Seeds Of Faith

God’s Faithfulness NEVER Ends!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Since I know this time of year is often the most challenging for those standing for the restoration of their marriages, I hope sharing a few recent testimonies of restoration and even remarriage after many years of divorce and adulterous remarriage will be a source of encouragement. We can’t ever lose sight of God’s faithfulness and that He will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to accomplish His plan and promises as declared in Isaiah 46:10-11!

First, one of our FAM member’s best friends remarried her covenant husband on what would have been their thirty-first wedding anniversary last May! Even though they went through a very long and nasty divorce and he was involved with a NCP for over ten years, after the NCP broke off their relationship, they were both invited to a family gathering last Thanksgiving…and the rest is history and so totally God glorifying as another couple and family are blessed with an amazing restoration!

Additionally, I recently received a call from a woman who was going through a very nasty divorce after being married for almost twenty-six years. Even though her first husband had died, her second husband was divorced from his covenant wife who was still living, which made her marriage adultery according to the Scriptures. She said they had a great marriage and never had fights or disagreements, and they had a child together in addition to the young child she had when her covenant husband died. She didn’t know how her husband and his covenant wife ended up being in contact with each other again after so many years (they had been divorced for a while before she met him), but he left her and went back to his first wife. She was totally devastated and didn’t understand what happened, so I tried to tell her about how serious God is about the covenant of marriage and upholding His written Word; which says in Proverbs 5:4 that in the end, the adulteress will become as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double edged knife. She kept repeating Scriptures about marriage, but I told her those Scriptures apply to her husband’s first and covenant marriage and not to what the Bible repeatedly declares adultery. I encouraged her to keep reading the Bible and said that if what I had shared was the truth God wanted her to understand, He would provide confirmation. While that’s a very sad situation for her, it’s confirmation that there’s an inexplicable and unbreakable bond between a covenant husband and wife that time, distance and nothing else can destroy. The love is ALWAYS there; it’s just buried under so much pain, bitterness and disappointment…yet waiting to come to the surface almost unbidden. As everyone with a truly restored marriage says, it’s as if the time had never passed no matter how long it’s been!

Most recently, a FAM member just shared that she’s known a couple who have been her neighbors for over fifteen years, who she always thought were married. She said they “appeared” to be a perfect couple and seemed to get along with each other very well. However, she learned that they weren’t married several years ago when the man’s former wife brought his daughter to visit her father and she referred to the woman as her daddy’s girlfriend! And she just found out that the woman has moved out now, so it’s entirely possible and very likely that one more restoration is under way because God’s Faithfulness never ends!

So focus on making the most of every single day God gives you to get out of bed because He has a purpose for each of us in every day He gives us, and when you least expect it, He will bring about the restoration of your marriage and family! Just remember that the more you live for the praise, honor and glory of Jesus Christ, the more God will give you to praise, honor and glorify Him with!

This Will Be America’s Most Consequential Election for Christians

Friday, November 4th, 2016

As Christians standing in faith and obedience on the power and promise of God’s Word, it’s important to realize that when all is said and done after this election, only one issue will really matter because we’re literally voting on the direction of America’s Supreme Court, which will determine the future of our country and culture for decades to come. So I urge everyone concerned about that, particularly Christians who feel conflicted about voting for Donald Trump, to listen to this very powerful message from Tommy Nelson, titled The Continental Divide. As he pointed out, some of the recent rulings from the Supreme Court that were most consequential to all of us as Americans, especially for Christians, were made by five to four rulings; including same-sex marriage, Hobby Lobby and Heller. So one of the very first decisions by the next President will either change or maintain that balance on the Supreme Court, and literally determine if our government will continue to recognize and uphold our Constitutional right to practice and live according to our faith, whether or not the government can deny Americans the right to keep and bear arms and even if we have the freedom of speech that’s guaranteed in our Constitution…and that’s just for starters! So please listen to Tommy Nelson’s powerful message and pass it on to others because the direction of America’s Supreme Court and the future of our culture and so much more really will be determined in this election. And if you haven’t already done so, please take the time to read the Democratic Party Platform and the Republican Party Platform because these two radically different platforms and roadmaps for America’s Supreme Court and future are what we’re literally choosing in this election.

