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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Characteristics of love - never fails

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1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth......


The Amplified Bible says -- Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]


God will always love us as His children. Love includes discipline. God's love toward us is not a cupcake kind of love. He does not give us our selfish desires and requests. He wants us to grow closer to Him, love Him more deeply every day and follow Him more and more closely, all for our eternal good and His glory. So we too, in our relationships with others, we love but not with a cupcake kind of love. We love the way God loves, a sacrificial love, that encourages others to live holy, God honoring lives for the Lord, live to glorify the Lord in all you do and say.


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Monday, 20 July 2015

Prophecy Update - JD Farag - Iran Nuclear deal

Prophecy Update JD Farag - July 19,2015 link to this week's update here :

Prophecy Update JD Farag July 19,2015



Pastor J.D. addresses the astounding implications of the Iranian Nuclear Deal as it relates to Bible prophecy.




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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Characteristics of love - perseverance

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1 Corinthians 13:7

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. KJV

 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. NLT



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Characteristics of love....does not rejoice in iniquity



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1 Corinthians 13:6

 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; KJV

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. ESV


We are studying the verses from 1 Corinthians that describe what love is. The word charity is used in the KJV and translated as love in other translations. The real love that God gives is not a sensual love, it is a kind and patient love and it affects how we treat others every day.


Love does not rejoice in iniquity - I want to comment on this as it pertains to the homosexual issue. When the US supreme court ruled on sodomite marriage recently, some people including President Obama used the phrase "love wins". Sadly homosexuality is not at all about love, it cannot be, because love is of God and homosexuality is not of God. It is of the devil. Homosexuality is a deception of the devil, it is not love - it is lust and greed and perversion in full. The Bible clearly states in the Old Testament and the New Testament that homosexuality is an abomination in the eye of the Lord. 

Now we read in 1 Corinthians 13: 6 that love does not rejoice in iniquity. When we have the love of God in our hearts we are grieved and do not rejoice when evil is promoted all around us. As Christians we are offended and grieved by the very same things that offend and grieve the heart of the Lord and this includes homosexuality.

When we walk in the love of God we rejoice in the truth. The Bible is the true Word of God and we delight in it. The Bible gives us hope. I have found that the Lord will speak to me and into my situation as I read my Bible. He will take the portion of Scripture I am reading and speak encouragement, hope and truth into my heart. The joy of the Lord is our strength!! The Lord and His Word wins!!
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Prophecy Update JD Farag - July 12,2015

In this week's update, JD Farag talks about the pretribulation rapture.Personally I believe that as Christians we will go through some of the tribulation. The important thing is to always be ready to meet the Lord at any moment. Keep short accounts with the Lord. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus and trust in Him for protection and care today, tomorrow and in every trial and persecution that comes to us. Be a witness for the Lord in these end days!


Here is the link :

Prophecy Update JD Farag




Pastor J.D. talks about how the events that transpired last week points to Bible prophecy that ultimately finds its fulfillment in the tribulation and if there was ever a time to believe that the rapture of the church has to happen prior to the seven year tribulation, it is now.

Monday, 6 July 2015

JD Farag - Prophecy Update - July 5, 2015 - "God is using the evil to loosen Christians grip on this world"

Here is the Prophecy Update from JD Farag for this week July 5, 2015


link here:
Prophecy Update JD Farag - July 5,2015


Pastor J.D. shares about something that’s been on his heart as of late concerning God using the evil that’s waxing worse in this world to loosen Christians grip on this world and the things of this world

Monday, 29 June 2015

Important Warning of Judgment from Franklin Graham!!! re LGBT Rainbow

Franklin Graham posted the following warning on his Facebook page - Please read and share:


The President had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored. God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment. God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God’s judgment with his family. The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world. But one day God is going to judge sin—all sin. Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment. That righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one. So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many people’s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come. Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?




Sunday, 28 June 2015

JD Farag Prophecy Update - Discussion on the same sex marriage ruling, terror attacks

Here is the link to this week's Prophecy Update June 28,2015. This is an important update this week, please everyone do take the time to watch the Prophecy Update this week.

Prophecy Update June 28, 2015 - JD Farag




Along with other events that took place on Friday, June 26th, Pastor J.D. addresses the prophetic implications of the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 States.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Gay Marriage in USA....judgment is sure

Yesterday was a very sad day in the history of the USA. The Supreme court ruled that homosexual marriage is now legal all across America. This is in direct opposition to God and His Word the Bible. I want to post a few articles written by credible men of faith who are saying the God's judgment is sure.

Franklin Graham on his Facebook page says :

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.
Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any man made court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.


