Saturday, December 26, 2009

Evangelical Church in Denver

Rev. Mark Tidd of Highlands church in Denver has announced his
embracement of same sex relationships.

The fact that this is coming from an Evangelical pastor is what makes
this news. However, that is not the reason I'm writing this post.

This pastor's views and beliefs reflect today's mindset of what church
is about...embracing and exhorting of the self...as it is.

"Tidd said he supports gay marriage and would perform same-sex blessings
if asked. A gay man in a committed relationship sits on the church's
board of trustees.

"Our position is not one of lenience, but a matter of justice," said
Tidd, a married father of five. "It's not that we don't acknowledge the
reality of sin. It's not a sin to be gay or act in accordance with your
nature."

Its not a sin to "act in accordance with your nature"? Wow. I'm really
trying to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe he spoke without
thinking it through (which is still unacceptable), or maybe his
"explanation" was taken out of context. But, ultimately, I have to
consider the context of the story that his quote was written in regards
and it is a real reflection of the times in which the church has come to
adopt.

With a calling and a heartfelt confession of Christ Jesus of Nazareth,
as Believers we are to come as we are. But, never, by His Word, or by
the power of the Holy Spirit are we to stay as we are. Philippians 1:6,
Hebrews 12:2

Jesus Christ made it clear of His Holy Mission, that He did not come to
condemn the world, but that the world through Him may be saved. John
3:17

Saved from what? The consequences (wages) of sin, which is death. The
wages of what? Sin, singular. What is sin in the singular sense?
Faithlessness. John 3:18, John 16:7-9, Romans 14:23

Sin begets sinS, the manifestations, or evidence of that faithlessness,
by which in turn has become the very nature of the natural man... be you
gay, straight, liar, murder, adulterer/tress etc., etc.

The promise of the power of the Holy Spirit of God, that comes only by
genuine faith, enables a change of what is "natural" that cannot be done
of ourselves. Producing fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 (entire
chapter should be read as whole) thereby, when a true Believer comes
before the Throne of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we come in
acknowledgement of our nature, confessing His Son. Faithful, that He has
the power to overcome our nature, our flesh. His Spirit quickens us.
(KJV term, John 6:63)

Ephesians 2:5
"Even when we were dead in sinS, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;)"

Yes, it IS a sin to act in accordance to our nature. To embrace this
concept is to embrace the faithlessness that created that nature. You
will not find a scripture with such a erroneous principle. It is CLEAR
that Mark Tidd created that concept by his personal views which has been
assimilated into the culture of what Christianity has become...a
self-help society, that exhorts and encourages you to remain
(oblivious/ignorant to) the self that you are...nature and all.

Treating the Gospel as a statement of belief, rather than a belief of
statement, the church takes the form of a social club, powerless and
ineffectual to evoke the exhortation that inspires Spiritual growth...
to look beyond the self and bear your cross...


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34493087/ns/us_news-faith/


Author's note:
To further clarify, this post is NOT written to condemn homosexuality,
but to point out a mindset that reflects the error in understanding the
true Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. Just as Christ did not condemn,
neither do I condemn, but to share the truth that brings forth salvation
and liberty that comes by faith, with the clarity of the Scriptures.
Mark Tidd's statement is not only unscriptual, but profoundly
irresponsible.

I find it arrogant he can make a statement that manipulates the
principle of sin, without backing it up, simply because he has been
certified a "Reverend".

To Mark Tidd's church I warn, RUN, do not walk, to the nearest exit and
start reading the WORD in whole, in faith, for yourselves.


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Ooops!

Not five minutes ago I posted an article titled "Car Safety Research for
Pregnant Moms". This post was sent from my phone and meant for my other
blog http://theoliveparent.blogspot.com . Instead of deleting the post,
I thought it would be a good time to share the (drastic) cosmetic
changes I made to it. If you have seen it prior to its changes then
you'll understand what I mean by drastic!

