Interview with Fuz Rana

Teresa talks to Foss Rana from Reasons to believe

• Growing up years? [0:36]
• From Islam (dad) Catholic (mom) to agnostic [02:26]
• To Christianity [03:00]
• Muslim is not a religion of peace, but there are peaceful Muslims? [03:15]
• Biology pointed to a creator? [04:40]
• If evolution were true there would be no reason to value life? [06:12]
• Disvalue of life played out in public schools [07:36]
• Manipulating DNA [09:13]
• One hand told life has no meaning, then other hand told can become like God [09:50]
• Transhumanism? []
• AI, Tesla, Google etc [10:50]”]
• You can’t have both devalue life and be like God [11:26]
• Desperate need to find God themselves [12:55]”]
• Human trafficking [13:18]”]
• What does evolution really teach? [17:33]”]
• Those who do not fit paradigm would be disposed of [18:24]”]
• Eugenics movement [19:47]”]
• What makes us exceptional? [20:49]”]
• Symbols? [23:15]”]
• Some biologists are starting to say we are unique [24:15]”]
• Satan tells us we are worth nothing [25:15]”]
• God ascribed value to human’s in the Old Testament [26:50]”]
• Treat the lesser people with contempt? [28:26]”]
• What to say to someone who wants more than evolutionary lifestyle [29:40]”]

Resources
http://www.reasons.org/

Teresa talks to Dave Janda of Davejanda.com also  heard on Hagman and Hagman Report

 

  • Who is Dave Janda? [0:50]”]
  • Radio trailblazer Wendy Hughes [03:28]
  • Operation Freedom Radio Show [03:50]
  • “We are good at treating these injuries. Why don’t we try to prevent these injuries?” [05:44]
  • CDC Contacted Dave  [08:02]
  • CDC stated to Dave his changes would save 2 billion a year [08:22]
  • Then President Reagan contacted Dave [08:50]
  • Reagan asked Dave to work with C. Everett Coop. [09:00]
  • President George H. W. Bush comes to office [10:08]
  • One political party []
  • Right Left axis is fraud [11:55]”]
  • Freedom/oppression up/down axis [12:10]
  • What happened in 1988? [13:00]”]
  • Founded the Institute for Sports Medicine [16:50]”]
  • Companies sue him, people threaten to harm him [“18;20”]
  • Good vs Evil battle in business/government [20:35]”]
  • God commands us to speak the truth with love [24:00]”]
  • Alternative medicine? [26:13]”]
  • Operation Freedom Health [31:00]”]
  • Before deciding on a treatment make sure of the research of such treatment [32:10]”]
  • Is the hope to getting quality medical care? [33:50]”]

Resources

https://davejanda.com

Teresa talks to Sanda Allyson of Myrtle Ministries Part 2

• Is there a Devil [1:13]”]
• Survival of the fittest? [02:16]
• Harry Potter? [03:38]
• Churches identify the evil one? [04:25]
• Life is a wreck how to get free of it? [07:40]
• Dr. Michael Lake of It’s a Biblical Life. [08:50]
• The Kingdom Intelligence Briefing [09:22]
• Has the fascination with the occult increased? [09:40]
• Abortion? Sacrifice? [12:10]
• We are not to be fearful. []
• Fear comes from the Lord of darkness [14:15]”]
• Symptoms you are under spiritual warfare [14:50]
• Why do pastors not talk about spiritual warfare? [18:23]”]
• If the enemy is not attacking are you living for God? [20:44]”]
• Jesus dealing with spiritual warfare [24:49]”]
• Both sides will cast out demons [27:18]”]
• How does one cast out if not done in Jesus name? [28:08]”]
• Most churches have a church plant [28:57]”]
• How do you know who is a church plant? [38:56]”]
• One side there is no spiritual warfare, other side devil is everywhere [33:58]”]
• How do you witness to those caught in the evil? [37:57]”]
• Prayers appear ineffective? [44:15]”]
• Learn who God is [45:50]”]
• Not understanding this? [47:00]”]
• How to start a conversation with God? [49:17]”]
• Object of anger is the Lord? [53:32]”]

Resources

http://myrtleministries.com

What do you do when you’re told no?

You hear the call, the need for help, and you want to get involved in a ministry? As far as you can tell, your heart is in the right place? And yet, God says no whether it be directly, or through others?

I get it, hearing this can be hard, as I have received such an answer a few times in my walk, in fact, I wanted to work back with the kids at my church on a more regular basis, but was told not yet, you’re not ready.

In this case, I knew the reason why and trusted the one who gave me the reasoning, but even still this was a hard pill to swallow. I somehow still managed to choke it down regardless.

Yet this opens the door to a broader question, what do you do when God says no in general?

Maybe your asking for healing of a loved one, or for yourself? Maybe you want or need a better job, maybe it is something else entirely, but God says no.

