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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Abrahamic Blessings

Children hear many things about God. When asked, "Why is thunder so loud?"--Some parents answer their children, "Honey, don't be afraid...it's just the angels in heaven bowling!" If you're raised in a Christian family you have a better chance entering adulthood with an undistorted conception of God. Yet, many people don't have that advantage. Those of us who commit our lives to Christ later in life bring a lot of baggage along. One of God's desires is for us to "renew our minds" about the "riches of Christ". These special blessings were purchased by the precious blood of Jesus for us. That's why its such a grevious act to either neglect or to be tricked into rejecting those things that cost Jesus such a high price. He didn't purchase these riches for himself. He purchased them for us.

"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him..."(Hebrews 2:3 KJV)
Extraordinary changes occurred in the world through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The apostle Paul had this to say...

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is the grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." (Ephesians 3:8-12 KJV)

One of the first "surprises" I received as a new Christian was learning that God wanted me to be blessed. The second surprise was finding out that He had already given me every blessing that was possible--in Christ. God's blessing is not something He's going to do--it's something He's already done.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3 KJV)
Most folks view spiritual blessings as something "intangible". We throw around sayings like, "I hope you're blessed today" or "Didn't that message just bless your heart?" Many of the spiritual blessings God "hath blessed us with" are not invisible--nor are they something we only get in heaven. God's blessings are for us to enjoy on earth. They won't be necessary when we get to heaven. David understood this in the Old Testament when he wrote...

"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalms 23:5-6 KJV)

We won't have enemies in heaven. David said that God prepared a table for him in the presence of his enemies. Obviously, this "table" was something visible and tangible. David remarked, "my cup runneth over", referring to an abundant supply of resources. Again, it was something visible and tangible. Another perspective of David's comments is that "his enemies" would take offense at God providing such abundant provisions. Those who oppose Biblical prosperity, calling those who preach it "heretics" and other slanderous names are operating from a spiritually dangerous place. Yet, they sincerely believe they're defending God's Word. Over and over God reinforces his will to bless his people...

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32 KJV)

"All things" is a term not limited to the unseen spiritual world. "All things" include everything visible and invisible. It includes (but not limited to) material possessions. It is true that some blessings take place in the unseen spiritual realm. Our great salvation, which affects "the heart" of man initially, takes place on the inside where...

http://www.rockofoffence.com/blessings.html

Friday, 26 June 2015

Death of Apostles

1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4. John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully

5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his
enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James the Son of Zebedee,
was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: 'I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.' He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.

11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Pass on to encourage other Christians.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Dangers of Yoga

This article is addressed particularly to Christians however we highly recommend everyone to read and know the dangers involved in practice of yoga.

Hi friends,

On Wednesday, One brother attended a talk by an ex-yoga teacher, Mdm PohShon Choy, who sold her yoga centre (earning lots of money giving yoga lessons) and severed all ties with yoga.  She urges us to inform relatives, friends, family members, etc.,  NOT to get involved at all.  For those who had taken up yoga lessons (hot yoga, power yoga, pe-la-tei, so on), repent and ask God for forgiveness. Many claimed that they only join to keep fit, only doing the exercise poses and not meditation..  Christians think it is ok so long they don't participate in the meditation part.  Mdm Choy explains that the central of yoga is the spirit of Kundalini (spirit of snake or cobra). Yoga poses are actually animal poses (e.g. camel, rabbit, ).  All these look very normal and harmless, stretching and exercising.  But the danger is, once a person does such poses, the spirit of Kundalini (the snake is in a coiled position) is stimulated or aroused.  As the persons goes from basic to intermediate to advance stage of yoga lessons (still not meditation yet), the coiled "snake" will be aroused further. It will rise and rise further. There are 7 centres in the human body - starting from the navel.  The final centre is the part between the eye brows (known to many as the third eye).  When the spirit is aroused to the final centre, the third eye will be opened. This is called the full enlightenment.  The first thing the person sees is demons. For some, they will become insane seeing such horrifying demons.  For others, they are not afraid and will have the power to fore-tell other people's health, problems, luck, etc (like a fortune teller).  In fact, they manipulate and control other people. The meditation part will come in very subtle.  Mdm Choy said she was approached by a couple who found her contact from the yellow pages and told her they wanted to teach her new things about yoga.  She was very keen and sat under their teaching.  She learnt how to meditate and it must be done in odd hours of the day (past midnight)..  So she tried. She actually felt a wriggling feeling in her stomach!  She also mentioned that her third eye was opened.  She could see her own aura (electric fields in all human beings). Her turning point came when God caused her spiritual eyes to open - she witnessed a lady being delivered, wriggling like a snake on the floor.  Mdm Choy thanked God for being gracious to her, she took 1-2 weeks to be delivered.  She knows of a lady who took 3 months to be cleansed!! It is a sad thing, there is even yoga lessons for children.  In the States, a Methodist started the Christian yoga.  However, there are some believers who still continue, saying that they find no harm after doing yoga for 3 years.  Mdm Choy says it is our soul that is in danger.  The evil one will try all ways to ensnare/trap Christians.

