Deep Thought: How to show “love” throughout the year?

What did you do for Valentines Day? Do you “celebrate” it? Why? What “holidays” do you observe throughout the years and do you ever re”searched” the “origins” (history)? Have you stopped afterwards?

Origins?


Where Did Valentine’s Day Come From? Is It Wrong for a Christian to Celebrate It?
Posted on Jan 25, 2011 by United Church of God ucg.org
‘..The World Book Encyclopedia tells us regarding Valentine’s Day: ” “The customs connected with the day . . . probably come from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which took place every February 15. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the god of nature”” (1973, vol. 20, p. 204)…

Friendship and sending cards are wonderful things, and God is not opposed to romance at the right time in the right way. But does the pagan religious history of Valentine’s Day taint the modern practices? What does God have to say about observing pagan traditions, renamed or not?

“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess … do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods … Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:29-32)..”

Valentine’s day exposed: the truth about its pagan/satanic origins!

Pagan Roots of Valentine’s Day

The Shocking History of Valentine’s Day
https://youtu.be/HwvTxX8biME
“..February 14th has been observed as a day to express love for untold centuries. But where did this holiday come from? Why do people send valentine’s cards to those whom they desire? Where did the symbol of the heart come from, and why is it used to represent love and sexual desire? How did a character named cupid become associated with personal intimate feelings? Produced by the Eternal Church of God (WTC 2016)…”

-Heart?

SymbolX – The Origin of the Heart Symbol

Valentines Day: History of the Heart Symbol | Time time.com
St. Valentine’s Day (2): Occult Heart Symbols – Olivet Journal olivetjournal.com

“..Bottom Left: This is a typical Cross and Crown masonic symbol. Cross is a symbol of phallus, and the crown, the female counterpart. A typical kabbalistic male-female union. If you pay attention, you see these symbol as a logo of many churches, and as you can find on the Pinterest board, the logo of Jehovah’s Witness contains this symbol as well (see upper left side of the poster)…”
Origins of Valentine’s Day yahweh.house
“..When you see people doing the heart shape symbol with their hands, or using it in text message or photos, they unknowingly are doing a woman’s VAGINA shape, not realising they are promoting a VAGINA and sexual immorality!..”
Vagina Power and the History of Christian Symbols November 30, 2016 by Alexis Record patheos.com
“I saw the symbol for vagina on the back of a car the other day. I also saw one on a business card, a necklace, a church bulletin, and even a Bible. Vaginas are everywhere! People in America must really love female sexuality…”

NEUTRAL

What is the origin of Valentine’s Day, and should Christians celebrate it? gotquestions.org
“..Valentine died in approximately A.D. 270. Others claim the church may have decided to celebrate in mid February to “Christianize” the pagan Roman celebration Lupercalia. The first Valentine sent in the United States was in the 1840’s by Esther Howgald. Most of us enjoy “spoiling” a loved one on Valentine’s Day. Sending gifts and cards conveys love, affection, and friendship.

There is no biblical reason why Christians should not celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving their loved ones flowers, candy and/or cards. As with celebrating any holiday, the decision should be between the individual and God. Some people feel very strongly that observing any secular holiday is wrong, while others see it as harmless. The important thing to remember is that celebrating or not celebrating holidays should not be a cause for pride or division among Christians.
..”

NOT Celebrate!

10 Simple but Powerful Reasons Christians Should not Celebrate Valentine’s Day joshuainfantado / January 27, 2016 becomingchristians.com
“..It is estimated that Americans spend about $20 billion on this single holiday alone, making it the second most expensive holiday next to Christmas.

However, the majority is not always right.

One must ask whether Christians should celebrate this day. Most importantly, what does God think about Valentine’s Day?

Before I proceed, let me tell you this SHOCKING TRUTH: Valentine’s Day should NOT be celebrated by Christians.

In this post, let me share the reasons why this is so. Let me make it as simple as possible for everyone to understand. Here are the 10 reasons Christians should not celebrate Valentine’s Day…

Reason no. 4: You can Celebrate Love without Valentine’s Day

Why do so many Christians limit their love on a specific day, in this case, Valentine’s Day? Wouldn’t it be great to demonstrate your love every single day?

Married couples or those who are in a relationship can show their love and concern every day and not wait for Valentine’s Day to arrive.

After all, even if you celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day, it really feels awkward since this day celebrates lust and not true love…..”

