Kindness

This week has been such an amazing week, dear ones, and I’m so thankful for the ability to share it with you all. First, I just want to let you all know that the homeschooling update, and lessons I create, will be posted on Mondays now. Saturday will be a day without a post, unless something urgently needs to be mentioned. I’ll be putting together a list of all the homeschooling lessons that I’ve done, and hopefully that will be ready by Monday.

A while back Kayliegh was playing with some toys while her father and I looked at the isle of clothes one row over. There was another little girl there playing, and somehow they began to talk about faith. Kayliegh walked her through the meaning of the Trinity, and the Good Person test she had learned from watching LivingWaters material. After that, she shared the Gospel. My husband and I heard every word from between the clothing racks, hardly able to hold back the tears. As an encouragement, I sent this information to LivingWaters and was told they would let Ray know. Not long after Ray Comfort sent a note that he would be sending Kayliegh a small gift. Small gift? She couldn’t believe her ears. She jumped and told me how she hoped it was a book.

Well, it was three books, signed by Ray, a note to Kayliegh, a hat, and subway gift cards. What kind of kindness is this? I know that this group of individuals are incredibly busy, pumping out as much material to edify the body and reach the lost. And yet, for an 8-year-Old little girl they took time, effort, and money, to bless and encourage her. This is so far removed from the Prosperity Gospel I spent over a decade in. While big names authors buy multiple mansions, and make merchandise off of professing Christians, Ray Comfort and LivingWaters break the mold.

They will know us by our fruit. Not all of us can do what Ray does, but we can all be exceedingly kind. Encourage one another this weekend, love the body of Christ through service, prayer, and fellowship. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List: Recommendation, Review, and Suggestions – August 30th, 2019

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Monday on AfterThought, Lord willing, I’ll be dropping an episode interviewing Zack Knotts regarding his new book Majesty Sunrise. During this episode Zack details his testimony, how he came out of the Word of Faith movement, how he came to know and love the beautiful Lindsey Davis, and why he chose to write a book of Biblically led poetry. He even reads one of his poems during the episode, which will be a blessing to listeners as it was very moving. Thursday I’ll be dropping my latest episode co-hosted by Becca.Berean where we discuss the history, and religious rituals of yoga. We get deep into the meaning of poses, and chants, with Becca sprinkling the episode with Scriptural truth.

Replacing recommendations this week, I need to offer a public apology. After a beloved brother in Christ sent me some information about Dr. Don Whitney’s connection to Catholic mystics and contemplative prayer advocates, I pulled my interview with him. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, you can read about it here, here, and here. While I do believe that Dr. Whitney is genuine, I can’t promote someone so closely tied to dangerous practices. I hope you will all accept my sincere apology for not properly vetting the authors I bring on. In the future, I will be far more careful.

For reviews today I have a new trailer for you all from one of my favorite podcasts Cave to Cross Apologetics. This trailer is for their upcoming interview, which you can watch here. Also, I want to recommend Nancy Pearcey’s book Love Thy Body. This book is very helpful to understand the culture we live in today from the Biblical perspective. You can find it here. As this deals with issues of sexuality, it is not a book for young readers. I wouldn’t suggest this book for believers younger then 18. It’s not an inappropriate book, but it does deal with serious sin.

My suggestion today, friends, is that we join together in praying for Florida. Many brothers and sisters in Christ will face this hurricane, some have already evacuated. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

AfterThought Episode 13 – Interview with Dr. Jason Lisle: The Ultimate Proof of Creation

I had the absolute honor to speak to one of my favorite scientists, and hero’s in the faith, astrophysicists and apologist Dr. Jason Lisle regarding his book The Ultimate Proof of Creation. Dr. Lisle’s book is available on Amazon here. During our interview, Dr. Lisle also discussed his next book, an upcoming project on Flat Earthism, and answers a question for Kayleigh. I hope that this interview helps create an interest in apologetics and science.

You can find AfterThought at Podbean, iTunes, and all other major carriers by following this link. That link will also connect you with all my social media accounts. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Live Footage of my Conversion

Becca.Berean and I are recording an important episode today on yoga, which has required a lot of research. Since I didn’t have a testimony to share with you all today, and since there has been so many new followers lately, I thought I’d share my own. Along with a funny little gif I made this morning.

