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Did You Know There is a Life Handbook?

I know. Life is rough right now. So many “experts” telling you what to do, where to go, who to see. Get the vaccine, (or more accurately, the experimental injectable) or not get the vaccine – that is the question everyone is asking. Follow the crowd or assert your independence and refuse to conform? Who do we listen to? WHY would we listen to someone who doesn’t really care about us? Who is telling the truth and who is lying?

AND WHEN CAN WE GET BACK TO NORMAL LIFE?

Or, is this our new normal?

Who do we trust? Where do we go for some peace? What is real and what is fake?

I can’t answer these questions for you – all I can say is that the majority of the information you’re being exposed to is a lie and to encourage you to seek alternative news sources and get ALL the information before making decisions that will affect you and your family.

However, I can offer a bit of hope. A resource, if you will, that will honestly help calm your fears and smear a soothing salve on your soul.

The Bible.

HEAR ME OUT!

Before you go rolling your eyes or sticking your nose up in the air thinking, “oh great, another religious wacko” consider this – what’s the harm in looking into God and His wonderful book of life?

Why should you care? This is from an article on the Truth or Tradition website by Renee Dugan:

“There is a plethora of reasons why understanding the Bible is crucial for everyone, from the new believer to the seasoned scholar. There is not a person alive who doesn’t stand to reap some benefit from knowing, understanding, and applying the principles of the Bible. Here are just a few reasons why understanding the Bible is so crucial:

  1. It Empowers Us for Right-Living
    The Bible offers countless wise missives, instructions, and clear warnings on what to embrace and what to avoid in order to live a blessed, successful life. Understanding these things—why they matter to God, why they should matter to us, and how to structure our lives by them—is absolutely crucial to living both an abundant life and one pleasing to God. Without grasping this, at best we’re subject to the tailwinds of the world’s ever-changing notion of morality, which offers no tangible guarantee of joy, salvation, or righteousness. To live right, and live well, we must derive these things at their very definition from the Bible.
  2. It Gives us a Framework to Understand the World
    Without a firm grasp of what the Bible says about the age we live in, the spiritual forces at work, and who and what we are up against, we can very easily become despondent, confused, and angry as struggles come our way. Thankfully, the Bible very clearly lays out the truth about the spiritual battle raging around us, the enemy in charge of this fallen world, and the role believers can and should play in the fight. To understand the battle and stand our ground in it, we must fully grasp the nuances of the world’s state both spiritually and physically as explained in the Bible.
  3. It Demystifies Difficult Realities
    The spiritual battle is not the only aspect of life that’s difficult to understand—nor is it the only one the Bible explains! The problem of evil, sin, and suffering, why bad things happen to good people, why things seem to get worse rather than better around the world, why man is even here, why God’s Son had to die a horrific death, why there were certain cultures God ordered His people to wipe off the map—these are all very deep, very difficult realities to contend with. Even a surface reading of Scripture may not be enough to fully grasp the intricacies and necessities of these subjects. That’s why we can’t just read the Bible—it’s important to understand it. To have a clear, logical outlook on why so many things have come to pass the way they did and continue to, we must dive in deep and do the hard work to grasp the meaning and reasoning laid out in the Bible.
  4. It Elucidates the Past, Present, and Future
    There are countless details of history, the current atmosphere, and the coming future that can’t be truly explained without a scriptural framework. Some things have happened and are happening that had to fall into place in a certain way due to the Messiah’s coming over 2000 years ago; similarly, some things still must come to pass in order for all of God’s purposes to play out. Understanding these purposes—not to mention what’s happened, why it’s happened, and what still must—helps us to not become embroiled in guesswork and conjecture, but to live our lives with a proper perspective of the days and seasons in God’s hands. To fathom the truth of the past, make the most of our time now, and have hope no matter what comes, we must view all of history through the perspective laid out in the Bible.
  5. When we Misunderstand the Bible, It’s Easier to Misunderstand the One Who Authored It
    Circling back around to where we started, let’s touch again on the heartache that comes from an author misunderstood. When we stay high-level with Scripture, doing a cursory reading without making the diligent effort to dig in and truly understand it, we are building a house of cards on a sandy shore. Anything could come along and blow our beliefs down or rip the floor out from under it. We also run the risk of constructing an improper view of God when we don’t make it a point to truly understand His Word, which can lead to all sorts of pain—from legalism to loose-living, from hyper-judgementalism to hyper-tolerance, from loving Him without the proper respect to hating Him outright. Countless extremes spring from simply misunderstanding the heart of God as He laid it out for us in the Bible. To fully understand the Author, we must understand the blueprint He laid for us: the Bible, His very Word.”

