1-2023 Blog

Do You Have A Vision?

“Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish” Proverbs 29:18

We must have a reason to exist and live. That’s why God gives us our own personal vision. Without it, we would perish…so says the Bible text.

Do You Have A Vision? Webster defines the word “Vision” in these ways:

1. The act or power of seeing.
2. Unusual foresight.
3. Something seen in or as if in a dream or trance.
4. A vivid imaginative conception.
5. Something of extraordinary beauty.

Now, let me ask you another question…what is your vision? It’s only natural that we, who are children of God, should be the type of people that possess the act or power of seeing, or have unusual foresight, or be able to concept or fashion the future through a vivid imagination.
Everybody Has A Vision

I was told many years ago by an evangelist that every Christian has or should have a vision. He also said that you should never share your vision with small-minded individuals that do not walk in faith because their minds cannot contain what God has spoken into your life. (God speaks those things that are not, as though they were) Hebrews 4:17

If you really think about the reality of Hebrews 4:17, God has been doing that very thing ever since we gave our hearts to him. Why not make a list of things that God has spoken to you before they actually came true. You may be surprised at the depth of his love over you. It actually does abound.
My Vision

God gave me a vision years ago in the form of a dream. I saw myself standing in a high tower…actually a “Top of the World” restaurant, preaching to a group of people who were terribly frightened because of a violent tornado that was about to crash into the all-glass building.
Opposition

When I sought to share this vision… that the tornado was the judgment of God upon the world and that I was standing in the gap, just before its destruction, as a messenger, calling back the lost and fearful to God, people just laughed and said I must have been mistaken or that it was a nightmare, not a vision from God. My vision was too big for their little minds. They could not see with the eyes of faith.

I remember also when God put on my heart to form a ministry using poetry called, the Fellowship of Christian Poets. Many around me said, why do you want to do that? Poetry doesn’t sell. They could not see the ministerial value of the gifting that I possessed. My wife, Marilyn, was the only one who supported me and joined me in the effort to live out the vision that replayed over and over in my spirit.

I have indeed heard from God through his Holy Spirit and have dedicated my life, my future, my wealth and gifting to its fulfillment. It is this vision that kept me going and always striving to be all that I can be, to the glory of Jesus. When tough times come knocking at my door…when trials and tribulations fling their fiery darts…when people around me laugh, it is the vision that God laid upon my heart that keeps me hanging on and going on unto victory.

The Fellowship of Christian Poets was like that…people of like mind, with the same vision…to see their gifting used of God to bless others. The Fellowship had more than 50 categories of poetry and quickly became the largest Christian Poetry library in the world…until it crashed 10 years ago. We registered over one million visitors. God moved me on to other things and other visions.

Different Visions

I believe we all have different visions that actually shape our destinies. I also believe that many of us have the same vision. That’s why you see some churches that focus more on evangelism than do others…and others that excel in Biblical teaching, more so than some others. Look at all the different ministries: Elderly, Youth, Evangelism, Counseling, Unwed mothers, Prison, and on and on. They are people with the same vision doing the same thing as a group. This is of the Lord, and it is marvelous.

Your Vision

Again, I ask…Do you have a vision? What is it? What have you done to capture the vision and live it out? Have you ever written it down and shared it with others? Remember, faith without works is dead. Living out your vision is being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer.
Living Out the Vision

It’s time to acknowledge what God has dropped into your spirit. It’s time to live out the vision in this life, thereby bringing into existence what God said that has not yet happened but will in due time. This is the Word made flesh…the Word becoming alive in you as you grasp it and take hold of it by faith.
Let us all seek the Lord for revelation so we can see the vision and make it happen in our everyday lives.

Note: Be sure that your vision dos does not conflict with the written word of God. He will never give you a vision that goes against his own will. I had a friend once that told me that God had revealed to him that he was to have sex with another man’s wife. He forgot to check the vision against what God said. “God Said” always wins out.

Until next time
Rev John Marinelli,
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Christmas Now & Then

What happened to that happy glow that streamed from within your heart? When did it leave? When did it depart? When Christmas meant so much to you and brilliant lights shined? Is it just a memory of a passing time? When did the joy leave from your heart and sadness take hold? How can it be that your steps of joy were lost and you lost your glow?

Christmas time used to be the most wonderful time of year for me. It lightened my steps, put a song in my heart and joy just streamed from me. But then came the storms of such saddening woes, and attacks upon my soul. A saddened heart replaced the joy. Instead, darkness filled the spot where light had shinned so bright. I couldn’t see the joy anymore. Only darkness filled the void in me and a great sadness took hold. Where is the light that shined so bright? My eyes filled with tears of the joy of times past. But the darkness and fear to rejoice through the years crushed my joyful song and in the midst of saddened dreams my heart yearned for the joy to return.

Oh no, not Christmas once again, when I lost my song of joy. Do I have to try and rejoice again when the memories of saddened times reappear? My stomach churns with doubt and the fear that joy will be removed once again…. But isn’t it true that once your joy is gone that nothing more can be done?

Where Is Your Light Lord?

