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Note to the reader: This is a revision of my original post. Please read the original article, which follows the video link to the Factor Video.
Sometimes I feel like I just want to hit “delete account” on all of my social sites. What’s the purpose? It consumes a lot of my time to maintain everything and in the end, is it all worth it?
What did I do before all these social networks magically appeared? There is Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Google+ Instagram, Pinterest and so many other sites. I think I’m on just about every site there is and then some.
There are many followers that I know personally or at least had some conversations with, but the majority of my followers, I do not know at all. The majority of my time is spend either posting some pictures or an article from my blog and seeing if people liked the posting or not and responding to some comments left on the post.
Why am I doing all of this? Although I write and post from a biblical perspective and post pictures that show the glorious creation of God, does it fulfill the great commission of making disciples?
Am I really reaching the lost through any of my social networks with the exception of my blog for Christ? Most of my followers are already proclaiming believers in Jesus. Am I not just preaching to the choir?
Many post pictures with scripture verses or pictures with slogans like “Jesus loves you” and alike. Does that really reach the people who need to know about Jesus and His love for them and forgiveness and salvation that only can come through Him?
Are we not just feeding ourselves with something we already know instead of feeding those who do not know the Lord? I am not condemning anyone, those are just some questions I’m asking myself. Why and what is the purpose? Instead of sitting behind a computer or a smart phone sharing whatever I share, maybe my time would be better spend in the highways and hedges to reach those that need to hear the good news i.e the gospel.
How many lost do I really reach over Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the many other sites, when most of my friends and followers are Christians already? I don’t know for sure, maybe some people will come to know Christ by something I post, only the Lord knows.
I enjoy being in contact with people seeing their postings and commenting etc. but I do have to admit that everything I do is time-consuming. I have a friend that has a blog site which title is, “Did Jesus have a Facebook Page?” which is an awesome blog site that I enjoy and I truly love the name of the blog site.
Did Jesus have a Facebook Page? Very good question. Would Jesus spend most of His time behind a computer or would He reach out to people personally, speaking to their hearts, convicting them of their sins? Jesus went out of His way to reach the lost. He was not afraid to be ridiculed, mocked and beaten.
Am I afraid of being ridiculed, mocked and beaten if I would go outside my comfort zone and actually talk to people about Jesus? Am I hiding under the basket? Am I the shining light on the hill that Jesus spoke about?
I don’t want any of you my friends take this personally, I know that many of you are doing the kingdom work, reaching the lost. I’m just writing this as a general message, something that has been going through my mind lately. Am I making an impact and is it all worth it or do I need to change course?
Have I been side tracked by all these activities on the internet instead spending more time outside, seeing and speaking to people face to face as Jesus did? I would love to hear your input and feedback on my thoughts.
To delete or not to delete……something I will have to pray and seek God’s wisdom about.
A short excerpt from the interview with Pastor Ray Bentley and Joel Rosenberg from January 2013. Joel talks about the great commission and the importance of a one on one discipleship between a mature older believer and a younger believer. as mentor. Just as Paul was a mentor to young Timothy, who became a mentor to others.
Joel just released a new book, The Invested Life, addressing this very issue of discipleship and mentoring.
Every follower of Jesus Christ should be able to answer two simple questions:
• Who is investing in me? • Who am I investing in?
For more info on the book: http://joelrosenberg.com/theinvestedlife.asp
- Joel Rosenberg Interview with Ray Bentley (media4lifeministries.com)
“I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22.
Another one of God’s great promises in the Bible. There are over 7000 promises in the word of God. To be honest, I don’t know them all, but one thing I know for sure, God keeps His promises.
Our sins are blotted out and God does not remember them anymore. That is something that we as believers need to lay hold off.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12.
There are way too many believers living a life of condemnation, believing that they are not good enough or are failing God everyday. I have good news for those who believe that, we as believers will never be good enough or perfect before God. We will always fall short of His glory, no matter how hard we may try to please Him.
It is not about us or what we do or have done. It is all about Jesus and what He has done on Calvary. He was the only one that lived a perfect life and He was the only one that did the will of His Father.