Someone in the class raised a question - if we have the Holy Spirit, how can the spirit of kundalini be aroused?  Mdm Choy replied our God is a holy God, the Holy Spirit will be grieved and will depart.  God cannot be mocked.  God's spirit left King Saul when he disobeyed God.  To God, rebellion spirit is witchcraft. We are not against yoga teachers, yoga students but we are fighting against powers, principalities in the spiritual realm.

Let's be on guard, be aware!  God  Bless – Fei Yen

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source: shared from whatsapp group

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Yoga led her to New Age movement

Lacking knowledge about the Christian faith, Laurette's mom found herself drawn to New Age practices, and began reading books by Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce (both claimed to have psychic abilities) and taking Laurette to an ashram, a Hindu yoga retreat.

As an adult, Laurette immersed herself in every New Age and metaphysical practice she came across: chanting, crystals, tarot cards, psychics, channeling spirits.

"I tried everything—Kabbalah, Universalism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism —because I was spiritually hungry," Laurette says. "I call the New Age movement 'Burger King' because it's like the fast-food restaurant's motto: 'Have it your way.' That's what the New Age movement tries to do, to achieve God on its terms."

http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2005/march/truth-about-yoga.html#bmb=1

Should Christians practice Yoga?

“Yoga is a method of spiritual training whose purpose is to integrate or unite the self.  A physical exercise, its goal is nonphysical-uniting with God.  Yoga teaches that people should attempt to yoke the individual spirit to God, to atman-the individual soul or essence of a person-and to Brahman.”  So we see that Yoga is essentially physical exercises in which one tries to work his or her way to God.

So Should Christians Practice Yoga?
It is not recommended that Christians practice yoga since the intention of yoga is a path in order to attain salvation.  Some Christians do practice yoga and say that all Christians can practice yoga.  So let us answer a few basic objections.
Can a Christian practice yoga without getting caught up in the religious aspects of it?

The problem is that yoga is religious in nature.  The point of the practice of yoga is to unite oneself with God.  Take this quote from the Yoga Journal: “Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.”4  As one can see, Yoga is more than just a physical exercise.  We as Christians do not want to make our mind more flexible.  We do not want to leave our mind open to false teaching.

Is there anything wrong with doing stretching exercises?

This is a question that needs to be answered since a major part of yoga is strecthing.  There is nothing wrong with stretching at all.  In fact stretching is a very useful exercise to help people stay healthy.  The problem comes when one meditates and focuses on the religious aspects of yoga.  One needs to distinguish between purely stretching and yoga.  So if one is just purely stretching and is not practicing the philosophical and religious nature of yoga, then feel free to participate.
If there are medical benefits from practicing yoga, then why should Christians not be able to practice yoga?

With any physical fitness, there are going to be some positive medical benefits.  There are many other great physical fitness programs that are out there with great benefits.  So why take the chance in meddling with something that comes from, and is associated with, a false view of salvation?  Why do we feel like we have to use an exercise that has religious values from a false religious system?  Yoga is different from other exercise systems because it is more than just exercise.  The point of yoga is to combine body, mind, and soul together.  

There are a few reasons why I discourage Christians from practicing yoga.

    Jesus is the only way in order to have salvation.  Salvation is not found in any other religious system, practice or founder.
        Jesus told us that he was the only way to the Father in John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
        Acts 4:12: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
    We are not saved from any works that we can do ourselves.  It's all by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
        Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
            So we see by this passage that we are not saved by our good works.  Our good works are a result of our salvation, but they do not cause our salvation.  Our salvation is to bring glory and honor to God, not to ourselves.
    We as Christians are to be different from the world.  We are not to do things the same way as the world.
        Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
            As Christians we are not to be conformed to this world.  We are to be different and set apart from the world.  When we try and use the methods of the world in order to get to God, then we are in direct disobedience to God.  Even if a Christian can practice yoga without any of the religious practices getting involved, would you want to take

https://carm.org/should-christians-practice-yoga

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Men who abused God and died

BERNARD SHAW while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said:'God, that's for you.'

He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.