While these two blogs may seem composed of two entirely different
subjects. The OliveParent reflects my 2nd passion in life and goes hand
in hand with how I worship and live my life by faith alone. Like I do in
this blog, I encourage parents, mainly women to know and understand for
themselves, what takes place in their bodies and raise their
babies/children with confidence. This sentiment is aimed at women who
have healthy, normal pregnancies and want more options in birth as
opposed to the over-medicalized process that reflects society fear
and/or disdain for what the Lord had created to be normal and natural.
As you all know, I have six beautiful children. I have had a home birth
with four of them. I also promote breastfeeding on this blog as I am
somewhat of a lactivist.

Did you know that the cesarean rate has rose for the 11th straight year
and is over 30 percent? Did you know the rate of pre-term babies is also
rising. Did you know our infant mortality ranking is bad for a country
as advanced as ours? Did you know that the cesarean rate for home births
are significantly lower than hospitals? You can find these subjects
discussed on the OliveParent. You may not find the OliveParent to your
interest, but please feel to refer it to someone who may be.

Stay warm and safe in this weather!

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Car Safety Research For Pregnant Moms

A car safety research is being done for pregnant women, to provide
valuable information in designing safe vehicles.

Biomedical researchers are collaborating with automakers to create a
computer-aided model of pregnant vehicle operators to develop crash
protection features in future designs.

http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=34591506&afid=1&pg1=2501

This all sounds good. Hopefully the research will through and concise so
there won't be any recalls. I have to say though, I'm amazed this hasn't
been done before, I mean 2009 is ending. That means we won't see a
vehicle with those safety features until, what... 2012? 2014?

In the meantime, all you gestating mommas should wear your seat belt
correctly. With the lap strap across your pelvis, and not your belly.

When available, you consider buying a vehicle with safety features for
gestating mommas?


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

About That Yulelog...

In my last post I shared some information I found on a website
www.holidays.net.
In the spirit of truth, I thought I would print some more interesting
information from that site. Of course anyone who wants to read the whole
article for themselves can do so by visiting
www.holidays.net/Christmas/story.htm

On the origins of Yuletide...

"In Scandinavia during the winter months the sun would disappear for
many days. After thirty-five days scouts would be sent to the mountain
tops to look for the return of the sun. When the first light was seen
the scouts would return with the good news. A great festival would be
held, called the Yuletide, and a special feast would be served around a
fire burning with the Yule log. Great bonfires would also be lit to
celebrate the return of the sun. In some areas people would tie apples
to branches of trees to remind themselves that spring and summer would
return."

On the origins of gift giving and decked halls...

"The ancient Greeks held a festival similar to that of the Zagmuk/Sacaea
festivals to assist their god Kronos who would battle the god Zeus and
his Titans.

The Roman's celebrated their god Saturn. Their festival was called
Saturnalia which began the middle of December and ended January 1st.
With cries of "Jo Saturnalia!" the celebration would include masquerades
in the streets, big festive meals, visiting friends, and the exchange of
good-luck gifts called Strenae (lucky fruits).

The Romans decked their halls with garlands of laurel and green trees
lit with candles. "

It is most interesting to note how Christmas came to fruition...

"Jo Saturnalia!" was a fun and festive time for the Romans, but the
Christians though it an abomination to honor the pagan god. The early
Christians wanted to keep the birthday of their Christ child a solemn
and religious holiday, not one of cheer and merriment as was the pagan
Saturnalia.

But as Christianity spread they were alarmed by the continuing
celebration of pagan customs and Saturnalia among their converts. At
first the Church forbid this kind of celebration. But it was to no
avail. Eventually it was decided that the celebration would be tamed and
made into a celebration fit for the Christian Son of God."

Hmmm...fascinating...especially when you consider the warnings of Paul
in Acts 20:28-31. You can do your own search for the clarity in the
existence of Christmas. The above excerpts were taken from
www.holidays.net , but there are many sites that provide the documented
history of Christmas.

May your holiday be observed in spirit and in truth!


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O Night Divine

You know, its hard for me to write for this blog because of the profound
apostasy of these times. At times, I feel as though I'm living in an
alternate world. Especially around major Christian holidays, which are
considered so sacred and holy. Christmas like Easter, has deep pagan
origins. The Christmas history began 4000 years ago with the
Mesopotamians.

"The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our
Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child
was born. The 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, the
giving of gifts, carnivals(parades) with floats, carolers who sing while
going from house to house, the holiday feasts, and the church procession
can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.

