How the Qu’ran converted a Muslim to Christ


Hi Everybody!

I know I’ve posted this already on my facebook, but I feel lead to post this on my blog to get a wider audience. Check out this snippet of Mario Joseph’s transformation from being a Muslim to coming to know about Christ from the things he found out in Islams holy book the Qu’ran. The Qu’ran is what changed his mind and view about Christianity as he was challenged to answer questions regarding who is Jesus Christ…the interview is amazing. God can cause us to find the truth and use the most foolish ways to get to it, to confound the wise. Isn’t God Great?

It really speaks to this verse of scripture in 1 Corinthians 1:27  which says: 

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
 
May this video bless your heart today. 
 
 
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Hearing God’s Frequency


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Understanding what it means to Hear God at the right frequency. Are you tuned in or tuned out?

Originally posted on Real Talk With Jesus:

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radioToday, I felt like discussing how we, as Christians and non-Christians can hear from God. I find it extremely amazing how God can talk to just anyone in order to have His voice heard. However, my focus is to simply outline my experience of how anyone can hear the voice of God by tuning into his frequency.

You must be wondering how does anyone in this world tune in to God’s frequency in order to hear Him better? I liken this experience to an analogy on the radio. Let’s just imagine that everyone in the whole world had access to the radio to hear about news, current events, your favorite music station and so on. We have to tune the radio to a specific frequency in order to obtain the information we need.  Now let us imagine that the radio channel the Christian believer is on is the frequency…

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Press In Your Presence – I will fight to worship you!


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I pray that you all are having a blessed Sunday. God is our strength from day to day and today is another day to give him the highest praise! :D

Today, I just want to seek y’all to pray for a young man by the name of Richie who is struggling with his family that is threatening him to stop pursuing praise and worship as a musician in our band. The situation is rather complex, but this young man loves God and wants to stay on our worship team, but the issues at home are preventing him from pursuing God with the passion he has burning in his chest to play his bass guitar with his friends in our praise team. He was beaten up by his father last night and the conditions at home are quite complicated since his father is living with another woman that is not his mother, and his grandmother is another obstacle that literally tried to stop him from coming to church last Sunday to do worship with us, however, he was able to make it after a phone call conversation with my Pastor. Seriously, can you believe that????!!!

People, this is what I mean when I say Worship is warfare…and unfortunately, in the case of Richie, this is the situation. Despite all of this, we are praying for him and we are taking steps to defend and fight for this young man that needs covering to get through all this. I simply cannot understand why people would want to prevent others from worshiping God, but without revealing too much personal information, what I will say is that we are up against a Strongman which is the spirit of RELIGION, coupled with PRIDE and ARROGANCE and a Spirit of CONTROL. So I pray that all my blogger friends join me and pray for this young man who seeks to pursue his passion to be a part of what God is doing. God wants this young man to worship freely and without being manipulated. He called my pastor and told him that he was really sad today because he really wanted to worship with us today. It really broke my heart because last week when he worshiped with us for the first time, he totally enjoyed it, I mean thoroughly enjoyed it. He has never felt so free in worship in his entire life and the best thing was that the whole band was comprised with his friends.

Worshiping God with freedom is a river to ones soul. It fills you and satisfies you in ways you cannot even begin to imagine or explain. The moment people try to snatch your worship away, it’s as if your soul has been thrust into a desert where you remain thirsty seeking for that drop of water to fill you with life again. I know personally and from experience that I cannot be in a place where worship is not done freely, and if a spirit of Control is attached to every action of a worshiper then aren’t we just marionettes singing songs masquerading as worship?

God doesn’t want a puppet show where one is only pulling at the strings, He wants each and every person to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. 

My Pastor is going to speak to the boy’s family today and as he does this let us put our hearts together and pray for this young man called Richie and pray that God breaks through in his situation. He is seeking God and we are praying that God will intervene in Jesus Name. 

Thank you so much for praying with me everyone. I really appreciate it.

If two or more are seen as touching anything, whatever we ask of God, it shall be done, Amen!

Here is a song by Shana Wilson that came to me as a song that seems to be the right one to minister to this young man’s needs called Press in Your Presence. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless you everybody! :D 

So What Do We Do Now With Mark Driscoll?


So What Do We Do Now With Mark Driscoll?.

I read this article and thought to myself how sad it is that popular preachers are straying from the safety net of wise counselors by abusing their powers that not only affect the flock, but their spiritual walk with God on a personal basis.

I think the major take away from this article are the numbered items that I think are key for leaders to understand about their role. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes…but it is the attitude in which those refuse to repent or be corrected by them that worries me. I have seen this happen in a church before and all the signs are there, but people are too afraid to speak up, pay attention, or do something about it (i.e. confront their leaders). We are our brothers keeper…and it is a duty to make sure that when even a leader strays. we guide them back on the right path on the right road with love and compassion and direction. If we shy away from correcting them…are we not saying we don’t care for their lives???

This should be food for thought today.

