22. July 2016

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The Gospel on the Front Lines: Message #3

When was the last time you wept over something? For most of us, it has been awhile. I remember weeping over the loss of my first wife after she succumbed to a 7 year battle against cancer. I remember shedding a tear when my dad died.

I really lost it when we had to put our beloved Golden Retriever down due to rapidly failing health. Oliver was my best friend. I wept like a baby for an hour. Finally, Barbara and I wept together at the end of an excellent movie AUGUST RUSH when a broken family is reunited. What an ending!

I have never wept like Jesus did when He openly wept over His beloved Eternal City Jerusalem.

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In the New Testament of the Bible in the 19th chapter of Luke, it reads,

“41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying,” Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” ESV

779px-ChristonmountoliveJesus, God's only Son, the Creator of the Universe, and the only Savior available was rejected by His own beloved people. He knew, many would now perish and would have to face the wrath of Almighty God for their ghastly sin and unholiness. Our Holy God cannot be in the presence of unholiness and imperfection. If so, it would be worse than lighting a match and throwing it into a vast ocean of gasoline!

 

 

Question #1: Are you weeping over a family member or friend who is rejecting the Savior Jesus`s offer of forgiveness and His Righteousness in exchange for their filthy rags of putrid sin, eternal condemnation and damnation?

Question #2: Are you grieving and troubled over the darkening plague of evil, violence, and rage that is blanketing your Nation and others?

Question #3: Are you perhaps struggling mightily as to whether or not you should fully surrender your life, your sin, your soul, and your future at the foot of the Cross of Christ?

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Recall these biblical truths.

"Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins." - Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness," - Romans 1:18 NIV

"Because of these, the wrath of God is coming." - Colossians 3:6 NIV

 

I plead with you dear brother or sister. Jesus is calling.

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He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”      Matthew 11:28 ESV

Remember. Not everyone who is nice, or who attends church, or who bumps into you on the street or at the ball game, is a child of God. Only a select, chosen few are.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13

If He is tugging at you, drop everything! Run to Him! Fall at His feet. Cry out to Him to save, redeem, and rescue you from your sin and from God's eternal wrath. He promises to do so. Please receive Him and believe in His Name!

Although, Revelation 3:20 was written for a Christian audience, its message can apply to you here and now.

jesus-knocks“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20 NIV

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May Jesus be the Light of your life this and every day! God bless you!

If you want to read The Gospel on the Front Lines: Message #1, go to: http://marriageanchors.com/2016/07/07/the-gospel-on-the-front-lines-message-1/

 

Here is the link to Message #2: http://marriageanchors.com/2016/07/12/the-gospel-on-the-front-lines-message-2/

 

A more complete Gospel presentation is here: http://marriageanchors.com/2012/05/18/your-anchor-dont-leave-port-without-him/

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12. July 2016

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The Gospel on the Front Lines: Message #2

It was night. I was 16 on a church group ferry boat trip across Lake Michigan. Mother Nature had other plans. Terror hit us over the deep! Half way across this vast body of water, a massive storm hit with a ferocity Iv'e never seen before. The waves swelled 20 to 25 feet high. The winds were gale force. The rain pelted us. It was pitch black.

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80% of passengers and crew got vehemently sea sick and many writhed on the floor as our boat was tossed around like a toy. The captain immediately turned us around and we headed back home to our shore. There was the real fear that we might sink and perish. By God's grace and expert seamanship, we made it back to SAFE HARBOR.

Friend, have you found secure safety in the only Safe Harbor available on earth? His Name is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is your and my only Hope to rescue us from the crushing stench, stain and penalty of our sin.

In the Bible, God's holy, eternal, and inspired Word, it says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

God is holy, pure, and uncontaminated by sin. We are none of these. Jesus is God's only provision for you to cleanse you from your wicked, Hell deserving sin. Jesus is your ONLY Safe Harbor.

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Unless you choose to turn away from your life of sin and selfishness and unless you cry out something like, "Oh Jesus, Son of God, save me for I cannot save myself!", you will never enter Heaven. Rather, you will die in your sin. You will spend all of eternity in Hell... a real place of horror and immediate conscious torment all because you chose to reject God's only provision for cleansing you and adopting you into His Holy family.

In John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" Buddha can't save you. He is dead. Mohammed cannot save you. He is dead. Mother Earth cannot save you. Earth was created by God.

