The Names of God

The Names of God

In the culture of the Old Testament, and still in some cultures today, a name was much more than just a “handle” or tag that differentiates you from other people.
A name described who you are or what you do so to speak. When the patriarch, Abram, displayed his great faith and obedience, God gave him a new name, “Abraham”.
And when Jacob (which means “supplanter” because he was holding his twin brother’s heel while they were being born) wrestled with an angel all night, the angel told him he had earned a new name, “Israel”

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul’s name he was born with was “Saul”.

The names of God are like this. God’s names describe who He is. Since God is so awesomely awesome, he has more than one name. Many more!

If you are looking for a word that I do not have listed, please email me.

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Note: Many of the transliterations of these names are from the world acclaimed Strong’s Concordance. I have heard the Name of the LORD spelled, “Jehovah” and “Yahweh”. Strong’s spells it Yehovah. (Yeh·ho·vä’) Since Strongs is the resource I am going to use to arbitrate, when the differences are significant, I will use that without the diacritical marks for readability. I trust that everyone understands, and will make allowance in their hearts for the difficulty of translating from Hebrew and Greek to English. God bless.

  • Adonai — Lord (Genesis 15:2) Or LORD (Spoken by the Jewish instead of saying Yahweh out of reverence. Lest they mispronounce His name, or feel presumptuous to be on a first-name basis so to speak. For example, most of us would be reluctant to call a president or king by his first name.)
  • ‘El — God, god-like one, mighty one (Genesis 46:3)
  • El Elyon — The most high God
  • ‘El Shadday (El Shaddai) — Lord God Almighty (Genesis 35:11) All-Sufficient One.
  • Elohim (‘elohiym or el·o·hem’)(plural intensive – singular meaning) — God. (Genesis 1:1)
  • I AM THAT I AM (hä·yä hä·yä) — to exist, be in existence (Exodus 3:14)
  • Yehovah (or Jehovah, or Yahweh) — The EXISTING ONE. The proper name of the one true God (Exodus 6:3)
  • Yehovah Jireh — Jehovah sees (Genesis 22:14) That is the name that Abraham gave to Mount Moriah when God provided the ram for the sacrifice.
  • Yehovah Nissi — The LORD Is My Banner (In Exodus 17:15 after The Lord gave them victory as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms.)
  • Yehovah shem Qanna’ — The LORD, whose name is Jealous (Exodus 34:14)
  • Yehovah Rapha’ — The LORD Who Heals (Exodus 15:26)

Ida and Other “Missing Links”

Is “Ida” a missing link?

Isn’t the newly publicized Darwinius masillae a transitional life form?

According to the Institute for Creation Research, no. Ida has no transitional characteristics. She is an extinct form of monkey at best. Read their story at http://www.icr.org/article/4637/ (besides, Ida has a tail. Apes do not have tails.)

What about other missing links?

There are also no missing links between fish and amphibians. No half-amphibian-half-reptile, no half-reptile-half bird (archaeoptryx is wishful thinking. It is all bird) no half-reptile-half mammal.
And we can no longer blame the scarcity of the fossil records. The fossils have been found. The book of Genesis was clearly right:

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. (Genesis 1:25 KJV)

Man Did Not Evolve from Apes

Misconception 1: Man evolved from Apes

So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27 KJV)

Just about anyone in the “civilized” world has seen the little chart showing man looking like an ape, hunched over, and gradually standing more upright, losing his hair and looking more like a man. You have also most certainly heard of the “missing link”

What is the problem with that? Well, when Darwin postulated the idea of evolution, there was a scarcity of fossils. He expected that as time progressed, archaeologists would find transitional life forms (Missing links).

“Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely-graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory. The explanation lies, as I believe, in the extreme imperfection of the geological record.” [1]

Conception of Man's Evolution from Apes

The problem? In the approximate 140 years since Darwin wrote, archaeologists have found not one “missing link”.

Not one.

 


 1 The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of the Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1872)
Page 293
Charles Darwin

Mutations Cannot Explain Complex Life

Misconception 2: We evolved over series of Mutations

  1. How do you suppose that both male and female mutations were formed exactly the same way and found each other within their lifetimes to reproduce? (And this had to happen for millions of life forms!)
  2. Animals kill their mutated offspring
  3. Even if they live, mutations do not ‘improve’ the species they are destructive. No viable exception has ever been found.
  4. A change from one life form to another involves a dramatic change in DNA. And if you’ve ever seen DNA being replicated you would realize this is impossible.
  5. If you can watch the above video and still believe that life is just an accident, you have more faith than I do!
  6. Not only does the DNA replication process (above) make this impossible, but DNA is continously being repaired.