What would Jesus want us to do? We cannot forsake our brothers and sisters…but if they refuse to change…they will have to answer to God in the long run for their own actions. Apostasy continues when people don’t stand up for what is right, allowing abuse to continue to happen.

As a watchwoman, I find this to be critical to watch out for this year…leaders will reap what they sow during the season of the harvest if they don’t repent. It is not God’s will to watch Christian leaders fall…He wants them to change their ways and humble themselves and pray and turn away from their wicked ways, and God will restore them and heal them and deliver them, if and when they do choose the path of the humble and decide to repent openly before God and their flock.

This is a good time to remind people of the warning signs of an unhealthy church:

1. Little or no accountability. When celebrity preachers seem eager to tell everyone else what to do but aren’t willing to hear correction from others, prepare for a train wreck. There is safety in the multitude of counselors (see Prov. 11:14). There is much less safety—even danger—when a leader does not seek counsel from a diverse group of his peers.

2. Spiritual elitism. If there is a spirit of control in a church, people are usually told their group is superior. If people choose to leave, they are shunned or branded as renegades. Sometimes, in extreme cases, people are even cursed if they leave. This cultic behavior inflicts unimaginable emotional suffering and also divides families.

3. An oppressive atmosphere. Authoritarian leaders control people through manipulation. This may come in the form of threats, legalistic demands, unreasonable requirements or false doctrines. In such a church no one is allowed to ask questions. Spiritual heaviness lies like a thick cloud over the congregation, and few believers manifest genuine joy.

4. Angry domination. Tyrants are surprisingly similar. Because they want to control their surroundings, they often blow up when people do not conform to their demands. Yet the apostle Paul taught that church leaders should not be “violent” or “quarrelsome” but “self-controlled” and “gentle” (see 1 Tim. 3:2-3). He also instructed Timothy that the Lord’s servant “must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone” (2 Timothy 2:24).

 5. A low view of women. While churches today differ in their views on women in leadership, it should be noted that authoritarian churches almost always discourage women from pursuing any genuine role in ministry. Women are viewed as useful only in their functions as submissive wives and mothers, and they are not encouraged to step beyond these confines to pursue ministry opportunities.

Let’s pray that the healing power of Jesus covers this situation in Seattle—and that the people who left Mars Hill Church, the people who remain there, and Mark Driscoll himself can recover from the trauma of spiritual abuse.

J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady. He is the author of 10 Lies Men Believe and other books.

Should a Christian listen to secular music?


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All the things you wanted to know about music but were afraid to ask when thinking about what is acceptable before God

Originally posted on Pastor Mike Says:

secularMany Christians struggle with this question. Many secular musicians are immensely talented. Secular music can be very entertaining. There are many secular songs that have catchy melodies, thoughtful insights, and positive messages. In determining whether or not to listen to secular music, there are three primary factors to consider: 1) the purpose of music, 2) the style of music, and 3) the content of the lyrics.

1) The purpose of music. Is music designed solely for worship, or did God also intend music to be soothing and/or entertaining? The most famous musician in the Bible, King David, primarily used music for the purpose of worshipping God (see Psalm 4:1; 6:1, 54, 55; 61:1; 67:1; 76:1). However, when King Saul was tormented by evil spirits, he would call on David to play the harp in order to soothe him (1 Samuel 16:14-23)…

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Bondage Breaking Faith: THE KEY OF DAVID!


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worth the reblog since this month is going to be a month of many breakthroughs for the faithful church of Jesus Christ. Ask yourself, are you faithful?

Originally posted on Sherline's Watchu Thinkin' Blog:

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Hope you are having an awesome weekend! Well, I’m in the mood for some praise and worship! Whoohooooo! The song I have today is the kind that will keep your head up by J.Moss! If you didn’t feel joy today, this song will uplift your spirit and make you dance!

When I think of David in the Bible and all the stuff he had to endure before he  became King of Israel, he wrote so many psalms to God to keep His focus on who it was that gave Him Strength when he was weak; Who gave him joy in times of depression; Who gave him hope even in the most dismal situations he had encountered while Saul was seeking him out to destroy him. David had a lot of praise to give to the Lord despite all the things that he was going through and this is…

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Does God want Christians to be prosperous and rich?


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Know your rights as Joint Heirs with Jesus Christ! Prosperity is part of the Salvation package. Why despise the gift of it out of ignorance?

Originally posted on Deliverance sermons and prayers:

 
 Memorise: “Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes”
(Prov 19:10)

Read: Ecclesiastes 10:5-7

“I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth” (Ecclesiastes 10:7). Solomon was the wisest man in the Old Testament. He had a simple way of communicating great truths. In today’s reading, he showed his dismay about servants ruling over princes. In Proverbs 30:21-23, hemoney said he could not tolerate a servant ruling over those who should rule over him. God shared this sentiment with king Solomon. Revelation 1:4-6 says you have been made a king and priest to God. 1 Peter 2:9 says you are of divine royal blood.

God is sad when He sees the one He created to dominate, at the mercy of those who should be under him. Are you living up to your billing…

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