely it can’t be an overstatement to say that a fierce cosmic force like this must be anti-Christian and satanic, and cannot possibly be of God. The fact that some truly Christian people participate in this festivity in no way  mitigates against its really pernicious effect, but only underscores its tremendously powerful influence over human nature.

Former Russelite, William Schnell, described his deliverance from that totalitarian religious system as a passing from powerful religious deception “into the light of Christianity.”  And so can this writer testify to his deliverance – total and very happy deliverance, from the Christmas tradition.  Most gracious Father, Thou knowest what a poor slave I was to the carnal charms of that pagan festivity – a slavery that had its start in very early childhood.  Thou Knowest that though we tried so hard to make it Christian, yet we never failed to experience spiritual, emotional and even physical harm by participating in it.  Blessed by Thy most precious Name for delivering us from its powerful bonds, opening our eyes to see its deep paganism and Christ-dishonoring character.

Reader, have we digressed from our meditations on what Grace teaches us (Titus 2:l2)? Not at all!  Grace commands us to “Live soberly”, and we have found that Christmas activities are a powerful threat to that lovely sobriety.  How can we experience anything but spiritual distraction, defeat and loss when, without a word of Scriptural warrant, and against all Scriptural direction, we join with a depraved, God-despising world in its idolatrous mirth? A dear neighbor – a professing Christian woman, has a sign in her yards that reads “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  No, dear soul, He was never in that abomination, and you will never find Him there.  May the Lord pity her and any reader standing in need of these few remarks, sent only for the honor of our most precious Christ and the good of the reader.

Come, let us lift our voices high – high as our joys arise.

And join the songs above the sky where pleasure never dies.

Jesus, the God that fought and bled, AND CONQUERED WHEN HE FELL;

That rose, and at His chariot-wheels dragged all the powers of Hell.

The Lord! How glorious is His face! How kind His smiles appear!

And O! what melting words He says to every humble ear!

“These are the wounds for you I bore, the tokens of My pains.

When I came down to free your souls from misery and chains.”  – l.Watts

More, much, much more than enough is He for this ever- needy soul,

Matthew Pacifico

 

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THE CHRISTIAN ACCUMULATING CLUTTER

THE CHRISTIAN ACCUMULATING CLUTTER

In some of our homes, we’ve got a lot of stuff, and A LOT OF STUFF THAT WE DON’T NEED! I’ve been talking with a few friends about clutter and de-junking the house. How do we decide what to purge? After we’ve thrown out the garbage, how do we decide what to keep and what to give to Goodwill? How do we use the material blessings which the Lord has given us without beginning to “lay up for ourselves treasures upon earth”? [Matt 6:19]

There are loads of books out there on how do de-clutter, organize, and purge, but few of them offer a biblical perspective. The motives that we often hear for de-cluttering are to create a calm personal space, to make room for the new, to aid the flow of positive energy, etc. If you haven’t used it for a year, you’re supposed to throw it out, according to the organizational gurus. But THERE ARE BIBLICAL REASONS AND MOTIVES FOR GETTING RID OF STUFF YOU DON’T USE – AND EVEN SOME STUFF THAT YOU DO.

First, getting rid of excess stuff frees you to other things. Stuff requires that we keep track of it and care for it. Getting rid of extra stuff means that we have less material things to think about and care for, and more time and energy to serve. Instead of storing and cleaning an extensive collection of (china plates, baby clothes, old textbooks, etc.), we have that time to serve. Stuff is often a distraction from the things of God and the service of God. While we do have to live with some things (some clothing, for instance, or pots and pans) and spend time caring for them, stuff that is taking extra time and energy from the things of the Lord needs to go.

Second, getting rid of extra stuff makes your home a tool of service. A home that is cluttered (often a symptom of disorganization) is not a place which is restful to its occupants, available for hospitality, or a witness to a world that is watching to see how other-worldly people live on earth. A de-cluttered home is partly an expression and witness that we are willing and able to serve.

THIRD, GETTING RID OF STUFF CAN BLESS OTHERS. Things that you do not use, that you only use occasionally, or even things that you do use but could do without, could bless someone who actually needs them. Those items can go, too. I had been storing bins and bins of kid’s clothes in case I ever need them. Maybe I will need them again, but in the meantime, I know other children who could put them to good and immediate use. It’s good to ask if someone else would be more fruitful with an item in question, or if they need it: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:14-16).

