Month: August 2019

Why Is Idolatry Attractive -Read Post before Audio.


Most Westerners have struggled at one time or another to understand the attraction of idolatry in the ancient world. What could be so compelling about an inanimate block of wood or chunk of stone? Hard core idolatry feels as tempting as beet juice. It’s likely someone out there loves a frothy glass of obscure vegetable extract, but the temptation doesn’t weigh heavily on our souls.

But idolatry made a lot of sense in the ancient world. And, had we lived two or three millennia ago, it almost certainly would have been tempting to each one of us. In his commentary on Exodus, Doug Stuart explains idolatry’s attraction with nine points. You’ll likely want to save this list and file it for future sermons or Bible studies.

  1. Idolatry was guaranteed. The formula was simple. Carve a god out of wood or stone and the god would enter the icon. Now that you have a god in your midst, you can get his (or her) attention quickly. Your incantations, oaths, and offerings will always be noticed.
  2. Idolatry was selfish. Scratch the gods backs and they’ll scratch yours. They need food and sacrifices; you need blessings. Do your stuff and they’ll be obliged to get you stuff.
  3. Idolatry was easy. Ancient idolatry encouraged vain religious activity. Do what you like with your life. So long as you show up consistently with your sacrifices, you’ll be in good shape.
  4. Idolatry was convenient. Gods in the ancient world were not hard to come by. Access was almost everywhere. Statues can be used in the home or on the go.
  5. Idolatry was normal. Everyone did it. It’s how woman got pregnant, how crops grew, how armies conquered. Idolatry was like oil: nothing ran in the ancient world without it.
  6. Idolatry was logical. Nations are different. People are different. Their needs and desires are different. Obviously, there must be different deities for different strokes. How could one god cover all of life? You don’t eat at one restaurant do you? The more options the better. They can all be right some of the time.
  7. Idolatry was pleasing to the senses. If you are going to be especially religious, it helps to be able to see your god. It’s harder to impress people with an invisible deity.
  8. Idolatry was indulgent. Sacrificing to the gods did not often require sacrifice for the worshiper. Leftover food could be eaten. Drink could be drunk. Generosity to the gods leads to feasting for you.
  9. Idolatry was sensual. The whole system was marked by eroticism. Rituals could turn into orgies. Sex on earth often meant sex in heaven, and sex in heaven meant big rain, big harvests and multiplying herds.

Can you see the attraction of idolatry? “Let’s see I want a spirituality that gets me lots, costs me little, is easy to see, easy to do, has few ethical or doctrinal boundaries, guarantees me success, feels good, and doesn’t offend those around me.” That’ll preach. We want the same things they wanted. We just go after them in different ways. We want a faith that gets us stuff and guarantees success (prosperity gospel).

We want discipleship that is always convenient (virtual church). We want a religion that is ritualistic (nominal Christianity). Or a spirituality that no matter what encourages sexual expression (GLBTQ). We all want to follow God in a way that makes sense to others, feels good to us, and is easy to see and understand. From the garden to the Asherah pole to the imperial feasts, idolatry was the greatest temptation for God’s people in both testaments.

A look around and a look inside will tell you it still is.

Mental Barriers to Hearing God’s Voice – Part 1 Chuck Swindoll


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When the world tries to squeeze us into its mold, God’s message gets muffled. Our minds pick up on the strong secular signals so easily that we subconsciously tune Him out. It comes naturally.

In ancient days, a city, in order to prosper, needed a security system to protect it from enemy attack. Of primary importance was a wall which restrained enemy troops from invading and which also served as a major means of defense in battle. Guards needed to be on constant watch from their sentinel posts on the wall. There needed to be towers within the city high enough for those inside to see over the wall. And finally, at the time of attack, men of military savvy and battle knowledge were needed to give orders and to direct the troops in the heat of combat from within the protection of those towers.

Paul drew a series of analogies from that familiar scene of his day . . . but remember, he’s not dealing with a city but rather with our minds. The passage in 2 Corinthians 10:1–7 sets forth a vivid description of the mental barriers that block out God’s directives and His counsel. Look closely. Paul uses four terms that we need to understand. If you have a pencil handy, circle each in your Bible: fortresses . . . speculations . . . lofty thing . . . thought.

