Monday, September 26, 2011

The True Church

Being a member of the former World Wide Church of God, we would frequently refer to our church as "the true church".  And truly I believed I found the "true church" of God. This was an organization was extremely legalistic by standards. They imposed all sorts of rules and regulations, you'd be hard pressed to find the the Good Book. Nevertheless, I felt then, it was worth it, as it was the "true church" after all.

Back then, all other churches were "false", and the haughtiness we carried amongst ourselves, and neatly folded doctrinal materials, justified our judgmental behavior as we were true members. 

I'd laugh looking back from where I stand now, except it's unfunny. Looking back, I see a sad desperate, situation. A group of folks with severe self esteem issues grasping at any resemblance of self-importance. Severe self-esteem issues, I say because it showed a true lack of understanding of God's grace and Christ's gift. One who is fully assured of HIM, is humbly confident in FAITH. And what a depth of lack of FAITH back then...

I was recently asked..."How do I become a member of the true church?"  Inevitably, I'm taken back to the times I've just described. I will readily admit, it is difficult to think of the word "church" without scoffing, yet I'm aware that like so many important terms, the word church has been hijacked and misused. 

What IS church?? Many Christians refer to church as building, a place where people come to worship. The general definition of church is a group of  worshipers that are typically regulated by a select group of "professionals" be it pastors, priests etc. In this setting, members are taught by a person or persons who typically build sermons or messages from a few passages of scriptures. Typically, these members attend church to hear the word and learn. These members usually participate in social activities provided by the church for their members. 

In summary, "church" is a place to present an "act"...worship.

Instead of asking whether or not a "church" may or may not be "true", should we not consider whether or not our worship may or may not be "true"?

Who better to ask, than God, the Father of Jesus Christ of Nazareth on how HE should be worshiped?

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. - John 4:23

Testified of Christ and ordained of God, we are to worship HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, as HE wills! The quest to find a perfect place, is a wasteful one, one filled with misunderstanding of what a relationship with God the Father really means.

The one TRUE place, we worship is in SPIRIT. The HOLY SPIRIT, which was ushered in by Christ's death. The HOLY SPIRIT which is saying God's Spirit. We worship in SPIRIT because God is a spirit.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24
What we know as "church" today, has seriously evolved away from this remarkable phenomenon. The message of church membership is, one needs to go to a "place" to worship. And if you do not attend this "place" on a regular basis, then your {insert a noun/adjective here} is in jeopardy...or...as I was once told..."on a path to shipwreck". I will say this, this unspoken/spoken sentiment is legalistic and man-mandated. It is not of God.

If we worship in TRUTH we understand that it is by FAITH we receive acceptance. Only by the GRACE of Christ are we reconciled to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob this way. It is in this stead we find peace... peace with God.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. - Romans 5:1-2
 The bottom line is this...if you desire a religious experience in an organized setting, you won't need to look far to find a church that fits your criteria.

But if you want peace with God, a meaningful, loving relationship...

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. - Romans 10:8-10
...it all starts with your HEART...

May you find peace with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Organic Palm Shortening Giveaway!

I'm having another giveaway on my blog, TheOliveParent. Organic Palm Shortening is another quality product from Tropical Traditions. Trans-fat free, it is the healthy alternative to frying and baking with hydrogenated fats.

Just in time for your healthy holiday cooking, you can feel great about serving your pies and delectable deserts to your family and friends.

If you follow this blog by GFC, you've met one part of the two part requirement. The other requirement is to subscribe to Tropical Traditions by email. The giveaway ends 10/4 11:59 central time. Hope to see you there! Click here to enter :)

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May the Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob keep you in health and wellness!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens Giveaway!



I'm having another giveaway on my blog,  TheOliveParent ! This time I'm giving away Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens! It's a green drink that is chock full of nutrition such as flax, chorella and probiotics sponsored by  Tropicial Traditions.

It retails at $44.00 and can be yours! Just enter a comment after reading the post .

No rules, no hoops to jump through. Hope to see you there!

 Created4Health is promoted by Tropical Traditions and possibly affliated with them. It has pretty solid articles and supporting scriptures, I'd encourage you to check it as well.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you with a peaceful mind and wellness of health.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Organic Virgin Palm Oil Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be able to review another product from Tropical Traditions! I was given an opportunity to try out Virgin Palm Oil. If you are familiar with Tropical Traditions then you know they have wonderful coconut oil products  that are specially hand-made. Their coconut oil has made me a immediate fan of theirs. I’ve been purchasing all of my coconut oil from them.  What’s fantastic about Tropical Traditions is the way that their products are processed, Virgin Palm Oil is no different.

What is Virgin Palm Oil?

It is a palm oil “traditionally made” and hails from the tropical palm tree native to the tropical areas in Africa.  Tropical Traditions sources this oil from West Africa, from small scale family farmers, that are certified organic. It’s red hue comes from it’s unrefined state, which contains carotenoids. It is fascinating to learn from Tropical Traditions website that virgin palm oil contains 15 times more carotenoids than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes!

Tropical Traditions has an abundance of eye-opening information and research on fats and oils. Check it out when you can!

I admit I was skeptical when I opened the jar of virgin palm oil and even more skeptical when I tasted it, but  when I began to implement it in many ways in my cooking, it was clear to me that this oil is one to be reckoned with!

My first try with the oil was on a staple in our home…Paninis. We have Paninis  several times a week. The first time I used the oil, I coated the griddle with it. I didn’t taste a huge difference. I made a Panini the next day and this time I decided to drizzle the oil on both sides of the bread and sprinkle a bit of garlic powder like I usually do and what happened still stuns me! My delicious Panini went from great to gourmet in one sitting. My daughter raved about it!

Next was potatoes! I sautéed the potatoes in the oil. The  flavor was so delicious and completely another level. The only term I can really use to describe it is gourmet! I cooked my Salmon with it, using all of my traditional seasoning and yet still produced a completely different dish. My husband literally licked his plate clean.  I love the fact that I can serve him foods fried in this oil without concern. The quality of this oil is simply amazing! This oil may be red, but it certainly has a golden touch!

You too, can have this oil in the palm of your hand!

Here’s how…

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Giveaway is open to US and Canada. Canadian bloggers, please note that Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge if you decide to participate in this Tropical Traditions sponsored blog giveaway. I reserve the right to remove entries that are not compliant with the rules of the giveaway. A winner will be chosen by Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway ends on June 8th, 2011 11:59 Central

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.