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Pastor Dean has a passion to see this generation experience a transforming spiritual renewal. He preaches and teach the uncompromised Word of God, calling the church back from the smoke and light shows, delusion, and tolerance message to the established Word of God.It is with this deep commitment that he addresses issues facing the 21st Century disciple of Jesus Christ. Speaking to a post-Christian, post-modern American culture, he teaches that the Holy Bible is infallible and inerrant and holds the true answers for life. Passionately, he calls for the church in the USA to return to the Lord Jesus Christ of the Holy Scriptures and to preach the true Gospel.

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There is Only One God

Not long ago I was at the coffee shop and someone came up to me and said, "Do you ever frown? You're always smiling!" I was thankful that they thought that about me, because wherever I go I want my face, my life and my spirit to communicate that there is Someone greater living in me. Faith. When we get up on Monday morning and go to work, our workplace needs us to have life-giving faith. If our churches are truly going to win their cities for Christ, they must have life-giving faith. It has to be alive and real, so people experience that faith. It can't be just a statement, it has to be reality, and if it's going to be reality in our church, faith has to be growing in our heart. We can't afford to have weak faith if we want to win our cities for Christ. There is Only One God Every Christian should continually looking for those who are searching. Once we've found them, we need to help them move from searcher to inquirer. This happens when the searcher meets someone whose life is filled with faith. It's not what you say with your mouth, but what they see in your life. When they see the Spirit of God alive in you, and that your faith isn't religious they will ask, "What is different about you." And we will answer, "It's Jesus living in me!" Hopefully then we can help them moving from inquiring to discovery. If we are going be life giving Christians, where faith is not just in our heads, but lived out everyday from our hearts, we have to know the Living God. There is only one true God! If our faith is going to be strong an life-giving; we have to know Him, his character so our faith is anchored in Him and who He is. If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! More Content About Evangelism: Get my discipleship manuals today and start becoming a disciple for Jesus Christ! Discovering Jesus: A Discipleship Manual (Discipleship Series) (Volume 1)The Joy of Becoming Like Jesus: A Discipleship Manual - Discipleship 101 (Discipleship Series) (Volume 2)Becoming Ambassadors for Christ: A Discipleship Manual - Discipleship 102 (Discipleship Series) (Volume 3)

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There is Only One God

What Does the Bible Say About Renewing the Mind?

If you've been a Christian for very long, you know about Romans 12:2. You've heard sermons about renewing the mind, and yet many Christians continue to live out of their old mindset. It is so easy as a believer to default back to our old mind, but if we truly wish to stop living like a victim and live like a victor; if we truly desire to be more like Jesus we must lose our old minds and start living our lives with a renewed mind. The Bible has a lot to say about renewing the mind Take a moment and jot these verses down. They are great for your war room, to help you remember to live everyday with a renewed mind in Jesus Christ! I understand that you can’t expect a sinner to behave in any other way than how sinners behave. When those who claim to have experienced new birth through faith in Jesus Christ are behaving in the same way, I have some serious questions. I know how the argument goes: “I am not perfect, just forgiven.” “I am just a sinner, saved by grace.” “You may be born again but you sin a little bit every day.” How do these excuses for sinful behavior match with Scripture? What Does the Bible Say About Renewing the Mind? Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you" (John 14:15-17 NKJV). The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus urging them “that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV). The Apostle John taught “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:7-9 NKJV). It is amazing how the Apostles and the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, believed and taught being born again means you grow spiritually and develop new behavior patterns that are consistent with the new life of the Holy Spirit and the old sinful behavior is to put away. It is not a matter of legalism and a list of do’s and don’ts. It is a matter of losing your old mind and new life patterns flowing out of a renewed mind and the Holy Spirit within you, motivated by a deep love for God “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us… But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesian 5:1-5 NKJV). Believers are acting so much like the world because they haven’t lost their minds! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! More Articles On Renewing the Mind: Learn how to renew your mind with The Freedom Series! Discovering True Identity: A Believer's Position in Christ (Freedom Series) (Volume 1)Agape: Unveiling the Mask of Darkness, Setting the Captives Free (Freedom Series) (Volume 2)Charis: The Power of Grace (The Fr

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What Does the Bible Say About Renewing the Mind?