“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” John 8:29.
That is impossible for fallen man, believers or non-believers alike. We can never live a perfect life and please God. In the eyes of God no one is righteous.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6.
Jesus did it all for us, by laying down His life as a propitiation before God. He was the unblemished passover lamb. His blood cleanses us from all sin. It is not our righteousness, but His righteousness that was imputed onto all of those who believe in Him by faith.
Once we realize, that Jesus has done it all for us by going to the cross, there should be no feeling of condemnation or an inch of doubt that God loves us. He loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus is our reconciliation and He is our High Priest. Jesus has torn the curtain to the Holy of Holies and we as believers have direct access through Him and come boldly before the throne of God.
God looks at the believers through the blood of Christ, He has redeemed us by His precious blood. The blood that does not just cover our sins as it was the case with the sacrificial animals, but His blood takes away the sins once and for all.
We will always fall short and those who believe that the are sinless are plain and simply, self-righteous people, condemning others, believing that they are better than others.
The Bible teaches just the opposite, self-righteousness will not justify anybody before God. It is God’s grace and the finished work of Jesus on the cross that justifies the believers.
We are saved by grace through faith and even the faith of the believers was given to them by God. The next time you have any doubts or feel like God does not love you, look at the cross. At the cross, God demonstrated His love for us.
Stop worrying and let God do the good work in you and through you. Surrender to His will. Let His will be done, not yours. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He started it and He will finish it. And that, is also a promise.
“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;…” Philippians 1:6.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Thank you Jesus, Maranatha.
I do not post videos very often, but this one is worthwhile watching. Author and Middle East Expert Joel Rosenberg just spoke this last Wednesday at my Church.
Joel Rosenberg, New York Times best selling author sits down with Pastor Ray Bentley to discuss a variety of issues concerning current events in Israel, the USA and other places around the world. Joel Rosenberg’s book are available on Amazon and many book stores. Some of his published books are: Implosion, Damascus Countdown, The Last Jihad, Epicenter and many others. Please also check out the Joshua Fund Foundation at: http://joshuafund.net
Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day. He was a great man of faith, a man with convictions and without compromise, believing in love, honor and respect.
I am writing this post to pay my respect and homage to him. Tomorrow will also be the inauguration for President Obama’s second term.
There will be a lot of references towards Dr.King Jr. and after seeing his niece Aveda King on TV talking about her uncle and criticizing the President and the Washington Establishment, I felt to write some thoughts of mine down about the hypocrisy of this current administration and politicians in general.
Pres. Obama is the most pro abortion President in history.
He is advocating gun control, because of the tragedy that happened in Newtown, Connecticut. Many young innocent children and adults got killed that day and people are mourning their senseless death. A truly sad day in America, but his proposals on gun control won’t change anything. Criminals do not abide by the law. They are law breakers by nature.
The President spoke much about Sandy Hook, Columbine and Colorado and other tragic events like the shooting in Ft Hood, which was deemed a workplace violence instead of what it really was a terrorist attack.
Yet, this President has no problems with millions of young innocent life’s killed since Roe vs Wade in 1973. He has changed position in his beliefs on abortions during the last campaign, ensuring votes from many of the female voters. Labeling it women’s rights.
Today, on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we as a nation are celebrating the life and great achievements of this truly amazing leader.
Aveda King, the niece of MLK, spoke out against this hypocrisy on national TV. She said that many give lip service to Dr. King, but are doing the opposite of what he believed in and stood for.
Dr. King Jr. did not believe in this wide scale abortion or same-sex marriage. Those, in my opinion are not civil rights issues.
There is much hypocrisy in Washington on both side of the aisle. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored tomorrow and politicians will quote him, yet they are far from him.
Dr. King Jr. believed in and preached love, Agape love. He believed in the message of Jesus, the message of love.
The inauguration of Pres. Obama today, will sadly overshadow Martin Luther King Day.
