Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Being in the World but not of it...

A quick review of the movie - Heaven is For Real!

He posted a statement on the Heaven Is For Real Ministries website Friday responding to controversy over Malarkey’s revelation and standing by his claims of visiting heaven and meeting Jesus.

“I know there has been a lot of talk about the truth of other Heaven stories in the past few days. I just wanted to take a second and let everyone know that I stand by my story found in my book Heaven is for Real,” the statement read. “I still remember my experience in Heaven. I just want to keep telling people about my experience because it has given hope to so many people.”

Burpo added that he knows some people have doubts about his story but said that no one coaxed him into sharing it.

“I hope that my story continues to point people to Jesus,” he wrote. “He really, really loves you.”

Amen!

The only problem with the movie is the adults! They are skeptical and are supposed to be Christians;  including the character/role of the father. The first scene in which we should be skeptical about the adults and parents concerning their knowledge of the Bible and God in this film is at the church when we see the pastor (Pastor/Father to Colton) collapse on the stage near the podium.

People run up but no one is praying around him speaking in tongues (presence of the Holy Spirit). The next scene is when the pastor is recovering and the church elders are seeking a substitute preacher. They go directly to the world as would a cooperate recruiter. 

The adults in this film reach out to the world for help first in all instances. And, this becomes typical behavior by the adults in the film. We never see them seeking the Lord first in any instance. Oh, we see some local pray for Colton but as for the main characters- no. We don't see the mother pray and though the father is in a chapel while Colton is in surgery, he only yells at God.

Again, as the father attempts to understand what has happened to his son regarding his near death experience, he seeks out the world first. For example, the father goes to see a shrink at the university (who ironically says that her dead husband tried her to go to the pastor's church.

Its ironic because if that were true, then the pastor does know God and the Bible and should not be in her office - the shrinks) Next, the father goes to see his friend at the bank which isn't terrible because he is a church elder but we never see him open the Bible and ask the Lord to direct him or direct his friend in his understanding of life 'eternal life' after death.

The real experience that was had by the boy Colton was/is real and the 'real' Colton tells us that it was real for him then and still is as we read above in the text about a short interview he gave to "Heaven is For Real Ministry" and which can be read in print in the listed source below.





*Source ~ https://www.theblaze.com/news/2015/01/17/boy-whose-heaven-is-for-real-story-captivated-the-world-speaks-out-after-a-different-kid-recanted-his-story-about-meeting-jesus-and-seeing-heaven

Thursday, June 21, 2018

God's Will and Guidance for You...

Is there a difference between the Will of God and the guidance of God? Yes. God's Will for us is to rejoice always and to pray without ceasing and give thanks in everything ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. The guidance of God is dependent on our obedience to His Will.

As we obey the Will fo God, the Lord guides us to the places where He wants us to serve and to the people he wants us to meet. In all of your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight ~ Proverbs 3:6.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Instruction of women in this Fallen World....

Instructions to Women

And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman who was deceived and fell into transgression. Women, however, will be saved through childbearing, if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control ~ 1 Timothy 2:14-15.

Treat older women as mothers, younger women as sisters with absolute purity and support the widows who are truly in need ~ 1 Timothy 5:2-3.  You see, respect must be paid to the dignity of years and place. The younger, if faulty, must be rebuked, not as desirous to find fault with them, but as willing to make the best of them. There is need of much meekness and care in reproving those who deserve reproof ~ Matthew Henry.

If any believing woman has dependent widows, she must assist them and not allow the church to be burdened, so that it can help the widows who are truly in need ~ 1 Timothy 5:16

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Make God the Deepest Desire of Your Heart!

Remember that you live in a fallen world: an abnormal world tainted by sin. Much frustration and failure result from your seeking perfection in this life. There is nothing perfect in this world except God. That is why closeness to Him satisfies deep yearnings and fills you with joy. 

He planted a longing for perfection in every human heart. This is a good desire, which He alone can fulfill. But most people seek this fulfillment in other people and earthly pleasures or achievements. 

Thus, they create idols, before which they bow down. God will have no other gods before Him! Make God the deepest desire of your heart. Let Him fulfill your yearning for perfection ~ Jesus is Calling [ Exodus 20:3; Psalm 37:4]

Monday, June 4, 2018

Joy of the Redeemed ~ Isaiah 35


The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. 

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Living to Please God...


Yes, even in this fallen world, we can begin to live in His Kingdom, We can love our neighbor because God first loved us (enough to send His Son into this fallen world to save us from sin and death) and when we understand that ...we love God even more and we love our neighbor because they love God even more too.

What is the truth, "God so Loved the World, He sent His Son" ~ John 3:16.  In John 18:38, Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?" Jesus told Pilate that he was born to bring the truth. To testify to the truth which is that this is a fallen world and the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ for He is the way the truth and the life.
 
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6.

In that realization we can live a quiet life, a life pleasing to God. Though we may yet sin, we confess our sin and repent of it. We are not loud like the pagans who cry out for their 'right' to live in sin, or live as a sinner.
 
We don't demand the right to be a sinner claiming that God made us that/this way as a 'kind of' sinner. Yes, God loves us in spite of our sin, He forgives us our sin and in that revelation we go and sin no more. 

Yes, we can do what we hate and not what we want, yes we can struggle with sin as we are in a fallen world; and yet, knowing that Christ gave His life for us, conquering sin and death for us, we can live quietly in this fallen world thanking Him for taking our sin upon Himself. 

We come humbly to the cross seeking forgiveness, repenting and loving God all the more for His Mercy and Grace. Yes, we may yet struggle to overcome but knowing that He who is in us is greater than He who is in the world, is our hope.  

We don't pray as the pagans do, LOUDLY, to get attention, and or in a certain way in order to bring about certain personal rewards or gains in this fallen world. We don't attend rituals or do things in a ritualistic way as if in a pattern of sacred to save ourselves from sin and death.

Jesus did all the work once and for all. So, now We live a quiet life in the Word of God. We believe in the truth, we trust in the truth Jesus Christ for He is the way, the truth and the life!
 
Jesus made it very simple for us to live a quiet life and yet able to do battle against the evil one and dark forces and principalities.  We use His Word! We stand on His Word. 
 
Being in the Word of God, We love God, we love our neighbor... yes even in a fallen world knowing that Christ gave His life for us though we may back slide...seek forgiveness, repent, and strive to overcome in this fallen world for He overcame before us.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our authority and as Christians we can exercise His authority for greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. In this knowledge, we can live a quiet life.  

But, are people living a quiet life? Not too many as we can hear people loudly demanding their way, crying about how they feel what is right for them and that they should get what they think they deserve. NO, they are not living the quiet life in the Word and nor are they living to please God, but to please themselves.

That is why, they think it foolish to acknowledge God. Don't be surprised that He has abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.. Romans 1:28.
 
Is there any hope? There is always hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, put your hope in the LORD. For there is faithful love with the LORD, and with him is redemption in abundance ~ Psalm 130:7.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let us Search whether Christ be in us...

Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity ~ John 12:25.

Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16:25
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Mark 8:35
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.
Luke 9:24
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
Luke 14:26
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be My disciple.
Luke 17:33
Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Let us search whether Christ be in us... the hope of glory; let us beg him to make us indifferent to the trifling concerns of this life, that we may serve the Lord Jesus with a willing mind, and follow his holy example ~ Matthew Henry Commentary