Your good works, kindness, and nonjudgmental attitude cannot save you. Going to church, synagogue, or the mosque will not save you. Only faith in Jesus dying on the cross, shedding His blood for you, and cleansing you from all that offends God, the Father. - Only He, your Savior and Safe Harbor can save you.

If you reject this, you will be as if you were out in the middle of Lake Michigan in that storm...no life jacket, no radio, no rescue, no hope. You will sink, drown, and perish. The gut wrenching difference is that in Hell you are eternally alive never to experience joy, peace, hope, or love. You will remain unforgiven. You will be alone and forever damned. This is called THE BAD NEWS. The GOOD NEWS? Jesus, the Forgiver and Rescuer of your sin drenched soul.

If you want to read The Gospel on the Front Lines: Message #1, go to: http://marriageanchors.com/2016/07/07/the-gospel-on-the-front-lines-message-1/

A more complete Gospel presentation is here:
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7. July 2016

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The Gospel on the Front Lines: Message #1

My first office 41 years ago was in a basement built over a sewer. Some days the stench was so bad, I could not even go in there! I was a bumbling 2nd Lieutenant stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. The building was very old surviving several European wars.

Funny how history repeats itself. Today I am working in my basement office. Thankfully, no stench!

I've studied enough world history to know that the world is not improving. Many people are enslaved in their sin and the devil is having a hay day.

I am sick and tired of hearing about shootings, bombings, ISIS, and terror. I have had it with weak, appeasing, lying, and 'covering up' political leadership. Where is Justice? I'm sick of political correctness. Can't we just be kind and respectful?

Quite frankly, I am fed up with people trying to convince us that evil is good and that perversion is a right that deserves equal protection under the law.

Barbara and I stand with Franklin Graham and other praying, God-fearing, Bible loving people. We must pray. We must vote. We must get involved as followers of Christ.

I am weary of debating people in love with evil, false teaching, and corrupt thinking. I've been praying. I am convinced that the answer is for me to pray and to focus on Jesus, His Word, and His Gospel. This IS the Front Lines of the Spiritual Battle!

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Unless Jesus saves a person and unless the Holy Spirit indwells and seals that person so as to receive forgiveness and new, eternal life, that person is eternally without hope. Trying to convince such a person to embrace TRUTH is about as easy as chewing an oak tree.

I want to love people with the love of Christ.

The best way to love someone is to share the Gospel with them and be a loving witness to them. We cannot save anyone. We can be a ministering, restoring Lighthouse however. We can meet needs as God prompts and enables. It is Jesus, God the Word, and God the Son, who, alone, saves.

Joel 2:32a: "And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;"

So this first Message from the Front Lines is simply this:

"FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES..." - Roman 1:16

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26. February 2016

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Cuddle Pray

Would you consider cuddle praying in bed with your spouse tonight?

 

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You know, most Christian couples go to bed at night never uttering a word to God out loud together. Having counseled or worked with marriages and families for many years, Barbara and I have discovered a major key to maintaining a loving, confessed, Christ-focused, and God-honoring marriage.

Cuddle Praying Out Loud Together in Bed at Bedtime.

 

In Psalm 86:11b, King David pleads, "give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name." The devil's plan for your marriage and mine is isolation. God's plan is the opposite: oneness.

The business of our workloads and our crazy schedules works to move us to exhaustion and finally isolation during any given day. We must have a plan to promote oneness, tenderness, and sweetness in our marital relationship! We must be disciplined to insure our hearts toward the Lord Jesus and toward our mate remain undivided and singularly devoted.

tctt_bedroom_cuddle_3_600x400download (1)Spiritual intimacy is the highest form of intimacy in marriage. Allowing unconfessed sin to build up in your heart and, thus, your marriage, slowly anesthetizes your soul. The wicked one gradually moves your heart and your marital relationship down four wretched rungs of the "devil's ladder". 

 

1.  First, he isolates you.o-COUPLES-SLEEP-facebook

2. Then, he discourages you.

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3. Next, he deceives you.

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Couples that discipline themselves to cuddle pray each night don't drift apart. The problem is many married couples do not go to bed together at the same time. One is tired. The other is a night owl.

Remember: Nothing good happens after midnight.

