VIDEO

Do Not Commit Adultery

Watch this 5 minute video from Prager University about why adultery is so devastating to the family unit and our society.

Why do the Ten Commandments single out adultery as particularly harmful? Because adultery can destroy the foundational unit of a society — the family. If exposed, adultery leads to sense of betrayal. If hidden, it forces the offending spouse to lie. Children are often the unintended victims. This may be one of the most difficult Biblical laws to follow, but it’s also one of the most important.

#Adultery #SeventhCommandment #GodsLaws

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Indescribable

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From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

Incomprable, unchangeable,
You see the depths of my heart and you love me the same
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

 

HEALING

Health and Salvation by the Name of Jesus

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“It is his name—that is, by faith in his name—that this man was healed whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that comes through Jesus has given this man this perfect health in the presence of all of you all.” – Acts 3:16

After Pentecost, the paralytic man was healed through Peter and John at the gate of the temple. It was “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” that they said to him, “Rise up and walk,” and as soon as the people in their amazement ran together to them, Peter declared that it was the name of Jesus which had so completely healed the man.

As the result of this miracle and of Peter’s discourse, many people who had heard the Word believed. The following day, Peter repeated these words before the Sanhedrin, “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… does this man stand here before you whole”; and then he added, “There is none other name under heaven.., whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12) This statement of Peter’s declares to us that the name of Jesus both heals and saves. We have here a teaching of the highest import for divine healing.

We see that healing and health form part of Christ’s salvation. In heaven even our bodies will have their part in salvation; salvation will not be complete for us until our bodies shall enjoy the full redemption of Christ. Why then should we not believe in this work of redemption here below? Even already here on earth, the health of our bodies is a fruit of the salvation which Jesus has acquired for us.

We see also that health as well as salvation is to be obtained by faith.

The tendency of man by nature is to bring about his salvation by his works. While for the body, he makes use of well-known remedies; why then should he seek for divine healing?
Happy is he who comes to understand that it is the will of God to heal; that God wills to manifest the power of Jesus, and also to reveal to us His Fatherly love; to exercise and to confirm our faith, and to make us prove the power of redemption in the body as well as in the soul. Oh, let us believe in the name of Jesus!

Wherever the Spirit acts with power, there He works divine healings. If divine healing is seen but rarely in our day, we can attribute it to the unbelief of worldlings and the want of zeal among believers. Let us pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit, let us place ourselves unreservedly under His direction, and let us seek to be firm in our faith in the name of Jesus, whether for preaching salvation or for the work of healing.

A prayer for healing

Dear heavenly Father, grant us healing today as in the days of Pentecost, so that we may glorify the name of Jesus. It is sad to see how little the power of His name is recognized today, how little it is the end of preaching and of prayer. Grant us the treasures of divine grace, of which Christians deprive themselves by their lack of faith and zeal, which are hidden in the name of Jesus. Awaken our consciences, and bring our hearts to obedience. We know, oh God, that you are ready to manifest the all-powerful healing of Your Son, and to do it in a striking way in body as well as in soul. Let us believe it for ourselves, let us believe it for others, for the circle of believers around us, and also for the Church in the whole world. Let us ask great things in Jesus’ name, counting on His promise, and we shall see You still do wonders by the name of Your holy Son.

I thank you, my Lord Jesus, that You are both the Savior of my soul and the healer of my body. Amen.


The following message is by Andrew Murray from the book “Prayers for Divine Healing.” It is edited by Luis Joseph Castle. © Copyright 2017 Chosen of God Ministries. To order, visit our bookstore at: https://chosenofgod1.wordpress.com/category/store/

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

The Dichotomy of Peter

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The apostle Peter is an example of how we, as born again Christians, often experience the dichotomy of living according to both the old carnal self and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. One minute we can be acting like the most godly people, but the next minute, we can be the most carnal and contemptible persons.

When Jesus asked His disciples what they thought of Him, one said this or that, but only Peter gave the right answer. He said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to Him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 16:14-17

One moment Peter was so full of God that he rightly declared that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus was so impressed with his answer that He blessed Him among His other disciples. Yet, on another occassion, Peter was so full of the Devil that Christ had to rebuke him and say, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me.” – Matthew 16:23

Why does this happen to us too?

Because inside each of us are two natures: The old nature, and the new nature, which are opposed to each other. How we think and act depends on which nature we yield ourselves to. The apostle Paul admonished us to:

“…let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other…” – Galatians 5:16-17

Notice that he says, these two forces are constantly at war within us, trying to control our thoughts and behavior. That is why we struggle as Christians. Part of us wants to do good, but another part of us wants to do evil.

Who are you allowing to control your life? The old nature? Or, the new nature? Today, Make a conscious decision to permit the Holy Spirit, and not the sinful flesh, to be in control of your life. As you do, you will eventually live in harmony with God’s will and progressively be transformed into the image of Christ.

luis-joseph-castle-1Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

 


 

EVENTS

Unwrapping God’s Gift To You

Happy HolidaysThis holiday season is characterized by joy, peace and goodwill towards others and the giving of gifts. It truly is a wonderful time of year for family and friends to get together and share the spirit of Christmas!

Yet, the greatest gift of all was given to us over 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was born so that He could become the Savior of all who believe in Him.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

The real reason for the Christmas season is to remind us – and others – about the Good News that God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as a free gift to a lost and hurting humanity who needed salvation.

We unwrap this gift by placing our faith in the Son of God and receiving Him as the Lord and Savior of our life. This gift of pardon from our sins is available to all, regardless of where we’ve come from or what we’ve done in the past. Too many celebrate Christmas without accepting His free gift of salvation. God’s gift goes unwrapped year after year after year.

