God Speaks His Word by Prophet G. Craige Lewis


1 Peter 2:2 – ‘As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:’
We need the bible! There is so much hype going around in the body of Christ about this book and that book until people are putting just as much stake into Christian books than they are the bible and that is not wise. Of course there are good Christian books on the market that help us, but nothing can take the place of the Word of God. You need it to grow and it doesn’t take a man to always break it down for you. There is truth in the bible that everyone can live by and there are translations of the bible that everyone can understand plainly. The bible is not being pushed because it’s not as profitable to sell as a man’s book is, so we are starting to hear less about the bible and more about men and their accomplishments. But the fact still remains that if you plan to really grow, you must grow by reading the Word. This is why so many Christians are immature and babes forever. They think they know, but they really don’t because they do not read the Word. Or, they read it but it doesn’t take root because they follow their own way instead of following what the Lord says. And you can always tell a Christian that doesn’t spend anytime in the Word. They begin to tell you how God “told them this” or “said that” to them. Then they start going back on what they said God said and changing their minds about it after if fails or doesn’t work out for them. That’s because God speaks through his Word and what he says can be referenced in the Word. Even when he speaks to mature believers through his Spirit it will always line up with scripture and never contradict it.
The bible is one of the hardest books in the world to consistently read but not because it can’t be understood. It’s hard to read because the devil doesn’t want you to read it! It’s hard sometimes to find time to do it, and it takes perseverance to get disciplined enough to stick to a reading pattern. But the devil is behind it all! The devil knows the power of the word and he knows that you will grow if you read it, so he starts speaking into your mind, saying good things at first, to make you think it’s God. He wants you to feel like you are hearing the voice of God in the beginning so you will never have a need for the word! It’s a trick! Then he starts using that same voice to lead you astray eventually. Many times by causing you to follow crooked ministries and greedy television evangelists, the enemy will begin to make you dependent upon man to be God’s voice for you and at that point, there is no need for the bible at all! But God said, “my sheep know my voice.” Well, they know it because it will line up with his Word. The Word of God is your milk to grow. Without it, you will never be mature enough in Christ to hear him speaking and you definitely won’t be able to know who’s really saying what God said.
Suggested Reading: Gen 1 – Rev 22
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Survey: Women Show Deep Drop in Church Attendance


Since 1991, the percentage of women attending church during a typical week has decreased by 11 percentage points to 44 percent, the Barna Group reported Monday (Aug. 1). Sunday school and volunteering among women also has diminished. Two decades ago, half of all women read the Bible in a typical week — other than at religious events. Now 40 percent do. Click below to continued…

http://jaxchristian.com/spiritual-growth/faith/1301-survey-women-show-deep-drop-in-church-attendance

5 Reasons I Like Sex: Confessions From a Christian Wife By Julie Sibert


Well, there are a lot more than 5 reasons, but its debatable how much you really want to know about me, so I’ll hold off at 5.

As a Christian wife, I do like sex.  To some of you reading this, such a proclamation makes me either an annoying freak or a bewildering mystery.

Can you hear the theologians murmuring… “Hmmm… We were busy studying discipleship when we stumbled across something that rarely is found in its natural habitat. A Christian wife. Who likes sex. Fascinating.”

So, just in case you were wondering, here are 5 reasons I like sex…

1. It tells Satan to get his hands off my marriage.

When I hear about couples who are having little or no sex, I get a wee bit jittery.  I mean, not in an obvious way, but I think to myself, “That’s a sure fire way to pin a target on your marriage.”

The Enemy is indeed “prowling around looking for someone to devour.” From where Satan is standing, a marriage where one or both spouses is indifferent about sex makes for a scrumptious snack. I’m telling you, he looks for weak targets.

I’m not saying nurtured sexual intimacy is the only ingredient to a strong marriage.  I won’t even go so far as to say it is the cornerstone (Jesus gets that real estate).

I know full well, though, that there is something powerfully binding that happens when my husband and I make love. And frankly, it angers Satan — because deep down he knows that a marriage where sex is treasured and protected is a force to be reckoned with. He has a more difficult task on his hands when he goes up against a couple that savors being one with each other.

