BUILT AND ESTABLISHED

March 29, 2017

6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
-Colossians 2


Personal Testimonies: Leaving the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement

March 15, 2017

If you are a Christian and you don’t know about the “New Apostolic Reformation(NAR),” this is a must read. Sherryn’s blog, The Narrowing Path, is an excellent source for Christians at a time when the wolves spewing this kind of venom need to be exposed.
The NAR is a worldwide movement and is very influential. Christians need to be educated and warned.

The Narrowing Path

After a long break, I am finally posting – this time I am sharing links for a number of heartbreaking testimonies, kindly shared by courageous ex-NAR members with Amy Spreeman over at the Berean Examiner.

I urge you to read each of these testimonies, as they provide a lot of insight into what is actually going on with the worldwide, charismatic NAR movement. I have provided links below to all of the testimonies, but you can also just read them for yourself at the Berean Examiner.

Most Christians will have been affected by the NAR movement, even if they are not aware of it. It has infiltrated countless churches around the world, resulting in divided congregations and families, and the faith of many being shipwrecked by the false teaching and occult rituals. The NAR movement is very well-organised (including its increasing domination of right wing politics), very powerful…

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God is Smiling ~

February 25, 2017

As a child, the church I attended always ended services with this verse spoken by the Pastor. Thank you, Deborah Ann, for bringing back wonderful memories and for reminding us all that true peace can only come from our amazing Creator!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

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God is smiling,
down on you today
His grace and favor
are for you on display.

He sent you the sun,
shining from above
to remind you of
the warmth of His love.

Each morning He brings,
to you mercies anew
each day He proclaims
your faith He’ll renew.

Beams of everlasting hope,
blissful eternal rays
reflect His future promise
of more peaceful days.

God is smiling,
down on you today
blessings from heaven
just to brighten your day!

~~~~~

Numbers 6:25-26

“The Lord make his face
shine upon thee, and be
gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his
countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

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The Church’s Chief End

October 11, 2016

There is a popular false doctrine, among others, that is being taught in many “churches” in our day. It is called “Dominion Theology.” It is the belief that the “church” will take dominion (control) of the earth before Jesus returns. This “belief” maintains that the world should be brought under (reconstructed) the lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas: social, moral, political, judicial, military, family, art, education, music, etc. The problem with this idea is that certain men will supposedly be used of God to accomplish this feat.
This may sound wonderful but it is found nowhere in the Bible. Instead, we find Matthew 24 which describes a great tribulation on earth. We also find that, before Jesus comes, an evil ruler will gain great power and will deceive many. Some, including me, think that along with a government ruled by this evil man will be a one world religion of sorts. The Beast will have his false prophet.
The Bible teaches that when Jesus returns HE will rule and reign. It will not be a group of men using the name of Jesus (along with other “great teachers”) to influence and control others.
So, what is the mission of the church? Dan has found an excellent article originally posted at The Banner of Truth. I thought I would share it with you.

The Battle Cry

An Article by Peter Barnes, From The Banner of Truth

There is much debate in the modern church about what exactly is her mission. Often the answer that is given is not so much wrong as lop-sided, and exaggerated implications and conclusions are drawn from that. There are probably three main views: the Church exists to glorify God; the Church exists to build up the saints; and the Church exists for mission, to evangelize the world. These three views should not be played off against one another, and a grasp of each one will prevent us from misinterpreting any one of them.

The Church’s first task, surely, is to glorify God. Paul says that ‘whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God’ (1 Cor.10:31). Earlier in 1 Corinthians, Paul had said, in the context of sexual ethics, that we are to glorify…

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Words Spoken in Deeds ~

September 28, 2016

Wonderful words by Deborah Ann taken from The Source. Let’s ask God to help us act what we believe.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

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Acts of kindness,
words of hope
we all need them
to help us cope.

Acts of compassion,
words of forgiveness
we should all make
our daily business.

Acts of love,
words of encouragement
helps us through
our own discouragement.

Acts of gentleness,
words of appreciation
seen in our actions
and communication.

Acts of generosity
words of helpfulness
leaves no room
for our own selfishness.

Acts of kindness,
words spoken in deed
we all should give . . .
but, we also need!

~~~~~~

Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for
Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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My Rock

September 28, 2016

Sherry has a way of picking out the gems from the “Prince of Preachers.” Here is another good one…

He Hath Said

He only is my rock and my salvation. -Psalm 62:2

“My rock!” What a history the rock might give you of the storms to which it has been exposed; of the tempests which have raged in the ocean at its base, and of the thunders which have disturbed the skies above its head; while it, itself, has stood unscathed by tempests, and unmoved by the buffettings of storms. So with our God. How firm hath He stood-how steadfast hath He been-though the nations have reviled Him, and “the kings of the earth have taken counsel together!” By merely standing still He hath broken the ranks of the enemy, without even stretching forth His hand! With motionless grandeur like a rock He hath broken the waves, and scattered the armies of His enemies, driving them back in confusion. Look at the rock again: see how firm and unmoved it stands! It…

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What is Heresy?

September 28, 2016

My blogging friend, Sherryn, has posted a very good (and brief) description of a word that is being used in many ways today. Is the word over or under-used? I’ll have to think about this question myself. In any case, I think this is a good definition.

The Narrowing Path

A great summary article on defining heresy from Amy Spreeman at the Berean Research blog, including a list of classic heresies that are well and truly thriving in the visible church and cults today:

What is Heresy?

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-15-30-amHeresy is a false teaching about the essential doctrines of our faith – the ones we must adhere to, regarding who God is, who Jesus is, salvation by grace, and Jesus’ resurrection. Non-essential beliefs are certainly worth discussing with passion (and love of course), but not to the point where those who hold opposite non-essential beliefs are considered heretical. It is also important to remember that sanctification (our growth in holiness, truth, and wisdom), often is on a different timeline from other brothers and sisters in Christ.

So what constitutes a heresy? There’s no better resource than what CARM (Christian Apologetics & Resource Ministry) has put together on the subject…

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