Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: NKJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE

A person going to a book store to purchase his first Bible may get overwhelmed by the selection. Over the years I have reviewed quite a few, including a number of New King James Versions of the Bible, I have kept many and given away even more. But, each of these Bible translations offers something very unique and the Thomas Nelson’s NKJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE is no different.
So let’s break it down. What does the NKJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE have to offer?
Book Summary: This is just a sentence or two that let’s the reader know what to expect.
How to Study: This section, found at the beginning of each book helps the reader prepare by presenting questions to ask and things to look for.
Study the Book Highlights: Through out each book are overviews inserted at the beginning of the book the reader is made aware of what these overviews are. Each “Study the Book” includes “More Insight”
Topical Articles:  There are certain concepts / beliefs that are basic to Christianity. These subjects are shared by presenting 5- 6 Biblical references in which the reader can review for himself. For example: The Trinity is presented in Genesis, Deuteronomy, Matthew, John and Galatians.
Commentary: At the bottom of each page are notes, commentaries of a particular verse or word.  Something pretty standard in many study Bibles.
Cross References: Cross reverences are included at the bottom of the page along with the comments where necessary. There is not a section specifically dedicated to references.
Concordance and Maps: The standard concordance and maps are included. Also presented at the back of the book are information regarding- money, weight and measurements.

Just as important as the content is readability. The font size is good and the words of Christ are in red.
In this world of more than one style of Bible I recommend NKJV KNOW THE WORD STUDY BIBLE, particularly if you are doing a topical study on the basics of faith.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: VISITING


MARK 7:13
“making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”


I recently visited a church whose messages I had seen on YouTube. My experience was positive: the greeter engaging, the people were pleasant, and the worship was beautiful. The message was timely and intellectually stimulating, the Pastor encouraged the listeners to study for themselves. I enjoyed everything about the overall experience including the free coffee. I left with an invite to a free thanksgiving breakfast and a bag to be used to replenish the food pantry.
When I talked to the “campus” Pastor I shared with him my reluctance at visiting sooner. I was not keen on the idea of watching a Pastor preach from a video screen. The place I visited was a satellite building the actual message was being preached in another building not to far from where we were but far enough traffic wise that this place was more convenient to many of its’ members. The Pastor was very understanding, he did not offer an opinion one way or another; I told him I would be back. If I can watch the service at home and be OK with it then I could just as easily drive to the campus and watch the service with a few other people on the big screen; hmmmmmmm.
As I was leaving I began thinking, we cant’ see church like we use to. Tradition has it that we have to ‘join’ a particular group and ‘attend’ weekly that group exclusively.
A few weeks ago a woman I know was telling me her Pastor had informed the body of believers at her church that they were going to start having church outside in the park and the events would not be announced. According to this person, her Pastor informed the people: you cannot reach the unsaved if the unsaved are outside of the four walls, they must be ready to share the gospel.
If the purpose of the church is to make disciples then, yes, having a church service outside so all the world can hear the truth is a good idea. Personally, I believe the purpose of the church is to teach the believers so that they can go out into the world and share the good news but if this is how he is going to teach his flock how to do this- more power to him!
I would rather watch a Pastor preaching on a big screen in the park any day than one sitting behind a pulpit preaching a very traditional message that will not help me grow in faith. We are in the final days, rather Jesus comes today, tomorrow or in twenty years there are many people who are not ready. The fruit of traditional church messages can be seen throughout the land, as our children behave in such abominable ways. I walked away from traditional churches long ago but I also see churches that pretend to be new but are still rooted in their traditions.
The message of victory in Jesus is lost in the materialism of many church leaders who need bigger and fancier churches. Mega-cruises, mega-retreats and over the top Christmas pageants have replaced the simple message of salvation through Jesus. In the 80’s and 90’s people had needs and sowed seeds only to realize in the new millennium the needs were still there. Instead of helping people to understand what is really needed denominational and non-denominational church leaders alike made a big to-do about missions: if you can’t go sponsor someone.

