Wednesday Testimony – Dul G from India

This Wednesday I’d like to once again highlight Heartcry’s work worldwide, this time in India. Below is Dul G’s testimony, a man who was raised Hindu and is still the only believer in his family. As Heartcry missionaries have pointed out, the doors for sharing the Gospel in India are quickly closing. New laws alongside restrictions on traveling evangelists, and radical Hindu extremists persecuting our brothers and sisters, have complicated church planting. I pray this testimony blesses you, but also reminds you that now, more than ever, we need to pray for these brethren. As always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/dul-g

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Dynamic Series – Hydrodynamics Part IV The Application

Back to business, my friends, let’s discuss the application of Hydrodynamics. If you missed the other parts of this series, here are some helpful links;

Hydrodynamics Part III

Hydrodynamics Part II

Hydrodynamics Part I

Applying this is my favorite part of science, otherwise it stays a bunch of big words in a book that’s way too heavy. I actually got bursitis in high school from carrying all my text books from class to class rather than waste time going to my locker. It still bothers me when the weather changes, Kayliegh will never know how blessed we are to have online books! So, how do we get Hydrodynamics out of the big books and into real live applications? Well, you’re doing it right now. I’ve mentioned Bernoulli previously, after all he named this field of study! While he was studying blood flowing through the veins, he began applying Hydrodynamics to blood pressure, using this fascinating field of study to better understand how our body works.

My husband is a Respiratory Therapist, so his main expertise is in the heart and lungs. When I talked to him about Hydrodynamics the first thing he said to me was “oh like Bernoulli’s equation?” You should know, though he’d hate that I said it, my husband is brilliant. Honestly, he should be writing this, it would probably make much more sense. He had a long night saving little ones lives, so we’ll have to give him a pass. I just wanted you to see how widely connected this field is with the medical field. Much of our life saving procedures today are successful thanks to a better understanding of Hydrodynamics. You’re body is currently regulating the pressure of your blood flowing from the heart to the lungs to oxygenate your toes. That is science in real life, beloved!

The other application that I wanted to point out was how this field of study has aided in understanding the great Deluge. I often have called it Noah’s flood, but that’s not accurate. Noah didn’t cause the flood, it was God’s flood, Gods judgement on a wicked, sinful generation. That judgement left a worldwide mark, which is easier to understand for Creation scientists, thanks to Hydrodynamics. Below is a clip from my favorite female scientist, a woman that has inspired Kayleigh in her studies, Dr. Georgia Purdom. Here she goes over some basics about the Deluge, some common misunderstandings, and some of those marks made.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=47vDpY3eMXg

The last application for Hydrodynamics that I want to mention, briefly, is plumbing. That might be a silly thing to mention, but when you consider our cities and the unbelievably wonderful blessing it is when we turn on fresh water to drink, wash dishes, and bath in, it might get less silly. Hear me out, friends. When I was a young teenager our plumbing stopped working. We had to drive to my grandmas house at night to take baths. As a single mom, barely holding on, there was no way she could pay to get it fixed. Then, due to some random mix up, our electricity was turned off. While the electricity company argued with my poor mom over the bills the previous owner had racked up, winter hit hard. So, we abandoned ship. We left the home, and moved into an apartment. Subsequently, she had to file for bankruptcy. All that to say this, the first time they showed us our new apartment we went from room to room turning on light switches and water faucets. It wasn’t big, and it certainly wasn’t fancy, but it felt like a five star hotel.

We’re not the first culture to figure out how water flows at certain rates depending on the pressure and angle added, but we are certainly blessed by modern technology! When you wash your dishes, or even flush your toilet, consider that men studied Gods creation long and hard before we were able to have such ease! There is much of Gods creation that we can, and should, be thankful for. Not the least is that fluids follow the laws given them, your blood will never cease to flow like it should do to a random chance change in the laws of science. The world we live in is orderly, the laws given followed, by all of Gods creation except one. Mankind. God has taken the time to write His laws in our hearts. All over the world, in every culture, lying, stealing, and murder are wrong. Yet, due to our fallen adamic nature, we continue to break His Laws. It is for this reason, dear ones, that we need a Savior. Jesus Christ, God made man, lived a perfect sinless life, and died in place of whosoever would believe in Him. Repent of your sins (lust which Christ called adultery, hatred which Christ called murder, lying, and theft) and put your faith in Christ alone. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Children Are Such a Blessing

Hello, and happy Monday, dear friends! Today is our series on Hydrodynamic which I will do in a separate post (rare two posts alert) as I need to get a little personal here. First, I have to apologize for missing that post two weeks in a row, this is a busy month with lots of birthdays in the family. I’m the unofficial birthday sign creator for all Hereford’s. This included my beautiful little girl, who you’re all familiar with by now I’m sure, Kayleigh who turned 8! 8? I don’t even know how that’s possible.

She wanted a Hawaiian themed party, which was a lot harder to pull off than I anticipated. Surprisingly, most stores don’t sell these items in the fall. The internet saved the day! So my little girl is now 8, and I have to give God the glory for giving us such a gift! What a blessing children are, I can’t fathom why our society has lowered to such a level that it treats them as inconvenient and disposable. Our children are given to us by God, made in His image. What higher responsibility is there in this world than caring for His little ones?

There’s a lot of nonsense today about women being equal to men. I simply can not comprehend why any woman wouldn’t find that offense! Equal? Yes, in Gods eyes all believers are equal, yet we were made for totally different things. Our roles are unique. I was able to carry this little miracle for 36 weeks while God knit her together. Meanwhile society tells women to give that up, and for what? A better paycheck? Equality? Nonsense. Motherhood is the greatest service to God a woman can do, we have just a few short years to cherish His little ones, such a small time to teach them His precepts upon precepts. It’s a role that should be held with esteem, not cast aside or ridiculed. Or worse, considered an imposition.

A child is a beautiful blessing, a tremendous gift from God. They teach us how to love beyond measure, how to be patient, how to forgive instantly, and how to make everything fun. They should be protected, especially when they are in a mother’s womb, at all cost. Our sons and our daughters, whether by birth, or spiritually through discipleship, are genuinely something to thank God for. Let us give to the one wholly deserving all the honor, praise, and glory. Stay tuned for a return to my normal posting material. đŸ™‚ Pray for me, my dear friends, while I teach her to do the very thing I don’t want her to do, grow up into spiritual and physical adulthood.

A Shift Towards Charity

Hello dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well! As you all know, Friday is my day to weigh in on certain topics that don’t seem to fit into the rest of the days of the week. Today I’d like to discuss charity, and the importance of believers using Biblical language rather than worldly. As many of you are aware, there’s a lot of discussion within churches about social justice. There are two questions I want to ask in regards to this phrase 1. Is it a Biblical principle? And 2. Is it a Gospel issue?

Social justice is a phrase that was actually coined in the mid 19th Century by Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli. The ideas had been around long before, however it was this individual who popularized the phrase we see used today. The idea is that everyone should have an equal outcome, although that’s an oversimplification. Is that Biblical? Do we see everyone in Scripture having equality? No, not even during the early church, where we see Paul collecting for poorer believers. All throughout the Bible, Old and New Testaments, we see that God gives individual trials and blessings, as we see in Job. This is why it’s important for believers to use Biblical terminology, rather than worldly phrases. The Bible tells us to be charitable, and that has majorly different applications and implications.

The main difference is the willingness to give, with charity being a choice to care for one another based on your resource availability. Social justice is applied through taxation, or coercion and guilt. The implications are also different, while the implications of charity is the spreading of the Gospel, Social Justice’ implication is disunity between the two groups of givers and takers. Which should answer my second question, Social Justice is not a Gospel issue. Neither is charity. Charity is something that comes from a grateful heart which has been saved, adopted, sanctified, and justified.

The church is missing an unbelievably awesome opportunity to share the Gospel. Every time a sinner uses the word Justice our ears should perk up, our hearts should warm, and our Bibles should open. This is another easy segue into the Gospel. What better chance do we get to share the Law than when justice is being demanded? We can help the lost see that they do not want justice, they do not want what they deserve. Rather, the mercy of God on their souls, with a Savior who died in our place, paying the sin debt we owed to a God whom we have dishonored, blasphemed, mocked, and ignored. Instead of giving the Gospel, which will actually create change in a culture and community, many churches are adapting Social Justice into their messages in an effort to appeal to the masses. This is the direct result of entertaining goats, while starving sheep.

Beloved, we’re going to give an account for every idle word that comes from our mouths. Let us, therefore, be more careful to use Biblical language and avoid compromising with worldly notions, theories, and ideas. Test everything against the Scripture, including the SJ&G document which you can read here if you haven’t read it yet. We also need to be careful that our hearts do not grow embittered toward one another if we find ourselves on differing sides of this discussion. Love must always be the guiding principle of born again believers, not politics, and certainly not pride. Guard your hearts, and your mouths, dear ones. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – A Second Death

I hope this post finds you all doing well, brethren. Today I’d like to discuss the heretical teaching of Christ dying twice. I know I’ve addressed this briefly in the passed, dear ones, however I wanted to work through it more. Netflix recently purchased the rights to Narnia to make a series, which brought this back to my mind. We’ve all seen that scene, I’m sure, where the evil creatures are jumping on, and torturing, the lion. That depiction has somehow made it into the minds, and teaching, of many popular Charismatic speakers. It coincides with the belief that Christ died physically and spiritually. At that point men like Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar teach that Christ was not God made man, but that He became Gods Son through His sacrifice. Others, like Joyce Meyers, who also teaches this, don’t go as far as to say He wasn’t God, but that He did die spiritually which would equate to the same doctrine if fleshed out.

