The Bible teaches the message of salvation

The Bible teaches the message of salvation:

1.      Repent – of our sin and sincerely pray to God, seeking His forgiveness.

2.      Believe- Believe in God the Father, and believe in the Lord Jesus who paid the price for our sins, which we can never pay for ourselves.

3.      Do good works – As led by the Spirit of God. God has preordained that we should walk in them. The works themselves do not provide salvation but are evidence that we believe and have Faith in God.

 

1.      Repentance –

While each person is responsible for himself, for his own sin and repentance, we are born with a sin nature because of Adam and Eve’s sin.  (Babies are not of an age of accountability and if a baby dies, he/she will go to Heaven.) Adam and Even were made in the image of God, because the spirit that lived in them was from God. Their bodies were made of the dust of the earth. When they sinned, the spirit within them died, thus bringing the sin nature into the human race.

“From then on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, because the kingdom from heaven is near!”   -Matt 4:17

“But if you don’t repent, then you, too, will perish.”    - Luke 13:3

 

 

2.      Believe-

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. –Romans 10: 9-10

Jesus paid the price for our sin with his Blood. We can never pay the price for our sin by ourselves.

But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him!  –Romans 5:8-9

 

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
–HEBREWS 9:14
For I passed on to you the most important points that I received: The Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures—and is still alive!— 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:2
Yet the time is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Indeed, the Father is looking for people like that to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”   - John 4:23-24

 

There is therefore  now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.   – Romans 8:1-4

 

3.      WORKS.

We don’t do works to receive salvation. Works are proof that we have already received the gift of salvation. Once we have believed God, we want to do his will.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with works, is dead.  But someone may say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without any works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  –James 2:18
Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24

My blood pressure dropped to 83/35 and I yelled, “Get Help!”

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Last Tuesday, I was sitting here on the computer when suddenly the center of my chest hurt like the proverbial elepant sitting on it, and my stomach hurt with knife-like stabs. I sat back in the chair to calm down and slow my breathing. A hot flash enveloped me, and my head began spinning. The hot flash increased with intensity and I stumbled to the freezer to get ice, while the room around me began to spin and get dark.

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I put ice on my forehead and wrists, as I had done many times while a teenager, when the monthly fiend would throw my system out of whack.

After fifteen minutes I was fine, and went about my day.

When Mr. Porter came home from work that night, I told him what had happened. “Why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you call someone?” he asked.

“Because I felt okay.” I didn’t want to bother anyone.

The next morning we agreed I would go to my Primary Care Doctor and get checked over. I got the resident Nurse Specialist who told us to go to the Emergency Room at the hospital.

Here’s where the fun begins. I was brought into a small room, with a cot, where a pit crew took over my body. One took blood, one inserted and IV hookup, one took my temperature, one took my blood pressure–which by the way was normal. I was sitting up, with the back of the cot up for support.

The Nurse Practictioner then asked if I had chest pain. Well I had a little on the left side of my chest. “This will make you feel better,” she said, handing me a nitro-glycerin tablet. “Put it under your tongue.” With that, she left the room.

My chest began hurting again like the previous episode, and I began feeling hot and dizzy. I instinctively was driving to get my head down, and scooting down the bottom of the cot. “Get help,” I said to my husband. He noticed that my blood pressure was 83/35 and my pulse was 47. He went to the desk across the hall from my room, where three 20-something workers were chit-chatting.

“My wife needs help.”

“Well, call your nurse.”

“Can you help me find the nurse?”

“Ring for the nurse on the button.”

“What button?”

“The calling button on the remote.”

“We don’t have a remote.”

“There is one in  your room. It’s attached to the wall.”

I imagine at this point the 20-somethings were all rolling their eyes at each other as my husband came back into my room and frantically looked for the remote for the nurse button behind my bed, and a shelf by the back wall. He found it and pressed the button for the nurse.

I confess I don’t remember what happened here. But soon enough, the cot was rolling through the halls, and up the elevator. I was placed in a room next to a woman who was hacking up phlegm. Thankfully the curtain between us was closed. A doctor came in to talk to the hacking woman, and asked what color the phlegm was: beige, green, clear. Okay, HIPAA, I know you are supposed to keep things private, but can’t you also work the other way, so that *I* don’t  have to hear things that I don’t want to?

