Thought For The Day 07/24/12

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Meet Satan

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Satan, illustration by Gustave Doré from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/524816/Satan

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You can never tell the sinner from the Christian.  They drink the same drinks and smoke the same cigars. 

Aimee Semple McPherson

http://www.quotegarden.com/religion.html

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Have you ever thought about what it might be like meeting Satan? Well, you probably already have and just didn’t know it. He’s very deceptive after all. He changes from moment to moment, sometimes wearing the mask of the face of those we know intimately well. But who is he exactly? Well in both Christianity as well as Judaism, he is portrayed as God’s opposite and adversary. In fact, his very name is the translation into English of the Hebrew word for adversary! And like a virus roams the earth and seeks a compatible host with which to attach itself and infect and make ill, so does Satan roam and search for those who are weak enough of spirit to allow him entrance and then to allow him to infect their very soul. Satan seeks to be a divisive force who cares not for the peace and harmony we all crave in our lives. Instead, he seeks at all turns to test God’s authority over the human race. In fact it was this very thing that caused his rebellion against God. Satan was created by God as a cherub, who, between the time of his creation and that of the first human being, believed himself an equal of the Almighty, and took his share of the angels with him in his insurrection. He was forever cast out of Heaven. We learn in Revelations that when Christ returns to reign again on Earth, Satan will be chained for a thousand years and then will be defeated for all time. And while there is continued debate as to his existence, just as faith makes God known to the heart of man, so does faith cement within us the existence of Satan, as well.

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Jesus Christ & Satan

Compare the two and then decide which side you want to follow!

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What is their purpose for existence? 

Jesus: Lead people to Salvation

Satan: Lead people to Iniquity

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What method will be used?

Jesus: Telling people only Truth

Satan: Telling people only Lies

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What is their motivation?

Jesus: Create a world that knows Love

Satan: Create a world that knows Hate

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What will those who follow experience?

Jesus: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control

Satan: Hatred, Sorrow, Disharmony, Intolerance, Cruelty, Indecency, Treachery, Imperviousness, Rashness

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What will following lead to?

Jesus: Life everlasting

Satan: Everlasting enslavement

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This post was inspired by a You Tube video.

http://youtu.be/ZDqRheBu2cg

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The video was created as a teaching tool for LifeChurch.tv’s “One Prayer” message series.

http://www.lifechurch.tv and http://www.oneprayer.com

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“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tablets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick;  therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”
Ezekiel 28: 13-19 (KJV)
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Today I want to wish my beautiful daughter in law, Melissa Mora Bruscella, a very Happy Birthday. If I had hand chosen someone for my son, I could not have chosen more perfectly!
Melissa and Danny
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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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