Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What happens after death?

Few understand what the Bible really teaches about life beyond the grave. 

Maybe death would be different if it were predictable or consistent. But death can be so capricious. It hardly seems fair.

To us life is precious. But death is everywhere! We don't want to die. We don't want to see our loved ones die.

Scientists cannot tell us what happens after death. Too many aspects of life itself are intangible-too elusive to measure and record. Philosophers disagree on death and the afterlife.

Religions also disagree. Traditional Christian denominations generally teach that the souls of the dead live on in a place or condition of heaven or hell. Many non-Christians believe in the transmigration or reincarnation of souls at death. Still others believe the dead will never live again, that this life is all there is.

What really happens at death? Why do we even have to die? Can we know if there is life beyond the grave? Where can we go for meaningful, believable answers?

All, who have had a life after death experience, witness that they maintained their feeling of self, all of their mental and sensory abilities and their free will. In fact, their vision and hearing became more acute; their thought acquires precision and becomes extremely energetic, the memory clarifies. 

People who had long ago, due to illness or age, lost certain abilities regained them anew. They could see, hear, think and so forth all without the aid of their physical being. It is amazing; for example, that a man blind from birth, upon leaving his body, could see everything that was being done to his body by the doctors and nurses. He later recounted everything he had seen in great detail. Having returned into his body he was again rendered blind. The doctors and psychiatrists who define the functions of thought and emotion as just electrochemical processes of the brain should look into the data gathered by the reanimating doctors in order to correctly understand man’s nature.

Kingdom Commonwealth Economy - Myles Munroe

Family Reconciliation

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 ESV / 17 helpful votes
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

Malachi 2:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes
“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

Matthew 5:32 ESV / 16 helpful votes
But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 19:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes
And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Matthew 19:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

1 Corinthians 7:15 ESV / 9 helpful votes
But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.

Matthew 19:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes
He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

Matthew 19:1-30 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? ...

Husband and Wife

1"Love your wife as Christ loved the Church."(Ephesians 5:25) Risk your life to help or save your wife. Christ's love for the church is without limits, nothing is held back. He gave His life for the church - before you loved Him. His love does not depend on your love for Him. Under God's authority - love your wife as service--as giving your life to God.

2"Love your wife in the same way you love your body and your life."(Ephesians 5:28-33) You care for your body daily to be as well fed and healthy as possible. You quickly take care of any needs or desires. Any sexual desire as a husband should be cared for with your wife. In the same way, care for your wife's needs and well being. Feel your wife's pain and illness and rejoice in her health as if it were your own life. A husband must see his wife's sexual desires and make supreme efforts to meet those needs too. Basically, her need or desire whether financial, physical, emotional or spiritual in your relationship must receive your full effort. Only in this way can you love her and provide for her just as well as you do for yourself.

3"Be considerate as you live with your wife, with respect ..."(I Peter 3:7) The Bible says that if we neglect this command, our prayers will be hindered! To be considerate, quit any irritating habits! When she needs to be helped carrying heavy items, do it! If she needs time you can take care of the family! Help your wife with all of your energy, show your love to her with all consideration. Pray to see where you may be inconsiderate.

Question: "Is the deity of Christ biblical?"

Answer: In addition to Jesus’ specific claims about Himself, His disciples also acknowledged the deity of Christ. They claimed that Jesus had the right to forgive sins—something only God can do—as it is God who is offended by sin (Acts 5:31; Colossians 3:13; Psalm 130:4; Jeremiah 31:34). In close connection with this last claim, Jesus is also said to be the one who will “judge the living and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1). Thomas cried out to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Paul calls Jesus “great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13) and points out that prior to His incarnation Jesus existed in the “form of God” (Philippians 2:5-8). God the Father says regarding Jesus: “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever” (Hebrews 1:8). John states that “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word [Jesus] was God” (John 1:1). Examples of Scriptures that teach the deity of Christ are many (see Revelation 1:17, 2:8, 22:13; 1 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Peter 2:6-8; Psalm 18:2, 95:1; 1 Peter 5:4; Hebrews 13:20), but even one of these is enough to show that Christ was considered to be God by His followers.

