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KARATE KID CHRISTIANITY

posted Jan 26, 2012, 2:02 PM by Arthur Holt

Mr. Miyagi: "Daniel-san, must talk. Walk on road, hmm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later, [makes squish gesture] get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do "yes", or karate do "no". You karate do "guess so", [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?"


"Either you live for GOD do "yes", or live for GOD do "no". You live for GOD do "guess so", [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?"

Of course if Karate Kid isn't your thing... How about the words of Jesus Christ himself: Revelation 3:16 (KJV) "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

Don't be a "guess so" Christian: Matthew 22:37 (KJV) "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

God DOES have a name!

posted Apr 23, 2011, 12:08 AM by Arthur Holt

God Does have a name, and dispite popular beliefe, it is NOT "God".

When people use the word "God" in explicatives, there are always those that chastise them for taking the Lord's name in vain. Whereas these afore mentioned explicatives are quite horrendous, they are NOT taking the Lord's name in vain, because the Lord's name is NOT "God". Nor is it Lord. These are titles that we use to address Him.

 

When I address my wife, I rarely address her by her proper name. I'll call out from down the hall, "Honey!", and she'll reply with a, "Yes, babe..." Her name isn't "Honey" any more than my name is "Babe", nonetheless, we know of whom we are addressing.

 

Just as "God" and "Lord" are titles, so are "Father", "Son", and "Holy Ghost". Not one of them is a "name". In Matthew 28:19, Jesus ordered His disciples to go and baptize in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. However, while mentioning those titles, He did not specifically say what that NAME was. Rather, He merely mentioned the titles. This was of no consequence though. His deciples already knew what NAME He was refering to.

 

I am a father to my sons, a son to my mother, and a husband to my wife. However, my NAME is Arthur, not "father", "son", or "husband". If I write a check and sign it "Father, Son, and Husband", odds are that the bank will not honor that check. However, if I sign it by my proper name, Arthur Holt, and there are enough funds to cover it, they will honor it.

 

Peter declares that there is no other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. There was no confusion in Peter's mind. When his Lord instructed him in what manner to baptize, he knew exactly what He was saying. On the day of Pentecost, when asked by amazed onlookers "what shall we do?", he reiterates the words of the savior. "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

 

There is only ONE God, and His NAME is JESUS!

Why Are Flamingos Pink?

posted Mar 23, 2011, 10:38 PM by Arthur Holt   [ updated Mar 23, 2011, 10:41 PM ]

On my way to pick up a member of our church for service one morning I saw a yard that had two plastic pink flamingos. I know why flamingos are pink, but for everyone else's benefit, I Googled "Why Are Flamingos Pink?" And this is the first result...

 

[Question: Why Are Flamingos Pink? 

Why Are Flamingos Pink?

Have you ever wondered why flamingos are pink or orange? You've probably heard it has something to do with what flamingos eat, but do you know what exactly it is that produces the color?

Answer: Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. For the most part, these pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat. Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink. Young flamingos have gray plumage that changes color according to their diet.

People eat foods containing carotenoids, too. Examples include beta-carotene in carrots and lycopene in watermelon, but most people do not eat enough of these compounds to affect their skin color.]

 

So, if we think about the flamingo, we see that what's on the inside, effects what's on the outside. This must be why the psalmist wrote "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." (Psalms 119:11). He too understood that what is on the inside effects what is on the outside. We don't change our appearance to try to look like a "Christian". What does that even mean? How is a Christian supposed to "look"? Well, the answer to that question is actually easier than it seams. We are supposed to "look" like Jesus. But, how do we accomplish that? By "being good"? By following the ten commandments? By giving to the poor? None of the above (yet all of the above). We accomplish this by "hiding" God's word in our heart.

 

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

John 1:14 "And the Word was made 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."

 

Jesus Christ is THE LIVING WORD!

 

By receiving his Holy Spirit, we "hide" His word in our "heart". Yes, we study the word, but His Spirit also works in us to give understanding to those words we read. We CAN'T be "holy". We need HIS Holiness to make us holy. We need the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Jesus said we CAN NOT enter into the kingdom of God unless we are born again of the water and the spirit. How do we do this? Well, He explained it to His disciples, and Peter said it the plainest, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." This "Holy Ghost" that Peter speaks of is the self same spirit of Jesus Christ, the word made flesh spoken of in John 1:14. He said "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

 

James said "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:18, 26) We are not saved by works. We can not "earn" our way into heaven. We are saved by grace and grace alone. However, once we are saved, once we are filled with His spirit, are "works" or actions begin to change. We become more like Him. Because, what is on the inside, effects what is on the outside!

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