Things like your wedding dress or another personal, irreplaceable item can stay – pictures of your great-grandmother are probably not going to be a blessing to someone else, anyway. And there is a place for owning some things just because they are beautiful and bring us daily joy. But even then, we need to examine our motives. Why do we cling to a particular thing that is going to burn in the end anyway? Sometimes we keep something because it will bring our children or grandchildren joy (perhaps some financial gain) years from now. Sometimes we want to be able to see a certain item (like our grandfather’s cane, or our first pair of shoes) that brings back memories connected to landmark events in our past.

BUT OFTEN, I FIND MYSELF CLINGING TO STUFF WITH NO OTHER REASON THAN MATERIALISM! I love stuff, so it’s hard to throw it out. Scripture has some serious warning for me: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15). Throwing out stuff helps me to wean myself from this world and focus on spiritual realities. One line from Luther’s hymn has been particularly helpful to me as I seek to pare down my earthly possessions: “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.”

This doesn’t mean that we have to live in stark, monastic settings. But it does mean that we need to view our possessions in light of eternity, using them for God’s glory and love for others. All the stuff I have is just stuff – a stewardship of temporal blessings. Is it weighing down my soul and fruitfulness? Am I using it for eternal good? “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-20). Amen!

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ALL THINGS ORDAINED WITH AN EYE ON GOD’S ELECT

ALL THINGS ORDAINED WITH AN EYE ON GOD’S ELECT

Michael Jeshurun

“According as His divine power hath GIVEN UNTO US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN UNTO LIFE AND GODLINESS, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue!” [2Peter 1:3] 

That’s right, even a thing as common as a printing press to print a Bible or the spectacles through which to read it were all foreordained by God with an eye on His Elect! In fact all the inventions, discoveries, advances in science and practically EVERYTHING that is transpiring under the sun is unfolding with an eye on God’s only begotten Son as the Head and His body the Church! ALL THINGS whatsoever they may be are working together for the GOOD of them that love God, and those who are the called according to His purpose!” [Rom 8:28]

Spurgeon said in one of his sermons – “Long before He had made the world in which men should dwell, He had ordained a place for His people and the arrangements of Providence were made WITH AN EYE TO THEM, for Moses says, “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. For the Lord’s portion is His people. Jacob is the lot of His inheritance.” [Duet 32:8,9]

And A.W. Pink said – “There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.”

WHATEVER comes to pass is God’s will and by God’s sovereign rule! God is doing it to glorify Christ and with an eye on His Elect, His chosen, His sheep! God is sovereign in His purpose, over sin and in the salvation of his Elect. God’s purpose shall not fail!

Most importantly God’s purpose for YOU shall not fail beloved, and that in-spite of yourself – your sins, your shortcomings and your oft failures! The God who purposed to save you is One who speaks in righteousness – ‘Mighty to save!’ [Isa 63:1] And He is not only ABLE to save you to the uttermost but He WILL save you to the uttermost!

“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD SHALL RETURN, AND COME with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head.” [Isaiah 51:11]

The Lord God says that His redeemed SHALL COME and that settles the matter!

Say “Praise the Lord!”

READING GOD’S WORD IS NOT ENOUGH – YOU MUST MEDITATE ON IT

READING GOD’S WORD IS NOT ENOUGH – YOU MUST MEDITATE ON IT

Saturation with the Scriptures is the Secret to Satisfaction of our Souls

The Puritan writer Thomas Brooks offers an excellent description of Biblical meditation…

Remember that it is not hasty reading—but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey (cp Ps 19:10-note; Ps 119:103-note)—but her abiding for a time on the flower which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most—who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.”

Meditation is CHEWING. Meditation is aptly depicted by the cow’s process of mastication (chewing). God has so constructed bovines to bring up previously digested food for additional grinding to enable optimal assimilation of the “cud.” Meditation is pondering and reviewing various thoughts (especially the thoughts/words of God) by mulling them over in one’s mind and heart (our “control center” so to speak – see Pr 4:23-note).

Meditation is the processing of God’s food for our soul (real “soul food!) One might call it “divine thought digestion.” “Chewing” upon a divine thought, deliberately and diligently, a process which (enabled by the Spirit our “Sanctifier”) provides the vital link between theory and action, between God’s Word on paper and God’s Word in our life. What mastication is to the physical life of the cow, meditation is to the spiritual life of those created in the image of God.

