Monday, July 25, 2011

Facebook or Blog? Can it Be Done at the Same Time??

I wish there was some way to automatically copy posts from my Facebook to my blog. Facebook is so easy. It is so simple to share pictures or whatever onto Facebook. Of course, there may already be a way to do this and I'm not aware of it! I will have to look into that. I haven't kept my blog updated very much over the years...partly because, like I said, Facebook is easier. I have SO many pictures and stuff on Facebook. Also, sometimes I think blogs are a waste of time. I mean, who cares what's going on in my life? Anyway, I guess it's like a diary in a way. This past weekend I was so bored that I posted more times than I think I have in the history of this blog! :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Watch out for False Prophets!

Romans 16:17-18 ESV 

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  

1 Peter 5:8 ESV 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.        

Later

Dealing with trying to get pictures formatted right on this blog is a pain, so I will post pictures of Tabitha later.

Baby William pictures



The title of my blog is about my grandchildren and I was thinking that I should make a post about them. Obviously, considering the number of posts I've done today I am very bored. :) I wish I could figure out how to make pictures smaller. I'm looking for pictures of William when he was born and then thru the years, but I don't know where all my pictures are saved to. This first one was taken right after William was born. The 2nd and 3rd were taken in the hospital. He was such a tiny little preemie!  The other two were taken by his Aunt Kim when he was about 6 wks old, and then when he was about 10 months old.





To Go to Church or Not to Go to Church?

I found this article interesting. Over the years there have been times when I've been too lazy to go to church, or have found excuses not to go. Sometimes I watched the service online, but other times I did other things. It's easy to convince ourselves that watching on tv or online, or talking to someone about God is enough. When my children were young I did that more often and I really regret that. It wasn't a good example to be showing them. God should be first in our lives.