Finally, let’s keep praying for everything that’s been done in darkness to be brought to light and for the truth to set our country free of the demonic forces now threatening to destroy it. And let’s never forget that just as declared in Proverbs 21:30, there’s no wisdom, no insight and no plan that can succeed against the Lord!

Rejoice this Weekend Because Love Never Fails! by Arteaya

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

(Note from Linda: Arteaya posted this on the private site yesterday and since I know it’s a great reminder for everyone standing for the restoration of their covenant marriage, I asked for her permission to share it here as well. So be blessed as you remember that God will move heaven and earth to uphold the covenant of our marriages when we simply trust and obey Him!)

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Hello Everyone!

Over the past couple of days, Stephanie’s post, “God is Working in Your Spouse’s Heart this Valentine’s Day!” has been replaying in my head. I had not read it in a while, but it kept coming to my heart and mind. And since there are a lot of new members, I want to encourage you all to read Stephanie’s post. It’s a living testimony of how God speaks to our spouses and illustrates how His Word is true and that LOVE NEVER FAILS. I have seen that Scripture so many times over the past week, and now that’s what God is speaking to me. So please “let go” this weekend and know that God is working for you and putting the love your spouses have for you in the forefront of their minds and hearts. You don’t have to force or try to make anything happen. God is already doing it. So do something fun…pamper yourself…go to dinner. Rejoice that God is on your side and He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Understanding the Importance of Our Spiritual Growth

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

A FAM Fellowship member recently shared two podcasts from Dr. Charles Stanley on the private site that I hadn’t heard before, and they really touched me personally. So I want to share them here because I think Dr. Stanley very powerfully summed up what I’ve always felt was an essential and often missing element of our lives as Christians. And I urge everyone to make note of the list he provided and work to accomplish them because as MNO (member name omitted) realized and acknowledged, doing so will be important in preparing you and accomplishing the restoration of your marriage.

And since I’m sure visitors to our public site can and will relate to MNO’s testimony, I’ve asked her permission to share it below as follows:

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Hi Everyone,

I want to share two podcasts I listened to earlier this week from Charles Stanley on Testing our Spiritual Growth; in which he shared a list of things to write down so we could evaluate our spiritual growth.

The first one on the list was that we know we’re growing in our relationship to Christ when we’re increasingly aware of our sinfulness and our weakness. When I first came to FAMM in August, I was a broken person, and just saw myself as a woman whose husband had walked out and quit on our marriage. Sure, I knew I wasn’t perfect, but I came here feeling rejected, abandoned and angry. Though it took me quite a few months of Linda guiding me to Scripture about looking at the log in my own eye, reading Love and Respect and about what God expected of me as a submissive wife, it eventually broke me to REALLY see myself and the part I played in the failure of my marriage. But as painful as it was (and it was painful!), it enabled me to see SNO (spouse name omitted) in a new light. And I truly believe that revelation has changed our relationship so much that my husband now comes into the house when he picks up our daughter and stays for about ten minutes or so.

I recently reminded SNO that we didn’t need to go to a case management hearing scheduled for this week if he’d just give me a written proposed settlement agreement, which would save money and then he could go ahead with the divorce. When he emailed me about that later, he said he was glad that we’re much more amicable .

Dr. Stanley encouraged writing down the steps he suggested to evaluate our spiritual growth, so I’m going to listen again because I didn’t write them down and don’t remember all of them and know that I still have to work on the rest of them.

I also realized how important accomplishing the steps in my personal spiritual growth Dr. Stanley listed are if I expect a complete restoration of my marriage. Although I have progressed since coming to FAMM, I can see that there’s still so much more that God has to work on in me in order to complete His perfect work in me and then in my marriage.

So I really encourage you all to listen to these messages!

MNO

Note from Linda: I was greatly impacted by both messages MNO mentioned above because they affirm so much of what I’ve believed and understood for years! So please do listen to them because Dr. Stanley once again knocked this one right out of the park!

