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Monday, October 16, 2023

The Cost of a Deeper Walk with God - Purity 1173

The Cost of a Deeper Walk with God - Purity 1173

Purity 1173 10/16/2023 Purity 1173 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the silhouettes of trees on the horizon underneath a cotton candy sunrise sky comes to us from yours truly as I traversed over about 60 yards of damp grassy farmland to get just beyond the right-of-way power lines to capture this unobstructed view of the morning sky a week ago on October 9th.    I liked the view of God’s creation so much that morning that I wanted to capture it without the intrusion of man and was willing to go further than I intended and get my feet a little wet in the process.  

Ok, I have to admit I didn’t quite understand just how soaked my feet would get in that morning dew when I set out but once I had started on the mission to capture this view I decided to just keep pressing forward rather than give up and turn around because I had set my course and I thought that the extra yards and wet feet were worth the cost to capture this magnificent sight. 

Well, it’s Monday and as we enter into October’s third work week, my morning walk reminds me of the unexpected costs of pursuing the path of Christian Discipleship and how after I had set my course to follow the Lord as much as I could with the way I live my life, how I have repeatedly agreed that the journey and its various destinations were worth the price of admission, and its hidden fees.  

While the financial costs of seeking the Lord, alone, could be considered to be great if I just thought about the amount of money I have spent and continue to spend on Christian books, education, “mission trips”, and charitable donations, the path of Christian Discipleship will also cost you time and the incalculable value of the losses in your pre-Christ relationships.  You wouldn’t necessarily think that deciding to “do the right thing” in following the Lord would result in losing relationships but it usually does.  But considering the things lost versus the things I have gained in Christ Jesus I can easily echo the sentiments of the Apostle Paul in:

Philippians 3:7-11 (NLT2)
7  I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
8  Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
9  and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
10  I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,
11  so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Knowing the love, peace, and joy of the Lord and experiencing the new and eternal life that God gives to us through Christ makes whatever personal costs we have to pay worth it.  God’s amazing grace is a priceless gift that keeps on giving and even when my faith results in suffering or unexpected expenditures to my finances, time, or personal relationships I can confidently and boldly say, I wouldn’t have it any other way and would be willing to pay even more than I have had to know this peace with God.   

Pretty faithful huh? 

Well, yesterday my zeal was put to the test as I received a wake-up call on yet another aspect of what a “deeper walk” with Christ may actually entail and what it would mean biblically to make God first in my life.  

Yesterday, my pastor, Roscoe Lily laid out one of the most convicting messages on tithing that I have ever had the displeasure to hear.  Yup, I have a confession to make, while I have tithed in the past and mentally agree with the idea that we should put the Lord first with everything in our lives, including our money, my failure to budget properly resulted in compromising on tithing.  The various seasons of turmoil in my walk and my failure to practice frugality and good financial stewardship resulted in my giving less than I should.  

Don’t get me wrong. Pastor Lily is as humble servant leader and seeker-friendly a pastor as a skeptic or sinner could hope for but as I often say to others, I love his preaching because it doesn’t compromise one iota on telling the truth in love and encouraging his listeners to be Followers of Jesus – with a capital F – or D for Disciple.  So when he made a straightforward call to be obedient to the Biblical principle of tithing, the Holy Spirit used it to convict me and step my game up in terms of generosity immediately, in about less than 10 minutes into his message.   

I have sat under other messages on tithing in the past without complying with the call to  obediently honor God with my “first fruits” because of my financial status and hardness of heart in the past but yesterday, the Holy Spirit worked through Lily’s message and caused me to immediately surrender and commit myself to doing “what was right” regardless of the costs.  God has given me everything and I was ashamed that I had changed my course from faithfully tithing as I had done in the past.  So, I did it almost immediately, and I’m glad I did because Roscoe’s message was a full court press on being a “real Christian” for real.   Don’t get me wrong, he did give grace to those who were in no position to make the tithing commitment and even gave a money-back guarantee to the faint of heart – really he did – Starpoint invites people to tithe for 90 days and if they don’t feel the Lord has provided for them after 90 days the church agrees to return the paid tithe back.  I know who’s going to ask for their money back, but that’s the contract you can sign to give tithing a try at my church. Crazy.  

