TODAY, David Fiorazo shares alarming evidence that evil agendas have gained much ground in America. Population control propaganda and LGBTQ ideology have saturated society. Referring to the constant marketing of evil, David exposes tactics the godless left uses to convince people to reject God, truth, and biblical values. The post David Fiorazo: Don’t Be Deceived by Population-Control, LGBTQ Agendas appeared first on Stand Up For The Truth - Addressing Issues & Topics Affecting Christians Across The Nation. 9 - 10 a.m. Central M-.
Don't Get Deceived: How to Spot a Narcissistic smear campaign and How to Stop It. Discussing how to spot a narcissistic smear campaign and stop it from happening to you. A smear campaign is when a narcissistic person criticizes, humiliates, or damages your relationships or social standing without a legitimate reason. Don't get deceived if you're the victim of a narcissistic smear campaign. Know how to recognize the signs and respond accordingly. Learn what you can do, how to protect yourself, and how to regain your power. If you have a question that wasn't addressed, the next few items will give you ways to get the answers you need. You can also check out queenbeeing.com/faq for more instant answers. Our team can be reached at email@example.com, and they can be very helpful as they can more quickly respond to your requests. Discover. Understand. Overcome. It's how smart people change their lives! Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AuthorAngelaAtkinson?sub_confirmation=1 **NEW!! Get my supportive, helpful, and intuitive narcissistic ab*se recovery app! Visit https://queenbeeing.com/myapp for more information and to sign up! ***Become a member of my channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBnyC5I55W__RBj1PMybF5g/join **Never miss a live session! Just text "AngieLive" (no spaces) to 33222 and I'll send you a text each time I get ready to go live! Schedule a coaching appointment with me at https://queenbeeing.com/coaching or http://narcissisticabuserecovery.online Start your healing at https://queenbeeing.com. Take your life to the next level at https://shine.buzz Get my books at http://booksangiewrote.com, pick up your free 7-day fear-busting email course (specially designed for narcissistic relationship survivors) at http://narcissismsupportcoach.com. Join SPAN (Support for People Affected by Narcissism in toxic relationships) - AKA "The SPANily" - at http://queenbeeing.com/group-support. Let's Also Connect On: Facebook at https://facebook.com/coachangieatkinson. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachangieatkinson/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@coachangieatkinson/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/angyatkinson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/angieatkinsonSubscribe to Narcissistic Abuse Recovery with Angie Atkinson on Soundwise
How to Spot a Narcissistic smear campaign and How to Stop It. Discussing how to spot a narcissistic smear campaign and stop it from happening to you. A smear campaign is when a narcissistic person criticizes, humiliates, or damages your relationships or social standing without a legitimate reason. Don't get deceived if you're the victim of a narcissistic smear campaign. Know how to recognize the signs and respond accordingly. Learn what you can do, how to protect yourself, and how to regain your power. If you have a question that wasn't addressed, the next few items will give you ways to get the answers you need. You can also check out queenbeeing.com/faq for more instant answers. Our team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they can be very helpful as they can more quickly respond to your requests. Discover. Understand. Overcome. It's how smart people change their lives! Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AuthorAngelaAtkinson?sub_confirmation=1 **NEW!! Get my supportive, helpful, and intuitive narcissistic ab*se recovery app! Visit https://queenbeeing.com/myapp for more information and to sign up! ***Become a member of my channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBnyC5I55W__RBj1PMybF5g/join **Never miss a live session! Just text "AngieLive" (no spaces) to 33222 and I'll send you a text each time I get ready to go live! Schedule a coaching appointment with me at https://queenbeeing.com/coaching or http://narcissisticabuserecovery.online Start your healing at https://queenbeeing.com. Take your life to the next level at https://shine.buzz Get my books at http://booksangiewrote.com, pick up your free 7-day fear-busting email course (specially designed for narcissistic relationship survivors) at http://narcissismsupportcoach.com. Join SPAN (Support for People Affected by Narcissism in toxic relationships) - AKA "The SPANily" - at http://queenbeeing.com/group-support. Let's Also Connect On: Facebook at https://facebook.com/coachangieatkinson. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachangieatkinson/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@coachangieatkinson/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/angyatkinson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/angieatkinsonSubscribe to Narcissistic Abuse Recovery with Angie Atkinson on Soundwise
In chapter 7 of the Westside Fairytales horror and dark fiction podcast's story Sin Carriers, as divides deepen between them, crew members will find themselves pulled into the gravity of different factions. Deceived by themselves or by others, these bonds may just as likely lead to bloodshed, as they do to brotherhood. Thanks for listening! Subscribe and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.Buy our book "The Eyes Beneath My Father's House" on Amazon! https://amzn.to/3u0KokcSupport us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/34jUJsGYou can also support us by purchasing some merch: https://bit.ly/33bjPtuFollow us on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2WxCs8yFollow us on Facebook: https://bit.ly/36svFkYFollow us on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2JIhZIVJoin the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit Club: https://bit.ly/2WAjT3NArtwork by Yui Breedlove: https://bit.ly/324i7ZO
Have you been tricked? Hoodwinked? Deceived? Today Pastor Nat takes us back to the Gospel of John help us see with unclouded eyes.Download the Transcript of Today's PodcastRediscover the Evidence and Implications of the FaithYou may believe, but can you share what you believe and why? Back to the Bible exists to help you be grounded in the truth through your daily walk with Jesus AND to help you share that truth with others! That's why Pastor Nat Crawford has written Is Christianity for Me? Rediscovering the Evidence and Implications of the Faith.To Thank You For Your Gift...We're looking forward to sending you a copy Nat's new book as a thank you for your financial support. The time is short. Jesus is coming back soon, and there are no do-overs. Is Christianity for you? We pray the answer is yes! Help us share the truth with others!Request your copy today with your donation of any amount.