The World is Only Few Thousand Years Old

Misconception 3: The Universe is Billions of years old

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (Genesis 2:2 KJV)

Actually, there is more evidence that the Earth is only somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,000 years old. Maybe even less. But you’ll certainly never hear that from the evolutionists. That would blow their theory straight out of the water, wouldn’t it?

  • There is only a few thousand years of dust accumulated on the moon
  • The Speed of Light is Slowing Down!
  • Radio halos show that rocks formed abruptly. Not over eons and eons.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I am going to direct you to read a book that is now available in HTML format online. You don’t have to buy the book. Just click and read. Enjoy!

http://www.creationism.org/ackerman/index.htm

Irreducible Complexity

Misconception 4: Life Forms evolve incrementally from very simple to more complex

Cause-effect patterns have to exist to explain everything because if everything in the universe is the product of randomness, science would be impossible. ~Einstein

If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case.” Charles Darwin [1]

This is describing what is known as “Irreducible Complexity” If a life form has separate functions that cannot be separated without causing the organism to stop functioning, then evolution could not explain it.

The Bombardier Beetle was once used as primae facie evidence of irreducible complexity but it has since been ruled out. The beetle mixes two caustic chemicals together and squirts its would-be predators with a bomb. The chemicals are stored in the body separately and mixed together when ejected to make an explosion that can kill attacking insects and injure small animals.

Bacterial Flagellum (Photo, below, courtesy Access Research Network) are now hands-down the masters of irreducible complexity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria Inside the bacteria is a little motor that spins what looks like a tail to propel the bacteria from place to place. Like an electric motor, it has a stator, a rotor, bushings and more. No way could the little motor evolve piece-by-piece and be functional. The bacteria would starve. http://www.arn.org/docs/mm/flag_labels.htm The flagellum has been said to be the most efficient machine known to man. Immeasurably more efficient than man can design.

Bacterial Flagellum could never have evolved piece by piece and still function

1 On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin
London: John Murray. (1859)
Page 189, Chapter VI

 


Dinosaurs and Men Walked the Earth Together

Misconception 5: Dinosaurs Became Extinct 65 Million Years Before Man Appeared

Carvings of dinosaurs on a rock… dated at 3,500 years old. Now how do you suppose those people knew what a dinosaur looked like? http://www.hecklerspray.com/awesome-or-off-putting-dinosaurs-man-hand-in-hand/20065436.php

See for yourself. Human footprints next to and overlapping dinosaur footprints. http://www.bible.ca/tracks/taylor-trail.htm

Trilobites have also been smashed by a sandaled footprint. Trilobites were supposed to have become extinct before the dinosaurs! http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/meister.html

Granite was Formed in Minutes – Not Eons!

Polonium Radiohalos prove that granite did not take millions of years to form

Inside of granite are little microscopic halos of decomposing polonim. According to Wikipedia, Polonium has many isotopes whose half-life ranges from six months to 103 years. Therefore, if the polonium was decaying as granite formed for even a few years, there could be no radiohalos. They would have dispersed eons before the granite soldified. Other radiohalos have been found from isotopes with half-lives measured in seconds.

The website halos.com equates finding polonium radiohalos in granite to finding Alka Seltzer bubbles in ice. You could only assume that the ice had been frozen very quickly.

See http://www.halos.com/

Animal Communication Cannot be Explained by Evolution

Animal Communication

Animals of all kinds communicate. This is so amazing that though it is not prima facie evidence for a Creator, it should make one wonder!

  • Whales can communicate over thousands of miles [1]. They have a language we have not yet figured out.
  • Chickens communicate. With a cluck a momma hen can get her chicks to form up or to follow her. I used to watch them for hours when I was a kid.
  • Even the tiniest of ants and bees communicate! [2]

1 Christopher Clark: Whales off Newfoundland can hear whales near Bermuda
By David Brand
Cornell University
http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/05/2.24.05/AAAS.Clark.whales.html


2 Social Insects And How They Communicate
Dr William Foster
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/495/


Animal Weapons Could Not Have Evolved

Animal Weapons

Tell me how this critter ate before his little weapon evolved!

Can Science Explain the Origin of Life?

What is life and what is not?