Times have cast their ancient blows of woe. Yet, in the midst of brokenness, my love will unfold. Don’t you remember what Christmas is all about? In the darkness of humanity, I sent my Son. One bright light shined in the sky and drew men to Him. Think of it…one great light in the sky drew men to leave their darken state.”

“As they drew near to the light of that one star and followed after that one glimmer of light and hope, they came to a place were my Son laid in a manager. When they beheld my Son, the Light of Life shined with their life. Joy filled the air and they who sought after the one bright light in the sky were filled with the wonder and joy that my love can only restore.

This Christmas let the light of God’s love permeate your soul and let the light of Jesus shine amidst your darkened soul. Rejoice, rejoice and look around and see the blessings of God’s love. Just take a peek at the small light that still flickers within your soul, and you will see the love of God. Once you see how His care and love has sustained you through the years, you will be able to see the star that will guide you back to Jesus. Come on back to the light of life.

“There is so much to be done…so many hearts to touch…so much joy given to you by my Son. For I am the light of life. I Am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I sit and watch over you as a father with loving arms and I ask you to come back to the light of life. Rejoice this Christmas, knowing that the light will shine again within your heart. As you reach out your hand to me, I will restore your brokenness.”

“Shine on shine in your broken dreams in the midst of change. It only seems that all is lost. Behold all is not lost for I hold your future in My hands and your broken dreams are but footsteps to things yet unseen. New dreams I will give you and a new walk-in time. Remember to shine. You will always be mine.”

His star shines so bright in the dark midnight sky. Let the same light shine in your heart this Christmas, for it is the light of the love of God.

Until Next Time
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli
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www.marinellichristianbooks.com

November Blog

This month I’d like to discuss “Free Will and The Sovereignty of God.”

Am I in control of my own destiny or is it all planned out and I am just a pawn in a much larger scheme? Sometimes I feel like I have no control over my life. Do you feel that way? This blog will deal with “Free Will” verses the Sovereignty of God. This has been a source of controversy in the church for centuries. Is God in control, or am I the master of my destiny?

The Sovereignty of God is the Biblical teaching that all things are under God’s rule and control, and that nothing happens without his permission and direction. This view is supported by scripture.

Here’s the text…God works, not just some things, but all things, according to the counsel of his own will (see Eph. 1:11). His purposes are all-inclusive and never thwarted (see Isa. 46:11); nothing takes him by surprise.

The sovereignty of God is not merely that God has the power and right to govern all things, but that he does so, always, without exception. In other words, God is not merely sovereign in principle, but is also sovereign in practice.

“Although the sovereignty of God is universal and absolute, it is not the sovereignty of blind power. It is coupled with infinite wisdom, holiness, and love. This doctrine, when properly understood, is most comforting and reassuring. Who would not prefer to have his or her affairs in the hands of a God of infinite power, wisdom, holiness and love, rather than to have them left to fate, or chance, or irrevocable natural law, or to shortsighted and perverted self? Those who reject God’s sovereignty should consider what alternatives they have left.” Loraine Boettner. As I see it, there is only death and destruction.

God created all beings including the angels but some have fallen. Let us be sure that this does not make God the author of sin, for, as man, they fell from their created state. This includes all false gods. But God is over them, whether they be angels, demons, or the god of this world, the devil. The Psalmist said, “..Thou are exalted far above all gods”, Psalm 97:9, and again, “.. Our Lord is above all gods,” Psalm 135.5, and also “O give thanks unto the God of gods.” Psalm 136.2.

Man may fight against God but he cannot win. He often uses evil man to accomplish his will in the battle. Jesus is said to have been slain from the foundation of the world, and the cross is one of the most credible evidences of Gods Sovereignty. “Crucify him,” “Crucify him”, was their cry, but when they nailed him to the cross, they did not realize they were fulfilling God’s will for his Son. Peter said, “Him (Christ), being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Acts 2:23.

But this God of all power was not defeated by this evil act, for the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead. By it the devil was defeated and all his ministers of (self) righteousness. This is also a great example of Sovereignty and free will operating at the same time.

Judas, the one who betrayed him, had betrayed himself, and met his just due. John wrote, “..Jesus knew from the beginning…who should betray him. And he still said, .. no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil (i.e., slanderer) … He spake of Judas … for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” (John 6:64-71.) Our God cannot fail, lie, or sin. Neither is he frustrated at man’s failure.

Judas exercised his own, “Free Will” in an act of betrayal but in doing so he played right into the hands of God that proclaimed even before the foundation of the world that Jesus, the Son of God would be betrayed and slain. This act of betrayal took Jesus to the cross as the spotless Lamb of God in a divine sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. (Free Will & Sovereignty working hand and hand to accomplish the plan of God.)

God is the author of his sovereign grace and mercy. “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy… And whom he will, he hardeneth.” (Rom. 9:15-16, 18.)

Many Christians have doubts about God’s sovereignty, yet there is one aspect of the Christian life where they profess, maybe unknowingly, that God is sovereign. They may say, as many do, “God has done all he can do, now the rest is up to me.”

How contradictory! They may stand on their feet and deny this blessed, comforting, enabling doctrine, but when they bend the knees in prayer, asking God to save, do they not realize they are calling on a sovereign God, who only he has the right and the ability to save?