Paul uses the point that Eve was deceived by the serpent as an example of how all women are more prone to deception. This is used as part of the reasoning behind why God does not allow women to be pastors. However in our increasingly feministic society you are simply not allowed to acknowledge the fact that God has designed men and women with specific strengths and weaknesses. Find out on this latest episode why women are more prone to deception. Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMxYyDEvMCq5MzDN36shY3g Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BibleBashed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BibleBashed Twitter: https://twitter.com/BibleBashed --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/biblebashed/support
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We are in the book of James chapter 1 this morning. A few years ago I was looking for some lumber for a project I was working on and ran across an online auction that had this giant lot of goods plus the exact lumber I was looking for. But in order to get the lumber I had to buy everything. Even with buying everything, it was still way cheaper than buying the lumber new, so I went for it. And believe me, it was random. A microwave, a few dolls, a curling iron, some potting soil. Toward the end of rummaging through this junk there was a little box and I opened it up and I couldn't believe my eyes. There was a little bar of gold inside. So I was so excited so I brought it to this gold and silver store and I said, “Hey, I'd like to trade this bar of gold for some cash.” And he looked at it for one second and said, “That's not real.” And I said, “How do you know?” When you've been around the real thing long enough, you just know. I said, can you prove it to me. He said sure, but it will destroy it. I said, I don't care. So he did three tests. He pulled out a scale and weighed it. Now it actually passed that test. And I started getting all excited. He said, "Don't get your hopes up." Then he scratched it with this tool and it looked like it was a coating of some sort. And just to confirm he pulled out some acid and poured it on the gold and sure enough, the coating just boiled right off. Now here's the point. I was trying to test for genuine gold. And no one test is perfect. It passed the first test. If I had left after having just weighed it, I would have been falsely assured. But in order for it to be genuine, it has to pass not just one test but all the tests. If it failed any of the tests it wasn't genuine. Well when it comes to examining faith, it's a similar process. James is going to give us not one test but a series of tests that will help us differentiate between a genuine faith and a counterfeit faith. James is deeply concerned about making sure that the faith you hold is in fact true, genuine saving faith. He's calling for self-examination. But just like that gold bar, there's not a single test that's a slam dunk. Rather, we are given a series of tests. And in order for the faith to be genuine it has to pass not just one test, but all the tests. So let's look at how this unfolds. Here's the first test. So we will pick up from last week where JP so helpfully led us. Now this is not the test. This is setup for the test. James begins by calling out unrighteous behavior in our speech. Now, lest we miss a very key and important point, both genuine saving faith and counterfeit faith will exhibit unrighteous behavior. It's not as if genuine faith doesn't struggle and counterfeit faith does. No. Everyone struggles. Genuine faith does not mean the extinction of anger. Genuine faith doesn't mean the extinction of bad listening habits. He gives this admonition to EVERY PERSON, which implies, every person struggles with this. So how do I not be angry? How do I become a good listener? There's an answer and we can see it in the next verse. Just walk over this bridge word, THEREFORE and see it. How do you be quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to anger? Well, he says: You have to put away all that bad behavior and RECEIVE the implanted word. SO THE TEST OF GENUINE FAITH IS WHAT YOU DO WHEN THE BAD BEHAVIOR IS POINTED OUT. There is a willingness to receive the word. There's a willingness to abandon your current mode of behavior and receive the implanted word? That's the test. There is a disposition of a person of true saving faith regarding where he or she finds answers. Do you instinctively go to the word of God as the answer book. Or do you go to your friend group. Or do you don't seek out pop psychology. Or do you read endless internet articles. Now the reason we talk about this in terms of a disposition is because of the word that modifies how we are to receive. Notice the attitude associated with the reception. Meekness. That word has the idea of gentleness. So in this context the idea is that our hearts are usually hard and resistant to receiving feedback. We are prideful. We don't like others telling us that we are wrong. So to receive with meekness is to receive with softness. In other words: teachable. To have a genuine interest. There's a genuine leaning in. For example, let's say you are trying to learn piano. And you kind of plateau in your learning. And then you have a chance to spend four hours with the hall of fame prodigy, Stevie Wonder, one of the most famous blues and jazz piano players of all time. You have a posture toward that, right? You respect him. You would hang on his words? Your attitude would be one of rapt attention and respect. There would be a meekness. I don't have the answers. He does. So it starts