“Get your hands off my marriage Satan. This is a closed-door meeting, and you were not invited.”

2. It shows my kids that sex matters.

Now don’t go calling child protective services.  We aren’t having sex in front of our kids.  But make no mistake… they know that sex matters in our marriage.

We are discreet with our sexual intimacy, but not so much with our appropriate affection in front of our kids. Our marriage has territory to it that defines us separate from who we are as parents — and our kids need to know this.

Sadly, so many Christian women have spoken only negatively about sex with the children in their lives, particularly their daughters and nieces.

And you know what happened next? Those daughters and nieces grew up to be wives — who believed and lived those false tapes as if they were truth. And then they perpetuated the cycle with their own daughters and nieces.

So what are we left with?  A bunch of husbands who want to have sex and a bunch of wives who think it is disgusting and dirty — and to be avoided at all costs.

If this is your story, I implore you to break this generational epidemic and start reclaiming sexual ground.  You owe it not only to your marriage, but also to your children as well — that they grow up with an accurate godly perspective on sexual intimacy.

3. It is physical re-affirmation of my wedding vows.

Honestly, my husband and I fight at times.  We occasionally have found each other’s “one remaining nerve” and proceeded to traipse right across it.  Marriage is hard — not “scooping manure all day” hard, but probably a close second at times.  But I love this man.  And he loves me.

Several years ago, we stood before God and the people who know us best and we chose a life together.   When we make love, we are saying to each other once again, “I still choose you.  No matter what, I still choose you.”  There is something profound about that.

Is it the only way to say I still choose you?  Well, heavens no.  But it is significant enough that God saw the need to specifically tell married couples to do it often.  Maybe He is on to something, seeing how He is God and all.

Yeah, you could re-affirm your vows with some big shindig, complete with another cake and your crazy uncle doing the Macarena.

…or you could just have lots of mind-blowing sex.  You choose.

4. It’s free.

Okay, I admit it.  I’m not quite the coupon queen one would imagine.  Nor do I scour the ads for those “buy one, get one free” sales.  Even so, I appreciate something that is incredibly entertaining and at the same time completely free.  Sex is some of the best entertainment around. Game on.

5. It’s a great stress reliever.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think there is anything better to relieve stress than an orgasm with the man I love.  Sure, I like a hot bath every now and then.  Or even a massage if I’ve got the cash and time. And certainly more than a few overpriced lattes have gotten me through some particularly challenging moments.

But sex? Now there’s something clever the Creator came up with. I can’t quite put my finger on the why, but sex definitely improves my outlook if I’m feeling overwhelmed with life.  Suffice to say, I need a lot of sex to get me through.

So there you have it… 5 Reasons I Like Sex.  I’ve come clean.  My story is out (and I didn’t even have to go to a confession booth or anything like that, thank God.)

How about you?!  Tell me some reasons you like sex with your beloved.  I don’t want to be privy to all the details, mind you.

But PLEASSEE…. won’t some other Christian wives champion this cause with me?!   I know you’re out there.  You just need to confess.

Julie Sibert speaks and writes on sexual intimacy in marriage.  You can follow her blog at www.IntimacyInMarriage.com. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, their two sons and one rambunctious German Shorthair Pointer dog who refuses to stay in the fence.   Copyright 2011, Julie Sibert, Intimacy in Marriage.

Copyright 2011, Julie Sibert, Intimacy in Marriage Blog.

Freedom By my son Angelo Casiano


          

           I marvel at a pretentious argument brought forth by a particular individual by the name of Richard Dawkins; a flamboyant atheist of this generation. In a debated conversation within the film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein and Dawkins discussed certain topics involving Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Ben Stein queried the motive of Dawkins and his public exclamation that there is no God. Dawkins response was this; people who realize that there is no God experience freedom from frivolous laws. Dawkins wants those who listen to him to experience this freedom. But one must query, what is freedom? Dawkins inferred that the laws, especially those of the Bible, steal people of their right to live free. He finds that the Ten Commandments are an illogical assessment of life; thou shall have no other Gods, thou shall not worship idols, thou shall not use His name in vain, thou shall honor thy Sabbath, thou shall honor the parents; no stealing, no murdering, no cheating or fornicating, no coveting and no false witnessing. These laws are the foundation of logic in Christianity.