Jesus is also given titles that are unique to YHWH (the formal name of God) in the Old Testament. The Old Testament title “redeemer” (Psalm 130:7; Hosea 13:14) is used of Jesus in the New Testament (Titus 2:13; Revelation 5:9). Jesus is called Immanuel—“God with us”—in Matthew 1. In Zechariah 12:10, it is YHWH who says, “They will look on me, the one they have pierced.” But the New Testament applies this to Jesus’ crucifixion (John 19:37; Revelation 1:7). If it is YHWH who is pierced and looked upon, and Jesus was the one pierced and looked upon, then Jesus is YHWH. Paul interprets Isaiah 45:22-23 as applying to Jesus in Philippians 2:10-11. Further, Jesus’ name is used alongside God’s in prayer “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2). This would be blasphemy if Christ were not deity. The name of Jesus appears with God's in Jesus' commanded to baptize “in the name [singular] of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19; see also 2 Corinthians 13:14).

Actions that can be accomplished only by God are credited to Jesus. Jesus not only raised the dead (John 5:21, 11:38-44) and forgave sins (Acts 5:31, 13:38), He created and sustains the universe (John 1:2; Colossians 1:16-17). This becomes even clearer when one considers YHWH said He was alone during creation (Isaiah 44:24). Further, Christ possesses attributes that only deity can have: eternality (John 8:58), omnipresence (Matthew 18:20, 28:20), omniscience (Matthew 16:21), and omnipotence (John 11:38-44).

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Passion of the Christ 2004 [FULL MOVIE AND HD]

The Atomic Power of Prayer

Why do we need to repent, since we are saved by Christ’s grace?

It is true that we owe our salvation entirely to the grace of God. Apostle Paul says in Romans 11, that the remnant of believers in Israel are “chosen by grace”, and Paul himself testifies:  By grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain” (I Corinthians 15:10).

Jesus Christ has saved us from God’s judgment on our sin and internal condemnation, while salvation is only through Christ’s death on the cross, but it is not automatically given to us. For the Holy Scriptures reminds us  that although the God of all grace is the preserver of all men, giving sun and rain to good and bad alike (Matthew 5:45), it is only those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who experience God’s power to save from sin. Faith is the means by which we make the work of Christ our own, and it is our repentance that guarantees the genuine nature of our faith. It is significant that the keynote of Peter’s first sermon in Acts is repentance:

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

Repentance is not simply a longer word than “sorry” this is what most of people thinks, in contrast, it means a complete change of mind and outlook, a turning away from a diabolical way of life in order to tenaciously embracing Christ way of living. In the Bible, belief and behavior go together; if there is no change of life outwardly, there has been no real change of heart inwardly. Christ does not forgive the sin of the man who has not turned away from his sin.

Be Open to the Holy Spirit

Be Open to the Holy Spirit.  Be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit. Witness through the Spirit's Power!!!!

One of the great privileges we have as children of God is having the Holy Spirit as our Teacher. Jesus said, "I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you (John 14:16-170

The word "another" is the declaration that the "Helper" is like Jesus. Jesus was known as the Teacher (Mtt 8:19). He called His Disciples to walk with Him (Mark 1:17,20 2:14). When the disciples did not understand something, He said, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God ".

The Holy Spirit is on the mission to reveal God's Word to believers. He is an intimate friend who is closer than a brother. He calls us to follow Him as He leads us. He has come to reveal the mystery of the Kingdom of God to us.

Jesus said "When He, The Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak of His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you (John 16: 13-14).

Roho mtakatifu ni nani?

Kuna utatanishi mwingi juu ya kumtambua Roho mtakatifu. Wengine humchukulia kama nguvu Fulani zisizoonekana. Wengine huamini kwamba ni uwezo wa Mungu ambao Mungu huuachilia maishani mwa wale ambao ni waumini wa kristo. Je, Biblia inasemaje juu ya Roho mtakatifu? Kwa kifupi Biblia inasema kwamba Roho mtakatifu ni Mungu. Pia Biblia inasema kuwa Roho mtakatifu ni mtu, mwenye akili, hisia na mapenzi yake.