with that. Humble reception. That's the first test. But notice something. It's not enough. Because let's observe that he doesn't say that by receiving the implanted word with meekness it WILL save your soul. He simply says it's merely ABLE to save your soul. There's still more to do. There's potential, but it's not guaranteed. You've made it past test #1, but there are still two more tests that have to be passed. Here's the second test. So in order to have true genuine saving faith you have to receive AND agree with the word of God. Now you might think these are one and the same, but they are very distinct. You can imagine a situation in which you think you want the word, but then when the word is heard and understood, it's offensive and ultimately not agreed with. How many people do you know who say they read the Bible and want to obey it but ultimately just pick and choose what parts they like. We've all read the passage to love our enemy and pray for those who persecute you and kind of just ignored that part. That's receiving the word but not agreeing with it. Go back to the Stevie Wonder example. Let's say you are super humble, super meek, super excited to meet this iconic piano player. You can't wait to hear what kind of advice he gives you. And he listens to you play for a few minutes and he says. Tell you what. Here's what you need to do. You need to go home and learn your scales. That's not profound. That's not what I was expecting him to say. That's so uninspiring. That's what my piano teacher has been saying for years. And you get angry and leave. Do you see how these are two distinct steps? The first step is a step that acknowledges authority. The second step is a step that agrees with the assessment of that authority that you claimed to acknowledge. Genuine faith hears the word AND agrees with the word. Genuine faith is willing to go to the word with the attitude that yes, it has the source of answers and yes, it's judgment over me is true, no matter how offensive it is. You see as Christians we have to be willing to accept the judgments of God's Word on our life no matter how unflattering they are. We have to be willing to allow it to examine and evaluate. We have to be weighed by it. Poked and prodded. We have to allow it to cast its verdict upon us. We have to let it scratch off that coating and let the acid bubble off whatever veneer we project and claim, “that part of you is fake.” Yes we need to receive. But we also need to agree. It takes humility to do that. If you don't have the humility, then it's over. It all breaks down on step two. This week I was reading a book by Johnathan Edwards on the New England Revival. Jonathan E. served in the mid part of the 18th century. One of the things that most frustrated him is he saw revivals start up, he saw great church growth, he saw people coming to faith in Christ, he saw communities begin to get transformed, and then he noticed how often, usually, the revival stopped. They stagnated. They petered out. Being the analytical person he was, he tried to figure this out. Why was this happening with such regularity. He studied all the cases, and he decided that it was pride that killed revivals. It's pride that kills spiritual growth. It's pride. No shocking revelation there. Now here is something shocking. Even if you have enough humility to pass the first two tests. You pass test #1. Receive the Word of God. Then you pass test #2. to accept the judgments of the Word of God, the text is shocking. That's still not enough. Why? Because you still have to do something about it. You see, you could imagine this aspiring piano student who desires to break through that plateau, he's ready to receive with meekness any word that Stevie Wonder has to say, he even agrees with his assessment and judgment of him. You're right, Stevie, I reek at scales. If I have any hope of ever being proficient, I need to practice my scales. But then he goes home and does nothing. He sits down and watches TV. That person is toast. He'll never be anything. You see as Christians we are guilty of this. Often times we sit beneath the conviction of God's Word and we agree with the assessment but we do this one fatal mistake. We equate conviction with change. Admission is good. Confession is good. Those are incredible steps. But they are not the same things as Change. Change is what God is after. Until confession produces change, confession is not complete. We have deceived ourselves. We have become SELF-DECEIVED. Self-deception is a VERY strange concept. It's strange on two fronts: First, it's strange in terms of motive: Why would I trick myself? Why would I tell myself a lie? Why would I tell myself something I know isn't true and serve it up in such a way that I would hope that it could be believed? Normally you deceive an enemy. You deceive someone you are about to take advantage of. Why would we deceive and take advantage of ourselves? So it's strange in terms of motive. But it's also strange in terms of feasibility. How is deceiving self even possible? How can the one deceiving be deceived. Isn't that kind of like playing hide and seek with yourself. If you are the one whose serving up the lie, won't you know it's a lie? Well, it is possible. The motive in self-deception is fear of truth and love of self. We deceive ourselves only when we a scared of the truth and are trying to preserve our image. And of course the behavior will never change because change in behavior is admission of guilt. The more we listen without being changed by it the less likely we will ever be changed by it because listening without change