95 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween

Halloween has been controversial for decades and it's roots entirely in paganism. So the question is, "Should we be celebrating Halloween?" Many in the church today say you shouldn't celebrate Christmas, because of the verses in the Old Testament about sacrificing to idols "under every green tree". 95 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween This has nothing to do with ghosts and goblins and ghouls. Halloween has its roots back in the 3rd century A.D., in Ireland the New Year started on November 1 and the spiritualists believed that October 31 was the night when all of the spirits would roam around. The Roman Catholic Church picked it up and changed November 1 to All Saints' Day. The pagans would build bonfires to keep the spirits away. But, while Satan has the dark side of Halloween to propagate darkness and paganism, there is another side to Halloween that we need to look at. Fast forward from the 3rd century A.D. to 16th century A.D. Martin Luther was a Catholic monk and a preacher of the gospel, ordained in a very backslidden church. By this time the church was a thousand years in an era when many men had tried to bring revival back to the church. The Waldensians - Printed the Bible in the language of the general public Francis Assisi John Hus Girolamo Savonarola All of whom, besides Francis Assisi, were martyred for preaching the gospel. In Martin Luther's search for God began studying the book of Romans and discovered that salvation is by grace alone. By this time the Church was selling people's salvation by way of indulgences. They could drink, be immoral, be evil and wicked, and participate in every kind of darkness, but if they came and paid the church their sins would be forgiven. This is the scene into which Martin Luther made his appearance and he picked a very interesting day to launch his protest. He wrote a document with 95 reasons why the church was not preaching the true gospel. He took them and walked to the door of the church and nailed them to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. And the date he picked to do this was October 31. The day that Satan established as his holy day, Martin Luther captured and brought back as a day of revival and reformation! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! Resources Mentioned in this Podcast: Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? More Resources: Luther

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95 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween

3 Powerful Ways a Christian Can Live a Holy Life

On June 2015, I wrote a blog entitled, Does God Ever Say "Maybe" to Homosexuality Among Christians? I was expressing concern over the softening position of major Evangelical leaders regarding same-sex marriages. It seems since then to have become a widening horizon. Any position that would emphasize holiness and purity of life is likely met with harsh judgment, accusations of being unloving, and one with a diminished capacity for grace. There will be theologians and spiritual leaders rise to dogmatically defend the oft-used statement, “We are not perfect, just forgiven.” They continue by explaining that Jesus forgives our sin and understands our frailty. We spend a lifetime, after all, struggling with sinful desires, human failings, and we often give in to temptations. Modern day theologians, Bible scholars, and preachers have mastered the art of weaving a softened positioned of grace that no longer requires holiness of the born again child of God. Should one dare take a firm position that holiness is expected and even required in Scripture, they must be prepared to receive a barrage of arrows and javelins with razor sharp words of “legalism,” “graceless,” “hater of sinners.” Even worse, you might be considered “homophobic.” After all, they will steadfastly contend, we are not made perfect until our glorification when Jesus returns. A recent article in Christianity Today spotlighted this issue. Rachel Gilson wrote an article contending Scripture does not command one be heterosexual. She claims a walk with Christ in the power of the Spirit but steadfastly holds Jesus Christ has not made her “straight” because, by her own words, that has never truly happened in her life. How does this match with Scripture? 3 Powerful Ways a Christian Can Live a Holy Life Does God understand our propensity to sinful weakness and therefore give us pass for areas of sinful behavior or does He expect holiness in living? Does God prefer we live godly lives in purity but understand our weakness to addiction and passion? Does He prefer His children live in heterosexual relationships but realizes some are born with an attraction to same-sex relationships? The final answer is not to be found in contemporary psychiatry, social engineering, or in contemporary theological treatise. Let’s go directly to the Word of God. What was Jesus saying when He declared to the crowd gathered around Him on the hillside outside of Capernaum? “Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). The context is established in these words: “You have heard that it was said to those of old… but I say to you…” (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-34, 38-39, 43-44). Jesus Christ is defining the significant difference between the godliness of the Law of Moses and the godliness of the law of the Spirit. Grace is not establishing an easier standard but a higher standard of behavior. Grace is not godliness and holiness derived from outward actions but from the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” that come from the inside out. The Apostle Peter reiterated the words and message of Jesus in his first epistle, declaring that grace to does not give to us a liberty to remain in our sinful behavior or excuse or carnal weaknesses. Rather he declares grace expects obedience and grace will provide the resource for faithful obedience. “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16). The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessolonica: “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you kn