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 John McTernan says: 

BLOG POST: "URGENT: Supreme Court’s Trifecta of Sin and Rebellion Now Complete" 06/26/15
http://defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/?p=34692
This month the US Supreme Court completed a perfect trifecta against God and has seal the doom of America. First it was touching Jerusalem, then it was a pro abortion decision, and now tampering with God’s holy institution of marriage.
It is over now the blessings of God with America. There is only judgment after judgment coming upon America. Only a tiny remnant of believers walk in the fear of the Lord. The rest are playing spiritual games. The games are about to come to an abrupt end.
This Supreme Court of sin declared war on God! Please get your house in order because terrible judgments are on the way and soon.
See my teaching about what triggers God’s righteous judgments on a nation:
http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/homosexuality_and_god…
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

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James Dobson says: link to article here :

Even though Friday’s re-definition of marriage by the U. S. Supreme Court was anticipated, I have found myself grieving over its implications for my country and for Western civilization itself. This radical decree will have a devastating affect on every dimension of culture.
I grieve most for what it will do to our children, our grandchildren and future generations. They will be taught that right is wrong and wrong is right, and that the teachings of Scripture are unreliable and inaccurate. How outrageous it is that boys and girls barely out of babyhood are already being introduced in some schools to perverse adult behavior.
Soon, public school textbooks throughout the country will be re-written and re-illustrated to conform to today’s ruling. It matters not that these revisions will contradict the beliefs and convictions of their parents. It will soon become the law of the land.
Many more vulnerable kids will grow up in homes with same-sex parents, obviously lacking either masculine or feminine role models. They are the real victims of the Court’s ruling.
Adults will suffer, too. I believe a barrage of court cases has already been planned against those who hold to politically incorrect views of marriage. Many of us will be dragged into court to be prosecuted or subjected to civil judgments. Some will lose their jobs, while others forfeit their businesses. Some will be persecuted and ridiculed and fined. Some may go to prison as the years unfold. Since same-sex marriage has now been determined to be a universal human right by the highest court in the land, it will trump religious liberty, churches, seminaries, Christian schools, businesses and a host of individual liberties. I also fear that judgment will befall this once great nation.
Here is the question of the hour. The organization I lead, Family Talk, is in accord with the National Organization for Marriage. This is an excerpt of its editorial released Friday:
We reject this decision and so will the American people. It represents nothing but judicial activism, legislating from the bench, with a bare majority of the Justices on the Supreme Court exercising raw political power to impose their own preferences on marriage when they have no constitutional authority to do so. It is a lawless ruling that contravenes the decisions of over 50 million voters and their elected representatives. It is a decision that is reminiscent of other illegitimate Court rulings such as Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade and will further plunge the Supreme Court into public disrepute.
Make no mistake about it: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) [and my organization, Family Talk] and countless millions of Americans do not accept this ruling. Instead, we will work at every turn to reverse it.
The U.S. Supreme Court does not have the authority to redefine something it did not create. Marriage was created long before the United States and our constitution came into existence. Our constitution says nothing about marriage. The majority who issued today’s ruling have simply made it up out of thin air with no constitutional authority.
In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King discussed the moral importance of disobeying unjust laws, which we submit applies equally to unjust Supreme Court decisions. Dr. King evoked the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that an unjust law or decision is one that is “a human law that is not rooted in eternal law or natural law.”
Today’s decision of the Supreme Court lacks both constitutional and moral authority. There is no eternal or natural law that allows for marriage to be redefined.
Today’s decision is by no means the final word concerning the definition of marriage; indeed it is only the beginning of the next phase in the struggle. NOM is committed to reversing this ruling over the long term and ameliorating it over the short term.
Speaking now for our organization, Family Talk, I believe it is time for this nation to hold State Constitutional Conventions, which would allow certain provisions within the Constitution to be reaffirmed. Among these possibilities would be a provision to set term limits on judges and justices. Another clause would limit the scope of their power. Unelected, unaccountable judges would no longer override the other two co-equal branches of government. Finally, language would be inserted to restore what Abraham Lincoln referred to in his Gettysburg Address as government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Wouldn’t that be a novel idea in the 21st century?
I’ll end my comments by quoting the final words from the Manhattan Declaration, written by the late Charles Colson, professor Robby George and Dr. Timothy George. They wrote:
“… Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.”



Monday, 22 June 2015

Prophecy Update JD Farag - June 21 -

Here is the Prophecy Update from JD Farag for June 21, 2015

Prophecy Update June 21,2015



Pastor J.D. continues looking at a number of significant events coming this September 2015, but once again cautions against date setting by encouraging the continuing to watch and occupy until the Lord does raptures His church. Sabia, Pastor's Daughter, ends the service with a Father's day tribute.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Characteristics of love - Love thinks no evil....

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1 Corinthians 13:5 


 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; KJV


 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; NKJV


Real love -

*is not rude ( rude comments or behavior have no place in the life of a Christian)

*does not demand his or her own way ( thoughtful of others )

*  is not easily provoked or angered  ( not irritable - when there are interruptions in our day or we are in contact with people who are irritable or rude, we do not stoop to join in those negative attitudes, we are lead by the Holy Spirit in the ways of righteousness.

* real love thinks no evil - think no evil, that is a pretty easy to understand phrase...think no evil!


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Friday, 12 June 2015

Characteristics of love ....Love does not envy

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1 Corinthians 13: 4

..... charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, KJV

.....love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant ESV 

In our previous study we focused on the what love is - love is patient and kind. Now we find what love it not  - love does not envy or boast, and is not arrogant!