produces harder and harder hearts. The ultimate evidence of something touching down in the heart and mind is a change of behavior. Genuine faith will produce genuine change. Genuine faith must pass all three tests. So let's see how receiving, agreeing and obeying the word are related as found in the text. The third test is introduced here. Does the man act on what the word reveals? Now the metaphor here is masterful. No surprise here, since God made the metaphor. He begins with the concept of looking. He begins with the concept of seeing and SIGHT. Now the organ of sight is amazing. It helps us to look at the world and absorb a tremendous amount of information. And because we can see and evaluate, we are always making judgments of other people on the basis of that sight. That person missed a spot when he tried to shave. Her hair is falling out of her bun. She's gained a little weight. His little bald spot is growing. He's got a smudge of cream cheese stuck in his beard And then all of the sudden a horrible thought descends upon us. I wonder if I am like that? But we can't see. Of course it's not our fault that we can't see ourselves. The way our body is constructed, the entire seeing system is outward facing. It points away from us. So in order for us to see ourselves accurately we need a device that can reflect our image back to our eyes so we can evaluate ourselves the way we evaluate everyone else. We need a mirror. This metaphor of a mirror would have been especially powerful in James' day since mirrors were very rare. They were very expensive and very hard to make and usually very small. So you can imagine the anticipation of stepping in front of a large polished mirror for the first time. What do I actually look like? What happens when that image is not what you expect? You pictured yourself beautiful like that girl next door. Handsome like that guy at the gym. But instead, you've got splotchy skin, your teeth are all crooked and yellow, your nose is bent. You have a big zit. You're double chinned. The mirror allows you to objectively evaluate self the way you've so carelessly evaluated others. Can you imagine that feeling? Here's the meaning of the metaphor. The Word of God is that mirror. If we look at it carefully, we can see our own reflection. It will tell you if you are pridefully, greedy, angry, unloving, unkind, selfish. It will give you a perfect, undistorted reflection of self. We have huge blind spots where we cannot see ourselves accurately. Everyone else can see us. Everyone else is seeing it. It's the giant glob of cream cheese off the corner of the mouth. But we are perfectly ignorant. So spiritually speaking we need the mirror of God's Word to SEE what we can't otherwise see. That's what the word of God does. It reflects our image back so we can begin judging ourselves the way we so casually judge others. And that first glimpse is a doozie. There's a moment where you just stare. You just look and you think, is that really me? Is that really what other people see? Is that really what I look like? And for a moment you just absorb that image, knowing it's true, and shutter in horror. So it's that moment of STARTING, that exact moment where we find ourselves in the text. We have, “a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.” He's looking with intensity, begging that what he is seeing isn't true. Oh my word. That's a million times worse than I feared. He's looking intently. What is he going to do? He's at a fork in the rode. What is he going to do with this nightmare? Normally, we might try to wiggle our way out of it through our charm or social skills. But here's the problem with mirrors. You can't argue with them. You can't negotiate with them. You can't say, “Come on, that's a little over the top don't you think? Can't you photoshop a bit of that away? You can't do that.” Why? *Because a mirror is just serving up reality. It's just a reflector of truth. It's a mirror. It doesn't lie. So because you can't argue or negotiate with it, you only have two options. Here's the fork: You can either accept its verdict or you can do what this guy does. What do you mean he forgets? We don't forget things that are important. Everyone remembers where they were during 9/11. You don't forget that. Everyone remembers their wedding day. You remember things that are important. You see this is not a forgetfulness, as in, I forgot to take out the trash. That's not forgetfulness in the sense of, "Oh, I forgot my address from three houses ago." This is a willful forgetfulness. This is an intentional decision to look the other way. He doesn't like what he sees and he banishes that image from his mind and turns away and distracts himself with other thoughts. It's deliberate. And this forgetfulness evidences itself in unchanged behavior. The mirror, the law of God, told him he was a sinner. But he didn't change. Now there's a contrast presented. Now here's where it's so easy to get this wrong. It's such the tendency of our heart at this very point to veer off into the weeds, crash burn and self-destruct. Here's how this theological meltdown goes goes. Okay, I don't want to be that self-deceived hearer. I want to be a hearer who then becomes a doer of the word. So that means that if the mirror shows me something ugly about myself, I need to work really hard to fix that ugly thing. I don't want to live in denial. If the mirror shows me something that just horrifies me and appalls and disgusts me, the last thing I want to do is pretend that it doesn't exist. I don't want to be a hearer only who deceives himself. I'm going to be a doer. I'm