St Patrick, A Preacher of the Gospel to Ireland!

We know about the real St. Patrick (or Magnus Sucatus Patricius) because he wrote a record of his life called Confessions. As a young boy Patrick lived a comfortable life near an English coastal city where his father was a deacon in their church. But at the age of 16, his comfortable life unraveled. Irish pirates attacked his village, abducting Patrick and many of the household servants. After arriving in Ireland, Patrick was sold as a slave to a Druid tribal chieftain who forced Patrick to work with a herd of pigs.

In the midst of the squalor of pig filth, God began to transform Patrick’s heart. In his Confessions he wrote, “I was sixteen and knew not the true God, but in a strange land the Lord opened my unbelieving eyes, and I was converted.” Patrick became convinced that the kidnapping and homesickness were actually opportunities to know Christ better. “Anything that happens to me,” he wrote, “whether pleasant or distasteful, I ought to accept with [serenity] giving thanks to God … who never disappoints.” Knowing that this serenity didn’t come from his own strength, Patrick wrote, “Now I understand that it was the fervent Spirit praying within me.”

After serving as a slave for six years, Patrick escaped, boarded a boat, and found his way back home. At long last, he was on British soil, warmly embraced by his family and his community. In his own mind Patrick was done with Ireland for good. According to Patrick, “It is not in my nature to show divine mercy toward the very ones who once enslaved me.”

Once again, God would change Patrick’s heart. Partially through a dramatic dream, Patrick knew that God had called him to return to Ireland—not as a slave, but as a herald of the gospel. His family and friends were understandably horrified by his decision. “Many friends tried to stop my mission,” Patrick wrote. “They said, ‘Why does this fellow waste himself among dangerous enemies who don’t even know God?'”

Despite these objections, in A.D. 432 Patrick used his own money to purchase a boat and sail back to Ireland. Patrick spent the rest of his life preaching the gospel in Ireland, watching many people come to Christ. He also passionately defended the human rights of slaves. Besides hisConfession, his only other remaining written work is the Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus, a scathing protest sent to King Coroticus and his soldiers after they raided a village, slaughtering the men and selling the women into slavery.

For the rest of his life, Patrick would remain captivated by the grace of God. In his Confessionshe wrote:

And I am certain of this: I was a dumb stone lying squashed in the mud; the Mighty and Merciful God came, dug me out and set me on top of the wall. Therefore, I praise him and ought to render him something for his wonderful benefits to me both now and in eternity.

The shamrock was a teaching tool that St Patrick used to teach the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to Irish pagans.

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Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. So complete was his trust in God, and the importance of his mission, he feared nothing – not even death.

Here is a poem written by St Patrick entitled “The Breastplate,” that conveys his faith and trust in God:

“Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

Trust JESUS,
(the Christ!)

Special thanks to preachingtoday.com

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10 Signs That You Might Be Deceived

Scripture gives us many warnings not to be deceived nor deceive ourselves

Here are a few scriptural example’s of deceptions to beware of in your personal walk

May the Spirit of Truth seek out and bring to light any areas of your life where the enemy might be trying to deceive you.

If you are a hearer of the Word and not a doer of the Word

You might be deceived

If you say you have not sinned

You might be deceived

If you say that you are entirely sanctified

You might be deceived

If you think you’re something when you’re nothing

You might be deceived

If you think you’re wise when you’re foolish

You might be deceived

If you say or think you are religious, when your tongue is unbridled

You might be deceived

If you think you won’t reap what you’ve sown

You might be deceived

If you think you can go on sinning and inherit the Kingdom

You might be deceived

If you think that contact with bad company wont affect you

You might be deceived

This last one is probably the hardest one for most Christians to face…

But if you have the sort of idea that somehow Christians won’t see the big trouble; that somehow they’ll just be caught out of it all and be taken on the first bus to heaven before any trouble hits them

I believe you may be duped by a huge totally unscriptural deception

This last one is probably the one that will cause the most opposition because of the popularized idea in and out of the church, but I believe it truly is an unscriptural idea. And even if I am wrong regarding this last one, I’d rather be wrong my way, then to be wrong in any contrary way.

Nevertheless, in all things,

Trust JESUS!

Nouthetic

Quite simply, “nouthetic” counseling is biblical counseling—it gets its name from the Greek work noutheteo which is usually translated “admonish” (Romans 15:14, NKJV). It means “to confront as a friend” and was the normal method of counseling before modernists invented secular psychology in the early 1900s. A study of older dictionaries shows that it took until 1973 for the word “counseling” to change from “giving advice” to “psychology” with its modern testing, processes, and therapies. That change gradually came about as the secular psychology influence changed our idea of counseling from that given by a pastor to that given by a secular psychologist.

 

During the mid-20th century, many Christians thought they could integrate secular theory into their counseling programs, mixing the Bible with psychology. That practice (called “Christian” counseling) was based on the false assumption that man can discover God’s truth apart from the Bible. In the late 1960s, a number of godly pastors saw the need to reject such damaging influences, and one man (Dr. Jay Adams) led the way in bringing biblical counseling back into pastoral ministry. While psychology is based on evolution and secular philosophy, biblical counseling is based strictly on biblical principles. For counseling to be biblical, it must be Bible-based, Christ-centered, and local church-oriented. Nouthetic counseling accepts the premise that the Bible is God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and that it is totally sufficient for meeting all our needs (2 Peter 1:3-4).

 

Nouthetic counseling is a refreshing return to a strictly biblical method of problem-solving. Instead of focusing on the problem and expecting years of therapy, nouthetic counseling focuses on the biblical solution and expects the counselee to change—by the power of the Holy Spirit—conforming to the biblical model presented (Romans 8:28-29). Nouthetic counseling is effective for believers and begins with the evangelism of those who are not believers because biblical counselors understand that only believers can understand the deep truths of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). Since all believers have the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to change them (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:16), biblical (nouthetic) counseling depends on the Holy Spirit to change the believer, using God’s Word as it was intended—to teach, rebuke, correct and train in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

There are few colleges and seminaries that teach nouthetic counseling today, but the list is growing, as more and more Christians are seeing the weakness and error in trying to integrate secular thought with the Bible. Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (NKJV). That is the reason for the dividing line between biblical (nouthetic) counseling, Christian counseling, and secular psychology.

 

Trust JESUS

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death
Proverbs 14:12

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to gotquestions.org

 

Blessed in the Name of Lord Jesus!

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,

to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Luke 1:46-55

Mary, the mother of Jesus greatly rejoiced at the mere thought that she would be the vessel from which the Blessed Messiah would one day enter the physical world in the form of a child.

She bursts out with praises to her cousin Elizabeth.

How much more reason should believers who are forgiven by the blood shed on the cross and in-filled with the Spirit of the True and Living God find to rejoice?

 

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…
Galatians 4:19

 

Trust JESUS!

 

The Mahatma Ghandi Movie (1982)

If Christians could fully grasp some of Mahatma Ghandi’s practical insights on the teachings of Jesus Christ, the power of our witness and testimony to the truth would be unmatched in all the world.

On the other hand, if Mahatma Ghandi could’ve fully grasped the biblical view of the scriptural Jesus Christ – that more than being just a good moral teacher, He was and is the very Son of God, not only would Ghandi have changed the world in the profound way just as he did through the demonstrations of his life, but he could’ve done so for an eternal prize to the glory of the living God!

 

Ghandi (1982)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SRbHnfYHaI

 

 

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:3

 

Trust JESUS!

 

Expanding Earth and the Pangaea Theory

The Earth You Were Never Taught About in School

Expanding Earth and the Pangaea Theory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HDb9Ijynfo

(I recommend that you watch it muted to avoid any biased opinion and speculation)

Although this video was created to offer an alternate explanation to continental drift that scientific evidence supports which most public school text books would not consider teaching because of the ramifications it has to the fallibility to the current scientific model, I’m sure you’ll find that the evidence speaks for itself.

