Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Twilight Movies & Books, Are They For Christians??

This is something that has been on my heart for quite some time, so it is time for me to write my feelings about it.

I take the chance here that there will be those that dislike me and/or will disagree with me. That is fine, it is your perogative. However, if you are a born again Christian, can you really be upset that I have stated that in my opinion that the movie and books called Twilight are not something a Christian should see? I hope not. I see how many teenagers and grown women are obsessed with this movie. They devour the books with more fervor than they do the Holy Bible. They talk about the Twilight series more than they talk about other things, (can you say obsessed?), they shout out with glee that the newest movie is coming out soon!

There is nothing wrong with being excited about something, however, it depends on what that "something" is. Does this "something" glorify God? Does this "something" make you proud before God? I hope that anyone who reads this takes it the way I mean it to come across. God has put this on my heart to warn others about this movie and these books. So, I hope you take this in the spirit it is meant. I love each of my Christian brothers and sisters and I worry that they are being deceived by Satan.

Remember this from the Bible: 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-7 1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

So much of the above Bible verses remind me of this situation.

Now let me say, that I have been saved for only about a year now. I am far from an expert in all things Christian and I am certainly not a Bible Scholar. However, having said that, I AM unfortunately very knowledgeable about SIN and witchcraft, vampires, and demons. I used to enjoy reading books about these subjects.

BEFORE I became saved, I would have jumped all over these Twilight books and movies. But now, the Lord has convicted me that these are not something that I should watch.
PSALM 101:3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.


For parents, what you want to know BEFORE you allow your children to read the Twilight books or watch the movies:

  • Forced to move to a new school mid-year is unsettling for Bella, although her new classmates warmly welcome her.
  • Another group of students, however, remain on the fringes of the group.
  • Two youth are sent to the hospital after a near fatal car accident.
  • A group of beer-toting male teens surround a lone girl on a dark street and threaten her.
  • A vampire bites the necks of his victims.
  • Two men are chased, attacked and killed by vampires (deaths occur off-screen).
  • The covered corpse of one victim is seen.
  • A girl is injured by a glass shard in her leg and nearly killed during a brutal fight between two vampires.
  • Bloody injuries are portrayed.
  • Characters are thrown into mirrors, across a room and through windows during the brawl.
  • One character is beheaded, dismembered and burned (without graphic detail).
  • Illustrated depictions of death are seen in a book.
  • Teens host a casino and gamble during a school dance.
  • Characters are shown drinking or with beer cans on several occasions, including while cleaning a rifle.
  • Girls make sexually-oriented comments about male anatomy.
  • Other brief sexual innuendos are contained in the script.
  • A girl wears a low cut dress with the intention of revealing her chest.
  • Teens kiss passionately in a bedroom.
  • Infrequent terms of Christian Deity are used.
  • Lying to parents and disobeying parents.
  • A couple of bad words.
These are some reviews I found online for this movie. For the purposes of this article, we will include mostly the negative ones as these are from the Christian perspective.

TWILIGHT MOVIE REVIEWS (from a Christian perspective):

Positive - The offensive content in the film is surprisingly and refreshingly mild. I did not hear any curse words, and the Lord’s name was only profaned about two times. If viewers are offended by the thought of seeing vampires in a film, then do not see it. Seeing the folklore on the big screen does not offend me because it is not glorified since Edward often called himself a monster.

Negative - The film transitions well, as movies go. I rated it “extremely offensive,” as a Christian, because based on biblical standards we are not to drink blood or approve of others that do. Some will argue and say it is fantasy, so why should it matter. I say that there are people who want to be vampire-like and this gives them the okay. It comes under the guise of no blatant profanity, and nudity that alot of parents watch for in teenage movies.

I saw this movie and read all 4 books and saw a definite obsessive change in my daughter and her friends. I am sorry that I didn't recognize this wolf in sheep's clothing.

I take offense to the above writer who said they heard the name of the Lord profane Only twice. Once should have been enough to walk out of the theater. The sad thing I do not remember hearing the profanity.