going to WORK MY TAIL off to change what I see wrong with me. I need to WORK super, super hard, harder than I've ever WORKED to get rid of that ugly thing in me. I need to discipline myself to get up earlier; I need increased accountability. I need to WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK. DO. DO. DO. DO. Is that what James is encouraging here? Is that the appropriate application of what we are reading. If the prophet Jeremiah were here, he would laugh at us. Jeremiah was speaking to the nation of Israel during a period of her history when God's Word reflected back to them their heart-hearted rebellion. And Jeremiah is holding up the mirror of God's Word. He's pointing out their sin. Notice what he says: Jeremiah 13 In other words, the kinds of things the mirror reveals are not things our human effort can change. These problems are not your garden variety uncombed hair. You need different color skinned. You need to grow new teeth. You need to grow an eye. No amount of human effort can change that. The mirror reveals things about your soul you cannot change. It reveals not just that you do evil things, but that you are an evil person. That those evil things come from a heart that itself is evil. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. The mirror reveals not just that your act in angry and jealous ways, but that you are an angry and jealous person, that those actions come from a mind that is totally self-centered and wicked. The rotten breath comes from a rotten stomach and no amount of toothpaste will solve that problem. That's a terrifying thought. We will do almost anything but accept that reflection. I mean if we even catch a wiff of our soul's stench we panic. We run to the bathroom and try to brush; we get new toothpaste; we get a new brand of flosser, an electric toothbrush. Brush, brush, brush. Listen, your dying of stomach cancer and living in denial. The greatest evidence of our denial is our excuses. When confronted with sin we are excuse factories. We just pump out excuses. When we are sinfully lazy we make the excuse, “I am not feeling well; I had a really long day.” When we sinfully and rudely interrupt we make the excuse, “You interrupted first.” When we sinfully blow up in anger, we make the excuse, “You expect me to be happy?” When we verbally retaliate with every intention to hurt, we say, “I didn't mean to hurt you; I was just trying to help you see what I was seeing.” When we feel superior to others and they sense it, we make the excuse, “I didn't realize I was coming across like that.” When we come home late because we haven't made home a priority we make the excuse, “Man, traffic was a nightmare.” Why can't we admit the truth? Why can't we say it? Because the truth is horribly embarrassing. It shatters our beloved self-image. It hurts. The mirror shocks us. We can't handle the truth. The truth is, we are far, far worse that we fear. The truth is that we are deeply angry people, horribly self-righteous and wickedly jealous. The truth is we are deeply insecure, grevously frightened, abominably lustful, greedy and petty. We are self-centered children. We are far worse that even our deepest fears. How can you receive that horrible image that the mirror is serving up? The text has something to say about that. Look carefully. The law initially condemns. And when it does, every instinct of your heart is to turn away. Every instinct of your heart is to run and willfully forget the horrible image that mirror serves up. Every stroke of the law is a verdict on just how imperfect you really are. Every sentence of the law so innocently written on the page, impersonally reflects back to your true spiritual condition. But here's the admonition: in that moment of difficulty, don't stop looking. You have to keep looking. You have to keep staring. You have to see. You have to PERSERVERE. Isn't that an interesting word? If you want freedom, true freedom from everything you are feeling, what you have to do is gaze into that mirror and PERSEVERE. Which implies that looking at the image hurts. It's pains you. It injures your soul, it slices at your pride. But when you do, you will realize that this law that appeared to be death and slavery and chains is in fact the law of liberty. It's the law that brings life. How can the law which exposes my guilt and condemns me as a sinner, be for me a vehicle to life? How can perseverance in painfully staring at this mirror of truth produce life? Communion You know where we can see this most clearly. We see it in the cross. The law of liberty is most clearly seen in the cross. It's not easy to look at the cross, is it. We want to turn away. It's a terrible sight. What is the theological meaning of this? Why is this person hanging there? Why all the blood? Why the brutality? How do we RECEIVE this? How do we AGREE with this? We are going to have to persevere because this is not easy. Here's what you have to RECEIVE. Your sin is deserving of this. You know that angry speech that came out of your mouth this week? It deserves this. THAT IS WHAT THE LAW SAYS. You know your lustful thinking, your unforgiving heart, your bitterness, your greediness, your love of this world, all of that is deserving of this. That's what the cross communicates. Do you AGREE with this? The ruthless law, the ruthless unbendable law, demand that our sin ends in death. Jesus is not hanging there without reason. He's here for a reason. Do you RECEIVE AND AGREE? Oh that hurts. We so want to turn away. But keep looking. Keep looking. Persevere in your looking. Because if you keep looking you'll see something else that you have to RECEIVE and AGREE with. Jesus died that death for a reason. You have to realize that it's not him that deserved that death. It's you that did. So why is HE there? What is HE doing up there on that cross bleeding and suffering and in deep anguish? He's there because he loves you? He's there because he has forgiven you. He is there because he wants to abolish sin, to destroy death, and to welcome you into his kingdom. Can you receive that? The sentence has been served. The debt has been paid. The law has been fulfilled. Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. He lived a perfect life and died a perfect death why? In order that he might give his life to you? In order that your rags of sin would be placed on him and that his robes of righteousness would be given to you. Do you RECEIVE that? Do you see that he loves you. Do you AGREE that you have been forgiven? Do you AGREE that your sins have been removed as far as the East is from the West and that he will remember your sins no more? Do you agree that you have been given new robes, bright white robes? Do you RECEIVE AND AGREE? You see when that moment happens, you WILL BE TRANSFORMED. There's nothing You MUST DO to receive it, but there is most certianly something you will WANT TO Do when you have. Because a new heart has been give to you, you will want to be for others what he has been for you. What has the gospel done for us? Have you received and agree? COMMUNION You'll know the gospel has changed you when new fruit comes pouring out. When the righteousness of Jesus, not a righteousness of your own, comes pouring out of you. That's when you will know. Now what he's doing here at the end is returning back to verse 19 where he spoke about controlling the tongue. He says, “If your religion doesn't change you, you haven't passed the test.” You don't have genuine faith. You know what he's saying, "The real test if you have received the grace of God and believed the grace of God is that it transforms you and evidences itself in the most unglamorous normal ways in which you live your life." Hearts that have been transformed can't help but issue forth transformed living. It's unstoppable. James says, I don't look for that evidence of transformed living in your public image on Sunday morning or your controlled outward facing image that you put forward at work or online. I look for the evidence in your speech. I look for it in the way you care for the orphans and the widows, you know the ones who can't repay you. I look for it in the way you talk to your wife or husband and kids, the way you share your faith, the way you do dishes, clean the house, change diapers, help your neighbor with joy. I look for it in the normal. Do people look at you and say, “That man has been changed by grace. That woman wears grace upon her sleeve. That woman is mercy embodied.” If you don't do that, then what does James say about you? Your self deceived
The Cavs falter in the 4th to lose in Sacramento. Mitchell drops 38, Levert has a strong showing, but free throws and turnovers sink the Wine & Gold. Bob discusses a hypothetical acquisition of Harrison Barnes, the upcoming Warriors game and their struggles, and Lauri Markkanen's appearance in the MVP Award Tracker.
Get the Trigger Warning! Card Deck hereFind Robin: ourtableofjoy.comor robinquinnkeehn.comSchedule a free 30 minute 'Reframe' consult with Robin to shift your perspective on any topic.Get your copy of Digital Detox Secrets for Moms & Kids who want to live with fewer screens and more connection. ===========Show NotesThere are times when we feel betrayed. Either we have misunderstood or someone else has misrepresented themselves or their intentions. The question really is, when we feel betrayed, where do we point the finger and who suffers the most as a result?
Looking at world events over the last two years, it's clear to see we are living in an age of great deceit. Don't be deceived by those who have influence, power or celebrity status. These people will use enticing words to sway even Christians with arguments that seem right. Believers should not be so quick to support any person or cause, even when it's accepted by the masses. The enemy will tell you that you are not being a “good Christian” if you offend people with the truth, or oppose their worldly beliefs. Don't be fooled by the enemy's tactics. Don't ignore your spiritual discernment. Demons are influencing the minds of many people today so we must be especially on guard against being deceived. For more information about Bill Wiese and Soul Choice Ministries please visit us at: https://soulchoiceministries.org/ You can find more of Bill's teachings at: BillWieseTV-YouTube
This week we talk to our speaker Adam Hendrix about plants, grandmas and Colossians! In this week's sermon, we explored how we can live in a world in which we not surprised by difficulty and pain, but still see the bigger picture of God's redemptive work. We dove into Paul's writings in Colossians and will talk about how we can engage in the world with real humility and compassion. We also took on the big questions: What changes in us when we are following Jesus and how does that actually work? Get our bible study resources at menlo.church/colossians
Our team is noticing a growing global pattern… a surge of bad teaching! "Did God really say?" This, the serpent's question, is one of the oldest -- ever. It's a question we still face today. So, how do we discern true teachings from false? Charlie and Nathan discuss this trend and helpful ways you can discern if what you are ingesting is the truth or a lie.
