Sunday, February 25, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: AM I? Part 1



For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.     —  1 CORINTHIANS 2:2

Apologetics, Charismatics, Evangelicals and such catagorize the approaches a person has towards faith. We all believe in the Trinity; these catagories explain the manifestation of a person’s belief. What do they mean?

Most of us, myself included have a working understanding of what these catagories mean. Are these ideologies in conflict with one another? Is one not necessary, is one more important than the other?

In the next at least four blog post and perhaps a few more I will endeavor to give a summary of each.




JOHN 20:29 
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 




APOLOGETIC 
When I first heard the term Christian Apologetic I thought it was a group of believers who made excuses for their faith; apologizing. Then I began thinking it was an ideology that justified faith supported by historical evidence. Am I way off base?

Apologetics is from the Greek word ‘apologia’ which means defense. Think of Christian Apologetics as the Closing Arguments for the defense. When accused of being a Christian there will be evidence against you and you should be able to prove they are right.

If you were accused of being a Christian, how much evidence could the prosecution bring against you?

MARK 16:17-18
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 

I did not have to go deep as I began my superficial research on Apologetics; I discovered authors I knew of who are Apologist. Walter Martin’s book, KINGDOM OF THE CULT, was on my book shelf for years until I gave it away. I did skim through it and will be ordering it soon, this book focused on why other beliefs and is an excellent source of information. I also had Josh McDowell’s book EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT until I gave it away. When I purchased these books I was researching, trying to understand why I believed what ‘they’ told me to believe.

In a court case in which the Prosecutor declared Christianity is not the only belief system the Defense attorney would present the evidence laid on in the book KINGDOM OF THE CULT. By examining the foundation of various belief system- including its’ origin, its’ founder and its’ core beliefs- the reader is able to see how the ideology is a man made ideologoy, a cult. In sharing such evidence the Defense will have proven why other belief systems are false.

Apologetics not only help us confirm what we believe is true they also point out why other religions are false. 

JOHN 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Everyone, most people anyway, has heard of C.S. Lewis, he is an Apologist; his book which became a movie: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is classic.   Though I have seen the movie I have yet to read any of his writings.

Another great Apologist is R. C. Sproul, I was introduced to his writings in 2017. His books  are excellent foundational reading for followers of Christ. During his life, his lectures, messages and other speaking events revealed concrete information to justify believing in the Triune nature of God which includes the death, burriel and resurection of Jesus the only begotton Son of God.  Many of his books are available as an ebook download FREE of charge on Amazon. Such titles as:

  • What is Repentance?
  • Can I be Sure I am Saved?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Can I Trust the Bible?
  • ..and many more 

Apologist present the closing arguments against other belief systems and confirm the Scripture by pointing out what is clearly seen. Shouldn’t we all be apologetic?

ROMANS 1:20-23
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
                                                                                              — written by Marsha L F Randolph
 


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

POLITICS: CHRISTIAN BLACK HISTORY


As I study Scripture I am in the book of Matthew now. How fitting it is BLACK HISTORY MONTH- far to many people of color believe that Christianity is a "White-man's" religion. How ignorant; I say that not out of disrespect, by definition of the word it is lack of knowledge that one believes.

In his commentary Andrew Wommack shares such valuable information as Matthew sharing the gospel in Ethiopia. Those of us who study Scripture know their are Ethiopian Jews (Beta Israel) Ethiopians, located in Africa, are people of dark pigment.  Matthew went to Ethiopia to share the good news of Jesus with the Ethiopian Jews.

"External evidence: There is such an abundance of external evidence to prove that Matthew was the author of this Gospel that it cannot be ignored. There is no biblical reference to Matthew being martyred, and the extra-biblical references that we have about him say he ministered in Judaea for fifteen years (might be supported by Acts 1:26, 15:2; with Galatians 2:1-2), then in Ethiopia and other lands "-Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary.

When Joseph and Mary had to flee Bethlehem they went to Egypt. If you are trying to flee persecution you would want to be able to blend in with the crowd. There had to be Jews in Egypt otherwise they would have been found.

MATTHEW 2:13
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.  

I don’t care what color Jesus was He is my Lord and Savior. I share these thoughts because so many people do not realize that there were people of ALL CULTURES mentioned throughout Scripture.  STUDY YOUR BIBLE!           —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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A MATTER OF FAITH: IS JESUS REALLY LORD OF YOUR LIFE?



