Christianity is Different

Psalm 96:5, 
“He is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols
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Out of roughly 4200 world religions, there are only 5 major religions.  (See last post here. )

But only one affirms that there is a personal, loving God who can be known in this life.

In my quiet time following a recent Costco trip where I was mesmerized by all the cultures represented in one locale, I sensed this personal, loving God speaking as I opened the pages of His Word.  The words of Psalm 96:4-5 seemed to jump off the page.  I immediately thought about the whole concept of multiculturalism.

Psalm 96:4-5

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for He founded the seas and established it upon the waters. Psalm 24:1-2

I felt like He was reminding me to not be fooled by the kumbaya feeling our world wants us to associate with the coexist movement or multiculturalism.  This is not truth.

The truth is, that regardless of race, nationality or culture, God is the ONE TRUE GOD of all the earth for all people.  God is THE CREATOR.

God is personal and makes Himself known to anyone who’s truly seeking Him (Jeremiah 29:13-14)    I believe the world is starving for the reality of this loving and personal God in everyday life.

  • Have you seen God at work in the humdrum routines of life?  Share it.
  • Has God created a job or opportunity for you that has to be more than coincidence?  Give Him the credit!
  • Has God provided a way for your bills to paid when it seemed impossible?  Tell others.
  • Has God redeemed your life from anxiety, worry or depression?  Share it!
  • Has life been hard, but God has been faithful?  Share how He’s been faithful with anyone who will listen.
  • Has He removed the guilt from past a sin?  Tell someone!

Multiculturalism will never satisfy the insatiable desire we have for a loving companionship with One Who is wiser and greater.  Only a personal relationship with the God of the Universe… the One Who created you in your mother’s womb and loves you so intimately can satisfy that longing.

Do you know Him?  Personally?

You can!

The ONE true God says there is only ONE way of being in personal relationship with Him.   It’s through a Name that at mere mention, can cause mainstream culture to repulse.  In fact, it may be the most politically incorrect name in the world.

But don’t be fooled by mainstream.  God says the only Name given to men by which they may be saved…  is Jesus. 

Through Jesus, we person can have a relationship with the One true, loving and powerful God.   He doesn’t just point us to a path, a philosophy, or a religion.  He welcomes us to know him, to experience joy, and to have confidence in His love in the midst of life’s challenges.


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5 World Religions and their Beliefs

Psalm 96:5, 
“He is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols
.”

Multiculturalism   is a big buzz word.    As defined, multiculturalism is the existence, and acceptance, or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction…  (italics mine)   

To view multiple cultures firsthand, I can just visit my local Costco.  On a single Saturday in one locale, I’m fascinated by the multiple cultures represented.  I don’t live in a major US city.   But I’m finding my hometown is more diverse than ever!

A recent Costco visit sparked my thinking about the world’s religions.  To be honest, I began pondering the eternity of the people I was shopping beside.  I wanted to know more about what they believe.

Wikipedia tells us there are roughly 4200 religions in the world.   However, out of the 4200, there are only five major religions.

In a nutshell, I’ve listed what they believe. For more detail, click here.  I found this site to be quite interesting.

  1. Hinduism acknowledges multiple gods and goddesses.  Hindus believe their position in this present life was determined by their actions in a previous life.   A Hindu’s goal is to become free from the law of karma…to be free from continuous reincarnations. Only the soul matters which will one day be free of the cycle of rebirths and be at rest.
  2. Buddhists do not worship any gods or God. People outside of Buddhism often think that Buddhists worship the Buddha.  Most Buddhists believe a person has countless rebirths, which inevitably include suffering. A Buddhist seeks to end these rebirths.  Buddhists follow a list of religious principles and very dedicated meditation. When a Buddhist meditates it is not the same as praying or focusing on a god, it is more of a self-discipline.
  3. New Age followers believe they are God.  New Age promotes the development of the person’s own power or divinity. When referring to God, a follower of New Age is not talking about a transcendent, personal God who created the universe, but is referring to a higher consciousness within themselves.
  4. Muslims believe in a powerful but unknowable God.  Though a Muslim honors several prophets, Muhammad is considered the last prophet and his words and lifestyle are that person’s authority. To be a Muslim, one has to follow five religious duties: 1. Repeat a creed about Allah and Muhammad; 2. Recite certain prayers in Arabic five times a day; 3. Give to the needy; 4. One month each year, fast from food, drink, sex and smoking from sunrise to sunset; 5. Pilgrimage once in one’s lifetime to worship at a shrine in Mecca. At death — based on one’s faithfulness to these duties — a Muslim hopes to enter Paradise. If not, they will be eternally punished in hell.
  5. Christians believe in a God who is loving, approachable and personal.  It is a relationship that carries over into the next life.