I am reminded of the seen in the first God is not dead movie toward the end, the teacher is lying on the ground about to die, and he makes a statement that I am rather sure a good number of people through the years have said

“God says no a lot, doesn’t he.”

So, what do we do when faced with this?

I am not going to pretend to you my friend that I have a full answer to this question. I know that at this moment, I have found myself praying, “God, I don’t want to sit on the sidelines, I want in the game, I want to do this or that.”

Yet I know what I have been told, that God has only good mint for believers “for I know the plans I have for you plans to prosper you not to harm you says the Lord.” Jerimiah 29:11

“for all things work together for the good of those who love God, and are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

In those scriptures we have something that seems so simple, God has good planned, and specifically, in the Romans passage, we are told that even the things that don’t seem so good, work for the good of the believer.

However, let’s get real, can we take that to the bank? Is God telling us the truth in that, does his plans for us work out for good, even if they mean he has to say no, like a parent of a child who wants a cookie before dinner?

Or is God as some believe, a cosmic dictator?

I will not post the answer to that question here but will leave that for you to decide.

Can you think of any other reason God might say no, and furthermore, can you in your experience what you have done to cope with that answer, even if it was something you did not want to hear?

Please post your responses in the comment box, and I look forward to hearing from you.

In Christ, Teresa Blaes.

 

In this week’s episode, we talked with Todd Williams about a few different topics, including Suicide.

The question becomes what if I’m considering suicide? First, let me say this, no matter what you are going through, nothing is so bad, that taking your life is the best option.

While you may feel there is no hope, I can assure you that this is a lie, from the deepest pits of Hell. The fact is, that the Bible gives you an alternative to ending it all, Jesus says come to me all you who are weary, and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Mat 11:27

That said let’s get down to brass tacks.

What do you do if you are having suicidal thoughts? If you are a Christian, do your very best to pray, because the Lord says he is close to the broken hearted, and he will meet you where you are at. I know this is the case because it is exactly what happened to me, that fateful night when I made my attempt. I’d had it.  I just wanted to go home, and call it a day.

However, God was right there, and he made it clear to me, that this was not his plan, and I would not go through with it.

However what if you are not a Christian?

Your answer is this, do not end your life, because as much as you might want things to end, they won’t.  Once your life ends here, you step into eternity. And an eternity without Jesus, means that things will only become much worse, and there will be no end.

Second, realize, that wherever you are at, there is hope, God says that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

It doesn’t all of a sudden mean that your life will instantly get better, but it does mean that when the crud hits the fan, you have help getting through it, and furthermore when your life does finally end, that you will go to Heaven, not Hell, because you know that your Sins are forgiven, because of what Jesus did on the cross.

You see, the Bible says that Jesus died, and was in the grave for three days, and then he rose again, proving that he could not be held by death.

Because he lives, we have a hope, and because we have a hope, we do not need to resort to taking our own life.

I hope this has been helpful to you, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

In Christ,

Teresa Blaes

The 4th chapter of the book of Genesis tells the story of two men who took very different paths in life. These men were the brothers Cain and Abel. The Bible says that Abel brought a sacrifice to God of the best of his flock, while Cain brought the leftovers of the crops that he grew. God looked favorably on Abel’s offering but rejected Cain’s.


This is the backdrop for what would come next and where I want to focus. Cain became very angry with the Lord and God responded.


Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV) reads:

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”


Because of his jealousy, Cain killed his brother and suffered the consequences of that action for the rest of his life. However, let’s look at this scripture from a different angle: doesn’t sin crouch at our doors every day? And are we not called to crucify the flesh every day, so that we can live for God? (Galatians
5:24)

 

God calls us to be masters of our sin and slaves to Christ.  The important question is how exactly we can do that faithfully, every day.  One of the first things to ask yourself is this: in what area am I not submitting to Christ’s authority? I ask myself this often, and I find that it pops up as I go through out my day.  Am I letting my thoughts rule me, instead of me taking each and every single one of the blasted things captive? (2 Corinthians 10:5)


Cain let his bitterness rule him, and in the end, he killed his own flesh and blood out of anger. Do we do the same? Jesus said that if you hate someone in your heart, you have already murdered them. (Matthew 5:21-26) Hmm, that sounds a little convicting, doesn’t it? What about lust?  Our Lord said that if you lust after a woman you’ve already committed adultery in your heart.

 

There are many more examples I could give that the Lord speaks to, but you will find one common theme with all of them – it starts with the heart. The Bible says to guard your heart, because out of it comes the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)  It is in our heart that we decide daily whether we are going to serve God or serve our sin.  Cain learned this the hard way but luckily, we don’t have to.

I hope this was helpful to you, and you can always contact me if you have any questions.


