Sunday, December 17, 2006

Spiritual gifts wrap up (my vacation)

After studying the gifts I have felt to end now and move on after my vacation. Which brings me to this scripture that was just e-mailed to me today:

"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 corinthians 13:2)"

Which is a great scripture to wrap this up because it ties back into the theme of most of my blogs which is loving each other in spite of differences, disagreements, and politics. If you treat people with love you will open their hearts up to see the truth. That's the only way it can be done.

I am going on vacation today and will be back January 5th. If you are new to my blog, please review other blogs I have written, (I have lots!) and don't think it's too late to comment because I will get it. God Bless and celebrate Christ and all He's done and will do for us not just on Christmas but everyday!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The gift of healing and miraculous powers

What amazes me is not stories of people being healed and people being brought back to life, etc. it's that it doesn't happen as often as it did in the Bible and that some of those who do have the Holy Spirit using them to heal or place a miracle in someone's life are charging money for it. I do believe that some are called to be used by God through the Holy Spirit to heal and drastically change lives but it should not be exploited or abused. Jesus and the apostles healed because that was doing the work of God and did not ask for payment. Now, if you desire to donate or sow a seed for the good of the gospel or use your tithes in that manner, God promises to give back to you sevenfold. But true people given the gift are those who do not try to use it to gain financially in a world that is only temporary. Just the fact they they put collecting and storing riches over the work of the Lord shows that they miss the whole point of Jesus coming back and us living eternally with Him where material things aren't needed. And remember it is not them doing the healing but God doing the healing through them.

Also once you have Christ living inside of you, you have the ability to ask for healing and miracles for yourself in you life. The people who have the gift I believe are place to heal the lost(both physically and spiritually) and bring them to Christ but those who have Christ already have healing by faith.

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." 1peter 2:25

"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Acts 4:8-10

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The gift of speaking and interpreting tongues

The gift of tongues is controversial and debated amongst different religions. As I am, non-denominational, I will base my views on the Word of God a.k.a the Bible.

Speaking in tongues is having the Holy Spirit speak from within you in a language most don't understand. Many churches believe that only those who has been given the gift of tongues can speak it, mostly because of the scriptures, 1 Corinthians 12:28-30,"And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts."

But is says in 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 " And now I will show you the most excellent way.Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues" Which means that anyone who is saved and believe in Christ will have the ability to speak in tongues.

It also says in Acts 2:4 "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."

So what is exactly the gift? I believe that the Holy Spirit can choose a believer to speak in tongues and intercede for them when they believe and become close to God but those who have the gift can speak it and teach with it at anytime as Paul spoke about in 1 Corinthians 14. The gift of interpretation,however, is different and given to someone who hears tongues spoken and hears the message in their spirit.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The gift of Wisdom

When some think about the gift of wisdom they may be thinking, "I know who has that gift because so and so is so smart!" but as I studied on this blog in my wisdom series, the book of proverbs doesn't view wisdom as "book smarts" or "street smarts" but the ability to truly rely on God and His words, trusting Him and fearing Him. I believe in the passage about gifts when it says, "to one there is given through the spirit the message of wisdom" I believe that to be saying that there are people who has the ability to listen to God immediately and not second guess it, and to help others to do the same. but the most important part of this message is through the spirit we are not wise without the Holy spirit of God within us. That's why if I am ever complimented on things that I write in this blog I do not take the credit because after prayer and study I share what I feel in my heart I am told to share. Christians given any gift should always be humbled by it because without God they would have nothing.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines."

Monday, November 27, 2006

The gift of Prophesy

I am going to take the next few blogs to discuss the different gifts God has given His children in Christ and how they affect our lives. I decided to start with the gift of prophesy because of a pastor from Moody Bible Institute I heard speaking on the radio this morning. He said something I didn't agree with. He talked about when people come up to you and say that God has told them to tell you something or when you feel if God is talking to you that you should second guess it and that you should rely on the Bible. Now I do believe that you should read your Bible and pray about a fellow Christian brother or sister's message but I don't think we should be close minded to messages from others because it says in 1 Corinthians that through the Holy spirit there are some who are given gifts of prophesy. I think that people in the Bible heard from God more and from prophets more because their faith was stronger. Now-a-days we want to have hard evidence for everything and not trust that God is using someone for the very purpose of helping you grow spiritually. Now I'm not saying believe everything you hear someone say is from God but you shouldn't dismiss everything either. This has only happened to me once, from a woman I met at a women's conference and I knew what she told me was relevant and from God right away but I still prayed about it before I took action and more signs in my life began to follow what she had spoke over me. Not all have the gift of prophesy but is says that God has given some to have that gift.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines."

God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:4

Continue reading my blog for the discussion of the next gift and at the end of the gift discussion blogs there will be a blog with a biblical quiz to lead you to your gift.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


As we give thanks this thanksgiving for all the blessings we have in our lives. Let's remember to live in a thankful manner. Let's watch our complaining and our regretting. Let's take the time to thank God everyday for the day.

God Bless!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

God and the Homosexual

You ever wonder what God thinks of the homosexual? Do you think that He groups them differently then everyone else and they don't apply to His promises of love and forgiveness?

When I first became a Christian I was the young age of 8 years old. I think I was a mature 8 year old because I remember distinctly that I knew Jesus loved me so much He died for me and I wanted to go to heaven by accepting Him in my heart. I also remember loving church and the things my Sunday School Teacher said. So I knew what was wrong and what God expected of me ten years later, when I stopped going to church and became sexually active with my boyfriend and eventually pregnant at 19. When my son was about 1 and a half, I had the desire to go back to church. I loved and joined my friend's kesha church and everyone welcomed me with open arms being a teenage single mother.

So what does all that have to do with homosexuals? The fact that I was accepted isn't anything new or shocking to Christians now a days but homosexuals can't do that. Even though I was ministered to and told that having pre-marital sex was wrong, I wasn't shunned or told I was disgusting. So how come Christians can't do that with gays and lesbians? How come homosexuals have a hard time coming into a Christian church? Even someone who became a Christian and has fallen into homosexuality should be loved and ministered to, just as I was.