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3 Powerful Ways a Christian Can Live a Holy Life

4 Powerful Ways a Renewed Mind Can Change Your Life

There is a reason why the New Testament commands us to renew our minds. A renewed mind restructures the way we think, which in turn completely changes how we behave. But in order to begin this journey, we must change the way we think. "What was I thinking?" Have you been there? No doubt, more times than you like to think! You are on the flip side, looking back at your behavior. You have just given someone a piece of your mind that you can ill afford to give away or maybe you have endured a movie you shouldn't have watched. Leaving with embarrassment, you ask, “What was I thinking?” Exactly!! What were you thinking? Do you remember the warning of Solomon? Be careful when you are visiting with a cunning and angry person. He will encourage you to eat your fill and enjoy his tasty meal, but in his heart he is hoping you will only take a small bite. “As he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:6-7). Our mind has great power over our actions. 4 Powerful Ways a Renewed Mind Can Change Your Life 1. Our thinking determines our focus. 2. Our focus shapes our attitude. 3. Our attitude forms our words. 4. Our words motivate our behavior. The Apostle James said, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15 NKJV). The enemy sends one of his flaming arrows into your mind (a thought). “They have no right to speak to me like that.” “This is a great movie, good story line… with only a few bad scenes.” Those thoughts are not the sin, but the cunning work of the enemy to move you to sin. What is already present in your mind? The philosophy, ideology, thought patterns, reasoning, or world view that has been shaped inside you from childhood are the targets of the “flaming arrow” of the enemy. He is looking to lodge into one of those areas to stir up passion and arouse temptation. “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away of his own desires and enticed.” That is why the Apostle Paul instructed the believers in Rome and the believers in Ephesus to renew their mind. Literally in the Greek it means to renovate their mind. Every person comes to salvation with a mind that has been built with inferior materials. The thought patterns and core values of our home life; the classrooms of school; the survival techniques we developed on the playground; during high school dating experiences; and in the adversity and tragedies of life. The philosophy, reasoning and ideology shaped in us through the education systems and the world view of our family and peers are the stuff from which we develop behavior patterns, attitudes and the systems by which we deal with life. These are the “old man.” We must do a remodeling project on our mind, so the house in which we live is the new creation Jesus Christ made. “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV). That is the stuff from which our life is lived Indeed, what were you thinking? If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! Read more about renewing the mind here: Save

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What Is the Church Doing to Make a Difference?

79% of children raised in a Christian home and in church at the age of 10 leave church by age 20. A recent report states that in 2017 70,000 Americans lost their lives to opiate overdose. In 2018 68,000 more Americans lost their lives to opiate overdose. In 24 months, 138,000 Americans died of opiate overdose! What Is the Church Doing to Make a Difference? If the church is going to make a difference in our culture and in a generation that is quickly being lost to immorality, debauchery, deception, and addiction, she must do these things: 1. Draw near to God "Drawnearto God and He willdrawnear to you." James 4:8 This is more than just attending church 2-3 times a month. It is a day-to-day walk with Him. 2. Move from being religious to being a child of God who actively seeks the Lord with all of your heart "Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart," Psalm 24:3-4 The difference in church then and now is that t...

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How to Grow Your Faith

Have you come to the place where you have too much month at the end of the money, and you're worried to death? Have you gotten word that your company is downsizing and you're worried that you're going to lose your job, and you're wondering what you're going to do now? Jesus is asking this question, "Have you added one inch of growth to your body or one dollar to your bank account by worrying?" When a man came to Jesus about his son who had convulsions for years, he said to Jesus, "But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus reply to him was amazing! “If you can believe,all thingsare possible to him who believes.” How to Grow Your Faith The man's reply to Jesus is so similar to our response today. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” The boy had battled these convulsions for so many years that the father was having trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that he really could be healed. And this is like how many of us are today! Just like the disciples,...

