Therefore, through the Holy Spirit - our Heavenly Father will reveal unto us the truth of all things - specifically those things pertaining to the truthfulness of the testimony of Christ, his ministry, his death, and resurrection. And the revelation given unto us through the Holy Spirit is personal and subjective. Yes - that is correct. We receive personal revelation that is subjective regarding the things of God through the Holy Spirit.
It means that the bridge between mortality and immortality and eternal life begins in the Garden, carried to the Cross as the climax, and the culmination of fulfillment of the Plan of Salvation where Christ rose from the grave after three days. It is fitting in this sense to understand the deep meaning when Christ said - It is finished. Meaning, he has completed the mission and work the father had sent him to do. He provided the necessary sacrifice and atonement so that we may experience eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
By setting pure intentions and living with purpose and meaning through Jesus Christ, other people's opinion and understanding of who we are becomes unimportant. We are not here to please others. And, when it comes to our opinion of ourselves - we adopt the eternal perception of who we are through Christ Jesus. Sons and Daughters of the Most High.
The time is now to determine if you will receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ or to reject it. By accepting the love of Christ, we will build a lifelong relationship with Him. Or if we shall turn away from Him and take a different path that leads to misery and death.
We take up our cross daily and walk in mercy and grace. Love toward God. Love toward others. By this - men may know we are true and worthy disciples of Jesus Christ.
It is when those friendships that place us in situations where we are tempted to dishonor God through disobedience that we need to step away from.
Life truly has its struggles, and we face them the best we are capable in facing them. We endure as faithfully as possible. Hoping doors of opportunity of true fellowship may open up. To see through the circumstances, we are facing and receive those blessings we stand in need of.
As we grow in spiritual truth and understanding - we grow in confidence and assurance of our faith. The result is that we bear much fruit that is desirable to all.
The pure love of Christ is not above obedience to the commandments and will of God. It is inseparable with our call to faithfully obey the will of God and all that he has commanded us. It is also greater than our faith. It requires us to be humble and contrite in our spirit. Keeping us fixed on the way to minister, associate, and develop and grow into a Christ-like character and nature.
Our willingness to trust God today and every day that we live, entrusting ourselves in Christ, we are rest assured that our future is secure. Confident that He will provide our needs temporally and spiritually.
There is plenty of good reason to always question claims being made. It is part of the way we process, interpret, and understand what is being said, taught, and expressed. Through the process of critical thinking - we are able to determine if something holds any credibility and merit. Or if it does not meet … Continue reading Good Reason to Question False Claims Regarding the Book of Mormon as it Pertains to Jesus Christ
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on UnsplashBut understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of … Continue reading Runland's General Conference Address: Don't Present the Truth – Just the Lies Michelle Grim
The Light of Christ is the very brightness and glory of the Father - illuminating and guiding me throughout my life. And as the light pervades the darkness, the Holy Spirit continually exposes those areas that are darken by sin and transgression. Allowing me opportunity to bring those things forth and seek the mercy and grace of my Heavenly Father. Christ being my advocate who is ready to forgive my sin. To cleanse me from all matter of unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
As for me and my own personal journey and recovery - for my own spiritual growth and mindful living - I choose to consistently and continually to trust in Christ and know who God, my Eternal Father is, and have the guidance and companion of the Holy Spirit. So long as I commit myself over to those spiritual disciplines that help me gain greater awareness, peace of mind, and restoring me to a place of spiritual health and well-being.
To become the hero of my own personal story and life - I need to take up my own hero's journey and place my faith in God and trust in His will and divine providence. Through my faith and confidence, labor and toil, fellowshipping with others, being held accountable, seeking after wise counsel, and following the directions - my extraordinary adventure and story may be among many heroic journey's that inspire people.