While I basically made the change to tithing almost immediately, I was impressed with a part of Roscoe’s message where he addressed the hypothetical scenario of someone coming to him and asking about how they could have a deeper walk with God.  Roscoe said that if someone asks them that the first thing he will recommend is tithing because it costs you something and it really puts your money where your mouth is.   Put up or shut up. 

Don’t get me wrong. Tithing is perhaps one of the easiest ways to be obedient.  Anybody can write a check. You don’t become spiritually richer or more mature instantly by paying your tithes. Believe me I have done it in the past! But it does show some basic obedience and could be a true sign of one’s devotion to the things of God.  

So yesterday, I made God first in my life in a basic way that I had in the past but had somewhere compromised along the way.   The word of indicates we should tithe and while I agreed with the principle, I wasn't practicing it but now I am and I will make adjustments in other areas of my life so my choice to give God my “first fruits” won’t be a means of suffering for my faith and I can be a “cheerful giver” who gladly pays the costs to support God’s work on earth,  

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Bitterness, Resentment, & Hate.

Galatians 5:15 (NIV2011)
15  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Today’s verse fall under the second point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Bitterness, Resentment, & Hate.

 2.  Quit biting and devouring one another.

Today’s verse exhorts us to not bite and devour each other, showing that even the early church could be a place of contentions, bitterness, and hate.  

Not for nothing but Pastor Lily’s message on tithing yesterday undoubtedly will cause some to be offended and angry and may even cause some to never return to our church.  Critics who complain about churches being all about money have a large piece of evidence to present at the court of public opinion after yesterday’s message! 

The enemy knows how to stoke the flames of discord among the brethren and money is just one of a plethora of topics that the enemy can use to sow seeds of bitterness and resentment among the body of Christ.  Pastor Roscoe’s call to pay the costs of discipleship in terms of tithing could cause a great division among our congregation and result in people “biting and devouring one another”.  

“Heck it’s the fourth quarter of 2023, the economy is rough, and Christmas is coming – did the Pastor really ask us to give more money to the church!?!? – Ding! Ding! Come out with your dukes up!

But seriously, the Apostle Paul’s words in today’s verse admits to the reality of the dangers of infighting in the body of Christ and warns us against it.  So as much as it depends on us, let’s agree with the word of God, obey it and be peacemakers as we seek to show and share the love of Jesus.    

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

30 - The Spirit Fructifying

Fruit of the Spirit (Graces of the Spirit)

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit … Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:17, 18, 20). The fruit they bear is that which distinguishes the children of God from the children of the Devil. This “fruit” is the temper or disposition wrought in the elect by the Holy Spirit, which is manifested by them, severally, “according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Eph. 4:7). The Spirit fructifies the regenerate by conforming them to the image of Christ: first to His graces, and then to His example. The lovely virtues found in them do not issue from the depraved nature of fallen man, but are supernaturally inwrought by God.

There are three leading passages in the New Testament on this subject. John 15 names the conditions of fruitfulness: union with Christ, purging by the Father, abiding in Christ, and Christ and His Word abiding in us. Galatians 5 furnishes a description of the fruit itself. 2 Peter 1:5–8 states the order of fruit or the process of its cultivation. “In the figure of the Vine, the Holy Spirit is not mentioned, but in comparing Himself to the Vine and His disciples to the Branches, the Tree corresponds to the Body, and the Life to His Spirit. The diffusion of life is the work of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit by which the Father is glorified is the fruit of the Spirit. Apart from Christ there is neither life nor fruit, but without the Spirit of Christ there can be neither union or abiding. Our Lord does not specify the fruit. What He emphasizes is the fact that it is fruit, and that it is fruit directly from Himself” (S. Chadwick).