Sal: If your single and feel lonely, you have to remember your NEVER alone. God is with us (Emmanuel). Your never alone when you accepted Jesus into your heart!

Newsboys – That’s How You Change The World

30 Ways to Show Someone You Care by the Cru staff team at Bowling Green University 12 August 2016 cru.org
“…Cru’s ministry at Bowling Green University in Ohio has been intentionally trying to show care and concern for everyone they interact with.

The purpose is for encouraging and blessing others by serving them, and it’s a way to build relationships with Christians and non-Christians.

What does this look like in your life? How can you show concern for those around you?..”

Being lost in hollywood to knowing Jesus and serving Him

Love LA 24/7, lovela247.com
Love Twin Cities (Minnesota), lovetwincities247.com

Prayers for Freedom , testimony of Jon and his current outreaches to share God’s love…

“..As a result of prayer, I myself was freed from my sins and hell-fire back in 1974 when I put my faith in Jesus, repented (surrendered to God), and asked Him to forgive my sins and make me the kind of person He wanted me to be. Years later, I received freedom and healing from my anger/bitterness problem through the prayers of many, and the prayers led by a very helpful and precious Biblical counselor. Not yet all I want to be, I still need freedom in some areas of my life and hope you will pray for me. Thanks in advance. May God bless you on your journey and in your use of this website!..”

How to Glorify God | 5 Ways to Glorify the Lord

-Giving

Woman Moved to Tears After Delivering Pizza to Chicago Church 3.8.18 WGN – Chicago yahoo.com
“…A Domino’s delivery driver in Chicago was surprised when she arrived at New Life Covenant Church with an order in February and the pastor brought her on stage. ..”

What are some “creative” ways to show love throughout the year?

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Hypocrites?: Religion-Christianity

dc Talk documentary – “The Greatest Single Cause”

I became a Christian back in the spring of my Sophomore year of college. It was the beginning of my walk (faith) with God (“Heavenly Father”). People around me might’ve seen that and might’ve NOT seen that I’m a Christian based on my lifestyle. For example, there has been times when I swore and the people around me might not even think I’m a Christian. Then there are times when I was “doing” good deeds (e.g. giving food to the poor) and thing I’m a Christian. What it boils down to is not what others “think about” (do NOT judge) me, but what God (Heavenly Father) “thinks about” (I’m a child of Him when I accept Him as my Savior) me. No, no one is perfect (sinless), but instead of “judging” someone-we can pray for them as “some/all” of us are growing in our faith.

Hypocrites

Are you a hypocrite? Take Jesus’ challenging test to find out!
david-baker David Baker 05 November 2015 christiantoday.com

Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?-Isaiah 2:22
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%202&version=NIV

-Buildings

A “friend” made this statement-“Why does the Church building these huge big churches (buildings), which all that money could’ve been used to help feed the poor?

Christian church hypocrisy!!!

-Charities

http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/wont-red-cross-tell-us-spent-donations-superstorm-sandy-79161/
While the Red Cross says it spends an average of 91 cents of every dollar on programs and services, a bit less may go to actually help victims. That’s because, the Red Cross told us, it keeps nine percent of total Sandy donations for “general operations support” even on the $78 million it has passed on to other organizations, which in turn have their own overhead and other expenses.

-Church
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Angelica Zambrano’s 3rd Trip to Heaven and Hell

*see 42:07 of pastor that committed adultery and was a drunkard, but didn’t repent

Pastor dies in church after confessing adultery
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2014/s14030063.htm

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/30/childrens-pastor-accused-of-soliciting-a-minor/7085491/

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/31/diocese-former-blue-earth-priest-to-be-deported/7134379/

Gregory moved into the 6,000-square-foot home in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood in January. It was built on land donated by Joseph Mitchell, nephew of “Gone With the Wind” novelist Margaret Mitchell.

Archbishop to vacate $2.2 million mansion
The property will be sold and the proceeds invested in the needs of the Catholic community, according to the statement. The archbishop will move into another available Archdiocesan property.