There are over 51 million YouTube channels, over 2 million podcasts, and over 1 billion TikTok videos per day. With this endless stream of philosophies, opinions, and ideologies, each one has the power to lead us astray and deceive us. Join us for this sermon, when we explore Paul's warning about being taken captive by empty philosophies and opinions. What is Paul's answer to not being deceived? You need to sink your roots deep and be rooted in Christ—getting your nourishment and stability from him. Spiritual practices are the key to root yourself in Christ. This week, continue to use our Bible study of Colossians to connect to Jesus at menlo.church/colossians. Also, consider replacing one piece of entertainment or information with another spiritual practice like prayer or meditation. It's not too late to join us NEXT weekend when we will have a spiritual retreat in Mount Hermon! We'll worship, share meals, laugh, rest, and enjoy the beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains. To learn more and register, go to our app and click on the "announcements" tab. Or go to our website http://menlo.church/fallretreat Menlo Labs are fun, interactive gatherings tackling topics like parenting, finances, marriage, justice, and more! With onsite and online options, they start NEXT WEEK and most meet for six weeks Go to our website http://menlo.church/labs to browse and register. There's something for everyone! Find a sermon-based study guide for this week: http://menlo.church/studyguide100922
Are you unknowingly believing lies?Are you misinterpreting situations? Are you being taken advantage of? Have you been fooled into making bad decisions? Infuriating isn't it! Watch the video so you can expose deceptions and discover the truth. If you'd like to learn how to recognize lies and replace them with God's truth, come join us in Free Your Mind. Free ... Read More The post Are you being deceived? appeared first on Dr. Grant Mullen.
It is not enough just to listen to or read the Word of God. Something else is required!Join David and Lynn this week to find out what it is and how it impacts your life!To watch the video of this message, you can watch us on Victory Channel (Dish 265 or DirecTV 366 or Spectrum cable) and you can always watch our broadcasts on demand on our website or our YouTube Channel!For more information regarding David Weeter Ministries, to send prayer requests, praise reports or to become a Covenant Partner with us to get this uncompromised Word of the Living God out to the world, please visit our website: DavidWeeter.orgSupport the show
1 John 2:15-27 | Ben Potloff | What does it mean to hate the world? What in the world is an antichrist? As we continue through our journey in his letters, John gets to the heart of a couple very important issues for every Christian to consider. As with the rest of John's first epistle, there is a clear test that every Christian should take, comparing his or her faith with the real thing.
A sermon series by Matt Thornton through the book of Second Thessalonians. Scripture: 2 Th. 2:1-3a, 5. Message Focus: Hold fast to the truth of God's Word, and do not allow your faith to be shaken even if you hear something that seems to contradict it. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Archive Date: 10/02/22
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Whether we care to admit it or not, we are engaged in a war for our souls. In this war, we face three enemies: the devil, the flesh, and the world. Author John Mark Comer in his book, Live No Lies, suggests that the devil’s tactic “to drive the soul and society into ruin, is […]
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We get sentimental with Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans and discuss Werner Herzog's latest documentary Theatre of Thought plus we also talk The Gray Man, The Trigger Effect and Deceived. 0:00 - Intro: Premiums on Patreon Announcement 18:35 - Review: The Fabelmans 1:05:10 - Other Stuff We Watched: Theatre of Thought, The Trigger Effect, The Gray Man, Deceived, Three Minutes: A Lengthening 1:36:40 - This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 1:40:25 - Outro 1:43:50 - Spoiler Discussion: The Fabelmans
Day 185 Today's Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3 No one seems to wrap gifts anymore in boxes and wrapping paper. We use a gift bag and some colored tissue paper on top. If we forgot the occasion, whether it's a birthday or an anniversary, usually a gift card (which means I forgot to shop) lies beneath the tissue paper. Here in 1 Thessalonians 3, the apostle Paul shows us a special gift that we can easily miss because of the packaging and its wrapping. At times I have prayed for things and never realized that the answer came in wrapping I never expected. We know Paul spent some months with this Thessalonian church and preached in their city. After being gone a few months, Paul sent Timothy to check on the church there. He wrote this letter to encourage them, because they faced false teachers, whom he did not want infiltrating the young church, as well as some difficult persecution. He knew that in the midst of those difficult times, they needed strength and encouragement “so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this” (verse 3). Those words, disturbed by these afflictions, are revealing. In fact, the actual word is deceived [by these afflictions]. I have learned that hard times can deceive people. Hard times can deceive us about God, deceive us about ourselves, and deceive us about life. We begin to believe the lies that say, God doesn't love me. That's why I am going through this and These hard times are punishments for the bad things I have done. I'm the only one who goes through stuff like this. I am all alone. It's the deception of hard times. When people go through difficulty, so does their faith. So Paul sent to these young Thessalonian believers much-needed gifts: encouragement and strength. But the packaging was different. Listen to verse 2: “We sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith.” God packaged strength and encouragement in a person—Timothy. The movie The Blind Side chronicles a Christian family, the Tuohys, who took in a homeless young man, Michael Oher, and gave him the chance to reach his God-given potential. That homeless boy