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22, 23). These are graces of the Spirit as distinguished from the gifts of the Spirit, enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12, and which will be considered in our next chapter. They are holy and heavenly dispositions with the conduct which results therefrom. The Apostle begins with the principal characteristics of the spiritual mind, and then passes on to its operation and manifestation in personal conduct, social virtues, and practical behavior. A threefold reason may be suggested why these spiritual graces are termed “fruit.” First, because all grace is derived from the Spirit as fruit issues from the life of a plant. Second, to denote the pleasantness of grace, for what is more delightful than sweet and wholesome fruit? Third, to signify the advantage redounding to those who have the Spirit; as the owners are enriched by the fruit produced from their gardens and orchards, so believers are enriched by the fruits of holiness.

In the use of the singular number, “the fruit (rather than fruits) of the Spirit,” emphasis is placed upon the unity of His operations: producing one harmonious whole—in contrast from the products of the flesh, which ever tend to discord and chaos. These virtues are not like so many separate flowers in a bouquet, as the variegated petals of one lovely flower exhibiting different shades and forms. A rainbow is one, yet in it all the primary colors are beautifully blended together. These graces which the Spirit imparts to a renewed soul are distinguishable, but they are inseparable. In some believers one grace predominates more than another—as meekness in Moses, patience in Job, love in John—yet all are present and to some extent active.

Galatians 5:22, 23 enumerates nine of the graces communicated by the Spirit. Some have suggested that the last eight are but varied expressions of the first. That “Joy is love exulting, Peace is love in repose, Longsuffering is love on trial, Gentleness is love in society, Goodness is love in action, Faith is love in endurance, Meekness is love at school, and Temperance is love in discipline” (A. T. Pierson). But while love is, admittedly, the greatest of all the graces, yet 1 Corinthians 13:13 shows that it is but one of several. Personally, we prefer the older classification which divided the nine graces into three threes: the first three—love, joy, peace—being Godwards in their exercise; the second three—longsuffering, gentleness goodness—being exercised manwards; and the last three—fidelity, meekness, temperance—being exercised self-ward.

“Love:” the Apostle begins with that which flows directly from God (Rom. 5:5), and without which there can be no fellowship with Him or pleasing of Him. “Joy” in God, in the knowledge of pardon, in communion with Christ, in the duties of piety, in the hope of Heaven. “Peace:” of conscience, rest of heart, tranquillity of mind. “Longsuffering” when provoked and injured by others, exercising a magnanimous forbearance toward the faults and failing of our fellows. “Gentleness” rendered “kindness” in 2 Corinthians 6:6, a gracious benignity, the opposite of a harsh, crabbed, and brutal temper. “Goodness” or beneficence, seeking to help and benefit others, without expecting any return or reward. “Faith” or more accurately “faithfulness:” being trustworthy, honest, keeping your promises. “Meekness” or yieldedness, the opposite of self-will and self-assertiveness. “Temperance” or self-control: being moderate in all things, ruling one’s spirit, denying self

“In newspaper English, the passage would read something like this: The Fruit of the Spirit is an affectionate, lovable disposition, a radiant spirit and a cheerful temper, a tranquil mind and a quiet manner, a forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and with trying people, a sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness, generous judgment and a big-souled charity, loyalty and reliableness under all circumstances, humility that forgets self in the joy of others, in all things self-mastered and self-controlled, which is the final mark of perfecting. This is the kind of character that is the Fruit of the Spirit. Everything is in the word Fruit. It is not by striving, but by abiding; not by worrying, but by trusting; not of works, but of faith” (S. Chadwick). And, as our passage goes on to say, “Against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:23): that which the Law enjoins the Spirit imparts, so that there is perfect harmony between the Law and the Gospel.

But here, too, there is to be a concurrence between the Christian and the Spirit; our responsibility is to cherish and cultivate our graces, and to resist and reject everything which opposes and hinders them. Fruit is neither our invention nor our product, nevertheless it requires our “diligence” as 2 Peter 1:5 plainly indicates. A neglected garden grows weeds in plenty, and then its flowers and fruits are quickly crowded out. The gardener has to be continually alert and active. Turn to and ponder Psalm 1 and see what has to be avoided, and what has to be done, if the believer is to “bring forth his fruit in his season.” Re-read John 15 and note the conditions of fruitfulness, and then turn the same into earnest prayer. The Lord, in His grace, make both writer and reader successful horticulturists in the spiritual realm.[1]

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“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship



[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).

