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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, July 31, 2016

6 Foundations for Intimacy with God Week Three:Do You Know Who You Are?

by Barbara Latta

Who are you? Are you a wife, husband, father, mother, friend or companion? Are you a doctor, nurse, teacher, lawyer, clerk, bookkeeper, librarian, housekeeper, or sales person?

Do you identify yourself with what you do or your relationship with others?

Identity theft steals the benefits of being you.
We hear a lot about identity theft. Some of us may have experienced having credit cards or bank account information stolen by someone. A year ago, my husband and I went through this disaster as someone in another state was using our card numbers, but we had never been in that location at all. We had to go through the steps of clearing our cards and getting our money back.

These crimes are labeled as identity theft, but what the criminals are really doing is stealing the benefits of being another person.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

6 Foundations for Intimacy with God - Week Two, Our Spiritual Make-up

by Barbara Latta

We are spirit beings.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

This verse clearly tells us we are three part beings. Being made in the image of God means we are spirit beings living in a body and we have a mind.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

6 Foundations for Intimacy with God: Week One, The Love of the Father

by Barbara Latta
Focus on the love of God.

This is the beginning of a series of blog posts based on what I have learned from other Bible teachers and my own study revealing how to have a victorious spiritual life. I am going to share 6 principles that will revolutionize your walk with our heavenly Father if you will get into the Word and search out the scriptures for yourself and let the Word of God take deep root within you.

These 6 foundations are:

  • The Love of God
  • Our Spirit, Soul, and Body
  • Identity in Christ
  • God’s True Character
  • Spiritual Authority
  • How God Sees Me

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Is There An Answer to the Violence?

by Barbara Latta

Perilous times will come.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

While people have been scoffing for centuries about the return of Christ, the signs are more prevalent now than ever before.

The recent tragedies in the United States leave some scratching their heads wondering why. But the answer is in that verse. We are in the last days and a spirit of anti-Christ dominates those who don’t know Him.

Government officials always think they have the answers by crying for gun control, legislation, or throwing more money into programs. What’s missing is the root cause of the problem.

People act in violent methods because they are controlled by evil influences. When God
Violent people are controlled by evil.
does not control a person’s action, Satan is in charge.

When Jesus left the earth he left the command to be witnesses of Him in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1: 8). That doesn’t mean each one of us are supposed to go all over the world. Some are called to do that, but we are all called to be witnesses wherever we are. Our Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria is the sphere of influence we live in—our neighbors, family, friends, co-workers and anyone we meet in our daily life.
We can be an influence wherever we are and lost people will hear the gospel. If they respond the devil loses another disciple who can kill and maim.

The natural reaction to the acts of murder and rebellion call us to respond in kind. But Jesus tells us to do the opposite. Hate only breeds more hate and the gospel is hindered.

Our part is to proclaim Christ to those who are lost and pray their eyes will be opened by the Holy Spirit to accept His love and mercy.

Here is what we can do on an individual basis when something like this happens:

  • Don’t get in fear (Psalm 91)
  • Stay strong by renewing our minds in the Word so we won’t be deceived by lies (Romans 12:2).
  • Pray for strength to respond in a Christ-like manner (1 Peter 9-12).

Proclaim Christ to the lost.
Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).

Please join me in praying for the families of those who have lost loved ones and pray that He will help us all to spread the gospel to every creature.

Leave your comment below about your thoughts.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Do you know why the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed?

by Barbara Latta

Revolutionary soldiers
We celebrate our Independence Day on July 4, but the Revolutionary War started about a year earlier when shots were fired at Lexington and Concord.

King George of Great Britain denied the citizens of the colonies the basic rights entitled to them as a settlement of the British crown. Each time these disputes were brought to light they were either ignored or punishment was rendered. The colonists put up resistance and fought against such tyranny.

On April 19, 1775, British troops marched into Lexington with the intent of destroying military supplies. Shots were fired and both the British and Militia suffered casualties. As the abuse of power continued from the seat of Britain, the leaders of the colonies met in early June of 1776 in Philadelphia to debate whether to break away from the mother country. Thomas Jefferson was elected to draw up the first draft of their document declaring the reasons for the colonies act of independence.

After much meeting, debating and redrafting, Congress met on July 1 and took up the
Declaration of Independence
resolution to break away from England’s rule. On July 4, twelve of the thirteen state delegations adopted the final draft of the Declaration (New York adopted it on July 9). Only John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress, and Charles Thomson, the Congress’s secretary, put their signatures on the document that day. It then went to a printer so copies could be distributed to other states.

On July 8, the Liberty Bell rang out in Philadelphia calling all citizens to gather and hear the reading of the Declaration. George Washington ordered that it be read to his troops in New York City on July 9. All across the land, Americans heard the words of the document and pulled down images of George III and symbols of Britain’s authority.

On July 19, Congress ordered that the Declaration be written on parchment and signed by all its members. On August 2, the copy was ready and the members of Congress who were in Philadelphia that day gathered and signed the document knowing full well they were signing their own death warrants. Delegates who were out of town signed in the following weeks.

On January 18, 1777 it was ordered that new copies be printed showing the names of all the signers. Today that original document is housed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

There are 27 violations of  human and governmental rights listed on the Declaration of Independence that were inflicted upon the colonists by King George. Peaceful resolution was tried and failed because of the tyranny of the monarchy. The only choice the colonists had was to become pawns of the British government without any rights or representation, or to rebel against abuse and become independent.
Independence Day celebration

Copies of the Declaration of Independence are widely available. If you don’t have one, I encourage you to find one and read the entire document.

After you read it, post your thoughts in the comments below and share some things you didn’t know about how our freedom was established.

Happy Independence Day and may God bless America!