Testing Our Spiritual Growth – Part 1
Testing Our Spiritual Growth – Part 2
Testing Our Spiritual Growth – Part 1
Testing Our Spiritual Growth – Part 2

Sharing Another Powerful and Timely Message from Dr. Stanley

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I was so excited and appreciative when I heard Charles Stanley’s message last weekend, which was Trembling at God’s Word! It was a perfect follow up to the Bible study we’d had most recently, which was about how vitally important it is to STAY in God’s Word! So I want to encourage everyone to watch the message linked to above, as well as to share my notes for our last Bible study, which are included below. There really is no more important message for any of us, especially in the times we live, than understanding the importance of knowing and obeying God’s Word as we put our trust in Him to bring it all to pass! So be blessed and encouraged in the Lord!

Why It’s So Vitally Important To STAY In God’s word

God Gave His Word To Guide, Direct, Equip & Encourage Us:
2 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB):
20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB):
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Joshua 1:8 (NASB):
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Romans 15:4 (NASB):
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Psalm 119:105 (NASB):
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Our Very Existance Requires Dependence On God’s Word:
Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB):
He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord .

Matthew 4:4 (NASB):
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

What We Do With God’s Word Is So Important Because The Word Is God/Jesus:
John 1:1 (NASB):
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 (NASB):
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

So God Is Revealed Through His word:
Jeremiah 29:13 (NASB):
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Romans 10:17(NASB):
So faith comes from hearing, and Hearing by the word of Christ.

God’s Blessings Flow Through Obedience To His Word:
John 15:7 (NASB):
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

James 1:19-25 (NASB):
19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

Proverbs 4:20-22 (NASB):
20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.

Psalm 119:9-11 (NASB):
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

John 8:31-32 (NASB):
31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word,
Then you are truly disciples of Mine;
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Jesus Even Said We Shouldn’t Call Him Lord If We Don’t Obey His Word:
Luke 6:46 (NASB):
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

And Disobedience Hinders Our Prayers:
Proberbs 28:9 (NASB):
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

God’s Word Is The ONLY Truth:
John 17:17 (NASB):
Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

Proverbs 30:5 (NASB):
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

And God’s Word Never Fails, Changes Or Becomes Irrelevant:
Isaiah 55:10-11 (NASB):
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

Isaiah 46:10-11 (NASB):
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Matthew 24:35 (NASB):
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

Isaiah 40:8 (NASB):
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

Confession is NOT Repentance and God’s Forgiveness Requires Repentance!

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so strongly led to add to the archives of this section of our public website; but based on conversations and email communication with some who have recently contacted me, I want to share my Bible study notes from a FAM Conference call we had last March, which was about understanding the significance of repentance.

Sadly, many are deceived and misled into believing that simply “confessing” our sin is sufficient to merit God’s mercy and forgiveness and absolutely NOTHING could be more contrary to the truth of God’s written Word! Of course, that’s exactly what many “itching ears” want to hear and believe according to 2 Timothy 4:3-4, despite being totally untrue based on passages of Scripture like Isaiah 55, particularly verse 7, and Proverbs 28:9, as well as SO many others. It breaks my heart to think of people who sincerely believe they know and understand the nature and character of our HOLY God and yet believe that He will or ever could countenance, bless, condone and permit us to continue in what His Word so clearly calls sin (adultery in this case). Those who truly believe that, and there are MANY who genuinely do, only demonstrate their superficial knowledge and relationship with the written Word of God because without genuine confession (sorrowful acknowledgement and heartfelt conviction and regret for our actions, attitudes, thoughts and emotions that don’t line up with the written Word of God, as well as for our failure to live and do according to His Word) that LEADS TO REPENTANCE (turning away from our sinful thoughts and deeds and back to God), there is no forgiveness for sin. Yes, there are a few verses of Scripture that can be taken totally out of context to attempt to justify and rationalize such false doctrine, but it’s the heartbreak, despair and destructive consequences of attempting to live according to that very doctrine that most often brings people to contact me in the first place.