As the Spirit of God attempts to communicate His truth to us (biblical information on servanthood, for example), He runs up against our “wall,” our overall mental attitude, our natural mind-set. For some, it’s prejudice. With others, it’s limited thinking or a negative mentality. Whatever it is, it’s a huge mental barrier that resists divine input just as firmly as a massive stone wall once resisted invading troops.

We all have our fortresses. And occasionally we get downright obnoxious as we operate under the control of our “walled fortress.” Need a good example?

A vagrant was looking for a handout in a picturesque old English village. Hungry almost to the point of fainting, he stopped by a pub bearing the classic name, Inn of St. George and the Dragon.

“Please, ma’am, could you spare me a bite to eat?” he asked the lady who answered his knock at the kitchen door.

“A bite to eat?” she growled. “For a sorry, no-good bum—a foul-smelling beggar? No!” she snapped as she almost slammed the door on his hand.

Halfway down the lane the tramp stopped, turned around, and eyed the words, St. George and the Dragon. He went back and knocked again on the kitchen door.

“Now what do you want?” the woman gruffed.

“Well, ma’am, if St. George is in, may I speak with him this time?”

Ouch.

Science Has Found Proof of the Existence of God



Has Science discovered God? Well Einstein didn’t believe it was possible. But Steven Hawking said that it might be the greatest scientific discovery of all time! For centuries Scientists and Astronomers thought, that the Universe comprised of our Milky Way Galaxy.

But now with the Hubble Telescope in outer Space, Scientists have unlocked mysteries about our Universe, that have never before been revealed. The Hubble Telescope has discovered Billions upon Billions of Galaxies, and that the Universe is Expanding!

So if the Universe is expanding, then the Universe had to have a starting point. Hasn’t science proved that we don’t need God to explain the Universe? Watch this video to find the truth!!

The Awesome Providence of God!


Atul Ahuja

Folks you are not going to believe what happened to me about a week ago. It was around four in the afternoon on a Friday, when suddenly a message on Facebook Messenger popped up on my phone. I just happened to glance at it, and here was a friend of mine from Bombay Atul Ahuja.

I had met him at the Bombay YMCA, and had talked with him extensively about Jesus, and how I came to know the Lord. I had invited him to a Prayer meeting at the Y, and he came. He is a real nice guy, and very talented in music and singing.

I came to find out that he had lived in Atlanta, and had moved back to India to take care of his aging parents.

Well as it turned out he was attending an Elvis Pressley Festival in Memphis, and just happened to be passing by Chattanooga. He was barely 15 mins. away from Chattanooga on Hwy 75, on his way to Memphis.

So I texted him back, and asked him if he could meet me at the Starbucks in East Ridge, right off the Hwy. 75. Next thing I know we met at Starbucks, reminiscing about my meeting him in Mumbai last year.

Guys I was really excited because this was simply Providential. This wasn’t a coincidence, but was ordained of God, that we were able to reconnect in Chattanooga, just as the Lord had connected him the first time in Mumbai.

He had a Muslim friend with him, and I was able to share the love of Jesus with him, and give him my testimony. Wow God is so awesome!!. After talking for about an hour these two continued on to Memphis. Sure made my day!! Praise the Lord!!

Can your Good Deeds outweigh your Bad Deeds?


Most of my Indian friends, who do not believe in Jesus, believe that they will do enough good deeds to outweigh their bad deeds. And if that doesn’t work out, then Reincarnation will give them multiple lives, to make it right. (How terribly depressing, as you never know how many births it will take!)

Both these are lies from the pits of Hell. For Ex. if I murder somebody, how many good deeds and of what kind would I have to perform, to become acceptable by God?

Say I had to appear in court and tell the Judge, yes I killed a man. But your Honor I promise to build an orphanage to help orphan kids, for my crime, so please release me from prison. The judge will say the crime has been comittted and for justice to be served you will face life in prison!

Since they believe in Reincarnation, they may think that they will get it right in succeeding births. But the Bible says in the book of Hebrews, it is once appointed for man to die and after that the Judgement. We will all have to stand before God and give an account for the sins we have committed.

If you reject Jesus, and believe that he didn’t die on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, you will have to spend eternity in Hell. This is a place of eternal Torment. According to the Bible.

But here is the awesome good news! If you believe that Jesus died for the forgiveness of all your sins, and repent of your sins and turn to Him, you will spend eternity in Heaven which is a place of eternal joy and peace!

