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Naming a Christian men's group
Posted:Jan 16, 2019 4:14 am
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2019 5:25 am
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We are starting a men's group and are having to fill out paperwork for hall hire for liability etc soon, our group's name has to be on it. Names that are taken already are "Strong Men" & "Valiant Men" so I don't know if "Men of Strength" is too close to the first one or not? My daughter suggested "Iron sharpens Iron" but I'm not sure what to put on the form yet. Anyone got some suggestions? Be nice
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Topics for discussion at a Christian men's meeting
Posted:Jan 7, 2019 12:51 am
Last Updated:Jan 16, 2019 4:45 am
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This is just some 'thought's on paper' so to speak about in an upcoming men's meeting, probably in a few months time. The feedback.will be interesting.

I said to a pastor recently to accept Jesus into your heart was unscriptural, he agreed and said but it was just a point of entry. He handed me a great line but no! So subtle but that is entry into the 'ism,' the denomination, it's not into Christ. Though a few may wend their way into Christ through His grace and guidance through this deception, it's not Scriptural. Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus say to ask Him into your heart. It's by faith alone in Christ alone, the gospel is repent, confess your sins and He is faithful and just to forgive our sins. The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, you've got to come on His terms. Eph 1 & 2 talks about it's Christ alone, by Him. It's impertinent and presumptuous to think 'we allow Him in' as if it's ok by us. He comes when we repent.

Falsely telling people they are saved, then they have no power to overcome sin. "Oh, nobody's perfect." I hear the Mansion example, we are like a big house and God cleans out one room at a time, it's out of the pit, an excuse to keep holding onto favorite sins saying, "God hasn't got to that room yet, could take years." No, He comes in and shines His light on many things. Without holiness no man shall see God. (Heb 2:14) Wow. Something to think about.

We renew our mind. Trying to do move in the power of miracles and wonders without ever having overcome the power of sin. What spirit have you received? One of deception? Just as I am? No, you have to believe, have faith and repent first.

You must first believe, to have faith is to act on the belief, the action is repentance, turning from all sin, not just some. It's like power steering, power brakes, there's the power yes, but you must turn the wheel and press the brake, we must act before the Holy Spirit's power will help us. Sure sanctification is a lifetime journey, but beware of the "Hath God said?" in it, we have the power to overcome sin, we just have to understand how God changes us.

Are you silenced in your church? Can you not say anything unless you've been to their brand of bible college, been an 'intern' pastor, made to conform to the 'ism' from the man at the top down to you? The 'ism' will snuff out your flame, quench your fire.

Here you have a voice, orderly, in order, but you can have a voice. I'm not the pulpit person, we all are, no one is left out. No pastor / pew warmer, clergy / laity segregation here.

Have you been bursting with a testimony or word from God but have had it suppressed? Not here, though you'll learn 'brevity' for the sake of others. It's all about Jesus, it's all about your relationship with Jesus, not a church, that's secondary, this is true church - to be about Him and for all to be equal, no overlord pastors/shepherds, just a few 'elders' who are no greater than you and serve for free like Paul.

You will know who are true shepherds, wolves and hirelings, most are hirelings in the 'ism' church world. True shepherds protect the flock from the wolves. They expose them. Paul named names.

We are all equal, just different roles. The bride should not be about herself but about the bridegroom. Don't let your oil run out, they were friends of the bride, not the groom, He didn't know them. Do you feel something is missing in the church? Is Jesus is missing, is worldliness in? Is your church always loud? Why? It's hard to think, share, witness to new comers & listen with all that noise. In the sound of a gentle stillness is the still small voice. Can we be silent together? (I've come from Pentecostal background, that's why I've written this part and I'm tired of hype)

Men are the head of the home, the gate to their home, the door to what comes in. Just as the eyes are the window to the soul, we watch out and are careful what we choose to look at. Satan is trying to crush men with political correctness, feminism and government laws that are anti-man as far as family separations go, he is out to destroy through false marxist education, children are not taught to think but follow the 'party line'. Do as they are told. How can they discern corruption? We as men have to warn our families and brothers. The great apostasy is upon us, we are in the age of Laodicea, the church has left its first love yet believes it's rich, but is poor, blind, miserable and naked. The lies that have crept into the church, New Age mysticism, W.O.F. N.A.R. Emergent church, co-exist. True Christians will be the enemy of this false 'unity'. Unity at the expense of the true Gospel of Christ. Their unity is antichrist. Fortunately there are pockets of small churches that still believe and are following Christ.

Bringing up your kids to be marriable, it's important.

Many men are not marrying, laws and government is against them, they've seen their fathers or father's friends lose their homes in divorce cases. Pre-nups are not legal, but a 'financial agreement' is. The government is the 'new boyfriend' who pays the bills for the woman & kids when the woman want to move on. Sure there are some bad guys out there, but a lot of women become professional mothers to leech off the system so they don't have to work.
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Todays Faith
Posted:Dec 4, 2018 5:33 am
Last Updated:Dec 15, 2018 12:52 am
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The Evangelical Commandments

Thou shalt preach a soft gospel of love only.