Megachurch pastor resigns, citing 'moral failing'

Nationwide warrant issued for MN preacher accused of assault
http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/15/warrant-preacher-assault-pine-county/7761525/

Pastor’s wife sends body double to sit pleasantly on front pew
http://www.larknews.com/archives/241

‘Church of Hate’ features in new National Geographic Channel series, ‘American Fringe’
The church has picketed more than 53,000 events brandishing signs that say ‘God Hates Fags’ and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers’
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2014/s14060137.htm

Minn. Man Charged with 59 Counts of Sexual Assault Arrested in Brazil
http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3720519.shtml

Self-Professed Minister Now On Most Wanted List
November 25, 2014 8:07 PM
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/25/self-professed-minister-now-on-most-wanted-list/

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/48743-why-creflo-won-t-be-getting-my-dollars
*greed

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/us.pastor.stole.thousands.from.church.to.fund.affair/66888.htm

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/2.brothers.mauled.inside.new.york.church.by.own.kin.to.force.confession.one.dies/67738.htm

Pope Francis’ opinion: better to be an atheist than a hypocrite By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
2/24/2017 (2 days ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Pope Francis denounced hypocritical Catholics who live what he called a “double life,” and said it would be better to be an atheist.
“LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) — During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis made his opinion clear, that he thinks it is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic.

Pope Francis specifically referred to Catholics who laundered money or refused to pay fair wages to employees. However, many Catholics do live double lives of all kinds, attending Mass on Sundays while practicing contradictory habits. Such people do damage to themselves because they sin, and they harm the Church because they are a poor reflection of it. Worse, they may inspire others to sin as well.

Pope Francis’ homily was inspired by the Gospel in which Jesus warned against people who “causes one of these little ones to sin.”

“Cut off your hand…pluck your eye out,” Pope Francis said. “Scandal is to say one thing and doing another; it’s double life.”

He warned about living a life that is not Christian adding, “on this, the Lord is very severe.”

What then of atheists?

Pope Francis’ remarks suggest his opinion is that it is better to be a “good atheist,” than a bad Christian. A good atheist could be a person who still lives in accord with the moral teaching of the Catholic Church, even if unwittingly, and despite their ignorance of God….”

-Entertainment

Former ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Angus T. Jones: ‘I Was a Paid Hypocrite’
The Wrap
By Tim Kenneally March 17, 2014 1:11 PM
http://tv.yahoo.com/news/former-two-half-men-star-paid-hypocrite-201100549.html

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2014/s14030088.htm

-Fire Department

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/minnesota/2014/04/10/minn-ex-fire-chief-sentenced-for-setting-fires/7558955/
MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minnesota fire chief convicted of arson has now been sentenced. Ex-Babbitt Fire Chief, Ryan Scharber, will spend the next five years behind bars. The 30-year-old Babbitt man was sentenced Thursday on one count of setting fires on U.S forest land and one count of attempted arson.

-Geography

AFRICA

Christian vigilantes trap 14,000 Muslims in C.Africa town (April 12th 2014)
http://news.yahoo.com/christian-vigilantes-trap-14-000-muslims-c-africa-094242790.html

-Government

CBS 2 Exclusive: De Blasio’s Caravan Caught Speeding, Violating Traffic Laws

-Racism

Ku Klux Klan – A Secret History


What The Ku Klux Klan Looks Like Today Harrison Jacobs Apr. 4, 2014, 6:15 PM businessinsider.com
“…Cross-lightings are most often associated with attempts by the Klan to intimidate or threaten minority members of its community, though Klan members claim it is meant to symbolize the members’ faith in Christ. Some current Klan organizations attempt to distance themselves from cross-lightings meant to intimidate people, which they call “cross-burnings.”..

FBI Warned White Supremacist Groups Were Infiltrating Police Departments , from youtube.com
“Published on May 15, 2015

The FBI reported in August of 2006 that white supremacist groups were infiltrating police departments around the country. Why didn’t the media report on this? It’s very troubling to have confirmation to what we in the black community already knew about some police.

Article:http://goo.gl/XzTNdu
FBI report:http://goo.gl/pZ4ZKd

..”
FBI exposed Florida cops linked to KKK, youtube.com
RT America
“..Published on Jul 15, 2014
Fruitland Park, Fla. police officers David Borst and George Hunnewell are out of jobs after the FBI released a report revealing the pair’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan. One resigned voluntarily while the other was removed from his position protecting the community most famous for being chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Devil in the Grove. RT’s Lindsay France has more details.
..”

KKK Leader Says Members Include ‘Police Officers, Paramedics & Judges’
By: Jamal Booker
January 30, 2014
KKK Leader Says Members Include ‘Police Officers, Paramedics & Judges’
By: Jamal Booker
January 30, 2014 issuehawk.com
“..
A Ku Klux Klan leader in Florida has suggested that its members might be holding respected and prominent positions throughout local communities across the U.S. A grand dragon who oversees a chapter of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK in central Florida said they currently have “police officers, paramedics and judges” in their local roster of more than 1,000.