The question is, If God has done all that he can do, why pray to Him? But we pray knowing he is the only one who can do what man cannot otherwise do. This power belongs to God, and not man. (Excerpts from Sovereign Grace Baptist Proclaimer)

Now that you have a clearer understanding of the Sovereignty of God, let’s talk more about the Free Will of man. It’s important to see that man is not sovereign. He is rarely in control of the events that shape his life. However, God has still given man “Free Will” so he can choose his own lifestyle. In effect, we can be evil, nice, straight, gay or be and do anything we want. Our choices, however, comes with consequences. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Gal. 6:7)

Pastor Steve Weaver writes, “A good definition of free will is the ability of the mind to make choices in accordance with its nature.” Our nature is evil. Thus, we are bound by it in making choices. We choose the path that best suits our needs, even if it is in direct opposition to God’s laws of righteousness.

This definition of “free will” also applies to God’s free will. He too is bound by his nature. Therefore, he cannot sin! Why? Because it is not his nature! But God does have a free will and, unlike human beings, he has an accompanying good and holy nature.”

Jonathan Edwards, a 17th century Christian preacher and theologian said that the will is the mind choosing: though there is a distinction between mind and will, the two are inseparable in action. We do not make a choice without our mind approving that choice. We choose according to our strongest inclination at any given moment.

The Bible teaches that I’m not free to choose God because it is contrary to my nature. That’s why we need new natures that are given to us by the Holy Spirit at regeneration. Unless a man is “Born Again” he cannot enter or even see the kingdom of God (John 3).

Though man is commanded to seek the Lord while he may be found, and to come to Christ, we watch in vain for man to do so. Romans 3:11 literally reads, “There is no God seeker.” John 6:44 says, “No one can come to me, (Jesus), unless the Father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day.” Literally, the verse says, “no one is able.”

Gerhard Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament says that the word translated draw in John 6:44 means “to compel by irresistible authority.” It was used in classical Greek for drawing water from a well. We do not entice or persuade water to leave the well; we force it against gravity to come up by drawing it. So it is with us. We are so depraved that God must drag us to himself.” (Chosen by God)

The controversy is in whom God has chosen to be his sons and daughters. Hyper-Calvinists believe that some are chosen, and some are not from the foundation of the world. Free Will folks, of which I am one, believe that what Jesus said, as recorded in John 3:16, qualifies all that accept his invitation. Listen to the verse and pay particular attention to the word, “WHOSOEVER” “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Jesus died for the sins of the whole world…every man, woman, boy and girl. The compelling call of God, through Jesus is an open invitation to whosoever will. These are the chosen of God that are pulled out of sin and given a new heart that can believe and worship him.

Now let’s look again at how free will and sovereignty work hand and hand in our daily lives to fulfill God’s master plan for the ages. Miles Monroe, a famous evangelist, once explained it this way. When God created the earth; He drew up a master plan, like an architect, that took into account every soul and every action that man would take. Nothing was left out.

God is never taken by surprise because he saw it before the world was. It was put into his plan. Then He began to create, taking into account who would accept Jesus and who would not; who would need deliverance; who would need help, etc. Every prayer and every need were seen beforehand. Your provision was made way back then and is waiting for the time you need it. You just need to grab it by faith.

This pre-design gives us free will to choose without violating God’s Sovereignty. I know that some will say, I prayed and believed but didn’t get what I asked for. My provision didn’t materialize. It could be as James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” David Wilkerson, the author of The Cross & The Switchblade, offers six reasons that prayers go unanswered.

1. Our Prayers Are Aborted When They Are Not According To God’s Will.
2. Our Prayers Can Be Aborted When They Are Designed To Fulfill An Inner Lust, Dreams, Or Illusions.
3. Our Prayers Can Be Denied When We Show No Diligence to Assist God In The Answer.
4. Our Prayers Can Be Aborted By A Secret Grudge Lodged In The Heart Against Another.
5. Our Prayers Can Be Aborted By Not Expecting Much To Come of Them.
6. Our Prayers Are Aborted When We Ourselves Attempt To Prescribe How God Should Answer.

See his full explanation at http://www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/undated/tssixrea.html The devil’s final strategy in deceiving believers is to make them doubt the faithfulness of God in answering prayer. Satan would have us believe God has shut his ears to our cry and left us to work things out for ourselves. That’s just not true.

If you do not see the hand of God, you can bet that the problem is with you, not God. I’d suggest that you go back before the throne of God and stay there until you get an answer. Don’t forget to take your Bible with you. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

One final thought. You may not be hearing the Lord because you are not “Born Again.” Listen to what Jesus said, John 10:26-27, “but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

If you are not hearing his voice, well, what should I say? You are not of his flock? Only you can determine that. It’s a total life-changing commitment to follow Jesus. Maybe you did not make that kind of commitment. He must be Lord of all or he is not Lord at all.

The next time you make a decision, ask the Lord to show you if your decision is his will. If you have peace about what you are about to do, chances are it is God’s will.

