Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends Lighthouse of Faith Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Mazzaroth- God’s True Zodiac



Colossians 2:8 (GNT)
 See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit [deception] of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ.

In the 1986 movie, Labyrinth, the goblin king (played by David Bowie) used all sorts of tricks and wizardry to deceive the heroine, Sarah, (played by Jennifer Connelly) into abandoning her quest to save her baby brother from the king’s capture. There is a spiritual element in this movie that probably few would ever notice…. The deception of the Labyrinth world, parallels the deception found in our own world. No one wants to be deceived yet it is a spiritual force with which we need to battle on a regular basis. The prince of this world is named Satan and he is a thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy according to John 10:10. Like the Labyrinth, we find ourselves in a world full of “smoke and mirrors” which can make our journey not only difficult but also perilous. In this article, we aim to reveal the truth about what we know today as the Zodiac. Yes, we are talking about the tradition which is still alive today in the form of horoscopes and Zodiac birth chart readings. Why are we, believers of the One true God and His Son Jesus Christ discussing something in which the church has rightly taught to stay away from? Because the Zodiac is a counterfeit that was derived from the truth in order to deceive and blind us from God’s story written in the heavens. Has your interest been piqued? We hope so because this is a fascinating report.

In Chapter 38 of the book of Job, The Lord God reveals His omnipotence in how He made the heavens and earth all that is in them.
Job 38:31-33 (NKJV)
“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?”
Note: Mazzaroth means constellations.

Psalm 147:4 (KJV)
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

The Mazzaroth (Zodiac in the Greek) tells a story:
We can “look at the star names to see the message of Messiah.  This reveals the true message of the constellation picture.” (Part II, “The Christology of the Constellations”, Christological Astronomy, by Dale M. Sides, p.64, 2011)
There are 12 major constellations, each with 3 subordinate constellations, called decans.  Each has significant meaning in the story of Jesus Christ.

The following is HIS STORY in the heavens:
Virgo: The Virgin – The Promised Seed of the Woman
1. Coma – The Desired of all nations.
2. Centaurus - The despised sin offering.
3. Bootes – The coming One.
Libra: The Scales – The Redeemer’s Atoning Work
1. Crux – The Cross endured.
2. Lupus, or Victima - The Victim slain.
3. Cornoa - The Crown bestowed.
Scorpio: The Scorpion – The Redeemer’s Conflict
1. Ophiuchus – The serpent holder, the man grasping the serpent.
2. Serpens – The serpent assaulting the man’s heel.
3. Hercules – The mighty man.  A man kneeling on one knee, humbled in the conflict, but holding aloft the tokens of victory, with his foot on the head of the Dragon.
Sagittarius: The Archer – The Redeemer’s Triumph
1. Lyra – The Harp, praise prepared for the Conqueror.
2. Ara – The Altar, consuming fire prepared for His enemies.
3. Draco – The Dragon, the Old Serpent – The Devil, cast down from heaven.
Capricornus: The Fish-Goat – The Goat of Atonement Slain for the Redeemed: The Blessings Procured
1. Sagitta – The Arrow of God sent forth.
2. Aquila – The Eagle, the smitten One falling.
3. Delphinus – The Dolphin, the dead One rising again.
Aquarius: The Water-Bearer – The Living Waters of Blessing Poured Forth for the Redeemed: The Blessings Ensured
1. Piscis Australis – The Southern Fish, blessings bestowed.
2. Pagasus – The Winged Horse, blessings quickly coming.
3. Cygnus – The Swan, the Blesser surely returning.
Pisces: The Fishes – The Redeemed Blessed Though Bound: The Blessings in Abeyance
1. The Band – Bound, but binding their great enemy Cetus, the sea monster.
2. Andromeda – The Chained Woman, the Redeemed in their bondage and affliction.
3. Cepheus – The King, their Redeemer coming to rule.
Aries: The Ram or Lamb – The Lamb was Slain, Prepared for Victory, The Blessings Consummated
1. Cassiopeia – The Enthroned Woman, the captive delivered, and preparing for her husband, the Redeemer.
2. Cetus – The Sea Monster, the great enemy bound.
3. Perseus – The Breaker, delivering the Redeemed.
Taurus: The Bull – Messiah, the coming judge of all the earth, Messiah coming to rule.
1. Orion – The Glorious One; light breaking forth in the person of the Redeemer.
2. Eridanus – The river of the judge; wrath breaking forth for His enemies.
3. Auriga – The Shepherd; safety for the Redeemed in the day of that wrath.
Gemini: The Twins – The twofold nature of the King; Messiah’s Reign as Prince of Princes
1. Lepus – The Hare, or the enemy trodden under foot.
2. Canis Major – The Dog, or Sirius, the coming glorious Prince of Princes.
3. Canis Minor – The second Dog, or Procyon, the exalted Redeemer.
Cancer: The Crab – Messiah’s Redeemed Possessions, held fast.
1. Ursa Minor – The Lesser Bear; the lesser sheepfold.
2. Ursa Major – The Great Bear; the fold and the flock.
3. Argo – The Ship; the redeemed pilgrims safe at home.
Leo: The Lion – The Lion of the Tribe of Judah aroused for the rending of the Enemy; Messiah’s Consummated Triumph
1. Hydra – The Serpent; that old Serpent, the Devil, destroyed.
2. Crater – The Cup of Divine wrath poured out upon him.
3. Corvus – The Crow, or Raven; birds of prey devouring him.
[The Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger, original 1893, reprinted 1970-1980, and Christological Astronomy, Dale M. Sides, 2011]

If you have ever read your Horoscope (who hasn’t?) or had a Zodiac birth chart done, don’t feel badly. Remember what was written in Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” We’ve all been misled in life but God’s Spirit of Truth is always available to us. Thankfully, we have the resources of these modern day magi we mentioned to help us understand this area of God’s truth. We recommend the works of Helena Lehman at Pillar of Enoch Ministry for in depth articles on the topic of sacred (Christological) astronomy.
Also, if you’ve gone through life (like we have) thinking you were born under one constellation (i.e. Aries), you may find that your true Christological Profile reveals a different placement of the sun on the day of your birth, as well as a complete understanding of your ‘birth’ characteristics as designed by God. (Psalm 139:13, 16)
If you would like to learn more about your true Christological Profile, we encourage you to visit the Christological Profile Computer Program at LMCI Ministries. You will find a computer generated Christological Profile Computer Program, developed by Dale Sides, which will give you a precise analysis of your birth chart based upon God’s Mazzaroth. If you know someone’s birth date and an approximate time of day of birth, you can also give these as gifts. Sarah did this last year for two of her sons and they were very blessed by the knowledge.