EPHESIANS 2:8-9 THE VOICE
For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing.
I visited a church that did not treat me as a stranger, a person who needed special treatment, but as a sister in Christ coming home and needing a cup of coffee. It was clear that I was a visitor since I was the only person of color in the room but that did not matter. Of all the things that I loved about this church- CHRIST JOURNEY- the fact that I was not treated as a “Black” woman was totally awesome! Yes, I will be going back with a bag full of food for the pantry. Will I join the church? Unless the Spirit of God tells me otherwise no.

  • Today we are faced with the challenge of not only sharing the gospel with those who have not heard it before but in re-educating those who have been taught incorrectly. A Pastor once said:There are two types of people in the world saved and unsaved. I have discovered there are two types of Christians in the world: Those who know the word and no they are saved and those who don’t know the word and think they are saved. It is harder to teach those who think they know it all but while there is time we must do what we can. 


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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: SAVED!

When I first started writing this book I called it DON'T PRAY FOR ME!  There are some people whose prayers I don't want answered but God is merciful and He wanted me to be merciful.  After over thirty years of praying and seeing the miraculous and the disastruous I believe there are some fundamental concepts everyone needs to understand before they go before the Father. NO, it is not about your tithe or your church attendance record. 

The following is the first chapter in my book BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME  PART I.  This book as does the complete edition which will be available in print sometime in 2017 contains the elements of praying. I do not believe there is one 'real' way to pray however there are some concepts that everyone should be aware of. 
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And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?””  Acts 16:30 NKJV

The Apostle Paul and Silas had been beaten with “many stripes” prior to having their feet bound by stocks and placed in prison. Scripture reveals that despite their unjust incarceration, their pain and discomfort the Apostles prayed and worshiped God. As they lived according to their faith the prisoners as well as the guards listened. (Acts:16:22-23).

So faith proceeds from hearing, as we listen to the message about God’s Anointed.” Romans 10:17 The Voice

In the midst of the praise and worship, around midnight, “there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (Acts 16:26 NKJV). The men could have easily left but everyone stayed; had they departed it would have led to the execution of the guard.
The once sleeping guard saw the effects of an earthquake that was strong enough to loose chains, knock the bars off bolted doors but not destroy the building. Believing that everyone had escaped the guard was ready to kill himself but Paul quickly intervened- assuring him that everyone was still there. (Acts 16:23-28) What he heard and saw led the Keeper of the Prison to ask: “What do I have to do to be saved?” They answered: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

QUESTION: What do people see you do and hear you speak?

How do you “Believe on the Lord Jesus the Son of God?” The Apostles demonstrated an unyielding trust in God through Jesus despite their circumstances that led to the deliverance of many including the Prison Guard and his family.
Before you can fully grasp the power and authority you have to pray successfully you must understand that believing is more than a  “Confessions of faith.”

THINK ABOUT: How much you depend on and trust in God.

That same night Paul and Silas shared the good news regarding the saving grace of God through Jesus. They shared the gospel in the home of the Prison Guard who listened along with his family. This knowledge, which was preceded by the praise and worship of two people, led to the changing of minds and the transformation of a household.

Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Romans 12:2 The Voice
This new way of thinking led the guard to clean the wounds of both Paul and Silas; an act of repentance as well as a demonstration of mercy and love. This was followed by the water baptism of he and his family, a public demonstration of belief in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus the Son of God. And then he, his family and the Apostles ate together in fellowship. (Acts 16:31-34)
These events did not occur over a period of days, weeks, or months. The confession of faith, Baptism and communion occurred without fanfare.

But someone will say, “You have faith ;I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:18 NIV

Some religions require specific activities as a demonstration of faith and proving an individual is saved. Paul and Silas did not go into the prison and begin witnessing to the other prisoners. (I find it interesting that they were able to lead people to faith not with great material things but how they endured pain and suffering.) What you consistently “do” daily reveals what you believe and who you believe in.

