Sunday, July 23, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: THE STANDARD IS GOD'S WORD





DEUTERONOMY 4:2
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.






Confusion is rising among God’s peoples because of the different church philosophies. The different doctrines as it relates to such things as heaven and hell to what the Word of God states about homosexuality have resulted in many living lifestyles that lead to damnation.

Unfortunately, far to many people do not know that they are hearing falsehoods. They do not know that what they are hearing, words that make them feel good about themselves are not pleasing to God.

ISAIAH 51:40
“I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats.”

God has declared in His word that it is the peoples fault because they do not know His words.

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Like choosing which movie a person is going to see many Christians determine which church to associate with by its’ popularity. Heaven and hell are real and you can follow the crowd to hell or establish a personal relationship with Father God through His Son Jesus the Messiah.

Far to many choose church by standards other than the Word. Denominations, language spoken, racial make up and even style of service are key factors in where a person sits on their Sabbath. (Even which day of the week a service is held can be a major influence.) For some people a one hour service is to long for others it is to short. Some people think sitting and listening to the church leader teach is boring while others hate hearing a person shout for 45 minutes. (My bias: I don’t like shouting.) The standard should be: Is God’s word being presented according to the text.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 The Expanded Bible
All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; L- God-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness]. 
Churches are evaluated by:

  • BIBLE STUDY- is it small groups or one big mid-week service
  • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY- do the kids have a variety of activities, do they sit and learn with lessons that mimic the adults lessons or can they just enjoy themselves while the grown-ups heare the Word.
  • TITHE POLICY- Does the church make a big deal of it or do they just say give as you can
  • LIFESTYLE MESSAGES- does the church leader preach against my lifestyle: homosexuality, adultery, fornication, abuse, gambling, drunkenness, gluttoney, abortion or any other sin.
  • EXPECTATIONS OF THE MEMBERS- Do I have to do anything? Does the church expect me to serve in some capacity?

A church that professes Jesus as Lord has one standard and one standard alone: THE WORD OF GOD.

ROMANS 10:8
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 


Church leaders should share the Word of God and nothing else. Believers must know the word in order to evaluate what is being presented to them. The standard for fellowship is the Word of God.

Note the word “rebuke” in 2 Timothy 4:2. For some hearing the word preached on a Sunday morning will rebuke.  Look at the expanded version of this word. (The Expanded Bible expands upon, elaborates upon, a word giving more insight to its’ definition.)

2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the ·Good News [Gospel]. Be ready ·at all times [whether it is convenient or inconvenient; in season or out of season], and ·tell people what they need to do [correct; reprove]. ·Tell them when they are wrong [Rebuke]. ·Encourage [Comfort; Exhort] them with ·great patience and careful teaching [L- all patience and teaching],

The history of Christianity reveals various times of extreme religion. From persecuting those who do not believe to ignoring sins that the Bible tells us is an abomination to the Lord today’s church is in a state of decline.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 

The VOICE TRANSLATION presents 2 Timothy 4:3 this way-
“because a time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear.” 

People will go to wherever a man or woman is speaking wht they want to hear. Thus we cannot be surprised when a church leader is a practicing Lesbian and endorses same sex marriage. Or a mega church leader states his understanding of homosexuality is “evolving” In order to justify a philosophy many have gone against what DeuteronOmy 4:2 states, they have added to and taken away from God’s word. The Apostle Paul continues, in 2 Timothy 4, warning his student to stay try to the Word despite opposition.
2 TIMOTHY 4:5
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
It is crucial, a matter of life and death, that we all study God’s word. Take notes in church and compare what the church leader says with what Scripture says.

A common practice I have seen in churches today is the quoting of other theologians to validate their point. I myself use multiple Bible references and will seek Bible commentaries when I want to validate my own interpretation of Scripture, however, man’s opinion is not my final opinion. There are theologians who believe homosexuality is acceptable, there are Bibles printed that make it easier to justify a particular lifestyle.
JAMES 1:5
 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

The Bible tells us to go to God for wisdom not theologians. There is nothing wrong with using these tools however our primary resources is the Holy Spirit and the standard must be the Word of God.  — Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #11: FAKE PEOPLE


Fake people wear me out! People who say one thing to me and something totally different to someone else are what I consider ‘fake’. I would rather hear the truth and be upset for a minute than be lied to and not be able to trust you forever. 

JAMES 5:12
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT DOES YOUR SOUL SAY?






And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,   LUKE 1:46








I recently overheard the conversation of a group of young ladies who were discussing music. One woman declared (I am paraphrasing): “When Michael Jackson died that hurt my soul! Oh Lord! When Prince died I cried, I really cried.” I was not surprised at the words but the passion in which they were spoken startled me.