What is “life?” One definition is an organism that can grow, reproduce, and have a metabolism (ongoing chemical reactions) as opposed to a dead organism, or inanimate matter. While this may seem fairly straightforward, it excludes some elements that we may instinctively consider alive. Are seeds that lie dormant for years alive? If they are not, what defines the instant in which they become “alive?” If seeds are already alive, what makes them so? No chemical reactions are occurring, i.e. no signs of life.

What about so-called gram-positive bacteria that run out of nutrients? When they sense that they cannot continue to live, they put their biochemical energy into creating spores. In harsh environments, gram-positive bacteria cease to exist after creating spores. Are bacterial spores alive? Spores, like seeds, can remain dormant for decades with no signs of chemical reactions. Then, they spring to life as bacteria when the environment supplies nutrients, proper environmental conditions, and moisture. These bacteria are genetically identical to the bacteria that produced the spores. If spores are not alive, then what confers life to them resulting in live bacteria?

Evolution

Can evolution explain life? No. It only depicts how life evolved once there was life. If the fundamental ingredient of the universe were preprogrammed to evolve into life, this would be a new evolution theory. This is what many scientists including Richard Dawkins contend.

Lucky us

The mathematical odds of having the stuff of our universe (at least the stuff we know) “evolve” into life are vanishingly small. Sir Fred Hoyle likened the probability of random emergence of single-celled life to the probability of a Boeing 747 assembling as the result of a tornado whirling through a junkyard. Some scientists say: no problem, just have numerous universes (perhaps an infinite number) each having trillions of planets hosting tornadoes for billions of years. In one of these worlds life will result and evolve to us. Furthermore, since the conditions for life might exist on some the millions of other planets (yes, there could be that many), life might be common in our universe. Almost all of the other universes will be devoid of life. However, this assertion presumes parallel universes or multiverses-hidden worlds along side ours.

Does this explanation debunk spirituality?

Suppose we accept this story of life’s beginning. What or who created all these worlds? Why were all these created-so that there would be life? Thus, this seemingly bizarre rationalization of how life begun does not address the what, who, or why. Dawkins employs the multiverse conjecture to show how God is a delusion. Wrong! The multiverse argument can be consistent with spiritual teachings which generally include God.

The difference between knowledge, contention, and fact.

Science using accumulated knowledge contends that parallel universes or multiverses might explain the origin of life. Theories should be testable. Even published experiments must be reproducible or be retracted. Many scientists doubt that the concept of parallel universes and multiverses can ever be tested. Spiritual wisdom from across time, geography, and cultures has similar teachings. I believe that time has tested these beliefs and reproduced them.

Healing the rift. Bridging the gap between science and spirituality.

Scientists have been humbled by revelations of the last several decades: parallel worlds, missing dark ingredients of the universe, and the mysterious stuff in a vacuum. Numerous physicists are declaring the world as spiritual. We are blessed with the gift of life. By incorporating both the spiritual as well as the scientific, I believe that we enjoy a more opulent life.

Leo Kim, Ph.D. was a research associate at MIT, scientist, and executive in the biotechnology industry. He studied with healers such as Barbara Brennan, Bernie Siegel, and Deepak Chopra, and is a certified clinical hypnotherapist. For more information, and to learn about his new book, Healing the Rift, visit: http://healingtheriftbook.com/

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Leo_Kim
http://EzineArticles.com/?Can-Science-Explain-the-Origin-of-Life?&id=1612948

Oil could not have taken thousands of years to form

Oil Creation Theory Challenged by Fuel-Making Fungus

Animals decompose or are eaten before they get a chance to turn into oil.

Oil Creation Theory Challenged by Fuel-Making Fungus

Robert Roy Britt

LiveScience Managing Editor

LiveScience.com Robert Roy Britt

livescience Managing Editor

livescience.com – Tue Nov 4, 7:41 am ET

A newfound fungus living in rainforest trees makes biofuel more efficiently than any other known method, researchers say.

In fact, it’s so good at turning plant matter into fuel that researchers say their discovery calls into question the whole theory of how crude oil was made by nature in the first place.

While many crops and microbes can be combined to make biofuels – including the fungi that became infamous as jungle rot during WWII – the newfound fungus could greatly simplify the process, its discoverers claim. Researchers have suggested that billions of acres of fallow farmland could be used to grow the raw material of biofuels. But turning corn stalks or switchgrass into fuel is a painstaking process and the end product is expensive and not entirely friendly to the environment.

The fungus, which has been named Gliocladium roseum, stands out in the crowd.

