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Jesus and the little child

The three major religious of the United States are not what you might think. I am guessing that if you were asked what the three major religions of the United States are, you would answer Christianity, Mormon, and Atheism. Two definitions of “religion” according to Merriam Webster dictionary include “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. Another definition is “an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group”.  Therefore in our current political climate the three major religion, if that is our definition, then the top three religions in the US are Christianity, Humanism, and Capitalism.

The God of Man VS the God of Mammon

For the first time in American politics, Christianity is an outlier. None of the candidates that are left include traditional Christian values. The values of the Democrats and the Republican parties center on other religious values. These religious values are the values of humanism (Democrats) and Capitalism (Republicans). Neither Hillary nor Trump place any pretense that their beliefs, interests, values, or activities are based on the works and values of Jesus Christ.

The God of Man

“There is a way that seems right unto men, but the way thereof is death.” Proverbs 14:12

Hillary is a middle of the road Democrat. Sanders is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist. Though Sanders and Hillary have their differences, the Democrats embrace humanist ideology. Humanism centers on the idea of relativism. In other words, it is up to the human being to decide his or her sexual orientation, to decide whether an individual is male or female, to decide whether or not the child a woman is carrying should live or die. They believe that the government’s purpose is to provide necessities for all Americans including shelter, food, education, and medical care. There are no absolutes. Everyone should be treated equally no matter their race, gender (or gender orientation), religion (unless it’s Christianity), or age. No one should be excluded based on and they believe that if you have any absolutes in your beliefs you are narrow-minded and bigoted. The problem with following these democrats is that neither follows Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, relativism is the original sin. Adam ate of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because he wanted to be able to decide what was and what was not right for him personally. God wasn’t a factor in the decision. God called that sin.

The God of Mammon

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money),” Matthew 6:24

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10

 

Many people have voted Republican in the past because the Republican platform has stood on the ideals of pro-life and the right to free enterprise.  The problem that occurs in this election is that Trump is neither pro-life, nor is he actually for free enterprise. He may tell us that he is for free enterprise, but don’t let him fool you. His god is money.  Actually so is the god of any of the Republican candidates.  If you don’t believe me, think back to when the Republican candidates were getting ready to make a run for office, what did they do? They headed for Las Vegas to meet billionaires to support their campaigns. Except Trump, of course, he had his own billions to get him going. He then started spouting off about how because he was a billionaire, he would straighten out the country’s money problem and built the middle class. Hogwash, have you ever seen him on The Apprentice? The man is ruthless. He doesn’t even pretend to be a Christian. His religion is money and to think otherwise is foolishness.

The Republican Party is not united under Trump, they say, because he does not follow the Republican platform. They say he is a loose cannon. However, the reason behind this is partly because the billionaires who backed the other candidates don’t have control of him because he has his own money. This makes Trump not much different from the Democrats in that he is an individual who is making the decisions rather than allowing the Republican Party money dictate what he does. Again, it is the dictates of the individual, this time however a single individual (rather than each individual within a collective) who makes the decisions about our lives.

Jesus would Vote for. . .

So who would Jesus vote for? That’s the person that I would choose because he believes in allowing the person to choose life or death, blessings or cursings (though he recommends choosing life and blessings).  I believe that he would have no choice but to vote for a write in candidate, and that candidate would be himself. He would vote for himself and I as a Christian have decided that to vote for anyone else but Jesus would be throwing my vote away to what I think is the lesser of two evils. He promises that if we follow him, we will have abundant life and blessings for eternity. Why should we vote for anything less than that?  If the candidate on the ballot does not follow Jesus, then I cannot in good conscience follow them. As the Quakers of Colonial times said, “No King but Jesus.”