As many know, I am now married and I gave birth to 3 more kids. Even though, I am not in sexual sin anymore, I still do fall and I still need to be ministered to. We all do. Open your heart to someone and pray for them, and tell them that, even though you don't accept the sin they are in, you do accept them and want to show them the gift of Jesus Christ and help them to a life that will give them blessings and favor from God.

"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-2

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2nd Corinthians 12:9

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. We christians in America take for granted the freedom we have to worship our lord and savior Jesus Christ. But across the globe there are thousands who suffer and die so that they can worship the one true Lord. Please take today to pray for all those that God would ease their suffering and bless them abundantly as well as save souls who are out persecuting Christians and change them the way Paul was changed.

More Christians have died for their faith in the 20th century than in the previous 19 centuries combined. For 30 of those years I pastored churches in Canada. I have seen my share of internal disagreement and even discouragement within the Church of Jesus Christ.

… are a powerful testimony to God's promise never to leave us or forsake us.

But I recall no time when I feared for my life because of my faith in Christ. During the same time, though, in hundreds of places around the world, thousands of fellow Christians gave their lives, lost their jobs, or were cast out of their families because they chose to follow Jesus.

What were these courageous Christians thinking as they served and suffered for Christ?

During November, the Church is called to hear the voice of the persecuted Church. So this month we will lift up the voices and lives of believers whose suffering and joy in Christ are a powerful testimony to God's promise never to leave us or forsake us.

The Bible assures us that God hears the cries of His people. As the apostle Peter puts it, we are "God's elect, strangers in the world," and today we are "scattered" across the globe.

May God bless us as we journey through the scattered Church in our world. We will certainly be assured that nothing "in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).

Rev. David Tigchelaar is Executive Director, Bible League of Canada.

Originally published in The Joy and Suffering of the Persecuted Church, 2002.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


update: I finished nanowrimo today 11/30/06 Winner Icon 51,422 words!! I will be posting an excerpt on my blog soon. This was a blessing because I had many challenges and didn't think I would finish.

November is national novel writing month and to celebrate offers everyone a challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. This novel writing marathon is open to everyone and the website keeps track of your word count. If you complete the challenge you will be recognized on the site. I have taken on this challenge as I have had an idea for a novel on my heart for some time now but always had an excuse to put it off. I started it, but then hated my work so stopped it. But this challenge is making me push forward and keep writing no matter how bad I think it is, and just when I don't like where it's going something comes up that I add and I begin to like it again. So I am basically having a relationship with my novel in process. So far I have 4,694 words written. I am busy, but I try to find the time to write at night while my kids are in bed. I find it's very calming. My novel is titled: Out of the Muck and Miry Clay(from Psalm 40) and it's about a young woman who is trying to make her dreams come true and is successful at it but once she becomes saved, her dreams change and she finds out they are better then what she had planned. So pray for my success in this project please and let me know if you sign up as well! God Bless!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The "unlovable" (handling politics part two)

In last weeks blog I blogged about how we are commanded to love all and act in a loving manner toward all and God will do the rest to convince others of His righteousness. So, today I want to blog about how to love those you feel you just can't love.

The number one key may seem simple but it's something we forget in the loving department, prayer. A simple prayer about what bothers you about them or a group of people and asking God to release that from you does a world of good. Many times I walk away from a stressful situation pray to God and suddenly feel so much better. You know that sinking feeling you get at the pit of your stomach when you hear or read something that don't agree with you (or God's words which is more important) prayer takes that feeling away. It has for me many times. Your simple words to Him on how you feel and why you feel it and how you have faith God will help you and help you to witness to others who are in the dark about Him. If you are left with no words, the prayer in Colossians 1: 9-12 is perfect.

Which brings me to the next thing,
reading the Bible also helps. Read the many many many scriptures there is about love in the Bible. Reading them out loud really helps to release anger and frustration toward another. When you see how much God wants you to love Him and one another it will soften you heart. After all your number one priority should be to please Him.

Remember, "the flesh profits nothing"(John 6:63) so handling disagreements and differences by yelling and turning your back, or insulting won't profit or get your point across doing things God's way will.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Handling politics

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am not about politics. I
feel that politics separate us and keep us from looking at the bigger picture that God has for us. (If Jesus were to come back tomorrow could you say you shared His gift with others? Or were you too busy being critical and pointing your finger?) But I do vote and I do pray for people in power(ALL the people whether I agree with them or not.) over this country and the leaders in this world.
As Christians decide on who to vote for and what bills they want passed etc. etc. I think that they should take these two scriptures below and keep them in your heart.

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life -- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." Philippians 2:14-16 I believe this scripture as saying that we need to leave it up to God to know that our prayers is enough. That when Jesus come back you can say you spent more time loving others and planting the seed of God in their hearts that eventually will change them. (because your arguing and yelling and finger pointing won't.)

And this second scripture: "Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Live the way God wants you to live, walk in love and understanding and He promises to make your cause shine above all else.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Post your prayer requests and I will pray for you or anyone else! God bless! Please pray for me and my family and my Christian magazine's success. Thanks

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Second Love one year...

For those who don't know I have a second blog that I now have had for one year. Please go visit it it's all about my family and you can leave a comment and brag about your family too!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Great is your faithfulness

Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

lamentations 3:21-23

Isn't it a blessing that we have God's grace and forgiveness everyday? That we don't have to wake up in the morning beating ourselves up for the mistakes we have made. That we can call upon His name and be blessed and forgiven. That He is working on the inside of us everyday so that our mistakes become less and less the more we pray and reach toward Him. That we are growing spiritually everyday. That we don't have to worry about "karma" and through Jesus' blood we are not damned to every wrong thing we do and when we do have consequences for our actions He is using them to teach us not condemn us. Great is His faithfulness. Praise God

"but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Romans 23-25

Friday, October 13, 2006

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

The "unfair" Parable

The parable spoke by Jesus below(Matthew 20) is often seen as an unfair parable. The parable below usually bothers those Christians who think that certain people who don't follow God's way don't deserve understanding and forgiveness. I love it because it shows the generosity and love of God. We should have an understanding attitude towards others instead of the "we are better and more righteous and you should be cursed" attitude. That isn't what changes people anyway. If you have love and compassion and pray for those who do wrong things, I firmly believe that changes will happen more quickly. For an example, I met a girl who believed in abortion. She wanted to abort her child. I had already witnessed to her and she wasn't too sure about being saved she didn't even believe in God. I didn't yell at her or tell her she was going to be a disgusting killer. That would've drove her away and given her a bad taste in her mouth about Christians. Instead I told her what I believed, told her that I loved her and so did God and even though she told me she was still going to do it, I still was kind to her and most importantly I prayed for her. Long story short, she decided to have her baby and she goes to teen bible study on Wednesdays. She's not saved yet, but I'm believing that it will happen soon.