C H Spurgeon asks a good question…

“Have you a spiritual taste, dear Hearer? It is one thing to hear the Word. It is another thing to taste it. Hearing the Word is often blessed, but tasting it is a more inward and spiritual thing—it is the enjoyment of the Truth in the innermost parts of our being! Oh, that we were all as fond of the Word as were the old mystics who chewed the cud of meditation till they were fattened upon the Word of the Lord and their souls grew strong in the Divine Love! I am sure of this—the more you know of God’s Word, the more you will love it!”—The True Sayings of God – #3144

Meditation is ANALYZING. Literally analyzing describes the art of taking an intentional, lengthy look at a given object as the jeweler does when he puts his eyepiece on to examine the character and qualities of a flawless diamond. Indeed, “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” (Ps 12:6-note) Meditation on the living and active (energetic) Word (Heb 4:12-note) is like gazing at a prism, which breaks a single beam of sunlight into many component colors. As we take time to steadily focus on the “diamond” of God’s Word, the Spirit illumines the Son’s light in His many and variegated “colors and hues.”

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law (Psalm 119:18).

Meditation is ACTION. Someone has described it: “Making words into thoughts and thoughts into actions.” It is mental planning ahead with definite action in mind for accomplishing a job. Andrew Murray describes it: “Holding the Word of God in your heart until it has affected every phase of your life… this is meditation.”

Now tie these three thoughts together: chewing, analyzing and action. Reflect on each of them now before reading any further. Give God time for divine polishing in His secret place in order to more effectually reproduce His glory and beauty in public.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou SHALT MEDITATE therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” [Joshua 1:8]

[Quoted from Precept Austin.org]

A WORD FROM OLDER DIVINES ON ‘THANKSGIVING’

A WORD FROM OLDER DIVINES ON ‘THANKSGIVING’

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” [C.H. Spurgeon]

“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.”  [Robert Casper Lintner]

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labor when the end was rest, indulged the day that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and offerings, and a thankful strain.”  [Alexander Pope]

“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”  [Henry Ward Beecher]

“A thanksgiving-day hath a double precedency of a fast-day.
On a fast-day we eye God’s anger; on a thanksgiving-day we look to God’s favor.
In the former we specially mind our corruptions; in the latter, God’s compassions;
therefore a fast-day calls for sorrow, a thanksgiving-day for joy.
But the Lord’s day is the highest thanksgiving day.”  [George Swinnock ]

“The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.”  [Warren Wiersbe]

“No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.” [John Greenleaf Whittier]

“It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular.
Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day.
Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful ‘in general.’
It’s very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.”  [Cornelius Plantingua, Jr.]

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” [Unknown]

“Taking for granted all the temporal provisions and spiritual blessings
that God has so richly bestowed on us,
and so failing to continually give thanks, is one of our “acceptable sins” [Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins]

“O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!” [William Shakespeare]

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” [Psalm 150:6]

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”
[Frank A. Clark]

” I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”  [1 Timothy 2:1, 2]

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.”
[Henry Melville]

“If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that.
But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?” [Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe]

“Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.” [Anonymous]

“He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.” [Charron]

“Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.”  [Thomas Fuller]

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”[2 Cor 9:15]

“Do not fancy, as too many do, that thou canst praise God by singing hymns to Him in church once a week, and disobeying Him all the week long.
He asks of thee works as well as words; and more, he asks of thee works first and words after.”  [Charles Kingsley]

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory;  awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
I will praise Thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.” [Psalm 57:7 – 9]

“If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness and all perfection he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything  that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing.”
[William Law]

“How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age.
Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality … thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.” [Sir John Templeton]

“For a Christian thanksgiving, we must give thanks.”
[Unknown]

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” [Ephesians 5:3, 4]

Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me.

THE SCAM OF ALL SOUL’S DAY

THE SCAM OF ALL SOUL’S DAY

ALL-SOULS-DAY is a Satanic religious holiday based upon a demonic doctrine!

“All Souls’ Day (formally, Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum or Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed), also called Defuncts’ Day in Mexico and Belgium, is the day set apart in the Roman Catholic Church and some other churches for the commemoration of the faithful departed. The celebration is based on the doctrine that the souls of the faithful which at death have not been cleansed from venial sins, or have not atoned for past transgressions, cannot attain the beatific vision, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the mass.