Over the next day and a half, I was subjected to all kinds of fun. I was given radio-active dye and placed into some kind of mod photo taking machine. I was given a stress test. I was unable to get my heart rate up to 144, as I am still recovering from the major surgery of 2 months ago, and remember, I have an artificial hip. So — they gave me a chemical to stress my heart. Oh here we go again, chest pains, can’t breathe, dizzy. But they got the EKG they needed, and then they gave me the “antidote.”

After all the tests and different kinds of pictures, the doctors were happy to tell me that they can find nothing wrong, and that I can go home, and isn’t that just great.

I have a suspiction as to what caused this. I recently started taking estrogen-blocking meds that are supposed to diminish the chances of the cancer returning. (Of course when I called my Oncologist to ask about this, she said she never heard of that kind of problem.)

 

But then I found this:

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So I’m sticking to my theory. And if I have another episode, I will be throwing these pills out the window.

 

 

Bailey wants cheese

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What’s that sound I hear?

It sounds like the crinkling of a cheese wrapper!

I love cheese.

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I’ll just wander over and see what Mom is doing.

She can’t resist my cute face.

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What’s that you’re doing there, Mom?

I thought I heard some crinkling noises and I wanted to protect you.

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That doesn’t look like cheese.

What the heck is that?

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Walnuts? Ugh. I don’t want any stinking walnuts.

 

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I’ll go to sleep and dream of better times…like when Mom dropped all that Mozzarella cheese on the floor……

Cheese

Cheese

That was a great day!

 

 

My Outcast Heart – I recommend you read this book!

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Reminder!!!

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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51wFWO0dhQL._AA160_.jpgI recently finished reading an e-book novel called My Outcast Heart by Anna C. Bowling.

I don’t normally read romance novels (mostly because they are all sex and very little romance) but this one held my attention. The story takes place in colonial New York in the 1720′s.  It is a sweet story of a young woman named Tabetha who meets and falls in love with an “outcast” named Dalby.  Of course there are “villainous villains” who want to take Tabetha’s property away, and want to do terrible things to Dalby the “outcast.”

Who doesn’t love to hate a good villain?

There are no blatant sex scenes; you could let your teenager read this without blushing. (now that’s shocking, eh?)

There is a scene in the book where people pray over their meal. (How often do you see THAT in a “romance” novel?) They attend church. (repeat question here)  They…

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The video everyone is talking about…and my two cents

The video of a woman walking down a city street, listening to men call out to her, has struck a nerve.

The video was done to show what an average good-looking woman goes through every day in the city.

She was not scantily dressed; just what an average woman would wear while on her way from point A to point B.

She was wearing microphones, and was working with a man who walked in front of her with a camera in his backpack. No one would know they were being taped when they spoke to her.

As a formerly good-looking woman, I can relate to the fear that this woman would experience. Every single cat-call or “greeting” requires a split second decision: “Am I in danger?” When this goes on for hours, it can really drain your adrenal glands. She is not free to walk down the street, contemplating what will happen at work that day, or meeting friends for lunch. She has to think continually, “Is there a threat against me?”

Many commenters on websites have said that people were merely saying hello and that it’s no big deal. It is a big deal. A woman is sexually assaulted every 15 seconds in the country. I’ve read comments where they called her “rude” or said she was dressed too sexy. What?!

Many of the men in the video were obviously interested in more than “hello.” They saw her as a sex object, and felt perfectly fine saying so. “You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful.” “Why don’t you say thank you that he thinks you’re beautiful?!” Because she is NOT here for your pleasure. She is here for herself. Why should she be expected to answer every comment? She would never get where she is going if she had to stop and chat with everyone who approached her.

I remember watching a third-grade class line up to change classrooms. A boy pulled a girl’s hair and hurt her. She immediately told the teacher who replied, “Just ignore him.” The boy smiled. He could do whatever he wanted to the little girl, and the one who was supposed to protect her did not. This reinforces that 1) she has no right to her body and 2) the boy can do whatever he wants to her. Incidents like these happen all the time. What are we teaching our children?