I am sure if you read the Potter books and did not have a problem with those books, these are the books for you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Rebecca, age 38 (USA)

Negative - I could not tolerate watching it completely. It makes me wonder about the parables of the wicked servants... How much evil can one tolerate and still go to heaven?? Is not this the generation that calls evil good? How can ANY vampire be good? (a white witch is still a witch) How much willing evil in you will God tolerate? NONE. Rat poison is still poison even though it is 99.9% good food, and so is this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Ron, age 51 (USA)

Negative - Mat 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat”: Just the basics here, just what is the movie about? Vampires, what are vampires? A supernatural being that kills a human by sucking blood out of its victim. What is a good vampire? Lets look at demons, are there any good ones? Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. I mean kids are watching this, unsaved kids who don't even know the truth and have not been set free. Most of the reviews on here are positive and some even say that they only use God's name in vain twice. ONLY?… Now with that said as far as man standards yes this film is mild compared to some of the teen movies now days. Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. However I think one should look to the Word and let it be the judge. My saying is “would Jesus sit down and watch this with me?” I don't think this one he would. Love in Christ Wes.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Wes Mcdanile, age 38 (USA)

Negative - I first heard of this movie from several teens who attend my church, at first I heard that it was a book that was made into a movie about vampires. The next I hear they had went and seen the movie, and even a parent told me how clean it was. I decided to view this movie for myself, not understanding how a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ could justify Vampirism. After viewing the movie, I was left with a feeling of depression, which, of course, was the spirit that the young vampire in the movie carried throughout.

I immediately had to have a talk with our youth concerning this great deception of satan. Parents, I plead with you, I have no idea how the Christian review on this movie could be justified, It is strictly occult and demonic in nature. I have heard that they are good vampires, I have also heard the same in witchcraft like Harry Potter.

Saints, its time to draw a line in the sand and declare that which is unclean and unholy as the abomination the Lord declares it. We are losing a generation to the occult, and we sit passively by and allow it to happen. Even worse, we justify it as harmless and innocent.

Again, what we allow our teenagers to view, we allow them, and open them up, too. What you behold is what you will ultimately become. A strange fascination is sweeping our youth with these immoral fabrications such as witchcraft, vampirism and other paranormal views. This is a big issue in the eyes of the Lord. If a any man has the desire to drink the blood of any, this man needs to be free by the blood of One, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I would also like to view that the young Vampire in this movie withstood temptation, not to have sex with the young girl, but rather refrained from killing her and eating her blood. The girl, on the other hand, desired nothing more than to fall into the evil of the life that he lived. We as the Church must not compromise in these areas, the movie was dark, demonic and absolutely deceitful, our young people are at stake, we must be careful how we rate such a movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Pastor Shane Mason, age 30 (USA)

Negative - I saw this movie naively, and whilst I enjoyed the storyline, I didn't feel good after watching it. I realized that it didn't sit right with me that evil (Vampires) are portrayed as good in this movie. We wouldn't support the notion of vampires in general, so why see a movie about them, especially one that makes them out to be good? This is just deception—the enemy's number one tool! I believe we need to be more careful about what we open ourselves up to, and should seek the Lord before we view something like this. I certainly will next time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Alicia, age 22 (Australia)

Negative - After reading the reviews and the comments I felt I must leave one of my own. In God's word, after giving Moses the commandments, He tells the children of Israel in Deut. 12:28-32: “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

To some people in our world Vampirism is a religion. Why do we open ourselves and our children, who can't defend themselves properly, up to false religions? Especially in the form of entertainment. God commands us not to. Why? So we don't get ensnared and turn away from our Savior. Read some of the kids comments. It's disturbing (to me anyway)!

What do vampires eat? BLOOD What does God's word say about that?

Deut. 12:23—Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life: you may not eat the life with the meat.

If we are going be Christians shouldn't we walk as Jesus walked? Jesus obeyed the Father in All things. This is just watered down enough so we don't see the subtle hooks of the evil one. I for one will obey the Lord my God, and will not be watching this film nor letting my children watch it! I don't even want to perk my kids interest in vampires.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Mom of 3 Boys, age 32

DEFINITION OF VAMPIRE: a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living.

Now, does it matter whether this corpse (vampire) is drinking the blood of humans or animals? Of course not, it is still a CORPSE who rises at night to drink the blood of a LIVING creature!

One of the most famous essays from The Satanic Bible, it is here that Anton LaVey coins the term "psychic vampire". LaVey defines a psychic vampire as one who attempts to psychologically manipulate others by systematically playing the victim; for example, a person who constantly uses some minor physical flaw as an excuse for their shortcomings and a means of gaining sympathy and favor from others. LaVey believes that people who use a victim status as a means to induce guilt in others are fundamentally weak, and therefore to be shunned by Satanists. (LaVey does not imply that anyone with a flaw is automatically weak, but rather that the use of that flaw to gain sympathy and favor is weak.)