The feast falls on November 2 and follows All Saints Day. Since the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council the feast is celebrated on November 2 even in years when that date falls on a Sunday. In the traditional Latin rite, the observance is transferred to Monday, November 3 if November 2 is a Sunday, as black vestments are never permitted on Sundays.” -SOURCE (WIKIPEDIA, the free online dictionary)

Oh how foolish are Catholics to believe that some sins are “venial” (forgivable); but others aren’t. God can forgive ALL sins. Isaiah 1:18 promises, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). The ONLY sin, the unpardonable sin, which God cannot forgive is the grievous sin of REJECTING CHRIST. In Romans 8:9, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the “Spirit of Christ.”

Proverb 14:12 states, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” You can be 100% sincere; but you’ll still go straight to Hell if you die in your sins. These malicious doctrines of the Catholic Church are NOT taught in the Word of God. You’ve been lied to. All sin is wicked and wrong. There is no such thing as a little white sin, all sin is horrible! Thankfully, God sent His only begotten Son into the world to shed His blood upon the cross for our sins (John 3:16; 1st Peter 1:18-19.

 All Souls Day is a Fraud!

 The Catholic teaching that the prayers of the living can help the dead is unscriptural. Not once did any of the Bible prophets or Apostles pray for the dead. Jesus never taught us to pray for the dead. The Word of God couldn’t be any more clear that once we breathe our last breath, our eternal destiny is forever sealed. In Matthew 25 Jesus likened Heaven to a parable of 10 virgins.

The Bible says that 5 were wise; but the other 5 were foolish. When the bridegroom came at midnight, “the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out” (Matthew 25:8). Carefully notice that the wise women couldn’t help the foolish women. In verse 12 the bridegroom said, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Noah and the ark is another prime example of what will happen to the wicked who die in their sins. Once God shut the door to the ark, it was too late.

Committing even one sin will send you to Hell for all eternity. All-Souls-Day is a fraudulent event, based upon the damnable heresies of evil men. No one can help you escape God’s wrath if you die in your sins … “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). Don’t be a fool by placing your salvation in the hands of other sinners, because they cannot help you. If you think that some sins aren’t all that bad (venial sins), and that you can pray your loved one’s out of punishment, then you are greatly deceived by Satan.

2nd Thessalonians plainly states, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.”  If you die without having obeyed the Gospel (the good news) of Christ crucified, then you WILL burn in Hell forever.

Catholics teach that certain of their members who die in their “venial” sins will go to Purgatory; but the Word of God teaches something entirely different … “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” If you have believed upon Christ, that God has imputed Christ’s righteousness to your record, and your sins to His. In fact, Romans 4:6 states … “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.

So why would such a blessed man go to suffer in Purgatory? Do you see how much the Catholic Church has LIED to you.  The Bible is clear, either you are a total heathen, or you have Christ’s righteousness in spite of your present sins. Lot was a sinful man; but he believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Does this give us a license to sin, of course not.

All-Souls-Day is a scam, based upon a manmade foolish doctrine.

You can pray ’til you’re blue in the face; but it won’t help your departed loved ones at all. You can give all your money to the Church; but it’s too late for your loved ones if they died in their sins without Christ as Savior. There is absolutely NOTHING anyone can do to benefit those suffering in Hell. This is clearly evidenced by the account given in Luke 16:19-31 of the rich man who went to Hell. Jesus didn’t say that this was a parable, as He always did when He spoke parables.  Also, unlike His parables, Jesus used SPECIFIC names in this account (i.e., Abraham and Lazarus).

The rich man was in torment, and begged Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead to warn his five brothers. Abraham makes a startling statement by saying, “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” In other words, if people won’t listen to the Word of God, then nothing will reach them for Christ.

Catholicism is a lie of the devil, a prison-house of religion. If I didn’t sincerely care about people, then I wouldn’t take the time to WARN you. The Catholic religion is all a bunch of Satanic lies based upon traditions and ridiculous manipulations of the Word of God. I plead with you as a friend, obey the Bible by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and forsaking the Mother of Harlots. The Great Whore of the Catholic Church will take you to hell with them if you’re foolish enough to follow them. Don’t do it. Salvation is NOT found in a religion, but in a Person–the Lord Jesus Christ! You need Christianity friend, NOT Churchianity.

HOW can I be saved?

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!”  [Acts 16:31]

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ePubs and your Christian Library

ePubs and your Christian Library

If you’re like me – someone who likes to read, then it’s about time you learned how to start using epubs. Now what in the world are epubs?

EPUB is an e-book file format with the extension .epub that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers. It is a free and open standard published by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The term is short for electronic publication and is sometimes styled ePub.

