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Posts Tagged "Faith"

The Dangers of Socialism

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“In this podcast we will discuss the ever present and pervasive dangers of Socialism in our culture. Now I’m pretty sure most of you have heard of Karl Marx, the so called ‘father of Marxism’ also coined as ‘Communism’ or ‘Socialism’ in today’s dialect. But did you know that Karl Marx was a ‘God hater’ and his main aim was to usurp the moral and economic foundations of society, with a pamphlet called the ‘Communist Manifesto?’ Now, Karl Marx was born in Trier, Germany on May 5th 1818 and later died in London, England in March of 1883. His father was a successful lawyer and was devoted to the teachings of Voltaire and Kant. Karl was the oldest surviving boy of nine children and of Jewish descent. What is not commonly known; is that Karl Marx was a professing Christian in his youth and his first book was entitled, The Union of the Faithful with Christ. However beginning in his early 20’s a very sharp ‘U-turn’ was made by Marx in his theological outlook, to the point of abandoning his Christian faith and later embracing full scale Atheism. Proof of his recantation was later revealed in several of his personal poems where he expressed his disdain for almighty God…Cleary any love that Marx had for the Lord Jesus Christ was later turned to repulsion and his Communist Manifesto was written in defiance of his previously held Judeo-Christian values.17″ – Pastor Carl

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What is Righteousness?

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“Have you noticed my podcast is called, ‘Reigning in Righteousness’ and there’s a reason for that. To the casual listener however, this title might sound a bit pretentious. But you might be saying, “are we not all weak worms of the dust Pastor? I thought we were sinners saved by Grace?” But friend, the reality is, we are the righteousness of God now and my purpose in each and every broadcast is to forge and solidify Christ’s righteousness in you. One of the most disturbing doctrines in Christianity today is ‘Calvinism,’ where the congregants of Calvinistic preachers are never really confronted with the true Gospel. I would say this represents almost half of the church as a whole. This mindset is rooted in a false teaching, where God has supposedly ‘foreordained’ those who will be saved and those who will not. Therefore in these churches, no invitations are offered from the pulpit to become ‘born again.’ There are a lot of assumptions going on, assumptions unfortunately that could result in many people never entering into the promise of salvation. Shockingly, the Pastors themselves may not be ‘born again’ and it’s just like the church I grew up in back home. In these churches there are seemingly no testimonies of a solid conversion experience, an encounter with the Holy Spirit or much else for that matter…” – Pastor Carl

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Boundaries

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“The title of this podcast might seem strange at first but I’ve thought at length recently about the importance of both establishing and enforcing boundaries in our lives. Now in order to be successful according to God’s definition (as the book of Proverbs attests especially), then we need to be practitioners of both discipline and diligence. Diligent to oversee and manage the various possessions we might own and the requisite maintenance for each vehicle we drive, for example. And diligent to watch over our families and perhaps the internet usage of our teenagers…need I say more. Diligent to do our part in the workplace by not cutting corners but going the extra mile when and where an opportunity arises. We also need to be disciplined in the areas of health, physical exercise, moral restraint, financial affairs and the various other components that go to make up the fabric of our everyday life. Yet I consider establishing boundaries as an important marker of success, especially in relationships and an essential aspect of discipline that often gets overlooked. In fact, these boundaries are mentioned in the Bible.” – Pastor Carl

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The Gift of Healing

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“Did you notice the scripture says ‘gifts’ of healing, plural, instead of ‘gift’ as the other spiritual gifts are categorized? It’s written this way because there are various classes of sickness or disease and consequently, there are various classes of healing to counter these various categories of sickness. Let’s start out by saying; the ‘gifts of healing’ have nothing to do with medical science or human learning. Think about it, Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts was a medical doctor and went with the Apostle Paul on several of his missionary journeys. Luke was even with Paul when he was shipwrecked and they were on the island of Melita together, in the Mediterranean. However, nothing is said about Luke ministering to the people on the island with his medical knowledge. But the father in law of the chief man of the island was sick and Paul laid hands on him and he was healed supernaturally!” – Pastor Carl

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The Gift of Faith

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“As mentioned in my introductory broadcast of the spiritual gifts, ‘the gift of faith,’ is the first of the three power gifts. Let’s be very clear from the outset that faith could be described as the ‘currency of God’s Kingdom.’ Firstly, there’s ‘saving faith’ granted to each man to enter the kingdom of God as outlined in Rom 12:3. We also know that faith can increase in one’s life by hearing the word of God over and over which Romans 10:17 makes very clear. Jude 20 also demonstrates that faith can be built upon by ‘praying in the Holy Ghost,’ but none of these attributes of faith can be included within the jurisdiction of ‘the gift of faith.’ ‘The gift of faith’ is unique because it’s given supernaturally for a period of time, in contrast to ‘general’ or ‘saving faith’ mentioned in the Book of Romans. It’s a gift given to the believer in order that he or she might receive miracles in their life. ” – Pastor Carl

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The Gift of the Word of Wisdom

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“Every gift works according to the Holy Spirit, not our spirit. We’re not working or manipulating the spiritual gifts, but we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest them through us by making ourselves available and receptive to His unction. However, if people have wrongly judged these gifts, as no longer in operation today or are in complete ignorance of them, they’ll not work through them. God works through willing vessels. We have to be careful because sometimes we may want to operate in a certain gift but the Holy Spirit does not want us to, therefore, we must always yield to His desires. In other words to one person, ‘the word of wisdom’ may be given and to another person ‘the word of knowledge’, and to another person ‘the gift of faith’ and so on, but we don’t personally choose which gifts are going to manifest. The Holy Spirit divides these gifts between us as He wills, not as we will it. In fact there are some gifts people may operate in often and there are some gifts a person may never operate in, during their lifetime.” – Pastor Carl

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Faith Doubt and Unbelief

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“Now starting with faith, we know faith comes by hearing, we know it is a substance, therefore it can be measured and we know faith works by love. We also know that the mystery of faith is a clean conscience, as I’ve discussed in a previous broadcast. We also know that we apply our faith by speaking it out loud to the obstacle in our path. Remember Jesus said, “Have faith in God, say to the mountain be removed and cast into the sea, which represents an obstacle in your life.(Mk 11:23) ” Now one thing I’d like to point out is; you really don’t need that much faith at all in order for it to work. In the case of a mustard seed it was the smallest seed known to man at the time when Jesus walked the earth, but Jesus said you don’t need much faith at all in order to practice it. You just need to start using the little faith that you have and implementing it by speaking to the hindrance in your life. Friend did you know that God is limited by the power that works within you.” – Pastor Carl

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