This about this, doesn't Bella seem like a victim? I believe so.

Let me close by saying this. I am NOT saying that if you love the Twilight books and movies that you are not a Christian or that you are an awful person. What I AM saying is that I think you should really pray and ask God what He thinks. I don't think that He wants us to watch and become obsessed with vampire characters.

Vampires are of the DARK, not the LIGHT. Vampires are a religion to some, (A FALSE RELIGION). Vampires are associated with Satan and the occult. Does this sound like something that you should watch? Only you can make this decision and it is not up to me to judge you, Jesus is the one who will judge all of us.

I just think that the Twilight books and movies are something easily avoided. You don't HAVE to watch or read them. I would avoid it at all costs.

Just my two cents!

To God be the Glory.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

George Tiller, The Late Term Abortion Doctor Killed In Church

Today, May 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed while he was serving as an usher in the Reformation Lutheran Church.

First let me say that my heart goes out to his family and friends and to the other people who were attending church and witnessed this crime.

As a Christian, I am against abortion because it is a sin and abortion is murder. Dr. George Tiller committed murder on unborn babies countless times. George Tiller also had no problem with late term abortions which most abortion doctors will not perform.

Let me also say that I am NOT condoning George Tiller's murder in any way. Murder isWRONG, plain and simple whether it is the murder of innocent unborn babies or a late term abortion doctor. Whoever this is that murdered George Tiller was wrong and he will pay for his crime.

The reason I am writing this post is that this kind of act always gets the atheists and pro-choice people to start talking badly about Christians. I don't know the person who killed George Tiller, I know nothing about his religious background, state of his mental health, or his beliefs. I do know he will answer to God and to the courts for his crime. He had no right to take it upon himself to kill the abortion doctor. The abortion doctor will answer to God about what he has done, it is not up to us to make this judgment or to take the law into our own hands.

I have questions about the thinking of George Tiller. The fact that he attended a church and was serving as an usher there. Of course Christians are not perfect and not everyone who attends a church is a Christian.

To naysayers and atheists, please know that Christians are not perfect AND many people claim to be Christians just because they go to church or because they believe in God. Believing in God alone will not get you to Heaven nor does it make you a Christian.

To be a TRUE Christian you must say the sinners prayer where you ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins, you must believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins and that He rose again. You must also have a personal relationship with God through the reading of His Word (the Bible) and through talking to God (prayer). You must repent of your sins, (which means that you try and make an honest effort not to continue in the sinful ways of your former life) before you were saved by the Grace of God.

Now, Christians are not perfect, they are only forgiven. Do Christians sin? Of course, the Bible tells us that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. The difference is that once you become a Christian you become convicted of your sins where before you did not care. Convicted means that you know you have sinned and that you feel guilty about it because you know the sin makes God unhappy with you. Before becoming a Christian, you may not have felt the slightest bit of guilt about your sinful ways.

Would you like to have the gift of everlasting life? Your first step is the SINNERS PRAYER.

Again, my heart goes out to the Tiller family and friends who have lost a loved one. I hope they will come to Christ and accept his gift of salvation and take comfort knowing that Jesus cares about you and loves you dearly.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Couple Ordered To Stop Bible Study In Their Own Home

I read something just now in a Fox News article that disturbs me GREATLY! David and Mary Jones had been holding a Bible Study with friends in their own home in San Diego, California and have been told to STOP or pay a huge fee for doing so. Now, again, this is San Diego, CA, not China or India!!! This is AMERICA!!!

I have copied the article below, full credit for the article going to Fox News.

Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

"On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county." David Jones told FOX News.

"We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a Bible study with friends. We have a meal, we pray, that was all," Jones said.

A few days later, the couple received a written warning that cited "unlawful use of land," ordering them to either "stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit," the couple's attorney Dean Broyles told San Diego news station 10News.

But the major use permit could cost the Jones' thousands of dollars just to have a few friends over.

For David and Mary Jones, it's about more than a question of money.

"The government may not prohibit the free exercise of religion," Broyles told FOX News. "I believe that our Founding Fathers would roll over in their grave if they saw that here in the year 2009, a pastor and his wife are being told that they cannot hold a simple Bible study in their own home."

"The implications are great because it’s not only us that’s involved," Mary Jones said. "There are thousands and thousands of Bible studies that are held all across the country. What we’re interested in is setting a precedent here — before it goes any further — and that we have it settled for the future."

The couple is planning to dispute the county's order this week.

