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) . 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 youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. 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 . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at His Heart Ministries: Donna and Jack Rigney, Pastors

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

True or not True? Today’s thoughts from Sarah

I know many people out there who strongly believe that the Bible is an ancient text full of myths, fairy tales and legends. These folks claim to live in “reality” and would never submit to the thought that anything written on the pages of an old book by people long, long dead could possibly hold anything relevant, let alone substantial and true to them, in today’s modern world. They have made the choice to ignore the God of the Bible and see Him only as an invented illusion in which believers cling to in order to cope in this world.

What I find fascinating, however, is that many of these same people delve deeply into actual fantasy without batting an eye to its untruths. They wait with deep anticipation for the next Star Wars movie then dress up like a clone trooper and attend the first midnight showing. Online gaming or visiting a Harry Potter inspired village have become increasingly common trends as well. A few take their fantasy even farther by having cosmetic procedures to make them look totally different or change their names to honor their favorite super hero (or Transformer).  The sad reality is that all of these forms of fantasy (and more) have become real to a growing number of people. Oh, they continue to deny the God of the Bible; but they do so by replacing Him with their natural human desire to connect with someone (or something) that is greater.

What many people do not know (or believe) is that the God of this universe IS real and He made a way for us to connect with Him….. through His Son, Jesus Christ. While we humans get judgmental, Jesus accepts you (and me) as we are. We only have to accept and believe in Him.

Take note of these words written long ago because they are as true today as ever:
Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” (Jesus)

In the last Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay 2, the character Peta had to repeatedly ask his friends to define reality for him. He was so badly tortured by the Capitol that he could no longer distinguish the truth from lies. On a side note: if you’re wondering if I actually watched the Hunger Games movies the answer is yes. Jesus doesn’t expect us to disengage from the world rather He wants us to continually be more like Him. We are to be in this world but not of this world. Dystopian fiction is interesting to me because I know the real truth about how this world will end and I like to see what others have devised. I also enjoy super-hero movies and have found a plethora of similarities alluding to biblical prophecy when I view these movies with what I call a “biblical lens”; which brings me back to our friend Peta. He had to rely on his friends for truth. Unfortunately, not all of his friends stayed alive. We, on the other hand, all have a friend and an advocate who loves us and who will defend us. He is a friend whom we can count on with certainty because He has already conquered death. He was the only person resurrected by God the Father and is alive right now and forever. He is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. If you don’t know Him yet it isn’t too late. His Word is the only place to go with certainty to determine what is true and what is not true. Thankfully the majority of us do not have an understanding as distorted as Peta. However, it is still a confusing world…..  Is Jesus real? True. Is He the Son of God? True. I’ve sinned too much to be forgiven. Untrue. Does Jesus really love me more than I can ever imagine and did He really lay down His life for me? TRUE.

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

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