Andrew Soncrant attempts to provide a "powerful explanation and refutation" when he questions the eighth article of faith in two separate videos published at Apologia Church of Utah's YouTube Channel. In the first video, Soncrant attempts to cast doubt on the authenticity and authority of the Book of Mormon. He appears to do this by … Continue reading Questioning Andrew Soncrant's Second Part of his "Powerful Explanation and Refutation" of the Eighth Article of Faith
While it is believed by modern Evangelicals, like Pastor Wade, that only Christ himself holds the priesthood authority; the Fifth Article of Faith enlightens us that men are called by God, and they receive the keys and authority to minister under the Melchizedek Priesthood. This authority is derived from our understanding as it relates to … Continue reading Questioning Pastor Wade's Criticism and Refutation of the Fifth Article of Faith
In a brief YouTube video produced by Apologia Church of Utah Evangelist Daniel Cooper appears to present a common criticism based on his interpretation of Ephesians 2:8-9 regarding sola gratia - grace alone as a comparison to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Fourth Article of Faith: "This is the fourth video in our … Continue reading Questioning Evangelist Daniel Coopers Criticism of the Fourth Article of Faith
Pastor Wade made a brief video as an attempt to bring criticism against the Second Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What follows is a brief response to four claims he appears to make. When properly examine, it appears they have no merit to their criticism and is merely … Continue reading Questioning Pastor Wade's Pedestrian Criticism against the Second Article of Faith
Andrew Soncrant is part of the Reformed Baptist Church Plant, Apologia Church of Utah. This Church and ministry appear to be engaged in toxic apologetics where they manipulate and use deceptive strategies to discredit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This particular ministry appears to have an active YouTube channel where videos are … Continue reading Questioning Andrew Soncrant's Pedestrian Explanation of the First Article of Faith
We are called to endure patiently. Live out our course. And seek faithfully to live out the principle truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through those covenants we make along the way. It is also accomplished when we desire to seek after the will of God for our own lives.
Our faith in Jesus Christ is a motivation for us to continue to increase in our spiritual growth and faith. The more we increase in our faith the more we receive in blessings, inheritances, and fulfillment of promises. Some of those promises may be delayed.
Like all other faithful predecessors (Adam on down to Noah) the priesthood authority after the order of the Son of God continued to be faithfully preserved. It is the order of which Christ is referred to as our High Priest.
There is much conflict in our culture and society today. Each one of us are exposed to warring factions. And it is quite disheartening and troubling to our hearts and minds. Yet we are promised by our Heavenly Father to experience the joy and peace the Everlasting Gospel provides us (John 14:27). A life of abundance because of Christ's infinite atonement (John 10:10).
The invitation for us to place our faith in Christ, repent and seek forgiveness for our sins and trespasses, and willingly to deny ourselves and lose our lives for the sake of Christ is an invitation to enter into sacred covenants through those true ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today, we make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father. Those covenants we make bare the signs, tokens, and symbols that help remind us of those sacred covenants. These signs, tokens, and symbols not only help remind us of our Heavenly Father's grace and faithfulness toward us, but it also reminds us of our willingness to continually seek Him and conform to His will for our lives.
Thus, to have the Lord's Spirit strive with us means that we are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to rule over our hearts and minds. To judge us and guide us into those moral truths of our Heavenly Father. It is therefore to this end that we understand how the Holy Spirit is limited to how long it will strive with us - as we make our sojourn and pilgrimage through this mortal existence.
Noah and his family were saved of (or through) water from the spiritual decay and immorality surrounding them. The flood destroying the old life in order to bring about a newness of life. It is the very nature and covenant of our baptism.
By reading and studying through the scriptures, listening to those ordained by our Heavenly Father, teaching these things unto our families and others - we are to also engage in meaningful and sincere prayer. Through prayer and fasting, we are able to become conquerors and overcome Satan and those who uphold the work of the adversary (D&C 10:5).
As we submit ourselves, with willingness, to follow Christ and the commandments of our Heavenly Father, we are continually renewed, strengthened, and growing in faith. As we increase in our faith and knowledge of Christ, the power of His intimate atonement, and endure with patience and long-suffering - we shall stand ready to be cleansed and purified of all unrighteousness.