We pray that this information has increased your HOPE in our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. May you continue to have a very blessed Christmas season.

~ Joanne & Sarah


Saturday, December 10, 2016

What Did The Wise Men See In The Heavens?


Matthew 2:10 (NIV)
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
Since the beginning of human history, people have been both fascinated and curious about the vast cosmos called the universe. There has always been a draw or a pull within humans to the massive unknown called “space”. Our current imaginations have created epic movies such as Star Wars and Star Trek. Our visions have put men on the moon and have created space stations and incredible satellite systems. Space continues to fascinate us, but contrary to what most of us have been taught, early man was not primitive in his understanding of the heavens. Unfortunately, the fall of man (through disobedience in the Garden of Eden) created a separation from God which allowed satan to set up his earthly kingdom of deception, confusion, and ignorance.
However, God placed a story about the true light of the world, Jesus, Our Redeemer, Who would be born of a Virgin (Virgo) and fulfill His earthly destiny: be crucified, buried, and resurrected, and return as a mighty King, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Leo).

So, what did the Wise Men (Magi) see? The astrologers at the time of Jesus were called Magi: They are mentioned in Matthew 2 as ‘Visitors from the East.’ The Magi understood the ancient text written in the stars.

Matthew 2:1-3 (ESV)
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;

Herod was deeply disturbed because he had heard from the chief priests the story in the stars that foretold of a coming King. This “King of the Jews” threatened king Herod’s throne. The story written in scriptures is familiar to many people, especially now, when traditionally we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.  His birth was the solution to the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden.

Genesis 3:1 (NKJV)
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
“Has God indeed said…” is the same type of questioning that the tempter, satan, pressed Jesus with while He was in the wilderness. Jesus answered him each time saying, “It is written…”  The Word of God was written in the heavens from the beginning of time as “signs and seasons, and for days and years”. (Genesis 1:14) Satan’s wily deception of Eve in the Garden of Eden was met with his fate that is forever engraved in the stars.

Genesis 3:14-15 (AMP)
The LORD God said to the serpent,…..
“And I will put enmity (open hostility)
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed;
He shall [fatally] bruise your head,
And you shall [only] bruise His heel.”

NOTE*  Genesis 3:15  This is the first prophecy about the Messiah (Christ), who through His death on the cross and resurrection would ultimately defeat Satan, the power behind the serpent, with a death blow. (Is 9:6; Matt 1:23; Luke 1:31; Rom 16:20; Gal 4:4; Rev 12:17)

It was always God’s intention that Jesus would come and dwell among us…. however, when He did, Jesus was among a rebellious creation…. one that would need to be turned back towards Him. God’s plan for man’s redemption was foretold in the heavenly Mazzaroth. Only a few could understand its story.  For the most part, the truth of this story has been lost to many people today. The heavens declare the glory of God and tell the story of Jesus Christ that is written in Genesis through Revelation.

This same story in the stars continues to speak… can we understand and know the meaning of their movements?  Can they tell our heavenly destiny with the Lord Jesus Christ? What do the constellations in the zodiac (Mazzaroth) declare? We will continue to expound upon this topic in our next blog….will you come and read the heavenly story with us?

Psalm 19:1-6 (NLT)
 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.
 Day after day they continue to speak;
    night after night they make him known.
 They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
    and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
    It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
    and follows its course to the other end.
    Nothing can hide from its heat.

Thankfully, God never leaves us or forsakes us and He always has a few people to whom He teaches great mysteries. Please continue to follow this story. We will resume this discussion of the Magi and the Mazzaroth along with useful information which will link you to modern day Magi.  They can offer you the tools to learn of your own destiny in Jesus through accessing your personal Christological Profiles.

Excerpt from our next article………….. The magi were wise men who studied astronomy with great precision. We have learned that when it comes to understanding who we are in Christ, we have a foe who continuously works to deceive us. The biblical wise men or Magi were true astronomers who held the mysteries of God in their understanding. No doubt there were people envious of their knowledge and sought to claim their wisdom as their own. But, because these people did not know the One true God, they were ripe to be used by satan to confuse their fellow man. They were encouraged by the powers of darkness to twist and pervert the true meaning of astronomy into a warped version which we know today as astrology.

~Sarah & Joanne

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Choosing To Give Thanks


For many people around the world, the days are now filling up with holiday preparations.  Thoughts of Thanksgiving or Christmas enter our minds but can often evoke stressful emotions.  “Will I have time off to celebrate with loved ones?  Will I be alone again for the holidays?  Will my family have the money to give gifts even to our children?”

Depression, anxiety, and loneliness, to list a few, are real and they can weigh heavily on our hearts.  How can we be filled with HOPE during the holidays?  As Christians, our HOPE is in Jesus Christ, who suffered all our earthly emotions for us on the cross at Calvary.  He took all our infirmities, sins, and iniquities; died; was buried; and resurrected for us.  Jesus is now seated beside the Father and continually prays for us. Through Him we can conquer all these things!

Romans 8:34-35 (NKJV)
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
There is ONE thing we can do to remain hope-filled… choose to give thanks.  Have you ever heard of “counting your blessings”? It works!!  Choosing to give thanks and remembering what the Lord has done for us keeps us full of hope.