If San Diego County refuses to allow the pastor and his wife to continue gathering without acquiring a permit, they will consider a lawsuit in federal court.

May God bless David and Mary Jones and let this issue be resolved in their favor.

In Jesus' Holy Name I Pray....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Revelation Song Video Indiana Bible College

When I first became saved back in June of 2008, I went to church and I could not stand Christian music. This was just because I always listened to heavy metal style music and I never liked slow or love songs.

This video is the reason I fell in love with Christian music. The Indiana Bible College Choir are extremely talented and Revelation Song is my favorite. In my opinion, they do a better job with this song than Kari Jobe.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Volunteering For Jesus

Do you volunteer
for things in your church? They say that 20% of the people (on average) volunteer, that leaves 80% of the people that do NOT volunteer their time to help others in need.

Is that what Jesus would do? Of course not, Jesus wants us to give our time, money and resources to the least of these.

Let's see what the Holy Bible tells us about giving to others:

Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed, and filled.", without giving them things needed for the body, what good is that?

In this busy world, we are all busy with our own lives and sometimes we scarcely remember to thank God for all our blessings. Sometimes we think mainly of ourselves and forget that there are those that need our help. Is that what Jesus wants for our lives? You know the answer.

Go to your church or give them a call and ask them what you can do to help out.

The more people that volunteer to help, the less burden will be on the shoulders of a few.

Pray to God and ask Him what He thinks you would be best at doing. We all have things we are good at and things we are not so good at. We compliment each other in that way.

Lord, grant me the wisdom and the fortitude to do more for my church and therefore more for You, My Lord Jesus. In Jesus' Holy Name I pray, AMEN.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Jesus Christ Is The Messiah

Jesus Christ is the Messiah

Jesus is salvation from the Father's outstretched arm. He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is Immanuel- God with us. The very meaning of the name, Immanuel shows that Jesus Christ is deity.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (KJV)

Jesus' birth fulfilled countless prophecies. There is no need to look further than Jesus Christ for the Messiah.

If you are still searching for or waiting for the Messiah, there is no need to continue looking, Jesus fulfilled these prophecies concerning the coming Messiah:

  • He is a descendent of Abraham
  • He is a descendent of Isaac
  • He is a descendent of Jacob
  • He descended from the tribe of Judah
  • He was born in Bethlehem
  • He was born of a virgin
  • Infants were slaughtered
  • He escaped to Egypt as a child
  • He ministered in Galilee and along the Jordan River
  • The Jewish people rejected him
  • He had the character of wisdom and understanding
  • His triumphant entry on a donkey in Jerusalem was prophesied to the day
  • A close friend betrayed him
  • He was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver
  • The money was returned and used to buy the potters field
  • He was silent during His trial
  • He suffered for others
  • He was crucified with sinners
  • His feet and hands were pierced by nails
  • He was mocked and insulted by the very people he came to save
  • He was given gall and vinegar to drink
  • His side was pierced with a spear
  • Soldiers cast lots for His clothes
  • None of His bones were broken
  • He was buried in a rich man's tomb
  • He resurrected after His death
  • He ascended into heaven

Jesus was born so that all nations and all peoples might be saved. He is salvation in human form. His sacrifice upon the cross did away with the blood of lambs, calves, and goats once and for all. From the time Adam and Eve fell, all mankind was slave to sin, death, and the grave. Man could only enter into a relationship with God the Father through the righteous acts of the law.

I pray that if you are not right with God, that you will ask God to forgive you of your sins. He is a loving God and if you believe that God sent His only Son to earth to die for you so that you might have eternal life and believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again 3 days later, you can have that free gift that God is offering to all of us. Read your Bible which is Gods Word, find a church that is a true Bible believing church. I recommend a good Pentecostal church.

I remember when I first started going to church I was not comfortable there. That is because sin is not comfortable in the sight of God. Once I had been there a couple of weeks and I asked God to forgive me of a life full of sin, I became very comfortable and in fact now I can't wait for Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening Bible Study.

May God bless each of you that read this blog. In Jesus Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Holy Trinity Explained, God, Jesus & The Holy Spirit

The Holy Trinity is God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are all God. See the image to the left.

God, the Father; Jesus, the Son; and the Holy Spirit.
Scripture tells us that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 45:5; 46:9).

The Bible also refers to three distinct persons as "God":
God the Father (Galatians 1:1),Jesus Christ His Son (John 1:1; 20:28)and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3,4).The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are Three distinct Persons in One God. This is the truth which God was conveying through Scripture, a truth which Christians later labled "The Trinity" (literally "tri-unity" meaning three in unity as one).