 

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Here are just some of the benefits of Cuddle Praying:

  • You cannot honestly pray out loud with your mate if you are carnal, with unconfessed sin in your heart.
  • God is pleased since your marriage is becoming a Gospel Light Marriage: One that often prays out loud together and shines Christ's message of redemption and hope to the world.
  • He is blessed because you are obeying His commands more and more which demonstrates your love, as a couple, for Him. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
  • God's angelic protection over you and your family is ever increased.
  • As you draw closer to Christ in prayer, He draws you closer to one another.
  • You are blessed because you choose to humble yourself before almighty God and entrust all concerns to Him. You then sleep. He does not need to. Pride will keep you from praying. Always!

 

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The Gospel Light Marriage begins to understand that God wants to reach and save souls through their marital oneness. This couple who is fully yielded to the Holy Spirit becomes a powerful ambassador for Christ. They become a cinematic representation that is broadcast to the world, first to their children, if any, and then to the church, the community, and to the world! They are Christ Imagers.

They come to know that without prayer, nothing of eternal significance happens.

They learn that prayer unleashes the power of God to act in time of need.

Cuddle praying humbly, and with pure hearts may be the most powerful force on earth.

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray”
-- S.D. Gordon

Please let Barbara and I know if you will cuddle praying out loud together in bed at bedtime. This means you go to bed together. If you are apart, you will call and pray together. Just email us at: jgrunseth@centurylink.net .  We want to pray for you. God bless you!

 

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24. August 2015

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Fireflies Shine Brightest When It Is Darkest

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Raji groaned as he drove to work. “I’m fed up with our culture! It stinks! My Christian faith is being mocked and put down almost every time I turn on the radio or watch TV. What is wrong with people! Don’t they realize sin is sin and there are serious consequences for it?”

“And the government! Holy Cow! Legalizing and affirming Homosexual marriage? What right do they have to redefine God's most sacred and oldest institution? They have no fear of God! Cake bakers are getting their pants sued off. Some churches, schools, and Christian organizations are being threatened with possible loss of their tax exempt status!”

Raji…Have you considered the Firefly?

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“What is next? Will it be three men wanting to marry 5 women? They can call it the ‘One Big Happy Family Marriage’! And what if a 19 year old wants to marry his 14 year old sister? Why not? Who has the right to interfere by judging? Who can deny them their ‘right’ to equal treatment under the law? They are entitled to happiness too, right?”

“I am angry, grieving, feeling powerless, and even scared. I don’t want to go to jail or lose my home or retirement savings just because people can’t stand my Christian convictions. I know what I believe is right and true. What about my freedom of religion and freedom of speech? Aren’t those supposed to be in the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?

Why should I and others have to be called names and made fun of? I’m not a bigot. I do not hate people! I am not judging! I’m trying to take a stand for what I believe but I am beginning to wonder if it is worth the hassle!”

Let us shine bright for Him.

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Note: Raji is a fictitious person. Yet, there are thousands of Christians that struggle with these same frustrations and fears. They see their culture rapidly sinking in the quicksand of godlessness and wickedness. Mocking the God of the Bible or simply rendering Him irrelevant is the rising, popular trend. Fashioning a Jesus different than revealed in the Holy Scriptures is in vogue. This is pure idol worship!  This evil is spreading like a wildfire.

Instead of falling into the pit of anger and discouragement over the waning condition of our society, let us look to Jesus, our Lord, our Defender, and our Savior. He, alone, is our Rescuer!

 

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John 8:12 in the New Testament says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (NIV Bold added)

The following is true of a follower of Jesus, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20a (NIV Bold added)

Therefore, what Jesus says of you is true. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 (NIV Bold added)

biolum5Jesus challenges us in Luke 12:27, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (ESV)

We, who call ourselves Believers or Followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, are instructed not to worry. Period. Remember: God is in control.

Neither should we grumble. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,” Philippians 2:14
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In addition to the lilies, observe those fireflies the next time evening falls upon you. As the evening progresses from dusk to ever increasing shadows and shades of darkness, see how those amazing fireflies glow brighter and brighter. They don’t cower and hide. It is as if they were made for this purpose.

They Shine!

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Here is the full command of Jesus:

“14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16  (NIV Bold added)

 

If you claim to trust and follow Jesus, then, like the fireflies…

• Light up the darkness! Light up the world!