     It may seem contradictory to state that Law provides freedom, however the contradiction is only in the accepted definition. Freedom, to the world, involves having the will to make a choice and do whatever is desired. This freedom allows one to satisfy pleasures, however the fix proves to be only temporary. After everything is done and achieved in the world, what is next? With this clause, many who are considered rich and happy find themselves missing something. Those who have sex with every one they please, end up wanting more and more, never to satisfy their hunger. With every choice comes consequence. And so, this is the central issue, what exactly did Dawkins mean? What are we being freed from exactly? If we are free to make any choice, what then is freeing us from the consequence? There are two laws in this world; the Laws of Morality and the Laws of Nature. The Laws of Morality can be chosen or ignored; these laws require the will to do them. The Laws of Nature, however, are unique because they cannot be ignored or altered by human means. What man can defy the Law of Gravity? Consequences are within this region of Law, and they cannot be escaped. Eventually, in one way or another, consequence will find you.

     And so, the definition of freedom must alter. We are not free according to the choices we make, but by the consequences of those choices. When we can be satisfied, not temporarily but permanently, with an emotion of true peace and joy, then, we have found the most logical way. The freedom that Dawkins spoke of, leads only to disappointment.  We are an imperfect people; this fact is proven even for the Darwinian atheist, for evolution occurs in order to find this Utopia. I am a Christian because I have realized that Christianity is the most logical path; even if this logic surpasses my understanding. Anyone who argues that the laws are foolish are indeed, fools themselves; because they refuse to see beyond their emotional fallacies and limited perspectives. Their bias blinds them to see the power of faith. One thing is for certain; Jesus did exist and He died for what He believed in. He died for those that have yet, to believe. He died for you and for me. I want to be free; free from addiction, drugs, spiritual death, emotional pain, physical pain, etc. I have come to a reality, only one can free me; Jesus.

Whisper From the Ocean By my Son Angelo!


I stand upon the ocean shore,

knowing, somewhere, somehow, there’s more;

more than just the money I spend,

the clothes I wear, the emails I send.

I spend the day to eat and pay,

work and play, wake and lay.

Yet, at the end of the day, am I the same;

doomed in shame to be lame?

There must be a change;

something new or something grand,

not a temporary satisfaction,

that guides me to the sand;

more than happiness, more than pride,

more than honor, death or stride.

I want…peace…and joy;

no disappointments to confide-in

I don’t want the world,

for it has nothing to offer…but lies.

and so the ocean, in its homeostasis;

says, “there’s more than just the basics.”

There she awaits, capable of complete peace

and utter destruction;

but her mysteries function as an abduction.

Where did she come from, how was she born, formed, sworn to abide by the laws?

She whispers, “every law was written;”

even before the fruit was bitten.

So, I sit here saying, I have a God who’s waiting;

waiting for the fixing, the loving, the fighting, the igniting.

My God is wanting the trusting, the praying, the singing, the writing,

the plowing, the sowing, the reaping, the growing;

“So grow,” He told me, “and endure.”

I sit upon the ocean shore,

finally seeing that there’s so, much more.

Nothing is a bore, because We will soar after the war.

Selah

 

 

“Are You Available?” By Prophet G. Craig Lewis


 
“Are You Available?”
Singles Week Revisited – Part 2
 

 

 

 

Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of
witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially
the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that
God has set before us.” NLT

 

This word is for the singles that desire to eventually marry. Many of you choose to be single and don’t even know it. There is a problem with many Christian singles that stops them from receiving the gift of a spouse. I’m talking about the single person that is fulfilling the desires of the flesh. The singles that feel like God understands their sexual desires and urges and they indulge in relationships with the opposite sex. Don’t you know that when you are in a sexual relationship, you are becoming one with the person you are involved with? Then, how do you ever expect to marry or even pray for marriage, when in the spirit realm you are already taken? It trips me out how some single folks tell me that they are praying for God to bless them with a spouse and they are living with their partner, or sexually active? Come on folks! If you are sexually active outside of marriage, you are practicing “oneness”! If you are practicing oneness then you cannot be one with anyone else. Therefore, you are taken and will not receive a spouse from God.