Though each Person is distinct from the other two, they do not act separately. What the Father does, the Son and Holy Spirit do as well. The Godhead acts as one. Christians are called to have a personal relationship with God. It is important for each one of us to know the One Whom we worship and love.

The truth that God is "Three-in-One" also shows us that there is a "Community of Love" within the Godhead. God is a "Family", so to speak; a Father and a Son bound together by an Eternal Love which is a Third Person, the Holy Spirit.

The doctrine of the Trinity helps us to understand how God gives us a share in His own Divine Life. The Father sent the Son, Who became flesh, Jesus took on our human nature. Jesus loved His Father so much that He wanted God the Father to be loved by us, and He wanted us to be loved by His Father. So Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified a horrible death so that His pure sinless blood would be shed on a cross so that we can become His brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters of God.

Once we confess that Jesus Christ is our Savior, the Holy Spirit, becomes present in our souls. The Spirit causes us to proclaim that Jesus is Lord (I Corinthians 12:3)
"... God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba Father". Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. . . . (Galatians 4:4b-7).

Friday, April 3, 2009

Present Truth Outreach Ministries in India

A Pastor friend on FaceBook is in need of financial help for his ministry. If you are able to help at all, check out his website, World Our Vision.

Love and care. Jesus Christ cared for people ,my father and mother installed in me a feeling for people.All that we do comes into action from a depth of that feeling and one that Christ had…he Cared for people .we reach out of the needy- the children ,the aged and the sick.We support pregnant mothers and infants giving them help in time of need to bring into Being a healthy child and a child of dignity(approx $25 per person a month).We help the aged to find rescue shelters (we are planning our own ) and re-habitats then, Providing for their board and lodging (approx $50 per person a month).

‘Save a life ’(3 john 2) medical outreachwe believe jesus christ came not to shorten men’s lives.he came to save lives.he wants men to live out their days in health and content.to have strong body’s,strong mind’s, strong souls. We trust god has given us medical doctors who have wisdom, knowledge and understanding To treat and save those who need a physician .SAVE A LIFE in medical outreach to those Who cannot find means to pay their medical bills ,but medicine and this reaches out to the Physically and mentally incapable.(you may send us a gift earmarked “for the sick”)

Educational scholarship. We provide for those who are studying and cannot afford to buy their books-uniforms and Pay their fees on a monthly or yearly basis.some students whose mother tongue is Malayalam are weak in maths and English.we give then special tuitions by expert tutors. At times we also give special prizes for those who score good marks and come first in their examinations this is done by your generous gifts and support to this ministry.$10/-can help 2 middle school students$15/-can help pay for 2 high school students$20/-for a college studentTution fee for one child per month $5/-Uniforms for a year for one student $50/-Special prizes as you feel like to donate.

If you cannot make a donation to this worthy cause, please at least pray for them. Let me give you a little history of missionaries and Christianity in India.

Missionaries and Christians are beaten, jailed, brutalized and murdered because of their faith. India is a very dangerous place for Christians, yet our strong and faithful missionaries keep on spreading the Word and the Good News of Jesus Christ. They are there harvesting souls for the Kingdom of God at their own peril.

Did you know that baby girls are not valued in India? Many women choose to abort female fetuses. Female infanticide is rampant in India. Females in these societies are of little value. Those that do not abort their female babies, kill them. Some female babies were fed dry, unhulled rice that punctured their windpipes, or were made to swallow poisonous powdered fertilizer. Others were smothered with a wet towel, strangled or allowed to starve to death.

The bias against females in India is related to the fact that "Sons are called upon to provide the income; they are the ones who do most of the work in the fields. In this way sons are looked to as a type of insurance. With this perspective, it becomes clearer that the high value given to males decreases the value given to females." The problem is also intimately tied to the institution of dowry in which the family of a prospective bride must pay enormous sums of money to the family in which the woman will live after marriage. Though formally outlawed, the institution is still pervasive. "The combination of dowry and wedding expenses usually add up to more than a million rupees ([US] $35,000). In India the average civil servant earns about 100,000 rupees ($3,500) a year. Given these figures combined with the low status of women, it seems not so illogical that the poorer Indian families would want only male children." Murders of women whose families are deemed to have paid insufficient dowry have become increasingly common.