Pres. Obama will use this day also to honor Dr. King, which is fine, but in all reality, I believe that MLK would not be pleased with the policies of this President, when it comes to the abortion issue or same-sex marriage. President Obama flipped flopped on many issues because of political reasons. He compromised for political gain.
Dr. King Jr. was real, he was a man of faith. He had convictions and he stuck to his convictions. He did not compromise on his beliefs and the word of God and what it teaches.
He would not be in agreement with the abortion of so many innocent children since 1973.
Again we are hearing about a Christian pastor being imprisoned in Iran. Most people are familiar with Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who was recently released from an Iranian jail after serving three years for being a former Muslim who converted to Christianity. This time, it is a native Iranian pastor, though presently an US citizen, who faces a trial in the very near future. His name is Saeed Abedini, a family man who converted from Islam to Christianity.
Some media outlets cover the story, but to a minimum and this man is facing a very tough judge which some call the “hanging judge” next week, on January 21st. His fate is unknown to this point. Iran does not recognize his American citizenship, and from an Islamic point of view, he is a traitor, which is punishable by death.
Nadarkhani was freed after Fox News reported relentlessly about his imprisonment. Where was the liberal media on this? Where are these so-called human rights activists, or the UN?
What bothers me is, where are all of the peace-loving and peaceful Muslims abroad, and here in the US? I have not seen much protest or outcry from the Muslim community around the world on this injustice that is taking place either.
Is it because Saeed Abedini is a Christian? Why is it that Muslims go berserk over a stupid video, protesting around the world causing death and damages and no one in the Muslim community speaks out? Where is CAIR on this? And where are the peace-loving Muslims in protest of what the Islamic regime of Iran is doing to Christians?
Christians are persecuted around the world, yet nobody seems to care. Much of the persecution comes from the Islamic religion. Muslims want to be treated with respect, but where is the respect of Muslims towards Christians and other faith groups?
In this country, the good old USA, we can hardly say anything against Islam or the Islamic faith without Muslims crying out in protest with the liberal media alongside them.
That is hypocritical and wrong. My dear Muslim, if you want to be treated with respect regarding your faith, respect others as well. As long as Islam is killing Christians because of their faith in Jesus Christ, I will not respect your religion or your prophet.
It is time to stand up and stop bowing down to an intolerant group of people and speak up against the injustice caused by radical Islamist as well as the silent peace-loving Muslims. Their silence makes them irrelevant. Maybe deep within they all hate Christians and are just waiting for Islam to take over the world. May that not be true or ever happen.
I don’t hate Muslims or their faith, but enough is enough. I’m tired of seeing our President going on an apology tour in the Muslim world, while Christians are getting killed and persecuted by Muslims. I’m tired of our government bending over backwards to please the Muslim world, but has no back bone to stand up against the injustice caused by them.
I’m tired of liberal hypocrites and Atheist mocking Christianity, but say hardly anything against the Islamic religion. Why is that? Are people like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins afraid of them? If they would mock Islam as they mock Christianity, I believe they would be 6 feet under ground.
I for one will not be silent about the persecution towards the Christian faith and the attack by the liberals and Atheist on my beliefs. I hope and pray that Saeed Abedini will be freed, although things don’t look to good for him at this time.
What would you say, my peace-loving Muslim, if America or Europe persecuted you for your faith? Tortured you, and put you in prison? Don’t you think that the Imams in the American Mosque should speak out against the persecution of Christians around the world? After all, aren’t Muslims who live in America supposed to be American?
CAIR is all over the news when they feel that Muslim are being treated unfairly, where are they now? Please people, wake up and don’t be silent like these hypocrites. Saeed Abedini has the right to be a Christian and no one should deny people their faith.
I hope that this will stay in the news and that people will speak out in defense of Saeed Abedini and his family.
I am sure that this Pastor Saeed Abedini is strong in his faith and I know that Jesus will give him the strength to endure whatever may come. May the Lord watch over him.
- Iran May Hang Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini For Preaching Jesus. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Please Pray for US Pastor Saeed Abedini, held in Iran since July 2012 + read letter to his wife (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)