You can read my testimony here, and listen to it here. Beloved, from my research into yoga, it’s even worse then I previously thought. It’s not just that the practice itself originated in Hindu religion, it’s that the entire thing is worship to their gods. The episode will dig deep into this dangerous topic, but I wanted to include a warning this morning as well. Please do not practice yoga, stretch or do Pilates instead. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Justice Socialized: Reparations

Last week, dear ones, we began a new series on the Social Justice movement. In the introduction, which you can read here, I listed some imperative definitions for this discussion. If you’ve not yet read it, I would suggest you start there first. Today we’re going to be talking about the roots of this movement as it pertains to the church. While the political end of this movement is concerning, it’s not my main concern. My deepening fear is that this movement has so well branded itself as one seeking to right wrongs that believers jump on the band wagon and sign the dotted line before reading the fine print. This is still a Twisted Tuesday, so we’re going to address this as we work through verses they use out of context. Today, it’s Isaiah 1:17.

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I’m actually surprised that this would be a verse used by the self labeled Social Justice Warriors, as they in no way intend on aiding orphans or widows. They just enjoy the word justice being involved in this text. In Isaiah 1:17 the noun translated as justice here, and translated as judgement in other translations, is mishpat. Mishpat is a masculine noun meaning to pronounce a verdict judicially. What we need to decide here is whether or not the meaning of injustice to God is the same as it is to the SJW’s. Likewise, is the means of justice the same? If these two are not the same, then this verse is not being used in proper context when quoted by those in the SJ movement.

Paul Washer Quote
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Throughout the next few weeks I’m going to show why these two points are not in agreement with Scripture, using the verses they take out of context. Today I offer you, as evidence that Gods idea of injustice and justice are not the same, the idea of reparations. Reparations, in and of itself, is not bad. If I take your hat, it’s appropriate for me to be forced to give you back your hat and make amends for the time and effort you spent searching for the hat. If that was what SJW’s were asking, they’d be inline with Scripture. Instead, they are asking individuals to pay other individuals for acts that may or may not have taken place within their ancestral lineage. Reparations are not only considered financially, but also emotionally. You must feel bad for having been born a different color then someone else.

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Not only does this unbiblically separate us from one another based on the amount of melanin in our skin, it also requires certain believers to pay for something they did not do. That is, in and of itself, injustice in Gods eyes, not justice (Duet. 24:16, Ezekiel 18:19-20). This shows, clearly, that the SJ movement is misusing Gods Word, calling what is good, evil, and what is evil, good. Unfortunately, the church often desires the adoration of the world, and jumps at opportunities to join worldly pursuits guised as morally good.

This is a dangerous movement taking over churches of both liberal and conservative persuasion. Once in, it breeds disunity between brothers in Christ by separating them into groups of with differing victim status. They use Critical Race Theory to do so, which we will be discussing next week. I ask that you would please pray for me, beloved, as I write about this topic. The reading material for this series is deeply troubling. I also ask, friends, that you would pray for the leadership in your churches so that they will stand firm against this infiltration. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

AfterThought Episode 12: Deadly Doctrines – Co-Hosted by Becca.Berean

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Today, dear ones, I dropped the 12th episode of AfterThought. This time, as promised, I’m joined by Becca the Meme Master Berean. We discussed growing up in the Word of Faith movement, her involvement in Bethel/Hillsong type churches and schools, and why their teaching is so dangerous. Becca graciously shares her desire to see those who are lost and hurting within this movement saved out of it.

I pray that this episode will be a blessing to you all. Please join me in praying for Becca’s family as she lovingly shares truth with them. You can find this episode at my host site Podbean, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. If you’re enjoying the podcast please like, comment, subscribe, and share to help get the word out. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Sunday Hymns from the Past – Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands: by Charles Spurgeon

This beautiful hymn was written by the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon. I hope that it blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

Amidst us our Beloved stands,
and bids us view His pierced hands;
points to the wounded feet and side,
blest emblems of the Crucified.

What food luxurious loads the board,
when, at His table, sits the Lord!
The cup how rich, the bread how sweet,
when Jesus deigns the guests to meet!

If now, with eyes defiled and dim,
we see the signs, but see not Him;
O may His love the scales displace,
and bid us see Him face to face!

Our former transports we recount,
when with Him in the holy mount:
these cause our souls to thirst anew
His marred but lovely face to view.