With all the craziness that is our world right now, we have a God that loves and cares about us – ABOUT YOU. He only wants the best for you and who offers hope and light during these dark times. A lot of people have been deeply affected by this past year – it’s been rough – and it’s nice to know there is a resource out there that can help lighten our personal burden.

Listening to “experts” and the government is not helpful, nor is it encouraging. But God, now He’s someone you can rely on, who will NEVER let you down and promises everlasting life.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

I hope you’ll consider checking Him out. What do you have to lose? (Answer: Nothing).

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Jesus Christ: The Lamb and the Lion

Know what’s trending on Twitter today?

#ThingsJesusNeverSaid

It saddens me that people think they know Jesus and what he stood for.  Maybe think is too strong of a word, that people ASSUME they know about Jesus and what he stood for. People with these false misconceptions have never read the Bible, don’t believe the Bible and ridicule people who try and live their lives by the Bible. People who think they know Jesus and all that he stood for only “know” him through what has been spoon fed them.

Let’s take a moment to learn a little bit more about the son of God, shall we?

Again, educate yourself. Step away from the mindless media, you’ll be smarter and happier.

Truly.

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Dedicated to God, Not a Denomination

This teaching exactly personifies my religious beliefs. I have never felt comfortable going to church, sitting passively by and just accepting what was being tossed my way. I’ll never forget sitting in a church when I was a pre-teen and reading the passages the preacher was dramatizing (why is that? Is it passion for the subject? Or is it theater?), then continuing to read the rest of the context while the preacher went off on his tangent and thinking, “what in the world is he talking about? This verse doesn’t mean what he’s claiming it to mean at all!’ That was the moment I became disillusioned with churches.

Don’t misunderstand me, churches are great. Like John says in the video below, it’s a chance to fellowship with like-minded individuals and God wants us to fellowship, but I can’t pretend to agree with something I know in my heart is not right. At that time, and to this day I’m sure I don’t believe 100% of what is true,  I didn’t know what to believe, all I knew was that I didn’t believe what that church was presenting.

It really wasn’t until I met Kevin and he introduced me to this ministry that light bulbs started going off in my brain. I’ve never been one to just blindly accept what someone told me – I may nod my head and appear to agree but I always take what people tell me, or what I read, with a grain of salt. I’m always skeptical. “Truth” is always skewed and manipulated in one way or another. Some people know this and spin their version of the truth, some don’t know enough to question what is being told them and others simply don’t care enough to seek the truth – if you tell me this is what I should believe, then I will believe it.

I’m not built that way. If I care about something enough, I will seek the truth. I will work to find the original source, go back to the beginning, and figure out what the truth is. Getting the “truth” from several different sources and re-told over hundreds of years is bound to be suspect.

That’s why I cringe whenever a new “version” of the bible comes out. It’s one step further from the truth. It’s another group’s interpretation of the truth. If I had the passion and desire to learn Hebrew, Arabic and all of the languages the original Bible is written in, I would do so. Because reading the original text is the only way to truly get the truth.

This is why I absolutely do not believe in the Trinity. Because if you take the time to do some research, you will see we do not have one entity with three different names: we have God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit, which is the GIFT God bestows on people when they accept Christ into their hearts; they are three separate entities. There are not three different names to call God, God is God, the father. Period. The Bible does not contradict itself – it’s a puzzle made up of complex pieces and if you’re reading a verse and it seems to contradict everything you’ve read thus far, don’t throw up your hands and think, “well, this ONE verse must make the rest of the Bible untrue,” consider the possibility that you’re not interpreting it correctly and dig a little deeper.

Everyone is so willing to take everything they hear or see as gospel truth. Be skeptical, find out the truth yourself. Learn the whole narrative, seek the context, listen to both sides of an argument and then come to your conclusion.

Do not be a sheep led to slaughter, be a shepherd for God.

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

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Do You Have Enough Time For God?