http://www.victorious.org/whygo.htm

For believers, there is no substitute for attending church. Besides something that pleases God, it is necessary for a believer's spiritual well-being. For shut-ins or invalids who aren't able to go to church, the ministries on radio or TV might be the only kind of fellowship or spiritual nourishment that they get. God certainly understands the circumstances of these people, and recognizes the sincerity of their hearts. However, it is a different matter for those who could attend church but are too lazy, or put other things such as entertainment and amusements before God, or who harbor bitterness or indifference toward other believers. 
It is important to attend church for the following reasons: 
(1) It is an Expression of our Love for God
Going to church is a visible, tangible expression of our love and worship toward God. It is where we can gather with other believers to publicly bear witness of our faith and trust in God, something that is required of all Christians (Matt. 10:32-33) -- and it is where we can bring Him offerings of praise, thanks, and honor, which are pleasing to Him. The psalmist wrote, "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You" (Psa. 22:22). People are often motivated toward church attendance for how it will bless themselves, however we should remember that the primary purpose of the corporate gathering is to bring "service" to the Lord as a blessing to Him (Psa. 134:2). Indeed, the Lord is deserving of our time and energy to honor Him with our service of devotion. "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created" (Rev. 4:11).
(2) It builds up our Spiritual Strength
Receiving the preaching and teaching of the Word of God increases our faith and builds us up spiritually. Every believer knows what it is to face spiritual conflicts to their faith, and must realize the importance of being fed spiritually so that they can overcome the challenges. Paul states that Christians face a wrestling match with the Devil and his evil spiritual forces, and warns that the church must put on spiritual armor for protection, as it will take everything at our disposal to stand (Eph. 6:10-18). How important that we take every opportunity available to receive ministry and strength from God's Word. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17).
(3) It brings a special visitation of the Lord's Presence
There is the promise of a special visitation of the Lord's presence whenever two or more gather specifically in the name of Jesus. By implication, this means whenever "Jesus" is the object of gathered prayer, worship, praise, preaching, etc. Even though Jesus resides within the heart of every believer, he honors a gathering in his name by coming in the "midst," with his power, awareness, and anointing. In such a gathering, Christ is able to do things in hearts that he may not at any other time. The scripture says that God inhabits the praise of His people (Psa. 22:3), and in such an atmosphere the Holy Spirit will often manifest spiritual gifts that minister to the body of Christ. "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20). 
(4) It provides fellowship with other Christians
Gathering together also has compounded importance to the relationship of the Christian brethren. The Bible makes it clear that a right relationship with God requires a "vertical" and "horizontal" alignment -- that is, we must have a vertical fellowship with God and a horizontal fellowship with other believers. It is not possible to love God and refuse to love the brethren. If you have a problem loving other Christians, you have a problem in your relationship with God. Scripture warns us that unforgiveness toward others will void God's forgiveness of our own sins (Matt. 6:15). John wrote, "He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him" (1 John 2:9-10).
One of the most important reasons that we go to church is to practice love toward the brethren in the form of fellowship. The Bible clearly shows that if we have a right relationship with God, we have fellowship with others believers. "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). Keeping ourselves in love and harmony with other believers keeps us humble before God so that Christ's blood can continue to cleanse us from our sins. 
(5) It is an act of obedience to God
Not to be forgotten, going to church is also a matter of obeying God's Word. The writer of the Hebrew epistle tells us not to forsake assembling together, implying that continued absence can lead to willful sin. "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins," (Heb. 10:24-26). Once again, we are reminded that a great part of the purpose of the gathering is for the consideration of our brethren, coming together to help motivate and encourage one another. This is a responsibility charged to every believer. To reject church attendance, is a rejection of one of the sacred duties of the believer. "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).
(6) It provides accountability to spiritual leadership
More strong evidence that proves that we're to be a part of a church fellowship, is that we're told to submit to the authority of spiritual leaders (within the boundaries of God's Word). "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you" (Heb. 13:17). God designed this system of accountability for the progress and protection of His flock. Obviously, this really isn't possible unless we are a part of an organized fellowship which has identified elders, pastors, or leaders. It is easy to see that one cannot genuinely be under submission to a TV pastor who has never met you. Nor is it possible to be under submission by visiting a different church each week. The Bible tells us to know them that are over us in the Lord (1 Thes. 5:12). Submission necessitates a commitment and relationship to a local body of believers and to their spiritual leaders. 
(7) It combines our spiritual strength in prayer
The Bible indicates that agreement in prayer with other believers has special favor with God. "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven" (Matt. 18:19). There is multiplied strength in the combined faith of God's people, and it is clear that greater spiritual gains can be realized through corporate prayer and worship. This agrees with how God has historically blessed the union of His people in battle against their enemies. "Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you" (Lev. 26:8).
(8) It honors the Lord's Day
The fourth commandment of the law that God gave Moses was to set aside the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as a holy day to the Lord. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8). This was, and will always remain, the official Sabbath. However, after Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, Sunday, the early Christians began meeting together on this day as well as with the Jewish community in the synagogues on the Sabbath. History indicates that due to the enmity of the orthodox Jews toward the Christian Jews in their midst, the Jewish Christians were eventually ostracized. And although they were no longer bound to a rigid code of laws (Gal. 3:10-11, Col. 2:16), it is believed that they came to view Sunday as a combined observance of the Sabbath and the resurrection day of Jesus (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:2). This day of Christian worship came to be called the Lord's Day (Rev. 1:10), a day to fellowship in celebration of the resurrection, to worship, pray and study the Word together. 
Today, the Christian Jew or gentile, is free from the bondage of the old law. The indwelling of God's spirit has brought a new way for Christians to fulfill the desires of God through His love (Gal. 5:18, Rom. 13:8-10). However, the new covenant does not invalidate the relevance of the ten commandments as they pertained to God's wishes for His people. As much as it remains God's desire for man not to kill, steal or commit adultery, God is still very much pleased for believers to honor Him on a day reserved for Him, out of their love for Him and His people.

Seek and Keep Seeking!

Interesting....

Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)“...seek, and you will find..." 
The Greek present tense carries with it CONTINUOUS ACTION; Therefore, Jesus is literally saying: 

Keep on seeking, and you will find - ζητεῖτε, καὶ εὑρήσετε 

Victory!

This is from an email devotional that I get every day. It is great!