Matthew 20:
1"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3"About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' 5So they went. "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' 7" 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered.
"He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'
8"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.' 9"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.' 13"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

Sunday, October 08, 2006


This was sent to me and I really liked it. Hope you enjoy God bless!

There comes a time in every woman's life when

she has to take a close look at herself. Not at her circumstance, not at

what she did, not how unfair life is, or not at whom made you do it. She has

to just look at herself in all her glory and imperfection. Have you ever

admired a woman who has been through changes in her life?

Or have you made up in your mind that she is just messed up.

Before you make this mistake, take a closer look.

A woman who has endured the most unusual life is someone

of wisdom, someone who has been chosen by God to go through things that have made her stronger.

Think of all the great women in the Bible: Mary

Magdalene, Ruth and Naomi, the woman with an issue of blood flow,


Esther, to name a few. Mary was a prostitute, a very uneasy woman. But by

the time Jesus was done with her, she was His closest follower.

Esther was unfortunate in marrying an abusive man,

but by the time God was

done with her, she had married one of the wealthiest men in the land. Women are so quick to beat the next one down instead of trying to hold her up. Before you wonder,

"What's up with her?" ask yourself, "What's up with me?"

That woman could be my mother, sister, aunt, in-law, stepmother, niece, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, friend, or co-worker, etc.

That woman could be me.

Women are the carriers of life, not the channels of death. Let's build and encourage each other, as did Ruth and Naomi. Pass this to all the women in your life. Encourage and Love, Forgive and Forget, and trust that the woman that receives this will be touched in some way.

May peace and love be upon you.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Contagious Christian

One of the hardest things for Christians to do (especially Christian teens) is witness to others. Many are afraid to be laughed at or judged when sharing their faith. I know one friend was telling me that she dreads telling people she is a Christian because the minute she does she will be scrutinized for everything she does. This is difficult, but we shouldn't avoid it because one person we will tell will catch on and have their life changed. It says in the Bible that when just one sinner comes to God all heaven rejoices. Everyone matters to God so we have to reach out to as many as we can. So how can we do that? There is a teaching video that helps you share your faith in an easy and conversational manner. On the website there are even clips for you to sample and see if these video courses would help you; you can even print out worksheets.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Clergy Appreciation Month

I heard on the radio today that October 8th is Clergy Appreciation day. So I wanted to take this blog to appreciate my pastor, Pastor Gregory Dickow of LifeChangers International Church He is a wonderful man who understands how the Bible is supposed to be presented; with love and understanding. He teaches us lovingly and doesn't act as if he is above everyone else. He openly tells of his past mistakes and admits that God is still working on him. He is a dedicated pastor who does a radio show, television show and preaches not only in his main church in Hoffman Estates, IL on Sundays but drives one hour and a half to preach in the Chicago based church as well. (He also runs a private school inside of the church.) He has a very beautiful family of five children and a wonderful God fearing wife; Grace Dickow. (Grace is my She-ro I really aspire to be as spiritual as well as a submissive wife yet a strong leader for women like she is) I especially love how he doesn't make you feel guilty and condemned on Sundays, but uplifted and powerful. Pastor Dickow puts it in your head that you are a child of God and nothing in this world should be able to get you down.
Please pray for my pastor, his family and my church.

Hebrews 13:7 (MSG)
Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A Question Part two

After blogging the following question, I received various answers from different places.

The very next day in my e-mail I received my daily bible verse which was: Mark 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
That scripture made me think that maybe God doesn't say no until you begin to doubt. Maybe it's my doubting even a little bit that makes God say that she doesn't believe I love her enough and I am capable so I'm putting it off for her until she does.

But then I spoke with a friend and she said there were times when she really did believe all the time without any doubting and didn't get what she was looking for. The comments that followed my question were very helpful too. I think that they are right, God has a wonderful and just plan for your life and that you shouldn't worry or doubt His plan, if he does say no then it's for a good reason.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Favorite Poem

I had a little time on my hands today so I felt the urge to post my favorite poem everywhere I can today! I love this poem and I believe that everyone who reads it perspective changes about Christianity.
(If you are used to me blogging once a week take notice that I blogged something yesterday please read the question I posted yesterday and add your comment thanks.)

Christian by Maya Angelou

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin."
I'm whispering "I was lost,"
Now I'm found and forgiven.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain,
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
who received God's good grace, somehow.

~Maya Angelou~

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Question

Hello everyone I am going to do something different for this blog today. I want to know if you can answer something for me. I have been working on strengthening my faith as far as praying and receiving. I was wondering, is it a lack of faith to wonder if God will say no? For an example, let's say someone is believing that God will get them this one job but they look for other jobs just in case the answer is no. Is that a lack of faith that they are thinking maybe God will say no?
Please comment and I will then blog later my experiences on getting this answer.
God Bless!

Monday, September 18, 2006

New Book for book club

The New Evidence that Demands a Verdic by Josh McDowell

This book is a great read and it answers many questions that Christians and Non-Christians have about the Bible. Join my blog book club, pick the book up and tell me what you think or if you already read it, please comment on what you thought! I would also like comments from those of you who read the originals. Below is information copied from the books website.

'Evidence That Demands a Verdict' volumes 1 & 2 were classics. 'The New Evidence...' is fully updated in one volume to answer questions challenging followers of Christ in the 21st Century. This revised edition contains some helpful new material on apologetics in the light of postmodernism and the 'death of truth'.