Romans 10:9-11 
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 




A Pastor once told me that a person could believe Jesus was Lord and not allow him to be Lord of his life. On a recent post I commented: “Though I had made a confession of faith at the age of 9, Jesus did not become Lord of my life until I was 30.” Being saved and allowing God’s word to have authority over you life is different. Thus, the question we must each ask ourselves: “Is Jesus really Lord of my life?”

Lordship can be explained via an example between a tennant and the owner of a dwelling. We, at least most of us, understand who and what a landlord is; simply stated he is master of the land. The ‘lord’ of the land has authority over that land and can establish rules that the inhabitants live by, violation of the rules have consequences. A landlord does not have authority over a person’s life just the building that he lives in.

When a person makes a declaration of faith by stating: “Jesus is Lord of my life”, he believes God the Son is his Master. Therefore, ownership of his life is transferred from the individual to God and the choices he makes, though acceptable to man, will have adverse consequences if they go against the will, rules, of God.

We are triune beings: body, mind, and spirit. When we accept Jesus as Lord the spirit within us is birthed, we are born again. Scripture teaches us to renew our mind (Romans 12:2); it is our mind that we are yielding to the Lord. Our body has sinful tendencies thus we are instructed to: walk in the Spirit” so that we will not give into the “lust of the flesh”.  (Galatians 5:16)

None of us have achieved one hundred percent obedience. There is a constant struggle between what we want to do and what we actually do (Romans 7:23-24.) There are some behaviors that are willful acts of disobedience this is how you know if Jesus is Lord of your life or you like th demons simply know Him. Acts such as abortion and homosexuality are not acceptable to God, man has manipulated the word to justify these acts. Committing a sin that you know is a sin indicates that you have allowed your flesh to be Lord of your life.

2 TIMOTHY 2:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

When you allow Jesus to be Lord of your life you make your best effort to adhere to the instructions for living found in the Bible. The first step is to believe in your heart that Jesus is who Scripture tells us He is; Jesus is God the Son. The next step is to establish a personal relationship with Him. We are not perfect but we are perfected when we follow His commandments.

A simple prayer can be found in Psalm 27:11: “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.”  Remember: Jesus is Lord. Amen.
                                                                                                     —  written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: SEEKING FORGIVENESS

HEBREWS 10:17
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 


Throughout 2017 Father God showed me my flaws. When God shows you ‘you’ He does it gently not with hostility, He gently brings to your remembrance an event. For me it was through conversations I had with individuals I had not spoken to in years. I remembered past behaviors that made sense at the time but I now realize were wrong. And then God showed me why?

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

As a child I was resentful of a lot of people and a lot of things. Though I had made a confession of fatih at the age of 9, Jesus did not become Lord of my life until I was 30. Looking back I understand the reason for my resentment was becaue of my limited understanding of things that were happening beyond my control. I took everything personally and reacted defensively. Once I discovered I could not control the ways of other people I turned my attention to the One who could at least influence the impact they had on my life.

MATTHEW 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

NOTE: I make know apologies for personalizing this post. It is my testimony that helps me to teach the truth about forgiveness.

We don’t change overnight, my transformation has been slow years in the making and I am not there yet. Today I have reached a point in which I can not only forgive others but I can forgive myself. I am not the same person I was forty years ago or even ten years ago. The difference? More than forgiveness is my desire to change my behavior and for that I had to understand why I was the way I WAS.

Our prayers go unanswered. We go through our Christian check list: I fellowship, I tithe, I read the Bible- check, check, check! Yet, things are not right. We even forgive everyone we think needs to be forgiven.

MARK 11:25-26 
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 

According to Hosea we perish for lack of knowledge not unforgiveness. We do need Father God’s forgiveness to receive answered prayers. What is the problem if the answer does not manifest?

PHILIPPIANS 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

If you are like me then you are not willing to settle for what evryone else has. I want everything He determined I should have before I was formed in my mother’s womb. There are things I need and I am going to get it from the One who has it.

Some believe that God says “No”, if you read my book BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME you will understand why I disagree with that idea. God does not hear everyone’s prayers but He does respond to His word. If you are returning His word to Him and you are not receiving what He promised the problem is not that God said know the problem is an earthly hindrance.

ISAIAH 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 
Father God will show you what is hindering your prayers if you ask. This is what happened to me. My mind was filled with strife: resentment, anger, frustration and hurt; these emotions manifested in such away that it caused unnecessary pain in loved ones. I have sought forgiveness and received it, but my prayers were still not being answered. When I asked Him, He showed me ‘me’.