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This is What Real Faith Looks Like

God wants us to be a light in a dark world. You may be the only light that shines where He has placed you right now. That is why Jesus said we are the salt of the earth and the light of world. How is your light shining? Is it hidden or is it shining bright? What kind of flavor do I bring to the places I go to on a regular basis? Do they taste God's mercy and grace or do they get a sour taste in their mouth from my life? We've been given a personal responsibility to be salt and light in the world, but we have to have faith in what God's Word says about who God is and who we are. This is What Real Faith Looks Like Faith is: great confidence in full reliance upon absolute trust in the nature, unchanging character of Almighty God believing that God is exactly who Scripture says He is believing that human beings who scripture says they are believing in a real heaven believing in real hell and lake of fire believing that God is love "But sanctify the Lord Godin your hearts, and alwaysbe r...

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How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 3

How did we get the Holy Bible - all 66 books? The 66 books that make up what we know as The Holy Bible is called Cannon - which means measuring. It's like a ruler. These 66 books have been measured, evaluated, and have been found to be the accurate word of God; and are the measuring of what someone says is from God. If someone claims to have a teaching from the Word of God, a prophetic word, or a message in tongues with an accompanying interpretation, you measure it by the Cannon. How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 3 The Old Testament was the first to be established as Cannon Around 450-500 B.C. the Old Testament Cannon was established Daniel referred to the book of Jeremiah as Scripture and was studying it. The New Testament was completely written by 90 A.D. 55-60 years after Jesus was crucified The New Testament affirms it is Scripture 1 Timothy 5:18 quotes Luke 10:7 Paul calls the book of Luke Scripture "For the Scripture says...'The laborer is worthy of his wages.' 1 Ti...

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How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 2?

Can we trust the Holy Scriptures? Is Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Savior that the Holy Scriptures talk about? Is our faith and salvation that of the Holy Scriptures, or that of a different faith recorded in a different set of gospels? Is the church of Jesus Christ the church of the Holy Scriptures, or is it the church of the Sacred Feminine as Gnosticism and modern-day Christianity-rewritten wants us to believe? In today's podcast I take time to answer these questions. How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 2? We must answer four significant questions Were there really more than 80 gospels written and considered for the Holy Cannon? What are the Gnostic gospels? Are they really older than the Holy Scriptures? Do they contain the true gospel of Jesus Christ? How did we get our current Cannon - the Holy Bible that we have today? Is it reliable? Was the Emperor Constantine behind its selection God commanded men to write His Words "So Moses came and told the people all the w...

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There is Only One God

Not long ago I was at the coffee shop and someone came up to me and said, "Do you ever frown? You're always smiling!" I was thankful that they thought that about me, because wherever I go I want my face, my life and my spirit to communicate that there is Someone greater living in me. Faith. When we get up on Monday morning and go to work, our workplace needs us to have life-giving faith. If our churches are truly going to win their cities for Christ, they must have life-giving faith. It has to be alive and real, so people experience that faith. It can't be just a statement, it has to be reality, and if it's going to be reality in our church, faith has to be growing in our heart. We can't afford to have weak faith if we want to win our cities for Christ. There is Only One God Every Christian should continually looking for those who are searching. Once we've found them, we need to help them move from searcher to inquirer. This happens when the searcher meets someone whose life is filled with faith. It's not what you say with your mouth, but what they see in your life. When they see the Spirit of God alive in you, and that your faith isn't religious they will ask, "What is different about you." And we will answer, "It's Jesus living in me!" Hopefully then we can help them moving from inquiring to discovery. If we are going be life giving Christians, where faith is not just in our heads, but lived out everyday from our hearts, we have to know the Living God. There is only one true God! If our faith is going to be strong an life-giving; we have to know Him, his character so our faith is anchored in Him and who He is. If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! More Content About Evangelism: Get my discipleship manuals today and start becoming a disciple for Jesus Christ! Discovering Jesus: A Discipleship Manual (Discipleship Series) (Volume 1)The Joy of Becoming Like Jesus: A Discipleship Manual - Discipleship 101 (Discipleship Series) (Volume 2)Becoming Ambassadors for Christ: A Discipleship Manual - Discipleship 102 (Discipleship Series) (Volume 3)

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There is Only One God

What Does the Bible Say About Renewing the Mind?