The world’s five major religions are each unique.  Without a doubt, you and I are encountering people who practice these religions almost daily.   But did you notice,

only one religion affirms there is a personal, loving God who can be known in this life?

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Last Luncheon of the Season – Thursday, April 6th

Breaking Up with the Labels we Wear –
(Such as: Insecurity, Unworthy, Loneliness, etc.  See video !)
Tuesday is the last day to Pre-Register

Speaker: Beverly Weeks

The Dirty Truth about the Food we’re Eating

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1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God.  You are not your own.”

Our last two KGM Luncheons have been EPIC!  (Actually, I think every Luncheon is pretty awesome.)    Mind-blowing information has been shared.  Especially at this last Luncheon as it relates to Nutrition.

To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed.  I’m a simple girl who loves anything fried.  Has an addiction to Chick-fil-A and has to force down vegetables.

REGARDLESS, I’m making adjustments after hearing our speaker and all she had to share about the importance of healthy living. The food we eat affects us mentally, physically and spiritually.   Sadly however, our food chain has been contaminated with pesticides.  It’s vital to the well-being of our bodies that we know the truth and make good food choices.

In this short post, I can’t possible share all I learned.  However, I  want to share a few of my take-aways.  For those of you at the Luncheon, I’d love to hear what stood out most to you.

My Favorite Line, “You’ll never know how bad you’ve been feeling until you start to feel good.”  (Because of a changed diet.)

In a nutshell:

  • Drink good water.   Take your body weight and divide it by 2.  That’s how many ounces of water you need each day.
  • Be intentional about eating good fruits and vegetables.  (See dirty dozen list below)
  • Eat more nuts
  • Less fast-food:(
  • Take baby steps.  See how good you feel then go to the next step.

My Immediate adjustments after hearing Nikki:

  1. I’m going to drink more water – good water.  Tap water is not “good water.”   Water with electrolytes is good.
  2. I’m doing a cleanse each morning.  (Before having my first cup of coffee.)  Today, I drank, an almost 8oz glass of water, with a 1/2 a lemon squeezed into it:)  This simple adjustment helps rid my body of toxins and jumpstarts my organs.  It even helps regulate my body temperature.   To be honest:  it tasted horrible!  It was bitter.   But if it’s good for my body – “giddy up!”  I’m gonna do it.
  3. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet.  (Organic if possible).   Jesus help!
  4. Learn more about Alkaline/Acid Diets.  Cancer and kidney stones grow in a predominately acid diet.

Moment that caused sadness:  “Cut out ALL soft drinks, fast food and soy.”   Boo! I just LOVE soy sauce.  I recently bought a 1/2 gallon of it at Costco:(

She didn’t mention fried food…  Needless to say, it’s gotta be a no-no:(  (At least in extreme moderation.)

Moment that made me sit up straight and gulp:  “The food chain is not good.  It’s been contaminated with Round Up and other pesticides in and on our food.  Why do we believe that Satan isn’t working within our foods?  He’s the father of lies.  He deceives and is out to kill, steal and destroy our health.  The truth needs to be unveiled.”  

The Dirty Dozen – Whenever buying these foods, get organic if possible.