• Stand up for the true, biblical Jesus and the absolute authority of Scripture!

• Shine with God's grace at your left and God's mercy at your right.

 

Be known as lovers of people and lovers of Truth shining brightly for the Lord Jesus at all cost…

…with a steady, respectful countenance and a sincere smile…

 

Shine bright for Him!

• Spend time with Jesus and His Word.
• Surrender your will hour by hour to His will. Obey Him.
• Respectfully and kindly point people to the Lord by asking how you can pray for them.

• Give out Bible Gospel tracts to servers in restaurants and gas stations. A great way to witness is get to know the first name of your server or attendant. Ask about their life, family, etc. Write a brief ‘Thank you” message on the front of the tract with your payment for the bill. Always include a minimum of a 20% tip.

• On Social Media, always be kind and respectful but share what you believe and why. Share that your highest authority is God's Holy Word, the Bible. It is not your job to convince someone or the reader to your point of view. That is God's job. You are simply an witness pointing people toward Jesus. How they respond is their business.

• Speak up in school board meetings and town hall gatherings. Get involved in the political process. Write letters (nail mail and / or e-mails). Pray and vote!

• If married, ask God to mold your marriage into being a Gospel Light Marriage.
• Start a small group Bible study and meet in a restaurant.

• Do not compromise your honor or Christian convictions for the sake of the U. S. Constitution. As patriotic citizens, if a law is lawless and immoral according to Scripture and the dictates of your faith, the patriotic thing to do is the God-honoring thing. Honor God above honoring the Constitution. This may cost you your job, your reputation, and  even your life. Let your light shine and point people to their immense need of a Savior and Redeemer, the only one being, Jesus.

• Serve humbly and faithfully in a church that loves Jesus, preaches His Gospel, and honors the Word of God as final authority.

• Daily put on the Whole Armor of God by faith. Ephesians 6:10-18 Be sure to have at least one person (same gender) as your accountability, encouragement, prayer partner. Learn about FoxHole Buddies: Becoming A Gospel Light Marriage.

 

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6. March 2015

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Blessed Be His Name

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I was driving to our weekly 7:00 AM Men's Bible Study at the Egg Harbor Cafe' in Lake Geneva, WI that we have each Wednesday. The radio was tuned to Moody Bible Radio, 90.1 FM. I don't know the name of the song or artist, but this woman was singing a version of The Lord's Prayer. At various places, she would interject  "Blessed be His Name." 

My heart was so moved by the humble  sincerity in her voice...as if she really meant what she was singing. God so stirred my heart! I was overcome with emotion which is not that common for me. Right there, while driving, I began to bless the Lord Jesus for His indescribable love and painful sacrifice for my sake.

I, too, began to bless His Name.

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Later that day, I began to ask myself if my heart, life's choices, and attitude have been blessing Jesus' Name. I discovered I had somehow wandered into the land of discontentment and disillusionment. I had lowered my sights.

A gentle conviction arose in me. 

If I have not been enthralled lately about blessing His Name, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, then perhaps I have been slipping in the area of treating my wife as the blessing she is. My attitude toward Jesus and my attitude toward Barbara are inexorably linked.

I am not just talking about being a more attentive, a more affirming, and a more listening and understanding husband (I really struggle with this last one!). I am talking about making it my top home priority to be a shepherd who treasures and protects Barbara. I want to be the standard bearer of purity and moral protection regarding what I allow in my home as entertainment. I have missed the mark of perfection on this at times!

I get lazy, sloppy, weary, and careless. 

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I confess there are times when Barbara is the standard bearer of insuring that our home is a godly, reverent place for our marriage and family to reside. Unfortunately, I believe this has often been true of homes throughout history. It goes like this:

"The husband, through the ages, usually means well at the marriage altar. He jumps into marriage with Good Intentions.  His wife is grateful.As time passes, he slowly lowers, then drops the Flag of Allegiance to God and wife. Since someone has to lead, his poor wife has to pick it up and carry it. Sadly, he follows." 

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This is true of me at times. Is it also true of you?

Whatever happened to my heart of gratitude for what Jesus has done for me? What about humility and hour by hour surrender to His Will for my life? And what about purity of heart? Was I singularly devoted to pleasing, serving, honoring, and fearing my Lord and Savior Jesus? These verses came to mind:

"10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." 