I confess, I get distracted. I wouldn’t say I have a short attention span, I’m capable of focusing on tasks and getting things done, especially when I have a deadline, (I work better with looming deadlines), but I do tend to get sucked into things: a book, a TV series, YouTube, (Good LORD, YouTube sucks so much of my time – then again, I LET IT) … and I absolutely don’t utilize my time wisely on the weekends. I’m lazy, comfortable. Which, I suppose is the whole reason behind a weekend – I’ve taxed my brain so much throughout the week, the last thing I want to do is do any more thinking so I tend to gravitate toward things that don’t require thinking: reading, watching videos, listening to music …

So I would absolutely agree I get distracted and should spend more time with God. Me, Kevin and Roy sit in the living room after Sunday dinner every week and watch a few of the Truth or Tradition videos, which is better than nothing, I suppose, and these videos always bless us, but I don’t read the Bible. Kevin, on the other hand, reads his Bible every morning before work. (I admit it, he’s a better person than I am).

As far as “stuff”, I don’t really have a problem with “stuff.” Sure, we are comfortable and I would be pretty upset if we had a house fire and we lost everything, but my world wouldn’t be destroyed – it would be inconvenienced. In fact, this is one of the reasons I get so irritated with Kevin and Roy when they hit the garage sales all weekend and come home with “stuff,” it’s just more clutter in my eyes. Though to be completely fair, Kevin usually finds things that we can use, or were needing, for pennies on the dollar, so it’s not all completely useless.

Clutter is so claustrophobic. It’s hard to think when you’re surrounded by noise – whether that’s physical noise or mental noise. (Our neighbor’s garage across the street is so packed with JUNK they can’t even park their cars in there. I’m pretty sure I would go insane with that much clutter). I think that’s why people love going to the beach and the mountains so much – wide open spaces, fresh air and silence – it gives us a chance to clear our minds and de-clutter our mental closets.

That’s why I like this video – it’s a reminder to step back, assess what is around us and get our priorities straight. I love his parable at the end of this video – it really makes me think – exactly what have I given back to God? 

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

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If You’re Going to Be A Christian…Then Act Like It!

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If you’re going to be a Christian…then start representing! Stop moping around…giving people attitude…and complaining about every little thing that throws off your day. People are watching you.

How do you think you’ll ever be able to convince someone that they should investigate Christianity if their only interaction with Christianity is poor old you and your negative outlook on things? Have you ever considered that you’re actually hurting Christ more than helping him with how you treat other people? Do you think that showing up on Sunday and listening to the band or singing in the choir is going to bring others to Christ?

Christ said that you should “let your light so shine” so that others will want come unto Him.

Instead…you’re like a walking fire hydrant extinguishing any light that might be burning faintly within others.

So if you call yourself a Christian…then just start loving others and overlooking their faults. Quit trying to make everyone else pay for their sins. God’s got that under control. Become ambassadors of mercy instead heavenly bounty hunters and you’ll never have to beg someone to listen to your message about Christ again.

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Teaching: The Bible says to “love your enemies” (Matt. 5:44). How can the death penalty be love?

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

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People are commanded to love God, one another and their enemies. This is the case today, and it was true in the Old Testament also. Yet it is clear that the death penalty was commanded by God many times in the Old Testament. The first and greatest commandment is to love God, and the Bible is very clear about how we do that: we keep His commandments.

John 14:15, 21, 23 and 24
(15) If you love me, you will obey what I command.
(21) Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
(23) If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
(24) He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

These verses are clear, and reveal the action model of the love of God, which is the biblical model of genuine love. Christ spoke very plainly and said that if we do what God commands, then we love God, and if we do not do what God commands, we do not love God. One of God’s commandments was that murderers be put to death, and it is not loving God to ignore what He said.

It is true that Christ taught us to love our enemies, but we must understand what he was saying when he said that. First and foremost, he was not contradicting his Father and the commands of the Old Testament. He was stating them in plain language. It was part of the Old Testament Law that people were to be loving, even to their enemies. Although many examples could be given, Exodus contains some very clear verses:

Exodus 23:4 and 5
(4) If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him.
(5) If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it.

Since the teaching about being loving, even to someone that hates you, was a part of the Old Testament Law, we need to carefully examine the words Christ spoke.

