Tag Archives: Christianity

A responds to Attacks on Christianity

17 Dec

The first part of this year Newsweek published an article that attacked Christianity.  This video discusses the claims that were made, and gives correction to the misconceptions and ideas that many have of the Christian faith.

How do we respond to the Media’s attack on Christianity? Find out with guest Dr. Ron Rhodes on the show Christ in Prophecy.

 

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Do Not Fret Because of Evildoers

21 Jun

Psalms 37:1-22

Do not fret because of evildoers,

Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

For they will writher quickly like the grass

And fade like the green herb.

Trust in the LORD and do good;

Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the LORD

And He will give you the desire of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD,

Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light

And your judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

Cease from anger and forsake wrath;

Do not fret; it only leads to evildoing.

For evildoers will be cut off,

But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;

And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.

But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

 

The wicked plots against the righteous

And gnashes at him with his teeth.

The Lord laughs at him,

For He sees his day is coming

The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow

To cast down the afflicted and the needy.

To slay those who are upright in conduct.

Their sword will enter their own heart,

And their bows will be broken.

Better is the little of the righteous

Than the abundance of many wicked.

For the arms of the wicked will be broken,

But the LORD sustains the righteous,

The LORD knows the days of the blameless,

And their inheritance will be forever.

They will not be ashamed in the time of evil,

And in the days of famine they will have abundance.

But the wicked will perish;

And the enemies of the LORD will be

Like the glory of the pastures,

They vanish-like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrows and does not pay back,

But the righteous is gracious and gives.

For those blessed by Him will inherit the land,

But those cursed by Him will be cut off.

Psalms 37:1-22

From: New American Standard Bible

© 2014 Sherry DuBois

 

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How Blessed

11 Jun

How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust.
And has not turned to the proud, nor
to those who lapse into falsehood.
Many, O LORD my God, are the
wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.
Psalms 40:4,5

 

 

 

 

© 2014 Sherry DuBois

Story of the Candy Cane

13 Dec

Story of the Candy Cane
By Unknown Author

Long ago there were two villages in a far-off land. One was in a valley, and one was on a mountain top. The people in the mountain village wanted to give each person in the valley a Christmas gift. So the mountain towns people formed a committee to think of something special. Money was limited, and each gift had to be of equal value to each person. After much time and discussion a decision was finally reached. The town’s candy maker, an elderly gentleman who had loved Jesus for many years, came up with an idea – the candy cane. Now, you may be thinking, what is so special about a candy cane – and how can it ever be tied in with the real meaning of Christmas? Well, here is how – and why…

1. The candy cane is in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. Jesus is our Shepherd, and we are His flock. A sheep follows his own shepherd, knows his voice, trusts him and knows that he is totally safe with him. The sheep will follow no other shepherd than their own. In the same way, if we belong to Jesus, we are to follow only Him. (John 10:11; Psalms 23:1; Isaiah 40:11)

2. Turned over, the candy cane is a “J,” the first letter of Jesus’ name. (Luke 1:31) It is made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the “rock” of our salvation.

3. The wide red stripes on the candy cane represent the blood Jesus shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. He restores us and cleans us with His shed blood – the only thing that can wash away our sin. (Luke 22:20)

4. The white stripes on the candy cane represent Jesus’ virgin birth and His pure, sinless life. He is the only human being ever who never committed a single sin, even though He was tempted just as we are. (1 Peter 2:22)

5. The narrow red stripes on candy canes symbolize Jesus’ stripes, or scars, which He got when He was arrested and whipped. The Bible says we are healed (of sin) because He took those wounds. (Isaiah 53:5 ; 1 Peter 2:24)

6. The flavoring in the candy cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice.
(John 19:29; Psalm 51:7)

7. When we break our candy cane, it reminds us that Jesus’ body was broken for us. When we have communion, it is a reminder of what He did for us. ( 1 Corinthians 11:24)