If you've been a Christian for very long, you know about Romans 12:2. You've heard sermons about renewing the mind, and yet many Christians continue to live out of their old mindset. It is so easy as a believer to default back to our old mind, but if we truly wish to stop living like a victim and live like a victor; if we truly desire to be more like Jesus we must lose our old minds and start living our lives with a renewed mind. The Bible has a lot to say about renewing the mind Take a moment and jot these verses down. They are great for your war room, to help you remember to live everyday with a renewed mind in Jesus Christ! I understand that you can’t expect a sinner to behave in any other way than how sinners behave. When those who claim to have experienced new birth through faith in Jesus Christ are behaving in the same way, I have some serious questions. I know how the argument goes: “I am not perfect, just forgiven.” “I am just a sinner, saved by grace.” “You may be born again but you sin a little bit every day.” How do these excuses for sinful behavior match with Scripture? What Does the Bible Say About Renewing the Mind? Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you" (John 14:15-17 NKJV). The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus urging them “that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV). The Apostle John taught “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:7-9 NKJV). It is amazing how the Apostles and the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, believed and taught being born again means you grow spiritually and develop new behavior patterns that are consistent with the new life of the Holy Spirit and the old sinful behavior is to put away. It is not a matter of legalism and a list of do’s and don’ts. It is a matter of losing your old mind and new life patterns flowing out of a renewed mind and the Holy Spirit within you, motivated by a deep love for God “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us… But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesian 5:1-5 NKJV). Believers are acting so much like the world because they haven’t lost their minds! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! More Articles On Renewing the Mind: Learn how to renew your mind with The Freedom Series! Discovering True Identity: A Believer's Position in Christ (Freedom Series) (Volume 1)Agape: Unveiling the Mask of Darkness, Setting the Captives Free (Freedom Series) (Volume 2)Charis: The Power of Grace (The Fr

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95 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween

Halloween has been controversial for decades and it's roots entirely in paganism. So the question is, "Should we be celebrating Halloween?" Many in the church today say you shouldn't celebrate Christmas, because of the verses in the Old Testament about sacrificing to idols "under every green tree". 95 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween This has nothing to do with ghosts and goblins and ghouls. Halloween has its roots back in the 3rd century A.D., in Ireland the New Year started on November 1 and the spiritualists believed that October 31 was the night when all of the spirits would roam around. The Roman Catholic Church picked it up and changed November 1 to All Saints' Day. The pagans would build bonfires to keep the spirits away. But, while Satan has the dark side of Halloween to propagate darkness and paganism, there is another side to Halloween that we need to look at. Fast forward from the 3rd century A.D. to 16th century A.D. Martin Luther was a Catholic monk and a preacher of the gospel, ordained in a very backslidden church. By this time the church was a thousand years in an era when many men had tried to bring revival back to the church. The Waldensians - Printed the Bible in the language of the general public Francis Assisi John Hus Girolamo Savonarola All of whom, besides Francis Assisi, were martyred for preaching the gospel. In Martin Luther's search for God began studying the book of Romans and discovered that salvation is by grace alone. By this time the Church was selling people's salvation by way of indulgences. They could drink, be immoral, be evil and wicked, and participate in every kind of darkness, but if they came and paid the church their sins would be forgiven. This is the scene into which Martin Luther made his appearance and he picked a very interesting day to launch his protest. He wrote a document with 95 reasons why the church was not preaching the true gospel. He took them and walked to the door of the church and nailed them to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. And the date he picked to do this was October 31. The day that Satan established as his holy day, Martin Luther captured and brought back as a day of revival and reformation! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! Resources Mentioned in this Podcast: Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? More Resources: Luther

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3 Powerful Ways a Christian Can Live a Holy Life