Mary, mother of Jesus, declared: “My soul magnifies the Lord.” When she made that statement she was much younger and had less information than the “Christian” ladies whose souls mourned for the loss of two men. The steps that lead to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior could not compare to the unplanned death of the drug related deaths of two individuals who are not on record as being followers of Jesus the son of God.

MATTHEW 12:34
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? 

Jesus was pretty harsh talking to these men who were supposed church leaders, Pharisees. What He said is important and should not be missed: “ For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” And He continues saying:

MATTHEW 12:37
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

What you say is very important and I discuss this in my book: BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME.

MATTHEW 12:34-37
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

These four verses (Matthew 12:34-37) reveal a lot about our words.

  • We speak how we feel
  • We cannot speak good if good is not in us
  • We will be held accountable for even the idle words we speak (our jokes, cliches, and words such as what those ladies declared)
  • Our words will determine the outcome of our prayers.


If the words of people reflect what is in their heart then far to many have yet to allow Jesus to be Lord of their life. Public confessions of admiring / idolizing celebrities is not an unusual occurrence in fact it is expected that teenager will become infatuated with a famous person.  We have become a society that has made it normal to idolize famous people regardless of their ideology.

ROMANS 10:9-10
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

When Mary declared:“My soul magnifies the Lord” she was speaking from her heart. The fact that she would become pregnant without being intimate reached beyond her personal reference of life and all she could do was magnify the Lord.

There is nothing that great about entertainers, athletes, politicians or any other human being so as to declare with passion: their death hurt my soul.

When a Christian becomes emotional, passionate about, people they don’t know personally there is a problem. That individual has to ask: Do I really believe in Jesus as the Son of God? Have I allowed Him to be Lord over my life?

I would suggest you examine your words. What are you saying that you did not really mean? Idle words. Do your words glorify God or embarrass Him?  And, what are you passionate about?   What does your soul say?      - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

PHILIPPIANS 2:12-13 The Expanded Bible
12) My ·dear friends [beloved], you have always obeyed God when I was with you. It is even more important that you obey now while I am away from you. ·Keep on working to complete [Continue working out] your salvation with ·fear [awe; reverence] and trembling, 13) because God is working in you ·to help you want to do and be able to do [L -both to will/desire and to work] what pleases him.

When I teach it is not with the goal of telling a person what to believe. Though I am very opinionated, my goal is to share scripture and speak or write words that will help develop personal thought.

My primary Bible is the New King James version however King James Bible is usually close at hand. Bibles such as the Expanded, the Voice and the NIV are used as references in the order I just listed them. Notice the noun “I” this is important. What you and other people do may be different.

You are responsible for what you do or do not know. I cannot get you into heaven or keep you out of hell, both are very real places. The Apostles instructs us all to “work out our own salvation.

What is salvation? It is a word that was translated from the Greek word soteria (Strong’s #4991). Soteria is a multifaceted word, which encompasses more than just getting “saved”. Salvation includes health, prosperity, peace joy and other blessings from God the Father. The Apostle Paul encourages believers to keep working, even though he is not with them.

2 TIMOTHY 2:15 King James Version
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

Notice I am using the King James Version of the Bible because the New King James Version changes the term “study” to ‘Be diligent.’ This is a personal preference; the essence of the Scripture is we have to make an effort to know God’s word.

Recently I came across a series that explains various Bible translations. It is a 5 part series, each part is at least one hour long but it is worth watching.  Because of that I am including part one of the YouTube video in this post.
- - - Marsha L F Randolph



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #10: BEAUTY & BRAINS




It is better to show off your brains and let people be surprised at your beauty than to show off your good looks and have to struggle to get people to know you have a brain. 




PROVERBS 31:30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

PROVERBS 20:29
The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.

xxx wrtitten by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NPA: ONE NATION UNDER GOD


Today is the day we celebrate the Birthday of the United States of America. This used to be the day the nation was filled with love of this country, today it is plagued with anger and confusion.

I cannot get the image of naked women protesting President Trump out of my head, as if this is what the founders envisioned when they allowed for freedom of speech in the Constitution! How does being naked in public validate an ideology? I have no idea. They look foolish and prayerfully they were not the mothers of young children. Just as ridiculous were the women, and some men, who protested with pink hats that represented their private parts. How silly!

Not to be out down is the group Black Lives Matters. (Putting into a special category those who have been charged with crimes.) This is a group of angry people funded by white people that protest everything but the killing of black babies before they get a chance to breath the air. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not address the high percentage of black on black crime but choose to point out false perceptions of injustice brought on by white people. I have concluded BLM does not really care about Black lives.