8. AND, if we share our candy cane and give some to someone else because we love that person, we are sharing the love of Jesus. (1 John 4:7,8,) God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus to earth to save us. He loves us so much that He wants us to spend eternity with Him. We are assured of that when we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Savior. (John 1:12, John 3:3,16)

Some people believe this story of the candy cane is only a legend. Others believe it really happened this way. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, but one thing is certain… it is an excellent picture of Christ and His love for you. You can accept Jesus into your heart through a prayer like this:

Dear God, Thank You for loving me enough to send Jesus for Christmas. I believe Jesus died for my sins, and I accept Him now as my Savior. I promise to follow Him and share His love with others the best that I can. Amen.

From: Eternal Perspective Ministries, official site of Randy Alcorn
http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/25/story-candy-cane/

Psalms 36 – The Blessings of the Believer

18 Nov

Psalm36_SherryDuBoisIn this Psalm,  David is given an oracle (the knowledge of the sinfulness of the wicked) concerning the philosophy and life style of unbelievers as they plotted wicked schemes.  David in this Psalm records what he learned. The philosophy of the wicked is based on their absence of the Fear of the LordPsalms 36 tells us – They have no dread of the Lord, they sense no terror of their actions, so they proceed in their wickedness

Because they have no terror or respect for the Lord, the wicked commit evil continuously.  He soothes his own conscious, flatters himself,  and hides his sin, because if he seen it the way God does, he would hate what he does.  As he commits himself to sinful and evil actions, he rationalizes and has no inclination to reject the evil he does.  The Bible tells us that the wicked plot evil  ( Hosea 7:15, Nahum 1:11). 

Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart;

There is no fear of God before his eyes.

For it flatters him in his own eyes

Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.

The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceits;

He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

He plans wickedness upon his bed;

He sets himself on a path that is not good;

He does not despise evil.

Psalms 36:1-4   NASB

David found relief in his experiential knowledge of the glorious nature of the Lord, who brings about blessings to believers.  He prayed  that the Lord would  continue His loyal love and righteousness so that the wicked would not destroy his integrity.  God’s loyal love is precious to believers.  Faithfulness, righteousness, and justice are the attributes that belong to the Lord and are an inexhaustible resource for the believer.

Your loving kindness O LORD,

Extends to the heavens,

Your faithfulness reaches to the skies,

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;

Your judgments are like a great deep.

O LORD,  You preserve man and beast.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!

And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;

And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.

For with You is the fountain of life;

In Your light we see light.

 

O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,

And Your righteousness to the upright in heart,

Let not the foot of pride come upon me,

And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

There the doers of iniquity have fallen;

They have been thrust down and cannot rise.

Psalms 36:5-7-12   NASB

An Eternal Choice – The Roman Road

11 Nov

crssWho is good?

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.  There is none that understand, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”    Romans 3:10–12

Who has sinned?

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

The eternal cost of your sin

“For the wages of sin is death.”  Romans 6:23

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”    Romans 1:18

Nothing you do can save you

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.”  Romans 3:20

“Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law?  Of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.”  Romans 3:27

God’s love has made a way!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”    Romans 5:8,9

You must place your complete faith in Jesus Christ

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference.”   Romans 3:22

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  Romans 10:9

“There fore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”  Romans 3:28

If you believe that Jesus Christ alone can save you, then pray and ask him:

“And being fully persuaded that, what he has promised, he was able to perform.”  Romans 4:21

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 10:13

“For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”  Romans 10:11

Faithfulness and Eternal Rewards

11 Jan

HoldFast_SherryDuBoisHow blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not writher;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.  Psalms 1:1-3

 

Faithfulness determines the quality of your character, and your character effects the quality of your life. Being faithful develops productivity and produces accomplishment in a person’s life. One of the ways to develop faithfulness is to obey God’s Word which teaches us about the faithfulness of God. – If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways the LORD will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do Deut. 28:9.

Faithfulness brings eternal rewards:
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end.” Hebrews 3:13,14