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He that would come to God…

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
When a person experiences their initial awakening that God exists, it is often accompanied with the realization His presence is indiscernible to them. Therefore, if a person is to truly “come to God,” it would require not only the belief that God “is,” but also a realization that He is somewhere they are not. A true awareness of “God is” comes with mindfulness that there are two distinctly different settings, where they are and that obvious elsewhere wherever God might be, seemingly afar off. The now awakened consciousness recognizes that if any genuine connection is to be established so that a relationship with God might be formed and nurtured, then somehow the expanse between them both must be closed. But not knowing where God is also leaves one with not knowing how to come to God, even if somehow alone he could close the expanse.
And so the author of Hebrews makes it irrefutable through the whole of the verse; without faith one cannot please God, nor can they come to God. The way to God can only be traveled by faith and the purpose of faith is to come, but who will come if they don’t at least believe He is? Therefore the verse clarifies that any progress one experiences in “coming to God” is only the reward for their hearing the Gospel and seeking Him diligently. Just because His presence may not be discernible, God is not lost. However the Gospel must be preached if men are to be made aware of the absence of His presence in order to compel them to seek after Him, if haply they should find Him.
Contrary to the absurdity of God being lost, when one truly begins to awaken spiritually, it is because they’ve realized without God’s presence they are alone and the ones who are lost. It is like the confident child who while playing wandered off from the security and comfort of their parent’s company. When suddenly they notice they’re all alone with no idea where their parents are. Suddenly they recognize they are lost and their parents will not be pleased; because the child knows they’re supposed to be next to their parents.
Accordingly the journey by faith of coming to God must begin with this basic understanding; I am lost and not where I am supposed to be. The creature having wandered off from his Creator can no longer discern where God is or even which direction to run to find their way back to Him. Sadly, there are many who have wandered so far off pursuing their own thing or have been preoccupied with trying to stay up with others, going blindly …read more

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I Have A Few Questions, Mr. Obama . . .

By Allan Erickson

Obama Little Man Wasnt There SC I have a few questions, Mr. Obama . . .

. . . since the mainstream media won’t ask.

Questions for the President at his next press conference:

Four dead in Benghazi and many seriously injured under suspicious circumstances, a government cover up, witnesses gagged, questions unanswered, investigations derailed.  That’s not a scandal?

Reporters’ records seized, false allegations leveled by DOJ, reporters threatened, reporters and editors prevented from doing their jobs, cover-ups, government intimidation.  That’s not a scandal?

Guns run to drug cartels in Mexico, hundreds killed with them (including our border agents), no following-up to arrest perpetrators (instead ANOTHER cover-up), allegations that American guns cause Mexican violence, border security virtually ignored, government interference with investigations.  That’s not a scandal?

The EPA used as a legislative arm of the executive branch, installing rules that Congress voted down (a clear violation of the Constitution.)  The EPA also used to persecute political opposition.  Not a scandal?

NSA surveillance you authorized seriously suspected of violating citizen rights, and that’s not a scandal?

Recess appointments and an illegal war in Libya, both impeachable offenses.  Not a scandal?

The IRS used to stomp down conservative groups so they cannot educate and influence citizens about Founding principles that contradict your radicalism.  This is clearly an unconstitutional use of power, amounting to illegal political activity.  That is a phony scandal?

ObamaCare, passed illegally and unethically; called a train wreck by the very man who helped write it and get it through Congress; promises to bankrupt the country; a measure designed to redistribute wealth and not provide care; a series of laws and regulations violating privacy, the doctor-patient relationship, and the sovereignty of the states.  That is not a scandal?

Your records, Mr. President.  You’ve released virtually nothing about your life, your education, your term in the Illinois legislature, nothing.  Now a respected country sheriff and his investigators, along with document experts, insist that the birth certificate you released is a forgery.  This means you are hiding something, that it is likely you are not ‘natural born,’ a requirement in the Constitution for becoming President.  And this is not a scandal, Mr. Obama?

What would qualify as a scandal in your view, Mr. Obama?  Oh.  That’s right. You have already answered that question.  It’s scandalous for citizens to own guns, possess private property, keep the fruits of their labor, determine for themselves what kind of schools they prefer, select their own doctor, speak up about matters of conscience, freely exercise their religion, advocate original founding principles, or worse yet, join the Tea Party.

Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Twelve years ago he started a training and recruitment company. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom.  To contact him, email:  allanlerickson@gmail.com

Watch Dogs: Aisha Tyler's Role Revealed

Comedienne and actress Aisha Tyler has spoken about appearing in Watch Dogs as a non-playable character before, and today Ubisoft has revealed exactly what her role is. Tyler loaned her likeness, voice, and name to her in-game self, and joins Watch Dogs as a citizen of Chicago, a random character for Aiden Pearce to track and protect from potential crime.

Check out Aisha in the game below, and then catch her appearance on IGN’s Up at Noon for more on her relationship with Ubisoft’s next big thing.

Mitch Dyer is an Associate Editor at IGN. He’s currently reading Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box. Read his ramblings on Twitter and follow him on IGN.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Huma Abedin: The Latest “Good Wife”

By Judy B. Lloyd

Huma Abedin Huma Abedin: The Latest “Good Wife”

We’ve seen it all before in real political life. Hilary Clinton stands by her man after he has engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Huma Mahmood Abedin, now the latest victim, stands by her sexting-addicted husband Anthony Weiner.

It’s like a season of CBS’s epic drama, The Good WifeThe show examines the twists and turns of a political wife who stood by her husband after torrid affairs and a corruption scandal landed him in jail. The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick, is left to pick up the pieces for her family. She re-enters the workforce as a junior associate with a prominent Chicago law firm. Four seasons later, she’s granted partnership in the firm.

The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick remains by her husband’s side. Last season, her law firm defended husband Peter Florrick and his campaign as they dealt with charges of voter fraud after he is elected Governor of Illinois. Alicia defends him along with the senior partners. Its’s ironic under the circumstances. It’s why we keep watching.

This early interview with Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, paints the picture of the modern day political spouse –

A reporter asked why political women don’t tend to get caught in sex scandals. “Women do not have the time,” Margulies answered. “Dear Lord! Between the kids and the job and the cleaning and the cooking, we just don’t have the time!”

Margulies admits that she, too, tended to look askance at the political wives who stood by their wayward men — until she took the role. “[The part] gave tremendous respect for them — so quick to judge until I stood in Alicia’s shoes,” Margulies said. “It’s not like these are silly little women waiting for their husbands to come home. A lot of them have two degrees and are incredibly accomplished.” Read more here.

Enter Huma Abedin, wife of the Weiner (a.k.a. “Carlos Danger”). She shows a striking resemblance to The Good Wife.

In the real life saga, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned due to a “sexting” scandal in 2012, appears to be rebuilding trust in his marital relationship after the birth of the couple’s first child. After the bitterness, blame, denial, lying and cheating, Weiner decides to run for Mayor of New York; his fully supportive wife at his side. She is once again betrayed; her husband once again caught again “sexting” under the alias “Carlos Danger”.

More people are watching the Weiner-Abedin union now with greater scrutiny. What most people don’t know is this: The saga gets even juicier.

The man who asked America to define what the meaning of the word “is” is regarding sexual relationships presided over the Weiner-Abedin wedding as officiant. Weiner (a Jew) marries Abedin (a Muslim). And Bill Clinton officiates.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

If the true life episode with Weiner and Abedin wasn’t an episode of The Good Wife before, it is most likely going to play a role now.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

The Gospel is for now, not just the past and future

Understanding the Gospel Gap

By Paul Tripp, CP Guest Columnist

July 28, 2013|11:05 am

I’m convinced that many Christians live with a big gap in their understanding of what God has done for them. Most people understand that Jesus died so their sins can be forgiven, and most people understand that He died so they can have a future with Him in eternity, but I’ve found that few understand what Jesus has provided for them today.

2 Peter 1:8-9 describes the Gospel Gap better than any other passage in Scripture:

“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.”

In these verses we get the symptoms of the Gap. Peter points out that there are people who really do know the Lord, but whose lives fail to produce the expected fruit of faith. Their lives aren’t characterized by peaceful relationships, a natural day-by-day worship of the Lord, a wholesome relationship to material things, and ongoing spiritual growth.

You see, I’m persuaded that in the here and now, many of us experience a Gospel blindness. Our sight is dimmed by the tyranny of the urgent, by the siren call of success, by the seductive beauty of physical things, by our inability to admit our own problems, and by the casual relationships within the body of Christ that we mistakenly call “fellowship.”

Sadly, this blindness is often encouraged by preaching that fails to take the Gospel to the specific challenges people face. People need to see that the Gospel belongs in their workplace, their kitchen, their school, their bedroom, their backyard, and their van. They need to see the way the Gospel makes a connection between what they’re doing and what God is doing. They need to understand that their life stories are being lived out within God’s larger story so that they can learn to live each day with a Gospel mentality.

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BPA And Breast Cancer: When Academics Spin Statistics

By Trevor Butterworth, Contributor A new study, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and published in a journal the institute subsidizes – Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) – raises an alarm. This is not, in itself, unusual; EHP is a repository of alarming claims about the environment; but what makes this study different – and alarming in its own terms – is not the claim that “human relevant” exposure to BPA causes breast cancer in rodents (as declared in the title of the paper: Perinatally Administered Bisphenol A Acts as a Mammary Gland Carcinogen in Rats), it’s that when you look at the statistical data there is no meaningful relationship between BPA and cancer whatsoever. The data presented are completely at odds with the claims made by the researchers. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

What Hinders Our Prayers and Our Relationship with God?

What scriptures mention things that could and will hinder the effectiveness of our prayers and relationship with God? I’m thinking right now of these three passages:

Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he cannot hear.

Psalm 24:3-5 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall recieve the blessing of the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

I’m sure there are many more scriptures along these lines in the Bible; please post if you think of some more. …read more

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Sunday 7/28/13 Pastor Michael sermon Left Behind: What Happens to No

Sunday 7/28/13 Pastor Michael sermon Left Behind: What Happens to Non-Believers during the Tribulation Revelation 6:9-11

We are living in a time that there are things happening in our world that have never happened before. The killing of thousands and weather that causes mass destruction is happening all over the world. Jesus said these things would be happening in the end times. For believers we have no worry. We are protected from ALL of the destructions that happen in the end times. We, the believer, escape. The world wants us to be fearful but we will not fear. The Bible prophesized of the things that are happening. The love of many will wax cold. Today people kill each other with no problem and without a second thought. Men become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God!

We must celebrate our Faith because our Faith is our ticket out of the terrible times to come. Our Faith will protect us from disaster! Christ died for us and snatched us back from near destruction. In the text, John sees the things that are to happen. He sees the seven seals opened by the Lamb, Jesus Christ, the Resurrected one. John sees the raptured, the believing ones that are caught up. The dead in Christ shall rise first and we who remain shall be caught up to meet Jesus in the sky. These are the born again believers that are taken up and don’t have to go thru the tribulation period.

Right now there are approx. 7 billion people living on earth today. Approximately 1.6 billion of them are saved. Almost 6 billion people will be left behind if the Rapture would happen today. Those people left behind fall into three categories:

1) The Person Who is Uncertain:

This is a non-believer that doesn’t want to make a commitment. He is seeking some religious experience but will stay neutral. He doesn’t commit to anything. An Agnostic=denying God’s personal existence. They don’t believe God is a personal God. Nicodemus was an agnostic. He came to see Jesus at night when no one would see him.

We know Jesus is Real, God is Real! And we know that He has picked us up, woke us up this morning and brought us to church today! We have a relationship with God and He comes and rescues us from our mess! We cannot see it but we know that it is real. We know it thru our heart and not our intellect. We are born again believers and we have FAITH!! We know it’s REAL!!

2) The Unwilling People:

They are skeptical to any beliefs concerning a God and don’t want to investigate anything. An Antagonist=they ask …read more

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What the Affordable Care Act Really Means for Job Growth

By ccorbisiero

Today, the White House released a new analysis of the relationship between the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and job growth on Tumblr in the form of an animated GIF.

Recent news stories have cited anecdotes that restaurants are cutting employees’ hours and refraining from hiring workers due to the ACA. In reality, however, restaurants have had the fastest job growth of any industry in the retail and food services sector since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. The GIF also shows that restaurants have had even faster job growth than what would have been predicted from their growth in sales. Furthermore, workers in the restaurant industry have seen their average weekly hours increase since the ACA was signed, contrary to the notion that there has been a widespread shift to part-time hours.