Many of these traditions began with the Mesopotamian celebration of New
Years. The Mesopotamians believed in many gods, and as their chief god -
Marduk. Each year as winter arrived it was believed that Marduk would do
battle with the monsters of chaos. To assist Marduk in his struggle the
Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year. This was Zagmuk, the New
Year's festival that lasted for 12 days." -
www.holidays.net/Christmas/story.htm

No, I'm not secretly a Jehovah's Witness :). As a matter of fact we have
dinner on this day and give some presents to our children. Quite simply,
I do not ascribe to the beliefs and practices that cater to the "spirit"
of Christmas.

I worship on Christmas day the same I worship every day...in spirit,
rooted in truth, in praise of God, the Father's provision of His Son for
our salvation. You will not see the commercialization of Christmas in my
home. You will not see the tree, nor the lights. You will see our love
for the Lord, as our day is Christ centered, with no Santa, or
commercialization competing for the spotlight. You will see our love for
another and our hospitality, truth be known you will see this everyday.

What turns me off about the Christmas "spirit" is that it is temporary.
Generosity, hospitality and mainly, the acknowledgement of Christ's
birth only lasts the length of the season.

What my liberty in Christ Jesus of Nazareth has given me is the freedom
to worship Him in truth. To adhere to the intention of Christmas and not
the beliefs and practices that stems from an apostate generation. In
saying this, I am not threatened by Christmas and those who observe it
religiously. But it seems that those who do, are threatened by my
commitment to observe it truthfully.

Rituals and practices with ties to paganism have overtaken this holy
phenomenon and reduced it to a one-day commercialized event. It makes me
wonder how serious Christians take the Gospel, if their preference for a
traditional Christmas supercedes the divinity by which they have named
themselves.

Never has there been a more divine night, the day the Son of Man was
born. Does it not deserve a wholesome, truthful recognition from those
for whom He was born?

John 3:16

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hungry Are Ya? Go Shoplift!

“A British Anglican priest is facing criticism following a controversial sermon in which he advised his congregation to shoplift, providing the thievery takes place at large chain stores.
Rev. Tim Jones, 41, told his followers stealing from such stores is sometimes the best option for the poor. He said it is better for people to steal than resort to prostitution, mugging or burglary.”
Read more: www.nationalpost.com
Here’s an idea, how about GIVING to the poor? Isn’t that what “Christianity” is all about??
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:14-17
Just how lazy has this priest become in his “ministry”, telling the poor to shoplift, when he has a nice, juicy, fat meal every evening?? And the shoplifting guidelines? Too obvious… as long as they don’t stop past HIS home…to eat or steal.
Two words…DEAD.   FAITH.
Disgusting….

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snooze Button

More U.S. Christians Mix in 'Eastern,' New Age Beliefs
Article by USA Today:

This article is a must read. It states some VERY telling facts that
reflect time sign of today's time. Last year, many Christian denominations warned of the world's end based
upon the economy's impending failure and the election of America's first African-American president. Some went as far as date-setting, predicting the return of Christ in the fall of '08.What those same Christians/denominations who made such proclamations are oblivious to; is they, themselves are the reflection of the time which we now reside. Christians within a divided Christianity, nowhere near
the passion, beliefs nor Spirit of the Christians who Saint Paul loved, taught and warned...


"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears." Acts 20:29-31


As reflected in the article, the state of Christianity is that loud, bright, red alarm blaring continously, but because its been blaring for so long it has become a part of the daily routine, something everyone
works around, because the time has come...

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" 2 Timothy 4:3

Apostasy is upon us...even more, it is encouraged as the popular belief amongst Christians is to "Find the church that's right for you."Meanwhile denominations of Christianity continue to ignore its own
detrimental state, looking down their noses at secular society, fingers wagging; impaling themselves on the planks that protrude from their eyes.How much more obvious must this apostasy become before church bench warmers question everything they have come to know as "Christian" in these times? If having a relationship with Christ without a "3rd party" interaction involved is impossible, as I've been repeatedly told, then the question becomes, what do YOU think having faith means?


"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men

liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him 

ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he who wavereth is like a wave of 
the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that 
he shall receive any thing of the Lord."


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