Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Why Was Jesus Crucified?According to the gospels, the main charge against Jesus was that he claimed to be the king of the Jews. The Roman soldiers were mocking this idea when they dressed him in a purple robe and pressed a crown of thorns onto his head. This was also the charge written on the sign at the top of the cross.
But the charge was false. The enemies of Jesus had concocted it by twisting the meaning of the old Jewish prophesies about the coming of the Messiah.
According to those prophesies, the Messiah was a great future leader who would appear during a period of extreme desperation and crisis known as the End Times (or Last Days). Assisted by God, he would overthrow all evil oppressors and set up a perfect kingdom on earth, where all the righteous people could live forever in peace and joy.
During the years when Jesus was growing up, many people believed that the End Times had already arrived, and that the Messiah would soon appear. This belief was especially strong in Galilee, the region of Palestine where Jesus lived. And the belief grew even stronger when John the Baptist began proclaiming that all the prophesies about the Messiah would soon be fulfilled.
But those prophesies could be interpreted in different ways. Some scriptures, such as Isaiah 53, depict the Messiah as a devout non-violent person who will prepare the way for the new kingdom by sacrificing himself to pay for humankind's sins. Other scriptures describe him as a future descendent of King David, and depict the new kingdom as a purified version of David's original kingdom. These references to King David caused many common people to envision the Messiah mainly as a military leader, whose first action would be to organize a revolt against the hated Romans and drive them out of the country.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Recognize the tendency toward sin and walk the endless road.
God promises paradise and the Bible explains how he will do so. It also provides the key for truly satisfying life here on earth.
We all fall short of perfection so we all need God’s grace and salvation, not just some of the time but all of the time. Think for a moment about your anxieties and problems and let God provide the tools for living a better life.
We must recognize our tendency towards sin first by avoiding our own fleshly desires. Temptations are always there to prevent righteous living. James 1:14 explains that we are tempted when we become enticed by our own natural desires.
King James Version Romans 14:23 "And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
There is a simple way of living based on Jesus’ teachings. It is a way of living that frees the Christian to live life blissfully in the service of others. By following Christ in a more concerned way and contributing to a healthier and happier setting or a more sustained world.So avoiding temptation is something we all face as Christians. The New Living Translation of 1 Corinthians 10:13. Says, "But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it."
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
in our Father,
He stands above all others
The greatest from the beginning of time
He is ready to help us with His almighty power.
Believe in Jesus Christ the savior and redeemer
Believe in the power of the Holy Ghost to inspire and comfort.
Believe in the Apostles and Prophets as instruments in our Fathers hands
Believe in the sacred word of our Almighty, the Holy Bible with its treasury of information.
And believe in yourselves for you are the sons and daughters of Gods greatest generations of time.
President Thomas S. Monson became the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008, at the age of 80. He was ordained an Apostle in 1963.
President Henry B. Eyring was named First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3 February 2008. Previously, he had served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Gordon B. Hinckley since 6 October 2007. He was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 1 April 1995, having previously served as a member of the Seventy since 3 October 1992.
Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf Second Counselor in the first presidentcy of the church and is the eleventh most senior apostle in the ranks of the Church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, colloquially, the Mormon Church) is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement, a Christian primitives movement that was started by Joseph Smith during the American Second Great Awakening. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations (called wards or branches) and built temples worldwide. With over 50,000 missionaries serving worldwide at any given time, the church currently claims a growing membership of over 14.1 million and is ranked by the National Council of Churches as the fourth largest Christian denomination in the United States. The church's predominant theology is Mormonism.
The LDS Church considers itself to be a restoration of the church founded by Jesus Christ, which was later lost in the centuries after Christ in a Great Apostasy. Adherents, referred to as Latter-day Saints or, more informally, Mormons, view faith in Jesus Christ and the atonement as the central tenet of their religion. LDS theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ, though LDS doctrines regarding the nature of God and the potential of mankind differ significantly from mainstream Christianity. The church has an open canon which includes four scriptural texts: the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Other than the Bible, the majority of the LDS canon constitutes revelation dictated by Joseph Smith and includes commentary and exegesis about the Bible, texts described as lost parts of the Bible, and other works believed to be written by ancient prophets.
Under the doctrine of continuing revelation, Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus, under the direction of Heavenly Father, leads the church by revealing his will to its president, whom adherents regard as a modern-day "prophet, seer, and revelator". The current president is Thomas S. Monson. Individual members believe that they can also receive personal revelation from God in conducting their lives. The president heads a hierarchical structure with various levels reaching down to local congregations. Bishops, drawn from the laity, lead local congregations. Worthy male members, after reaching age 12, may be ordained to the priesthood. Women do not hold positions within the priesthood but serve in an array of other leadership roles
God was truly an artist when he created the world. In the springtime look around you and you'll feel Gods presence. As buds bloom on skeleton trees and shoots sprout from the grey earth, new life emerges as the theme of Spring. Look at the glorious wonders that create the theme for summer, fall and winter. God lives and the proof is indelible. Psalm 19 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.