Outline of Contents

Part 1: The Case for the Bible

  • the Uniqueness of the Bible
  • How we got the Bible
  • Is the New Testament Historically Reliable?
  • Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?

Part 2: The Case for Jesus

  • Jesus, a Man of History
  • If Jesus wasn't God, He deserves an Oscar
  • Significance of Deity: The 'trilemma' - Lord, Liar, or Lunatic?
  • Support of Deity: Old Testament Prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
  • Support of Deity: The Resurrection - Hoax or History?
  • Support of Deity: The Great Proposition ('If God became a man, what would He be like?)

Part 3: The Case For and Against Christianity

Section 1: Introduction

  • Is the Bible from God?
  • The Presupposition of Anti-supernaturalism
  • Archaeology and Biblical Criticism

Section 2: The Documentary Hypothesis & Biblical criticism

  • Introduction to the Documentary Hypothesis
  • Introduction to Biblical Criticism
  • Introduction to the Pentateuch
  • Development of the Documentary Hypothesis
  • Ground Rules
  • Documentary Presuppositions
  • Consequences of Radical Higher Criticism
  • Evidence for Mosaic Authorship
  • The Phenomenon of Divine Names
  • The Repetition of Accounts and Alleged Contradictions
  • Incongruities
  • Internal Diversity
  • Conclusion to the Documentary Hypothesis

Section 3: Biblical Criticism and the New Testament

  • Introduction to New Testament Form Criticism
  • Historical Skepticism
  • Jesus under Fire
  • Conclusion to Form Criticism
  • Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism

Part 4: Truth or Consequences

  • The Nature of Truth
  • The Knowability of Truth
  • Answering Postmodernism
  • Answering Skepticism
  • Answering Agnosticism
  • Answering Mysticism
  • Certainty vs. Certitude
  • Defending Miracles
  • Is History Knowable?

Josh McDowell is an internationally known speaker and writer.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mighty Overcomers

I heard someone talking about 9/11 and they had sighed and threw their hands up saying "what kind of world do we live in!" Out of all the crime, saddness, death and tragedies such as 9/11, it's enough to get you bogged down with anger and grief and fear. But you have to remember we as Christians are overcomers. We overcome all those people who hate us. We overcome all those who commit grotesque crimes against us. The best defense to me is going out there and filling as much people as we can with the knowledge of Christ. Our best weapon is prayer and faith in Him. Not just in America but all the world. And if anyone rejects you? Keep on praying and believing that He said that every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus is Lord. (romans 14:11)

"for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." 1 John 4-5

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Lydia Home Lydia Homeis an organizationthat helps youth in need with Christian values. Out of all the organizations like this one I support Lydia Home because they teach the children the one vital thing they need to know to help then thrive: Jesus Christ. Visit the webiste and lend your support.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

only 4 percent

According to Enjoying Everyday Life magazine only 4 percent of teenagers today are going to become Christians. This shocked me to read even though I already know the great need to get Christ out to our youth. This should open our eyes to find out exactly where are our teens going. And not just the teens we parent (I have a long way to go for that) but all the world's teens. I believe it's vital to get to teens because they are in that huge transition of childhood to adulthood. They desire meaning in their lives and want to know where to go from here. (Even if they roll their eyes and act like they don't care.) I thank God for sending me a father who knew the importance of teaching me about Jesus' everlasting love and took me to church. But so many teens resist that because they come from families with unsaved parents or overly strict/righteous parents and live in a world that questions the Bible and they don't know where to truly turn. I think the biggest thing we need to get across to them is God's acceptance. Even Christian teens have a hard time believing that God loves and accepts them despite the mistakes they made and that holding on to Jesus will change them from the inside out without them having to try so hard. There was one girl I talk to in my youth group that had a list of things she needed to stop doing and she was telling me how hard it was and how sometimes she wants to give up. I told her how she was doing it backwards. You have to walk in love first. Love God and listen to His voice and allow Him to work in your life and next thing you know those temptations won't be so hard to conquer anymore. We have to share God's love before we give teens this long list of do's and don'ts. (After all, we have do's and don'ts we will always be working on ourselves) The youth is very important to God because their minds are fresh and they are open to faith much easier then adults.
That's why I also feel blessed to have this calling to reach out to young people. If you haven't already, check out Beyond It All Magazine dedicated to take the teen above and beyond the problems of life through the love of Jesus Christ and considering ordering or donating today.

1 Timouth 4:12 "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."

Thursday, August 17, 2006

God doesn't debate

"Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
Acts 5:38-39.
I came across the above scripture the other day and had a word spoken into my heart. It saddens me to see more and more Christians involved in proving people wrong and debating certain issues and drawing people away from them then closer. So you say, they have to know what they are doing is wrong! This or that should be stopped! This law or that law should be abolished! But the real focus should be love. Faith goes beyond believing in God, faith can also be used to know that you can pray for a change and leave it alone. As it says in the scripture above, "Leave these men alone!" God will make sure that if it's not of Him it will fail.

For an example, this debate over stem cells is going too far. Christians need to stop painting themselves as these gunhoe warriors who will stop at nothing to be right. We need to learn to love, pray, and let go.

God doesn't debate, "He is slow to anger and abounding in love."

Exodus 34:6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,

Nehemiah 9:17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,

Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalm 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Jonah 4:2 He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
Well you get the idea...

Saturday, August 12, 2006

God Bless! Prayer Requests!

I am opening this blog to all of you who need or know of someone who need prayers so post!!
Praise God He will deliver!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

temporary depression is okay

Depression is seen as a negative aspect in life, that people who are depressed have no faith in life and no faith to cope. While prolonged depression is a sign of something serious temporary depression is okay. In the Bible it says that we all will deal with deep saddness and mourning. We will all feel let down or overwhelmed. Being a Christian doesn't mean you have to have a permanent smile on your face. It says in John 16:20 "I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy." Just remember in your weeping and your grief that God is there and His will is perfect for you.
In fact, Jesus experienced temporary depression in His final days on earth.

"Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." This is at a point where Jesus knew that He will be freeing all of mankind from their sins and that He will have victory over the devil but He still became sorrowful and asked for the responsibility be taken from Him. But the key thing to remember when we have this temporary depression is what Jesus said immediately after, "Not as I will but as thow wilt" We have to remember that God is in control of our lives and though we may "weep for a night, joy will come in the morning" (Psalm 30:5)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Reaching out to Muslims

I was listening to the radio when I heard a talkshow talking about Crescent Project is an organization helping Christians witness to Muslims. This intrigued me because many Christians are afraid to witness to Muslims especially with the war going on and politics etc. But we have to remember it says in the Bible that "every knee shall bow"(Romans 14:11) to Jesus. It's not just some here and there but we are all God's children and we need to love everyone. Below is a synopsis of the organization I copied off the website:

"Our vision is to equip the North American Christian community to sensitively share the joy of knowing Christ with their Muslim neighbors. Personal relationships between Christian and Muslim populations are often strained or non-existent because of rampant misunderstandings that lead to fear and distrust. Our goal is to overcome misunderstandings about Islam through education so that Christians take the initiative to build friendships with their Muslim neighbors. Personal relationships open the door for discussion about spiritual issues and personal beliefs. Our approach to witnessing is best summed up by this quote taken from our training seminar:

“Our job is not to make the Muslim a Christian. Our job is to show them [Muslims] the love of Christ.”

For many years most Christians have assumed that Muslims are “too hard” to reach, and that only “experts” can adequately share the gospel with Muslims. We take the opposite view and believe that local congregations have the best opportunity to reach Muslims because they have the best opportunity to build meaningful relationships with them. "

I bolded the quote above because that is so true. The best way to witness to Muslims (and others as well!) is to not try to force the issue. Just let them know that Jesus loves them and put the seed of the word of God into their hearts and I believe the rest will be done by God. So check the website out and get involved!


Hello everyone sorry I have been MIA on my's because of many personal dramas I have been dealing with the month of July but I'm thankful for the strength and maturity I'm building because of it all. I have really held on to Psalm 145. I came across it when i hit a really low point and felt like I was too weary to move. All I could do was open my mouth and pray. and it was when i was praying i was show these scriptures:

1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.

2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.

4 One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.

5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

6 They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.

7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you.

11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,

12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.

14 The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.

16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.

18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.

20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.

what made this Psalm stand out to me was the so many scriptures talking about how we will tell of His works. We will tell of his compassion...etc. That's my goal for my magazine, my blog, my website etc. Informing so many that just don't know the blessings of the everlasting love of God. and that's why I have been struggling so much. Satan is trying to shut me up but I refuse to let him. Everytime i feel the pressure I keep repeating I WILL TELL... I WILL TELL.....

Monday, July 03, 2006


July/August issue is jammed together into the best issue to help you with your future. Confused about where you eventually want to end up in life? Or do you know but just don't know how to get there? This double issue is full of articles from experts that will help guide you to the right schools, careers, practices, etc. such as Networking to find music education jobs and Finding the right job in no time. Ofcourse, there is also the quiz which is not only fun but will also help lead you to what exactly is your gift. I am also excited to say that after this issue Beyond It All Magazine's venue will have changed to no only online but on newsstands! So look out for that!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Your guilt is holding you back

Lately I have been receiving prayers from people, mostly teens saying that they have a hard time believing that God keeps forgiving them when they make mistakes. They want prayers so that they don't make mistakes anymore. Now, it's good to always strive for righteousness but feeling like you have to become perfect in order for God to forgive you is not. It says in 1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." This means that God acknowledges that we are going to make mistakes and that we are to believe in His forgiveness! The devil wants you to stay in guilt. The devil wants you to feel guilty more then he wants you to fail. It would be easier for him to get you to dwell on a sin that you did weeks ago then to get you to keep sinning because that burden will make you feel like being a Christian is hard and to get you to give up. The mistakes we make won't stop us from accomplishing God has for us, it's dwelling in those mistakes that will. Jesus said in Luke 15:7, "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." Your repentance is important to God! God knows your heart and He knows that you are trying to live for Him. Reach out to Him and lay all your guilt and sin before Him. If God had no need for people to do that..He wouldn't have never sent His son to die.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

JUNE 22 1980

June 22 1980 I was born. I grew to endure many challenges and hardships and to make many mistakes. But here I am, a blessed, loved child of God in despite of it all. And I believe that God has much more greater things for me in the future. Praise God for bringing me through! And always loving me and welcoming me home with open arms. I praise Him today and forever more.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

your struggle...your answer

Sometimes your struggle in life could be the answer to your prayer! I realize that a lot I am going through now is because I have been praying for wisdom, patience and humility. Below is a list of ways God could be improving your life through your struggle:

We pray for patience, and our Father sends us demanding people who test us to the limit, because... Suffering produces perseverance" (Romans 5:3).
We pray for a submissive Spirit, and God sends suffering again, for we learn to be obedient in the same way Christ did, "learned obedience from what he suffered" (Hebrews 5 :8)
We pray to be unselfish, and God gives us opportunities to sacrifice by placing other people's needs first and by laying down our lives for other believers.
We pray for strength and humility, and "a messenger of satan" (2 Corinthians 12:7), comes to humiliate us.
We pray to the Lord, just like the apostles did saying, Increase our faith!" (Luke 17:5). Then when our money seems to take wings and fly away; our children become critically ill; an employee becomes careless, slow, and wasteful; or some other new trial comes upon us, requiring more faith than we have ever needed before.
We often pray for a Christ like life that exhibits the humility of a lamb. Then when we are asked to perform some lowly task, or we are unjustly accused and given no opportunity to explain, for "he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and...did not open his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7).
We pray for gentleness and quickly face a storm of temptation to be harsh and irritable.
We pray for quietness and suddenly every nerve is stressed to its limit with tremendous tension so that we may learn that when He sends His peace, no one can disturb it.
We pray for love of others, and God sends unique suffering by sending people our way who are difficult to love and who say things that get on our nerves and tear at our heart. He does this because 'love is patient, love is kind...It is not rude, it is not easily angered...It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-5, 7-8).
Yes, we pray to be like Jesus, and God's answer is: "I have tested you in the furnace of affliction" (Isaiah 48:10); "Will your courage endure or your hands be strong?" (Ezek. 22:14); "Can you drink the cup?" (Matt. 20:22). The way to peace and victory is to accept every circumstance and every trial as being straight from the hand of our loving Father; to live "with him in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 2:6), above the clouds, in the very presence of His throne; and to look down from glory on our circumstances as being lovingly and divinely appointed or selected.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Talking to your problems