Until Next Time
Rev. John Marinelli
Author & Poet
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October 2022

Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

Did you ever think you would live long enough to see the turn of the century? It reminds me of a time when I was in Junior High School looking ahead to the time that I would be in my 50’s. None of us in the class could imagine living that long. Planning for that day was, in our minds, ridiculous. Now I am past the 50 mark and am in my 70s and still find it hard to really plan for the future.

I guess the sluggish economy, changing world events, uncertain employment, more liberal morals and all the other daily trials overshadow any organized planning for the future. However, failing to plan is really planning to fail. Life is too short not to look ahead and at least try to plan for those days.

Life Example

We all know that winter will soon come but in the middle of July, we pay little attention to its slow decent. When it gets here, we will deal with it the best way we know how. That’s life! However, there is a Biblical basis for both not caring and caring about the future. Some folks get hung up on them and miss God’s will.

On the one hand, Jesus said that we were to take no thought of tomorrow. (Matthew 6:25) Most of us understand that to mean…do not get anxious, worried or frustrated about the future with respect to basis provisions. God knows that we have need of them and will provide. Trusting God is the focal point but some miss that and disregard the need to plan at all.

On the other hand, He tells us a story about two men that built houses, one on the sand and one on a rock. (Matthew 7:24-27) Guess which man lost his house when the storms came? You are right, the one who built his house on the sand. It is obvious that he took no thought of tomorrow and its storms whereas the other man surely must have known that his tomorrows would have storms and made sure that his house was on a proper foundation that could withstand the pressure.

There is a greater truth here than just the storms of life. Jesus is also talking about the greatest storm of all. That storm is “Death.” Some, with houses that are built without a sure foundation, will be swept away into a fiery hell while the 2nd group, with houses on a solid foundation, which is Jesus, will go through death on their way into the kingdom of God.

We are all speeding into the future and forced to deal with both its calm and fury. How can we plan when we are always dealing with this or that? Here are a few thoughts to consider:

1. STOP! LOOK! And LISTEN! That is to say…slow down, evaluate your direction. Pay attention to what you are hearing in the Spirit. There is no reason to rush through life not paying attention to what God has placed into your spirit. You have a divine destiny and it is about time you knew what it is.

2. Think about the future. Look far into it with prayer and supplication before the throne of God. The Bible says that the prudent or wise man perceives the evil ahead and hides himself but the fool rushes in and is punished. Thinking about the future involves what you will be doing as the future unfolds. What is the Lord’s will? What direction will life lead you or should you lead it by divine
revelation?

3. Keep a record of your feelings. It is important to review and possibly consider things more than once. How you feel is usually a good channel to knowing the right path to take. Remember, it is the peace of God that is to referee, thus approve or reject all situations. No peace, No path No joy, No hope, No satisfaction.

Now let’s look at a future. It’s full of promises. We can, with the hand of faith, start taking those promises that the Spirit of God has placed in our spirits. This is your inheritance as a child of God. Don’t let the devil steal the precious promises of God, leaving you bankrupt.

We all know that Jesus is coming back to earth one day as King of kings and Lord of lords. Most of us believe that the saints will be caught up with him in the air in a glorious union as he brings heaven to earth at the end of the age. What have you done to plan for that future event? If you plan for everything else and overlook the greatest awakening of all times, when Jesus will call to himself the sheep of his pasture, where will you be?

Think about it…Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready to meet Him? If you do not look at it now, you will have to at his coming and what then? If you are into immorality or other fleshly sins or just selfish and self-absorbed, it’s time to put away foolish things and prepare yourself to meet Jesus.

Now you have a lot to ponder over the next few minutes or over the many years to come before the return of Christ. Will we be closer to the knowledge of his will and actively perusing our divine destiny? Only time will tell. With Holy hands and clean hearts, let us march confidently into the future and let us bring into reality all that God has promised us.

Until next time
John Marinelli
www.marinellichristianbooks.com
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September 2022 Blog

Missing The Mark

There is nothing more frustrating than to miss an appointment, fall short of a desired goal or missing the mark of excellence. Life is full of missed opportunities.

The Bible tells us that we, all of humanity, have missed the mark. It uses the phrase, “Come Short” Here’s the full scripture…

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23 kjv

The glory of God is our goal, our mark, our destiny. This was God’s will from the beginning. He created us to be on his level and to walk in his presence which is his glory.

The first man, Adam, which was a prototype of sorts, decided to go against God to do his own thing. As the Bible says, he lost the Spirit of God within him, referred to in Genesis as,” The Breath of Life”, and was thrown out of God’s glory. Romans chapter five tells us all about it and what happened as a result. Read it for yourself.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. Romans 5:12-14
Adam was innocent until he sinned. He then became a sinner and it changed him. Instead of having the character of God within his soul, thus being like God in holiness, he became like Satan…His character became evil and rebellious. This character trait is what passed on to his descendants. We all now miss the mark of being like God in character and personality. We, as the Bible says, “Fall or Come Short.”

We fall short because now it is impossible to continually experience God’s Glory. Our lives are full of pride, jealousy, hate, adultery, fornication or sex before marriage, gossip and a lot of other evil thoughts and feelings. We all try to hide what is in us but every now and then, or for some, all the time, the “Beast Within” comes out with a remark or action that is not Godly. Our righteousness just doesn’t stand up to God’s. Listen to the scriptures again.