 Psalm 103:2-5 (MEV)
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all His benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquities,
    who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 who satisfies your mouth with good things,
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

When we choose to give thanks, we enter the presence of the Lord. (Psalm 100:4) In His presence is fullness of joy! (Psalm 16:11) Whatever we say or do should be in giving thanks to our heavenly Father because of what Jesus accomplished for us.


Colossians 3:17 (CEV)
Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
So, we have a choice, once again. Our heavenly Father chose us before the foundation of the world and made us accepted in the beloved, Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:4-6) Let us choose to give thanks today and each day as the year quickly comes to an end.
We are thankful to God for the privilege of sharing our hearts through the scriptures in this blog.  The Lord, Jesus, continues to bless us by “filling our ink wells” with words of hope to send out.  Thank you, readers, and to those with whom you share these thoughts on www.theheraldofhope.com – we are truly thankful.
Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

~ Joanne and Sarah




Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fortitude to Finish (Part 2)


Picture an awards ceremony at the Olympic Games. The top three athletes are called to the rewards platform to receive their prizes. They are the coveted gold, silver, or bronze medals for each category of the games. Who will be the recipients of these awards that took years of physical and mental training?  Will all the time and effort spent pay off? Whose Wheaties Box image will be the next to greet us in the morning?  What about the time and effort we, ordinary folks, expend daily in this life?  Why should we continue to press on if we only have an obscure, unimaginable award waiting for us after this life is over? 
Have you ever heard of “paying it forward”? It’s a pretty common theme in this culture. To “Pay it Forward” means: when someone does a good deed for you, instead of paying them back, pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else. Admittedly it’s a rather non-committal way to do a good deed. Anonymously paying for the lunch for the person in line behind you at McDonald’s may not seem earth shattering. But, when many believers in Jesus live lives in loving sacrifice, the results can cause a large scale tsunami of His light to wash over the world. So, when we think about Paying it Forward to Jesus, we learn to understand that our rewards are both physical and eternal. That means, when we continue to do all things heartily as unto the Lord Jesus Christ, we are accumulating ‘award payments’ to be received at the judgment seat of Christ.  (Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people. Colossians 3:23 CEB)

Only believers in Jesus Christ (John 3:16) will be judged at the bema (Greek: judgment seat).  Our eternal rewards are REAL. There are heavenly crowns that await us, not brimstone and fiery judgment! 

Romans 14:10 (NKJV) For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (AMP) For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities].

So, what are these crowns (worthy rewards) ….  and, how can we achieve them? There are 5 eternal crowns available to us: 1) the crown of rejoicing; 2) the crown of life; 3) the crown of glory; 4) the crown of mastery; and 5) the crown of righteousness. 
The following questions will help us in considering these heavenly rewards:
1. What has my purpose and motive been in life since becoming a Christian?
2. What have I been keeping myself “busy with”?  Where has my attention been placed?  What am I daily striving to accomplish?
3. Have I testified to others about Jesus Christ and why I accepted Him as my Lord?
4. Have I been ‘looking unto Jesus’ the author and finisher of my faith?
5. Have I disciplined my body and endeavored to keep it well and wholesome, as the temple of the Holy Spirit?
6. Have I been a faithful steward of the gifts / talents the Lord has given me?
7. Have I ever suffered persecution for my faith in Jesus Christ?
8. Have I lived a life in view of Christ’s return?
If you have tried and are continuing to try to live and do these things, then you will receive rewards at the judgment seat of Christ!

1 Thessalonians 2:19 (TLB)
For what is it we live for, that gives us hope and joy and is our proud reward and crown? It is you! Yes, you will bring us much joy as we stand together before our Lord Jesus Christ when he comes back again.
The crown of rejoicing is given as a reward for winning others to Christ. Our rejoicing and boasting is because we know that we will be with that person for all eternity, together with the Lord! 

James 1:12 (AMPC) Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
Revelation 2:10b (ESV) Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

The crown of life is awarded to those who have suffered persecution, persevered and been tested, and their love for Christ has not wavered.

1 Peter 5:2-4 (NIV)
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
The crown of glory is given to those who have faithfully overseen those put under their leadership in the Body of Christ.  

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (AMP)
Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither]. 26 Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing]. 27 But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].

The crown of mastery is awarded to those who have disciplined the body and been victorious over it.

2 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

All who have lived life in view of Christ’s return will be given the crown of righteousness. 
Is it possible to achieve all these heavenly crowns?  How can I think about them today with the crises (illness, financial situation, etc.) facing me and my family? Again, please review the questions above that all of us need to consider.  The Lord is faithful and will make a way for you to persevere and be victorious in Him.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
You will be able to declare as Timothy did in 2 Timothy 4:7 (AMPC): I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.

~ Joanne & Sarah

Friday, November 11, 2016

Fortitude to Finish (Part 1)





The apostle Paul compared this journey we call life to a marathon. He used this illustration when addressing the church in Corinth:

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (AMPC)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.  Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.

Below is a quote from The Woman’s Study Bible (NKJV) that explains these verses:
The Greeks hosted the great athletic festivals of the Olympic and Isthmian games.  The latter were held at Corinth and were therefore familiar to the recipients of Paul’s letter.  Contestants in the games participated in ten months of mandatory training.  If they failed to complete this training, they were barred from competition.  The major attraction at the games was the lengthy race, [marathon] and that was the illustration Paul used to depict the faithful Christian life…. He admonished the Corinthians to do the same so that they, too, might attain the eternal prize.

While the marathon/life analogy makes perfect sense to us intellectually, we know that there are many of us who need a more relevant grasp of how to press in so we can attain that crown. Seriously, wrapping your mind around running a marathon my not be very helpful if your hip hurts or you have bills to think about or you’re worried sick about your child because of some bully at school. “Yes Paul, I get it….. but, today my head hurts because my spouse is out of work and there isn’t enough money in our checking account to pay the rent.”
So, what should be our daily mind-set when faced with the obstacles of poor health, lack of finances, strained relationships, or whatever? Can we forget the past (even words spoken against us or hurtful actions)?  How can we continue to look ahead at a future that is unknown?  Is there a light at the end of our tunnel of seeming failures?  Perhaps there have been a few victories, but how can we continue to go on?  Paul shares his secret for continuing the race we face daily in Philippians 3:13-14 (TLB): No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.