The best ‘Application’ to store and read your epubs is of course Google Play Books. So before you can do anything else, you have to make sure you have the application ‘Google Play Books’ installed on your mobile device. Chances are, it’s already installed on it (it’s on mine as “Play Books”). If it’s not preinstalled, just go ahead and download it from the Google Play Store or your Apple’s iTunes.

With Google Play Books for Chrome, you can use just about any device you own to read any book, anywhere. Great Reading Experience – Make your books available for reading even when you are not connected to the Internet – Change font and layout, search within the book – Highlight text, add margin notes and select words to find definition, to translate, or to search online. Discover Millions of Titles – Over 4 million books in every imaginable category, from the New York Times ® bestsellers to favorite classics – Millions of free books available instantly. And if you’ve logged in to Google Play Books with your email ID then whatever you mark, highlight or take notes on is at once synced to all your devices and book marked. So if you’ve been reading on your iPad at the workplace, you could go home and continue where you left off on your smartphone complete with the same markings, hightlights and notes etc.

Now we are looking for free Christian Reformed epubs, right? And for this you have two very good websites which I personally know of –www.monergism.com , and www.chapellibrary.org . There are probably more sites out there. You just have to patiently search for them.

Once you have the Google Play Books downloaded on your Apple or Android device, all you need to do is just go to these websites offering free Christian books and find the book you desire to upload to your Playbooks and click on the icon that reads epub. The file will download to your mobile device and all you need to do is click on the downloaded file and it will open in your Google Playbooks. Ta da! Now you can set the font to your desired size and start reading, highlighting and taking notes and if you wish you could even share what you’ve read on your Social Media website.

I personally have right now on my Google Play Books the complete works of A.W. Pink, J.C. Philpot, Spurgeon, John Flavel, Bunyan, Edwards and much more. God bless the brothers who have made these available for FREE!

So while I’m waiting for the subway train to arrive or for my wife to finish her shopping, I am not goofing off playin’ ‘Candy Crush’ but I redeem the time reading Theology because my whole Christian Library is now in my pocket! Praise the Lord!

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the Word of Truth!”
[2Tim 2:15]

Love
Michael Jeshurun

CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN

CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN

 HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

 Celtic New Year

October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil’s birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.

 DRUIDS

The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.

 DIVINATION

Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.

 SACRIFICES

These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death – Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.

 8th CENTURY

In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.

 THE MIDDLE AGES

In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic – like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.

 CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.

All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That’s where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.

 MODERN HALLOWEEN

Now let’s look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn’t the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don’t comply.

You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.

At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!

You say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

 How this must Grieve the Lord!

 Scriptural References:

Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 44:23; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 7:25-26; James 1:27; II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 10:19-23; I Thessalonians 5:21-23; Philippians 4:8.

 “HALLOWEEN, TRICK OR TREAT?

You can call a duck a horse, cow, cat, etc., but it is still a duck. You can call what you do a “fall festival”, “alleluia party”, etc., but you are still observing Halloween, even if you dress up as bible characters. Halloween is the highest satanic holy day of the year.

On October 31st, the high priest of all witch covens are required to make a human sacrifice. God condemns witches and everything to do with them. The head of the first satanic church said, “a witch is a witch”, when referring to black and white witchcraft. All their power comes from the devil.

People think it’s funny to scare people to “death”. II TIMOTHY 1:7 says, “For God has not given to us the spirit of fear…”. So guess who is scaring you?

Tell your children the truth about halloween. Revelation 21:8 says liars won’t make it to heaven. Then, parents, you will be doing your job as the high priest of the family like you are suppose to be. If you open your doors to pass out tracts, you are still observing halloween. Why don’t you pass them out another time?

 SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN

“For Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” 1 Sam. 15:23,

WITCHCRAFT – SATANISM

Witches are for Halloween or for superstitious primitives in seventeenth century Salem. That seems to be the “modern” outlook sophisticated skepticism and a knowing smile when it comes to witchcraft.

And yet Time’s recent cover story would indicate that witchcraft is not a thing of the past. Satan is not dead. Young people by the thousands are probing seriously the mysteries of “the other side,” from seances to Satan worship. Leading universities report over-enrolled courses on witchcraft . . . occult book sales have doubled in three years . . . most American high schools have their campus “witches and warlocks” . . . And occasionally the headlines shatter our complacency with the terror of Manson-style violence.

Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States. This issue is becoming debatable inside of Christian circles because of the rise of the occult in America.

Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.

Children are in costumes and masks with Halloween pumpkins of ‘Jack O’ Lanterns’ name for (Will Wisps) an ancient symbol of a damned soul, too long considered harmless fun, and innocent pranks.

Halloween is celebrated masquerading as Church fund-raising bazaars decorated with black cats and witches; skeletons, scarecrows, haunted houses, bats, vampires and dummies in coffins. It should not be integrated with the holiness of the scared house of God. It’s wicked and brings curses, (Deut. 11-36, 28.)

Some see it as evil and will have nothing to do with the celebration; others as harmless fun partake fully: costume parties, Halloween decorations and ‘trick-or-treat. Still others try to find a “middle” approach, allowing trick-or-treat and masquerades, but as “Bible characters” instead of demonic and occult figures.

Some Churches are now seeing the influence of its fruit. One cannot deny the occult-metaphysical nature of Halloween is not in line with the Christian in character. Despite this clear contrast, Christians defend their complicity in the holiday asserting their “liberty” in Christ from the bondages of “legalism,” declaring it is only innocent fun! God never gave us liberty to engage ourselves in evil!

“Learn not the way of the heathen . . . for the customs of the people are vain,” (Jeremiah 10:2-3).

“And what concord hath Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,” (II Corinthians 6:15-17).

[Quoted from various sources on the Web]

Please do not post comments justifying either Christmas or Halloween . . . they will be promptly deleted!

Michael Jeshurun

THE BLESSING OF GOD IS OUTSIDE THE CAMP OF APOSTATE CHRISTIANITY

THE BLESSING OF GOD IS OUTSIDE THE CAMP OF APOSTATE CHRISTIANITY

A.W. Pink

“I am thoroughly convinced that one of the chief hindrances today to many of the Lord’s people enjoying their inheritance is that they are in their WRONG PLACE, they are where Christ is not: he is on the outside of EVERYTHING CORPORATE.

To be where he is not is to miss the place of blessing, is to have our peace disturbed, and is to be corrupted by those who are not walking with Him. I am more firmly convinced today than I was 14 months ago that our place is on the ‘outside of the camp’. That is the place of reproach, loneliness, and of testing; but as it is the place where CHRIST is, it is, necessarily, the place of blessing, peace and joy”.
[A.W. Pink in his letter to the Colemans. Quoted from ‘The Life of Arthur W. Pink’ – Iain H. Murray]

“COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD! [2 Corinthians 6:17].

And what will follow when this Divine command is obeyed? Why, then we shall prove the truth of those words of Christ: “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 (John 15:19). WHICH “world” is specifically in view here? Let the previous verse answer: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

WHAT “world” hated Christ and hounded Him to death? The RELIGIOUS world, those who pretended to be most zealous for God’s glory. So it is now. Let the Christian turn his back upon a Christ—dishonoring Christendom, and his fiercest foes and most relentless and unscrupulous enemies will be those who claim to be Christians themselves!

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you… for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad” (Matthew 5:11,12).

Ah, my brother, it is a healthy sign, a sure mark that you are profiting from the Word, when the religious world hates you. BUT IF, ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU STILL HAVE A “GOOD STANDING” IN THE “CHURCHES” OR “ASSEMBLIES” THERE IS GRAVE REASON TO FEAR THAT YOU LOVE THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THAT OF GOD! [Profiting from the Word]

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, AND TOUCH NOT the unclean thing.” [2Cor6:14,17]

O my Christian reader, seek grace to obtain the uncompromising spirit of Moses. When urged to worship God in “Egypt” (i. e. the white-washed “churches” OF THE WORLD), say it is impossible, for “what communion hath light with darkness!” when pressed to leave your children in a worldly Sunday School, to be instructed by those who have not the fear of God upon them, refuse, when invited to at least retain your membership in the HOLY SPIRIT-DESERTED “CHURCHES” and contribute of your means to their upkeep, decline to do so.