 

Friday, May 5, 2023

The Church Just Wants Your Money! – Lies of the Enemy #23– Purity 1035


The Church Just Wants Your Money! – Lies of the Enemy #23– Purity 1035

Purity 1035 05/04/2023 Purity 1035 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a rainbow over multicolored trees of spring comes to us from Dawn Kaninenberg-Steward who shared this scene, presumably from near her home in Chatham NY on social media on May 2nd , commenting “never gets old”.  Dawn is the president of Our Community Cares Inc, (http://ourcommunitycarescc.org/)  whose mission is to provide financial and emotional support to residents of Columbia County who are facing  hardships in their lives or in the life of a family member. I met Dawn and co-director, Lori Weaver, back in 2019 when I was the Walk Chair for the AFSP’s Columbia-Greene Out of the Darkness walk and I can tell you that Dawn and Lori showed that their organization is the real deal by providing me with much needed support to pull off that event! Just like enjoying the beauty of a rainbow never gets old, their continued service to the Columbia County community shows that their passion for helping others never gets old either!

Well it’s Friday, and I hope that you will indulge me in thanking God that it is Friday, because for me – thanking the Lord never gets old as I make an intentional practice of gratitude part of my morning routine each day.  I have been forgiven much and I have been blessed with a supportive family and Heavenly Father who have been with me through all the ups and downs of my life and so when I remember the hard times that I have been through and consider the peace, love, and joy that I am experiencing now giving thanks to the Lord comes pretty naturally and I hope to never tire of it!

A significant part of finding joy in my life has been due to my involvement with the community of saints – the church- where I was able to learn and grow in my faith because some faithful men and women decided to faithfully worship and serve the Lord by encouraging a “seeker” like me.

I have been a “member” – or regular attendee to at least 5 different churches in my life and while I can say that I don’t think I was really “saved” and definitely not fully following the Lord until 2010 or 2015, if we are talking FULL SURRENDER, I can say that all the faithful men and women I have met along the way through all those churches didn’t have any ulterior motives or hidden agendas – as far as I know.  The people who served in those churches, as far as I know, seemed to be sincere in their faith and seemed only interested in encouraging others to serve and follow the Lord too.  

However, in those communities of faith and in regard to Christianity in general, there is a dissenting opinion that the worship is not sincere and that the motives for meeting are monetary rather than missionary.  Some claim the purpose of churches has more to do with the almighty dollar rather than the Almighty Deity! 

And that brings us to our current series, the Lies of the Enemy, which is an examination of some of the common lies, sometimes sneakily whispered into our minds as “first person” statements, that the enemy tells us to cause us to doubt our faith or the faith of others, lose our peace, cause division, or influence us to not follow the Lord with the way we live our lives.  

Today’s big lie is:

Lie #23: The Church Just Wants Your Money   

The enemy delights in every church financial scandal and every plea for cash from a prosperity gospel preacher because it helps to make the case that “The Church Just Wants Your Money”.   The enemy has plenty of support to try to convince us that this lie is true.

Some churches actually boldly proclaim (and list this on their websites) that members of their church are required to pay a tithe -10% of your income – to be a member of their “Christian” fellowship.  On the flipside of this, I know from experience, that some church members practice the “dollar tithe” – a dollar a week -sometimes per family member – sometimes for the whole family – for the weeks they go to church.  The preaching at many churches turn to the subject of tithing or the financial needs of the church on a regular basis to invite congregates to put their “money where their faithful proclamation” is to raise needed funds or to welcome people into a deeper trust in God and investment into their faith life.  All of these things and the proven cases of financial mismanagement and theft in the “church” build up the enemy’s case that “the church just wants your money”.  

The enemy does this of course to sow seeds of division and encourages people to forsake the assembly of the saints.  Churches of united Christians are a threat to the enemy and so he appeals to people’s more selfish instincts to harden their hearts when it comes to giving or to separate themselves from “organized religion” all together. 

And that’s the point on which I would like to make a stand for the “church” – the true spiritual body of believers. Buildings, denominations, and organizations are not the “church” – the people that follow the Lord are the church and while local congregations and organizations need money to operate – the “church” doesn’t just want your money – they want all of you!

