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Thursday, December 20, 2012

WILL THE WORLD END ON DECEMBER 21,2012 ?






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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview With Speaker, Teacher, Recording Artist and Author Nancy Sebastian Meyer, M.ED


The votes have been counted and the results are in from the recent poll that was taken to find out what is the hardest to endure in the Christian life? The most votes that were received were for problems that we have with our families. The poll was not just taken to get votes but to find out what we struggle with the most and offer encouragement, strategies and a game plan to keep the faith.

On that note, I interviewed Speaker, Teacher and Recording Artist Nancy Sebastian Meyer, M.ED. Author of Spiritually Single Moms: Raising Godly Kids When Dad Doesn't Believe.Mrs. Meyers is very open with her personal struggles that she has endured as a Christian and shares with us what she did and is doing to endure her family trials. Hopefully and prayerfully her testimony will encourage us as we endure our test no matter what they may be. 

Interview With Nancy Sebastian Meyer, M.ED

S.E.G.-Everyone has problems but do you think that there are problems that only Christians can have?

N.S.M.-In everyday life, I think the biggest difference between a Christian and a non-believer is Satan. We are no threat to the evil one until we surrender to Christ, we accept salvation, and God’s Spirit takes up residence in our lives. Every individual is plagued by a sin nature, and everyone has to contend with the temptations and ideals of this crazy world we live in. But only God’s children, empowered by the Spirit of God, can do eternal damage to Satan’s game plan.S.E.G.-Yes, Satan is one of our competitors in the Christian Olympics and we have to develop strategies to win our competitions.
I agree that there are problems that are unique for Christians only. Because the only reason we go through many of our trials, temptations, and tribulations is because we are Christians.
What area do you think that Satan tries to attack the most?

N.S.M.-I am most certain that the area Satan hits hardest is the home, in particular, marriage. Not only do marriage problems bleed over into the children’s lives, but the sins of the parents are passed down through the generations that follow. And personally, I believe marriage is the closest type (example) of the relationship of intimacy and unequalled love that we can have with God. If Satan can discredit marriage, he discounts that exquisite relationship God offers to each believer.

S.E.G.-Maybe that is why the recent poll that was conducted on the question:
What seems to be the hardest to endure in the Christian life?
The most votes were for Problems with Family.
Can you give examples of problems that only Christians face?

N.S.M.-Examples of problems only Christians face can include:

· The struggle to DO for God, instead of BE with Him as He works His will out in our lives      (who our focus on?).
· The constant war between satisfying our residual sin nature and putting the Spirit of God first in every aspect of our lives.
· The expectation that we as Christians should be perfect (whether you put that on you or feel someone else expects it) and we become discouraged when we stumble, when we fail…
· The spiritual division between us as believers and other significant family members and friends who don’t understand our faith – especially immediate family members (husband, wife) who we are in constant struggle with because our goals and life-focus is not the same.

· The disappointment of expecting God to answer our prayers and not seeing that answer (the one we want).

· The deep desire of wanting to raise our kids to love God, but not having control over the outcome of their choices, and often feeling like failures when we goof up and aren’t the parents/role models we want to be.

S.E.G.-As we are running on our spiritual racetracks of this world we will have these and other struggles. What seems to be or was the hardest for you to endure as a Christian  ?

N.S.M.-I married a pastor 28+ years ago and expected to serve the Lord together for the rest of our lives. Since he defected from the faith over 21 years, we have been growing further and further apart spiritually – which impacts every area of our lives and marriage. I can’t even begin to explain the heart anguish I’ve taken to the Lord over the years. And sitting by myself in church never gets any easier. There is no greater grief than knowing the one you love most on this earth does not share your love of God.
S.E.G.-As Christians we will one day go through, are getting ready to go through or are going through something right now that test our faith. Something  that is very hard to endure and really stretches our endurance capabilities. What did you do or are doing to hold on and keep the faith?

