Present You Faultless: The Year in Review

Hello all:

In light of the blog’s 1st year anniversary, I am listing the posts that had the most discussion and/or that I most enjoyed writing.

1. September 26,2009 A post about atheism. (This one created a lively discussion.)
http://www.presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2009/09

2. January 10, 2010 Read on about the thieves that rob us of our peace.
http://www.presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/are-you-getting-robbed/

3. March 31, 2010 Could Jesus Get Sick? Share what you think!
https://presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/could-jesus-get-sick/#comments

4. April 29, 2010
presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/is-social-media-the-new-distraction/

5. June 3, 2010

www.presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/100-things-you-get-when-you-become-saved/

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Have You Gained A New Kind of Freedom?

Hello all:

As we think of the United States’ Independence Day and the freedom that it represents, think too of eternity. As a country we are free to live as we choose.  Think also of a freedom or independence that will last for more than the years we can count.

Independence from another country’s rule is noble.  Freedom from Satan’s torment and freedom from eternal punishment is stupendous!

Grab your new freedom today!
— See Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

100 Things You Get When You Become Saved!

What’s On Your List?

Hello all:

I wanted something fun and lighthearted today. Someone was preaching and provoked me to write an idea: what are the benefits of being saved?

There are of course the obvious items: forgiveness, peace of mind,  and the privilege of eternal life after death. But what are some quirky/odd/cool things that you do or find are a benefit to you or a result of your becoming a  born-again Christian?

I’ll start the list… do add to it! 🙂

1. I can laugh at some of the stupid things I do because Jesus covers my mistakes!

2. I look up into the clouds,  talk to God, and keep my head tilted for a few seconds… waiting as though He’s going to stick His head out of the clouds and respond:-d (It’s great when I have moments such as those: I feel like He’s my bosom buddy!)

3. I look for the favor* of God to happen to me even in what might seem like insignificant places such as at the supermarket or bank.

4. You become a singer! The longer you are saved– you hear songs of praise and worship that you love! You start singing them, even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket!

* [God’s “favor” is a way of  saying that God allows circumstances to be resolved positively and often quickly in your behalf. For more on God’s favor:  go to November 10, 2009,  &  May 1, 2010, entries. ]

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6/4/2010 — Numbers 5-7 were posted by Eden.

8. We expect miracles to happen now. (We know God can do miracles… look from where He brought us!)

9. More self-acceptance: if God can tolerate us, then can we not love our selves?

6/7/2010

10. Insights — You will get understanding into people’s thinking and into circumstances that you never would have conceived of by yourself.

6/11/2010

11. Appreciation for the Use of One’s Limbs

On my About Me page a visitor recently made a comment regarding  Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadripeglic, who rebounded and has lead an active and productive  life some 30+ years since her accident.  She is also in ministry. See her website at http://www.joniandfriends.org/

I had heard mention of her before because she had been in the news in the past. After her accident, she learned to create wonderful artwork while placing the paintbrush between her teeth!  Yet reading her biography today, I was again reminded of how wonderful it is to be able to use all of one’s body parts.  God shows a person how to appreciate so much! 🙂
6/23/2010
12. Someone saw me running down the street today. He stopped to say that I was overly-blessed because I could run like that when many could not.  So right now I am thanking God for the ability to run!

7/15/2010
13. The repeated experience of euphoria — Oh the delight of seeing how God takes care of us day after day. It makes you fall in love with Him over and over again.

Have You Started Walking?

For those of you who are thinking about becoming a Christian I wanted to give another entry* on how to get started. There is the concept of the Roman Road. This is a series of scriptures from the book of Romans that will help you understand how to start your new life with Jesus Christ.

The Roman Road

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

If you are a more visual learner, click on the link below www.circulationidea.com/files/romanroad.pdf

* (I have these scriptures about salvation on my blog page, “How to Become Saved”. But if you do not search through the blog pages, you might miss it. I wanted the scriptures about beginning a new life with Chris right up front. Soo-o-o here it is.) 🙂

Atheism ~ Part 2

Dear Atheists:

There are obviously many of you who do not believe in the LORD God or any god for that matter.  I thought to go all-out and write a flurry of comments defending God. But I decided against working myself into a frenzy. To do so would not have been god-glorifying and certainly unnecessary. GOD can and will defend Himself !

Before I switch to another topic though, I wanted to say that God loves you. It is no never mind to me that at this point in your life you do not acknowledge Him or love Him. It is my duty and privilege to tell you that He loves you.

One more thing: while you may not acknowledge Him, He is acknowledging you by giving you the life that you now live. He knows where you are.  At any time should you change your mind and decide to reach out to Him, He will be waiting for you.  In the new testament of the bible, you can find II Peter 3:9where it is stated, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

For those of you who will change your mind, repent, and come to God, if I never meet you on this side, see you in heaven.  🙂

Atheism: No God At All?

Several weeks ago,  I was telling an associate about starting this Christian Blog and she mentioned that she was an atheist. Our conversation really got me to thinking. How could one not believe in God? How could one not believe in any god? How does such a person account for man’s continual existence? Who or what even keeps the world spinning on its axis? Who or what keeps the oceans and the rivers at bay?  I had so many questions.

I don’t make any claims to be an expert or even reasonably knowledgeable about the world of atheism.  So for everyone else who is like me I included in this subject a definition of atheism and statistics from http://www.wikipedia.org

Atheism can be either the rejection of theism,[1] or the position that deities do not exist.[2] In the broadest sense, it is the absence of belief in the existence of deities.

The first individuals to self-identify as “atheist” appeared in the 18th century. Today, about 2.3% of the world’s population describes itself as atheist, while a further 11.9% is described as nontheist.[4] Between 64% and 65% of Japanese describe themselves as atheists, agnostics, or non-believers,[5][6] and up to 48% in Russia.[5] The percentage of such persons in European Union member states ranges between 6% (Italy) and 85% (Sweden).[5] Atheism tends towards skepticism regarding supernatural claims, citing a lack of empirical evidence (in other words what can be seen by observation).

Common arguments for atheism  include the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, and the argument from nonbelief.

I have answers for the “problem of evil” and I think I could find counter answers for the other arguments as why one should be an atheist.  But I am willing to hear a different view.  So, to the atheists in the world, please comment. I am interested to know what you have to say.

Have You Tried God? — Part 2

So maybe you think that  “trying God”  or including Him in your life is lame.  Consider that trying God or allowing Him in your life  will give you a sense of peace that nothing else does. I’m not saying that all of your problems get solved right away!  Just keep talking to Him, the peace will come!

* He’ll listen to your problems! You can tell Him anything or everything. (You know even all that stuff  that you’d never tell your mother :- )

* You can tell Him exactly how you feel. (Go ahead be as blunt as you know how: He can take it!)

To easily ask Him into your life, do this:https://i2.wp.com/cfmlife.org/media/images/prayer.jpg

1. Tell Him how sorry you are for the wrong things you did
2. Ask Him for forgiveness
3. Ask Him to come into your life as your Personal Savior

A few minutes of real “talking it out” with the Master will keep you in this life all the way into eternity.  Let me know how GREAT you feel after you’ve talked with Him!