The author of the video undoubtedly interpreted the video findings according to his world view. He placed a “billion of years” label on the time that this drift takes place. But if you judge for yourselves, what you will actually see in the stretch of the pacific basin, is the continents being dragged apart in some sections, and then naturally drifting in others.

This begins to lend great credibility to the Bibles account of the worldwide flood and an explanation for where the waters generally subsided.

It also shows that the earths continents were still connected closely enough for the descendants of Noah’s family’s descendants migration from continent to continent before they were completely separated, and would explain how dinosaur fossils, animals, and human beings got to all corners of the earth.

The Book of Genesis is not the only ancient text that captures the idea of a great flood that once engulfed the whole earth, but compared to the Genesis account, we see that:

In 95% of the more than 200 flood legends, the flood was worldwide;

in 88% a certain family was favored;

in 70% survival was by means of a boat;

in 67% animals were also saved;

in 66% the flood was due to the wickedness of man;

in 66% the survivors had been forewarned;

in 57% the ended up on a mountain;

in 35% birds were sent out from the boat;

and in 9% exactly 8 people were spared.

 

What will it take for you to believe?

OLD TESTAMENT

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
Genesis 7:1-6

So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 7:23-24

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

 

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
1 Peter 3:1-6

Trust JESUS!

 

Risk Analysis for Any Belief

Idea’s and information are presented to us every day in a number of ways.

We hear them on the radio as a radio MC voice their opinions
(e.g this thing is great – this thing is not)

We see it daily in television in advertisments and programming
(e.g newest product or latest version and the benefits of having it!)

We also hear it in our conversations
(E.g “This thing is horrible/That thing is awesome/Trust me, it will help you!”)

 

 

But the question we should always be asking ourselves is
“How do we know if what we’re being told is actually true?”

 

 

Please consider this example for demonstration purposes:

Say you wanted to go on a trip directly from Toronto to Montreal.

I would tell you that you would definitely have to catch a bus heading east-north-east and it’s roughly a four hour trip.

Now we can easily test these things and know whether or not this is infact true.

But what if someone else came along and told you that you could also get there by taking a bus going south?

Is it possible that you would still end up in the Montreal?

 

 

The Mexican’s down south would indeed be the first to advise you that you have been greatly misdirected, and travelled further away from your goal instead than you may have intended.

 

You would have to agree that you have in fact been “mis”-led

 

 

This proves in a rather simplistic way that we can observably consider whether the information given to us represent the objective truth regarding the facts of a matter by it’s ability to bring us closer to our destination.

 

 

So why then, when it comes to our belief in God are we determined to believe that “all ways lead us to the same destination” without ever objectively investigating this belief?

Is it that we might have to admit that at the end of our travels we have indeed erred and followed a path that – although it may have purported to take us to the place in which we intended to reach – it has instead actually deceived us and led us astray?

 

This is where risk analysis gains much ground:

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As we can see, we can err in our logic in one of two ways, and depending on the particular issue we apply this to the consequences can be devastating.

Either by:
1. by rejecting the truth as false
or
2. by accepting the false as true

 

Much of our religious identities are usually things passed down from our ancestors through tradition and may give us a sense of comfort since we’ve long practiced and therefore accepted these things as true.

But I propose to you that God in His Majesty and Sovereignty has created a way to Himself that has remained the same since the beginning of creation; a way to which all things in heaven and on earth testify as objective truth! A way that can only and exclusively be found in the face of Jesus Christ!

I urge you,

Consider what you believe to be true

Seek, and you will find…

 

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it
Matthew 7:13-14

Trust JESUS

 

Ravi Zacharias – Jesus Among Other gods
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmUuhhErWjc

“All of these religions cannot be right because they fundamentally contradict one another. You’ll often hear somebody say religions are fundamentally the same and superficially different – that’s false. They may be superficially the same, they are fundamentally different – Ravi Zacharias