The man who built the Titanic

After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.

With an ironic tone he said:

'Not even God can sink it'

The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.

He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.

After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:

'I don't need your God'.

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment

Bon Scott (Singer)

The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:

'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell'.

On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

Campinas (IN 2005)

In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend.....

The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car:

'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.'

She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here.....It's Already Full '

Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died,

the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.

The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.

In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

Many more important have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of God.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

100 Simple Health Tips You Must Follow

I thought I should share these tips on good living. I got it on whatsapp message. you too share this with others.

1. Walk for 30 minutes daily.
2. Eat a piece of fruit daily.
3. Eat whole foods instead of processed foods whenever possible.
4. Reject foods and drinks made of artificial colors or sweetener.
5. Start each lunch/dinner with salad.
6. Give your partner a hug every day before work.
7. Take a deep belly breath for three to five minutes twice a day.
8. Smell the scent of lavender to relax and sleep well.
9. Eat a handful of walnuts before bed.
10. Drink plenty of water.
11. Get 10-15 minutes of sunlight and fresh air daily.
12. Jog.
13. Run in place.
14. Have a greater variety of food. Variety means no excess of anything and more nutrients. Eat three different foods at every meal.
15. Eat slowly.
16. Have snacks between meals.
17. Watch comedy and add humor to your life.
18. Never skip breakfast.
19. Try to have seven hours of sleep at night.
20. Have a fixed bed time, preferably at 10:00 pm.
21. Increase your fiber intake.
22. Eat foods with bright rich colors.
23. Join a Yoga class.
24. Surround yourself with loving and supportive people.
25. Know that healthy food tastes great later.
26. Drink green tea twice a day.
27. Exercise till you sweat once a week.
28. Save a one year’s worth of living expenses to eliminate the money stress.
29. Have as much sex as possible … At least twice a week.
30. Do pull-ups and push-ups for 30 minutes twice a week.
31. Eat a handful of nuts 30 minutes before a meal.
32. Step on a treadmill.
33. Learn to cook and gain control of what goes into your meals … and save money!
34. Take a Vitamin D rich supplement.
35. Chew food thoroughly.
36. Avoid cold drinks with meals.
37. Take ginger.
38. Cut down sugar.
39. Don’t over-eat!
40. Don’t eat 3 hours before going to bed.
41. Fast.
42. Sit in silence for 10 minutes each day.
43. Play games.
44. Read good books.
45. Pray.
46. Meditate.
47. Don’t compare yourself to others.
48. Do work that you are passionate about.
49. Quit a job you hate.
50. Keep in touch with your family.
51. Do something good to one person everyday.
52. Don’t drink coffee twice a day.
53. When you feel tired, REST.
54. If you’re stressed, don’t try to manage it. Instead, take time off and relax.
55. Laugh out loud.
56. Quit smoking by smoking one less cigarette every week.
57. Walk in nature barefoot.
58. Spend time with friends.
59. Start a gratitude journal. Record one thing you’re grateful for everyday.
60. Ride a bike for fun or cycle to work a few times a week.
61. Read 8 Weeks To Optimum Health by Dr. Weil.
62. Wash hands with soap.
63. Avoid passive smoking.
64. Ask for help when you need it.
65. Eat calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese and green leafy vegetables.
66. Don’t sit for a prolonged time. Stand up and stretch.
67. Wash your eyes and face regularly.
68. Sing.
69. Dance.
70. Swim regularly in open air.
71. Take the stairs. No elevators. No escalators.
72. Remain faithful to one sexual partner to avoid AIDS.
73. Travel more often.
74. Wear high quality comfortable shoes.
75. Eat until you’re 80% full.
76. Cook meals with curry powder.
77. Take a 15-30 minutes nap.
78. Eat dark chocolate.
79. Eat wild salmon at least once a week (Omega-3 rich).
80. Forgive someone.
81. Call an old friend.
82. Eat oranges.
83. Sometimes, you need to say no for the sake of your health.
84. Take care of your teeth. Floss and brush your teeth twice a day at least.
85. Take honey to build up your immunity system.
86. Don’t sleep right after having a meal.
87. Don’t sleep when you’re emotionally upset.
88. Begin a garden.
89. Build your self confidence.
90. Don’t over-spend your money.
91. Volunteer in a good cause.
92. Do some strength training twice a week.
93. Eat one or two fish meals per week.
94. Find your passion and purpose in life.
95. Consider massage.
96. Don’t solve your emotional problems by eating more.
97. A garlic a day!
98. Cut back on salt.
99. Avoid negative people.
100. Herbs, herbs, herbs.