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Not About Rituals

Posted on 09 May 2015 by mdepeine

Jesus died on the cross to give us eternal life.  He did not die so that we could learn a whole new set of rules and live by rituals.  He wanted to teach us how to know God.  He wanted to teach us how to walk with God.  Jesus wanted us to know God the Father through him (see John 14).  Jesus lived to bring God honor (see John 12).  Anyone who becomes a Christian is here to bring God honor also.

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Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World

Posted on 12 March 2014 by mdepeine

9781628714463_cov.inddImmanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World is a riveting account of the Holy Spirit, which captures the glory of God.  This compelling use of the scriptures, portrays God’s dynamic nature through His Holy Spirit.  It journeys from Genesis to Revelation and looks at the importance of Christians being in awe of God.  It conveys how lowering one’s self before God and others promotes the free flowing of God’s Spirit in every facet of one’s life.  Both, novice readers of the Bible, as well as those well versed in it, will learn a new dimension of their connection to the Holy Spirit and how to depend on Him.  Also, readers will see God’s plan for the ultimate wedding between Immanuel and His Bride.

Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit is an uplifting and revealing profile about who the Holy Spirit is to God and to Christians, as well as how to allow faith in God to lead your actions, thoughts, emotions and spiritual strength.

__Blair Townley

Editor, Xulon Press

IMMANUEL’S BRIDE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, Mario Depeine, Sr., publisher Xulon Press the Christian book, self-publishing company.

 

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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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Does it make sense to believe in God?

Posted on 10 December 2011 by mdepeine

How practical is it to believe in God?  Is there any logical reason to believe in God or is it just a waste of time?  Everybody should seriously look at this question and invest real quality time in answering it.  Read the full article below:

Does it Make Sense to Believe in God? – Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com

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