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How to find a good church

Posted on 25 March 2012 by mdepeine

This is a topic that most people have a hard time figuring out the correct answer.  Most people have at some point gone to church as a child.  They have had some good and some bad memories about church.  Many of us, as adults, we may want to revisit the idea of going back to church but we don’t know where to start.

I avoided church for a long time as an adult because, one, I did not believe that there were any churches that really wanted to truly practice the Bible, and two, I did not know how to decide which churches were true and which ones were not.

There are so many denominations in the world.  So many different churches and so many different doctrines and every one of them claims to be “the one.”  How can everybody so different and everybody be right at the same time?  There are so many ways that the churches and groups are similar and so many ways where they are opposites of each other.  So which one is right?  Who is right and who is wrong?

What has made the biggest difference for me is to start with the Bible.  Yes, there are many different versions of the Bible also.  Well, to keep it simple, find a Bible that is written in today’s modern English.  Find a Bible that has a total of 66 books (Old Testament: Genesis to Malachi, New Testament: Mathew to Revelation).  The Old Testament has 39 books and the new Testament has 27 books.  Any Bible that has more than that is to be questioned.  Less than 100 years after the birth of Christ, the Apostles of Christ, his disciples, established which books would be the complete Bible.  There is no other Bible than what they have established as the “complete” word of God.

Use the Bible as a blueprint of what church should be like.  Use the Bible to understand what the first Christians were like and how they lived among each other .  Especially focus on the gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) and the book of Acts (see chapter 2, tells you what the first Christians did).

When looking for a church as your church, see if people are bringing their Bibles to church.  Are they reading the Bible on their own?  Are they practicing what it says?  Of course, you need to know what it says also, so that you could know what to look for.  Many people know how to quote the Bible but their lives do not reflect what they say.

You want a church where people are spending time with each other than just at church service.  Are they helping each other with life?  Are they supporting and encouraging each other?  Jesus says (John 13:35): “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Do you see the love?  Is there a sense of “family” or are they just members coming together to practice a religion?

There is much more that can be said about this topic, but I wanted to give you just a quick idea of what to look for.  The key, get a Bible and use it as the guide.  The Bible should give you a sense of what to look for.  Christianity comes from God’s word, the Bible.  We cannot practice Christianity, true Christianity, unless the Bible is practiced.  All who want to practice true Christianity must decide that the Bible is the standard and that it is the authority and guide for how we can please God.

Leave me a comment and let me know if this helped you or if you have any questions.

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Helping your child with fractions

Posted on 24 March 2012 by mdepeine

Most of us are more comfortable with the “whole” than we are with the “part” or the fraction.  Here are some tips that can help you and your child feel more empowered when you deal with fractions.  Click on the link: Tips to help children understand math concepts – by Mario Depeine Sr – Helium

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The Innocence of Trayvon Martin

Posted on 24 March 2012 by mdepeine

I am very proud of Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.  What they are going through must be excruciating pain.  They are   probably most able to go forward because they want JUSTICE for their murdered son.  They know that they saw him in the morning and may have talked to him in the afternoon and by evening, he was dead and gone.

Trayvon was innocent, yet they did a drug test on him to see if they could sully his image.  Perhaps the police would have felt a little better about the events if Trayvon had been a drug user.  But, to their disappointment, he was not.  Perhaps the police would have felt better about the death if Trayvon had some police record, but to their disappointment, he did not have a record.  The only thing that Trayvon had “against” him was that he was  a “young black man” wearing a “hoodie” in Florida.  He was deemed suspicious!  If Trayvon was white, would he have been considered suspicious?

Trayvon was pursued like a criminal.  He was hunted like he was an animal.  His death was dismissed like it was just the “normal oder” of things.  Thankfully, the need for JUSTICE grew louder and louder and I hope that it grows even louder still.  I am so thankful for all the people who expressed outrage on  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all the other social networks.  I am so thankful that people have “taken to the streets” about this.  I am thankful that the parents are saying “NO” and that they want their son’s life vindicated.

No child in America, black, white, spanish, or whatever, should have to be confronted the way Trayvon was. No child in America should ever be shot down the way Trayvon was.  No child in America should ever be subject to the horror and terror that Travon faced on his final day on Earth.  Trayvon was pursued by an armed citizen and he himself was a citizen.  He was forced to prove that he was worthy of living, that he was worthy of “normal” citizenship.  Trayvon had to prove in a matter of seconds that his youth and his “blackness” was not a crime.  Before he could prove any of that, his life was taken away.  Now his parents, the spectators, his supporters and the rest of America and everyone else  who cares will have to PROVE his “worth” and his “innocence” where he could not in the short life that he lived.

The story of Trayvon Martin is not a “black story.”  It is not a “minority issue.”  It is not an “urban issue.”  Trayvon Martin’s story is an American issue.  America and all Americans need to be outraged about the current “status quo.”  Racism and all that it carries must be addressed so that young and older black men will not be gunned down, abused, mistreated because they “raise suspicion” in the people that they randomly encounter.  We must confront the “demons” that we have allowed to exist in our race relations and address the true issues of the death, murder, and yes, the incarceration of black men in America!

In 1999, Amadou Diallo (22 years old), a black man, was shot 19 times (41 bullets fired) by the New York Police while he attempted to retrieve his wallet and show his ID to the police, he was innocent!  in 2006, Sean Bell (23 years old), another black man, was gunned down with 11 bullets (50 shots fired) by the police the night before his wedding day and he was innocent!  Have we heard of such things happening to young “white men?”  No!  We have to look at all the facts and admit that this is a PROBLEM!

Trayvon Martin, a black young man, 17 years old, was shot dead and he was INNOCENT!

Commentary on Senseless and Heartless Shooting of Young Trayvon Martin – YouTube

Amadou Diallo News – The New York Times

Sean Bell – The New York Times

Trayvon Martin – Parents Recall Son’s Last Night :

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