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

She said so much more that I simply could not absorb because I’d get stuck pondering the jaw-dropping comment she’d said before the next jaw-dropping comment.

We’re having her back.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, I’m not the only one drinking lemon water in the morning.  Our very own hugger-in-chief is too:)  Check out her video post here!

 

Tara Furman


 

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Last Luncheon of the Season – Thursday, April 6th
Breaking Up with the Labels we Wear

Speaker:  Beverly Weeks

10 Benefits of being God’s Word Each Day

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Psalm 119:105,
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Each morning, I start my quiet time by reading a Psalm.  Some mornings I read the same one from the morning before.  It’s a treasure trove of promises and greater insight into the character of God.

Currently, I’m in Psalm 119.   It’s a long one.  In fact, it’s the loo00ngest chapter in the Bible.  This morning, in just 16 verses, I found many of the reasons I arise early each day to be in God’s Word.   These are just a few of the many benefits from being in His Word.

  1. God’s Word is relevant for today – “Your laws endure to this day…” (v91)
  2. God’s Word is eternal and firm despite the changing world I live in – “Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm..” (v89)
  3. God’s Word brings hope when I’m drowning in difficult circumstances – “If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” (v92)
  4. God’s Word protects me – “I will never forget your precepts, for by them You have preserved my life.” (v93)
  5. God’s Word makes me wise – “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies…” (v98)
  6. God’s Word gives me insight for decisions I must make – “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.” (v99)
  7. God’s Word satisfies the deepest part of my soul – “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”
  8. God’s Word gives me understanding – “I gain understanding from your precepts…(v104)
  9. God’s Word helps me know what pleases God and what doesn’t please God- “I gain understanding from your precepts, therefore I hate every wrong path.” (v104)
  10. God’s Word gives direction – it’s “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (v105)

Do you need wisdom for a decision you need to make?   Deeper understanding in a certain circumstance?  Do you need insight?  Does your soul need rest?

Turn to God’s Word.  It’s relevant; it’s eternal; it’ll make you wise; it’ll give you understanding and direction for whatever you may be facing today:)

Tara Furman, KGM Founder and President


New Prayer Journals are in! 
Tara wants to teach you how to use it!

Jump into her Workshop – March 14th or 15th

14/12 Members – this workshop is free for you!


Luncheon is Friday, March 3rd! 

“Encouraging Women in Truth through Nutrition,”
Speaker:  Nikki Fenske

Pre-Registration is open through Wednesday, March 1st

Is God too Busy for You?

Psalm 147:4-5,
He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.

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Last week I was talking with someone who made mention that she didn’t want to bother God with “the little things in her life or marriage.  With all the things going on in the world, He has more important things to deal with than my little requests.”

My heart winced.  Before I could stop her and gently sprinkle Truth into her thinking, she went on to a different subject.   (Of course this distracted me and I forgot:))   Leaving this event, the Lord brought her comment back to my mind.   I have a feeling more people than not may think this way.

But this is not the God of the Bible.   In fact, as I read my Bible, it tells me:

That God is El Roi- The God who sees me.  Genesis 16:13 says, She, [Hagar] gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me, for I have now seen the One Who sees me.”

It tells me:  “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.”  Psalm 34:15

It says: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”  Psalm 34:17

It also says, “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those who hope in HIs unfailing love.”  Psalm 33:18

AND, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”  2 Chronicles 16:9

Do you hold back taking everything to God because you think He’s too busy running the rest of the world?

If this is you, I pray He’ll open your eyes afresh to see that He’s willing to be intimately involved in every detail of your life.  Bring to Him today the big and the little things.  Allow Him to be intimately involved in your life!  For the Word says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

Tara Furman, Founder & President of Knowing God Ministries


KGM @ Nite:  March 23rd

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Don’t be a Mom Whose Head is in the Sand;
Tips for Talking about the Real Issues our Kids Face

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Luncheon:  Friday, March 3rd

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