Autonomy and Rebellion

#Autonomy and #Rebellion

Despite our rebellion, GOD still calls us to be HIS children. Like many of the other sins that pollute our lives, rebellion separates us from the grace of GOD. Any sin that we hold on to harms the relationship we have with HIM. The desire to hang on to our autonomy and reject the coercion of the Holy Spirit to act according to GOD’s will for our lives is rebellion, plain and simple.

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UNDERSTANDING THE FULL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST: A STUDY FOR DUMMIES LIKE ME.

Excerpted from my upcoming Bible study and workbook:

UNDERSTANDING THE FULL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST: GOD’S WORD FOR DUMMIES LIKE ME.

(I am still working on the title)
Jesus Teaches about the Law
(Matthew 5:17-20)
Concerning the Law Jesus said, “Do not misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. Rather, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you this truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of GOD’s law will disappear until it has achieved its purpose.
“Therefore, if you break even the least of the commandments and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, anyone who obeys GOD’s laws and teaches others to follow them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“I must warn you, though, unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”
– Parallel Bible: KJV, NLT & ASV
*The purpose Jesus served was to reconcile man to GOD, who established the code of righteousness for men to live by through the writings of Moses and the other prophets. GOD inspired those laws.

While belief in Christ and the salvation He offers gives forgiveness of sins, the Christian faith requires us to adhere to the laws GOD gave all of humanity. Jesus fulfills the purpose of the law. First, He teaches us that even He is subject to the laws that establishes righteousness in the Kingdom of God. Second, His existence does not supplant the law. Third, belief and acceptance of Him is the fulfillment and purpose of that law.

Therefore, to become a child of GOD, we cannot ignore any part of HIS Word. That includes the Old and New Testament together. No one can remove even one small part of the law for the purpose of satisfying man’s goals. Anyone who chooses to omit the parts that do not permit their life choices to exist, and then try to convince others that it is acceptable to behave similarly, are in danger of becoming the least in the Kingdom of God. Strive to live your life according to the Scriptures and teach others to do the same. GOD will reward you.

Jesus closed this teaching with a warning. The Pharisees of that time had a contorted view of rules and regulations that focused more on ceremonies and procedures than on being in tune with their GOD. He warns us to make sure that our efforts should focus on serving GOD in all aspects of our lives with faith in our hearts, not just rote procedures.

Education and Life Service Enhancement

I plan to finish mI plan to finish my college education for a Bachelor’s Degree in
Community Health. I must accomplish this degree to begin life coaching
for troubled and low income teens transitioning into adulthood. This
degree will also help me transition from a Paraprofessional to a
Certified Special Education teacher’s position. I am going to attend
though University of the People beginning in January.

Some of you may be aware that I am sheltering a family in need, so my
expendable funds are virtually non-existent. A generous person has
helped with the registration fees and I can compete for scholarships
for some of the classes, but I need help with other fees that may
arise. It is not much, but I do not have expendable income. Please
consider a small donation if you can. It will be deeply appreciated.

Many blessings for you,
Eddie Dollgener

p.s. Here is the link:
https://www.facebook.com/donate/327210458119129/?fundraiser_source=external_url

The Blessed Life

I felt the call to youth ministry two years ago and have not regretted one minute of the blessings that God has heaped upon me for choosing the comfort of following His will. I sometimes wonder what would have been in store for me if I had pulled a ‘Jonah’. I was scared, not because of the Word or the students, but because of my age – too old and bald to relate to modern teens. However, God reminded me of His empowering Holy Spirit and that is His will and not mine.

#inspired

#inspiration

#Christian

Thanksgiving Blessings

Most of my friends may not know this, so it may be a surprise.

This past Thanksgiving marks the first holiday that I have ever enjoyed a large family gathering in my home. I have always had to go to someone else’s house to spend Thanksgiving. I cannot express how blessed and happy I feel right now.