A WORD FROM THE LORD TO BUILD UP, ENCOURAGE AND COMFORT FROM MINISTER BYSON
The Lord says, "The time has arrived and now is here to be victorious over our adversary. The age of victory has come, the age of war is here. Fear not! Take the land!" The Lord has risen, He has mounted His white horse and He has readied Himself to ride into battle.
There has been a dramatic shift in the spirit realm, as if a switch has been turned on and activated a heavenly army that has been held back in anticipation for this day from the beginning of time.
This army is rushing toward earth with massive force to tear down the kingdoms of darkness - to release people from the bondages of Satan. The Lord has spoken to all of heaven and has declared: "It is time to free My people!"
God has declared war on bondage! I see Him beginning to hack away at the chains and irons of darkness that have held His church in fear and bondage. The once passive bride is being raised up to fight by His side!!!
The Lord wants His people to know that HE IS IN THEIR MIDST - that He is with them. He is ALL-POWERFUL and ready to conquer their enemies. Now is the time for war and, indeed, it is the time for VICTORY! He is in our midst and He will defeat our enemies, but we must fight with Him. We must fight, rebuke the enemy, declare his defeat and declare our victory.
We must speak the words of salvation to a dying generation, for the Spirit of salvation is being released in a much greater degree on the earth. God is sending us to plummet the enemy's store houses of souls that he has held in torment for far too long. They are our inheritance and their redemption will bring our Father great joy.
The Lord is sending waves of salvation to the earth and each consecutive wave will be greater than the last. He is sending His workers into the fields where his grace will be poured out in abundance and the glory of the Lord will burst forth as a consuming fire to harvest the souls of men. It will be a great place to be. So, be prepared to go when the Lord calls for you. He may do so at a moments notice.
A sizeable increase in our healing anointing is being released to destroy the bondages of pain and disease. God hates sickness and disease; He wants us to hate it as much as He does and destroy it is power. We cannot co-habitat with or accommodate the enemy anymore. We are the ones in authority on this earth and we must carry out the will of God.
A new and greater level of authority is coming to the church, where we will speak a word and darkness will flee in fear of the power of God released through His bride. God wants to reveal His power to this generation so that they may turn to Him.
The bondages of generations will be broken off in a moment, and their dreams will come to pass. God is raising up warriors who have fallen, who now feel helpless, for they will find the purpose of their lives in the midst of battle. Do not disqualify yourself because of past failures. God does not have time to wait until you are perfect before He uses you. He needs you now, as you are. And in your weakness He will make you strong.
The Holy one of Israel stands now and He has declared it is time to fight. He says, "You have authority, I have given it to you, use it!"
The Lord says, "The time has come and now is here to be victorious over our adversary. The age of victory has come; the age of war is here. Fear not! Take the land!" "Do not fear for I am thy God and I am with you. This day I declare war and THIS DAY WE FIGHT!"

Face Painting etc at Chick Fil A

William and Mari and I went to Chick Fil A for kids nights this past Thursday. William loves to go there and play. He likes it even more when it's kids' night and he gets face painting or a balloon. He chose a dragon on his arm. (picture below) I felt so bad when he took a shower afterwards and it came right off! I guess he didn't notice at that time because he didn't say anything. It will be interesting to see how he feels about tattoos when he gets older since both of his parents have a lot of them. Mari told William that his dragon painting looked like a tattoo his daddy has. I don't remember it, but I'll take her word for it. She knows more about his tattoos than I do. I guess tattoos are the "in" thing now, because Billy and Mari, like I said, have a lot - and neither of their moms are crazy about tattoos, but it's their bodies!

William's dragon painting

Grandchildren make life so much fun!

Weekends when my grandson is with his dad can sometimes be so boring. I try to get all the tedious stuff done, like laundry and mopping etc...but one can do just so much of that. :) Mari says she is getting William from his dad sometime tomorrow afternoon. I guess his dad works early Monday morning...and Mari starts her new job early Monday too! Yay! God is SO good! So....my precious boy will be with me Sunday night! :)))) He is SOOOO much fun! He is really excited about going to Vacation Bible School this coming week. Hopefully he and his dad will be at church tomorrow morning. William is getting so good about praying! He has a list of things he prays for each night. :))

False gods

A person can become a false god for someone else. It's sad to see this happening, especially when a person who is older or in a position of authority tries to make themself almost like a god over someone else and the other person may not even realize it. There are so many things in life that can become a god...money, possessions, a job - anything that takes our attention off of the ONE true God..the one who should be the center of our lives. And He is a jealous God!

No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god 34 and did not remember the lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. Judges 8:33-34

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mari Benitez, Orlando's favorite mommy is going to be 21 years old!

How can that be? Time flies so quickly! Sometimes I wish time would slow down, but on the other hand, I do wish that everything in Mari's life would fall into place. I know though, and I have to keep reminding myself that everything is in God's hands and in his timing. She has grown up so much. She is a good mommy and she has such a good heart. Those last two things are more important than a lot of other things in life!

My gorgeous grandchildren!


Beautiful little Tabitha with her big cousin, William!

William's 4th Birthday! Mari Benitez, William S. at Maitland, Florida's favorite: Monkey Joe's

We all had so much fun at Monkey Joe's last weekend...especially William and his friends. He is such a cutie pie. I can't believe he is growing up so fast!
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted anything. Facebook is just so much easier. When I started this blog I don't think I was doing facebook.