The missionaries are in India to spread the Gospel to this very sad part of the world. Most of the abortions, infanticide, and murders happen within the Hindu religion. Not as much with the Muslim people.

If you can help Pastor Pinto in his efforts, please pray ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. This is not a recommendation of ForgivenessDiaries.com as I do not know him personally, but he seems to be a good Christian Pastor who is trying to help children and the poor.

God bless you and again, the power of prayer is strong. Please everyone pray that the people of India will all hear about Jesus Christ and come to the Kingdom Of God, so that they will not be left behind. God blesses those countries that love and honor him. If India would have Christianity spread like wildfire, then God will surely bless them.

Who Is Jesus Christ? He is the Messiah!

There are over 300 Messianic prophecies that told of the Messiah and Jesus fit EVERY ONE OF THEM! There is absolutely no doubt that Jesus is the Messiah that the Jewish people have been waiting for. Jesus is Lord.

Let's look at some of the scriptures that prove that Jesus was the Messiah that was prophesized in the Old Testament and the Jewish Torah. First we will show the scripture from the Old Testament, then show how it happened in the New Testament.

Genesis 3:15.....He will bruise Satan's head.....Hebrews 2:14, 1 John. 3:18

Genesis 14:18...The Last Supper foreshadowed...Matthew 26:26-29

Genesis 22:8...The Lamb of God promised...John 1:29

Genesis 49:10...The time of His coming...Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4

Exodus 3:13,14........The Great "I Am".......John 4:26

Leviticus 16:15-17...Prefigures Christ's once-for-all death...Hebrews 9:7-14

Numbers 9:12...Not a bone of Him broken...John 19:31-36

Deuteronomy 18:18...Sent by the Father to speak His word...John 8:28, 29

2 Samuel 7:14a...The Son of God... Luke 1:32

1 Chronicles 17:13a..."I will be His Father, He...my Son."...Hebrews 1:5

Psalms 2:7, 8...The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated...Acts 13:29-33

Psalms 22:1...Forsaken because of sins of others...2 Corinthians 5:21

Psalms 22:22.....His Resurrection declared.....John 20:17

Psalms 31:5..."Into thy hands I commit my spirit"...Luke 23:46

Psalms 35:19...He was hated without a cause...John 15:25

Psalms 91:11,12...Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ...Luke 4;10,11

Psalms 118:26a...The Blessed One presented to Israel...Matthew 21:9

Isaiah 7:14...To be born of a virgin...Luke 1:35

Isaiah 9:1,2...His ministry to begin in Galilee...Matthew 4:12-17

Isaiah 9:6...The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom...John 16:33

Isaiah 12:2...Called Jesus-Yeshua...Matthew 1:21

Zechariah 11:12-13a...Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver... Matthew 26:14-15

Zechariah 12:10a...The Messiah's body would be pierced... John 19:34-37

These are but a few of the over 300 prophecies of Jesus Christ. I pray you have no doubt that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and He is our Lord God.

You may view my website for the complete list, just click on the green title link above.

Jesus IS Lord!!

Wonderful Sermons by Paul Washer

Paul Washer is a missionary. Some of his sermons are available to listen to for free on our site, click the link above.

The great end of any missionary society or fellowship should not be the sending forth of missionaries, but the sending forth of God’s truth through missionaries.
It is unwise and even perilous to make missions or evangelism a rallying point for believers or congregations of diverse or undefined doctrinal viewpoints. Truth and the desire to make it known among the nations must be the uniting force.

Since missions is primarily a task of communicating God’s truth to the nations, biblical doctrine is primary. Any missionary society or agency that does not concern itself with biblical doctrine or generalizes its doctrinal statement in order to maintain fellowship with the greatest number of professing Christians (i.e., supporters) has lost its very purpose and possibly its very soul.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Welcome To The Forgiveness Diaries Blog

Everyone is welcome to post, however, no profanity, and certainly no blasphemy is allowed on this blog. Debate is welcome, but keep it clean and respectful of others.

The Forgiveness Diaries was started by me as a way to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Forgiveness for all of your sins is available, if you only ask Jesus and if you believe in Him and that He died for your sins on the cross and arose 3 days later. Say the sinners prayer, then repent of your sins and live a life FOR God. It's not really that hard.

If you have a testimony to give about the forgiveness you have received, or if you have questions, want to know more about Jesus Christ and how you can have Him as YOUR personal Lord and Saviour, please ask.

God bless and keep every one of you.

This blog is dedicated to Jesus Christ, the ONLY way to the Father (God).