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goodbye grave

Emotions unclasped, tolerance lost
Faint hearts, hurtful thoughts
Venom of dejection
Slowly seeping in.
Only the numbness remains

Remember how it was?
We were inseparable,
Hearts pined for the other,
Giddy with passion
When we swore our love

How did this come to be?
My stubborn spirit?
Or was it your docile and
tone deaf amorality?
Did we get played for a fool?

We were good for each other
Too good to be true
But the vein of insecurity ran deep
to be exploited by vagrants.
Putty to the curmudgeon.

Hate runs deep
Forgiveness scarce
Ruminating over intends
Questioning the sincerity
of all that was true

Revenge is bitter sweet
Quick on it’s feet
Shreds the members
Carcass for the vultures
Bitter to the very end

This place we are in
Strange and uncomfortable
We cant be together
Nor can we separate –
the bonds that bind

Where was the disconnect?
Can we ever mend this discord
Navigate the tide of high self esteem
Back to the beginning
When we were just too souls –
naked and unfettered.

— Prashant Thomas

The banishment 


Everyone should talk about this. Has anyone bothered to ask the innocent children being aborted, what they think about being murdered?

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I was a little foetus inside you,

Ready to change your life and make it new.

I was all set to bring warmth and love in our lives

Be a good kid and make you smile.


I was being nurtured by you and dad,

But sometimes your conversations really made me sad.

Often you both questioned my sex,

Thinking about what I am…

Wondering what would happen next.

You brought only bikes and cars for me,

Unaware of the fact that I am a She.




Days passed by and everything seemed alright,

I was healthy and happy and not a day seemed shabby.

I waited with bated breath to call you my Mother,

Yearned to learn new things from my superhero Father.


But then…

What got into you Mother?

Why didn’t you accept me?

Why did you throw me out of your womb?

Days were passing merrily,

And I was…

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Faith and Hope


[He] was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:20b-21

When counselors encourage their clients to “have faith and hope,” a reasonable response might be, “Faith in what? Hope in what?” For sure, encouraging a discouraged person to have a positive attitude and a bright outlook can be helpful. But in truth, faith and hope are only as good as their object. Which would be wiser when faced with walking across a frozen pond: great faith in a very thin sheet of ice or weak faith in a very thick sheet of ice? If the object of faith is most important, weak faith in a thick sheet of ice would be better and safer.

Peter says that God demonstrated, through Christ’s resurrection and glorification, that our faith and hope should be in God. The Resurrection is history’s greatest demonstration that life eternal awaits all who put their faith and hope in God. And if we have that certainty for the end of life on earth, we can depend on it to keep faith and hope alive until we get there.

Develop your faith and hope in God by renewing your mind with His “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
George Muller

Living Hope


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3

Today, fears of terrorism, incurable diseases, and economic collapse rank high on lists of people’s fears. But behind modern fears looms the fear to which terrorism, disease, and destitution lead: the fear of death. The writer to the Hebrews talked about people “who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:15).

We have no certain hope against terrorism and the like. But we have great hope against death! And that hope is called the Resurrection. The apostle Peter said that Christ’s resurrection is the basis for our “living hope”—a hope that characterizes our life daily. Why does Christ’s resurrection give us hope? Because His resurrection was only the first fruits. Because Christ was resurrected from the dead, all who believe in Him will be resurrected too. The apostle Paul wrote that our faith is hopeless if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead. But because He was resurrected, we have a living hope!

If we have hope in the face of death, we can have hope in the face of anything and everything else.

Christianity is essentially a religion of resurrection.
James S. Stewart

What Is Modalism?


During the third century, a heresy arose which is called “Modalism” or “Sabellianism” or “Monarchianism.” According to this heresy, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all divine, but they are not distinct persons.
WILLIAM LANE CRAIG

Modalism is a heresy that denies the doctrine of the Trinity. Often surprising to some Christians, United Pentecostals ascribe to this ancient heresy. Modalism teaches that God is a single person who has eternally existed and yet He has revealed Himself in three modes, or forms.