N.S.M.-To keep the faith, I had to make the realization that I couldn’t rely on my husband to be my spiritual provider – that my relationship with Christ is my own responsibility (perhaps I never would have owned my own personal relationship with Christ if Rich had continued to serve the Lord and I looked to him to feed my need for God). Keeping the faith is possible for me only as I spend daily alone time with God in prayer and reading His Word so I “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but [am] transformed by the renewing of [my] mind (Romans 12:2) – and throughout each day I “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b). The other thing that always inspires me is the thought that the party (in Heaven) is coming; right now is the brief time I’ve been given to be about God’s eternal Kingdom work. I’m holding on to God, but what really matters is – He’s holding on to me!

S.E.G.- You are an example of a spiritual athlete by developing a strategy to take responsibility for your own relationship with Christ. And doing your spiritual exercises of Bible study, prayer, and walking by faith. And the hope to be in heaven one day is what gives us joy.

You brought out something very important that you may not have had a personal relationship with God if your husband was the spiritual leader. Which is an example of how trials can be beneficial to our spiritual life like nothing else can, because it makes us stronger spiritually giving us spiritual muscle.Similar to how a workout benefits and athlete. “The magnificent result of suffering produces Christians who are well adjusted and firm in their faith in Jesus Christ, resulting in a strong, established foundation.”(The Christian Olympics-Going for the Gold Crowns by S. E. Gregg,chp.6, pg.130, par.3)

This is a personal question that I wanted to ask you, do you think your husband was saved when you met him in Bible School and just walked away from his faith? Or was he going to Bible school, pastoring and never accepted Christ as his personal Saviour ?


N.S.M.-This is a frequent question. I believed to the core of my being that Rich loved God and was passionate about serving Him when we were dating at Lancaster Bible College – but the truth is, only God knows the inner workings of a heart. Where/when did he fall away from the faith is another frequent question, to which my reply is: he did all the “right things” in church work (I was there, I witnessed his fervor), but I think he did them FOR God, not WITH God – relationship was the missing key. I will be honest and say I pray both ways for Rich – that he will come back to God, or truly find God if indeed he is not saved.

S.E.G.- We will pray for Rich and we thank you for stopping by on your way to the Finish Line and sharing with all of the marathon runners how to run and endure the Christian race. You are truly a marathon runner in the Christian Olympics. With God’s strength you have endured your test all of these years. You did not try to get out of your test, you were obedient to God, you stayed and endured. We pray that you will continue to keep the faith because God promises to reward us if we hang in there and endure our test.Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12) Keep going for the Gold Crowns.
Further information about Nancy Sebastian Meyer, M.ED can be found at www.hope4hearts.net

Saturday, October 6, 2012

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT


What seems to be the hardest to endure in the Christian life?

Most of us are familiar with the Bible verse that says “...run with endurance the race that is set before us,” taken from Hebrews 12:1. The word patience means to have the ability to wait, not be in a hurry or just to be patient with calmness and self control. The meaning is more about how we conduct ourselves. But the Greek meaning for patience in this verse is endurance or continuance, a much stronger word than patience.

Endurance means to have the power to tolerate pain and distress. To stand, remain or hold out even through suffering. Which is more about our capacity than our conduct. As we are running the marathon on our spiritual racetracks, we will go through various trials. test, and tribulations, but what seems to be the hardest to endure? As athletes train and compete they activate their endurance capabilities. What really stretches your endurance capabilities?

Make your vote count and take the Endurance Test on the right of this Blog and then post your comments to this Blog. Don’t forget to click the Follow this site button at the top of the poll when you are finished..

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Does The Christian Olympics Have a Paralympics?

The Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Paralympics was on Wednesday August 29,2012 several weeks after the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The Paralympics is for athletes with physical disabilities such as amputations, blindness, and Cerebral Palsy.These events will last for eleven days. About 4000 athletes from 165 countries will be competing in various sporting events.