A statement in Isaiah 64:6: “all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (KJV), or “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (ESV) The best we can do or be is just not good enough. We continually miss the mark. We come short of our divine destiny. That’s why we need to receive Jesus as our savior and be, “Born Again,” this time by the Spirit of the living God. The 1st time was by water in a natural birth. The 2nd birth is by the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ and his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. He lived the life we could not live because of sin. But Jesus was without sin. He died the death that we should have died as the penalty for sin. The Bible, again says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

When we put our trust in Jesus, we are acknowledging that we have indeed missed the mark of God’s Glory and want to be as God originally created us. We desire his will and seek to walk in his presence or Glory. We are accepted in Jesus by God, the Father.

Check out John 3:16. It says, “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We qualify as a “Whosoever” and the eternal life spoken of here in John 3:16 is Jesus.

So, as I see it, there are two choices in life: 1.) to reject the free gift of God and perish or 2.) to receive Jesus, the free gift and not perish but live in him and with him forever. No longer do we have to miss the mark.

This may cause some to question so I will raise some questions and attempt to answer them.

1.You may think… ”I am a good person. I don’t intentionally try to hurt anyone or lie or cheat. I even go to church now and then. God will accept me because of my good works, right? Wrong! God will accept you because Jesus paid your debt. He died in your place and lived in your stead. Your faith in him gets you into the glory of God.

Note: Good folks dies and go to hell every day because they reject the free gift of salvation provided by God. Not only did they reject God’s plan of salvation but the also rejected God’s will for them. They did not want the righteousness of God. Instead, they chose their own righteousness as the basis for their redemption.

2.You may also think…I belong to a church and my membership along with my record of financial support will keep me in the good graces of God. Wrong! When Jesus said, “Whosoever” as recorded in John 3:16, he did not speak of a true church or denominational tie. Salvation comes through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Note: Listen to what the scriptures say… ”For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10

3.You may be thinking…”I am too far gone” I have participated in too many evil acts or things that I am now ashamed of. Who among us hasn’t? We all are slaves to a sinful nature and that leads us to many strange places.

Note: The best thing about God is that he is a God of forgiveness. Hear what he says in the scriptures…..”Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” Isaiah 1:18..

I missed the mark for many years until I realized that the mark can never be obtained by being good, doing good or following a certain pastor, church or religion. I had to personally receive Jesus as my savior and trust in him to actually redeem me from my own sinful self. I repented before the thrown of God in prayer and decided to follow Jesus from that day on. It’s been more than 60-years and I am still going strong.

It’s been a bumpy road with a lot of ups and downs, but he never left me. He is still here to be sure I make it through. God is no respecter of persons. That is to say, he treats everyone equally. If he will do all of this for me, he will also do it for you. You just need to ask.

Now, tell me or better yet, tell yourself. Are you still missing the mark? Are you still falling short of God’s Glory? It is never too late to make Jesus your Lord and Savior. Do it now while it’s on your mind.

Until Next Time
John Marinelli
Marineellichristianbooks.com
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352-687-1776

August Blog-Creation Verses Evolution

Most of us were raised with the theory of evolution being taught to us as fact in the public school system. For those of us that may not know what evolution is, it is the process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms. It is the gradual development of something, from a simple to a more complex form. Darwin’s theory, over the years, has become fact, accepted in all walks of life and even in the scientific community. It also includes man as one of the living organisms that evolved.

This theory is contrary to the Bible and eliminated God as the creator of all living things. Its premise is that if you apply enough time, existing chemicals and other substances that are found on earth, the process will spark life and form living organisms that over more time will grow and develop into higher organisms and eventually plant, animal and even human life.

That’s like saying if I place all the raw materials needed to make a watch in a bucket and leave it for millions of years it will eventually become a fully operational watch. Time and substances cannot produce life. Again, the Bible is the only source for a realistic understanding of life. I will again point to Intelligent Design as a proof text that God was and is still behind the creation of all things including man. Listen to what Moses wrote in Genesis, chapter one;

Genesis 1…King James Version

In the beginning… God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the third day.  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.  And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. God rested on the seventh day.

Note: God spoke creation into existence. He said, “Let there be, and it came forth from nothing. All the above scripture verses clearly say that God created earth and everything else. He is the “Intelligent Designer” behind it all. Here are 10 sure evidences that dispute evolution, showing it to be false.

Moon Dust

Meteoritic dust falls on the earth continually, adding up to thousands, if not millions, of tons of dust per year. Realizing this and knowing that the moon also had meteoritic dust pilling up for what they thought was millions of years, N.A.S.A. scientist were worried that the first lunar ship that landed would sink into many feet of dust which should have accumulated. However, only about 1/8 of an inch of dust was found, indicating a young moon. The assumption is, that if the 1/8 thickness is evident on the moon, it also has to be the same for the earth because they are in close proximity.