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Just how safe are the chemicals used in American Agriculture? Here’s a video discussing a study out of the UK in regards to neonicotinoids and Treated Soybeans. A world like the one described in Silent Spring by Rachel Carson might be that far from reality soon.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


The Darkness of Wickedness

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In Proverbs 4:14, it says not to follow the way of the wicked nor the path of evildoers. This doesn’t only mean that we should not literally follow the path of a wicked or evil person. It also means that we should not do as an evil person doe, and it also means that also should not even try to think like an evil person thinks.  It is too easy to believe that doing things in the way that the world does it is okay because they got away with it, but did they really?

 

Proverbs 4:15 goes on to say that we should turn away and go somewhere else.  There are always other choices than to do wrong. Sometimes doing right might not be the easiest thing to do in the short term. You might lose friends, but are they the friends you really want to be with? You might think that you’re missing out on an opportunity that is “once in a lifetime”. Believe me when I say, that is almost never the case. If the opportunity is something that God wants for you (and he always wants the best for you), then the opportunity will come around again. This time without evil attached to it. When evil is attached to an opportunity, it is often a premature manifestation of something that God wants for you.

Don’t Do As They Do

Look at the life of Abraham. God promised Abraham a son even in his old age. Sarah came to him with a suggestion for making that happen. She offered her handmaiden Hagar to give him a child. This was the way of the world at that time. A wife could give her servant to her husband and then claim the child as her own. This was not God’s plan and there were negative consequences. God later gave Abraham Isaac, but Isaac still has to face Ishmael every day.

 

Proverbs 4:16 says for evil people cannot sleep until they have done their evil deed for the day. They cannot rest unless they have caused someone to stumble.

 

It is not the people that we need to avoid so much as it is that we should not get caught up with their schemes. An evil person is always gossiping or scheming and usually we get hurt and they leave smelling like a rose. Verse 17 goes on to say that evil people eat wickedness and drink violence. These people seem to live and breathe this lifestyle. These people take our energy like a black hole sucks up matter and energy from the universe. I am certain there is someone in your life like this. These people are the negative Nellies or the gossipy Gerts or the schemer who tries to conning Connies. You might have to do business with them, but you don’t have to get chummy with them. Best not to get into social situations with them.

Be As the Dawn

 

“The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18 tells us how we should be. We should be the light.  We should be the one who shines ever brighter.

Matthew 5:14 says that you are the light of the world. Our goal as light bearers for Christ is that we are to show our differences by not behaving like the wicked. We are to as it says in verse 16 to let our light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Does your light glorify the Father?

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


A friend of mine mentioned the other day that the Jews have 613 laws that they follow in the Torah and he said that he only followed ten. I told him that I only follow the two that Jesus said we had to follow and was Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind along with love your neighbor as yourself which sums up the law and the prophets. And actually, we can round that out to just one four letter word and that is LOVE.

The Gospel sound simple put in these terms, doesn’t it. Love God, Love Others as you love yourself. However, there are those who would like to add another law from the ten commandments and that is Honor the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy. The question then comes to mind, Where does Honoring the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy fall into these two commandments. Is it possible that Jesus forgot to include it?

The Hebrew word for Sabbath is Shabbath (Hebrew-Strongs 7676) which comes from the word shabath  (7673)which means “to desist from exertion, to celebrate.” This isn’t about God trying to make us stop working on the seventh day so that we follow his law. It is about God blessing us with his rest.

The Bible says that we are to take one day in seven to rest as God rested. The Bible told the Jews that they were to worship God on the seventh day which commemorated the celebration of God’s finished work of creation.

Many Christians today believe that we should celebrate Christ’s resurrection which occurred on the first day of the week. Is there a correct day of the week to enter God’s rest? Is it Saturday or should it be Sunday? Does the Bible say anything about whether we should worship on Saturday or Sunday?

 

There are many references in the book of Acts about the early Christian church meeting together on the Sabbath (Saturday) to pray and study the Scriptures. Here are some examples:

 

Acts 13:13-14

Paul and his companions … On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services.

(NLT)

 

Acts 16:13

On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer …

(NLT)

 

Acts 17:2

As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people.