Having the Paralympics Games in London is very significant because it was where they began. It was in 1948 at the London Olympics when Ludwig Guttmann of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England organized a competition for wheelchair athletes.They were called The Stoke Mandeville Games which are now known as the Paralympics. All of this came about after World War ll when there were many injured veterans and civilians. And sports was introduced as rehabilitation which led to recreational sports and finally to a competitive sport.

But does the Christian Olympics have a separate Olympics for Christians that have physical disabilities like the Paralympics or intellectual disabilities like the Special Olympics? Is there an opening and closing ceremony for the Christians that have physical or intellectual disabilities and another ceremony for those that have no physical or intellectual disabilities. Is there a separate reward ceremony for the blind, the lame, and the deaf ? According to 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ ;that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” In. the Christian Olympics there is no separation between those with disabilities with those that have no disabilities. We will all appear at the closing and reward ceremonies at the same time. It is an all inclusive spiritual marathon race to the Finish Line.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Christianity !!!

On May 10,2012 the flames were ignited in Olympia Greece for the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Keeping up with the tradition, the flames are always ignited in Olympia where the Olympic games began by using the rays of the sun. The flames arrived in Athens on May 18,2012 where the first modern games began and will travel through a torch relay to London. To arrive just in time for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics on July 27,2012. The flames will remain lit until they are extinguished at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics on August 12,2012 .

But today, May 27,2012 is Pentecost Sunday. Christians all over the world will be celebrating the birthday of the Church, Christianity and the anniversary of the Christian Olympics/race. Which began over 2000 years ago in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Which took place 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here is what happened,when the disciples and followers of Christ were gathered together,the sound of a rushing mighty wind filled the house where they were sitting together.Then there appeared tongues that looked like fire that rested on them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak other languages the wonderful works of God(Acts 1-2). This was the beginning of Christianity, the Church and the divine Opening Ceremony of the Christian Olympics. Just as the Olympic Games open with flames of fire, The fire at Pentecost that symbolizes the Holy Spirit opened the Christian Olympics and Christianity and the Church was born. What is so significant is that the fire that symbolizes the Holy Spirit that was lit over 2000 years ago still burns today. What year did you join the 2000 year old Christian Olympics? When is your spiritual birthday? Happy Birthday !!!
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

London 2012 Olympics: The Christians Are Coming

According to the Associated Press the film that portrayed the true story of a Christian missionary and runner Eric Liddell, who refused to run on Sunday, will be played across Britain this summer. The classic film "Chariots of Fire," which title comes from the Christian anthem "Jerusalem," will be released on July 13, 2012, two weeks before the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Just recently the Olympic committee decided to remaster the film for the 2012 London Olympics as part of the London 2012 Arts Festival. The film was released in 1981 which won an Oscar the same year. The film's producer Lord David Puttnam says the film is about "guts, determination and belief."

During the 1924 Paris Olympics, Eric Liddell was scheduled to run the 100 meter race but it was to be held on a Sunday. Liddell said in the film "God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern. And those rules say that the Sabbath is His. And I for one intend to keep it that way." And he refused to run on Sunday. Instead he ran the 400 meter race that was not held on Sunday and finished first. breaking both the existing Olympic and world records. On the day of the race an American Olympic team messenger gave him a slip of paper with the Bible verse from the first book of Samuel, chapter 2 and verse 30 which states "them that honour Me I will honour," And God honored him, he won the Olympic Gold Medal for the 400 meter sprint. He did not know if he would do as well in the 400m as he would for 100m. And the 400m was much harder, but he was determined to honour God.

Eric Liddell knew what his gifts and talents were and used them for God's glory. When you know what your gifts and talents are, and that God gave them to you; God inspires you with a sense of purpose, contentment and the feeling that you can do the impossible. You can feel God's power as he works in you and through you. This is how Eric Liddell felt when he stated in the film "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."