QUESTION: Do you know what it means to be saved?

Followers of Jesus believe:
He is God- part of the Trinity (1 John 5:7);
He was in the beginning -the Word (John 1:1);
He entered the natural world through the womb of a virgin- Mary (Matthew 1:18-25) and became flesh (John 1:14).
We believe Jesus lived as the son of man - through the lineage of David (Matthew 1) but without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe Jesus died through crucifixion and then arose from the dead and is now seated on the right hand of God the Father (Book of Hebrews).
We Believe the Bible is the infallible word of God used to teach us how to live on earth (2 Timothy 3:16).
It is through Him, Jesus, that we have victory here on earth (1 Corinthians 15:57) while we wait for His return (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
These truths may not be fully understood by a new Believer however to reject part is to reject all which could lead to unanswered prayer.

THINK ABOUT: Are there parts of the Bible that you believe no longer relevant today?

We use the terms saved and salvation interchangeably but what does this mean? And is there a difference? It is difficult to believe prayers can be answered if you do not understand, or fully appreciate, the definitions of these words.
Sozo is the Greek word from which we get the translated word ‘saved’, it is a verb. Verbs ‘do’; there is action associated with being saved which involves what has been done by Jesus. Jesus sozo you, you do not sozo Him; Jesus saved you, you do not save Jesus.

QUESTION: How can you believe Jesus saved you if you do not know what you are being saved from?


The New Testament Greek Lexicon defines Sozo as follows:“to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literal or figurative) :- heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

When we ask a person do you want to be saved we are asking: Do you want to be delivered, rescued from, the consequences you now face because of sin? Many people today do not think they have sinned, particularly since many churches have allowed certain behaviors to be justified based on man’s thinking. (Romans 3:4)
God’s word has not changed because the calendar has. The consequences sin in the world is an inability to live as God created us to exist. Through Jesus we are delivered from those consequences which include: poor health; relationship difficulties; financial problems; lack of purpose which leads to a destructive life style; as well as an eternity in hell. No individual born to man has the ability to pay the full price required to eliminate the debt accumulated by sin (see Deuteronomy and Leviticus). Jesus, son of man- Son of God, paid the full price.To be saved is to be delivered from the consequences of sin.

Soteria is the Greek word from which we get the translated word ‘salvation.” Soteria is a noun, a noun is a person place or thing not a behavior.  Salvation is the all inclusive gift from God, through Jesus, that contains everything we need for life and godliness. Jesus saves us from a life of condemnation and gives to us everything we need.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” 2 Peter 1:2-3 NKJV

Soteria is a gift from God that must be received by the believer. According to Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary Soteria means: rescue or safety (physical or morally):- deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
When we pray we understand: Jesus sozo(ed) us so that we could receive soteria. In believing that Jesus died for you which rescued you from the penalties of sin, you can be confident that when you pray you have what you are asking for (soteria) as long as it agrees with the Word.

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” Hebrews 2:1-4 NIV

We have what we pray for when we receive soteria and discount what people say. Unfortunately, many people believe doctors, lawyers, financial experts and other opinions and ignore the gift of salvation. Who do you depend on to help you? xxx exert from BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME by Marsha L F Randolph all rights reserved. 




Monday, November 14, 2016

MCCP: SOAP

I was in the grocery store a few days ago and I saw homemade soap for sale. This particular soap I had seen in another store that specialized in healthy products and then it was no longer available. One of the reasons I started making my own stuff was because of the lack of availability of products I like being changed or taken off the market. The soap was cheaper than the soap I sold and it was actually ‘prettier.’

Why would people purchase my soap instead?

1) Ingredients - My soaps are either unscented or made with essential oils. The soaps on the grocery store shelf were made with Fragrance oil.
I use natural colorants. Though none of the soaps I offer for sale have any type of color added the soaps sold at the store use man-made products to color the soap.