No matter how sincerely or genuinely we believe a lie straight from the pit of Hell, God’s Word doesn’t change and it will be manifested in all of our lives whether we believe it, understand it, agree with it or not…PERIOD! I’ve always wondered why adulterous marriages now sanctioned by most churches is the one sin most Christians are readily deceived into believing God doesn’t mind us continuing in, especially after “confessing” our sin and asking for forgiveness, and God finally answered that for me yesterday during a conversation with a woman currently in an adulterous marriage. She wanted to know why God wasn’t answering her prayers for restoration and why everything in her life was so bad, so I asked her if she knew what God’s Word says about remarriage after divorce. As we read Luke 16:18, Mark 10:10-12, Romans 7:1-3, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 and 1 Corinthians 7:39, I mentioned not understanding why adulterous marriage is the one sin people think it’s okay to continue in when God reminded me that marriage is an earthly representation of the relationship Jesus has with His bride, the church! Of course, that’s exactly why that false and deceptive doctrine is so prevalent–the devil’s sole purpose is to destroy our relationship with Jesus and what better way to accomplish that than to distort and destroy God’s Holy covenant of marriage, which He intended to be an earthly replica of our relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! And when people wrongly believe they’re standing for the restoration of a marriage that God’s Word so unambiguously calls adultery in faith and obedience to God, when they don’t get the expected results and their lives just keep falling apart, their faith in God to honor and uphold His Word is seriously shaken or totally destroyed and they quite often turn to a promiscuous lifestyle. Needless to say, that’s a victory for the devil and why the false doctrine that God forgives us while we continue in our sin just because we “confess it” is so destructive!

As I shared with the woman I talked to yesterday, my opinion isn’t worth two cents and the ONLY opinion that counts is God’s, which we ONLY find in His written Word. Not only that, my words and those of any other human don’t come with the grace (God’s anointing power to do what He calls us to do) needed to walk them out, so we ALL MUST read God’s written Word for ourselves, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us, and then we’ll have the understanding and ability to live and walk in obedience to God, which is the only way to experience the righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit described in Romans 14:17, as well as to experience the manifestation of His promises in our lives.

A very powerful passage of Scripture which should be more than sufficient to dispel the myth that God’s grace (often wrongly equated with His mercy) ever allows or permits us to continue in any kind of sin under any circumstances is Hebrews 10:26-30 because it says:
26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.
28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

As I also shared with the woman I spoke to yesterday, what Jesus taught in John 8:31-32 has always been my approach to ministry, so I hope and pray that those who read this and believe something other than the truth of God’s written Word will believe Him, hold to His teachings and truly be His disciples so they will know the truth and be set free!

Finally, here are my study notes for the above mentioned conference call regarding repentance:
Repentance Is Genuine Sorrow For Sin & Turning Away From It:
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 (NASB):
9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us.
10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Romans 2:4 (NASB):
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Job 42:5-6 (NASB):
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;
6 Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.”

Jeremiah 31:18-20 (NASB):
18 “I have surely heard Ephraim grieving, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, Like an untrained calf; Bring me back that I may be restored, For You are the Lord my God.
19 ‘For after I turned back, I repented; And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh; I was ashamed and also humiliated Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20 “Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him,” declares the Lord.

Failure To Heed & Obey The Word Of God Or Repent Leads To Destruction:
Jeremiah 15:6-7 (NASB):
6 “You who have forsaken Me,” declares the Lord, “You keep going backward. So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am tired of relenting!
7 “I will winnow them with a winnowing fork At the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy My people; They did not repent of their ways.

Jeremiah 26:2-6 (NASB):
2 “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah who have come to worship in the Lord’s house all the words that I have commanded you to speak to them. Do not omit a word!
3 Perhaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the calamity which I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.’
4 And you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, “If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you,
5 to listen to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I have been sending to you again and again, but you have not listened;
6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and this city I will make a curse to all the nations of the earth.”’”

Ezekiel 18:29-32 (NASB):
29 But the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ Are My ways not right, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are not right?
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord God. “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.
31 Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel?
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”

Isaiah 30:15-18 (NASB):
15 For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing,
16 And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,” Therefore you shall flee! “And we will ride on swift horses,” Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.
18 Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

God Longs For Our Repentance & His Mercy & Blessings Overflow When We Repent & Turn From Sin:
2 Peter 3:8-9 (NASB):
8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Luke 15:7 (NASB):
I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10 (NASB):
In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Salvation & Forgiveness Are Not Possible Without Repentance:
Mark 1:4-5 (NASB):
4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

Mark 1:14-15 (NASB):
14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 3:3-4 (NASB):
3 And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.