How about this year? A fresh new start is available to you today. Won’t you unwrap God’s free gift to you? Pray the following prayer right now and invite Jesus Christ into your life.

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me and sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for my sins. Today, I humble myself before You and repent of my sinful ways. I ask for your forgiveness – for all the bad things I’ve done in the past. I invite Jesus Christ to become my Savior and Lord, and help me to become a better person from this day forth. Amen.”

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CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


FOR FURTHER STUDY:
https://chosenofgod1.wordpress.com/free-gift/

BIBLE PROPHECY, NEWS

The Death of a Free Internet

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What does it mean for Christians?

Last Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of doing away with the free Internet as we know it. This was a terrible mistake and will have a devastating effect on Christian and conservative websites, in particular. Pray for God’s intervention and call your congressman and urge them to overturn the recent FCC vote. Don’t let the big cable and phone companies silence the gospel of Jesus Christ on the Internet by limiting access to Christian websites to their paid subscribers only.

How did this happen?

I believe in part, the American people did not fully understand what #NetNeutrality was all about and did not see the dangers of allowing the FCC to abolish it. In addition, I am sure that certain corrupt politicians in government were paid off by these big corporations to pass this new law and allow the FCC to approve a measure that allows Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) like ATT, Comcast, Verizon and others to block, throttle, and prioritize content on the Internet if they wish to (and you know they wish to, since there is more money to be made in the process).

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These companies already control your ability to access the Internet. They have made billions of dollars doing so by charging you a monthly fee for your Internet service. Now, however, they will be able to charge you even more money to access your favorite websites. If you don’t pay them, your accessibility to these same websites will be slowed down or throttled (varying loading times) to where you will be frustrated by having to wait for them to appear, or be blocked from viewing them altogether.

The Christian Coalition said, “Independent voices and political groups are especially vulnerable. Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips, silencing bloggers and amplifying the big media companies. Political organizing could be slowed by the handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups or candidates to pay a fee to join the ‘fast lane.'”

These major ISP’s will also have the authority to prioritize content, which is a violation of our free speech right in the American constitution. With this new sovereignty of “prioritizing” content, the big corporations will decide what websites you can see, and which ones you cannot. They alone, will determine what is “good content” and what is “bad for our business.” Obviously, this kind of unrestricted power in the hands of greedy corporations will eventually lead to the censorship of Christian ministries who are preaching the truth, as well as conservative organizations, who they determine are speaking a message that is “politically incorrect” or “offensive” to certain segments of their Internet customers.

You can see how this will finally lead to the censorship of Christian ministries and preachers who speak out against the sins of the people, corruption in business and government, and unjust laws and actions everywhere.

Fortunately, several states are now upset with the FCC’s new ruling and are threatening to take them to court. Maura Healey, the Attorney General for the State of Massachusetts said, “The Federal Communications Commission completely failed to justify this decision and we will be suing to stand up for the free exchange of ideas and to keep the American people in control of internet access.”

Revelation 13A prelude to the Antichrist

Bible prophecy predicts that prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Antichrist will take control of the world’s government, economy, religion and media during the seven years of tribulation (Read the Book of Revelation, chapter 13). One of the ways he will be able to do so is by controlling television, radio, newspapers, the Internet and other public media by censoring the Christian message. This new Internet law abolishing net neutrality is a prelude to the coming of the Antichrist.

What can you do?

First of all, pray without ceasing – for God to delay or defeat this new FCC law before it can be implemented. Also, contact your Congressman and Senators and let them know that you want to keep #NetNeutrality in place, and the free market in control of the Internet. The Congressional Switchboard number is: 202-224-3121.

Most importantly, pray the following prayer – for God to protect Christians everywhere and be our fortress against the vicious enemies that rise up against us in these last days.

luis-joseph-castle-1Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES

“We run to you, Lord, for protection. Don’t disappoint us. You do what is right, so come to our rescue. Listen to our prayers and keep us safe. Be our mighty rock, the place where we can always run for protection. Save us by your command! You are our mighty rock and our fortress. Come and save us, Lord God, from vicious and cruel and brutal enemies! We depend on you, and we have trusted you since we were young.” – Psalm 71:1-5

 


FOR FURTHER READING, go to:
“Questions and Answers About Net Neutrality”
http://www.cc.org/questions_and_answers_net_neutrality

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

God Became A Man

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“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” — John 1:14

During this time of year most of the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The truth is, no one knows the exact day and month Jesus was actually born since the Bible never documents this detail. The important thing to focus on is this: that God came down from heaven and took on the form of man, in order to die on the cross for our sins.

The apostle John called Jesus the “Word.”

He was the logos, the embodiment of God’s message to us – a lost and sinful humanity. His message was clear: Unless you repent and turn back to God you will be lost for eternity. “There is only one way back to God the Father”, Jesus said, “and only one truth and one way to forgiveness from sin and eternal life, and following Me is the only way” (John 14:6).

Jesus, Immanuel (God with us), lived among us, taught us by word and deed how God expects us to live. He was full of grace and truth and we beheld His glory. Finally, He was crucified on the cross to purchase the redemption for all of us who would believe upon Him.

Let us never lose focus of the real reason we celebrate this season of the year. It’s all about Jesus Christ, and the greatest gift that God has given us: His only begotten Son, the holy lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill among men. We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give You thanks for your great glory, Lord Jesus our Savior and King!

luis-joseph-castle-1– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES