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The Dialogue of our Life (and when it is better to be alone)

March 9, 2013

When we’re alone, we either dialogue with our “flesh” and subconscious or we dialogue with a perfect God (via the Holy Spirit. That is assuming that we’ve developed the ability to hear the Holy Spirit*.)

When we’re with people, we either dialogue with their imperfections or with them channeling the Holy Spirit. If with the Holy Spirit, it is utterly valuable to dialogue with a unique source point of the Holy Spirit. If with their imperfections, and they aren’t open to our Holy Spirit feedback to help them grow, it is better to be alone. To do otherwise would be to frustrate the Holy Spirit wanting to reach them.

It is also good to recognize that when we subject ourselves to any form of media, we are in dialogue with it because we have emotional and intellectual reactions … whether voluntary or involuntary.

Proverbs 9:7-9, “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked person incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or they will hate you; rebuke a wise person and they will love you. Instruct a wise person and they will be wiser still; teach a righteous person and they will add to their learning.”

Proverbs 21:9, “It is better to live on the edge of a roof, than to live in a house with a quarreling woman.”

Psalm 1:1-2, “Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.”

* To develop the ability to hear the Holy Spirit and isolate it from amongst all the inner influences, go to www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com and get How To Directly Experience God (a Step by Step Guide).

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God’s involvement in sports? (A Tim Tebow reflection)

January 25, 2013

Surprisingly I don’t see anybody reflecting on the spiritual ramifications of what has taken place here in the last year and a half surrounding Tim Tebow. It appears to me that this was an interaction between God and satan. Let me first spell out the facts.

In the 2011 football season, the Denver Broncos were doing badly and had a 1-4 record. And despite leading the team to wins in the last 3 games of the previous season. Tebow wasn’t the starting quarterback those 5 games.So the coach replaced the quarterback with Tim Tebow.

Tim Tebow is a very vocal and animated witness for Jesus. In fact he’s one of the very few of this kind that has visibility in the mainstream media.

Tim Tebow went on to win the next  7 of 8 games. And he did so in miraculous fashion, often with come from behind wins in opponents’ stadiums.

This all culminated in a postseason victory over the favored Steelers … also in miraculous fashion.

Fans and the media were flabbergasted during this whole playing out … one of the biggest stories in sports history in my estimation … especially for Christians.

Therefore, there was a big expectation for the Broncos’ next season.

But what happened since is bizarre, and appears to me to only be able to be explained spiritually.

What would have filled the Bronco stadium and excited Christian sports fans the next year, was turned down by Bronco management and Tebow was traded. What???? And this supposedly had something to do with Tebow’s throwing mechanics. Wait a minute. I thought that winning was the object of playing football, not throwing mechanics. And Tebow had already proven that he had great winning mechanics … both in the pros and in college, where he was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2007 and his team won two national championships in 2006 and 2008.

So that made me question what was going on here. And because it wasn’t logical, it must have been spiritual.

But okay, I just wanted to see Tebow in action as a starting quarterback. So maybe God was moving him to a major market … New York … and a bigger spotlight in a very sinful city for Tebow’s outspoken ways for Him.

So what happened? Satan had Tebow benched most of the year to keep him out of the spotlight. So then how did that work out for the new team? Well the team’s quarterback, Mark Sanchez, performed as if he had a curse on him. I conclude that because he did just fine the years before, taking the Jets to the playoffs. As miraculous as Tebow’s plays were the year before, Sanchez’s plays were miraculously bad, in one case missing the handoff to the halfback and then being knocked over backwards by his own lineman and fumbling, with the opponent taking that fumble back for a touchdown.

And when the Jets eventually benched Sanchez, they still didn’t put in Tebow, despite the crowd chants of “Tebow, Tebow.” They put in the other backup quarterback. And now they are talking to trade Sanchez, who once was highly touted.

And oh by the way, how did the Broncos do after Tebow? They brought in one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history to replace Tebow, Peyton Manning. He had a great regular season. But he lost their playoff game, with a miraculous come from behind win by the other team. That means he didn’t even take the team as far as Tebow did.

I point all these things out because this isn’t the regular fare for football. I therefore have to suspect that there is something more going on here. And that something I think is God and satan, given the spiritual ramifications in all this that I’ve spelled out here.

But stay tuned. The story is not over … either with Tim Tebow or between satan and God. Where will Tim Tebow end up next? Can satan continue to keep him out of the spotlight? Or will this be a Job/Abram situation and Tim will reemerge?

Byline: Dennis Marcellino is the author of a number of books, including THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is true (www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com).

The State Of Churches

January 2, 2013

I read in Forgotten God (pp. 181-183) how an ex gang member who became a Christian went to the writer’s local church to see what church was like. After attending for a while he stopped going there. When asked why, he said that he had actually found more of a “family” in gangs.

In fact, that’s what I’ve also encountered in my history of going to churches. I mean, they’ve all had expensive global outreaches, but there was no sense of family at the churches. There was just a pharisetical hierarchy … and then the masses. Yet here I was with a ministry … even a world-class, badly needed ministry … but I could get no interest from the hierarchy. And yet I badly needed support (financial and workers) to spread it, but could get none.

An interesting thing about these churches is that there was a regular migration out of them. Was it because people weren’t finding “family” in them? That was the case for many of the small community groups I was in, and it was the case for me too. Some of these churches had good Bible-centered preaching, but no real human connection. Just a bunch of individuals with their outside family but not a church family. Yet Jesus said this about family. “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came. They stood outside and sent a person in to tell Jesus to come out. Many people were sitting around Jesus. They said to him, “Your mother and brothers are waiting for you outside.” Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then Jesus looked at those people sitting around him. He said, “These people are my mother and my brothers! My true brother and sister and mother are those people that do the things God wants.” Mark 3:31-35.

This dilemma is especially concerning for me as an evangelist. That is, my job is to get people interested in, and even excited about, Christianity. But then I need to pass them on to good churches, where they can grow as Christians and have a full Christian experience. And it is helpful to do that in a Christian community that is more advanced in Christianity than they are. But my experience says that you are on your own with God (which still is good, but can be better with other believers and in a church as described in the Bible).

So, how is the church that you go to in this regard? Is this just my experience, or are there good “family” churches out there? And are there any churches according to the ones that the Bible defines in Acts 2:42-47?

http://www.DennisMarcellinoMinistries.org

Why God Is Necessary

March 9, 2012

Because I’ve developed a highly successful addiction recovery program (www.AddictionFreeForever.com), I was asked in a recent radio interview if God is necessary for recovery. And if so, in what form?

I thought this was a great question, and I saw how this really wasn’t just about addiction recovery but about life for everyone.

I said that in order to permanently not have a weakness for alcohol or drugs or the many other things that a person can be addicted to, a person must be living in harmony with how their heart and body were designed to operate.

Now a person can discover some specifics of how to do that on their own or through an organization or teaching. But that doesn’t address the issue of the meaning of life. That is, is life supposed to just be a series of activities whose sum result is more pleasure than pain? Or is there a reason why we’ve been placed on this planet (we obviously didn’t place ourselves), amid an unfathomably large universe, from where we will one day be forced to leave? That is, from our creator’s perspective, is there something that we need to accomplish while we are here? And is our creator prompting us in some way to make that accomplishment?

That prompting was put well by St. Augustine who said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” Therefore we each carry a restlessness in our heart that somehow needs to be satisfied. We can either satisfy it in its naturally intended way, or we can attempt an artificial satisfaction for it through worshiping something on Earth (like entertainers or sports teams), or we can attempt to sweep under a drug or addiction the restlessness and drown out its voice.

The rewards for satisfying it in its naturally intended way is: we set up a great afterlife for ourselves; our hearts are filled with perfect guidance, peace and love; and the restlessness goes away. And in fact, those last two indicators would be evidence that we did actually satisfy it in the way that our creator wanted it to be satisfied (which is why He made those upgrades in our heart). And in my search through 20 different lifestyles and attempts at truth, there was only one thing that created those last two indicators. And that was: a recognition that the Bible is a communication to us from God, and that only following it to the letter and making Jesus the head of our life works. And that worked for me in a way that nothing else did.

That search and experiment with life is something that we’ve each been given one lifetime to do. And then our eternity will be determined based on how we chose to go through life and what we made our highest priority and gave our allegiance to.

Byline:
Dennis Marcellino is the author of THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is true (www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com), Why Are We Here?, and How To Directly Experience God (a step by step guide). These books can be seen at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com. He’s also written two political books, The Plague Of Liberalism (www.ThePlagueOfLiberalism.com) and THE Solutions (Simple, Practical Solutions To The Biggest Personal And Societal Problems), which can be seen at www.TheOptimumPoliticalSolutions.com.

What I miss about the hippie days

June 7, 2010

For those of us who are old enough to remember … in spite of all of its faults (and there were a number of them), I think what I miss most about the hippie days is: a rejection of worldliness and shallowness, and a deep, serious inquiry about life and its deeper mysteries and meanings and purer manifestations … an …interest and curiosity (accompanied by a deep feeling) which seems to be greatly missing from the world today. But it was popular and even commonplace in many circles back then. In fact there was a peer pressure to reject shallowness and embrace depth. I miss all of that. OR … is it going on somewhere that you know about? www.UltimateTruths.com.

Faith vs. Proof

February 16, 2010

Faith can be fragile, given all of the pressures and influences in the world. And it can even go away … either temporarily in day to day life or permanently (like with a lot of young people these days). But it is nice when people have it solidly … but I don’t see many hard-working disciples around these days as evidence that they do 🙂 Whereas “proof” allows a person to make a solid decision based on something that they come to see is fact. No wiggle room in their thinking as it gets challenged by all that goes on in the world. And when a person is solidly intellectually sure … great faith happens within them. And actually, the feeling of faith is given by God to those who put their decisional faith in Him. (I used “faith” in two different ways in that sentence … one is “putting trust” and the other is a feeling that God puts in our heart.) That’s the value I see in “proof”, and think that it is a foundational thing that everyone should have … proof of what the singular truth about life is. Otherwise they make up their own truth or latch onto someone else’s. And the world can’t bless a person’s heart the way God can. The formula is: the more unwaveringly sure a person is about what THE truth is, the greater their faith will be. That’s why proof is important … so that a person isn’t carrying any doubt in the back of their mind. Fortunately, THE provable truth is beautiful. And that’s why I’m so inspired to spread that message 🙂

Everyone’s Choice

February 14, 2010

I was emailed this recently:

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God,

and die to find out there isn’t,

than live my life as if there isn’t,

and die to find out there is.”

But there IS a lot of PROOF that there is a God, which can be seen at www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com. You can get to know God better by:

(1) Reading the book He inSpired – the Bible (… and proof that God wrote the Bible through His Spirit is also offered at that website)

(2)   Listening attentively to His “still, small voice” in your heart

(3)   Observing what He causes to automatically happen in your body and heart (the specifics of which He designed. I’m not speaking about things that are triggered within us due to bad programming, traumas, or wrong thinking. Although, He designed the responses that would happen within us as a result of those also.)

(4)   Observing what He causes to happen in nature (which He also designed)