During the four years since the recession ended in June 2009, 87% of the increase in employment has been due to a rise in the number of workers in full-time jobs. And looking at the period since ACA was signed in March 2010, more than 90% of the rise in employment has been due to workers in full-time jobs. Moreover, the length of the average workweek for private sector production and nonsupervisory employees has returned to its level at the start of the Great Recession.

And while the number of involuntary part-time workers has declined roughly in line with previous recoveries, it spiked up 322,000 in June. However, nearly 30 percent of the June increase was due to federal employees. This suggests that furloughs contributed to the pickup in part-time employment.

These observations strongly suggest that the Affordable Care Act has not constrained growth in hiring or work hours. So what is the ACA doing? It’s slowing the growth rate of health care costs for consumers, creating new incentives for providers to raise the quality of care, and adding new transparency and accountability in the insurance marketplace—all steps that help the economy.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

Does Caligula deserve his bad rep?

By hnn

Our modern idea of tyranny was born 2,000 years ago. It is with the reign of the Caligula – the third Roman emperor, assassinated in 41 AD, before he had reached the age of 30 – that all the components of mad autocracy come together for the first time.

In fact, the ancient Greek word “tyrannos” (from which our term comes) was originally a fairly neutral word for a sole ruler, good or bad.

Of course, there had been some very nasty monarchs and despots before Caligula. But, so far as we know, none of his predecessors had ever ticked all the boxes of a fully fledged tyrant, in the modern sense.

There was his (Imelda Marcos-style) passion for shoes, his megalomania, sadism and sexual perversion (including incest, it was said, with all three of his sisters), to a decidedly odd relationship with his pets. One of his bright ideas was supposed to have been to make his favourite horse a consul – the chief magistrate of Rome….

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Why Is Obama Praising Ho Chi Minh?

By Breaking News

Vietnam Wall SC Why is Obama Praising Ho Chi Minh?

“…we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

– President Obama talking to reporters alongside Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

It may come as some unwelcome news to the families of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War that the whole thing was just a misunderstanding.

That was the impression President Obama gave on Thursday when he spoke to the press after his meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Sang brought Obama a copy of a letter sent to President Harry Truman from Ho Chi Minh in which the communist dictator spoke hopefully of cooperation with the United States.

Obama, striking a wistful tone, observed that it may have taken 67 years, but the United States and Vietnam were finally enjoying the relationship that Ho once wrote of. After all, Obama said, Ho had been “inspired by the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

Read More at Fox News . By Chris Stirewalt.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities?


Of the several main points in the article from Nebula’s thread: Why millennials are leaving the church

This is the point in particular I’d like to discuss.

5. We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.

I was actually discussing this with a close friend the other day. I guess it’s easy to demand of baby Christ followers the same maturity of one who has been transformed by the mind of Christ for years.

Sure, it is the same Holy Spirit in both the new and “mature” Christ follower… Yet God works in people’s lives in different ways and at a different pace.

For example, there’s a good friend of ours who accepted Christ as her Savior in 2010. She had a live-in boyfriend who wasn’t a Believer. It took her over 2 years (end of 2012) before she had the spiritual understanding, emotional fortitude, and financial resources to even consider completely breaking up with the guy. It has been a tough road for her as she’s a single mother but given the time along with the working of the Holy Spirit she made the right choice. This was a heterosexual relationship.

So here’s the thing. A person who’s LGBT actually feels welcomed into a church setting. (Note: I’m sure some denominations and churches are more welcoming than others) Over time through love, compassion, grace, and mercy that person comes to know the Lord through Jesus Christ. They have a partner they currently live with.

Here’s the thing… Do we demand they break off everything immediately to be baptized or accepted by fellow local church members as a true Believer? Or do we allow the Holy Spirit to convict that person of their clear errant behavior?

God bless,

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How often do you overlook and forgive others?

Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-35

I am not getting younger as the years go by, but im beginning to realise that everywhere i go and with everyone i love, i need to constantly forgive and overlook….i suppose it is all about accepting others.

But i feel as though i am the only person forgiving others here….glad if i feel less lonely and be encouraged to continue to forgive…..love to hear you stories of how you forgive others everyday in your relationship even wihout them knowing you actually did it.

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Smoking during pregnancy linked to child conduct disorder

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have children with conduct disorder (CD), according to a study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK, analyzed the relationship between smoking during pregnancy and the risk of the child developing CD… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today