Where is our daily energy focused?  How can we ‘forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead’? What is this eternal prize that we can attain?  Can we continue to finish the race set before us for only heavenly rewards in the future?  We would like to tell you about these eternal rewards and how to attain them in our next blog, Fortitude to Finish (Part 2).  Yet, there is also the truth of the ‘now’ reward of being in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ that we can have each day.  These promises in the Word of God give us the ability to ‘wait on the Lord’.  For when we do, we will be strengthened to finish the race and overcome any obstacle that is thrown into our paths.

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

~ Sarah & Joanne






Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FEAR NOT


Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

In the animal kingdom, fear can freeze the prey of a larger animal on the hunt. This allows the larger animal (tiger, lion, etc.) to attack and devour the hunted. The enemy of our souls, satan and his cohorts, is on the hunt for those of us who know the King of all Kings, Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Some have said that F.E.A.R.= False Evidence Appearing Real
Wow!  Think about it: false evidence of disease, destruction, death, and other disturbing thoughts that spin a web of lies inside our minds so that our heart trembles at these images. What will happen to us tomorrow? How can we afford this setback? How long before I (we) lose everything: my health, my job, my family, my friends, my reputation? Do you ever ‘hear’ these accusations in your mind: “If only you hadn’t done ______; now that this has happened, _______” or, “I will just have to hang on ___; I’ve lost all hope of ever ____; I can’t ever go back ___; things will never change___; I give up ___; I just can’t do it any more ___.”  Well, these are all part of that web of lies that the enemy has concocted to keep us imprisoned.  Yes, imprisoned!  But, the TRUTH is, Jesus Christ has already taken all our sicknesses, diseases, weakness, lack, trauma, anxiety, depression, and sin away from us at the cross.  His blood was perfectly shed to remove all our sins, transgressions, and iniquities.  His body was beaten, scourged and bruised to provide complete healing for us.  His body was ‘broken’ so ours could be ‘whole.’  Our spirit has been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross.  Our mind (soul) can be free of any oppression by the daily ‘washing of the water of the Word of God’. (Ephesians 5:26)
When we speak the scriptures out loud, we are washing our minds with the cleansing water of the Word of God.  It is healing and restores peace to our hearts.  When we hear the scriptures spoken, our faith is increased in hope!

Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Isaiah 26:3 (TLB)
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!
This is a key which brings peace to our minds: turning our thoughts to the Lord.  How can we do that? By consciously saying scripture out loud, by praying in the spirit, and by refusing to respond to the web of lies that the devil is trying to weave in our minds, we can be at peace.
In Matthew 1:20, the angel said to Joseph: “fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
The Greek word for fear in this verse is phobeo, which means: to fear, be afraid, alarmed.  It is similar to our English word, phobia, which means: an irrational, excessive, and persistent fear of some particular thing or situation.
How can we FEAR NOT in these days of uncertainty and unknown outcomes? How can we have PEACE and JOY daily?  How can we rejoice in the Lord always?

Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

We can choose what we think about.  We can choose to trust the LORD.  We can declare the truth about what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.  We can use our spiritual authority to silence the enemy against his mental onslaughts. Is this easy to do all by ourselves?  No, sometimes it isn’t.  However, we can come together with another like- minded believer and search the scriptures to find those that nourish our souls.  The Holy Spirit will guide us.  We can use the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, and stand, and speak these powerful truths into our situations.  Remember, “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34).  We are not alone, and Jesus said He would never leave or forsake us. He has given us His peace, and repeatedly says: “Let not your heart be troubled.” (John 14:1)

John 14:27 (AMP)
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]
This is a great verse to type, copy, paste, print, read, put on your desktop or mobile device and say out loud each day.  Before you know it, you will have it memorized!  Jesus is always interceding for us (those who have called upon the name of the Lord – Romans 10:13). He kept telling His disciples to “fear not” because in Him was all peace and joy.

John 16:33 (CEB)
I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.”
God is love (1 John 4:8), and perfect love casts out fear. His love for us is perfect.

1 John 4:18 (NKJV)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

So, let us be encouraged!! Let’s Fear NOT!! The Lord will strengthen us and hold us up. We have been given power over the enemy’s lies and our minds are sound and full of love from the Father.
 ~Joanne







Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15)

We would like to highlight the Oct 23rd mid-east prophecy update from J.D. Farag this week. We have mentioned Pastor Farag in the past. He is an Arab born Christian and pastor of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe in Hawaii. He has a gift of explaining current world events through the lens of biblical prophecy. In this most recent video teaching, Pastor Farag explains why Christians must vote during this upcoming presidential election while at the same time, keep focused on Jesus and put our whole faith in him. Pastor Farag explains why the whole world is watching this election and what the implications to our nation and world will be according to the outcome. We encourage you to watch this video and hope you will be blessed by the HOPE we have in Jesus.

~ Joanne and Sarah


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Do You Know What the Future Holds?



Have you ever wanted to know exactly what your future holds?  Who will you marry?  What career will be a good one for you?  Will you travel?  Become famous?  Do you know people who seek insights into their lives through fortune tellers and psychics?  Have you ever wondered what the lines on your hands mean, or what tarot cards could predict about your future? Are there people who truly are able to predict the future and be accurate?

Some of you may be surprised to learn that the Bible is full of descriptions about psychics, sorcerers, and prophets.  A psychic is a person who is sensitive to forces beyond the physical world. They have precognitive abilities which most of the rest of the population do not seem to possess. Precognition is a modern term which simply means being able to see events which will take place in a future time.  Psychics are often called a “spiritualistic medium”. Because psychics are all the rage right now, and for those with precognitive abilities, there is a heap of money to be made. What our society once considered as back room, gypsy fortune telling has become chic and popular. Yes, all the cool people are doing it.