On June 2015, I wrote a blog entitled, Does God Ever Say "Maybe" to Homosexuality Among Christians? I was expressing concern over the softening position of major Evangelical leaders regarding same-sex marriages. It seems since then to have become a widening horizon. Any position that would emphasize holiness and purity of life is likely met with harsh judgment, accusations of being unloving, and one with a diminished capacity for grace. There will be theologians and spiritual leaders rise to dogmatically defend the oft-used statement, “We are not perfect, just forgiven.” They continue by explaining that Jesus forgives our sin and understands our frailty. We spend a lifetime, after all, struggling with sinful desires, human failings, and we often give in to temptations. Modern day theologians, Bible scholars, and preachers have mastered the art of weaving a softened positioned of grace that no longer requires holiness of the born again child of God. Should one dare take a firm position that holiness is expected and even required in Scripture, they must be prepared to receive a barrage of arrows and javelins with razor sharp words of “legalism,” “graceless,” “hater of sinners.” Even worse, you might be considered “homophobic.” After all, they will steadfastly contend, we are not made perfect until our glorification when Jesus returns. A recent article in Christianity Today spotlighted this issue. Rachel Gilson wrote an article contending Scripture does not command one be heterosexual. She claims a walk with Christ in the power of the Spirit but steadfastly holds Jesus Christ has not made her “straight” because, by her own words, that has never truly happened in her life. How does this match with Scripture? 3 Powerful Ways a Christian Can Live a Holy Life Does God understand our propensity to sinful weakness and therefore give us pass for areas of sinful behavior or does He expect holiness in living? Does God prefer we live godly lives in purity but understand our weakness to addiction and passion? Does He prefer His children live in heterosexual relationships but realizes some are born with an attraction to same-sex relationships? The final answer is not to be found in contemporary psychiatry, social engineering, or in contemporary theological treatise. Let’s go directly to the Word of God. What was Jesus saying when He declared to the crowd gathered around Him on the hillside outside of Capernaum? “Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). The context is established in these words: “You have heard that it was said to those of old… but I say to you…” (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-34, 38-39, 43-44). Jesus Christ is defining the significant difference between the godliness of the Law of Moses and the godliness of the law of the Spirit. Grace is not establishing an easier standard but a higher standard of behavior. Grace is not godliness and holiness derived from outward actions but from the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” that come from the inside out. The Apostle Peter reiterated the words and message of Jesus in his first epistle, declaring that grace to does not give to us a liberty to remain in our sinful behavior or excuse or carnal weaknesses. Rather he declares grace expects obedience and grace will provide the resource for faithful obedience. “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16). The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessolonica: “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you kn

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3 Powerful Ways a Christian Can Live a Holy Life

4 Powerful Ways a Renewed Mind Can Change Your Life

There is a reason why the New Testament commands us to renew our minds. A renewed mind restructures the way we think, which in turn completely changes how we behave. But in order to begin this journey, we must change the way we think. "What was I thinking?" Have you been there? No doubt, more times than you like to think! You are on the flip side, looking back at your behavior. You have just given someone a piece of your mind that you can ill afford to give away or maybe you have endured a movie you shouldn't have watched. Leaving with embarrassment, you ask, “What was I thinking?” Exactly!! What were you thinking? Do you remember the warning of Solomon? Be careful when you are visiting with a cunning and angry person. He will encourage you to eat your fill and enjoy his tasty meal, but in his heart he is hoping you will only take a small bite. “As he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:6-7). Our mind has great power over our actions. 4 Powerful Ways a Renewed Mind Can Change Your Life 1. Our thinking determines our focus. 2. Our focus shapes our attitude. 3. Our attitude forms our words. 4. Our words motivate our behavior. The Apostle James said, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15 NKJV). The enemy sends one of his flaming arrows into your mind (a thought). “They have no right to speak to me like that.” “This is a great movie, good story line… with only a few bad scenes.” Those thoughts are not the sin, but the cunning work of the enemy to move you to sin. What is already present in your mind? The philosophy, ideology, thought patterns, reasoning, or world view that has been shaped inside you from childhood are the targets of the “flaming arrow” of the enemy. He is looking to lodge into one of those areas to stir up passion and arouse temptation. “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away of his own desires and enticed.” That is why the Apostle Paul instructed the believers in Rome and the believers in Ephesus to renew their mind. Literally in the Greek it means to renovate their mind. Every person comes to salvation with a mind that has been built with inferior materials. The thought patterns and core values of our home life; the classrooms of school; the survival techniques we developed on the playground; during high school dating experiences; and in the adversity and tragedies of life. The philosophy, reasoning and ideology shaped in us through the education systems and the world view of our family and peers are the stuff from which we develop behavior patterns, attitudes and the systems by which we deal with life. These are the “old man.” We must do a remodeling project on our mind, so the house in which we live is the new creation Jesus Christ made. “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV). That is the stuff from which our life is lived Indeed, what were you thinking? If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider leaving us a review. This helps the Foundational podcast reach more listeners. Be sure to tell a friend about the Foundational blog and podcast, and share with them about the free Bible Reading Challenge journal they will receive when they subscribe to receive my newsletter! Read more about renewing the mind here: Save

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What Is the Church Doing to Make a Difference?