Swala la kuwa Roho mtakatifu ni Mungu limo ndani ya aya nyingi za biblia kama vile Matendo 5:3-4. Katika ayah ii Petro anapambana na anania aliyemdanganya Roho mtakatifu na nasisitiza yakuwa “hukumdanya mtu bali Mungu.” Hili ni tangazo la wazi kwamba kumdanganya Roho mtakatifu ni kumdanganya Mungu. Tunaweza pia kujua Roho mtakatifu ni Mungu kwa kuwa ana tajwa na hali sawa na za Mungu. Roho mtakatifu yuko kila mahali katika Zaburi 139:7-8, “nitaenda wapi nijifiche na Roho? Ama nitakimbilia wapi mbali na uwepo wako? Nikipanda juu mbinguni, huko uko; nikifanya malazi yangu kuzimu, tazama uko huko,” tena katika wakorintho wa Kwanza 2:10 tunaona hali yakuwepo kila mahali kwa Roho mtakatifu “Lakini Mungu ameyajulisha kwetu kupitia Roho wake mtakatifu. Kwa kuwa Roho huyachunguza mambo yote,naam, mambo ya siri ya Mungu. Kwa maana ni nani ayajuaye ya mwanadamu isipokuwa roho ya mwanadamu inayokaa ndani yake? Vivyo hivyo, hakuna ajuaye mambo ya Mungu isipokuwa Roho wa Mungu.”

What will happen to those who die without hearing anything of Christ Jesus?

The Holy Bible makes it conspicuous and crystal clear that while there are might be people in the world who may not have heard of Christ Jesus, simultaneously, none of them can plead ignorance of God their Creator.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, KJV).

Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20)

Wherefore, the order, regularity and natural laws of the universe are the permanent veracity and impeccable airtight testimony of the Invisible God, the Creator of all things, of which all people are instinctively aware. As a consequence, we find among the most ignorant peoples on the earth a desire to worship God, even though it may be in a perverted form.

The Holy Scriptures declared that there is life after death and future judgment upon all living souls, in the same token, the infallible teaching tells us that the heathen who has died without any knowledge of Christ Jesus will be judged without the law as fully exhibited in the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans Chapter 2: 12-15)[12 For as many as have sinned without the law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves. 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another]. This means that this person will not be judged according to the supernaturally revealed Mosaic laws, or according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ which he or she has never heard. This person will be judged instead by the law written upon his or her own heart, the product of his or her own conscience, making him/her a law to him/herself. This person will be judged according to the way he/she has obeyed that conscience, weak though it may be, and ignorant though he/she may be concerning God and Christ Jesus.

Did Jesus speak in tongues?

No doubt, that is a question that has been asked by millions of Christians throughout the centuries, and we believe that knowing the answer is vital for maximizing the quality of one's life as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
I believe that Jesus spoke in tongues.  Here is why I believe this way:
It is inevitable that a person who is baptized in the Spirit not to speak in tongues. John the Baptist himself said, "I indeed baptize you with water ....But He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."(Matt 3:11). What fire was John the Baptist speaking about, he was speaking about the "...divided tongues [or tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each], as of fire." (Acts 2:3).

Some of the disciples who were with John before joining Jesus were taught methods of prayer to God by John the Baptist. So, when they saw Jesus praying continuously, He spoke in tongues and they too deserved it. You may ask how do you know? In Luke 11:1, Jesus was praying in a particular place, When He ceased [When something that is flowing suddenly stops, it is known as ceasing], the curious disciples did not understand the prayer that Jesus prayed, So they asked Him to teach them how to pray like Him (Luke 11:1). The same word 'cease' is used by Paul in the New Testament for stopping from continuously praying in tongues in 1 Corinthians 13:8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Dr.Myles Munroe.Priority of Jesus


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