“This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances,” said researcher Gary Strobel from Montana State University. “The fungus can even make these diesel compounds from cellulose, which would make it a better source of biofuel than anything we use at the moment.”

The scientists are now working to develop its fuel producing potential, according to a paper published in the November issue of the journal Microbiology.

The fungus grows inside the Ulmo tree in the Patagonian rainforest in South America. “When we examined the gas composition of G. roseum, we were totally surprised to learn that it was making a plethora of hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives,” the stuff of diesel, Strobel said. The fuel it produces has been dubbed “myco-diesel.”

Cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose make up the cell walls in plants. They makes the stalks, sawdust and woodchip and cannot be digested by most living things. Some 400 million tons of this plant waste is produced ever year just from farmland, Strobel and his colleagues say. In current biofuel production, this waste is treated with enzymes called cellulases that turn the cellulose into sugar. Microbes then ferment this sugar into ethanol that can be used as a fuel.

If G. roseum can be used commercially to make fuel, a step could be skipped.

“We were very excited to discover that G. roseum can digest cellulose. Although the fungus makes less myco-diesel when it feeds on cellulose compared to sugars, new developments in fermentation technology and genetic manipulation could help improve the yield,” Strobel explained. “In fact, the genes of the fungus are just as useful as the fungus itself in the development of new biofuels.”

The discovery also questions assumptions about how fossil fuels are made.

“The accepted theory is that crude oil, which is used to make diesel, is formed from the remains of dead plants and animals that have been exposed to heat and pressure for millions of years,” Strobel said. “If fungi like this are producing myco-diesel all over the rainforest, they may have contributed to the formation of fossil fuels.”

Ant Algorithms Argue Against Evolutionary Origins

Ant Algorithms Argue Against Evolutionary Origins

By Brian Thomas, M.S.

Traffic jams are a frustrating part of modern life, and many dream of the kind of uncongested roadway systems shown in futuristic movies like Minority Report. But some researchers have suggested that ideal traffic management algorithms already exist—in ants.

University of Sydney entomologist Audrey Dussutour told Wired Science that she has “been working with ants for eight years, and [has] never seen a traffic jam.” Dr. Dussutour already knew that ants organize themselves for optimum efficiency when they are in wide paths with many lanes. In their new study, she and her coauthors reported that when the insects traveled on the equivalent of a one-lane road, they employed tactics enabling them to maximize their overall efficiency.

One of the “solutions… to prevent overcrowding” on a narrow track is that outbound ants gave way to inbound ants carrying loads. Further, non-laden inbound ants slowed down rather than speeding up to pass the slower, laden ants in front of them. “The insects could waste up to 64 s [seconds] on a 300 cm bridge. However, by slowing down and following an unimpeded cargo-carrying ant, the empty-handed foragers would only be delayed by 32 s, returning faster than if they’d muscled past.” Also, “unladen returning ants avoided outbound foragers by moving to the side.

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Legalism Or Obedience

Lessons Learned: Legalism Or Obedience

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Greeting and blessings to you all! Yes, I am behind in sending these out and I ask your pardon. Recently, I have been wrestling with a particular concern and only at the point that I have received some resolution have I been led to share it here.

Recently, I had dinner with a close spiritual sister in Christ at IHOP and while my fare was actually ‘breakfast’, after the joking and light conversation, I got down to the concern at hand. You see, I had been subtly, and through implication, accused of legalism. Now I received some very godly advice which I will share shortly.

The dictionary defines legalism as “strict, literal adherence to the law or to a particular code, as of religion.” Often this is the definition that many in the secular and Christian world have in mind when they think of legalism. However, a slightly different understanding of the word defines legalism as “any attempt to rely on self-effort to either attain or maintain our justification before God.” Amazing how different the two definitions are. The world would have us believe that any time there is a strict adherence to God’s law, there is legalism. [Also, justification is the declaration of a person to be just or righteous.]

The basis for that belief often rests with this portion of scripture, “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6b) yet without the verses that precede this section of scripture, we can easily lose context (4-6: “And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”). Obviously God is not teaching us that obeying His laws kills us, nor is He saying that we can be obedient to the letter of the law (which would be blasphemy). God is telling us that “Salvation by trying to keep the law” is futile, and will only bring the judgment of death for failing to keep it faithfully.