You may also be surprised to know that we, as bloggers for Jesus Christ, who devote our posts to bringing you hope in Jesus, would even be discussing psychics. That is because we have found the church to be sadly ignorant of many aspects of the spirit world which are constantly working in our midst. What we hope won’t surprise you is that we believe the Word of God clearly illuminates what true precognition is and how it can operate to bring Him glory. Furthermore, we will show you that the information which psychics receive, (even when it turns out to be accurate for the client) comes from a source which ultimately leads to destruction.

As we have already stated, a psychic is a person who has the ability to ‘see’ into the future. Where does their ability come from? We believe that all people created by God have differing abilities in which He, our creator, has bestowed upon us. Therefore, people who have a true ability to see into the future are simply born (or created) that way. Having said that, are we saying that Christians who can see into the future are psychics? No, we are not. Christians with precognitive abilities are called prophets. Now, we are fully aware that there are people out there who claim to be precognitive, both psychics and prophets, but simply are not. This discussion doesn’t deal with them. We are only talking about individuals with real abilities. We will show you the difference between psychic readings and prophetic words from God. We will show you how to tell the difference and we will also show you what the “power source” is for each. We truly hope to enlighten those with curiosity and genuine interest in this topic to recognize that only God knows the future.  Only when revealed through His Holy Spirit, does this knowledge do us any good.
 
Another name for a psychic in the Bible is a sorcerer.  No, not like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which was a childhood favorite for many people.  Who wouldn’t like to see Mickey Mouse conjure up spells?

Two Greek words describe sorcerer: 1) magos = a magician, a wizard, sorcerer, a pretender to magic powers, a professor of the arts of witchcraft; 2) pharmakos = devoted to magical arts, a sorcerer, especially one who uses drugs, potions, spells, or enchantments.  These are called “false prophets” in the Word of God. Let’s say that again, the Bible calls what we today call psychics, false prophets. That means they are dealing with a counterfeit form of spirituality. A counterfeit is something made in precise imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud. For example, a counterfeit $50 bill is difficult to recognize unless a person is trained to do so.

Acts 13:6, 8-10 (NKJV)
6 Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?

Paul, who was filled with the Holy Spirit of Truth (John 16:13) recognized Elymas as a “false prophet” who was trying to deceive the proconsul away from the truth of the gospel.  A true prophet of God is “one who speaks forth openly; a proclaimer of a divine message; a seer”. (Vines’ Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, W.E. Vine, 1996., p.493)
The true “power source” is the Holy Spirit.

John 16:13 (AMP)
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].

Therefore, although a true psychic has pre-cognitive abilities, their information does not come from the Spirit of Truth which is the Holy Spirit. Sadly, there are many psychics who do not understand where their information is coming from. While having a gift, they still have been deceived into believing that their ability comes from a benevolent source. This is the real danger in seeking a psychic!
Psychics are seeking a power source that is not from the Lord.  They invoke familiar evil spirits who know their unwitting victims, and through lies and manipulation, perpetrate the hoax that the future that has been described will happen. Often times a psychic giving a reading will inform their client that what they see can be changed if the person so desires. They claim that what they are seeing is only a possibility and that it is ultimately up to the individual’s free will. This differs from true prophecy which always comes to pass since it is from the Holy Spirit of Truth.  Too many people, including Christians, believe that it is OK to give their attention to a psychic or palm reader when they should be seeking the truth directly from God.

Acts 8:9-10 (CEB)
9 Before Philip’s arrival, a certain man named Simon had practiced sorcery in that city and baffled the people of Samaria. He claimed to be a great person. 10 Everyone, from the least to the greatest, gave him their undivided attention and referred to him as “the power of God called Great.”

True prophecy ALWAYS tells of Jesus Christ, and highlights the promises He accomplished and provided for us at the cross.

Revelation 19:10 (AMP)
10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him {the angel}, but he [stopped me and] said to me, “You must not do that; I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who have and hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God [alone]. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [His life and teaching are the heart of prophecy].”

What we want to end with here is not a condemnation of anyone who has received psychic readings or fortunetelling. Jesus loves us all and His death on the cross and resurrection was for the purpose of saving us from the realm of darkness. What we earnestly say to you, is that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) Furthermore, if you believe that you have precognitive abilities, then thank God and then surrender those abilities to Him. God uses His humble servants for His glory. If you are called to be a prophet, then be a prophet. Stay true to His Word and stay in His presence. If you would like to know more on this topic, then we encourage you to read an article: “An Exposé on Psychics: Who They Truly Are and How They Truly Work,” written by our mentor and friend, Dr. Dale M. Sides, president of LMCI Ministries and one heck of a teacher. If you want to know more about this incredible power source we know as the Holy Spirit, then Dale’s teachings will help to increase your knowledge in the Lord. You can find a wealth of information at www.lmci.org .

Lastly, we hope we have piqued your interest in this truth.  We plan to share more interesting, out of the mainstream box, topics soon. Also, once we enter into the season of celebrating the birth of Jesus, please look for our article on The Mazzaroth…… the Truth Behind the Counterfeit Zodiac. We believe you will be every bit as blessed as we have been.
God bless you all!
~ Sarah and Joanne








Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Disarming the Enemy



In the famous children’s book Alexander and the Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, poor Alexander dealt with one upset after another….. But they were problems a child might have and feel slighted by such as: There was no toy in his cereal box, he couldn’t sit next to a window in the carpool, the dentist found a cavity in his tooth, his teacher didn’t like his art work and so on. The point of the story is to teach children that disappointment and misfortune are a normal part of the human condition. In other words, we feel the need to teach children at an early age that life in this fallen world can be difficult!
How about you? Do you feel as if your life is one battle after another?  One problem gets fixed and then a different situation arises that needs your full attention and resources?  Are you putting out “proverbial fires” everywhere? Do you increasingly feel as if you are having many horrible, no good and very bad days? As adults many of our problems are truly more severe than Alexander’s childish woes.  When the enemy is pounding at your health, family, or finances like the winds and rain of a fierce hurricane; is it getting more and more difficult to keep your shield of faith lifted against this onslaught? When the seventy whom Jesus sent out to herald the nearness of the kingdom of God returned to Him, He gave them the authority over the power of the enemy. Although the trials of this world cause us to frequently forget, we have this same authority over satan and his wiles (deceitful strategies). We will be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand!