became the first-round NFL draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. At a recent fundraiser, Sean Tuohy noted that the transformation of his family and Michael all started with two words. When they spotted Michael walking along the road on a cold November morning, Leigh Ann Tuohy uttered two words that changed their world. She told Sean, “Turn around.” They turned the car around, put Michael in their warm vehicle, and ultimately adopted him into their family. Hope was packaged for Michael Oher in the Tuohy family. Sometimes we don't recognize the packaging. The Thessalonian church was about to discover their friend in their adversity. They just needed to be aware of God's packaging for this gift who was coming. Sometimes we ask for things and miss God's answer because of the packaging. We all need strength and encouragement every day. What does that answer look like? Paul told the church of Thessalonica that they needed strength and encouragement so “we sent Timothy.” Timothy was to be their strength and encouragement. That is why God places a high value on making sure we stay right with brothers and sisters. That person you are fighting with may contain your answer to prayer. Locked up in them may be your strength and encouragement for today. God's packaging of His answers is usually wrapped up in flesh and blood. How about the greatest “flesh and blood” packaging? Jesus. Is there a friendship that needs to be repaired with an apology? You may be missing more than a friend, you may be missing your answer to your prayer. Make it a priority not only to call today but to understand that friendships are too valuable to let a hurt close them off. John Maxwell tells about a Midwestern fair in which “spectators gathered for an old-fashioned horse pull (an event where various weights are put on a horse-drawn sled and pulled along the ground). The grand-champion horse pulled a sled with 4,500 pounds on it. The runner-up was close, with a 4,400-pound pull if hitched together. Separately they totaled nearly 9,000 pounds, but when hitched and working together as a team, they pulled more than 12,000 pounds.” As the strength of the horse pull shows, there is more power being part of the body of Christ than just being some loner Christian. Your effectiveness multiplies when you are joined with the right people. Paul knew that he needed to put Timothy next to the Thessalonians so they would be able to pull a lot more; that Timothy would give them the encouragement and the strength they needed to pull the weight. The saying is true “that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships.” There is another saying, a Zambian proverb, that is equally true: “When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.” In their gift of Timothy, the young church in Thessalonica received help to run far. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst” (MSG). That's a good gift.
Do Not Be Deceived // Dominick Butler The very nature of the definition of 'deception' should put a Godly fear into us all. To be deceived is to be convinced you are right when you are completely wrong, to be convinced something isn't a big deal when it is in fact a huge deal. Deception is when you are blind and ignorant to the weight of the consequences of your decisions. The Gospel is a relational exchange between God and man. When you receive from Him, you know it. The enemy uses deception to hinder the exchange and manifestation of God's purpose in you. If you want everything Christ purchased on the Cross you will want to identify and eliminate all avenues of deception in your life. Posturing Your Heart to Avoid Deception 1) Love Truth - Psalm 119 2) Desperate Prayer - 1 Thes 5: 18, Mark 1: 35-39 3) Be Correctible - Prov 12: 1, Prov 15 : 32, Heb 12, Job 5: 17 Secret Weapon; The Faithful Deception Destroyer is The Holy Spirit. (John 16: 5-15) Last night was a night of elevating the light of His truth over every dark lie of the enemy. Seeing tremendous freedom & liberty ring throughout the room as humble surrender & repentance touched the compassionate heart of the Father. Deliverance and empowerment flooded hearts. 2 Cor 11:2-3; "For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." For More info on Gold Street Garden visit; https://linktr.ee/goldstreetgarden
By the time Marcus Aurelius took over as emperor, he had not had an easy life. He had lost his father at age three. He had lost a beloved tutor. His lifepath was upended by Hadrian's selection. He had 14 children during his 30-year marriage to Faustina. And then of course, in order to ascend to the purple, he had to lose his mentor Hadrian and his beloved stepfather Antoninus.
When Milwaukee police discovered murdered and mutilated bodies in the home of American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer monster became an understatement they examined his crimes and this week i visited the neighborhood where he murdered at least 16 people let's explore the Jeffrey Dahmer case here on profiling evil. #JeffreyDahmer #Milwaukee =======================================
The world has been lied to about the history of black America, including through false narratives on the “burning of black wall street” and on the civil rights movement, according to filmmakers Justin Malone and Chad Jackson, who present a different narrative of history in their new film, “Uncle Tom II.” With historical footage that had previously been lost, and with interviews that show a new view on history, they expose how a communist agenda used and harmed black Americans under the banner of “civil rights.” We speak with Justin Malone and Chad Jackson about their findings and their new film. ⭕️ Stay up-to-date with Josh with the Crossroads NEWSLETTER
Jesus warned of deception in the last days. We will discuss Dreams, Visions, Miracles, Constellations, signs, wonders and Satanic deceptions in the end time on this edition of End of the Age!
A whistleblower says Twitter has "extreme, egregious deficiencies" in its cyber security defense. The complaint says the company is an easy target for hackers and could put users' information at risk. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Post's Silicon Valley correspondent who helped break the story, joins Stephanie Sy to discuss. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders