To my friends who are relieved today

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I love you guys. I know you were afraid. You were afraid that the America you knew was falling apart. Maybe you were really worried about our national debt. Maybe you were worried about the lives of unborn babies. Maybe you were worried that your church would lose its tax-exempt status because it understands marriage as being between one man and one woman. You care about your kids, and you were worried about what liberal Supreme Court justices would do. Maybe you were worried about terrorism. You were scared for your families and your children and the potential influx of Muslim refugees. You were worried about getting and keeping a job, and providing for your family because of immigration. Or maybe you were just worried about having Hillary for president because of those emails.

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The Prayers of a Righteous Man

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By: Susan Bea Good

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12/ESV)

I heard my father pray for me yesterday, and this morning I woke up without the bitterness that has tortured my heart the last six months. The source of my struggle is still present but it seems finally I have an opening to escape a vicious cycle of personal destruction.

Two days ago I found a biblical author (to be unnamed to avoid revealing the context of this blog post) whose advice helped pave the way for my salvation from bitterness. These are the portions I highlighted:

The Apostle Paul was kept from utter despair in times of great difficulty…

God is good and is doing something good in us, even in the midst of difficulties…

Persevere until things change…

Learn the secret of being content in whatever situation God allows into your life…

Our children will watch an example of what it means to walk with God and to trust Him in all things…

When this is all over you will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”…and the pain will be gone forever!

When your life is imploding your only need is to keep your eyes on Jesus. He has already promised victory. He is always present to comfort and guide you through the terrible pathways. This is more than enough!

This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they see God’s Big Picture and purpose to be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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Mysticism, We Don’t Need You

Excellent description of the dangers of Mysticism showing up throughout our “Christian” world.

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And we don’t want you, either.

You masquerade as ancient wisdom, a long-lost treasure dug up by our spiritual superiors to “wake” us from our dull and lifeless Christianity. These archaeologists-of-sortsprofess Christ, yet have mastered the art of repackaging paganism and selling it as bonafide biblical practice. They assure us that God is waiting for us… just on the other side of this little door, and all we have to do to truly meet with Him (because really, we’re missing out) is to carefully follow the steps oftheir Christianized (but actuallyBuddhist/Hindu) rituals.

And in the event that one of their readers happens to use discernment and sees through their deception, they sprinkle on some Bible verses for good measure–cherry-picked, out of context, and usually in a loose “translation” that tries to makeGod’s Word fit their sales pitch.

Sound familiar?

Mysticism is nothing new. In fact, it is one of…

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Get Back!

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By: Susan Bea Good

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” (Romans 16:17/ESV)

On Monday a fuel tanker truck exploded on an Ohio freeway. The flames spread across the overpass creating a deadly trap for any unwise drivers who might continue under the bridge. On scene off-duty police officer Matthew Bowman can be heard on video warning motorists, “Get Back!”

I find it interesting that anyone needed to be warned not to drive directly under a massive burning bridge. Apparently some do not have the innate or acquired instincts that would protect them from the affects of such a scene.

I find a correlation between those who would drive under a burning overpass and those in America today who throw themselves, heart and soul, into every flaming heresy that comes along from the false gospel crowd.

An example of false gospel is found in the soon to be released movie The Shack, based on a novel by William P. Young. The content of the book and the film is based on unorthodox alternative teachings about God and His involvement with mankind. And yet the heresies in this material appeal to many who desire a god who is custom-fashioned to match their own specific felt needs. Never mind that a created deity is powerless and the result of following one is only to distract the spirits of those who made it.

The list of modern fiery obstacles to avoid is long. If you have been a follower of Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, or Beth Moore (to name just three) I would advise you to Get Back! Regardless of the pleasure their words bring to your spirit. You are either unaware or underestimating the danger of the spiritual flames of false teaching.

God reveals through Scripture that only His truth will set you free. Though this truth is hard to hear, if you accept its message the result will be true freedom. If you resist biblical truth and insist on following a false gospel you will live this life as a slave to sin and possibly die in your sins as an unrepentant false Christian. Jesus warned that many will say to Him in the Day of Judgment, (my paraphrase) “Lord, did we not belong to You?” and Jesus will say, “Get back!”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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7 Ways to Pray During the Trump Administration

Michele Lesley is a reliable source for discerning truth in your walk as a Christ-follower.

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Whether you love it or hate it…

Whether you voted for him or not…

The reality is that Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States today. The election has come and gone. Our part is over.

Or is it?

A lot of people – both those who voted for him and who voted against him – have a lot of concerns about the things Donald Trump might do or say (or Tweet) as President and about the trajectory of the nation over the next four years. Of equal or more concern are some of the actions his opponents have threatened. But does God want Christians sitting around wringing our hands in worry for the duration of the Trump administration?

Nope.

God has told us exactly what He wants us to do with regard to the rulers He has installed in authority over us.

Step 1:

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Stepping Out of Line

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By: Susan Bea Good

(the Apostle Paul) “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. (I Corinthians 9:19/ESV)

Marcus Garvey’s family is seeking a posthumous pardon from President Obama for their father, a civil rights leader whom Martin Luther King Jr. called, “the first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. And make the Negro feel he was somebody.”

Not everyone spoke well of Garvey. He was also called, “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America” by the then president of the NAACP, and “a notorious negro agitator” by the then FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. Garvey’s outspoken support of an unpopular cause got him two years in prison for mail fraud followed by a deportation to Jamaica…but his real crime was that he stepped out of line and encouraged others to do the same.

Society has always rewarded those who stayed in line. Groups and individuals are told they must hold the clearly proscribed and furiously protected policies of the powerful majority. Though policies may be corrupt, erroneous, or unbiblical, the only accepted location for those who want to remain inside man’s power structures is IN LINE!

The effect Marcus Garvey had on MLK is notable but the more valued commendation for this brave man came from his mother, who said her son was  “severe, firm, determined, bold, and strong, refusing to yield even to superior forces if he believed he was right.”

The world is in desperate need of men and women who will stand for deeply held and often unpopular principles. This need includes mothers who would bravely commend their children when they stand in a place that is “out of line.”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Week After Rant

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By: Susan Bea Good

(Jesus) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20/ESV)

This election was a great opportunity to stand on the testimony of Jesus Christ. The church in America missed it! American Evangelicals applied at least a dozen excuses for abandoning biblical principals in order to claim a prize of worldly value. I chose not to do that! Now my world is saturated with name calling (traitor, coward, idiot, fool, un-American, liberal, Hillary-lover, abortion-lover, etc). These names are hurled at me and others who refused to submit to the strong pressure to bow to an idol.

The hatred I am witnessing coming from the body of Christ is unacceptable. No, my honest warnings about sin are not “hate.” My warnings then and now are 100% based upon a faith that God will accomplish His will for America without Christians wallowing in sin to win an election. The hatred I witnessed directed towards Hillary Clinton is sin! The gloating, at the real pain of 1/2 of the population of America, is sin!

American Evangelicals have a history of rejecting “common” sinners. Yet these same Evangelicals (KJV only, no tattoos, no alcohol, etc) are actually self-righteous, dirty vessels, and hypocrites! Amazing isn’t it!?

I will not bow with the hypocrites! I will continue to reach out to those Jesus died to save. I will not beg for a drop of acceptance coming from the filthy cups! You who stand in need of clean hearts do not listen…and today I am finished talking to you.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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