(NLT)

However, there are also several references to Sunday worship

The gentile Christians began meeting on Sundays soon after Christ rose from the dead, in honor of the Lord’s resurrection, which took place on a Sunday, or the first day of the week. This verse has Paul instructing the churches to meet together on the first day of the week (Sunday) to give offerings:

 

1 Corinthians 16:1-2

Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

(NIV)

 

And when Paul met with believers in Troas to worship and celebrate communion, they gathered on the first day of the week:

 

Acts 20:7

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

(NIV)

 

While some believe the transition from Saturday to Sunday worship began right after the resurrection, others see the change as a gradual progression over the course of history. Most Christians today believe Sunday is the Christian Sabbath day. They base this concept on verses like Mark 2:27-28 and Luke 6:5 where Jesus says he is “Lord even of the Sabbath,” implying that he has the power to change the Sabbath to a different day. Christian groups that adhere to a Sunday Sabbath feel that the Lord’s command was not specifically for the seventh day, but rather, one day out of the seven week days. By changing the Sabbath to Sunday (what many refer to as “the Lord’s Day”), or the day the Lord resurrected, they feel it symbolically represents the acceptance of Christ as Messiah, and his broadening blessing and redemption from the Jews to the entire world.

 

Other traditions, such as Seventh-day Adventists, still observe a Saturday Sabbath. Since honoring the Sabbath was part of the original Ten Commandments given by God, they believe it is a permanent, binding command that should not be changed.

 

Interestingly, Acts 2:46 tells us that from the start, the church in Jerusalem met every day in the temple courts and gathered to break bread together in private homes.

 

So, perhaps a better question might be, are Christians under obligation to observe a designated Sabbath day? I believe we get a clear answer to this question in the New Testament. Let’s look at what the Bible says. These verses in Romans 14 suggest that there is personal freedom regarding the observance of holy days:

 

Romans 14:5-6

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.

(NLT)

 

In Colossians 2 Christians are instructed not to judge or allow anyone to be their judge regarding Sabbath days:

 

Colossians 2:16-17

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

(NIV)

 

And in Galatians 4, Paul is concerned because Christians are turning back like slaves to legalistic observances of “special” days:

 

Galatians 4:8-10

So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years.

(NLT)

 

As followers of Christ, we are no longer under legalistic obligation, for the requirements of the law were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Everything we have, and every day we live, belongs to the Lord. Giving him one day out of seven is  the very least that we should give honor his sacrifice to us. We are not to do it as an obligation but as a joyous celebration of his love for us. Finally, as Romans 14 instructs, we should be “fully convinced” that whichever day we choose is the right day for us to set aside as a day of worship. And as Colossians 2 warns, we should not judge or allow anyone to judge us regarding our choice.

Worshiping With Other Worshipers

One thing that I have noticed about the verses in the Bible is that the verses all talk about meeting with other worshippers when they were worshipping. If the worshipers were Jews who worshiped in the synagogue on Saturday, then that was where Paul (or whoever) joined the worshipers. In the case of Gentile believers, he met with them on Sunday rather than Saturday.  One of the biggest discussions in the New Testament about the Sabbath was in Hebrews 3 and 4 which was written not to the Gentiles in the Church but rather to the Jews.

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


I am taking the day off with my family and friends. I hope you too are enjoying the season.

Merry Christmas! May the Holiday find you prosperous, healthy, happy, and at peace!

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“Behold, I bring you tidings of Great Joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-11.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church ione and a half miles south of Brandsville, Missouri.  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener. She is also coming out soon with two additional nonfiction healthy living booklets Help from Kelp and Better Living with Diatomaceous Earth

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


The other day I was talking to a woman while we were in the Christmas section of Walmart. She was looking for Christmas cards to send to her friends. She said that she had a hard time knowing what to send and i told her that I always sent inspirational cards. She said that she had a number of friends who were not Christian and would be offended by the card. I told her that I also had friends who were not Christians, but I would give them inspirational Christmas cards too. Being a Christian is part of who I am. When I left her to continue searching for non-offensive Christmas cards, I left her as confused as ever.

