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Is God Fair Or Is He Just? Lisette Rivera & Phil Sessa

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Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”, NJKV

Many times when “bad” things happen to “good” people, the first thing that is said about the situation is “That’s just not fair!” or “Such and Such was a good person.” But you know what? We won’t get it. It’s not our place to try and figure out God’s reasoning behind letting something “bad” happen to a “good” person. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”, Isaiah 55:8-9 NJKV I don’t know about you but the last time I checked the earth was pretty far from heaven. Since this is the case, we cannot possibly completely understand God’s thoughts. And you’ll just get a headache trying to force the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Behold I Am Coming Quickly, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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Revelation 22:1-21, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give everyone according to has work”

In the light of God’s word that reminds us that Jesus is coming back again quickly, why are people rejecting the real truth and establishing their own, John 3:19-21, tells us why, “19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20, For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” It’s not about what you feel is the truth but knowing the truth. You establish your own righteousness and you will continue to stay in darkness, but remember tomorrow is promised to no one.

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Balancing Grace And Truth, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”

Living a lie as mentioned last time is very easy and we see this many times. When Solomon was faced with his first judgment, he encountered with two prostitutes who had both given birth. Two women, two babies the only difference at the time of this meeting with the king, one baby had died as the mother laid on him and she could not live with the reality that her baby was dead. So she took all her love, passion, desire and planted it on this other woman’s baby. She claimed that this other baby was hers. This is what deception is, trying to be what you are not. Trying to live a life God never designed for you. Deceiving yourself that everything is alright when in actuality it’s wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Balancing Grace And Truth, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”

In the world , there is a constant search for “truth”. Somebody said, there is nothing as powerful as “truth“, I agree. If it’s that powerful and has such a great weight, why has it been soiled? In courts we hear, “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth,” but many of the testimonies are a pack of lies as they discover later. Don’t we all hate dealing with liars? what they say, it’s hard to extract some truth. Their lies may appear to be truth. Liars can never be trusted and we all know that. Standing for the truth may often times call for you to stand alone. Read the rest of this entry »

I Reported What Impacted Me, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

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Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having a lambasted flask of very costly fragrant oil…”

As I mentioned earlier, John tells us exactly who asked the question. John 12:4-5, “4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot….said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” If you know the story of Judas, he was the man who betrayed Jesus. Jesus knew him all along but still allowed him in. He knew that he was a thief yet the money collection bag was entrusted in his hands. Question, did he really care for the poor? John says that he did not and it is also a clear indication that He did not care about Jesus receiving this kind of worship. Something to ponder on, didn’t Jesus know everything that was in the hearts of the people in that room? It was just a matter of time before the hidden would be revealed. True worship will always reveal what is inside and when revealed, either you deal with it or cover it up. Read the rest of this entry »

I Reported What Impacted Me, Part 3of4, Evans Olang

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Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having a lambasted flask of very costly fragrant oil…”

The act of this woman was not rehearsed, practiced, or scripted worship, this was a decision made, action taken to worship Him holding nothing back.

Let us address a problem that arose while she worshiped. Matthew is very lenient, he brings all the disciples to the same level without pin pointing one person. Read what he says, “8 But His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why waste? 9, “For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor”, Matthew 26:8-9. Read the rest of this entry »

I Reported What Impacted Me, Part 2of4, Evans Olang

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Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil…”

All the four gospels say the woman came in with an alabaster flask of very costly spikenard. Mark adds, “…Then she broke the flask…”, Mark 14:3. This woman who John tells us is Mary teaches us what worship is all about. The fact that she broke the flask has a lot to say about worship. In church it is easy to be cool, calm, and collected, and by that I mean, it’s easy to control how you worship. That is like opening a flask and pouring the amount of oil you want to pour out and closing it back. You have the power to control what comes out. A broken person is like the flask (jar) with no time to control. Read the rest of this entry »