 

I’m not talking about mistakes or slip-ups, but I’m talking about living a sinful lifestyle, (living together, homosexual, lesbian, etc.)! Let me tell you, if you are in a sexual relationship as a single, then prepare to stay single! God ain’t blessing you with someone in that illicit relationship. And as far as God is concerned, you are already illegally joined to a person, so there is no need to seek him for a spouse. The bible says to FLEE fornication. That means get away from that person you are messing with. I’ve had many Christian women and men tell me that the unsaved man they are sleeping with is going to marry them so they might as well indulge! What? Come on people. Don’t make it that easy for the devil to knock you off course. The reason you are even having sexual urges and desires is because your sexuality is awakened and disturbed by your lifestyle. If you would submit to God and resist the devil, the bible says he (his desires) will flee. Get it together single Christian. Don’t believe the hype. If you practice sin, the bible says that you belong to Satan. If you practice righteousness, you belong to God.


Suggested Reading: I John 3:4-10, James 1:13-25, 1Cor. 6:13-20


Truth by my Son Angelo


 

Behold, a time is approaching when man will discern the lack of satisfaction provided by the world; the world that expresses abhorrence as they strive to avert the lost from discovering a truth so, grand and magnificent that it pierces the soul and triumphs over the flesh; a flesh terribly misinformed and rebellious. Yet, this memorandum is not new, simply forgotten; forgotten due to innumerable antichrists that have always existed; existed in unadorned confidentiality; antichrists that promote an agenda that incorporates the content of this dimension of life; a dimension filled with opinions, perspectives, statistics, theories and philosophies; philosophies that have no end in order to thwart the lost from discovering a truth so, grand and magnificent that it provides hope and motivation to live and to love in spirit and in truth. What is the truth of your life? What agenda do you promote; for many antichrists are not conscious of their heresy?  The lives that we live attest our testimony; a testimony of radiance in the midst of darkness. This testimony states that everything beneath the sun is meaningless without purpose. God bestows upon me purpose, and my purpose is to live the testimony; a testimony devoid of opinions, perspectives, statistics, theories and philosophies; the testimony of His Son; the Son who stands upon the waters and assures that I no longer have to swim feebly; the Son who raises me up when everyone readies themselves to stone me; the Son who touched my leprosy. This Son outshines every star and proclaims that nothing matters, except the truth. Behold this truth my family, as I do the same; for nothing is more precious.

“Godly Mentorship” By Prophet G. Craige Lewis


Phil. 3:17 – ‘Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives
after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.’

 

 

 

Whether you take time to do it, or it just happens by default, you have chosen a mentor! Your mentor is the person that you have chosen to be an example, to guide your path, direction, and future. And it’s usually a person that you never have to ask to be your mentor, but it just happens because God has lead them into your life. Beware of people that ask to mentor you or that you have to ask for mentorship. That is usually your own agenda at work. The sad part is that many of us have allowed the wrong person to be in this position. And the way to know if you have placed the wrong person there, is to measure your progress. Are you at a stand still? Have you been walking in the same steps for the past few years? Has anything significant changed in your life because of this person leading you? Well, if your answer is no, then you have placed the wrong person in front of you and you are marking the wrong steps.

Mentorship requires someone that can look beyond their personal feelings and guide you based on the word of God and their wisdom. It needs to be someone that is not self centered, and not concerned about how they will look or how you will affect what they have going. You need someone that is focused on the big picture and can lead you according to what God has done for them. Never have a mentor that is not above you spiritually! Never have a mentor that is not progressing themselves. Never have a mentor that is not living their own life progressively. And whomever you have allowed to influence your life, will only influence you based on their own progress. So, be sure that you are submitting yourself to a person that has been where you are going or has conquered the things you are up against. Cut loose people in your life that just have opinions and no substance! They can talk it but have not walked it. They can say it but have not experienced it. Never submit yourself to anyone that has not taken authority over their own issues. Bottom line, submit yourself to the person that is totally submitted to God. God’s way is their way, and they can mentor you as God leads them.

Suggested Reading: 1 Tim 3: 1-14, Psa. 37:37, Rom. 16:17, Phil. 3:17, Psa 37:23

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