Meteoritic
This is material that contributes nickel to the oceans. Taking the amount of nickel in the oceans and the supply from meteoritic dust yields over the years indicates that the age of the earth is only several thousand years, certainly not millions as evolutionists claim. Thus, the nickel count in our oceans and meteoritic dust deposits found on the earth clearly indicates a younger planet.

Magnetic Field

The earth’s magnetic field is decaying rapidly at a constant rate. Using this rate of decline, one can back step and determine the magnetism of the earth. 8,000 years ago, the earth would have equaled that of a magnetic star, a highly unlikely occurrence. Also, if electric currents in the earth’s core were responsible for the earth’s magnetism, the heat generated would have dissolved the earth.

Fossil Record

Charles Darwin stated, in his Origin of Species, “The geological record is extremely imperfect and this fact will, to a large degree, explain why we do not find intermediate varieties, connecting together all the extinct and existing forms of life by the finest graduated steps. He who rejects these views on the nature of the geological record will rightly reject my whole theory. ” Now, over 130 years and billions of fossils later, we can rightly reject the view of an incomplete fossil record or of one, “Connecting together all forms of life by the finest graduated steps.” Out of millions of fossils in the world, not one transitional form has been found. All known species show up abruptly in the fossil record, without intermediate forms, thus contributing to the fact of special creation.

Probability

The science of probability has not been favorable to the evolutionary theory. Dr. James Coppedge, of the Center for Probability Research in Biology in California, made some amazing calculations. Dr. Coppedge applied all the laws of probability studies to the probability of a single cell coming into existence by chance. He computed a world in which the entire crust of the earth…all the oceans; all the atoms and the whole crust were available. He then had these amino acids bind at a rate one and one-half trillion times faster than they do in nature. In computing the possibilities, he found that to provide a single protein molecule by chance combination would take 10, to the 262nd power, years to get a single cell. (That is, the number 1 followed by 262 zeros) The single smallest living cell known to mankind – which is called the mycroplasm hominis H39, would take 10, to the 119,841 power, years. That means that if you took thin pieces of paper and wrote 1 and then wrote zeros after it, you would fill up the entire known universe with paper before you could ever even write that number. That is how many years it would take to make one living cell, smaller than any human cell!

According to Emile Borel, a French scientist and expert in the area of probability, an event on the cosmic level with a probability of less than 1 out of 10, to the 50th power, will not happen. The probability of producing one human cell by chance is 10, to the 119,000 power.

Sir Fred Hoyle, British mathematician and astronomer, was quoted in Nature magazine, November 12, 1981, as saying “The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way (evolution) is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.”

Second Law of Thermodynamics

The second law of thermodynamics states that although the total amount of energy remains constant, the amount of usable energy is constantly decreasing. This law can be seen in most everything. Where work is done, energy is expelled. That energy can never again be used. As usable energy decreases, decay increases. Herein lies the problem for evolution. If the natural trend is toward degeneration, then evolution is impossible, for it demands the betterment of organisms through mutation.

Sun’s Diameter< The sun’s diameter is shrinking at the rate of five feet per hour. At this rate, life could not have existed on the earth 100,000 years ago because the sun’s heat output would have rendered the earth inhabitable. Earth’s Rotation< The spin rate of the earth is slowing .00002 second per year. If the earth were the billions of years old, as the evolutionists say it is, the centrifugal force would have notably deformed the earth billions of years ago. Written Record< The 22nd edition of Robert Young’s concordance lists thirty-seven ancient written accounts which all place the date for creation at no earlier than 7000 B.C. The Bible< Finally, and most importantly, the Bible says that God created the universe and every living thing, so the world must have been created. In denying this, we call God a liar. SOURCES Baker, Sylvia. Evolution: Bone of Contention (Phillipsburg. N.J.: Evangelical Press. 1986) Second Edition. p.25) Sunderland, Luther D., Darwin’s Enigma. Fossils and Other Problems (El Cajon, CA: Master Books 1988). P. 74 Parker, Gary. Life Before Birth (El Cajon, CA: Master Books 1987), pp. 41-44 Chick, Jack T., Primal Man? (Chino, CA. Chick Publications. 1976). P. 23 Cook, Charles, “God’s Young Earth Signature,” Bible-Science Newsletter, August 1989 p.5 The above evidences against evolution are taken from Kevin Martin’s 17 reasons against evolution website. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evolution%20Hoax/evidences.htm. The damage of this theory has been to our children, whose minds have been conditioned to believe a lie. The consequences of such a lie are devastating:

  • It devalues human life, putting it equal to animal life, not as a higher being.
  • It says God is not real, leaving man with no accountability, fear of judgment, and respect for other life.
  • It strips man of any reason for his own existence and says life is meaningless.
  • It denies man God’s divine destiny, the purpose for which he was created.
  • It says to our children, “Why try?” “What’s the point?” “Is that all there is?”
  • When a theory is taught, by educators as fact and our children are denied access to evidence that exposes the theory, our society slowly shifts from a God-Fearing nation to an immoral self-absorbed society that has no regard for anything but itself. Without God, living life has no meaning. I am so glad that God left us signs everywhere that He is alive and well and tending to His creation. Knowing all of this should lead us to ask Him, Why do I exist…and to discover His destiny or will for our life.

