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text 2018-11-20 18:39
Francis Chan Warns Against Division in the Church

 

Over 3 years ago, God started to speak to me deeply on the great sin of division, slander, and gossip in the body of Christ. God started to have me in situations where great hurt was being done and I saw first hand the way the enemy used these tactics to destroy and hurt the testimony of Jesus Christ in others lives. One of many devotional articles I wrote during that time was called: God's Church Is Sacred In This Earth. The premise of the devotion was a warning that when we speak against the body of Christ we speak against God's Sacred Church of whom we are all a part.

 

Recently, God spoke to Francis Chan on that exact same verse (1 Corinthians 3:17) to give us a loving warning to the body of Christ against division.

 

Here is a recent statement Francis made in regards to people who divide and leave Church fellowship:

 

"There is this terrifying verse in 1 Timothy where Paul talked about two men who rejected the faith. Paul said that he had handed them over to Satan, by which he meant that he’d put them outside of the church (1:20). Basically, these men were actively opposing the works of God, so rather than pretending everything was fine, Paul removed them from the safety and blessings of the fellowship of believers. He was hoping that the misery of being separated from the church would lead them to repent. Are you catching the weight of this? Paul equated removal from the church with being handed over to Satan! It is crazy to me that we live in a time when people are voluntarily doing this to themselves! No church has placed them outside of the fellowship; instead, they’ve handed themselves over to Satan!"

 

What a sobering thought that those in our day in North America being critical of so much that is called Christian are doing to themselves what Paul the Apostle had to recommend Timothy to do to others as a last resort to have them repent of their pride and sins.

We are living in a day where we are judging others and not ourselves. We are finding it easy to be critical of everything but our own sins we ourselves struggle with.

 

Francis again shares on how God wants to send real unity to the body of Christ:

 

"Real love, unity and blessing were supposed to be found in the church. Many are having a hard time finding that, so they’re setting off on their own. Jesus said that the world would see the supernatural unity and love we share in the church and believe in Him through that. But we’re not experiencing it. We’ve given up on it. We no longer believe it is possible."

 

Perhaps we can start to change our minds and start looking towards others with seeing their good and not bad, speaking blessings over others and not curses. Remember we are fitted together in a temple of God with all saints of all ages. And Francis gives the example of someone taking a sledgehammer to this temple. What a fearful thing to do, of course we would depart from such an individual for fear of what God Himself would do to him. As the Scripture says, "Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them" (Titus 3:10).

 

You can watch the full video message by Francis Chan, "Are You Destroying The Church" where he gives this loving warning against division in the Church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJph3Z6cfxM

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review 2017-04-02 23:08
The Blue Sword
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley

This book is one of my favorite tales. The heroine is a woman named Harry Crewe, an orphan, that comes to live near her brother in the desert country of Damar. Her life is quiet and ordinary until she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hill King, who takes her deep into the desert to the land of his people. She is alone surrounded by people who do not speak her language and she has no idea why she was kidnapped being herself to be truly ordinary and dull. However, everything happens for a reason and Corlath has Harry trained in the arts of fighting and war until she can pass for any of the Hillfolk. Why have her trained? Why kidnap her at all? What is all this leading to? What is in store for Harry?

I won't give away the reasons or ending but I encourage you to read it for yourself if you have not already. Robin McKinley truly brings this wonderful world alive and you find yourself getting lost and never wanting to come back.  This Newbery Honor book is perfect for older grades. It would be a good book to get the students curious and involved in heavier topics. This unit study would have to come with a twist though and I would make it more about diversity and what would they do about living in a foreign country where no one spoke their language. 

Reading Level: 4th grade and up

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quote 2016-03-06 02:44
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King Jr.,Jesse Jackson

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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review 2014-11-09 00:00
Shock and Awe: Operation Enduring Unity Series II
Shock and Awe: Operation Enduring Unity Series II - Richard Peters I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As I was reading this book I realized that I was missing something. That something was the first book in the series. I didn't realize I was reading the second installment. I still was enthusiastic about the story line. I think the author did a good job of creating equal opportunity strong characters. The acti0on was non-stop and divided into three theaters of conflict. The plot was diverse with different leading characters and political aspirations. My only question is whether I need to read the first book to fully understand the story line.
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review 2014-09-26 18:27
Apologies for the Cover!
Unity Volume 2: Trapped By Webnet TP - Matt Kindt,Cafu,Brian Reber

I didn't chose it, but I did choose to read it, and I know it bugs some people.   Still, I can't really change the cover they choose to use, so I'll just apologize for reading this.   It was pretty brilliant.   The first three issues are there own storyline, one in which they use Dr. Silk and his virus to terrorize the world.  See, he's designed a virus with no apparent cure: you touch a microbe and see the visual cue, and you're dead.   Not heart-stopping dead, but you are what is called a Silk zombie at one point.  Your life belongs to him, and you might as well not exist except as a breathing, moving puppet to do his will. 

 

The theory behind this is diabolical and it's absolutely frightening.   But it's the way that Silk seems to believe he's going to lead everyone to a Utopia that's truly chilling.   He believes he's sane, despite what he's done to innocent people, and to Dell, a woman he claims is the love of his life. 

 

Because he's doing this for love, and because his love is so twisted, he becomes even more monstrous. 

 

Scary, scary stuff.   And while this is more sci-fi to horror for me - there's a bit about nannies, or trying to make them - this is brilliant however you classify it.   Worth reading just for the Iron Man nod/joke, too. 

 

However, one star down because that Ninjak issue from X-O Manowar?   Doesn't make sense here.   Yes, Ninjak is used heavily in the Webnet story line, but there is no mention of Dorian Alexander.   You're pretty much lost if you haven't read X-O Manowar, and it was jarring enough having read it, that it dimmed my pleasure at reading this slightly. 

 

Looking forward to reading more from Valiant!

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