We are insufficient, in and of ourselves, to gain or maintain justification before God. In other words, if we depend upon keeping the law (our own righteousness), our failure will condemn us to death, but a dependence upon Christ (and thus His Righteousness), will bring everlasting life. There is no possibility of man standing ‘justified’ before God because no man can keep the “whole” law perfectly, and that is what would be required for anyone to be justified by it. Consider James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (Wow!)

So the next question that may be asked is if self-effort is insufficient, is obedience to God important? Isn’t strict obedience wrong? Consider what is given to us in 1 John 2:3-5: “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a Liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: Hereby know we that we are in him.”

Obedience to God’s Word is not legalism but more of an exhortation to obey and follow God. A recent article speaks to the disturbing trend of defining obedience as legalism for the sake of modernism:

The sad reality of modernism is that more and more Churches are using the word “legalism” pejoratively (as criticism) so that keeping God’s commandments is almost seen as a bad thing. That is to say, they are misusing the word so that it might come up in a conversation condemning anything from preaching against homosexuality to preaching against women Pastors. In fact it has become increasingly popular among Ministers and Parishioners alike to accuse Christians of being legalistic whenever they bear witness to anything that the Lord has forbidden.

Typically they will abrogate or make void any testimony against immorality, impropriety, or illegality, by labeling them examples of legalism. Likewise, those who faithfully witness that we should remain obedient, are called Pharisaic. And both these terms are usually used by those who don’t really understand what either of them really mean. Many of these have fallen so far from the faith of our fathers that they no longer recognize the difference between legalism, and the righteous exhorting the Church to adhere to God’s laws.

Scripture also reminds us, Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end. [Hebrews 3:12-14 (NKJV)]

Now is a good time to ask yourself if you have been “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” for the sake of modernism. Now as for the advice given me by my sister in Christ, I was reminded that anytime we are inclined to believe that God’s word is outdated, has not kept up with the times or is in need of a more current revision, refer to Psalm 119:89 (NIV): Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

A more direct translation of the same verse is seen here in The Message Bible: What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. Your truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever.

So I offer to each person that reads this message to exhort obedience to God’s Word, not only to yourselves but to others as well. Do not let the deceitfulness of sin cloud your minds and harden your hearts. God’s Word is simple and pure yet we can make it confusing when we operate by feelings or anything that is contrary to the Word of God.

Yes, legalism is wrong but obedience to God’s Word is never wrong. Our own efforts do not make us righteous, only the righteousness of Christ Jesus has made us worthy of salvation. Remember that the friendship of the world (or modernism, in order to blend in) is enmity with God. There will be some that feel that pursuing obedience to God’s Word is legalism but I hope that some confusion has been removed here. Not all will embrace these words. Some may experience persecution for their obedience but know this, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12). If the world despises you because of your obedience, take comfort; Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)

I pray God’s favor upon each person that receives this message. And as always, be blessed and be a blessing.

Ernest

Why There is a God

This sums it up pretty well. This man is brilliant. The late Dr. James Kennedy interviews Dr. Ravi Zacharais. Dr.  Zacharias explains why the universe could not have possibly just “happened”. We had to have been created.

Codependency has different faces

Some roles of Co-dependents from the book Rapha’s 12-Step Program for Overcoming Codependency by Pat Springle.[1] A complete, biblically based recovery program for codependents.

  • Enabler – The enabler tries to make everything okay.
  • Hero – The hero thinks that by being perfect, the problems will go away.
  • Scapegoat – The scapegoat rebels against the family problems and ultimately believes that he is the problem.
  • Lost Child – The lost child pulls into a shell, withdraws and isolates himself from meaningful relationships.
  • Mascot – The mascot tries desperately to make everyone laugh in the midst of the tragedy of the family situation.

*Adapted from The Family Trap, by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, and The Family, by John Bradshaw.

The story below describes one person’s codependency from the inside. Shirley shares her experience and thinking in a way that no head-shrinker could hope to.

So without further adieu:

I will never leave you nor forsake you — Hebrews 13:5

The message I pray that will reach others is:

  1. Understanding of what “alcoholic” means. That it truly is a disease.
  2. How destructive it is not only to the alcoholic but to the family also.
  3. Anyone who has this problem is not alone.
  4. That there is treatment for the alcoholic and also for the Co-dependent. There are programs for both and if you work the program it will work.
  5. How important compassion and forgiving is.
  6. Most of all the Power God has and what he can and will do in our lives. With God in our lives we will never have to walk alone. He will never forsake us.

I would like to add that it is not just alcohol. It is any kind of addictive behavior.