79% of children raised in a Christian home and in church at the age of 10 leave church by age 20. A recent report states that in 2017 70,000 Americans lost their lives to opiate overdose. In 2018 68,000 more Americans lost their lives to opiate overdose. In 24 months, 138,000 Americans died of opiate overdose! What Is the Church Doing to Make a Difference? If the church is going to make a difference in our culture and in a generation that is quickly being lost to immorality, debauchery, deception, and addiction, she must do these things: 1. Draw near to God "Drawnearto God and He willdrawnear to you." James 4:8 This is more than just attending church 2-3 times a month. It is a day-to-day walk with Him. 2. Move from being religious to being a child of God who actively seeks the Lord with all of your heart "Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart," Psalm 24:3-4 The difference in church then and now is that t...

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How to Grow Your Faith

Have you come to the place where you have too much month at the end of the money, and you're worried to death? Have you gotten word that your company is downsizing and you're worried that you're going to lose your job, and you're wondering what you're going to do now? Jesus is asking this question, "Have you added one inch of growth to your body or one dollar to your bank account by worrying?" When a man came to Jesus about his son who had convulsions for years, he said to Jesus, "But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus reply to him was amazing! “If you can believe,all thingsare possible to him who believes.” How to Grow Your Faith The man's reply to Jesus is so similar to our response today. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” The boy had battled these convulsions for so many years that the father was having trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that he really could be healed. And this is like how many of us are today! Just like the disciples,...

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This is What Real Faith Looks Like

God wants us to be a light in a dark world. You may be the only light that shines where He has placed you right now. That is why Jesus said we are the salt of the earth and the light of world. How is your light shining? Is it hidden or is it shining bright? What kind of flavor do I bring to the places I go to on a regular basis? Do they taste God's mercy and grace or do they get a sour taste in their mouth from my life? We've been given a personal responsibility to be salt and light in the world, but we have to have faith in what God's Word says about who God is and who we are. This is What Real Faith Looks Like Faith is: great confidence in full reliance upon absolute trust in the nature, unchanging character of Almighty God believing that God is exactly who Scripture says He is believing that human beings who scripture says they are believing in a real heaven believing in real hell and lake of fire believing that God is love "But sanctify the Lord Godin your hearts, and alwaysbe r...

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How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 3

How did we get the Holy Bible - all 66 books? The 66 books that make up what we know as The Holy Bible is called Cannon - which means measuring. It's like a ruler. These 66 books have been measured, evaluated, and have been found to be the accurate word of God; and are the measuring of what someone says is from God. If someone claims to have a teaching from the Word of God, a prophetic word, or a message in tongues with an accompanying interpretation, you measure it by the Cannon. How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 3 The Old Testament was the first to be established as Cannon Around 450-500 B.C. the Old Testament Cannon was established Daniel referred to the book of Jeremiah as Scripture and was studying it. The New Testament was completely written by 90 A.D. 55-60 years after Jesus was crucified The New Testament affirms it is Scripture 1 Timothy 5:18 quotes Luke 10:7 Paul calls the book of Luke Scripture "For the Scripture says...'The laborer is worthy of his wages.' 1 Ti...

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How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 2?

Can we trust the Holy Scriptures? Is Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Savior that the Holy Scriptures talk about? Is our faith and salvation that of the Holy Scriptures, or that of a different faith recorded in a different set of gospels? Is the church of Jesus Christ the church of the Holy Scriptures, or is it the church of the Sacred Feminine as Gnosticism and modern-day Christianity-rewritten wants us to believe? In today's podcast I take time to answer these questions. How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 2? We must answer four significant questions Were there really more than 80 gospels written and considered for the Holy Cannon? What are the Gnostic gospels? Are they really older than the Holy Scriptures? Do they contain the true gospel of Jesus Christ? How did we get our current Cannon - the Holy Bible that we have today? Is it reliable? Was the Emperor Constantine behind its selection God commanded men to write His Words "So Moses came and told the people all the w...

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How Do We Know The Bible Is God's Word Part 2?