Luke 10:19 (AMP)
Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you. [note: serpents and scorpions = principalities and powers of the evil kingdom]

Ephesians 6:11-13 (TLB)
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.13 So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.

The TRUTH today is that Jesus Christ already disarmed all of the evil kingdom at the cross.  We can STAND in the finished work of Christ and declare (speak) this truth into every area of our lives.  

Colossians 2:14-15 (AMP) (Jesus Christ)
14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.

Even if disasters continue in nature and in our personal lives, we must choose to “turn” to God, like Moses did with the burning bush, and God will make Himself known to us.  

Exodus 3:2-4 (KJV)
2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

When the world is raging around us, we do NOT have to be afraid.  God’s perfect love casts out all our fear. (1 John 4:18) Jesus Christ is our HOPE in this world.  He is the anchor on the boat of our lives, and when we grab ahold of HIM, He calms every storm in our lives.  

Hebrews 6:19 (MSG)
 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go…

Hebrews 6:19 (NKJV)
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, … 

Yes, we will no doubt be facing some crummy days ahead. That is why we must always be reminded that through Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we are ‘more than conquerors’. (Romans 8:37) We have an assurance of ultimate victory for everything in our lives.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (MEV)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

~ Joanne and Sarah


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Which Kingdom Do You Choose?


Painting by Thomas Kinkade

The conflicting force of light and darkness is both universal and timeless. In many of the legends, tales and literature, this force is blatantly evident. For example, the beautiful Snow White was at dangerous odds with her evil, witch step-mother; while Prince Charming had to slay fiery dragons. In more modern times, there is a plethora of super hero vs. villain movies. Are these stories meant to only tantalize our psyche or is something deeper occurring, albeit sub-consciously, in the minds of the authors who created these stories? Could it be that the battle for good vs evil is very real and part of our experience as humans is to deal with this battle for ourselves and our families? Therefore, the stories told from the beginning of humanity exemplify the ever present struggle between light and darkness.     
There is a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It is as real as the coffee you may have had for breakfast and the air you are surely breathing to stay alive. While both kingdoms are ever present, you have a choice as to which one will be your dwelling place. Which one do you choose to live in?  There is a constant battle going on in the spirit realm for our souls.  Just as Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the devil, we are tempted in this world.  Power, fame, wealth (provision), security (protection) are flashed with repeated boldness in advertising, entertainment, music, on the internet, and over social media. This kingdom of self-centered exaltation is the same kingdom of darkness that wanted God’s Beloved Son, Jesus (see Matthew 3:17) to command provision, receive “all the kingdoms of the world and their glory,” and to bow down and worship the devil (Lucifer).  Jesus answered with these words, “it is written” and all the wiles of the devil could not prevail against him.

Sarah knows first-hand what the temptation from satan feels like. She gave herself to Jesus and asked Him into her heart around the age of 13. However, beyond that she had very little encouragement for Christ centered living from those in her sphere of influence. A few years later she had an experience she will never forget. It was late at night and she clearly heard a voice in her mind say to her, “If you worship me I will give you great riches and success.” Along with this voice was an overwhelming sensation of spiritual darkness. Sarah remembers that the promise for great riches and success was very tempting! She also knew that the voice was real. However, there was “something” inside of her that simply would not allow her to submit to that voice. She did not truly understand it at the time, but knows now that the “something” was the Holy Spirit who had been dwelling in her since the time she asked Jesus into her heart.  We are willing to guess that her experience, or one similar to it, has happened to some of you. 

Even if you have not had such a direct temptation experience (and be thankful if you have not), we still deal with worries and struggles on a daily basis. We often wish they would simply go away. Have you been battling negative thoughts of loss, lack, or loneliness? Do you feel like you are not getting anywhere in life? Too many bills to pay, too many things to accomplish? Pressure, pressure and more pressure everywhere?  Wouldn’t it be easier to just let the world help you instead of trying to believe that the promises of God are real and that they are your inheritance now?

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus uses the illustration of how His Heavenly Father knows that you need food, drink, clothing, and all the necessities of this life.  His Father feeds the birds of the air and clothes the lilies of the field, in all His glory, and wants you to know that He will do all this and more if you will seek Him and His Kingdom.  The context of these verses is that we are not to worry, but to seek the kingdom of God and all the things we need will be “ADDED” to us.
  
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
What is this “kingdom of God” and how can we seek it? 

Romans 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Righteousness is the state of being in proper relationship with God.  It is a Gift of God to us through the finished work of Christ on the cross.  We simply have to receive this gift, then we will come into agreement with God’s standards of what is right and just.  

2 Corinthians 5:21 (MEV) God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

People from every walk of life are seeking “peace and joy” through a variety of ways, spending a lot of their time and money trying to find and keep them!  True peace and joy can only be found in Jesus Christ.  Jesus has bequeathed us His peace (John 14:27), and when we are in His presence, we are filled with joy! 

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10), you are supernaturally infused with the Holy Spirit.  You are sealed with a guarantee of inheritance: the perfect redemption of your spirit, soul (present), and body (future) by Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:13-14) We were dead in our sins, and lived according to the desires of the flesh and of the mind. (Ephesians 2:1-3) But now, we are seated beside Christ in the heavenly realms!

Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV)
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus 

Is there something we need to be aware of in this present age?  How can we live in the world and still choose God’s kingdom of light in this ever darkening atmosphere?  The truth is, we need to choose to “put off” the “old man” which was our nature prior to making our decision for Christ.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV)
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

This “new man” is the person we become when we choose to follow Christ as described in the scriptures.  When we seek (choose) the kingdom of God, we will walk in righteousness, peace and joy with the Holy Spirit in us. This kingdom of light is what we have chosen.  We can attest to the fact that it truly is a beautiful dwelling place. 