Psalm 119:10;12

"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."

Psalm 9:1

"Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name."

Psalm 86:11

Think about this. From the day Jesus was born in that lowly stable in Bethlehem, he was headed for the Cross. He was on a collision course with my sin...and yours! His earthly destiny, at least for 33 years, was despair and death.

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”    

Luke 19:10

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 5:8

"fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

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 Jesus came to earth... for me! He knew I was doomed! I was not just blinded and bound, enslaved and chained by my sin, I was dead spiritually as if I were laid out on a cold, stone slab. I had no life and no future. Hell was my assured destiny.

Think about this for a minute. IfForgiven_Much you are doomed, He will deliver. If you are condemned, He will free. If you are sin-stained and soaked in guilt, Jesus will wash you clean forever!

This God-Man Jesus loves you and me. He did not deserve to go to that cross in my place. He did not deserve to become sin for me. He did not deserve to go to Hell so I might be free.

He allowed Himself to be arrested. He could have prevented that. He endured the jeers and mocking of sinners just like us when he could have stayed safe with His inner circle of friends.

He chose not to.

He let them flog Him and tear his flesh from His bloody, beaten body. He walked toward Golgotha, The Place of The Skull. He permitted them to nail Him to that wooden Cross. He allowed them to pierce His side. He could have said, "No!" His actions said, "Yes!"

Jesus experienced His Heavenly Father forsaking and abandoning Him because Jesus was now unclean and condemned. He chose to receive my sin...and yours. Oh, think of it! He did not have to do this! He did not enjoy this suffering. Someone had to suffer and pay the death penalty for our sin. God's Holiness demands this. Either I had to suffer, die, and be rejected by my Creator or someone had to in my place. Either I was going to Hell or another would need to instead of me.

Jesus loved me so much and did not want me to perish in that awful burning, sulfurous Lake of Fire.

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He loved me that much!

And He loves you that much. In fact, He loves us more than words or imagination can fathom!

So, consider joining me in learning to say,

"Blessed be His Name."

I am convinced that our wives, men, and... ladies, your husbands will also be blessed because, this hour, you have chosen to live with grateful hearts that passionately bless. Just as Jesus chose to bless us. We must choose to bless Him and bless our mate. This way the world will see the blessed Savior!

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"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth."

Psalm 34:1

"But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord."

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5. January 2015

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How Dare You!

"You're judgmental!    You're unloving!    You're self-righteous!"

 

I have either read these accusations or heard them spoken to me and others especially during these last few months. I happen to be a very imperfect follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that God's Holy Word, the Bible, is without error, eternal, and always true for all people, all places, and at all times in history.

I am convinced the greatest battle we face today as we contend for our Christian faith is preserving and defending:

1. The absolute, unchanging, infallible authority of God and His eternal Word, the Bible.

2. Reverence toward and complete submission to His Holy Word...All of Scripture is inspired by God Himself.

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I believe the greatest assault weapon that is being used against the Lord's army is the Demonic Doctrine of Tolerance.

This wicked doctrine:

1. Promotes, endorses, and celebrates godless, immoral behaviors such as the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) behaviors and legislation that supports, defends, and protects it. Click - Here is a good article on this: This evil doctrine also endorses abortion. After all, who dares question a woman's right to choose! I guess they don't care about the little girl or boy in mommy's womb. What about their right to choose life?

2. Reaffirms the same old pagan, self-centered idolatry that got the Hebrews from the Old Testament in trouble. Judges 21:25 "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."

3. States that "as long as I am not criminally harming others, don't you dare criticize or judge me you self-righteous, hateful, bigoted, judgmental B-stard!"

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4. Categorizes any Christian doctrine or conservative Christian who opposes this Doctrine of Tolerance as judgmental, unacceptable, and a target for ridicule, marginalization, and possible legal action. This is reminiscent of what the Nazi's did to the Jewish people starting in the late 1920's leading up to and through WWII.

5. Promotes and celebrates same gender marriage which is a complete mockery of God and His Holy design.

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In light of this, many people defending LGBT and tolerance will inform you that there are not 2 genders, male and female, as the Bible teaches in Genesis 1:27, "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

Rather, they declare there are 6:

  1. Heterosexual male
  2. Heterosexual female
  3. Homosexual male
  4. Homosexual female
  5. Bi-sexual person
  6. Transgender (i.e.: female trapped inside a biological male's body)

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The devil is known as "The Author of Confusion".