Salvation is a free gift of God, you cannot earn or deserve! This is solely based on the goodness, love, and mercy of God provided to us freely thru His Son Jesus!
https://www.gotquestions.org/transmigration-of-souls.html
https://www.gotquestions.org/past-lives-reincarnation.html

The Grace of God and the Holy Spirit


Not By Might

This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts. “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!'” (Zechariah 4:6-7)

The Scriptures reveal a profound connection between God’s Grace and His Holy Spirit. Living by the Grace of God and walking according to the Spirit are two different perspectives on the same reality. As we consider what walking in the Spirit comprises, we also gain insight into living day by day by grace.

Our passage from Zechariah confirms this correlation between grace and the Spirit. Here, the Lord gives a message to Zerubbabel, telling him how service is rendered unto God: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.” Human might or power will never be a sufficient resource for living life as God intended. Rather, the Holy Spirit must supply what we need for a life of service to the Lord.

In the next verse, this same truth is restated, using different terminology. Now the Lord is addressing the mountain of impossibilities that stood before Zerubbabel. “Who are you, O great mountain?” This leader of Israel was given the challenging mission of reestablishing the testimony of God in Jerusalem, as the people returned from captivity. The obstacles had the appearance of being a “great mountain.”

Nevertheless, God declares that this mountain of obstructions would become a highway for advancement. “Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!” Then, as God’s man attended to God’s assignment by the empowering of the Spirit, he would eventually place the final stone with an intriguing exclamation. “And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”

Ephesians 2:19-20 (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

The word “capstone” is the same as “cornerstone”. Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone!

This summary testimony would declare that God’s grace manifested through Jesus Christ, was the explanation for the completion of the task. The relationship between grace and the Spirit is clear: “by My Spirit… grace, grace to it!” When we depend upon the Spirit, He works God’s grace within our lives.

The early church also illustrated this “Grace-Spirit” association. “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness…And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great Grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:31, 33). The former statement indicates that their boldness came from the Holy Spirit. The latter statement, two verses later, reveals that their boldness was a result of Grace impacting them.

Almighty God, thank You for revealing this “Grace-Spirit” association. In living by Grace, I see that You must provide what I cannot produce or earn. In living by Your Spirit, I see that grace is not just a concept I apply, but rather it is a gift that must be imparted to me by the Spirit of God Himself. Lord, do Your work in me, I humbly pray, Amen.

The Magi – Were they Zoroastrian Priests?


The Magi

As per the New Testa-ment Math 2, 1-12, when Jesus was born, wise men came from the East to Jerusalem to pay their respect to the new born. They mentioned that they had seen his star in the East. When they saw the infant with his mother Mary, they presented unto him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

A vast majority of the Church fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Cyril of Alexandria, Chrysostom, Origen, Ephraem Syrus, believe that the three wise men came from Persia, and were Zoroastrian Magi.

According to the Greek historians, the Magi were one of the Median tribes under the Achaemenian Persians which served as priests, prayed before the fire altars and offered libations.

One of their main functions was acting as diviners and they had a reputation of foretelling the future. Thus it was believed that these three wise men were learned and evolved Zoroastrian priests who excelled in astrology and had a vision for the divine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK0fO9bwogQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBmwEqMcNDo&t=53s

A Mini Theology of Hell (God Forbid) Phillipians 3:18-21

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This is a Mini-Theology of Hell provided by Pastor John Piper. I simply love the way he teaches from the Scriptures, and his use of Technology. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 – KJV For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Evidence of God in the Human Body (7 min.)



Molecular Biologists have found that the Human Body has a Protein Molecule called Laminin. Laminin is like the Rebar in Cement Concrete, and similarly, this Protein Molecule holds the entire body together.
You will be pleasantly surprised and thrilled when you find out what Laminin looks like!!

Are you a good person? Why don’t you find out? (6 mins.)



Majority of people feel that they are a pretty good person. So please watch this video to really find out whether you are. Many people are surprised where they stand compared to God’s standards.

My Salvation Testimony at the age of 32 yrs (7 mins)



This is my video Testimony of how I was saved when I was 32 years old. Statistically it has been said that if you are not saved by the time you are 20 years old, your chances of being saved are minuscule!! But God had been chasing me down, the Hound of Heaven never gave up on me!!