Remember the simplicity of Christ’s words against the devil (“It is written”), if you are ever plagued by thoughts or even “hear” voices that try to torment you.  Even saying out loud, “JESUS” is enough to put these evil spirits in their place, which is under our feet!  They have all been defeated by Jesus Christ at the cross.  We want to encourage you to speak the scriptures out loud over yourselves, your loved ones, and all that pertains to you.  You have been given an armor that will absolutely cause you to be victorious over everything in the kingdom of darkness! 

Ephesians 6:11 (AMPC) Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

The kingdom of God is available to you today! 

~ Sarah and Joanne 







Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A One World Religion? One God?



We have become aware of a festival which is now taking place in Jerusalem, and will culminate on Sept 23 of this year. No, we have no plans to travel to the holy city but would like to share our thoughts and concerns about this event. We are NOT speculators. We bring you this information so you, in turn, can pray and ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. He’s a great God that way; because He loves you!

The event in question is being called the 2016 Mekudeshet Festival. There is no concrete Hebrew to English translation for the word Mekudeshet.  Internet searches have brought up more than one possible meaning, but the consensus is that it means holiness. The Mekudeshet Festival is said to be a gathering of art and artists to unite people through the creative process. So far so good, right? However, this year there is an additional element in what is being called a “House of Prayer” which also seems benevolent until you realize that the House of Prayer at Mekudeshet proposes to bring the religions of the holy land (Jews, Christians and Muslims) together to worship the God of all.  Is there really ONE God over all religions? There would be a long list of the world’s religions, from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Folk Religions (including New Age religions that worship Mother Earth), to name a few. To be bold, Buddha, Vishnu, Allah, the many Taoist deities, or Mother Earth are NOT the same God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!  YAHWEH, Elohim, Jehovah, the Lord of Hosts is His name.

 Zechariah 8:3 (NKJV)
“Thus says the Lord:
‘I will return to Zion,
And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth,
The Mountain of the Lord of hosts,
The Holy Mountain.’

When Sarah was a member of the American United Methodist Church, she was well aware of the favorable positioning the church had towards Ecumenicalism. According to the Oxford dictionary, the word ecumenical means: “promoting or relating to unity among the world's Christian churches.” Notice that it says unity among Christian churches. Since the time of the Roman Empire, Christians have been driven into different sects which have resulted in our multi-denominational existence today. There has been an attempt in recent years to re-unite the Christian churches of the world into harmonious existence. This truly isn’t a bad thing. However, since many denominations no longer recognize God’s holy word to be absolute (sola scriptura) it is an attempt that cannot be met on human terms.  Only the Holy Spirit can bring unity among people, by and through the truth of God’s inspired Word through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

1 Timothy 2:4 (KJV) (God our Savior,) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

This Truth is:  there is only ONE God, the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) This ONE God, is the same Father God over Christianity and Judaism.  (As you know, there are many Messianic believers today who recognize Jesus Christ as their Savior.)


Unfortunately, many mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic churches no longer make clear distinctions about religious unity based on the Word of God. This brings us back to the Mekudeshet Festival in Jerusalem. It has been reported that the Pope will be speaking at this event on the 23rd. We have no definitive way to confirm those reports, but we will be watching………. And here is the key to this post! What will we (and hopefully, you) be watching for? Well, if the representative of the world’s largest Christian denomination is speaking at an event (or in the House of Prayer) touted as being about religious unity, then what will he say? Will he say, “Let’s all get along and live in peace?” That would be acceptable. However, any declarations that we all worship the same God would not be the truth.

1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV) For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

Coexisting means living within proximity of people of other faiths without attempting to cause any harm. From a scriptural standpoint living in peace is admirable (love one another) BUT, the great commission urges us to help non-believers come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 


Jesus said this to his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20 (AMP)  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”

As we said earlier we are not given to speculation. However, the Mekudeshet Festival raises a red flag in our minds and spirits. When our Almighty God is represented (especially by a church leader) it must always be with the declaration that HE is the triune Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that NO person can come to the Father unless it is through His Son, Jesus.

John 14:6 (NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus said He will be with us, even to the end of the age. (end = close, completion; age = eternity, time period) This is good news!  Our hope is in Christ, alone, Who is our anchor in this world of drastic changes, stormy seas, and the howling winds of change (culturally, economically, politically, and spiritually).


Romans 15:13 (NASB)

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sarah and Joanne

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Transformed by Glory or Gore?


Have you noticed the sensationalism and the dark intensity of the media?  It is difficult to NOT click on a link on your computer or smart phone and inadvertently view some tragedy or horror that has transpired somewhere in the world.  It is important to know that our “eye gate” or what we see and allow our minds to process, is something we need to monitor.  Do you have a habit of watching the nightly news before going to bed and then find it difficult to fall asleep?  Then your “eye gate” has been negatively affected.

In addition to a near constant bombardment of upsetting news, we also have to deal with an increase in gore and violence on TV, movies, commercials and in books and music. Why is this? Because the worldly fascination with these forms of entertainment is growing. Many people are drawn to what we consider occult imaginations because their hearts have grown cold.


The New Age movement, which truly is new since it manifested in the 1960’s, is another area where people are drawn and therefore allow ungodly influence into their “eye gate.” It has been said, “The mind is like tofu, it tastes like whatever you marinate it in.” There is certainly truth in this new age statement. What we constantly think about influences us greatly. However, there is a danger lurking behind this seemingly benign statement. Filling your mind with peaceful, Zen or Buddhist confirmations may ease you out of an anxiety attack, but will do NOTHING to release the glory of God in your life. That can only be done through Jesus!


John 14:6 (NIV)  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


We can be transformed in a negative way, or in a positive way.  We get to choose what we allow into our minds.  Will we become sorrowful or joyful? Fearful or peaceful?  Worried or hope filled?