I’m glad this woman took the time to make the video. I admired her bravery to do it, and then to post in for the world to see, knowing that many people would criticize her.

I consider what was done to her bullying. There is such a big movement to stop bullying in schools; why not stop it in the culture as a whole?

 

 

#womanwalking

#harassment

 

 

All I wanted was to sleep past 7:53 am

sleep-clipart-SleepingIs that too much to ask? It was Saturday, and I just wanted to sleep in. Maybe even sleep until 9 am. I had a busy week. Four out of five days last week I had doctor appointments. Cancer Surgeon, Radiology Doctor, Plastic Surgeon, and Oncologist. All the visits went well, but it was still a roller coaster ride. So when Saturday rolled around, I just wanted to pull up the covers and stay in bed.

As you know, Mr. Porter is a morning person. He gets up wayyyy before the sun and starts his day. He took Bailey for a walk early Saturday morning. While I was still lying in bed, I heard the phone ringing. As usual, I incorporated it into my dream and kept sleeping. I heard the robotic female voice on our phone say, “Call from: blah, blah.”  Ok, whatever.

But then, the phone rang again, and it kept ringing. I finally drug dragged my butt out of bed and saw that it was the contractor who was scheduled to come over and fix our front step:

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The carpenter ants had chewed their way through the front step. The exterminators sprayed several times during the last six months, and the ants were finally dead. It was time to put a new piece of wood on the front of the house.

The phone stopped ringing before I picked it up, but I saw the contractor number and thought I heard some noise outside.  I noted the phone said 7:53 am. I was still in my hot pink bathrobe– pink-like-peptol-bismol-pink-with-an-”on”-switch pink. I stumbled downstairs and opened the door. There was Mr. Contractor Dude, pacing nervously. “Hi,” I growled in my best morning voice. “Isn’t my husband here?”

“I just called him.” He answered. “He said he was walking the dog and would be right back.”

Have no fear, Bailey's here.

Have no fear, Bailey’s here.

I looked towards the road, and here comes hubby and Bailey. “Well, there he is then.” I gave a deep exhale, and hid my hot pink self behind the door and slammed it  closed it securely.

 

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Now that it’s all over, and the front step is repaired, Gee, I guess it was worth it?

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Sure it looks good now.

Maybe I should take away the Welcome mat. I should bring it in at night, and only put it outside later in the morning, when people are actually welcome?

 

 

 

When Jehovah Witnesses knock on your door, tell them the truth. Jesus is God.

I wrote this a few years ago in response to some Jehovah Witnesses who had showed up at my door. I thought it would be helpful to have all this information in one place.

JESUS IS GOD.

John 1:1-5

The Word Became Flesh

 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 5:7

Jesus is ‘I am’.

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

[This use of “I AM” is one of the names of God. He who was, is, and will be.] 

 

Jesus forgives sins.

Who can forgive sins but God only? Mark 2:7

Jesus said “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5

 

 

Matthew 9:4-6 (New International Version)

 4Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?5Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”

 

John 4:22-24 (New International Version)

22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 

John 5:22 (New International Version)

22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,

 

1 Timothy 3:16 (New King James Version)

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,       Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles,  Believed on in the world,  Received up in glory.

 

Philippians 2:8-11 (New International Version)

8And being found in appearance as a man,       he humbled himself       and became obedient to death—          even death on a cross!  9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place       and gave him the name that is above every name,  10that at the name ofJesus every knee should bow,       in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11andevery tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,       to the glory of God the Father.

 

Acts 4:10-12 (New International Version)

10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11He is    ” ‘the stone you builders rejected,       which has become the capstone.[a]‘[b] 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

 There is no other way to get to heaven. You cannot earn your way into Heaven. It is only by believing on Jesus, and His blood sacrifice at the cross for us that we can enter Heaven. 

 

John 20:26-29 (New International Version)

 26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

John 14:8-9 (New International Version)

 8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

 

 

Acts 7:59-60 (New King James Version)

59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

There are of course many other scriptures. I wanted to put some basic scriptures together in one document to keep it handy to explain the foundational principles.