At the time I wrote this was while Beau and I were still together and he had quit drinking and I had started working on my recovery so things were going pretty well for us. It was after I had been in the hospital for depression and 3 years before he left me and Ricky.

I hope that when people read this it will help them to recognize things about their own lives and give them hope and make them see that with God there is healing.

Alcohol and Co-Dependency

By Shirley Thompson

When I think of alcohol I think of it as Satan being in a bottle & when you open it you are letting him out. But God is always there waiting to protect you if you’ll let him. We just need to turn to him and call on him and he will prevail. I thank God that even though the sickness was in my family both my parents loved God and taught us children to believe in him and to love him. Without God we would never have survived. God does not bring sickness, death, pain and suffering to us. All of that came about because of sin and we all know that Satan is the father of sin.

Alcoholism is a sickness that can destroy families, homes and lives if we let it. And it is not just the alcoholic it destroys. It also makes everyone else living around it sick. It starts with a genetic imbalance with a chemical that alcohol or drugs activates. It’s a chronic progressive disease and causes damage to body tissues, the brain and central nervous system and eventual death. It has no respect to age, sex, rich or poor. It claims millions of victims. It causes inflammation of nerves, depression of brain function leading to neuritis, stupor, hallucinations, loss of control and coordination. Causes inflammation and hardening of liver leading to cirrhosis. Also has a psychological factor such as feelings of personal inadequacy and self dislike. Causes loneliness, poverty and family and marital struggles. The alcoholic is unable to control his craving and will sacrifice his goals and values. The alcoholic is not a bad person. He or she is a sick person and needs help and understanding.

The active alcoholic may even be a Christian. Even when we are Christians our bodies are still weak. We still stumble and fall if we don’t keep holding on to Gods hand. When we have troubles we can’t be too ashamed or proud to ask for help and to accept it.

I said before that the family is also sick. When we live with an alcholic the disease progresses to us. The disease is inherited but even if we never start drinking or do not have the chemical in our brains that cause us to be alcoholics we are still affected by it. We love the alcoholic and hate the alcoholic. We may feel like we are to blame or that there should be something we can do to stop it. We feel insecure, afraid, depressed. We become Co-dependent. We become dependent on how the alcoholic acts to how we act.

My father was an alcoholic. Sometimes when he was drinking he was real mean. I grew up in a dysfunctional family. My father being an alcoholic and my mother a Co-dependent. There was always drinking, fighting, arguing, and confusion so in turn all the children developed Co-dependency behaviors. I learned how to be afraid, distrustful, insecure, angry, embarrassed, ashamed and confused at an early age. I say learned because we are taught to feel all these negative feelings by the environment we are in. Co-dependents learn not to trust good feelings and to be afraid of them because if you feel any of the good feelings they are soon snatched away.

I was so afraid of my father I ran away from home when I was 14. I had nowhere to go and of course no money. The first time I ran away I was gone 3 days. I spent those 3 days wandering the streets during the day and sleeping on benches in the bus station at night. I had a bottle of aspirin and I had heard that if you took too many aspirin you would die. I walked until I found some woods, ate the whole bottle of aspirin and laid down on the ground and waited to die. I didn’t die but I sure got sick. There are so many times that God heard my mothers prayers and took care of me.

From that time on I have run from one bad situation to another. I hated Daddy. I hated him because I was afraid of him. I hated him for all the things he had done. I hated him because I blamed him for me not being able to see my mother, brothers and sisters. I went home to visit when I was 17 and when I got there Daddy was in the hospital. I didn’t care that he was sick and I didn’t care about seeing him but I went anyway because the family was going and I wanted to be with them. When I walked into the room Daddy looked so pale and so pitiful lying in that hospital bed. I could see the pain in his eyes and the tears running down his cheeks and he said, “my baby did come to see me.” I felt my heart melt and the wall of hatred crumble and I started crying. At that moment I started loving my father. I am so thankful to God that I saw the love in Daddy’s heart and that I was able to forgive him for everything and was able to love him. We were very poor and never had a lot to eat and sometimes we only had cornmeal gravy but Daddy always made sure we had something to eat. There was a time when my Daddy was very well respected and owned a lot of property but with his drinking he lost everything. We didn’t get candy very often but when Daddy could he’d buy each of us a candy bar. There were six of us kids and Mama told me later that when I was gone Daddy would buy six candy bars and he would sit and hold mine and cry. So you see Daddy loved us but he was a sick man. I know now that he was a good tender hearted loving man. He kept drinking and things didn’t get any better but I never stopped loving him again.

