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Published on Dec 28, 2014

The Truth About God’s Law

Meet Leo the lion. He has a voracious appetite, the only problem is, he’s not a vegetarian and well, that means the animals in his neighborhood are are risk, real serious risk. None of the animals will take him to court for killing their family members. Why not? He’s not a moral creature. Good laws are designed to protect society from danger and harm. Could it be that the big ten were designed for the same purpose. Watch and see.

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Rediscover God’s Law

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Published on Dec 10, 2014

In this video we look at the hidden symbolism in Beyonce’s newest music video for her son “7/11”. Be vigilant because they are seeking your worship !!! Please share this video and PRAY !!! God Bless and STAY VIGILANT !!!

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
 Ephesians 5:11


Published on Dec 17, 2014

LED Episode 1 – Exodus: gods & kings. How is the character of God and His servant portrayed? How is the parting of the Red Sea explained or the plagues? What does Ridley Scott believe about the miracles and biblical account of these events? How does Christian Bale describe Moses? These questions answered and more.



My Journey Away from Contemporary Worship Music

I have been what many would call a “worship leader” for close to two decades. When I first became involved in “worship ministry” in an Assemblies of God youth group we sang such songs as The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower, As the Deer, Lord I Lift Your Name on High, and others of the era of the 1980s and 90s. Ours was considered a stylistically progressive church since we used almost exclusively contemporary songs.

This meant that if I were to visit a “traditional” church, not only would I be unfamiliar with the hymns, I would also likely cringe when they sang them and in my heart ridicule them (the people rather than the songs) as being old-fashioned.

It was during these formative years in my experience as a worship leader that I began to introduce even more contemporary songs to our youth group. It was then that I discovered artists like Delirious, Darrel Evans, Matt Redman, and Vineyard Music with their songs Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble, Trading My Sorrows, Heart of Worship, and Hungry. 

As a young musician who desired to honor Christ, I found these songs to be particularly compelling. I felt different when we sang them. The way Nirvana gave voice to the angst of Generation X, bands like Delirious were giving voice to a generation of young Christians who didn’t feel they could relate to the songs of their parents and grandparents.

Over the years when I would occasionally hear a hymn, the language was always strikingly foreign, with Ebenezers and bulwarks, diadems and fetters. Which only served to confirm my bias that hymns were simply out-of-date. They had served their purpose. They had run their course.

The problem with my youthful logic only began to dawn on me about seven years ago. I had come to recognize that these ancient hymns accomplished something that the new songs weren’t. While contemporary worship seemed to take the listener on an exciting and emotional rollercoaster, the old hymns engaged the mind with deep and glorious truths that when sincerely pondered caused a regenerated heart to humbly bow before its King.

When I accepted my first post as a paid member of a church staff in 2007, I began the practice of singing one hymn each week. There were times where my peers would teasingly ask what an “Ebenezer” was. What I found was that when I gave them a basic definition of these seemingly obsolete words we were singing, their response was usually something akin to, “Oh? Cool. I never knew that!” I think when they asked, they half expected me to say, “I don’t know! Weird word, huh?” Instead they were being challenged to learn, not merely a new word, but how to ponder the things of God deeply when we sing His praises.

Nowadays, I still choose songs for our congregation to sing that were written recently, but they are becoming increasingly the minority. And the criteria for selecting them is becoming more and more thorough. Hymns have begun to take precedent in my song selection for two reasons.

First, hymns have been sung by the giants of the faith who have gone on before us over the last two millennia. When we sing A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, we join with Martin Luther who wrote it, and with Calvin and Spurgeon and Edwards who invariably sang and cherished it. When we sing It Is Well With My Soul we are encouraged by the faith of Horatio Spafford who wrote the hymn in the wake of the tragic death of his four daughters. And while many contemporary songs have certainly been written by wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ who have surely endured trials, the fact that we can join with generations past and be reminded that the Church is vastly larger than our local congregation, farther reaching than our town or state or country, and much, much older than the oldest saint living today is something we should not take lightly. Indeed, this should birth in us a desire to sing the songs that our Family has sung together for two-thousand years (and beyond when we discuss singing the Psalms).

Second, the content of hymns is almost always vastly more theologically rich. When I say rich, I don’t necessarily mean every hymn recounts the Gospel in it’s entirety, or that all hymns clearly teach the Five Points of Calvinism. Rather, the theology in the hymns is typically more sound or healthy than much of contemporary worship music. As I said earlier, contemporary songs engage our emotions more often, where the hymns engage our hearts by way of the mind.

By way of example, one of the top ten contemporary songs being sung in American evangelical churches right now is called One Thing Remains. While there is nothing in the song particularly bad (in fact, much of it is pretty good), it seems to me that the purpose of the song is to work the listeners into an emotional state. The chorus is:

“Your love never fails / It never gives up / Never runs out on me / Your love never fails / It never gives up / Never runs out on me / Your love never fails / It never gives up / Never runs out on me / Your love / Your love / Your love.”

With the repetition of a simple lyric like that, it isn’t a stretch to say that the composers’ goal was not to engage the listeners mind.

