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Friday, October 25, 2013

Dead Raiser Movie Trailer


Trailer for the movie "Dead Raiser" about, well...raising the dead :) I've met a few people that have prayed over the dead and have them come back. One right here in Miami has raised 16 and Heidi Baker's ministry in Africa has over 250 raisings of the dead in the last 7 years. In China, where the church hasn't been watered down, they are raising the dead on almost a daily basis, while in America we can't get past the baptism in the Spirit without issues and arguments about speaking in tongues. It is always great to see the Holy Spirit at work through those that believe...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Protestant Reformation and the “Five Solas”




The “five solas” is a term used to designate five basic theological principles, in contrast to certain teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which became the pillars of the Protestant Reformation. The reformers were acting on the rightful conviction that the Catholic Church of their day (as well as today) had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation and how people can be forgiven of sin:  through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and receive eternal life. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church and they set as their foundation five principles. 

These five principles are as follows:
  • Sola Fide, by faith alone.
  • Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
  • Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
  • Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
  • Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.

These “five solas” were developed in response to specific perversions of the truth that were (and are still) taught by the Roman Catholic Church. All five implicitly rejected or counter the false teachings of the Catholic Church, which had usurped divine attributes or qualities for the Church and its hierarchy, especially its head, the Pope. Let’s take a look at these basic Christian principles and how they differ from the corruption perpetrated by the Catholic Church.
  • Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone:  The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the foundation for faith and practice was a combination of the scriptures, sacred tradition, and the teachings of the magisterium (teaching authority) and the pope.

The Reformers denied this and instead said that our only foundation is scripture – or sola scriptura. When the reformers used the term sola Scriptura, what they meant is that the Bible alone, as the breathed word of God, is our ultimate authority - not the pope, not the church, not the traditions of the church or church councils. In justification Christ's righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God's perfect justice.

John 17:17 states clearly, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Throughout the New Testament it is the written word of God, and that alone, to which Jesus Christ and His apostles refer to as the final authority. Not any man (such as the Pope), certainly not any tradition or ritual – just the word direct from almighty God. And really, isn’t that enough when you think about it? Does it make sense that the creator of everything in the universe could somehow be improved upon by a human being? This is what the Catholics teach and want you to believe. Please don’t. Instead turn to the word of God.

There’s a passage from 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 that specifically cautions us against relying on what man – any man – has to say, over what the Holy Spirit instructs us:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”

Further, Proverbs 30:5-6 states that, “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.”

This statement speaks for itself in this matter. Anything but the word of God will be shown to be a lie. The Scriptures are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. This doesn’t mean that the Bible is the only place where truth is found, but it does mean that everything else we learn about God and his world, and all other authorities, should be interpreted in light of Scripture.

Every word of the 66 books of the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand and obey Scripture. The Bible gives us everything we need for our theology and, as such, any other information we get must be measured against scripture. The issue here is that in order to know scripture we must read it and for years the Catholic Church actually instructed parishioners not to read the Bible. This has been shared with me by many former-Catholics and it is no wonder why. If you read and study the word of God (and NOT the purposefully slanted Catholic Bible) you will know that the Catholic Church is lying, plain and simple.
  • Sola Gratia, by grace alone and Sola Fide, by faith alone: The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved through a combination of God's grace and merits or credits that we accumulate through penance and ‘good works’, plus the overabundance of the credits that the original saints accumulated before us – that somehow these merits are in a bank somewhere and, if we ‘do good’, they will be shared with us…huh?
The Catholic Church teaches that we are justified by faith and the works that we produce, which the righteousness that God infuses in us through faith brings about.
Catholicism does not hold strictly to grace and grace alone, as described in scripture as being God’s gift of salvation to us, but rather that somehow we can earn our way to heaven by “doing good”. According to the word of God this concept is false teaching.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

The reformers responded by stating that we are justified by faith alone, which lays hold of the alien righteousness of Christ that God freely credits to the account of
those who believe.


Christ himself stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you”

In turn, the reformers responded, “sola gratia”, meaning that, as stated in scripture, it is only by way of God’s grace that we are saved – period. We are saved solely through faith in Jesus Christ because of God’s grace and Christ’s merit alone. We are not saved by our merits or declared righteous by our good works. God grants salvation not because of the good things we do, and despite our sin.

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them total authority over Earth and all in it. They even named the animals! But, when they directly disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, Satan became that authority on Earth. From Adam & Eve we inherited a nature that is enslaved to sin. Because of our nature, and the influence of Satan and His minions, we are naturally enemies of God and lovers of evil. When we are born into this world we are born sinners. To think that man can overcome these factors to ever do enough good is ludicrous at best, but this is what the Catholic Church teaches.

Our hearts need to be regenerated, or made alive, so that we can have faith in Christ. God graciously chooses to give us new hearts so that we are able to trust in Christ and are saved through faith alone.