    Note: Our existence is to fulfil His destiny. Read it for yourself in Genesis1:26-31

    “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

    We were originally created to reflect the image and likeness of our creator in the earth. Imagine how great that would be if it were happening today.

    Until Next Time
    Rev. John Marinelli
    www.marinellichristianbooks.com

    There Are Signs Everywhere

    July 2022 Blog

    It’s time to move on.  Most of us want to stay in what we think is a comfortable spot only to find out that it becomes more difficult to stay there than to move on.

    Things become more apparent to us as we look deeper into the situation.  When our hopes and dreams of what we wanted didn’t pan out, we then have to look to God for our strength, our hopes and future.  That’s not too bad if you take time to think about it.  God always has a better plan.  He knows the beginning of all things and the end as well.  He knows the times we have tried but also knows what was really going to happen.  So, I believe He has made provisions for each of us.

     Didn’t He say in His Word that all things work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)?  Then what is His purpose for our lives?  If we investigate more closely, we will see that His purpose is to have life and to have it more abundantly (John 10:10).  What about family?  What about the job I wanted.  What about everything else in life?  I could see each one of us pointing our finger that way when in fact God wants us to drop the finger pointing and look to Him to provide what is best for us.  We don’t want to be like Lot’s wife.  Remember her?  Lot and his wife were leaving Sodom and Gomorrah and she turned back to look at what she was leaving and the destruction upon that city also destroyed her.  We don’t want to be there.

     Are you saddened by that thought?  Didn’t you want what you wanted? How many times have you tried to go the way God wanted you to go and found out that it really was much better for you than your own way? You discovered that you were a lot happier than you had thought you could have been.  If you had stayed in your wants and your
    expectations, you never would have experienced the abundant life of John 10:10.

    I guess this year we need to stop holding on to the things and people we think we need.  They only cause us heartache and tears.  We need to let God take control so we can find our times and life in Him.

    “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers them from them all.”

    God will always shine light on our situation so that we can understand that we do not need to stay there anymore, but to move on with Him and His plans for our life.  Sometimes our emotions scream inside us to stay in a particular situation, but we must move on in order to have the more abundant life God has promised us.

    I pray that this year will be the greatest time you have ever had in walking with the Lord as He leads you on to a more abundant life.

     Until next time …Marilyn Marinelli

    June 2022

    And The Truth Shall Set You Free

    John 8:32

    And the battle goes on for your soul. Who will win? …You, if you’ve given your life to Jesus. I heard a preacher teaching on who you and I really are. We are made up of a body, soul and spirit.

    What spirit dwells in you? If the Holy Spirit, then you have the ability to discern other spirits that are good or evil. But, don’t be deceived because some spirits can be in your mother, brother, friends, business associates etc.

    Jesus said, “Who is my mother and brethren but those that hear God’s Word and does it.” In other words, if someone… anyone… does not line up with the word of God, cast him or her away from your world. That does not mean you never speak to them again, but it does mean… you are to keep them from controlling your life and making you think you need to be someone else or somewhere else other than serving God and being led by his spirit.

    This is the time to know the truth … and the truth shall set you free. This does not mean that you know the truth and automatically you are free, though in some cases, all you need is to know the truth to go on standing. But, if you have not been standing in the truth and God gives you his revelation of the truth or truths that you need to become free, then you must apply, apply, and apply the truth to your situation(s). If you do, you will find yourself walking in the light and great strength. Joy and peace will once again, flood your soul.

    By the way… your soul is made up of your Mind, Will and Emotions… So if you find yourself confused, tossed to and from and your emotions are out of whack, you know that you are not applying God’s truth to your situation and you are not standing on his revelation.

    Example: If you have been praying and praying that a situation would turn around and God shows you plainly in his Word, (the bible), giving you a scripture to stand on and a truth for your situation, then you have to do something. You don’t just keep praying and praying and saying, ”o.k. I read the truth but I am not free.” Of course not, you have to apply the truth to your situation in order to be free. Here is one we received. Flee the Chaldeans. The Chaldeans represented family ties and flee means to run. Don’t look back and try to figure everything out… just get out of their presence and go on with your life. Don’t let them have authority over you. So we did and the truth of God’s Word to us set us free.

    Oh, I can’t do that, you may be saying… but let me ask you a question. Do you want to stay stuck where you are, being slowly destroyed? In God’s Word it says, “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” So stop the depression, the anger, the sadness and indecisions. Make a decision to stand on the Word of truth from your Heavenly Father and the truth shall set you free.

    Until next time,

    Rev. Marilyn Marinelli

     

    May 2022 Blog

    The Trap of An Erroneous Conclusion

    The devil will always seek to lead us into confusion where he suggests a course of action that is not correct. The trap of an erroneous conclusion is his first weapon of choice. Here’s an example of an erroneous conclusion with a rebuttal.

    Erroneous Conclusion: God cannot be trusted. He wasn’t there when I needed Him. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and yet he did nothing. Trusting Him now seems pointless.

    Rebuttal: Blaming God when things go wrong is a clear indication that you never really put your trust in Him to start with. God is in full control of His creation. Part of that control is to allow man to have a free will to also be in full control.