As I was researching information for this post I discovered one interesting fact: less than 33% of southerners owned slaves. Mississippi had the highest percentage of slave owners 49% and South Carolina had 46%. Which means 2/3 of the south did not own slaves! So why are African-Americans demanding restitution from all White people? Why do Liberals promote the concept of ‘White Guilt”? (http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-myths-about-slavery)

“In God We Trust” is the foundation of American exceptionalism. Despite its’ ugly past that includes: Japanese encampment, the mistreatment of this nation’s first born- Native Americans, and slavery, we as a people have learned from our mistakes and seek to make America great despite our wrongs.

PSALM 10:4-7
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

There is a small group of individuals with very loud voices that want to dig up the foundation of which this country was developed upon, an ideology based on faith and freedom. They acknowledge God but have changed His words to reflect their lifestyles, some deny him completely. The wicked refuse to change their position, even when it is proven to be wrong.  Their desire is to force America to submit to their ways and stop trusting in God.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of hate displayed in America. Conservatives have tried to be fair; you cannot be fair with individuals who posses an anti-Christ mindset. The Bible speaks of these people thus no one should be surprised at their antics.

Like all other holidays, the 4th of July is an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We no longer remember the veterans who have served till death or those who have lived and returned home with various challenges. Liberals have deemed America a bad nation, they have no problems putting the needs of those who came here illegally at a higher priority than our veterans.  There is more to Independence Day than fireworks- there are people who died so that we would be free (this includes the civil war).

July 4th is the day America celebrates its’ independence. We became a unique nation and we were “One Nation Under God.” As long as we stayed this way we were protected by Father God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Long before September 11, 2001 individuals within the country began distancing themselves from God.  Not wanting to offend those who are not Believers, Christians stepped back and allowed prayers to be removed from schools, Bibles to be taken out of hotels and Christ to be removed from Christmas.

The referendum on Donald Trump is more than just ‘Making America Great Again’ it is about bringing God back to America. We the people desire to once again be a nation of we the people. During the campaign in 2016 one Scripture was quoted more than any other:

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are more people in this great land who love this country and love God even more than those who do not. Followers of Jesus are not perfect we are, however, walking in the right direction. Everyone has the right to choose their own path but they don’t have the right to stop us from following ours.

We the people believe in the word of God and the United States Constitution.

We elected Donald J Trump to be the leader for this nation because he is not ashamed to ask God to bless America. He, like Moses, Abraham, and David, is not perfect but he understands what it means to be a servant. While President Trump, amongst huge opposition, drains the swamp God’s people have humbled themselves, are praying and seeking His face.  God will open doors for President Trump while revealing those who are against His will. Donald J Trump is not America’s savior he is the President, Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

God bless America, help President Trump drain this nation of wicked leaders and make America great again. Let the wicked be silent.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph
Today is the day we celebrate the Birthday of the United States of America. This used to be the day the nation was filled with love of this country, today it is plagued with anger and confusion.

I cannot get the image of naked women protesting President Trump out of my head, as if this is what the founders envisioned when they allowed for freedom of speech in the Constitution! How does being naked in public validate an ideology? I have no idea. They look foolish and prayerfully they were not the mothers of young children. Just as ridiculous were the women, and some men, who protested with pink hats that represented their private parts. How silly!

Not to be out down is the group Black Lives Matters. (Putting into a special category those who have been charged with crimes.) This is a group of angry people funded by white people that protest everything but the killing of black babies before they get a chance to breath the air. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not address the high percentage of black on black crime but choose to point out false perceptions of injustice brought on by white people. I have concluded BLM does not really care about Black lives.

As I was researching information for this post I discovered one interesting fact: less than 33% of southerners owned slaves. Mississippi had the highest percentage of slave owners 49% and South Carolina had 46%. Which means 2/3 of the south did not own slaves! So why are African-Americans demanding restitution from all White people? Why do Liberals promote the concept of ‘White Guilt”? (http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-myths-about-slavery)

“In God We Trust” is the foundation of American exceptionalism. Despite its’ ugly past that includes: Japanese encampment, the mistreatment of this nation’s first born- Native Americans, and slavery, we as a people have learned from our mistakes and seek to make America great despite our wrongs.

PSALM 10:4-7
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

There is a small group of individuals with very loud voices that want to dig up the foundation of which this country was developed upon, an ideology based on faith and freedom. They acknowledge God but have changed His words to reflect their lifestyles, some deny him completely. The wicked refuse to change their position, even when it is proven to be wrong.  Their desire is to force America to submit to their ways and stop trusting in God.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of hate displayed in America. Conservatives have tried to be fair; you cannot be fair with individuals who posses an anti-Christ mindset. The Bible speaks of these people thus no one should be surprised at their antics.