Luke 5:31-32 (NASB):
31 And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.
32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Acts 11:17-18 (NASB):
17 Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing
in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”
18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

Repentance Is Evidenced By Our Actions & The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit
Matthew 3:8-12 (NASB):
8 Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
10 The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
12 His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Luke 3:8 (NASB):
Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

Luke 13:2-9 (NASB):
2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?
3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
6 And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.
7 And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’
8 And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;
9 and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”

Acts 26:19-20 (NASB):
19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,
20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Jesus Came To Make Repentance For Forgiveness Of Sin Possible:
Luke 24:46-48 (NASB):
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.

Acts 2:36-39 (NASB):
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

Acts 3:18-21 (NASB):
18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

Acts 5:30-31 (NASB):
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.
31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Acts 17:29-31 (NASB):
29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

There’s Real Danger In Turning Back After Repentance:
Hebrews 6:4-6 (NASB):
4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

John 5:14 (NASB):
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.”

Sharing Another Great Message and More from Dr. Charles Stanley!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Since I know everyone visiting this site is most likely in the midst of one kind of trial or another, I want to share the following link to Dr. Charles Stanley’s message entitled Wisdom in the Midst of Trials, which I hope and pray will be a blessing and source of great comfort.. It truly changes our perspective when we realize and accept that God ALWAYS has a purpose in everything that happens in our lives and can get beyond feeling and acting like victims as we recognize that WE’RE ALWAYS VICTORS IN JESUS CHRIST!

There are other links to great messages from Dr. Stanley here as well. And here’s another link where you’ll find a literal treasure trove of powerful messages from Dr. Stanley on many other topics relevant to all of us as Christians!

So I encourage you all to listen to as many of the messages linked to above with an open heart and spirit because I know you’ll truly be blessed beyond belief when you do!

Be Sure to Count Your Blessings this Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Since my dad has been hospitalized for over two weeks now and also had brain surgery, I’m probably more mindful than usual of just how much we all have to be grateful for and how we tend to take way too much for granted. So I want to wish everyone a very Joyous Christmas and encourage you all to count every blessing and to cherish every moment you’re blessed to share with those you love. Time really does pass quickly and we allow the devil to steal our peace and joy when we focus on what we don’t have instead of all we do have.

We’re truly blessed to serve and worship a great and mighty God and I’m always encouraged to remember that He is our sun and shield, gives grace and glory, and will never withhold any good thing from us when we walk uprightly before Him (Psalm 84:11)! So may you all be blessed today as you keep your eyes on Jesus and count your many blessings–the greatest being the birth of our Lord and Savior and all that means to us as Christians!!!

True Praise and Worship Music Has the Power to Change Our Lives!

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Since recent conversations with FAM members and others made me realize that a lot of people have no idea what “real” praise and worship music is, I want to share some links to the kind of music that moves our hearts to truly praise and worship our Lord and thus has the power to change our perspective and lives.

Here’s a live worship video from YouTube with Bob Fitts & The Maranatha Singers from 1991. As you will see, the focus of every song is the Lord and His most awesome attributes, power and promises. Music that focuses on us, our problems and even the state of our hearts is just another way the devil distracts and misleads us because praise and worship is only praise and worship when it truly magnifies and glorifies the Lord. If the music we listen to doesn’t fill us with righteousness/faith, joy and peace (read Romans 14:17) and center our thoughts on the Lord, then it’s not what we need to be filling our hearts, minds and spirit with.

So I challenge and encourage all of you to listen to this or something like it whenever you’re feeling down or discouraged and you’ll be amazed by how it changes and redirects your focus and puts a pep in your step and a lift in your heart and spirit! Trust me, this is the kind of praise and worship music that pleases the Lord and we’ll always benefit greatly by filling ourselves with the resulting faith, hope and reverence toward God it inspires!

Here are some more links to check out as well. I haven’t listened to every song as I did on the above link, so I hope they are all truly glorifying to our Lord. And even though the audio isn’t the best on all of them, the words/lyrics are still powerful:
7 Hours of Non Stop Uplifting Christian Music
Maranatha! Singers – Double Praise
Michael W. Smith – Worship (LIVE in Canada)

As you’ll see, there’s an endless array of praise and worship music available on YouTube, so just look for and listen to songs with lyrics that cause your spirit to soar as you praise, magnify and glorify the Lord and you’ll be blessed beyond anything you’d ever think possible because that’s what we were all created to do according to Isaiah 43:7, Isaiah 43:21 and Ephesians 1:3-14!

Sharing A Powerful Message From Dr. Charles Stanley About Encouragement

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Since I receive so many calls looking for encouragement and my response often disappoints the caller because I urge them to turn to the Lord and His Word for encouragement, I particularly appreciated the following message from Dr. Stanley this morning, entitled Our Great Encourager. When we understand WHO GOD IS, along with HIS nature and character, AND who we are in Jesus Christ, we really don’t need to look for encouragement in others. So I hope and pray that this wonderful message teaches or reminds everyone how to find encouragement in God and how to remain encouraged in Him regardless of our circumstances.

As I am known to say quite frequently (and this was the first time I recall hearing Dr. Stanly say it), either we believe God or we don’t! I also add to that that either we trust God or we don’t! And when we truly believe and trust God as we stand in faith and obedience on the power and promise of His Word, we won’t need to be encouraged and we’ll NEVER be disappointed!

A passage of Scripture I find quite reassuring and encourage others to remember when in challenging circumstances is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NASB) because it says:
9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

AMEN!

A Reminder that “Love GIVES!”

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

In response to recent conversations with FAM members, as well as many recent email communications from people who have sent inquiries after finding this site, I want to share a reminder that Love GIVES!

It’s truly amazing to hear from so many people who divorced their spouses because they felt so “wronged” and “neglected” only to soon realize and even regret their decisions! So I hope and pray that reading the above Seeds Of Faith post will remind all of us of what love really is. As I’ve often shared previously, we have to learn to love our spouses the same way we love our children; one is most often about getting OUR needs met and the other is more about meeting THEIR needs. So one is self centered and the other is more about blessing someone else and meeting their needs.

I call the devil a “master distractor” and when we become so self focused and allow everything to be all about us, we’re just letting the devil distract us from the covenant we made with our marriage vows, and saddest of all, the power of God to bless and reward us when we HUMBLE ourselves under HIS mighty hand as we stand in faith and obedience on the power and promise of His Word! And when we’re guided and led astray by the dictates of our flesh, we will NOT experience all that God wants to bless us with. So I pray that we’ll put our focus back on loving the spouses we vowed to love and stand with for better or worse…until death alone parts us, and then be blessed with the marriages God intended us to have when we do things HIS way, which Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us are NOT our ways!

Answering Question About Restoration After Remarriage

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Since I know many others might well have the same question just asked by a FAM member on the private website, I want to share her question and my response here as well.

MNO (member name omitted) has been divorced for the second time and is now standing for the restoration of her covenant marriage even though her covenant husband has also remarried. Here’s her question: “I want to know if Deuteronomy 24:1-4 means that a woman who has married and divorced a second time can not remarry her first husband or have her covenant marriage restored. Please help me understand this Scripture.”

Well, that’s a very good question and something we’ve covered in previous conference calls, so I hope the following Scripture references will help clear up any misunderstanding MNO and others might have about that particular passage of Scripture.

First of all, it’s very important to understand and recognize the difference between the law of God, as described and stated in Exodus 20 and commonly referred to as “The Ten Commandments,” and the laws of Moses, which are stated throughout most of Deuteronomy and clearly acknowledged as “the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, when they came out from Egypt” in Deuteronomy 4:45 (NASB). So the verses referred to above are part of Mosaic law (the same as today’s civil laws, statutes and ordances) and obviously not in keeping with the law of God. And that’s an important distinction that Jesus Himself acknowledged and declared in Mark 10:2-9 (NASB):
2 Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.
3 And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”
4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
6 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother,
8 and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

So Jesus very clearly stated and affirmed that there’s a difference between Mosaic law and the law of God and that God’s law is NOT changed or amended in any way by any other law, including the Mosaic law found in most of Deuteronomy or the civil laws of today.

Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that the description of a woman who remarries after her husband divorces her as “defiled” in Deuteronomy 24:1-4 in fact acknowledges what GOD commanded in Exodus 20:14 (NASB)…“You shall not commit adultery.

However, with all that being said, God Himself actually addresses this matter and once again clearly differentiates HIS law and ways from the Mosaic law regarding marriage in Jeremiah 3. Not only that, the entire book of Hosea is all about how God takes us back after we’ve “defiled” ourselves, and He even instructed Hosea to marry a harlot to make that point as stated in Hosea 1:2-3 (NASB):
2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.”
And even though Gomer left Hosea for other lovers and had even remarried, the Lord instructed him to take her back and to remarry her in Hosea 3:1-2, which says:
1 Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”
2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley.

Finally, to best understand this and anything else regarding God’s will and law concerning His Holy covenant of marriage, we just need to remember that as revealed in Ephesians 5:22-33, marriage is an earthly and symbolic representation of the relationship we have with Christ as His bride. As Ephesians 5:22-33 (NASB) says:
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
30 because we are members of His body.
31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

In other words, we can reasonably rely on what we know about our relationship with Christ to best understand God’s plan and will concerning marriage, which definitely includes the above question. So according to the Bible, nothing but death breaks or dissolves the covenant of marriage created when we exchanged marriage vows with our first spouse, who is thereby our “covenant” spouse.

Note: In order to clear up any misunderstanding or confusion regarding the above post as indicated by a response below, it’s important to stipulate that a “covenant” marriage is the first marriage for BOTH spouses and the only biblical exception is the death of either spouse’s first spouse.

Notice of Scheduled Site Upgrade this Weekend

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I want to let all visitors to our public website know that both FAMM sites are scheduled to be down this Saturday for a major upgrade. Our plan is to take the sites offline sometime Friday night and then we anticipate having them back online sometime Saturday evening. However, if more time is needed to verify that all is well on the upgraded sites, it could take longer to get them back up again. So thanks for your patience and understanding as we make this much needed upgrade and take the time required to insure that all goes well. And may the Lord bless you all ever so richly!

We’re All EXCEEDINGLY Blessed To Have Access to Such Godly Teaching!

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

As I watched Dr. Charles Stanley’s powerful message about obeying God this morning (as I do every Sunday morning), I felt strongly impressed (as I usually am) to post a link to it because it’s SO pertinent for everyone standing for marriage restoration. As I have always taught and well know to be true, it’s not possible to expect to receive anything God has promised without first obeying and trusting Him, so today’s message, as well as the previous four are so vitally important as we stand in faith and obedience on the power and promise of God’s Word for the restoration of our marriages and families. So I STRONGLY encourage everyone to make and take the time to listen to the following messages, which you will find links to (as well as many other powerful messages) in the In Touch Archives:
Obeying God – Sunday, June 16, 2013
“Obedience is an attitude we have to learn to embrace. It’s not a trait we automatically acquire when we become Christians. Thankfully, the Bible gives us clear instructions on how to obey God, and Jesus provided us with a perfect example of submission to the Father. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains how partial obedience is the greatest enemy to obedience.”

To Whom Are You Listening? – Sunday, June 09, 2013
“We are sometimes overwhelmed by the ever-changing generation of instant communication, information, and entertainment. Do we let these drown out the voice of God? Is anyone listening to Him? He has been speaking to us ever since creation, so we know He wants to communicate with us. Are you listening to the Lord and walking obediently before Him every day?”

Victory Over Unforgiveness – Sunday, June 02, 2013
“When we are upset or wronged, one of the most dangerous things we can do is stuff down our resentment, anger, and hostility. This causes unforgiveness to grow and fester in our hearts. In this message, Dr. Stanley shares the consequences of resentment and hostility and explains how to deal with unforgiveness.”

Victory Over Anger – Sunday, May 26, 2013
“Anger is the most dangerous of all emotions. It’s like a boomerang—you throw it out at someone, and it comes right back at you. But not all anger is bad. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains how we can determine if our anger is righteous or sinful and how to deal with it. He also describes inappropriate ways of handling this volatile emotion.”

Discipline Determines Destiny – Sunday, May 19, 2013
“As followers of Christ, we know the blessings and positive consequences of fulfilling the Lord’s will for our lives. However, our obedience isn’t something that just happens naturally–it requires discipline. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains why we need both kinds of discipline. Also, learn about these seven key principles that’ll help you master this skill.”

Acknowledging God in ALL Our Ways Includes How We Vote!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I just want to remind and encourage anyone who hasn’t yet done so to get out and vote tomorrow–I honestly believe this is the most important election of our country’s history and that its outcome will reveal a lot about God’s future judgment and plans for America.

As I shared on the conference call last Friday night, I recently inadvertently learned how someone I admire greatly and who appears in all ways to have a very close walk and relationship with the Lord was voting in the upcoming election and was VERY surprised. And as I later pondered our conversation and wondered how anyone who I perhaps wrongly also assumed would be against abortion (especially with the recent expansion of extreme abortion rights–even to the point of violating and disregarding the religious freedom and rights of many Christian organizations and individuals) and “gay rights” (now pushing for marriage between gays and lesbians) could vote that way–knowing full well how God unquestionably feels about both issues, , Proverbs 3:5-7 came to mind and I realized how voting that way was a “blessing blocker.” When God tells us to acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways, He means it! So there’s no way anyone will ever convince me that electing and putting into office people we KNOW will aggressively promote, defend and enact even less restrictive laws regarding abortions and lead to even more states and judges legalizing homosexual marriage (and probably even pushing for federal laws enshrining and protecting it) acknowledges God. Yet there are many people calling themselves Christians who will vote that way this year–and as several of our members have even acknowledged to me recently, have done so their entire lives because they never thought about it that way. And if we’re voting for those we believe will give us more benefits and “stuff,” then we’re putting our hope in flesh and not in God–a definite curse according to Jeremiah 17:5-8. So as we vote, let’s make sure that our votes acknowledge God and who we are in Jesus Christ!

I also want to share why I believe this is the most important election of our country’s history. Starting in 1963 when prayer was taken out of our schools and when abortion was legalized just ten years later, America has been on a steady moral decline, and never before in our history has such total disregard and even disdain for God and His Word and ways been so enshrined in the highest levels of our government. But despite deliberate and intentional efforts to rewrite history, this nation was built on and has been blessed because of our Christian values and belief in God. Yet today, we are literally becoming more and more like Sodom and Gomorrah, which means that instead of basking in the glory of God’s favor and prospering under His hand of provision and protection, He will be forced to destroy us just as He did Sodom and Gomorrah because He is the same yesterday, today and forever and no respecter of persons (as declared in Hebrews 13:8 and Romans 2:11)! And while we all know about the homosexual sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, that’s not the only reason God destroyed them–and He would have relented for the sake of ONLY ten righteous people if they had been found there!

Sadly, just as in biblical times when so many first born children were sacrificed (burned) alive on the altar of Baal or Molech with the expectation of resulting prosperity, accompanied by sexual orgies, we sacrifice (abort) live babies today for the sake of convenience and encourage rather than discourage sexual promiscuity and sin; thus profaning the name of God as declared in Leviticus 18:21…“‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

So let the following Scriptures serve as a warning regarding God’s judgment when previously godly nations become so wicked and ungodly:
Genesis 13:13 – Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
(The sodomites were so bent on their sinful, homosexual ways that they even wanted to molest the very angels sent to destroy them! – Genesis 19:1-13)
Genesis 19:24 – Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens.
Genesis 19:28 – He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
Deuteronomy 29:23 – The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.
Isaiah 3:9 – The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.
Isaiah 13:17-20 – 17 See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.
18 Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.
19 Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians’ pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there.

Jeremiah 23:13-15 – 13 “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.
14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”
15 Therefore, this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets: “I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

Ezekiel 16:49-50 – 49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.

Jude 1:7 – In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Reading the above passages of Scripture is especially significant in light of Revelation 18, which could very easily be describing the destruction of America. So I pray that all who call ourselves Christians will acknowledge God as we vote tomorrow, humble ourselves and pray as we seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, confident that God will forgive us and heal our land as promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.