Today I woke up in the dumps. Just thinking about financial problems and this and that and I began to sink. But then I remember what's the best way to immediately raise yourself up again. I didn't feel like it at first but I just began doing it and I began feeling better and better. I spoke out loud to my problems. I said, "you will not get me down, God is my father and He loves me and will make a way." I continued to say, "God loves me so much more then the birds and yet they are fed and taken care of" I began to speak aloud scripture like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Some may say this sounds crazy, but it really isn't. It makes you feel great and reminds you the truth when the devil start sneaking in lies. So try it! I bet you will get great results.
Below is a poem I wrote on just this subject:

Talk To It
By Telika Howard

words as a weapon
speaking your shots
to kill your fears
and your doubts
say out loud
what you know you know
that eventually
you will receive and grow
Don't believe the lies
that you won't make it
declare the truth
you're not crazy
it's crazy to wallow
in your sorrows
pick up your voice
and reign your cheers
your problem will flee
when it hear

Monday, June 12, 2006

Worldly Wise Vs. Truly Wise

I was thinking about my wisdom series I blogged in April and what the Bible says on being wise. If you remember, the first thing about being a wise person is fearing the Lord. But many famous people that are considered wise because of money they have made or business decisions or fame they have been given do not fear the Lord or the words in the Bible therefore in God's eyes they are not truly wise. Sure, they may have donated alot of money or may be able to say the most insightful things but if they don't have Christ in their heart they are not of God and they are not truly wise. Stop to think about who you admire. Does that person honor God and His words? If not, God doesn't consider them wise. Oprah Winfrey is known to be a very wise woman. She has changed many lives, but I have never heard her speak of Jesus Christ. I never heard her say that Jesus is the way the truth and the life. I know I have heard Oprah speak on meditation(a commonly known buddhist practice) and finding yourself but I have never heard her talk about finding God. (I have heard her mention a "higher power" but she never says what she believes that is) Maybe I'm wrong, but if the most influential woman of this world is not saved then she is not wise in God's eyes. Sounds harsh? Not really, everyone has the opportunity to become wise and to accept the gift God has so graciously given He doesn't hold that back from anyone no matter how many mistakes or what they previously believed.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

Matthew 21:31-32 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Monday, June 05, 2006

I can't be stopped! (June Issue)

I had problems left and right getting this June issue out. I was promised this and that and suddenly people changed their minds on me. I almost wanted to give up but I can't be stopped! The June issue is out and ready to read! so...what are you waiting for? Go! Go! Go!

About the issue...

June! The start of the summer! School is out, the sun is shining and yes, my birthday. (Just had to throw that one in, haha) But what also sometimes come with the beginning of summer is temptation. Skin is everywhere and just the feeling to act a fool begins to bubble up in some of us. But if you follow what you think is fun you end up with emptiness, regret and sometimes much worst. Read the cover article, summertation and find out how you can have fun in the summer without falling for the "heat fever" I am also happy to have aboard Angel Ortiz who will be writing a monthly column for Beyond It All. He is a youth pastor who knows how to come with it to help you succeed in life. Take the quiz and find out how healthy is your thought life, it is so important to get your mind right for peace and happiness. Lastly don't forget to check out some cd reviews and the continuation of what Deanna Jones is up to in her life.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Humiliation...A good thing

Last week I got in a fight with my brother. The first time he saw me he began to verbally bash me. I did nothing to provoke this. I tried to ignore him but eventually let my anger get the best of me *big mistake* next thing I know we are in a shouting match and everyone is taking his side! At first I was so angry and frustrated but then my dad lectured me. He said that I should know better then let my brother get to me, that God wants us to always humble ourselves and stay in love. I couldn't believe this! My dad, who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and the last time he went to church Moses parted the red sea was preaching to ME! But then I had to check myself and my thoughts. He was right. I was humiliated at my weakness. Even though humiliation is seen as a bad thing God doesn't think of it that way. He doesn't want anyone thinking they are better then anyone else. We are children of God, yes, but we are to work towards saving others and putting others needs above our own. It says in Ephesians 4:2, "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." If I could do it all again I would've met my brother's harsh words with gentle ones and I would've reacted in love. But I had to feel like I had to win and to "one up" him and that was what caused me to become humiliated. God will humble you and teach you when He finds you thinking you are above another person.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Do you dig your own cistern?

"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."
The above scripture is from Jeremiah 2:13. This scripture was my daily Bible verse that I am e-mailed. (one of the very few subscription e-mails that are welcomed lol) Usually when I read the daily verse, I nod and move on. But this one really held my attention. This is something that I tend to do that I know is holding me back from real blessings in my life. Whenever there is a problem or something bad happening, I try to deal with it first. I try to face it, and fix it, ultimately making it worst. How many of us forget how Jesus is our living water? That once He is in our lives digging our own cistern or well for water is pointless. Instead of always trying to quench our thirst on our own we need to reach above where Jesus will never fail us. Or maybe you are someone who do reach for God first but when things don't change right away you give up and try to use your own means. That is also the wrong way to go. Have faith that God will see you through. No matter how bad things look you have to resist the temptation to dig yourself deeper into the hole of life's problems.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