Modalism rejects the Trinitarian belief that God exists at all times as three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Rather, the modalist believes that God is one person made known in three modes. In the Old Testament, God manifested Himself in the mode of the Father. With the incarnation, God manifested Himself in the mode of the Son. Following Jesus’s ascension, God made Himself known through the mode of the Holy Spirit. Problematically, modalism rejects that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist simultaneously, which means that modalists deny the distinctiveness of the three Persons in the Trinity.

This problem is compounded when you consider the baptism of Jesus. At His baptism, we see all three Persons of the Trinity present. The Father speaks from heaven, the Son is baptized, and the Spirit descends upon Jesus like a dove (see Matthew 3:16-17). Furthermore, after His resurrection Jesus told His disciples to baptize people in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). New converts were to be baptized in the One Name (i.e. God) who exists in three Persons (namely the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

The problem is obvious—to embrace modalism is to reject the Trinity.

And to reject the Trinity is to reject orthodox Christianity.

Thought to Ponder

Modalism rejects Trinitarianism for a more nuanced form of Unitarianism.

Memory Verse

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).

One-Minute Apologist Video : Bobby Conway, “What Is Modalism?”

Momentum


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

In his book Momentum, Daniel Seymour says that when the rate of change outside our institutions exceeds the rate of change inside, we’re in danger of losing ground. Seymour’s book addresses colleges and universities, but we’re all grappling with the implications of change in our society. It’s hard to keep up with the times as our culture refashions itself by the minute, for better or worse. We’re overwhelmed by the pace of change in our technology and even in our churches.

But one thing never changes. Malachi 3:6 says: “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” By the very definition of the word God, our heavenly Father exists from everlasting to everlasting. He is eternal, and His qualities of love, power, justice, and joy never change. Our hope for the future is based on His faithfulness in the past.

If you’re struggling to keep up with changes around you, look to the Lord. Find stability in Him. Live with the Master’s momentum. Let His wisdom guide you through the spinning days, and follow Him at every step. Though all the earth may change and decay, we’re blessed to be able to abide in an eternal God who changes not and whose mercy endures forever.

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; / As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Thomas O. Chisholm, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

From Darkness to Light


When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.
Jonah 2:7

“In the beginning . . . darkness was on the face of the deep.” God’s first act of re-creation was to introduce light, to divide the light from the darkness (Genesis 1:1-4). Christ came as “the light of the world”—to push back the darkness with the light of His life (John 1:4-5; 8:12; 9:5). Even today, small children prefer a light to be left on at night.

Ironically, darkness—especially spiritual or emotional darkness—causes us to reach out for God with hope. We hope He will deliver us from darkness to light. It wasn’t until the rebellious prophet Jonah was entombed in the total darkness of the belly of a great fish that he humbled himself and reached out to God (Jonah 2:1-9). The darkness that surrounded him spelled doom and destruction, so in hope of deliverance he called out to God. And God caused the fish to deliver Jonah from darkness back into the light of life (Jonah 2:10).

As a Christian, you have been delivered from “the power of darkness” into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). If you are in a dark place today, open your eyes of faith and see your deliverance with the light of Christ.

Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.
V. Raymond Edman

Possibilities


For with God nothing will be impossible.
Luke 1:37

Theologians have speculated about what is possible for God. For instance, “Is it possible for God to create something so heavy that it would be impossible for Him to lift it?” Such speculations promote endless loops of conjecture without answers. But the Bible tells us all we need to know about God’s ability: “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

For example, an elderly woman past childbearing age gave birth to a son as did an unmarried virgin girl. In both cases, they were told that nothing is impossible for God (Genesis 18:14; Luke 1:37). Jesus made this same point on several cases. He said it was impossible for man to save himself but not impossible for God (Mark 10:24-27). Jesus declared that God could save Him from impending death if it was His will (Mark 14:36). He even said that nothing is impossible for the one who has faith in God (Matthew 17:20). The point of all these examples is the same: We must shift our focus from ourselves and our ability to God and His ability. What is impossible for us is possible for Him.

If you are facing an “impossible” situation today, look to God and trust in His ability. Let His will determine the outcome (Matthew 26:39).

Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible.
C. T. Studd