Through the years I became more and more Co-dependent. I tried to be whatever would please someone else. I would act the way I thought would please someone else. I would dress the way I thought would please someone else. I would do whatever I had to, to please someone else. I became whatever would please others. I did this for so long I lost contact and knowledge of who I was. But no matter how hard I tried to please things continued to go wrong.

The man I had married at 17 had to be put in a mental institution. The weeks before he was taken away were weeks of fear and confusion. It was just me and my two little girls ages 3 and 4. We were in Oklahoma and I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. Again I ran taking the children with me. They were also confused and scared not knowing what was happening. Later he came and took the children away. It was 4 years until I was able to get them back.

Through my life I’ve went from one relationship to another. There were times I was out on the road alone, cold and hungry. The only feelings I knew were fear, pain, hunger, loneliness and weariness. Sometimes I even tried drinking to kill the pain and tried suicide twice more. I was sinking deeper and deeper into despair. My problem was I was trying everything except God. But I know that because of my mothers prayers and Gods great love he was there all along and watching over me and waiting for me to turn to him. At 24 years old I tried suicide for the third and last time. I locked myself in a room in Nashville and no one knew where I was. I took a bottle of sleeping pills and laid down on the bed to die. I was very calm no fear, no nothing, just a calm resignation. For three days I drifted in and out of consciousness. I saw people standing around my bed with a light surrounding their entire bodies watching me. They never spoke and I could not speak or move. I will always believe they may were angels watching over me. Whether it was angels or I was hallucinating I know that God spared me and after three days I came back to consciousness and knew I would never try to take my life again.

It was about two years later that I got down on my knees and gave up trying to control things and admitted defeat and begged God to forgive me and save my soul. Inside my chest was a big empty hole that ached and he filled that empty hole with such joy and peace that I had never known. Afterwards I was so excited and wanted to be baptized and start living for God. But because of the sickness and not knowing any other way of living I let Satan lead me instead of letting God. That’s why we also need Christian fellowship, help and understanding and guidance from our brothers and sisters in Christ.

In June 1989 me and Ricky left Bo and went to California. I guess you can say again I ran. But this time I had turned it all over to God and let him lead me because I was defeated again. I was miserable and sick in my mind. Bo went into a drug and alcohol treatment center and when he got out he came and got me. I was still sick and having panic attacks. But God had taken over and he wasn’t through yet. He was leading us to where we are today. Bo had gone through treatment so he was able to be a great help to me. He put me in the hospital where I could start recovering from Co-dependency. Sept 10, 1989 Bo was saved and we were both baptized Sept 17, 1989. Since then we have kept God in our lives and let him lead us. I am still Co-dependent and still recovering but with Gods help, the help and fellowship of our church our lives gets better and better and we get happier and happier. I shed a lot of tears now but they are tears of joy. Peace, love and joy fill the space now that only knew pain, hunger, loneliness and fear. These feelings didn’t know how to cry.

As I said at the beginning alcoholism is a progressive disease and makes the whole family sick. But we can be healed with Gods help. God does not force us to do anything. He has given us the ability to make a choice in our lives. Hate is cruel, pain, ugly and destructive and Satan is Hate. Love is good, kind, gentle, forgiving, and healing. God is love. In order to heal we must forgive. And one of the things that has been especially hard for me to do is we need to forgive ourselves. It has been much easier to forgive others than to forgive myself. One of the things about a co-dependent is we tend to take on all the blame for everything that goes wrong.

Alcohol is a problem. It’s tough to confront it. But it has to be confronted before anything can be done about it. The first step is to admit it exists. Remember it’s tougher to live with it. And if we let him – God will prevail.

Today I have so much to be thankful for. I thank God for my wonderful children. And although I know I have caused them pain because of my sickness I hope and pray that I too, like my parents did me, have planted a seed in their hearts the knowledge and faith that there is a God and love for God. I pray that they will seek salvation and let God guide them and I know that he will do for them what he has done for me. And I thank God for this church where we get so much love and support from you all. Thank you all so very much. We love you.

Thanksgiving day 1991

Shirley Thompson

What Is Co-Dependency?

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What is Codependency (Co-dependency)?

Codependency is often defined as a phenomenon where the co-dependant person’s happiness is determined by how happy the other person is. If daddy is unhappy, momma’s unhappy.

The programs of Al-Anon and Alateen focus largely on overcoming codependency.

Some think that codependency is the minds way of dealing with the spouses or parent’s intolerable behavior.

Of course it is dangerous to pigeon-hole any illness of the mind. Some people seem to be born codependent. The cause is not important for purposes of this category. This site is geared toward the solution.

The Dangers of Harry Potter

The Dangers of Harry Potter
By Mike Bradley

The Harry Potter book has just been released in the bookstores this week. This book is the sixth book in a planned series of 7 books.

I’m sure you have all heard that these books have been a huge success and there are millions of kids throughout the world hooked on these books as well as quite a few adults themselves. The publishing industry has never seen anything quite like this. What is the fascination with these books and now the movie? Why are so many children and some adults drawn to these books?

There have always been movies and fiction books on witchcraft, wizardry and sorcery – but none of them have ever obtained the popularity that this series of books has. What is so different with this line of books? Why are they so much more popular than anything else that has ever been written?

Many of the major Christian ministries are up in major arms about these
books and now the movie. They say these books are a lure to lead children and adults into witchcraft and the other dark occult arts.

However, we have always had these types of movies and books coming at us. Why all of a sudden are so many Christians coming out against these books where they have really not done this in the past with all of the fantasy movies Hollywood has come out with in the past.

I’ve always felt in my spirit that there really was something different with these series of books – but I never bought or read any of them. I went ahead and rented the very first Harry Potter video and watched it in its complete entirety to see if these Christians were right in their criticism of this movie and these books or if they were just getting too carried away on what at first glance just seems to be harmless fantasy
entertainment.

After watching and reviewing this movie very carefully, it is my personal opinion that the Christians who are up in arms over these books and movie are right! This movie, and especially the series of books themselves, is a definite lure from the dark side to entice and trap people into not only witchcraft itself – but other occult arts, which are expressly forbidden by God the Father in the Bible.

There is no question that Satan is the one orchestrating the way that these books have been written up and how they have been so cleverly marketed to a mass audience who have no idea what is really lurking behind all of it. Satan has very cleverly put a major spiritual secret in these books and movies that is in operation in the spiritual realm that will draw some of the more ignorant and naive into the real world of
witchcraft.

That spiritual secret is the law of seeking. The Bible tells us to seek – and then we will find. This spirtual principle not only works in God’s realm – but it also works in the realm of Satan where he and his demons roam seeking next who they can devour.

And Harry Potter is coincidentally given the official title of a seeker in the very first book. And what is a seeker going to find if he starts to research the subject of witchcraft and sorcery after reading these kinds of books and having the seeds of desire implanted in them as a result of reading these kind of books? Hundreds and hundreds of books on the subject of witchcraft – all with specific titles on how to actually become a witch, how to form out a coven, how to actually cast spells, etc.

Go to any major Borders book store – and you will literally see several hundreds of books in their metaphysical section – all dealing specifically with the subject of witchcraft and how to get started and progress further into it. And once that person decides he is going to try out some of this occult activity – he has now officially crossed over into enemy terrority and he has now given the demonic realm full legal right to come into him and his life.

And all of this can be started by just a few seeds of desire that can planted into someone by just imagining and fantasizing what it would be like if they could obtain the kind of supernatural power that Harry Potter has in all of these books. And with many of the readers of this line of books being our younger children – it doesn’t take much to see what a deadly combination this could be for a very young, innocent and highly suggestible mind.

All Christians, especially Christians who have younger children who are wanting to read and really get into these books, should be warned about the spiritual trap that is being laid with these books.

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The Occult is Enmity with God

Biblical Perspective on Witchcraft and the Occult

The Occult is Enmity with God (Occult practitioners are God’s enemies)

The Occult is of Satan. Whether you wish to believe it or not. Satan has thousands of “religions” to confuse people. Back in bibical days (and in some places, still do) they used graven images (Idols – statues of these false gods)

Satan does not require a religion to be “dark” (few people would go for a truly evil religion) he only cares that it distracts you from saving faith.

Deu 18:10-12 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
“For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.”

Lev 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them.

Exd 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

What is the difference between the occult and Christianity?

What is the difference between the occult and Christianity? They are both supernatural.

In the occult, the wielder of the supernatural power does so at his own will (at least he/ she thinks so) The Christian is led by God, and does not use their “own” power. God does the work.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (John 5:19 KJV)

The occult practitioner practices their arts for their own purposes. God leads the Christian to use their supernatural gifts for the edification of other people.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Matthew 4:3 KJV)

Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.(1 Corinthians 14:12 KJV)

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