 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Jesus said He would turn our sorrow into joy (John 16:20) and that our joy would be full. (John 16:24) Only when we know Jesus can we have true peace.  He has bequeathed us His peace (John 14:27) and it is our inheritance from Him now.

John 16:33 (AMPC) 

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Back to the glory of the Lord vs the gore of the world:  You simply cannot receive His glory if you choose to allow the gory aspects of this world to fill your mind. Please don’t think that keeping your eyes and mind on Jesus is a difficult task. It may be true that we can’t always get away from negative images when surfing channels with your family or riding in public transportation or when shopping in a mall, but we can choose to keep Jesus at the forefront of our thoughts. I (Sarah) may not be able to walk through Wal-Mart in the month of October without seeing green glowing skeletons or plastic masks of decapitated heads but when I do, I can refuse to revel in the gore. Instead I can quietly turn my mind to Jesus and say, “Thank you Lord for loving me. I love you too.” Do this with a sincere heart and His glory will be with you!


This glory of the Lord was hidden in the Old Testament but is revealed to us, the New Testament believers.

Colossians 1:26-27 (NASB)
26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This glory is a divine gift to each of us who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. (Romans 10:9, 10)  This is the same glory that Jesus received from the Father and that He gives to us.  Jesus’ desire is that He wants us to be with Him where He is and that we may behold his glory.


John 17:22, 24 (AMP)

22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; …24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given to Me [as Your gift to Me], may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

Glory is the Greek word, doxa, which means: glory, splendor, brilliance; the awesome light that radiates from God’s presence and is associated with His acts of power; honor; praise.


We have this HOPE OF GLORY because Christ is in us!  But how can we really receive this “hope of glory” and be transformed by the Lord?  What should we focus our minds on?


Romans 12:2 (AMP) And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].


The word, transformed, in this verse comes from the Greek word that means metamorphosis, or the process that leads to an outward, permanent change.  When we choose to think on the promises of God in His word, and meditate on those good things, we will be transformed out of the world’s snare into the glorious light of the truth of the gospel.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news, indeed!


Philippians 4:8 (AMP) Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].


~ Joanne & Sarah







Monday, September 12, 2016

Bible Prophecy Comes to LIFE

We know some of you follow the Mid-East Prophecy updates by pastor J.D. Farag but if not, you may want to watch this one. Pastor Farag is a Mid-East born Christian and has a very insightful perspective on the Middle East and how bible prophecy is literally unfolding right before our eyes. If you choose to watch (and learn) from him and would like to discuss the topics further here, please feel free to do so in the comment section below OR by joining our Facebook page at Herald of Hope FB . We look forward to hearing from you.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Overcoming Darkness



Do you feel as if there is a constant battle going on around you and that you alone have to contend with all these issues coming at you from every side?  Health, finances, family situations, work ethics, the government encroaching upon your liberty, society in general? If so, the only way to overcome the prevailing darkness is to remember the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross.  He is our Advocate with the Father and intercedes in prayer for us, His righteous called out ones.  Do not let the enemy of our souls condemn you.

Romans 8:34 (AMP)
Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us.

We need to remember that the battle is not with people, but with the spiritual principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness of this age. The accuser of the brethren, satan, is at work manipulating his hosts of wickedness in the second heaven to cause as much havoc to God’s people as possible.  We can overcome this darkness by the shed Blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11) and by putting on the whole armor of God.  [Writers’ note:  we are giving no ‘place’ to satan by not capitalizing his name.  He is Lucifer, a fallen angel, who poses as an angel of light to deceive mankind. 2 Corinthians 11:14]

Therefore, we are told to:  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 
Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  (Ephesians 6:11-13 NKJV)

No doubt you have heard or read this passage from Ephesians many times. It seems to be a favorite to be proclaimed from the pulpit or dissected in theology books. We, too, could expound upon the layers of truth here, but for the sake of being concise, let’s just look at the words heavenly places. Really, what are heavenly places? Where are heavenly places located? Are heavenly places something which we, on earth, need to be concerned about? Understanding the certainty of heavenly places will help to take you a long way in overcoming the powers of darkness. First, there are three heavens which we should understand. The 1st heaven is the earth where we all live. The 2nd heaven is often thought to be just outside of our physical reality. It is a spirit realm with both holy and unholy angels. The 3rd heaven is where the throne of God is. Our spirits can have access to all of the realms if we are saved with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. Therefore, the principalities and powers we “wrestle” with are part of the 2nd heaven reality. But here is the cool part! …. We don’t have the whole armor of God on us in a physical sense in this 1st (earth) heaven. We put it on in the 3rd heaven when we are seated with our Heavenly Father. It is from this vantage point we bring the light of our Lord into this dark world. Yes, we understand that this may sound difficult to grasp but please meditate on this concept until God helps to make it a reality in your life! 
2 Corinthians 12:2 (KJV)
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth ;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

The apostle Paul wrote the above verse when he experienced a vision of Paradise. Before we became followers of Jesus Christ, we lived only in this world, or 1st heaven, which is influenced by the “Prince of the power of air”, satan. But now, we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. 

Ephesians 2:2 (AMP) “…in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].”
Ephesians 2:4-6 (ESV)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Heavenly (places) is the Greek word meaning: what pertains to or is in heaven; the celestial, heavenly realm. This realm is what is called the 3rd heaven.  The 1st heaven is on this current earth, and the 2nd heaven is what is between the earth’s atmosphere and the 3rd heaven where the throne of God exists.  
The truth is, when we stand and speak the truth of God’s word, the scriptures, into every area of our lives, we are giving testimony to the truth of God’s LIGHT vs the darkness that is around us on this present earth.
  
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NASB) “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
When we spiritually “sit” with God in the 3rd heaven through praise, worship, prayer and declarations we are agreeing with Him that His light and glory can be released in our environment. We are taking an action which literally brings heaven to earth. We leave you with the promise from 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
How do you overcome darkness?..... by being the light. Praise be to God! 
~Sarah & Joanne