Not only was Liddell in the Paris Olympics but he was also in the spiritual competition, the Christian Olympics. Fighting the good fight of faith while running on his spiritual race track of the world. As every Christian, no matter what their vocation is in this world, they are running in the spiritual marathon to the finish line.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Dysfunction of the Married Living Single

Recently I listened to a “Focus On The Family” broadcast with hosts President Jim Daly and John Fuller. The two-part radio broadcast was titled: “Building The Passion In Your Marriage.” The focus was on the physical relationship in marriage, sex and how couples can build physical and emotional intimacy.
“Focus On The Family” is a Christian organization that helps to build strong families. They have a counseling team and are contacted by families all over the world about various difficulties that they are experiencing in their relationships. And from couples that are really struggling. According to Daly, many have contacted them about their problems with sex in marriage. To their surprise, even pastors and assistant pastors call in on the clergy hotline about inappropriate contact with someone of the opposite sex.
Since the physical aspect in marriage is so important, when it is unhealthy, it causes turmoil, the breakup of families and divorce. With the divorce rate of 35 percent, and since God was the one who created sex, they wanted to help couples have a healthy sexual relationships. To address this sensitive subject, they invited as guests Christian sex therapists Dr. Cliff Penner and his wife Joyce, a clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Penner has been counseling couples for 40 years and they are the authors of many books. Their recent book “The Way To Love Your Wife” was the focus for this broadcast discussion.
It was explained during the discussions that an unhealthy sexual relationship could lead men to go outside the relationship or to pornography when their sexual needs are not met. But the hosts and guest were quickly to point out that this type of behavior should not be an excuse. Instead, they should get the help they need and fight for their marriages. The title and content of the Penner’s book is totally based on research that shows that the satisfaction of the husband is the driving force in the sexual relationship. And the Penner’s made it clear that he will not be satisfied sexually until he learns how to love his wife, which was taken from the Bible (Ephesians 5:25), which says: “Husbands, love your wives,..” They explained the reason why and that is because the wife has to feel good about herself and loved by her husband to have sex. And the husband feels good about himself when he has sex. The Penner’s go on to explain that the husband must give up his rights and his way of thinking about the sexual relationship in marriage. He must do it God’s way to be fulfilled sexually.
According to the Penner’s,sex is the oil that keeps the marriage machine running and only 25 percent of couples have a healthy sexual relationship in their marriage.
To help couples get started towards having healthy sexual relationships, the hosts suggest that they take the “Date Night Challenge.”
There are many factors that can cause couples to have an unhealthy sexual relationship, but the main one would be not spending enough time with one another. The husband would have to spend time with his wife to love her and to make sure that she felt loved.
But with the schedules that couples keep today, it is almost impossible. Married couples are more like two ships in the night. When one is coming, the other is going. Everything seems to interfere and take priority over the marriage relationship. There are some careers that separate couples from each other for days and weeks at a time. And then there are the ministry opportunities that separate husbands and wives. When the pastor leaves his wife and children home while he travels across the states to preach a week revival. Or the evangelist or missionary that travels the county and comes home to visit his family once a month.
When couples are not spending time together, although they are married, they are living single, which I explain in my book “The Christian Olympics.” God never intended for spouses to have careers or be involved in ministries that causes them to be separated from each other for a period of time. In fact, the apostle Paul tells married couples in 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 not to deprive one another of sex unless it is for a short time and only for fasting and prayer — in which both parties would have to be in agreement.
To be separated from a spouse to preach at a conference, a convention or a retreat cannot be a reason to deprive one another of sexual relations. No wonder there is a high divorce rate and so many pastors committing adultery. They are married living single, which makes marriage and single become dysfunctional. God never intended for the married to live single and when they do, singles no longer have a role. During the apostle Paul’s time it was the single man that was the missionary or the evangelist. Somehow through the centuries the church community has strayed away from putting family before ministry and as a result has neglected the family structure according to the way God designed it.

By S.E.Gregg
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