 It is quite possible that in our busyness of life that we often do not think of the seriousness of living our daily lives in ways that are sinful and displeasing to the Lord. We read in James 3: 14-16 some very serious words that we should take heed to. It says: But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.  This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.  For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.


Where envy and self seeking exist, there is confusion and every evil thing there!  It is demonic! wow! Let us turn to the Lord in repentance and get rid of these things in our lives. 

Our 1 Corinthians verse states that love does not envy. When one has envy in his heart, there is not love. We can think of some Old Testament Bible stories like the story of Joseph where the brothers were envious of him, and sold him into slavery in Egypt. The brothers envy was hateful and led them to do evil things. We can think of the story of Sarah and Abraham, where Sarah was so desperate to have a child, she gave her maid Hagar to Abraham to have her bear a child. Sarah did not wait on the Lord, but took matters into her own hands. Then when Hagar became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham, Sarah was jealous and did not want Hagar nor her son Ishmael, around and therefore Abraham sent them away. Here too envy led to some very bad decisions. 
We also read in the New Testament where the chief priests wanted Jesus to be killed because their hearts were filled with envy, and Barabbas was  released and Jesus was crucified. You can read it in Mark 15.


We are to lay aside all envy as we walk with the Lord Jesus.

1 Peter 2:1-3 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,  as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Love does not boast and is not arrogant. This has to do with pride. We must realize and admit that everything we have accomplished or earned or received in this life is a gift from the hand of God. He is the One who gives us strength and abilities, opportunities and all we need to work. We cannot and should not take the credit for ourselves. All glory and honor belongs to the Lord!! Also when we pass from here, we can take none of our earthly treasures with us. All the money you have in the bank will be left here on this earth. You cannot take your riches with you. It makes no sense to be arrogant and proud about these things as they are only on loan to us from the Lord.  As the famous CT Studd  said - "Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”



Psalm 49:6-20They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.




1 Corinthians 13:4-10 

 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Chocolate Brownies

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Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder OR instant coffee granules
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish, line it with parchment paper, and butter the parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  4. Add in the chopped chocolate, remove the pan from the heat, and stir frequently, until melted. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until frothy. Add the vanilla and espresso powder.
  6. Pour in the chocolate a little at a time. This will help to temper the eggs.
  7. When the chocolate is completely incorporated, dump in the flour mixture. Mix completely.
  8. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
  9. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes; a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.
  10. Let the brownies cool before cutting.

Characteristics of Love - patient and kind

In the next few weeks, I want to study several verses from 1 Corinthians 13 and talk about love. The King James Bible uses the word charity, and in most other translations the word love is used. So to begin, let's focus our attention on the fact that love is patient and kind. What does this mean practically speaking and what examples can we think of where we have seen this played out? Feel free to leave your experiences and thoughts in the comment section.








1 Corinthians 13:4

 Charity suffereth long, and is kind KJB


Love is patient and kind  NLT


The love that I want to discuss here in these posts is not romantic love though it does not exclude romantic love. A good definition of love is "you before me, your needs before mine". And we will see this love displayed as we think on the topic of love. 
God loves us deeply and completely and as we all know, we can look to Him and see what love looks like. The ultimate demonstration of this love is that God gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay for our sin and redeem us back to Himself.

Love suffers long and is kind - love is patient and kind. 

God is patient with us as his children. He is not harsh with us. The Bible says that He is not willing that anyone should perish but that all should come to Him and be saved. So because of this he waits and softly He keeps calling us to surrender our lives to Him.

 But what examples of this love being kind, patient and suffering long have you seen demonstrated by fellow Christians in your life?

Here are a few examples -
* a mother caring for a sick child, Day in and day out she stays by her child's side, she gives up her own wants and desires to care for the child who needs her. She waits patiently for healing for some sign of improvement to come. In kindness she provides all that she can to bring about as quick recovery as possible.

* a parent or teacher or youth pastor who never gives up on that wayward child, but continually pours time and energy into the child even with no real obvious results, patiently waiting for him or her to make that needed change in his or her life. 

* a marriage gone wrong - spouse whose needs are not being met, Your husband or wife is consumed by other things and seemingly does not care anymore. Quietly and patiently and prayerfully you wait for the Lord to do something to bring about change to your situation. You are not looking to get out of the marriage - you are waiting on the Lord. In this patient love you will continue to treat him or her in kindness, doing all you can to please the Lord.

* single people - you long for the marriage partner that you believe is in God's will for you. Time is going by and your prayers are seemingly going unanswered. You are committed to the Lord, and so because of your love for the Lord, you continue to wait and to seek His face. He has a perfect plan for your life, waiting on the Lord is hard but it is what is needed.

*dating guys - the Lord has brought that special girl into your life. Keep yourself and your girlfriend pure. God's design is best - sex within the bond of marriage is God's plan for you. Love is kind and patient and will wait for marriage. 

So we see many there are many examples of real life situations where walking in God's love is a patient waiting, doing good and kind deeds to those around us as we wait.






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