They want your presence, your fellowship, your talents, your obedience, your encouragement, your service, and anything else you can contribute to God’s kingdom’s purposes.  

There are various opinions on the subject of tithing, and I would encourage you to follow the Apostle Paul’s instruction in

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT2) that says:
7  You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”   

Decide in your heart how much to give and to do it without pressure and to give it freely with joy.  If you feel the conviction to give 10%,  or less, or more, give it with joy.

And the same goes for our service or the other ways we give to the body of Christ- don’t do it out of pressure – do it out of the love you have for God – not the good opinions of men – do it with joy.  

God is the head of the church, and He wants you heart, not your cash.   The Lord doesn’t want financial gifts or false expressions of worship where we just go through the motions.  

Isaiah 1:11-18 (NLT2)
11  “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12  When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
13  Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings.
14  I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
15  When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
16  Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.
17  Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
18  “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

The Lord wants us to repent and follow Him – sincerely. So all that we do should be done out of our love for Him – otherwise no amount that we give of anything will please Him. He wants us to follow Him with joy.   So give of yourself as you feel led and continue to seek His will for you.

Hosea 6:6 (NLT2) tells us
6  I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.

God wants our love and to know Him and what you give to Him will only be a small investment on the huge blessings that will come from walking humbly with our God.  

The Church – the body of Christ – is led by God and it doesn’t want just your money – He wants all of you, but He only wants what you free give.  

So deny that lie of the enemy that the Church is just after your money and go to the Lord with your offer of full surrender and give Him what you can with joy.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

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Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is :

James 1:25 (NLT2)
25  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

Today’s verse encourages us to know the word of God and to do what it says with the promise of God’s blessing for doing so.  

This verse can easily be misconstrued to support those prosperity gospel preachers who promise great returns for your great faith but when I encourage people to follow the Lord’s will for their lives and to obey the word of God, I try to temper their expectations “keeping it real” by assuring them that while they may be blessed by the fruit of the Spirit when they decide to walk in the Spirit – they may have to find their peace and joy in the midst of hardship, suffering or persecution because Christ said we could expect it.  

When we walk with the Lord, we are blessed by His presence and the peace we have when we are in harmony with Him.  And that is a GREAT BLESSING – the Joy of the Lord is our strength and the peace He gives goes beyond our understanding so we shouldn’t necessarily be expecting material or circumstantial blessings because if we put our hopes in the things of this earth we will be disappointed.  

So look into the “perfect law that sets you free” and do what it says and expect the blessing of a rich relationship with God and wait and see what He has for you.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  “Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality” By June Hunt.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase June Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work.  This resource is available online for $7.99 (https://june-hunt.myshopify.com/collections/keys-for-living/products/keys-for-living-on-satan-demons-satanism_ ).

Satan, Demons & Satanism

A Sinister Reality

by June Hunt

B.  What Are the Signs of Satanic Involvement?

A teenager was given the assignment to write a paper on any religious group. During his research, he became obsessed with satanism. While he was preoccupied with sadistic rock music and satanic rituals, his personality changed. Moving from soccer to sorcery, the boy became hostile and rebellious … eventually killing his mother and himself. This story is both tragic and true. Jesus warns us to “be on guard” … to watch out for false allegiances and abominations where hearts are hardened against His power.

“Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.”

(Mark 13:12)

Signs of Possible Satanic Curiosity

     Unexplained mood swings

     Intense rebelliousness

     Black candles

     Experimentation with drugs

     Fixation on death

     Use of satanic paraphernalia

     Secret agendas and unexplained activities

     Loss of interest in school, work or normal activities

     Obsession with occultic books, games, videos, movies

     Avoidance of family members

     Change in friends

     Black clothing and jewelry

     Hostility toward the church

     Preference for heavy metal rock music

     Drawing or displaying satanic symbols

Don’t dabble in the demonic. Satanism is like cyanide—in a gallon of milk. It takes only a few drops to kill you!

 

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

(Proverbs 14:12)[1]

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My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


[1] June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 8.