In Christ, Teresa Blaes

Ransomed

 

I wrote this the day I returned from the Calvary Chapple women’s conference in El Passo Texas I just took some time and journaled My prayer is that this is a blessing to you the reader and that you will grow in Christ.

 

How can I find words to explain what I encountered, so much more than a religion so much more than just an average God of the Christian faith, so much more… what is the gospel? It is a romance offered by the lover of our soul, who sees us even in our deepest need so much more than a payment for Sin he ransomed us from the slave block of death, and the master called Hell we were bound to it, but Jesus out of love, nothing but pure love, of a kind we cannot even take hold of came and died, to ransom us, and take the key from the master, and lead us from the block. What does he want in return? He wants our love. And if we love him, we will obey his commands.

This isn’t a quick pro quo oh, you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. Not only does he pay for our debt, but then, when the Holy Spirit comes to us, to live inside of us, we then suddenly want to obey his commands, out of love for him, an all-consuming love we are not being held over a barrel what Jesus is saying, is if you have accepted my love then you will want to obey, your desires will change. You will want to please me because you love me.

And on the matter of pleasing God, what do we have to prove, to the one who knew us so completely so fully, and yet still, chose to love even the worst filthy sinners of us? We can prove nothing. to even to attempt to do so, is the depths of pride, and an insult to God. Of this, I have been guilty.

Why?

If God is a god of anything’s possible,

then why does he sometimes not?

If God is a god of healing,

then why does he sometimes not

Why is it sometimes the questions we ask, hoping to find release?

Are given answers with untenable remedies.

Can someone tell me why? Cause I’m still asking.

Still chasing answers I wonder if I’ll ever find.

Because his ways are not mine.

Yet I know that he can be explained in one simple phrase

“I love you, You are Mine”

Created by God

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I remember the day I first found out my daughter would have special needs, and when I faced a very important question.  You see, my husband and I scheduled an appointment with an obstetrician who specialized in high-risk pregnancies.  He looked at the results from all the tests that had been done, along with the x-rays, and asked my husband and me if we were sure we wanted to keep the pregnancy.  In this moment the very question was so repulsive, how could this man ask such a thing, as if murder of an unborn child was even an option?  Now yes, I know the arguments, that it’s a woman’s right to choose, and that it’s not really a child.   But all that is just brain washing to justify a guilty conscience.  In that moment, I remember my husband’s reply as well as my own, I told the doctor, that I would not commit murder, and Mike’s answer was “no way in Hell.” You see, we both knew that no matter what happened, no matter the trials was that would come, we both knew and believed that the little girl that was growing inside of me was uniquely created by God, and that she was knit together in my womb as it says in Psalm 139.  Did it mean that the rest of the time it took to bring Mandy to term would be challenging? Yep, I spent 6 months on bed rest, and I had to deliver her by C-section.  Was that worth it? Yes. My daughter is 10 years old, and while she has special needs, I would not trade her for anything in the world.  What do you think?  Do you agree that a child is uniquely created, or are they expendable at the altar of choice?

 

P.S  If you want to see the other side of the right to choose, then I strongly encourage you to listen to this podcast where Melisa Ohden speaks out about her experience of being an abortion survivor.

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The 4th chapter of the book of Genesis tells the story of two men who took very different paths in life.  These men were the brothers Cain and Abel.  The Bible says that Abel brought a sacrifice to God of the best of his flock, while Cain brought the leftovers of the crops that he grew.  God looked favorably on Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s.

This is the backdrop for what would come next and where I want to focus. Cain became very angry with the Lord and God responded.

Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV) reads:

6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Because of his jealousy, Cain killed his brother and suffered the consequences of that action for the rest of his life. However, let’s look at this scripture from a different angle: doesn’t sin crouch at our doors every day? And are we not called to crucify the flesh every day, so that we can live for God?  (Galatians 5:24)

God calls us to be masters of our sin and slaves to Christ.  The important question is how exactly we can do that faithfully, every day.  One of the first things to ask yourself is this: in what area am I not submitting to Christ’s authority? I ask myself this often, and I find that it pops up as I go through out my day.  Am I letting my thoughts rule me, instead of me taking each and every single one of the blasted things captive? (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Cain let his bitterness rule him, and in the end, he killed his own flesh and blood out of anger. Do we do the same? Jesus said that if you hate someone in your heart, you have already murdered them. (Matthew 5:21-26)  Hmm, that sounds a little convicting doesn’t it? What about lust?  Our Lord said that if you lust after a woman you’ve already committed adultery in your heart.

There are many more examples I could give that the Lord speaks to, but you will find one common theme with all of them – it starts with the heart. The Bible says to guard your heart, because out of it comes the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)  It is in our heart that we decide daily whether we are going to serve God or serve our sin.  Cain learned this the hard way but luckily, we don’t have to.

I hope this was helpful to you, and you can always contact me if you have any questions.

In Christ, Teresa Blaes