“They’re everywhere. What you’ve seen is just the tip of the iceberg right now,” said the man, who was interviewed by WFTV on the condition that his voice was altered and face covered by a Klan robe. “We are just proud to be white.”

The KKK leader denied that the organization was a hate group, although he repeatedly used the N-word to describe black people throughout the interview. A separate Klan member who was interviewed and only identified as “Exalted Cyclops” said he thought it was important to “preserve” the white race. “You start looking at numbers, start looking at census and you realize whites are the minority,” he declared.

Although the KKK had more than two million members back in the 1920s, the current roster is reportedly somewhere between 5,000-8,000. They have taken on an extensive recruiting process in recent months by leaving flyers on the lawns of local communities in the middle of the night. Although the content is highly offensive, it isn’t illegal and falls under First Amendment protection…”
Invisible Robes of Injustice: It’s Hard to Fight What You Can’t See 12 March 2014 Written by Jeffrey L. Boney forwardtimesonline.com
“…These are the words written by former Senator Robert C. Byrd in a letter, where he declared that he would never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by his side. This same man, with those racist thoughts, was eventually elected to Congress, and specifically the U.S. Senate, with the full responsibility and power to introduce bills and vote on legislation that would significantly impact Black people in this country for years.

One historical truth that is important for people to remember is that African Americans have always had to deal with the dark forces of racism, not only by hate groups, but by those with the power to disenfranchise, discriminate and even murder. One of those dark forces, that was created to intimidate and keep Black people in a state of fear and bondage, still has a presence in the U.S., and while many members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) aren’t as easily identifiable as they once were, they are still having an impact by being clothed with “invisible robes of injustice.”

..While many KKK members still wear the traditional robes and costumes, many of them do not. There are many elected officials, police, community leaders and business people who wear “invisible robes of injustice” every day; hiding their true identity and their true beliefs. Sadly, behind closed doors, and in the dark of night, many of them are plotting and planning to execute strategies that are intended to disenfranchise and harm Black people….

..When you look at today’s Congress, elected officials, the prison system, judicial system, the educational system, law enforcement policies and other issues affecting Blacks, there are many glaring examples of how Blacks have been disenfranchised based on the actions and decisions of people with the authority or with the capacity to do so. Many of those actions and decisions are reminiscent to the way the Klan operated and executed their level of terror on Black people in this country without wanting to be identified; they have become unofficial members without the robes and sheets.
..”

=>Influence
The CIA, the KKK and the USA By Sherwood Ross Global Research, October 15, 2010 globalresearch.ca
Secret Societies theforbiddenknowledge.com

-Music

=Rock

Christian Rocker Convicted of Murder Plot Reveals He Is Atheist
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/christian-rocker-convicted-murder-plot-reveals-he-atheist-n136246

more..https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152141309657550&set=a.10152052420267550.1073741906.500417549&type=3&theater

What About Hypocrites in the Church? By Robert Velarde focusonthefamily.com

“”Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

–Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

“With these witty but also biting words, Jesus causes his listeners – then and today – to carefully examine their own lives. Are we going about accusing others of minor shortcomings when, in fact, we ourselves are ignoring our own behavior? If so, we are hypocrites. Once our hypocrisy is removed, then we are in a position to help others.

Unfortunately, one obstacle to the acceptance of Christianity that is often raised is provided by Christians themselves. Phrased in many ways, the core of the objection is, “If Christianity is true, why are there hypocrites in the church?” In other words, if Christianity is really supposed to change people, then why do some who profess to believe in Jesus set such bad examples? This article will answer the “hypocrisy objection” to Christianity. But first, let’s explore the definition of hypocrisy in general, as well as in a biblical sense…”

Are You a Christian Hypocrite? The Gunmen at Church godvine.com

Closer – by Bethel – WorshipMob (plus other spontaneous worship)


“”Where are your accusers now? Where are your accusers now? There is therefore now no condemnation For those who are in Christ Jesus…” 9:51. That. Part. Wow. I am WRECKED in the best way possible! Glory to God!! There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ!!”-Hannah H (Sept 2015)

DC Talk What If I Stumble

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Thoughts, comments, questions, etc..? Feel free to share below and lets have a dialogue about this epidemic in the church body.

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