That going forth to meet the Lord is to be understood as expressing both external and internal action. Externally, it signifies separation from the world, especially its pleasures, for Christ will not be met with while we waste our time engaging in them. “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers… come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) must be heeded if we would “meet the Bridegroom.” More particularly, their going forth denoted a turning of their backs upon the apostate ECCLESIASTICAL SYSTEM: Christ had informed His disciples that he had abandoned a Judaism which had rejected Him (Matthew 23:37, 38), so if they would meet with Him, they too must “go forth unto Him outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:15). THE SAME IS TRUE NOW. [Practical Christianity]

[Writing to Lowell Green, September 2, 1934]
My earnest advice is for you to have little or NOTHING TO DO with the people of the religious world today. They CANNOT help you spiritually, and where they help not they are bound to HINDER! Be much in prayer and on your guard against a holier-than -thou attitude. if we are not very watchful, separation soon leads to self- righteousness. On the other hand, association with empty professors soon corrupts and paralyzes true spirituality.

Prayer, reading and meditation will do far more for your soul – with God’s blessing on the same – than attending meetings and being active in ‘Christian service’

THE TRULY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

THE TRULY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” [Proverbs 31:30]

We long to be beautiful, don’t we?

There is nothing wrong in looking your best, but you can try in vain to make your beauty in your face, hair, and body….or you can come sit at the feet of the Author of beauty.

We all know people who are so very beautiful on the outside. However, that is where all of their beauty lies. Because their heart is ugly, mean, and empty. How does that change their outward beauty in your eyes?

There is nothing more beautiful than a girl who is in love with Jesus, and lets His beauty shine in her life. Jesus is so beautiful, and I have never seen His face. Everything that He is. Everything He has done for us. Every single promise. Girls, we have the opportunity to embrace this beauty, and broadcast it to the world.

Think of a small clay pot filled with dirt. There is nothing beautiful about looking at a pot of dirt. Even if that dirt has a tiny seed inside, we cannot see it. It is hidden. However, when that seed is watered, and given sunlight, and cultivated, and given attention, a small plant will begin to grow. The more attention we give this little seed the larger and more beautiful the plant will grow, and soon, this pot of dirt becomes something else to look at. Something special. Something beautiful.

We, in and of ourselves, are nothing special to look at. Who wants to look at simply a pot of dirt? However, when we have Jesus, we have something pretty special. We have something to cultivate– a beauty that is not our own. The more attention we give to Him, the more we can grow something of value inside of us. And soon, the people that look at us will no longer focus on a pot of dirt. In fact, the pot of dirt may go completely unnoticed, but not the flower. Jesus will become beauty inside of us. True, loving beauty from its very Author.

True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ. She clings to God’s promises for her life and believes them as the most important thing about her.

I want my life to showcase, not my own small cup of dirt, but beautiful Jesus who lives inside of me. He is the one who needs to shine the brightest. He is the one who really needs to be seen. Fear the Lord. Stay close to His side.

“A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.” -John Piper

We have no worth apart from Him. The world says “You have to love yourself before you can love others.” But, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39

The secret of life is NOT to fall in love with yourself. I don’t think we have much of a problem putting ourselves first. The secret is to fall in love with Jesus. Let His love fill your heart, and then we can put others needs first and love them like Jesus did. This is the secret to having a beautiful heart. Only when He is our everything can His beauty be a trademark of our lives.

“Any human beauty, any human value that we might find within ourselves is just a filthy rag compared to the limitless beauty and glory of Jesus Christ. Christ’s beauty is perfect. And, in spite of what we deserve, He desires to adorn us with His spectacular glory. It is not our unique beauty that must shine for this world to see. It is not our own beauty that we must discover and embrace – it is His. True beauty is the natural byproduct of a young woman who has emptied herself, given up her own life, and allowed God’s Spirit complete access to every dimension of her inner and outer life.” -Leslie Ludy

So, guess what. We are special because of Jesus. He IS beauty inside of us. Without Him, we would be just as lost as anyone else. Why would we not cling to Him? Why would we not cultivate the only thing that sets us apart from the world? Our relationship with Jesus. Anything we could muster up of ourselves that is “good” is really filthy rags in the eyes of God. (Isaiah 64:6) And will long fade away in the eyes of the world as well. Leslie Ludy also said, “If we rely on something that we possess to make us beautiful, we cannot receive the transforming beauty of Jesus Christ. Discovering true feminine beauty is exchanging all that we are for all that He is.”

Charles Spurgeon said, “If a soul has any beauty, it is because Christ has endowed that soul with His own, for in ourselves we are deformed and defiled! There is no beauty in any of us but what our Lord has worked in us.”

Girls, we desperately need to realize the value of true beauty. The world desperately needs to see Christ, and we have a desperately important role to showcase to the world, not our own beauty, but His!

By Lauren DeMoss