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The only ‘faith’ not acceptable in our liberal churches today is biblical faith that dares to make exclusive claims about Jesus Christ, the gospel, the Bible, and salvation!

The Kingdom of the Cults—Walter Martin

Religion: Man’s way to get to God.
Christianity: God’s way to get to man.

"It is less injury to Him to deny His being, than to deny the purity of it; the one makes Him no God, the other a deformed, unlovely, and a detestable God…he that saith God is not holy speaks much worse than he that saith there is no God at all. "—Stephen Charnock

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

"God wants us to walk in obedience— not victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self. "—Jerry Bridges

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!" -Sir Walter Scott

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.

Not much going on…

Well…the past few days have been eventful, but nothing really “profound” to write about.

I did get an ipod touch though, and Russell bought me Mario Party 8 for the wii! I didn’t even ask for it. He’s so sweet!

I got my first paycheck from Fred’s this week! I suppose I’m liking my job as much as a job can be liked. I like my co-workers! :) They’re funny.

I went to a wedding yesterday. It was really sweet..I cried. I’m definitely going to cry (ball) when I get married…which stinks cause it’ll mess up my make-up!

AND I have tickets to see the Backstreet Boys concert at the Fed-ex Forum on June 20th with my lovely friend Katelynn! It’s gonna be so fun! :)

Well…that’s about all the random thoughts that have just popped into my head! Have a great rest of the day and a great holiday tomorrow!

—John 11:25-26

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”—

Why Did I Start a Blog?

I started a blog. Why you ask? Is it A.) Because I had nothing better to do B.) Because I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and join everyone else who has a blog C.) Because I wanted to express my opinions so others could read it D.) None of the above  The answer is…………..B! Well, that was my reason for starting a blog initially. Now my answer is leaning more towards C. Why you ask? Because this is a great platform to share my beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and etc.

I have been debating on whether or not I should synch my blog to Facebook. I’ve been back and forth about it in my head about what to do. I have come to the conclusion that there is no point in writing a blog if there is no one to read it. Thus, I’m synching it to Facebook. Hopefully, this will wind up being a smart choice. :) My reasons for not putting it on Facebook is because people are nosy (I definitely am) and I will probably be expressing a lot of my opinions on here that people will not like or agree with. But ya know…this is my blog… :) I can share my opinions on here all I want, and if no one reads them because they don’t like them, then that’s okay. I know people will disagree with me sometimes, but that’s okay. I probably disagree with their opinions sometimes too.

WARNING: Most of my blogs will probably tie into my belief in Jesus Christ. My opinions may offend others.

The opinions that I express in this blog will probably offend others. However, I hope that some will continue to read what I have to say even if it at first offends them. My point is not to offend, but to share and inform people of the Truth. Some will say that my opinions are narrow-minded and that they may be, but I try my very best to follow the commandments and views that are expressed in God’s Holy Word. So if you don’t like my opinions or viewpoints on things…then you don’t like what the Word of God has to say.

All this being said, I do not want this attitude that I am taking about my opinions expressed on this blog to be taken as one of cockiness or conceitedness, but confidence.

On a few random side notes…If you do however disagree with what I say feel free to send me messages asking me questions. Also…my posts aren’t going to follow a particular pattern so some might be completely random and have to do with nothing at all! :)

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

Dreams.

Dreams are a funny thing. Usually dreams are crazy and don’t make sense. Sometimes though, very rarely, dreams cause you have an epiphany and make you realize feelings you have that you thought were not there. Or at least feelings that you thought you had dealt with.

Last night/this morning, I had a dream that made me realize some repressed feelings I have toward someone. The first part of my dream was strange and didn’t make sense, however, it did involve real people that I know. The second part of my dream was very very realistic. In the dream I went off of someone who I definitely harbor hard feelings against. When I woke up from the dream I was very surprised at how mean I was to that person. I was surprised because I am generally a nice person who hates conflict and arguments.

When I am upset with someone I try to pretend like I am okay and just go on with life. I don’t want to rock the boat. In a way I feel that this way of dealing with problems is okay because I hate “drama” and arguments. I honestly just want to keep the peace, no matter how cliche that sounds. However, I know that not dealing with these feelings can also be a bad thing…it causes me to resent certain people. This certain person though, I believe does not deserve to have my time of day. This person has hurt me and some of my friends. I, in my bitterness, cannot forgive this person. At least not now. It will take time.

Everyone needs forgiveness and I should forgive everyone. I have been forgiven for all of the sins I have ever done and all that I am ever going to do yet I cannot forgive someone for the wrong they have done to me?

*Sigh.* This is just one of the many internal fights that I face due to my sin nature.

14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

   So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin—Romans 7:14-25 NIV

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