A little over a year ago, I took in a family that needed some help. I do not regret offering my home to them in the least bit.
A big house needs the laughter of children running through it all the time. My house had stood empty for many years. I had always wanted a large family of my own.

Please do not think that I do not value what God gave me. My daughter is still very precious to me and I thank God every day for putting her in my life. However, I had grown up in a large family.

I have always wanted a larger family myself, but God knows what I needed then and now. He has always provided, even when I did not recognize it was His doing.
This family, though they are not flesh and blood or by marriage, has been a blessing beyond measure.
I hope they will stay as long as needed for their mother to stand on her own without having to settle for someone who will just pay her bills. She deserves a man who will love her AND her children unconditionally and be willing to take care of ALL of them.
I cannot claim credit for taking care of them completely. Their mother goes through great strides to make sure her children have something to eat and adequate medical care. She helps with utilities when she can. I just opened my home to her and her children until she could stand on her own.
I am not a wealthy man by a long shot, and many times I have to rob from Peter to pay Paul. However, I count this family as one of my richest blessings. More money would make things easier on all of us, of course. It is difficult, but not impossible, to survive on less than $1100 a month, but we are all happier than I thought possible before they moved into my life.

The One Decision that Affects Your Life

When you are faced with a legitimate decision in life between something obviously right or wrong, choosing to straddle the fence for the right moment for you to decide can be eternally fatal…and you are telling God that His time is not your time. Choosing to wait is just as bad as deciding the wrong choice. Do not wait for ‘your’ opportunity to act.

#SundaySchool

Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2
Religious Leaders Plot Together to Kill Jesus
After Jesus had finished his discourse on the Mount of Olives with His disciples, He said to them, “You are all aware that the celebration for the Passover begins in two days. I, the Son of Man, will be betrayed and crucified.”

Meanwhile, two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the leading priests and teachers of religious law of met at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest. They  were still actively looking for an opportunity to murder Jesus and discussed how to capture Him secretly and have Him put to death. “But not during the Passover,” they all agreed, “or else there will be a riot.” They knew there was a possibility of turning the people of Jerusalem against them, which is something they greatly feared.

Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples. He went to the leading priests captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear that he was willing to betray Jesus, so they promised him a reward.
“How much are you willing to pay me to betray Jesus to you?” Judas asked.
(They gave him thirty pieces of silver.) From that time on, he began to look for the right opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him quietly when the crowds were not present.
It is hard for someone who is not a Christian to understand why Jesus would allow someone who would betray Him to be part of His inner circle. Jesus chose all twelve men who followed Him. He knew the type of men that He was choosing. He knew the value of their hearts. He knew their secret thoughts.

In choosing Matthew, Jesus let everyone know that anyone could come to serve God, as long as their hearts were in the right place. Judas Iscariot was also chosen as one of the first twelve disciples.

To be fair, Judas was not always under Satan’s influence. He may have been zealous to serve God and learn from the Man inspiring many people with His teachings and works of healing miracles. He was given a place of service.
The Creator God started forming us the moment we were conceived. The Omnipresent God shaped our psyche while we grew through life events good and bad. The All Powerful God knows more about us than we know of ourselves.
God already knows our future personalities and what we will become. He even knows the works we will accomplish.
Why would the Son of God allow someone He knew would betray Him to become part of His followers? The answer may be more simple than you realize.
God works through all things, good or bad, to accomplish His Will. Think about the rich stockbroker, a very successful person. In one day, when the stock market crashes and he loses everything, he takes that opportunity to change careers and become a school teacher. In the process, he begins to go to church and decides to become a Sunday school teacher. He later becomes a missionary and finds that he is the happiest that he could ever be in life. Out of something bad something good can happened.
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal is a prime example of something bad that God used to accomplish His Will. It was necessary that Judas betrayed Jesus. If the Pharisees were allowed to do it their way, there may have never been a trial, and Jesus may have never been crucified before the world.