God graciously preserves us and keeps us. When we are faithless toward him, he is still faithful to us. We can only stand before God by his grace. Jesus’ life of perfect righteousness is counted as ours, and our records of sin and failure were counted to Jesus when he died on the cross. Apart from grace and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit that flows from it, no one would be saved, since in our lost condition, human beings are not capable of God’s grace.
  • Solus Christus, through Christ alone:  The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us.
The Reformers countered with the correct belief, according to scripture, that God has given the ultimate revelation of himself to us by sending Jesus Christ and it is only through God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus do we come to a saving and transforming knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:15 states “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Acts 4:10-12 states explicitly: “let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead - by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Romans 3: 23-24 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus

Christ’s sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification, and any gospel that fails to acknowledge that, or denies it, is a false gospel that will save no one. It is grace alone, expressed through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, that brings us to Christ, releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from death. 

Justification is a declaration of God based on the work of Christ. It flows from God’s grace and it comes to the individual not by anything he or she might do but by faith alone. Justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone!

·         Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone:   Each of the great solas is summed up in this, the fifth principle. The Catholic Church adheres to what Martin Luther called the “theology of glory” (in opposition to the “theology of the cross”), in which the glory for a sinner's salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself. 

Scripture tells us that the only true gospel is that which gives all glory to God alone as God’s glory is the central motivation for salvation, not improving the lives of people—though that is a wonderful by product. God is not a means to an end—he is the means and the end. The goal of all of life is to give glory to God alone.

1 Corinthians 10:31Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Romans 11:36 says “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Since all things come from God, and to God, then it is only logical to conclude ‘to God alone be the glory.’


Today, the Catholic Church teaches these same essential perversions of truth; and much of Protestantism has seen a regress to many of the same corruptions in many denominations - but not anywhere near the level of the Catholic Church. The Romans added so many human achievements and attributes to Christ’s work, so that it was no longer possible to say that salvation was entirely by Christ and his atonement. This was and is the most basic of all heresies that the Catholic Church has perpetrated on the world since the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.


Remember this if nothing else from this article: if any authority departs from Bible teaching, they are to be judged by the word of God and to be rejected.

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 

The Heart of a Missionary


If God is telling you to become a missionary, do yourself a favor and watch this video.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Helmet of Salvation and Fighting Depression





Every Christian should be acquainted with the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6. Part of the armor is the helmet of salvation – but if Paul was speaking to saved Christ followers, and he was, it stands to reason that he meant something more than the act of salvation at the time that these Christians became ‘saved’.  It has been impressed on me that what Paul was referring to was the protection of our minds – and that he says we are to ‘take’ the helmet, implying that getting the helmet of salvation is not something that happens automatically at the time of ‘salvation’ - If it were he would have said ‘receive the helmet’.  The difference between receiving and taking states that this helmet is not ‘given’ but something that we must seek. Further, if we have to seek the helmet than that means that we are responsible for the action of seeking and taking it, in order to have it at all…wow!

If we read 1 Thessalonians 5:8, it says “But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.” The hope of salvation. This means that the protection that the helmet of salvation brings to us is hope.  The opposite of hope is pessimism, which yields depression, so obviously hope, or optimism by faith, is our protection against depression… double secret wow!

If we read Hebrews 6:18-20 it says “so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hope is an anchor of the soul. An anchor of a ship goes through water to reach the solid bottom in order to grab hold of something firm, like a rock, in order to secure it. If we keep reading in Hebrews 11:1, we read that “faith is the substance of things hoped for”. So then, hope, as an anchor in our life, has to have a strong foundation of faith.

Here my mind immediately goes to Jesus as the rock, the water His blood and faith based on His word. So then, Through the blood of Jesus we are anchored in salvation so that hope secures us by faith in God’s word…Wow, wow, wow!

If we take the helmet of hope (salvation) and use it to filter or distinguish thoughts of our own versus those implanted by the demonic influence of pessimism we will be protected from depression. We further combat depression by way of faith in God’s promises contained in His word – like Jeremiah 29:11, “ For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  When the demonic even attempts to inject thoughts that things aren’t going well, we can counter with Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Answer the demonic by declaring your love for God and that you have been called to His purpose – and that ALL things are working together for your good! If the demonic implants “I can’t” in your head, counter it with Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” 

If we practice what we preach and really stand on His word, quoting an opposite, positive scripture to every negative thought demonically implanted, we will become true warriors! After awhile, the demons of negative thought won’t even bother attacking us. Instead, word will get out that we are not to be messed with.

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 



Thursday, October 3, 2013

"Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven."



The Lord’s Prayer is more than a model for prayer.  I believe it is the model for how we should be living “in earth, as it is in heaven”.  As Christians, we shouldn’t just be hanging out, just waiting for Christ’s return, but rather, we should be taking a proactive part in living out (and calling down) God’s heaven here on earth. When we fully realize that, as co-heirs with Christ, we walk in Kingdom authority, that every step we take, wherever our foot meets the earth - is Kingdom! That is power according to His will!

If we walk in Kingdom authority, how can things that don't exist in heaven, exist on earth?

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is zero sickness in heaven - so when we operate from the standpoint of calling down the Kingdom, healing comes naturally.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There are no feelings of defeat in heaven - so be victorious here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no aggravation in heaven - so be at peace here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There are no demons in heaven - so cast them out here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no hate in heaven - so love everyone and everything here – they are all God’s creation.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no fatigue in heaven - so mount up with the wings of eagles here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no aggression in heaven - so be submissive here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no apprehension in heaven - so be confident in God’s promises here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no brokenness in heaven - so be made whole here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no burden in heaven - so be lightened and lighten the load of others here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no contempt in heaven - so be full of admiration for God here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no despair in heaven - so be full of hope here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no agitation in heaven - so be calm here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no alienation in heaven - so get closer to God here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no devastation in heaven - so be built up here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no discontentedness in heaven - so ‘don’t worry, be happy’.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no resentment in heaven - so bathe in God’s sweetness here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no abandonment in heaven - so live with the support of God’s word here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no grief in heaven - so be joyous here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no guilt in heaven - so be innocent here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no betrayal in heaven - so be loyal here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no humiliation in heaven - so to tolerate it here is wrong thinking.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no anguish in heaven - so be content here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no dismay in heaven - so be comforted here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no distraction in heaven - so stay focused here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no doubt in heaven - so stand on the word of God here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no pain in heaven – so feel awesome in God’s love here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no emptiness in heaven - so be filled with the Holy Spirit here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no unforgiveness in heaven - so forgive every person that you feel has wronged you here – and ask for forgiveness from those you have wronged.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no unbelief in heaven - so demonstrate your belief through faith while here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no indignation in heaven - so delight in being here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no insensitivity in heaven - so be sensitive to the needs of others here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no uncertainty in heaven - so be rock solid here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no deception in heaven - so be truthful here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no inadequacy in heaven - so be sufficient here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no intimidation in heaven - so be firm here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no disappointment in heaven - so be satisfied here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no loss in heaven - so profit in God’s love here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no vulnerability in heaven - so be fortified here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no neglect in heaven - so know that you are cared for here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no conflict in heaven - so move in peace here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no anger in heaven - so be a pacifist here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no hurt in heaven - so be healed here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no abuse in heaven - so feel pampered here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no greed in heaven - so be generous here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no poverty in heaven - so walk in abundance here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no bitterness in heaven - so live in the sweetness of God’s love here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no desperation in heaven - so carry on in faith and hope here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no indifference in heaven - so be concerned about your brothers and sisters here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no insecurity in heaven - so be powerful in the comforter from God here – His Holy Spirit.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no chaos in heaven - so disorder here is wrong thinking. The body of Christ needs to function in unity.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no discouragement in heaven - so live in the hope of the coming Lord here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no disdain in heaven - so live with respect in your God-given task while here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no isolation in heaven - so be at peace in the knowledge of inclusion here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no competitiveness in heaven - so live in cooperation here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no negative domination in heaven - so walk in God’s authority and grace while here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no judgment in heaven - so keep your opinions to yourself here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no condemnation in heaven - so be tolerant of others here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no ego in heaven - so eliminate yours here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no confusion in heaven - so live according to God’s plan while here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no fear in heaven - so to tolerate it here is wrong thinking. If God is for you, who can stand against you?

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no frustration in heaven - so be satisfied with grace here. His grace is sufficient.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no manipulation in heaven - so be free in His truth here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no sadness in heaven - so BE HAPPY HERE!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no lack of trust in heaven - so be confident in His word here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no negativity in heaven - so stay positive here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no racism in heaven - so live in harmony here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no apathy in heaven - so take interest in others here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no vengeance in heaven - so live in peace here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There are no secrets in heaven - so don’t propagate them here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There are no victims in heaven - so to be one here is wrong thinking.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no panic in heaven - so relax here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no self pity in heaven - so be of good cheer here – God loves you!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no violence in heaven - so to tolerate it here is wrong thinking.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no murder in heaven – because there is no violence in heaven.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no paranoia in heaven - so be confident of God in you here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no selfishness in heaven - so be considerate of others here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no shame in heaven - so live in honor here. You are part of a royal priesthood!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no rejection in heaven - so walk in God’s acceptance here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no meanness in heaven - so be kind to everyone here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no regret in heaven - so be contented here. Live for the future with God, not in your earthly past.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no ignorance in heaven - so live an accountable life here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no bullying in heaven - so be protected in the armor of God here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no repression in heaven - so live in freedom here. You are a child of the most high God!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no pessimism in heaven - so be joyful here!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no loneliness in heaven - so live in the knowledge that God is your friend and with you always here!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no complaining in heaven - so stop doing it here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no powerlessness in heaven - so walk in the promise of the Father here – the power of the Holy Spirit!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no rebellion in heaven - so become malleable here!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no weakness in heaven - so be strong here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no thirst in heaven - so drink in the Holy Spirit here.

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no pride in heaven - so become humble here!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no lack of love in heaven - so love everyone here!

"Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven." There is no timidity in heaven - so BE BOLD! Stand on the word & call down heaven on earth – this is God’s will!


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May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 



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