I am working on my June issue of Beyond It All Magazine and it is focused on temptation. I decided that that subject is perfect for the beginning of summer because it's just something about this summer sun that brings all the temptation out of the woodwork. This memorial day weekend really is what starts it. The temptation to drink with your barbecue, to dress half naked, to flirt and to spend more time hanging out then focusing on the word of God. You may think"But it's just so hard!" But it's acutally easier then you think, you just have to remember to stay focused on the love of God and remember who You are. We are children of God. Not many think about that when we are out about focused on this world and what the world provides. If we realize that God loved you so much that he paid for you with His son's blood you have more desire to want to give Him glory all the time. Everything you do, just knowing that should make you think about how you should be pleasing to Him. Just think about where you would be if He didn't love you enough to save you? Despite all the problems in this world.. you know that you aren't going to pay for your sins. That should be enough to walk away from temptation forever.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Hello Everyone! Today is my one year blogiversary!!! yeah!!! Now unlike other anniversary blogs I won't be posting a bunch of links just two: My first Blog written 5/20/2005 which I done about LaShawn Barber the woman who inspired me to do a blog after I heard her speak at the Christian World Journalism Conference in Atlanta and this link of my favorite blogs just in case you want to know all of my favorites over this one year. Anyway, I just want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all my blog readers and for listening to all I write. I really love sharing what's been put on my heart to share and I really believe that none of what I write come from me but from the words of God. Now I am asking something of all of you if you can. Below I am posting a brief survey and I would like for you to fill it out. Send it back either by my e-mail or in the comments! Thank you! And I look forward to writing for more years to come in this blog! God Bless Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. How did you find this blog?
2. What is your favorite read so far?
3. Did you learn anything from this blog?
4. What religion/denomination are you?
5. How old are you?
6. Is there anything you would like for me to write about in the future?
7. Any additional comments would be great.
Thank you!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Major Day of Prayer this Friday

This Friday the DaVinci Code is out. I know I blogged this before but I just want to call all Christians to prayer on that day that the enemy will not get out his lies and will not succeed in stealing the souls who watch this movie! I know some say that it's only a movie how serious can this be? but actually the author of the DaVinci Code has been quoted in saying that everything except the characters are historical fact and this is not true! Want proof? Below is the article I received with links that you can read that shows that the DaVinci Code is filled with lies that attack Our Lord! I believe prayer is powerful and if we all arm ourselves with the weapons of spiritual warfare we have nothing to worry about!

From: Way of the Master
Date: May 17, 2006 2:05 PM

This coming Friday, March 19th, a blockbuster movie called The Da Vinci Code will be released. The movie stars Tom Hanks, and is slated to be very popular.

The problem with the movie, which was adapted from a book of the same name by author Dan Brown, is that it tells many deceiving lies about Jesus Christ. This movie has the potential to mislead many many people, costing them their eternal salvation.

What does this have to do with us? It is our job to stand and speak the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to help save the many people that will be mislead and damned for eternity because of this upcoming movie. To help us do that, the latest blogs provide an in depth look at the lies presented by the book and the movie. It then provides the truthful answers that we can present to enlighten those deceived by Dan Brown.

The article is presented in three parts:

Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code (Part 1)

Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code (Part 2)

Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code (Part 3)

There is a link at the bottom of the blog so you can print the article if you wish. Please pass this article along to anyone you know that plans to see this movie. I also welcome your comments and questions. Please refrain from any questions until you have read the entire article.

Have a blessed day!

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
We have the power to defeat the devils plans through this movie!! Get to praying and fasting and speaking His Word!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Be Forgiven!

So many of us easily accept someone who is a non-christian who has done wrong and ready to come to Jesus. We say that it is okay and God loves them and that all that sin they lived in is paid for. But once they become a Christian they are under the watchful eye. They have a long list of things they must follow and if they don't then shame on them! That's not how it's supposed to be. Once you become a Christian you are forgiven and you continue to be forgiven. No one becomes perfect once they accept Jesus. It says in 1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." so all those high and mighty Christians who feel like because they stay at home holding their Bible and looking down on others think they no longer need forgiveness. No! no matter who we are we are not perfect and we all need God's forgiveness everyday. This quote is my favorite and it's from my pastor Gregory Dickow, "Jesus salvation didn't end when you became saved it just began." So there is no need for you to condemn yourself when you make a mistake. Believe that God love is so strong for you and that He wants to forgive you! Now once you feel God's great love it will become harder and harder to do the wrong things and God will show you the right way to live and be wise so that you are blessed. Things that I do that are good just began to come naturally because I followed the leading of the spirit that was brought to my attention either while reading the Bible, hearing it at chruch or just hearing His voice. I heard and I followed and I grew. " Walk by the spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" Galatians 5:16 You first walk by the spirit and the desire will leave. If you make this long list of things you can't do and you try not to do them you will fall short. But if you walk in love (the fruit of the spirit is love) and stay in prayer God will strengthen you and help you.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Any problems today? (What God says)

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible(Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest(Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you(John 3:16 & John 3:34)
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps(Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things(Philippians 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able(II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it(Roman 8:28)
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I forgive you(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs(Philippians 4:19)
You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear(II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME(I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom(I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you(Hebrews 13:5)
It can be so easy sometimes to wallow in your problems but if you have faith in God and His love you have no excuse!
God says so many things to you filled with encouragement and love seek His words today

Monday, May 08, 2006


We can all come together and do what we can to end poverty. So many feel like world problems are too big to conquer, but I never think that... nothing is too big for God. I support the one campaign and everyone united to pray, sign, donate to end poverty for good!

Thank you for taking action with ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty
History. Your voice DOES make a difference!