Like all other holidays, the 4th of July is an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We no longer remember the veterans who have served till death or those who have lived and returned home with various challenges. Liberals have deemed America a bad nation, they have no problems putting the needs of those who came here illegally at a higher priority than our veterans.  There is more to Independence Day than fireworks- there are people who died so that we would be free (this includes the civil war).

July 4th is the day America celebrates its’ independence. We became a unique nation and we were “One Nation Under God.” As long as we stayed this way we were protected by Father God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Long before September 11, 2001 individuals within the country began distancing themselves from God.  Not wanting to offend those who are not Believers, Christians stepped back and allowed prayers to be removed from schools, Bibles to be taken out of hotels and Christ to be removed from Christmas.

The referendum on Donald Trump is more than just ‘Making America Great Again’ it is about bringing God back to America. We the people desire to once again be a nation of we the people. During the campaign in 2016 one Scripture was quoted more than any other:

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are more people in this great land who love this country and love God even more than those who do not. Followers of Jesus are not perfect we are, however, walking in the right direction. Everyone has the right to choose their own path but they don’t have the right to stop us from following ours.

We the people believe in the word of God and the United States Constitution.

We elected Donald J Trump to be the leader for this nation because he is not ashamed to ask God to bless America. He, like Moses, Abraham, and David, is not perfect but he understands what it means to be a servant. While President Trump, amongst huge opposition, drains the swamp God’s people have humbled themselves, are praying and seeking His face.  God will open doors for President Trump while revealing those who are against His will. Donald J Trump is not America’s savior he is the President, Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

God bless America, help President Trump drain this nation of wicked leaders and make America great again. Let the wicked be silent.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: JOHN 12:26



JOHN 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.




Who does the Church leader serve? Is it the congregation or Jesus? If it is the congregation then there is no need to follow Jesus. If it is Jesus then the messages taught / preached should reflect His words.  Some believe that the church leader is the servant of the people.


MATTHEW 4:19
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

MATTHEW 8:22
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

MATTHEW 9:9
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

Everyone that Jesus called while here on earth He commanded to follow Him.  All 12 of the men who are considered Jesus’ Disciples had a purpose, even Judas (John 17:12). It is clear in Scripture that those who are called of God are to follow Jesus not man: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The life of Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus, reveals that not everyone serves our Lord.  

MATTHEW 16:24
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Politicians are servants of the people, church leaders are servants of our Lord Jesus. Those who are committed to teaching others Scripture must do so without care or consideration for the desires of the people.

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.


It is not always easy to share the gospel when it involves messages that speak against lifestyles that the world wants to present as acceptable.  Church leaders; Pastors, Elders, Reverends, and other titles, are not called to teach a message based on the will of the people. The gospel represents good news to all who submit to the word of God.

Second Timothy reveals what should be preached / taught.
FIRST it must be understood by all that what comes out of the mouths of church leaders should be the WORD OF GOD;all Scripture, form Genesis to Revelation, is given to us by Father God. Next it must be understood that Scripture is the basis of ‘profitable’ church doctrine. Next we see that the Word is to be used for reproof and correction; both terms are forms of discipline. And Scripture should be used to teach those who want to follow Jesus how to live righteously. It is teaching the Word that followers of Jesus The Messiah will be able to live a Christ centered life and able to do what they are called of God to do.

Church leaders are required by God to present His words to His people.

2 TIMOTHY 4:1-4
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

The Apostle Paul sternly warns Timothy which has been included in Scripture thus we must adhere to the warning as well. We, Church leaders, must be doers of the word and not speakers only. We must never turn our backs on Jesus in order to follow the crowd. No matter what is going on we must preach God’s word.  We are never to give in to popular opinion even though there will come a time when people “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires” live; in fact now is that time.

People, like sheep, follow the leader. If the church leader is following Jesus the people will be headed in the right direction.

Jesus said in John 12:26- “If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” A test of Christ centered leadership is revealed in who is blessing who. There are churches in which the Church Leader receives extravagant and materialistic gifts from the congregation as a token of honor. There are churches in which the Church Leader does not have a nice car, nice home, a wonderful wardrobe and other types of bling but he or she has peace, joy and love.

When I think of the great men and women who followed Jesus I don’t see mega-churches but mega souls. People like Watchmen Nee, Kathryn Kuhlman, and even Billy Graham. They have reached millions yet never within the four walls of a building. There message was and is about Jesus and how to live to please Him.

JOHN 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

-written by Marsha L F Randolph

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