 

I have a strong definition of faith:

"Choosing to live as though the Bible is true, regardless of circumstances, emotions, or cultural trends."

Since I know and believe that all of the Bible is always true and unchanging, the question for me becomes..."How will I choose to live this next hour?" Will I choose to live for my pleasure, security, and notoriety? Or... "Will I choose to live only for the honor, glory, and joy of my Lord Jesus Christ who is alive and is coming back soon?"

Other questions for me: "Will I choose to live according to God's Word or according to the world, my flesh, and the devil's ways?" And... "Will I live by my flesh ("I want what I want and I want it now!"), or will I live by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus (I want what God wants for me and I desire only to please Him.")

If you take a loving, respectful, and firm stand against the Demonic Doctrine of Tolerance and you stand up for God's Holy Word from both the Old and New Testaments,

you will be persecuted.

Read Matthew 5:11-12; Matthew 24:9; Psalm 119:86

 

Even some of your family will cry "foul" against you. They may even mock you as they mock Almighty God. May He have mercy on their souls. You will see such twisted attempts at humor as this:

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Being a professional biblical counselor is no picnic.

Dealing with hurting, confused, and sometimes difficult people is never easy. Recently, Barbara and I have been dealing with a husband who lied to everyone's face while secretly nursing his love affair with "another woman". His wife must now suffer a broken heart, comfort her devastated children, and most likely face poverty as he has filed for divorce.

 

We deal with people who:

1. Refuse to forgive even though they know Jesus has forgiven them.

2. Reject their marriage partner because they just don't measure up.

3. Call themselves Christians, who attend "a church", but only accept God's Bible Scriptures if these verses promote love, kindness, acceptance of personal behaviors, and nonjudgmental attitudes.

4. Carve a different Jesus and form their own mutated theology insisting that the God of the Bible become their pet, their Santa, their Genie in a bottle. They want this pagan, unbiblical idol to revolve around their needs, their expectations, and their desired lifestyles. This is called Idolatry. See Exodus 20:1-4.

5. Act like HALF-LING CHRISTIANS: These are professing believers in Christ who talk Christian talk, go to church, but whose personal morality is devoid of anything resembling biblical holiness and purity. In fact, there is no difference between their moral condition and choices than those of the reprobate lost heading for Hell.

6. Selfish beyond belief.

Now you know why we, along with other biblical counselors, pastors and missionaries get weary... very weary.

 

I am immersed in a culture that I find

myself increasingly at odds with.

 

Since I love Jesus, I am learning to love His Holy Word, the Bible. Although I fail, He picks me up, dusts me off, and I, again with His help, seek Him and obey Him afresh in the power of His Holy Spirit. Read Galatians 5:13-26

If you truly follow Jesus and decide to become one of His disciples (learner, student, underling), then get grounded in God's Word. Get discipled / mentored.  Get accountable to one or more people of your gender. Join a Bible study. Flee isolation. Seek the Lord Jesus with all you heart, mind, strength, and soul.

You must learn the difference between a hurtful, "I'm better than you" judgmental attitude and that of a gentle, and loving manner which seeks to warn others of impending judgment should they not turn from their wicked ways. Read Ezekiel 33:1-6   and    2 Chronicles 7:14.

"The Christian is called to show unconditional love. But the Christian is not called to unconditional approval. We really can love people who do things that should not be approved of." - Taken from David Guzik's Commentary on Matthew 7:1

So, yes, judging or putting down others and thus elevating ourselves ( self-righteousness ) is wrong and is a sin. However, warning others gently in love of God's standards and what He calls abomination is neither judging or hating. This helps to uphold the honor of God and His Word and actually offers help to those blinded in spiritual darkness and deception.

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For more on what God has to say about morality and what is approved or not approved, check out:

 

May God bless you as you learn to love, follow, and obey the Lord Jesus!

Sincerely,

Jim & Barbara Grunseth, Cru

 

P. S.: If you would like to learn more how to become a Follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, please click on:  Your Anchor: Don’t Leave Port Without Him

Also, a good website to help you grow in your faith is: http://www.startingwithgod.com/

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