But there is still more you can do to help get the word out:

* Get local with ONE in your community

* Please help us tell your friends and family about The ONE
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Tell them to sign the declaration now at
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B.L.Edwards for Favorite Poet


Saturday, May 06, 2006



Thursday, May 04, 2006


This May issue was an experiment conceived by me when I realized that so many young people have a notebook stashed somewhere filled with their creative talents. I thought, why not have all the best spill over into my magazine? This experiment was a great experience because I got to read some of the best praises, triumphs, situations and life experiences put together in poetic form. I hope you find this as uplifting as I did. Congratulations to Clarissa Wilburn winning the cover for her poem "A Teens Prayer" I love the way it creatively conveys what teens sometime go through in their walk with Christ. Don't worry I didn't leave out the quiz, take it and find out if your hobbies are what's stopping you from having a rich and positive life. But that's not all! Read about Akiane Kramarik, I guarantee it will take your breath away! She is not just another child prodigy, at the age 4 she brought both of her Atheist parents to Christ from visions that she had. Through her talent and words this girl is walking proof there is a graceful and merciful God!
( I am having problems uploading pictures so I am going to try again to show the cover later If you really want to see go to the website)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigrants A.K.A. God's Children

"More than 12 million
immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. Many Americans can
trace their immigrant ancestors through Ellis Island." What if America closed it's doors a long time ago? Where would you be?
Today, May 1st, many of God's children are marching and boycotting businesses because they are being denied opportunities because of where they were born. To me, this is shocking because God is no respector of persons (romans 2:11) and we shouldn't be either. If we believe that God can bless us with opportunity and wealth why can't He bless immigrants? Are we that selfish as Americans that we have to keep all of our opportunity and our education and our money and our jobs to ourselves? Don't God love the whole world? Wouldn't He want us to love and share with one another, not just the people who were born in the same country where we were born? Jesus said it best when he spoke on giving to others, "And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:40-42) This passage is usually used for a relationship between two people but it can be for nations as well.
We have to constantly remember that the GREATEST commandment is love. God put that commandment before any other. Loving God and loving each other is the key to life. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Thursday, April 27, 2006


Reading all the wonderful poetry people have submitted for my magazine inspired me to write some new ones of my own. I used to be big on poetry back in high school and last year I published a poetry book on some of the ones I really loved, and then I got involved with writing for my magazine and journalism and basically non-fiction stuff that I backed up my creative flow. So, I'm glad that it's back! Let me know what you think of my poem below.

You wonder what's true
hearing so many praise
but all you see is pain.
Going beyond your eyes
is so hard sometimes
I can't help
wondering and doubting
Is it possible?
Will it happen for me?
I'm now at the point
where I feel like giving up
how much longer do I have
to wait.
If only I knew that THIS
is the point of the last test
God is ready to bless
as long as I don't break

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

3 more days

I could kick myself for not posting this on my blog sooner. But I am looking for poetry, short stories etc for my May issue dedicated to creativity. The may issue of Beyond It All Magazine will be different it will be mostly made up with creative works! So if you want to get in there and you have something already written, e-mail it to me before the 29th of April.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Last Chapter of the Wisdom Series

I've decided after I write about Proverbs chapter 9 that the wisdom series is over because beginning in chapter 10, Solomon talks about so many different sayings that my blogs would go on and on just trying to tackle one chapter! But feel free to continue to read them for yourself and remember the principles of wisdom, always eager to learn and change and applying these principles to your life.

Proverbs Chapter 9:
vs.1-6 Wisdom is open to everyone who need and desire it. Reach out to it and accept it's invitation in your life. (Don't ever think that it's too hard and don't ever be content with doing the wrong things)
vs. 7-9 A wise person don't waist time arguing, they teach those who desire to be taught and who are open to it. A wise person always desires to be taught.
vs.10-12 Wisdom begins with the Lord recognizing His greatness and ability and understanding His words. You will reap the benefits if you go toward the ways of wisdom.
13-18 Don't fall for what your flesh says is good, being wise is the way to good, satisfying life.


Monday, April 24, 2006

Wisdom Series ch 8

Open your Bibles to Proverbs Chapter 8 and continue the study with me into gaining wisdom.

You have to desire to be truly wise and to take the necessary steps to capture true wisdom in the Lord. Wisdom is the essence of life and what should be the goal of all the children of God. Vs. 1-5,17

When you seek and find wisdom you:
1.will say the right things at the right situations, only good things will come out of your mouth.(you don't put your foot in it.) vs. 6-8
2. will have true riches vs.10-11,18-19,21
3. hate evil and not find yourself tempted to it vs. 12-13
4. have power vs.14-16
5. Justice will prevail for you vs.20

Wisdom is possessed by God and in the very beginning of the world wisdom was established. vs.22-31
All those who strive for wisdom and listen to the words of God will be blessed and favored. vs. 32-36


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Friday, April 21, 2006

Wisdom Series chapters 6+7

I now continue with the study of Proverbs and gaining wisdom in our lives

In Proverbs Chapter 6 there 3 elements of having a wise life
1. Do no harm to others: in vs. 1-5 it talks about reconciling yourelf with your neighbor not to allow strife to continue. It says to humble yourself. I see this as ending the fight of who's right or wrong by taking the high road and just apologizing, a wise person does that. In chapter 6, vs. 12-14 a worthless man is one who scams others. "who winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, and points with his fingers" (nasb) A wise person wouldn't be involved in something that causes harm to others. 5 of the 7 things that "The Lord hates" are involved with hurting another; haughty eyes (thinking your are better, looking down on another)murder, lying, false witness(gossiper), and spreads strife.
2.Work Hard and Honestly: vs. 6-11 says that a wise person works like ant. An ant does what it has to without being told and works together with others for the greater good. I believe if you work hard where you are at instead of complaining about what you feel you deserve and how you hate what you do you are wise and will be rewarded for it. But if what you do is dishonest or causes problems with others you should find something else.
3. Love wisdom and listen to teaching(vs.20-23) and don't allow your flesh to trap you in thinking being a fool for a moment is better then working on having a long wise life. Don't be tempted by quick gratification as the man who longs for the adulterer in vs. 24-35

In Proverbs chapter 7, what's said is pretty much repeated, but I believe that this is because it's important. When you read this about being wise don't just nod your head and say "I really do need to work on that" but keep them and remember them and do them. It says in vs. 3, "Bind them on your fingers;write them on the tablet of your heart." In vs. 6-23 the picture of the harlot tempting a man into his doom is painted. This harlot is so beautiful and the opportunity seems so right but later this man faces pain. This ofcourse can be taken literally and God does want us to reframe from sexual sin but we can also see this as a metaphor for our weakness. What is your weakness holding you back from reaching full wisdom? Pray about it and don't fall for it. The devil might say that it's too hard but if you walk in the spirit of the Lord and read His words it becomes easy to conquer.