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As I have been thinking about this and have been reading about others who are offended by the concept that God came to earth as an infant to save men’s souls from eternal torment, I have to wonder, “why the offense? Why can’t nonbelievers simply be tolerant of those of us who do believe that the creator of the Universe could love us that much? Can we just agree to disagree and agree that the idea of “peace on earth, good will is a good thing and it is something that we all want? Isn’t this a good place to start? No one wants war and death, right? Why the offense?

That SIN Issue

It is partly because of that SIN issue. No one wants to admit that they need a Savior to rescue them from their sins. The Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Acts 4:12 says that the only way to God is through his son Jesus.
Jesus was born Emanuel meaning “God dwelling with us”. He conducted a ministry of as was reported to John the Baptist in Luke 7: 22 “BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.” Jesus the Messiah completed his ministry here on earth when he took our sins with him to the cross that “whosoever believes in him (in his authority to free us from sin and the wages of that sin) should have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). He then left and left behind his spirit to live in anyone who accept that spirit and that spirit is the spirit of God’s Love for all mankind.

God Is Not Condemning Us

True Christian faith is love, not condemnation. This is why the angel of the Lord said in Luke 2:10-12 “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to ALL people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” and then all of the other angels joined Him by saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
The Christmas story is not a story of condemnation, but hope for the forever kind of peace that only he can give. God doesn’t want to fight you. He wants to teach you about his love for you! I pray that this holiday season, you will discover the truth that God wants to share with you

Putting Christ Back in Christmas Eve Celebration

Lately I have been thinking about how sad it is that people are going through the Christmas season and not even taking a moment to recognize why we celebrating in the first place. I am also thinking about all of the lonely people out there who have no one to share the holidays with. I wish that everyone had an opportunity to be with people they love. I want to do what I can to help, so I have opened my church on Christmas Eve for people to get together and celebrate the birth of our Savior and King. We are open to anyone during this time. We want to share Christ by singing traditional Christmas carols, reading of the Christmas story, and sharing this time together. We open the doors at 6 pm. We encourage everyone who attends to bring a plate of goodies to share.The festivities start at 6 pm.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church one and a half miles south of  Brandsville, Missouri on hwy 63..  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


And So It Begins

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The Eleven Point River in Oregon County Missouri

 

August 31, 2015, evening, we started the Oregon County Writers Group of Oregon County, Missouri. Not many people showed up, but we are all ready to roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to make this group a success. We were all experienced writers, so it was good for a first meeting. Enough of us showed up that we were able to elect a different person for president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. We all filled out membership forms and answered a series of questions about what we want from our writers group.

Promoting at  Local Festivals

We discussed how to increase membership and we all agreed that we would try to get into as many local festivals as possible during the next couple months (at least the free ones!) We also discussed the difference between traditional and self-publishing and we are looking to do a future meeting devoted specifically to that topic. In addition, we talked about possibly using Skype to bring speakers into our remote rural area. The vice president sent an email to me yesterday (September 1) that we had a table at a festival for this Saturday! Now we just have to get ready for it! He even said that I would be able to promote my books there! Talk about a blessing!

Making the Oregon County Writers Group A Success

The best part of it is that everyone who attended is willing to participate in making this new writer’s group a success. Before finishing this post, I set up a Facebook page, and be the main admin person. The secretary is sending me everyone’s information so that I can connect them with the page. I’ll be adding a few writing related articles to the page. She will probably send me that today. One of the members of the group does not have Facebook, so we will be helping him through the process. Our new vice president is taking charge of putting out the press releases of our meeting and is contacting the event coordinators. We sent our next meeting for the last Monday night of September, at the same place, and at the same location. I patted myself my back for delegating and spreading out the work. Next meeting, though I am president, I won’t have to do everything like I did for the first meeting!

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 

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