Matthew 5:43-45
(43) You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
(44) But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
(45) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Christ said, “You have heard it said,‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’” It is fair to say that most Christians think that it was God and the Old Testament Scriptures that said, “Hate your enemy,” and that Christ was changing the Old Testament Law. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Old Testament Law taught people to love, as we saw in Exodus (and there are many more examples beside those two verses). It was the religious leaders who perverted the Law of God and taught people to “hate your enemy.” The well-respected New Testament scholar, R. C. H. Lenski writes:

This [“hate your enemy”] is the way in which the scribes and Pharisees taught the people the second table. They mutilated even the words they quoted from Leviticus….This omission in the usual rabbinical teaching was no innocent abbreviation …This was a flagrant perversion of the law which included all the members of the Jewish nation down to the lowest and extended even to the stranger. [8]

It is imperative to notice that you can love your enemy and still obey the Old Testament Law, including executing justice and even going to war. Biblical love is not an emotion or a feeling, but is acting on what God commands. The words of Christ in Matthew make it plain that Christ knew that God loves His enemies, and even blesses them by sending them rain and sun even though they do not “deserve” His love and blessings. Exodus teaches us to be loving to our enemies and those who hate us by helping them out. The same God who teaches us to love our enemies in both the Old and New Testaments also commands the death penalty in both the Old and New Testaments.

It is love to obey God, and by having a swift death penalty we love the people in our society [many of whom are our enemies also] and offer them the best chance for a life free from fear and crime. By having a swift death penalty that is justly meted out, we are giving everyone the best chance to see the high value of life—theirs, and the lives of others. Without a swift and just death penalty, the value of life is cheapened. Most people in the United States, for example, live every day knowing that they may be killed by a drunk driver or by a robber in a convenience store. If they are killed, and if the criminal is actually caught, they know that their life was “worth” a few years in prison, if even that, because that is all that the criminal will have to pay. How can we call that “justice”? How can that teach the value of life? We assert that it cannot and does not, and that is a major reason the United States is overrun with crime today.

We are not loving God or people if we refuse to justly deal with criminals who will harm others. It is not loving people to allow an unsafe society to continue simply because we find it difficult to obey God’s laws. We are not really being loving if we allow murderers to go unpunished. The Bible says if there is no godly punishment of the wicked, then people who would not otherwise sin may be led into temptation, and that is clearly true. Just and quick punishments are a deterrent to evil behavior.

The article above was taken from The Death Penalty: Godly or Ungodly?

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Teaching: Why I Believe the Bible – Part Three

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

We believe the Scriptures are God’s “heart” revealed to mankind. The reason God wants us to know the truth is so we can live it and share it with others. God wants us to be “imitators” of Him, and His chief characteristic is love. Truth without love is vanity; love without truth is sentimentality. We believe the following are the crucial teachings of Scripture, crucial because misunderstanding them detracts from the quality of one’s life, that is his ability to reverence and obey the one true God and His Son.

We believe that the Scriptures are “God-breathed,” perfect in their original writing, without flaw or contradiction, and provide the only sure and steadfast basis for faith. Understanding Scripture is attainable by applying logic and sound principles of biblical interpretation, in conjunction with the spirit of God in us. Topic: Can you trust the Bible?

We believe that God, the Creator, the Father of Jesus Christ, is “the only true God” (John 17:3), holy and separate from all His creation. He is a personal God who has committed Himself to us in writing. Topic: The Trinity

We believe that Jesus Christ, the “last Adam,” is the only-begotten Son of God. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, suffered and died as a payment for all men’s sin, was raised from the dead and exalted to the position of “Lord” by God His Father. Who is Jesus Christ?

We believe that “the Holy Spirit” is another name for God, while “holy spirit” is God’s gift of His divine nature that a person receives when he is born again, the “spirit of truth” that Jesus promised. He differentiated between these two when He said, “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The Giver and the Gift

We believe that all nine “manifestations” of the gift of God (“holy spirit”) are available, desirable and profitable to every believer to operate by faith, in conjunction with God’s energizing. Topic: Manifestations of Holy Spirit

We believe that today, in the “Administration of the Sacred Secret,” salvation is permanent for those who have once confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and believed that God raised Him from the dead. We believe that when one adheres to Romans 10:9, he is “saved,” “born again,” “sealed,” “anointed,” “clothed with power from on high” and “baptized with holy spirit.” This baptism in holy spirit is the “one baptism” of Ephesians 4:5.

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