    When you gather thousands or even a few folks together that are all exercising their free will, things can get ugly. Some will get drunk; others will kill or steal and yet others will exercise good judgment in life. All this interaction of free wills brings on different opinions, different lifestyles and different attitudes.

    If God intervenes to stop the flow of our free will decisions, He tampers with the future and denies man his right to be a free moral agent. His actions would contradict His own will and plan for mankind. Man must be free to choose his own way in order to escape a robotic existence that is not what God or man wants.

    The blame really lies with the free will decisions of mankind. That’s why we have so many laws. We try to govern man’s free will to diminish bad decisions that cause pain and suffering among the populace.

    When you put your trust in God, you surrender your free will. He now is sovereign over your life. This is a huge commitment because you now desire to do the will of God and are willing to fore-go any and all self-rule. We call this, “Making Jesus Lord” over your life.

    Allowing God to be sovereign over you does not stop the evil reign of Satan or eliminate bad things from popping up in your daily routine. It does, however, give you access to divine wisdom needed to handle a situation, power to withstand the temptations of the devil, weapons to wage war against the enemies of God and an assurance of ultimate victory.

    You become a partner with your sovereign in the battle of the ages. Your faith in Him is essential. Without it, you cannot please him. Hebrews 11:6 The apostle Paul said this, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” I Cor. 13:12

    To make judgments and assign blame when you do not see clearly is wrong.
    Sometimes it takes more faith to believe that God knows best than to draw an erroneous conclusion that blames God for the outcome of a life situation.

    Just for the record, here’s what the dictionary says about the word, “Erroneous” wrong; incorrect: “employers sometimes make erroneous assumptions” synonyms: wrong · incorrect · mistaken · in error · inaccurate ·untrue · false · fallacious · unsound · specious · faulty · flawed · way out · full of holes.

    Suggestion…Look deeply into every life situation to be sure your conclusions are not erroneous/false.

    Until Next Time
    John Marinelli
    Author & Poet

    April 2022 Blog

    Dealing With A Critical Spirit
    (Ephesians 6:12-18)

    “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty though God to the pulling down of strongholds.” What are these weapons? They certainly aren’t who can yell the loudest, or who is the physically stronger one. It is rather a spiritual battle. So then what are these weapons? They are the armor of God.(Ephesians 6:12-18)

    Putting on the full armor of God is your best weapon. His armor includes: the breast plate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, your loins girt about with the truth and the sword of the Spirit. These are weapons we must use to stand fast in the liberty in which Christ has set us free. Free from what? From deception, critical spirits and so much more.
    But, let’s take for instance the critical spirit. How do we over come this one?

    1. Through our knowing first that we are saved.
    2. That God loves us so much that the criticism can roll off our back when we are confronted with it. Why? Because we have searched God’s Word and have found out that he accepts us.
    3. And that if there is anything not right with us, that God will show us what it is so that we can change.

    I am reminded of a time that I saw a very old car in front of mine. It had a sticker on it that said something about Jesus. I thought,” why would someone be so happy to ride around in this very old car and yet give the praise to Jesus for it?” This was many years ago. But I wasn’t riding in the most expensive car, yet it was much better that the one I saw.

    The Holy Spirit quickened me and reminded me of when I was saved, how everything didn’t look as good on the outside either. Remember, He prompted me. God works from the inside out. Maybe this person didn’t have a car at all and they had one now and it was very much a blessing. After all, it is better than trying to walk everywhere. Maybe this was all the person could afford at that time and God was providing for them with this particular car, until the persons faith grew stronger.

    We need to be thankful for what we have and take care of the things we have now, not wait for better and then believe we will take care of something better later. If you can’t keep an old car clean, why would you keep a beautiful new car clean? Oh, because then you can show it off. I don’t think so. God told me years ago to take care of what I had and not to be looking at everything everybody else had that was better. Take the time to be proud of what you have.
    So let’s not be critical of someone else that is trying to follow God. And let’s take care of the things God has entrusted to us.

    Now back to being criticized. You know, when someone criticized or rejected me, I would fall apart. But, God showed me a better way. I should keep my eyes on Him and know that God is guiding me. Do you know what happened? God built me up, made me stronger through His Word, as I sought Him and read my bible. Then I even became more knowledgeable and was able to stand against criticism.

    Not everyone is you and you are not everyone else. All flowers are not the same, yet each one of them is beautiful or handsome in their own way. Wouldn’t it be boring if there were only one kind of flower? Look at all we would miss. God has made each and every one of us special and unique. When you let God’s love and gifts shine through you, all that you are in God will shine through and be a blessing to others.

    How do we stop the critics? By being who you are in God. If you don’t know who you are in Him, keep seeking God for your special gifts and talents. You will be surprised at how the critics will find some one else to criticize when you have your shield of faith up to quench their fiery darts.

    May God bless you and kept you and let His face shine upon you and give you peace, Peace of mind and peace in your spirit, for all to see that you are blooming for God.
    What a blessing you will be to others, who are just waiting to enjoy all you have for them, that has been given to you by God.

    Until next time,
    Marilyn Marinelli
    Christian Author & Poet
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