In the movie, and book, the lion is tortured by the witches minions. In the heresy we’re discussing today this happened when Christ died physically and went to hell, where He then died spiritually after being tortured. Meyers goes so far as to portray Christ with demons jumping up and down on Him. Then Christ Himself was born again of the Spirit, according to these false teachers. In a version very similar to heresies taught by the Mormons, these teachers go on to suggest we all become just like Christ when we’re born again, usually using the phrase “gods with a little g”. Specifically today I want to address the idea that Christ went to hell and was spiritually tortured and killed by Satan and his demons.

The first clear issue, which we’ve discussed before, is that Satan is not, nor has he ever been, in charge of Hell. Hell was created for him, and for the demons, as an eternal punishment for rebellion. Eventually it’ll be tossed into the lake of fire as a final judgement against Satan, the demons, and those who rebelled against God on earth. God is sovereign, over Heaven, Hell, and Earth. The second issue is that Scripture specifically tells us that Christ laid down His life, no one took it, especially not Satan. Lastly, no where in Gods Word is there even a hint that Christ died twice, or was spiritually born again. He rose from the dead because He had to power to lay down His life and to pick it back up.

I don’t know what the Netflix series will be like, however I do know that this view of God is not Biblical. The christ these teachers portray as suffering in Hell, being tortured and spiritually dying at the hands of Satan and his demons, is not the Christ of the Bible. Jesus Christ condescended to enter His creation, like the verse our sister in Christ Marie wrote in the comment section of Sunday’s post. He lived a sinless, perfect life, and died in our place. The cup of wrath poured out on Christ was not Satan’s wrath, but Gods. It was not poured out in Hell, but on that cross. It is finished. When we, wretched sinners though we are, put our faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross, the wrath we’ve stored up is forgiven in Christ. Regardless if you believe Christ was proclaiming the Gospel in Abraham’s bosom, or proclaimed victory to those chained from Noah’s flood, it’s clear that during the three days after His death and before His ascension He was neither being tortured, nor spiritually killed, by Satan in Hell.

While it is certainly grievous to see errant teaching being broadcast worldwide, it should not surprise us dear ones. Those who teach such heresy ought to be opposed, and prayed for. Those who are listening to, and believing, such falsehoods also need our prayer. If not for the grace of God, brethren, we would be in their shoes. I was once, I believed everything Meyers and Dollar said without question. It took someone standing against those false doctrines, someone uncompromising, someone lovingly correcting, to show me the truth. I was a false convert listening to wolves in sheeps clothing. God graciously saved me, not by any effort on my own, I can not even boast of repentance friends, even that was a gift of God! Have you heard this heresy, dear ones? Did you maybe listen to the same before being saved? I’d love to hear your thoughts on future Twisted Tuesday’s! Feel free to let me know in the comments. As always, my beloved brothers and sisters, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Sunday Hymn From the Past – Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

It’s Reformation month again, dear ones! Can you believe it’s been a year since the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation? Wow that year went by fast. This month, like last year, I’m going to be sharing hymns written by reformers. We’ll start this month out strong, with a Martin Luther hymn. I hope it blesses you, as much as it blessed me, as always beloved brethren be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
for our offenses given;
but now at God’s right hand He stands
and brings us light from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah.
Hallelujah!
It was a strange and dreadful strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life,
the reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith
that death is swallowed up by death;
his sting is lost forever.
Hallelujah!

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, 
whom God so freely gave us; 
He died on the accursed tree – 
so strong His love to save us. 
See, His blood doth mark our door; 
faith points to it, death passes o’er, 
and Satan cannot harm us. 
Hallelujah!
So let us keep the festival
whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the Joy of all,
the Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended.
Hallelujah!

Thursday Switch-A-Roo – Snatch Them From the Flames

Usually on Thursdays I do a book review, today I want to switch things up beloved. There is a resource available at Wretched.Org right now that is totally free, and very instructive. It’s called Snatch Them From the Flames, it’s a conversation between Todd Freakishly Tall Friel and the Doctor of Discernment himself, Justin Peters. In this discussion they cover everything from the attraction of the NAR, false doctrines taught in it, to lovingly snatching friends and family out of the movement. The conversation itself was filmed during a break in the Shepherds Conference, so it’s very impromptu.

As I mentioned before, it’s free, however you do need to give an email address so the link can be sent to you. You’ll be given an option to be sent a free DVD if that’s preferred, to download it, or to watch it in sections online. Many of you know I came out of the Charismatic Movement, God graciously saved me and snatched me out of the flames. I still have many friends and family members involved, so this was very helpful. As we see the movements toxic doctrines seep into solid churches, we’re more likely than ever to need this instruction. I hope you’ll all be as blessed by this as I was! As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

https://www.wretched.org/flames/