Thou shalt preach prosperity, well-being and thine best life now.

Thou shalt promote TV preachers who live off the flock, sadly private industry could never use them so they need thine support. Give to them in abundance to spend on their excesses so they can live thy dream.

Thou shalt not preach hard truths that might cause grief that would turn to repentance and therefore true salvation.

Thou shalt preach we are little gods, our words have creative power even though we are really fallen humans.

Thou shalt raise thy hand and accept Jesus into thine heart without ever understanding thou needest cleansing.

Thou shalt heap to thyselves teachers who are pleasing to thine ears

Thou shalt not learn the Scriptures for it is too hard. Thou shalt enjoy ignorance until the grave.

Thou shalt ignore knowledge, understanding and wisdom for it is painful. Ignorance is bliss.

Thou shalt allow the pastor to have full control over thine life, thoust needeth his permission for everything.

Thou shalt preach Jesus is gentle and mild at all times.

Thou shalt not listen to a 'still small voice' as it conflicts with being a 'team player'

Thou shalt pray to the Holy Spirit, He's God isn't He? Never mind we ignore the Father and the Son in so doing and ignore the disciples model of prayer.

Thou shalt not preach hell, hellfire, judgment, the wrath of God or anything He hates, it's too disturbing.

Thou shalt turn a blind eye to immorality, homosexuality and lust especially in leaders and volunteers.

Thou shalt turn a blind eye to scanty clothing, coarse joking and dirty innuendos

Thou shalt turn a deaf ear to profanities exclaimed by 'Christians' even though it's a poor testimony to the unsaved.

Thou shalt ignore the plight of Christians in jail for their faith, don’t think upon that, don't even pray for them

Thou shalt ignore abortion as it's too controversial, it's alright, we've already been born.

Thou shalt never ever question or contradict thine pastor, if not excommunicated thou may be just tolerated.

Thou shalt remain passive on ethics and principles in business, politics, the church and family

Thou shalt call on the Holy Spirit, constantly, shout, "Hallelujahs" loudly, be super spiritual and live like the devil.

Thou shalt call those who preach independently from us, "False."

Thou shalt commit your tithes to the all wise, all knowing, faceless, ungrateful, unapproachable institution

Thou shalt never ask how much thine pastor makes or "Where doeth the money go?" Even though thou does pay for this. A holy vagueness will be the response.

Thou shalt allow homosexuals and prostitutes to tithe (it's all money) and to have a say, perhaps even the pulpit.

Thou shalt ignore the Great Commission by diverting most finances into buildings and salaries.

Thou shalt not get up and preach in the pulpit for free lest the pastor feel threatened and his salary not justifiable

Thou shalt not be moved by the Holy Spirit, stand up from thine seat and start preaching as this is not our tradition.

Thou shalt have a stage, a microphone, loud music and coloured lights for worldly effect, it must be copied.

Thou shalt make worship a show of euphoric feelings, many repetitious words, of self edification and the bliss of worship of worship

Thou shalt live in fine houses in nice areas away from the homeless, widows and orphans, they are depressing.

Thy pastor shalt reduce visitations to a minimum as programs and his private affairs need more attention.

Thou shalt not preach unless your sermon has been viewed by pastor, subject noted and permission for topic granted.

Thou shalt allow a woman to have authority over a man. We have to change with the times, the bible doesn't change and it's old fashioned, after all we have a new culture now

Thy prayer life shall be confined to the occasional 'Amen' in unison at what the pastor says and prays.

Thou shalt not preach the whole counsel of God for thoust must be ashamed lest His word lest thou offend.

Thou shalt ignore the Old Testament as we are under the New, do not mention He's the same God of both.

Thou shalt not study Revelation or End times as it's too confusing and could interfere with buying and selling.

Thou shalt not study the rapture, it's preposterous and preparation for an unknown departure date is foolish.

Thine pastor must preach feel good psychology and marketing using the name of Jesus as a rubber stamp of approval only.

Thou shalt preach one way and live another as confusion draws others closer with questions.

Thou shalt carefully listen to cults as they have 'a truth' too

Thou shalt rule on the throne of thine heart for His ways are too high for us to know.

Thou shalt accept other faiths as paths to God.

Thou shalt accept an heretic as all people 'make mistakes.' Everything's forgivable right?

Thou shalt listen to every wind of doctrine as all is edifying.

Thou shalt not confront the wicked lest they be driven away, God loves the sinner.

Thou shalt love people more than the truth as they are more precious.

Thou shalt be lukewarm in faith as too hot is fanatical and too cold doesn't get with the program.
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Californian problems & other areas.
Posted:Jun 4, 2018 7:46 am
Last Updated:Jun 5, 2018 9:58 am
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What's with California on the alert for one thing or another? Oroville dam about to burst not long ago, then I saw a few clips on the Hilina Slump in Hawaii possibly sending a 100 foot high tsunami at 500 miles an hour over to California. Then a clip that plans to evacuate California in case North Korea hits it with missiles on the pretext of natural disasters. (I found that clip a bit far fetched) Another clip on the Hayward Fault on the eastern side of the bay which has more potential to become active than the San Andreas Fault which is also a big a risk. There's the drought problem as well for the farmers, the land sinking under them at an alarming rate because of the lowering water table etc. I guess there's lots that could be added to the list but seems like there's a few problems there. Divine retribution or just having a bad few years?

Just thinking about the land sinking due to the lowering of the water tables, Mexico City has been sinking for years, I think Washington also but not so bad. A multi million dollar building in San Francisco is starting to lean over and they are blaming construction on the other side of the road (which I personally doubt) so land shift problems are rearing up all over. I wonder if all the atomic testing around the world has put fractures in the plates? There's been over 2,000 tests since Hiroshima. Many were in Nevada. The earth has certainly been active this decade.
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Tommy Robinson
Posted:May 29, 2018 6:48 am
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2018 9:29 pm
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Does anybody know much about Tommy Robinson being arrested and in jail in England for simply reporting there was a trial going on for atrocious crimes?
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How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?
Posted:May 15, 2018 6:38 am
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2018 9:30 pm
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A pastor I know brought this to a meeting for fun. Thought I'd share.

How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?

Charismatic – Only one. Hands already in the air

Pentecostal – Ten. One to change the light bulb, nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

Presbyterians – None. Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

Roman Catholic – None. Candles only

Baptists – At least 15. One to change the light bulb and 3 committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad and fried chicken.

Anglicans – 3. One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.

Methodists - Undecided

Uniting - Whether your light is light, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb or tulip bulb. Church-wide lighting service is planned for Sunday. Bring bulb of your choice and a covered dish.

Mormons – 6. Five wives to replace the bulb while husband reviews church lighting policy

Lutherans – None. Lutherans don't believe in change

Amish – What's a light bulb?
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My reflecton on Big Blocks abortion poem
Posted:Mar 2, 2018 9:23 pm
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2018 9:31 pm
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In ancient times people worshiped through various religious orgies. The fathers of these unwanted children were often unknown. The children were sacrificed by throwing them into the hot arms of their god Molech. They were cremated alive. Drums would beat loudly to drown out the screams while the child died. That was ancient abortion, unwanted children through fornication. God judged that and wiped out those that committed it and people wonder why God wiped out some nations. More to the point, wouldnt you wonder why if He didnt? 3,000 abortions a day? He wont remain passive much longer. Judgement will come for this.

Today it's similar, unwanted children can be sacrificed younger still. The unheard screams of a child in the womb will be heard by the Creator. Judgement will come.

Some say, "How dare you tell a woman what to do with her body!?"
It's not her body she's sacrificing, it's her son or daughter's.

I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan.
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Grandson's intro to football.
Posted:Feb 27, 2018 6:50 am
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2018 9:33 pm
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My eldest daughter told me a story the other day and I thought it was cute. She'd taken my eldest grandson who is 8 years old to a football game with all adults in both teams, it was 'flag football' or 'touch football'.

It doesnt involve tackling the opponents, just doing maneuvers to avoid them and if you are touched you have to stop play and I'm not sure what you do after that, whether you pass the ball to the other team, have 3 touches and then pass the ball to the other team or what, I dont know, but whatever the rules my grandson was on the sideline looking enviously at them.

These men were all from my church, one African American pastor is a huge man, a martial artist and does weights etc. He told my grandson to come and play, they were careful not to run into him and the pastor let him catch him twice, but then got a shock. My grandson got him a couple of times when he didnt want to be touched, the kid was fast.

On one occasion when it was time to kick off, the two teams faced each other, they stared at my grandson and he stared right back. Then they started intimidating him, trying to tease him and saying stuff like, "He's too small. We'll run rings around him" and lots of other things. He stared at them for a while and then just said, "I didnt come here to talk."

What a kid! Mum was proud and the guys laughed. She was beaming telling me about it all. He wants to go back again next week. He's hooked.
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Delicious Devil?
Posted:Jan 17, 2018 7:36 pm
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2018 5:35 am
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A pastor friend of mine told me this story about an Aboriginal friend of his who became a pastor. After a few years of having his own church he came back to my friend's church to preach.

Introducing his sermon he announced that if Adam and Eve had been Aboriginal they'd have no problem with sin today. The congregation was puzzled, was this becoming racial? They were a little nervous and wondered where this was going and then he said;They wouldn't have worried about the apple, they'd have eaten the snake.

Gotta love the way he broke the ice.
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A modern nursery rhyme.
Posted:Jun 15, 2017 10:36 pm
Last Updated:Feb 27, 2018 7:10 am
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There was a devious old woman who lived in a shoe,

she had so many tax funded children (because she liked so many bad boys and couldnt keep her legs shut) she knew exactly what to do.

Each bad boy dumped her cause they knew what she was like,
so the government became husband of that sensual old bike.

Of course the tax payers pay for the kids education,
a massive burden upon our great nation.

Most of them kids have landed in (tax funded) jail,
the rest hookers and pimps, a couple on bail,

We know today that this is the trend,
living unhappily ever after, this now is THE END.
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