Whereas Augustus Toplady’s hymn Rock of Ages is doctrinally sound, it also is a very moving song of our dependance upon Christ our Rock:

“Rock of Ages cleft for me / Let me hide myself in Thee / Let the water and the blood / From Thy wounded side which flowed / Be of sin the double cure / Save from wrath and make me pure.”

So I make this plea to my fellow ministers, do not neglect these milestones from ages past. In fact, I would make the case for the abandonment of most contemporary songs. If you choose a song for congregational worship based on it’s content (say you have chosen a contemporary song because of it’s focus on the Cross), do the hard work of finding a hymn that more than likely addresses the same topic or doctrine in a much deeper way. If on the other hand you have chosen a song because of the way it feels or the emotion it evokes, ask yourself whether you are depending upon the Holy Spirit or your own skills to engage our brothers and sisters in singing to our King.

God’s word says Thus says the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it. Jeremiah 6:16


Sin and the Curse of the Law ?

By IsaiahMinistries

Salvation_400     “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse (accursed – without hope of pardon or redemption) for us . . . . For it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree . . . !”
Galatians 3:13 & ref: Deuteronomy 21:23

“Who His Own Self bare our sins (faithless transgression of God’s Law) in His Own body on the tree . . . . so that we being now dead to sins, should live unto righteousness . . . and by Whose stripes ye were healed !”   I Peter 2:24, Romans 6:1-6 & Isaiah 53:4-6

ref: I John 3:4-8 & Romans 14:23

Written by: E. J. Waggoner

“A friend asks us concerning the curse in Deut. 27:23, against a man marrying his mother-in-law, wishing to know if that prohibition is still in force, or if it is part of the law that was nailed to the cross of Christ.

He says, “Does all from the 14th verse to the end of the chapter stand good, except the 23rd verse? If so, why?”

We say most emphatically, None of it has passed away. The words at the close of the chapter: “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the Words of this law to do them,” apply to all the precepts therein recorded, without exception. There is no more reason for saying that verse 23 does not apply now, than there is for saying that the 15th verse (idolatry) is out of date.

To say that these verses are part of that which Christ took out of the way, nailing them to His cross, is equivalent to saying that Christ is the minister of sin. For even heathen nations recognize the fact that to set light by one’s father or his mother (dishonors – see verse 16) is a sin. If this law is done away, then it would follow that it is all right for one to smite his neighbor, provided he does it in such a way as not to be found out. See verse 24.

No; these curses are in full force to-day, and it is as surely a sin for one to marry his mother-in-law, as it is to make a graven image to worship, to smite a man secretly, or to take a reward to slay an innocent person. The curses recorded in Deut. 27:15-26, are all for violation of some one or other of the Ten Commandments. This can be seen by an examination of the passage itself and also by comparing verses 11-14 with Deut. 11:26-29.

Note: The 10 Commandments are the divine will of God set forth in the clearest and most simple of terms. And the instructions then given by Jehovah (Yehuwah) to and through Moses, are but the detailed fine print for those who may need clearer explanation. In example is the prohibition against adultery, for under this single command can be found every other admonition to moral purity. And in the command not to steal, is found the very essence of God’s instructions on tithing and offerrings (ref: Malachi 3:6-12 & 4:1-6).

The latter passage reads thus: “Behold, I set before you this day a Blessing and a curse; a Blessing, if ye obey the Commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day; and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way (path of righteousness – John 14:6) which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the Blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.”

Now by reading Deut. 27:11-14, we find that the curses which follow were to be pronounced in harmony with the above injunction, and with the statement that God set a curse before those who should transgress His Commandments.

The simple fact is, and it should be remembered by all, that no man can be blessed now for doing what would once have brought him under the curse of God. God’s will is ever the same. He never pronounced a curse upon any thing except sin, and no one was ever cursed except for sin. And since God cannot change, the standard of right and wrong must ever be the same.

Whatever would bring a man under the curse of God four thousand years ago, will bring one under that same curse today. Wherever in the Bible you find a curse attached to the performance of a certain thing, be assured that that thing is to be always and forever avoided by the children of men.”   ref: Galatians 3:10-14 & Romans 7:10-14 & 8:1-11

September 15, 1887 EJW, SITI 566.11}

Rescue from Above
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 Lesson #3
Picture the horror of being stranded in an ocean with hungry, deadly sharks closing in! Then imagine how grateful and relieved you’d feel to be plucked to safety. The truth is, every person on the planet is lost in an ocean fraught with danger. We urgently need rescue, not from a boat or helicopter, but from our Heavenly Father. God loves you, so much that He sent His Son to save you. You’ve u…

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Written in Stone!
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 Lesson #6
Centuries ago, God wrote His law in stone, and you’re still supposed to keep it today! It’s absolutely true that violating any part of God’s law always brings negative consequences. As crime overruns our cities, doesn’t it make sense that for peace and safety we need to obey the laws of the land? Well, this same principle applies with God’s law – the Ten Commandments – in our own lives too! The…

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