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Now here is an amazing movie you should go see and bring a friend.

It opened this weekend in the top three and surprised all the critics, imagine that!

God is Great!

Also, the Gospel message that the end is well work watching on through.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Please do not support this movie.

It is simply an act of insanity and very dangerous to tell the Biblical truthful story of Noah and not mention the word “God” anywhere in the script.

Noah will rile some for the complete omission of the name “God” from the dialogue, others for its numerous dramatic fabrications and still more for its heavy-handed ecological doomsday messages,

Instead of God telling Noah to build the ark, he gets it from hallucinogenic dreams about a coming world-wide environmental catastrophe.

It is dangerous to have this first step of a slippery slope out there.  It is deceptive and goes directly against God’s word.

We should not water down or be ashamed of any part of the Gospel or the God-Head / Trinity.  And that is what we do when we muddy the water on exactly where Noah got his direction from.  It was from God, the great I AM, not some fallible creator as the movie suggests that represents all religions.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Russell Crowe stars in Darren Aronofsky’s Bible-based epic

Darren Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture’s most primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and audacious, while also pushing some aggressive environmentalism, in Noah. Whereas for a century most Hollywood filmmakers have tread carefully and respectfully when tackling biblical topics in big-budget epics aimed at a mass audience, Aronofsky has been daring, digging deep to develop a bold interpretation of a tale which, in the original, offers a lot of room for speculation and invention. The narrative of the global flood that wiped out almost all earthly life is the original disaster story, one that’s embraced by most of the major world religions, which means that conservative and literal-minded elements of all faiths who make it their business to be offended by untraditional renditions of holy texts will find plenty to fulminate about here. Already banned in some Middle Eastern countries, Noah will rile some for the complete omission of the name “God” from the dialogue, others for its numerous dramatic fabrications and still more for its heavy-handed ecological doomsday messages, which unmistakably mark it as a product of its time. But whether you buy these elements or not, this is still an arresting piece of filmmaking that has a shot at capturing a large international audience both for its fantasy-style spectacle and its fresh look at an elemental Bible story most often presented as a kiddie yarn.

The director/co-writer serves notice of his revisionism right away, mutating the opening line of Genesis into, “In the beginning there was nothing.” In the Bible’s ark story, God does most of the talking, whereas here, Noah does, at one point raging at the silent one he only calls the Creator, “Why do you not answer me?” This Noah, who receives his instructions about what to do from disturbing, quasi-hallucinatory visions, is presented as the last good man on Earth, the chosen one who will preserve the world’s life forms along with his immediate family while the wicked will be swept away, forcing humanity to make a fresh start.

One of the striking things about the Noah tale is that it presents a fallible Creator, one who admits to disappointments over shortcomings in the product of the sixth day of creation with the remark, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the ground, man and beast and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” The exceptions are middle-aged Noah (Russell Crowe), his wife, Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), and sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman) and Japheth (Leo Carroll), who are estranged from the rest of humanity and live apart from it, struggling to survive in forbidding surroundings. Noah’s physical and mental toughness is strengthened by an abiding faith, and Crowe’s splendidly grounded work here recalls some of his finest earlier performances, notably in Gladiator, The Insider and Cinderella Man, in which he embodied values of tenacity, trustworthiness and resourcefulness that inspired confidence that his characters would do the right thing.

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Now this is a hopeful message!!!

As a born-again Christian you are essentially a spiritual being. You are a creature that The Holy Spirit has sealed as “heavenly.” You are not an “earth dweller.” We belong in heaven, and our home is not here on this earth; our home is the Father’s House. Essentially we are ambassadors, sojourners and pilgrims in transit to our true home, which is in heaven.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Tired of the Rapture Mongers?

Part One

By Vernon Gray


Are you sick and tired of these Rapture ready Christians who are always on about Jesus coming for His church in an event called the Rapture?

Have you had enough of them forever going on about getting ready and preparing your life for His return? Do you also find excuses to ”switch off” when they get all excited about an event that you personally have no real connection with?

Do you find them annoying when all they seem to speak about is Jesus and the Rapture? Are you irritated by the constant drone of their take on “End Time” events and what is happening in the world around us as if they have some special knowledge?

Are you too disinterested when they harp on about the books of Revelation and Daniel? What about their rather negative world view especially when it comes to the New World Order, the Illuminati or the European Union to mention but a few. And of course they are constantly going on about Israel; “Blood Moons,” Jewish Feasts and “Signs of the Times “as they call it.

If you are any of the above this article is especially for you.

If you are a born-again Christian and you take the Bible seriously and the Rapture is not on your radar, you need to assess your theology and doctrinal stance. You could be in grave danger of being deceived by the god of this world. Chances are that you probably you have been influenced by liberal teachers from churches who discard prophecy and the doctrine of the Rapture as a “pathetic” pipe dream.

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Great article by Camilla, she really stirs up the thoughts and gets you thinking about why.

I agree that part of the reason we see weakness in out churches is the lack of Bible Prophecy teaching.

We are asleep or distracted to the signs all around us.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Do You Want to Know Why the Church Is Weak?

By Camilla Smith


The other day I heard a very famous preacher (a great one) speaking about why the church was so weak. Unfortunately I was in the car, pulling into the garage with groceries when the sermon was beginning and I didn’t get to hear very much of it. Obviously, I do not know what his conclusion was. But when I heard him pose the question to the congregation, “Why is today’s church so weak?” I blurted out “Because nobody preaches about the end times!”  The radio probably didn’t hear me, so that is why I am writing this down.  And that is what I truly believe. 

I wonder if you polled churches of today, how many are pastors are teaching Bible prophecy? I mean really getting into the heart of it, week after week after week–not just a little two or three week series. To me, it is essential that Christians know and understand what is just around the corner. Satan certainly seems to have no trouble deciphering where we are in God’s prophetic timeline, so wouldn’t it stand to reason that Christians should have a pretty good grasp of it?  How else can we go on the offensive? 

How many ministers in the average American church are teaching the truth about the Second Coming of Jesus?  Will they mention Israel and the God-given signs that have been fulfilled about God’s chosen people?  Are they talking about the Rapture?  Do they describe the Great Tribulation and go into detail?  Do they focus on the wrath of God and the rise of the Antichrist, the Millennial Kingdom and the New Heaven and the New Earth?  What about all those millions of demons that are going to be unleashed in that horrible seven year period between the Rapture and the Battle of Armageddon?    

How many pastors are willing to go out there on a limb and talk about Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Thessalonians, and (should we say it?) Revelation? Oh, I don’t know about Revelation. Pretty scary stuff there.  Might offend someone. Besides, it is written in secret code and not meant for us to understand.     

Whatever.     

I am not a Bible scholar. I am not a Bible expert. I am barely a Bible student, but I am getting there. And the more I learn about Bible prophecy, the more I want to know. I cannot get enough of the stuff.  I don’t understand why more people are not demanding to hear what Bible prophecy is about.  Is it just not the most fascinating subject ever?  I believe God told Daniel to seal up his prophecy until the time of the end, and we are at the time of the end, so what’s the holdup?  We need to look into this! And that is exactly what a few great “end times” experts are doing today—unsealing the very intricate prophecy that was meant for the people of the last days—that would be US.  It is no wonder we are (well they are) figuring all this out. But these prophecy experts are few and far between and they can’t do it by themselves!  They need pastors to take it to the masses.   

There is some end times prophecy that was meant specifically for the very people who would understand it, the people that it would be relevant to. Why else does it make sense to us?  We ARE that group of people. It is all beginning to make perfect sense now. It is all coming together in such an orchestrated manner that there is only one explanation—the God who knew the beginning to the end from the beginning, has put it in our grasp and customized His word for the people of this time in history. 

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Ron and Nathele give a good comparison of our days to the days of Noah and Lot.

The part that hit home the most for me was:

All of this leads to the fact that we are very close to the time of the end. The Rapture will happen soon and after that God will pour out His wrath. Have you been putting off accepting Christ as your Savior because, you, like Lot, are lured by the wickedness of Sodom? Are you happy eating, drinking, and ignoring the evil around you? The time for delay is over. We cannot choose the time we live in, but we can choose where we spend eternity.

This question should be taken seriously for both Christian and non-Christian?  Have you taken up your cross daily?  Are you more of this world than of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Noah, Lot and Us

By Nathele Graham


Ron Graham was called home on March 14, 2013. He began writing this commentary before his death and had asked me, Nathele Graham, to continue his service to our Lord by finishing what he began.


And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27).

It sounds as if the days of Noah (Noe) were lots of fun. They ate and drank, they married. They were regular guys who just wanted to have fun, right? Not really. The days of Noah were filled with evil. It was all around and even touched the animals. It became so evil that God was forced to destroy all men, women, children, and animals. Knowing the love that God has for His creation, whatever went on, whatever the evil was, had to have been worse than anything we have seen. Or was it?

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

That sounds a lot like today’s world. When we read the headlines in our newspapers we can’t ignore the fact that evil is increasing. Homosexuality, abortion, killers in movie theaters, cannibalism, child abductions and molestations, husbands killing wives, mothers killing children, leaders of nations committing genocide…I could fill this commentary with the evil that is all around us.

This evil is all satanically inspired as it always has been. Satan has tried for thousands of years to come between mankind and God and the events prior to the Flood of Noah were an all out effort to make the redemption of man impossible. He failed, as he always will, but Jesus referred to the days of Noah, and also the days of Lot, when explaining the end times to His disciples.

Understanding Genesis chapter 6 and the evil that was happening prior to the flood is imperative to enable a person to understand much of the Bible, and also for discerning the times in which we currently live. What was the evil that was so wicked in Noah’s day?

Many people believe that the wickedness that prompted God to destroy His creation, including men, women, children, animals, and vegetation, was that Seth’s sons married Cain’s daughters. Really? After Cain killed his brother Abel he was worried that he would be killed also.

And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him” (Genesis 4:15).

Those who buy into the Sethite view of Genesis 6 need to explain why God would protect Cain the murderer but destroy the entire Creation because Cain’s daughters and Seth’s sons married. I am amazed at the stories Satan plants in men’s minds in order to cover the truth. I’m amazed that people buy into Satan’s lies. There is no biblical support for the “Sethite” view.

On the other hand, if you believe God’s Word instead of contrived stories you will come to understand what was really happening in the days of Noah. It was pure evil and Scripture says it happened more than once.

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It is an often asked question, and I thought a timely response from Pete Rose to post given some of my other posts and discussions that have been occurring recently.

I think one of our biggest mistakes as a church, is that we are so afraid to call sin, sin.  What takes more love, to talk to someone about a difficult topic of sin in their life and yours, showing you care about them, or to ignore what they are doing and go about your life and business?

Calling sin, sin and showing them the way either back to Christ or to Him for the first time is the most loving thing anyone can ever do for anyone else.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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By Pete Rose


 

What happens to Christians who sin?

The first thing we need to consider in this discussion is our relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

Only those who have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and experienced the second birth by faith in Him are truly Christians. There are many who claim to be Christians, but their only claim to Christianity may be church membership, giving money to a church or charitable organization, doing good works or just being a “good” person. Without Jesus they are lost.

Also, true Christianity requires more than just an intellectual assent to the fact of a Man named Jesus walking the earth doing miracles and the like. It involves a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior and with God as your heavenly Father.

You can’t buy or earn your way into this relationship by giving money, doing good works, being a church member or anything else apart from Jesus. You must, by an act of your will, acknowledge that Jesus is Who He said He is, the Son of the living God and invite him to be a part of your life, to take up residence in your heart, your inner-man.

That being said, God deals with us in much the same manner as an earthly father deals with his children. When we obey, He rewards us. When we disobey, He chastises or disciplines us with the objective of correcting us and teaching us to obey. In a sense of the word, He gives us a spanking. See Hebrews 10. But we are still His children and He will never disown us.

Also we are to Jesus as sheep are to a shepherd. A shepherd’s job is to watch over his sheep, to protect them, to take them to pasture and bring them back safely to the sheepfold. If a particular sheep keeps running away, the shepherd may break its leg as a warning, but he does not abandon or disown it, but bandages the leg and nurses that sheep back to health. And so it is with us.

Jesus goes into this in considerable detail about this in John chapter 10, and gives us this promise:

“My sheep hear My voice and they follow Me, and I give to them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them from His hand. I and my Father are one.”  (John 10:27-30, emphasis mine).

It would be good to read that entire chapter.

In view of the foregoing, what does happen when a Christian sins? Some believe he loses his salvation. Some believe if one sins willfully he forfeits his salvation. Some believe if you backslide you become lost. And there are various shades of belief in between. But what does God the Father say? That’s what matters.

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Amazing monologue on where we are headed as a nation.  We are forgetting history and are thus doomed to repeat it.  (Just like the ancient nation of Israel, to which God kept saying “remember”.)  The NAZI party was not a conservative Christian party it was the National Socialist party.  This paired with what Chris O’Dowd said in the article below really lays out where we are headed.  But of course, this is what God foretold through His prophets of old.  He told us these things so we would not be surprised as the world will be.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Distracted from the Truth…

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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