ISAIAH 6:5-8
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 

I now know what Father God through Jesus had to forgive me of, this knowledge has caused my heart to change towards people. I believe when you really forgive the love of God becomes stronger in you and it is because the God in you is shown no matter what is happening in your life that you are forgiven by Him. This understanding of forgiveness is what leads to what we call repentance, a change of heart and a change of lifestyle.

Because of what He has and currently does forgives me of I am able to show love and mercy towards other people. Yes, I have changed from the way I once was.

ACTS 17:30 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
·In the past, people did not understand God, and he ignored this [or God overlooked such times of ignorance]. But now, God ·tells [commands] all people in the world to ·change their hearts and lives [repent].
                                                                          - - -written by Marsha L F Randolph

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A MATTER OF FAITH: YOU LOOKIN' AT ME?

COMING SOON


ROMANS 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.




On October 1, 2015 I began studying the New King James version of the Bible, I do not just read the Bible in a year. I finished the Old Testament January 28, 2018. (Note to the super-Christians: I have read the Bible numerous times which would include the King James version more times than I can recall.) As I read I was reminded that there is more to Scripture than what is often presented from the pulpit.

Where did we get the idea that Eve ata an apple? Or Jonah was swallowed by a whale? Eve ate fruit and Jonah was swallowed by a big fish. Many of us have been focused on the words of man out of trust and convenience without studying the word of God. Believers have a personal relationship with God which means each person can go to Him and seek understanding.


You cannot develop what you believe to be true if you are focused on what you have been told. I had to make some adjustments, mentally, in my approach to reading the books of the Bible.  I have read some books of the Bible, like Job, more than others, definately more than the book of Numbers. When I wrote THE TRUTH ABOUT VASHTAI (published 2012) I was learning to approach Scripture as it was written not as people wanted it to be; I began to see every word as important.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

When you read the Bible, what are you looking at? What do you see? Read 1 Peter 2:24, what are the first words your mind captures?

1 PETER 2:24
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.


If you are like most people, myself inculded, you think - stripes and healed. We focus on the 39 stripes which are associated with healing. I am renewing my mind and training it to focus on the subject- Jesus. By looking at “Jesus” healing becomes incidental, an after thought to the writer. It was Jesus who bore our sins which is more important and more challenging a task than being healed. If you can understand that before you were born Jesus took upon Himself ALL of the sins you would commit from birth to death so that you would be perceived as sinless then your life problems are not as complex as you thought. Jesus bore the sins of us all in His body- that is a lot of sin!

The more you focus on Jesus the more truths will be revealed as your read the Bible.

Daniel was able to go into the lions den because He knew God. How did he know if the lions would devour him or not? Daniel trusted God

ISAIAH 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Our minds are cluttered by the opinions of others, which includes doctors, close relatives and friends.  I find that even well meaning Christians can be a distraction when I am trying to hear what Father God is saying to me.

DANIEL 1:12-15
“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.

As many times as I read the book of Daniel I never focused on the ten days because my church leaders and even Bible study friends talked about the 21 day fast (based on Daniel 10). After ten days Daniel was healthier than the others. It is also written that there was a three year preparation period (1:5). Even Esther, was prepped for one year prior to being presented to the king. 

Fasting and even tithing are encouraged in many churches because of the results BUT what many fail to focus on is the perparations before and the circumstances which lead up to the fast. Daniel achieved success because God was with him and his motivation was not to get God to do something but to do something for God.  Esther prepared to be the wife of the king but when a crisis occured that would result in the death herself and all the children of Israel everyone turned to God for three days.

Corporate fasting or corporate foolishness, many churches particpate in what such activities. But, not everyone participates in the fasting or there is a compromise, fasting alternatives. What is the focus?

I do not participate in corporate fast,I stepped down from the intercessory prayer team, and I do not read my Bible in a year every year.

MATTHEW 6:33 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
·Seek first [Be concerned above all else with] God’s kingdom and ·what God wants [L- his righteousness]. Then all ·your other needs will be met as well [L- these things will be given to you].

I have come to the conclusion that I must be faithful to God and not “church”.

HEBREWS 12:2 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
Let us ·look only to [keep our eyes on] Jesus, the ·One who began [Pioneer/Founder of; or Leader/Prince of] our faith and who ·makes it perfect [completes it]. He ·suffered death on [L- endured] the cross, ·accepting the shame as if it were nothing [L- disregarding/despising the shame] because of the joy that ·God put before [lay ahead for] him. And now he is sitting at the right ·side [L hand] of God’s throne [1:3; 13; Ps. 110:1].

Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (KJV) therefor He should be the One we go to for wisdom. A church leader should proclaim God’s word and not his opinion. When a churh leader gives an opinion she should state it as such. Each of us are responisble for the knowledge we accept or reject therefor it is important that you don’t quote your church leader but you quote Scripture.    - - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

A MATTER OF FAITH: HELL- FIRE & BRIMSTONE

JOB 11:7-12
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?  It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
10  If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
11  For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
12  For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt. 

The translation of one word can alter the interpretation of one ideology. The New King James version of Job 11:8 uses the term ‘sheol’ instead of hell. “Deeper than the realm of the dead,” is how The Voice translates the word. The Message Bible omits references to heaven and hell: “God is far higher than you can imagine, far deeper than you can comprehend, stretching farther than earth’s horizons, far wider than the endless ocean. The New International Version of the Bible translates Job 11:8 as follows: They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?”  The word hell is a very important word because the place hell is very real.

There are people who do not believe in an eternal hell thus negating the idea of heaven. Have you ever heard a person talk about “hell on earth”?  Heaven and hell are very real places, they are eternal places with no beginning and no end.

Man is a spirit housed in a phyisical body, though our flesh may return to the dirt our soul and spirit never dies. If I am wrong- when I die I will be dead but if I am right those who do not believe will spend eternity in hell.

Jesus told stories, called parables, to teach the people important lessons. Luke 16:19-31 is the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus a lesson about heaven and hell. (written in full below)

The Rich Man (we will refer to as RM) lived a good life; sitting at his gate was a beggar named Lazarus. Lazarus was ill and  had needs. In the parable, Jesus does not mention RM’s church attendance record or how much he gave he could have been the biggest giver in the temple. It is clear that RM could have helped Lazarus but chose not to.

Lazarus,the beggar, died “and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.” Then RM died “and was buried.”  If there was no heaven why would Abraham come and carry Lazarus and not RM?

RM just knew he was in right standing with God. Verse 23 tells it all: “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”  RM went straight to hell, but had an awareness of a better place.

You do not have to believe in hell to go there.

If you read the rest of the story you will discover that RM, whose body was burried but his soul still very much alive, wanted to save his brothers from the same fate but he could not (verse 27-31).

LUKE 16:31
But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’

Scripture speaks of eternity, most people do not want to talk about it.  Yes, God is full of grace and mercy. True God is love. God is not a man nor is His ways the ways of man thus it is important that every believer know what the Word states about eternity.

DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2018 I am raising money for a school that is in the Miami Florida prisons.  The school is called: Miami International Seminary in Prison. One of the graduates of this program is serving a life sentence- he is now teaching the gospel to his fellow inmates. Not all the students have a life sentence, would it not be great to have these men leave filled with the knowledge of God’s word? There are lot’s of prison ministries that preach but very few that teach- we are called to teach. PLEASE GO ON FACEBOOK AND SUPPORT THIS SCHOOL @ Marsha's fundraiser for Miami International Seminary in Prison

When a person states he does not believe in hell it is based on what they see here on earth. We are spirit beings living in a physical body, what happens to our body on earth has nothing to do with our eternal existence. Study Scripture and discover what it teaches you about eternity- heaven and hell are real.                                             written by Marsha L F Randolph

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LUKE 16:19-31
19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell[a] from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A MISSION TRIP AT HOME

Today I begin a fundraising campaign, my first, to support the prison campus of Miami International Seminary (MINTS). I know quite a few clergy who go into the prisons and share the gospel to the inmates MINTS is the only Seminary in prison that I know of.

ABOUT MINTS (As written on their facebook page): “MINTS International Seminary uses theological education to promote world evangelism. With over 500 study centers around the world MINTS trains local leaders to reach their counties for Christ.
MINTS International Seminary offers degree programs in prisons. Prisoners can earn certificate, associate, bachelor, or master's degrees in theological studies.”

The program is headed by Barry Smith, I met Pastor Barry at a church I once attended and took a class he was teaching there. At the time we had the option of just attending the class as a midweek service or attending as a student, I chose the student option which did cost. As one who has taken numerous classes over the years both in college and Bible schools. I would say Barry was one of the hardest teachers I have ever had- except maybe my English teacher -he does not grade on a curve. I am confident that every person that completes this school has not only learned the truth as it is written in Scripture but is qualified to teach it.

MINTS Promotional Video December 2017 from MINTS Seminary in Prison on Vimeo.

PLEASE GIVE. I ask for a minimum of $5 because I know that out of the 600+ FBFs I have they can all give at least $5 but some are able to give more.    - THANK YOU FOR GIVING MARSHA L F RANDOLPH