2) Size- my soaps are bigger.

3) Availability- I do not mass produce soap thus my clients are able to request soaps with such scents as lavender or vanilla and I can accommodate them. You cannot beat going to the store and just grabbing a bar of soap.

My conclusion- People should purchase my soap if they want a product that is made with products as close to nature as possible.

Country In The City Soaps: Country Comfort, Farm Fresh, Grandma’s Oatmeal Recipe, Sunday Morning, Country Cafe’ and of course Nettie’s Basic Bar are made with standard ingredients. Olive Oil, coconut oil, shea butter and Castor oil. They are blended with distilled water, coconut milk or goat milk (for more information email: mycountrycityproject@gmail.com)

FARM FRESH SOAP still in the mold
made with GOAT MILK!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: MOVING ON

The following is the introduction to my ebook: MOVING FORWARD BY FAITH. It is part of my testimony and why I believe Jesus is the only way.
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As a child I was drawn to faith. I was never forced to attend church so, when I attended, I wanted to go. Years of church attendance, occasional Bible study classes, and various religious conferences manifested very little spiritual growth in me but I was not deterred from seeking.
Matthew 7:7 NKJV “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened.” 


I was 30 when I joined a church for the first time. I stayed at that church long enough to: receive my first Bible (a gift for joining the church), get baptized in water, and indirectly Baptized in the Holy Spirit; circumstances caused me to leave that church and search for another. Over the years I joined various churches, learning something from each of them and getting involved in various ministries, but never really felt like I fit in any of them. I progressed from denominational affiliation to being associated with non-denominational churches. I use to feel troubled about going from church to church until I understood my purpose and saw the behind the scenes activity of many churches; if I cannot submit to the church leader I choose not to commit to that church.
My life has been one blessing after another even though I have yelled at Satan and pleaded with God. Over the years I have endured: an abusive marriage, bankruptcy, the death of my first born and rejection by friends and family. I have tried to be like everyone else; settling for less than what I knew I was capable of achieving but God’s word had been planted in my soul and watered by the many churches I have been associated with.
My personal experiences and the knowledge of many individuals whom I have met over the years has convinced me that every child of God can have victory in every area of his life. I do not care what your problem is: financial, relationship, or health; even the plans God has for your future can be achieved. Moving Forward by Faith is a compilation of four messages written to help the hearer let go of the past in order to fulfill his or her God given destiny. xxx exert from MOVING FORWARD BY FATIH by Marsha L F Randolph all rights reserved.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NPA: THE NEW UNDERGROUND RAILROAD


I have decided there needs to be a NEW UNDERGROUND RAILROAD to get African-Americans off the Liberal plantation. Today there are non-colored African-Americans- white people who are “down with the cause;” they all need to be set free.

Just like in the days of Harriet Tubman there need to be people who go on the plantation and lead the people through the creek under the anonymity of darkness and into safe houses where they can begin the transformation.

Just like Fredrick Douglass there needs to be a great orator who can speak against the wrongs of liberalism and what it means to be free. People have to see for themselves a person who was once bound but is now free. People have to know how valuable and life transforming education is and how no one can stop you from learning no matter how many obstacles there are in your path.

Finally there has to be One who will reveal the Truth to all men. There has to be One who people can speak openly about according to their heart, despite the risk of being ridiculed or even persecuted. There has to be that one relationship that will facilitate the deliverance of those who are stuck on the liberal plantation.

I believe there is such a movement, I see it all over the internet. One by one people are starting to want more than the lies liberalism has spoken. Some people have already ran away from the Liberal plantations. Other people are in the process of evaluating the information freedom fighters have shared. And I know there are some who are pointing out the false prophets that masquerade as followers of the Truth.


And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

ADDENDUM: It is becoming apparent to me that there are many Overseers out their who keep people in line by misrepresenting / manipulating truths.  (More on that later)