December 2023 Blog

The Word Made Flesh
The God-man continues

Does Jesus dwell in you by his Holy Spirit? If he does, it’s because God wants his Word to become flesh…your flesh. He wants to walk this earth once again, not as a suffering servant but rather as a conqueror. How does that sound to you? God wants you to manifest the life of Christ here on this earth in the victory that he obtained while in his holy flesh.

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth” John 1:14

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Savior. We rejoice with family and friends. We take off from work for a holiday. We engage in intelligent conversation and go to church. It is there, at church, that we hear all the reasons for the season. Things like:

• Without His birth, we would still be waiting for a Savior, separated from
God.
• He was born to die for the sins of the entire world.
• He was the Messiah, the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy.
• He is the incarnation of God in human flesh.
• He was the replacement of Adam for the purpose of taking dominion as
God originally intended. (Genesis 1:26)

Jesus is 100% God…He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and he is also 100% man…a human being like us. Christmas is the celebration of this event…when God became like man so man could become like God…. not a god or a deity but in the image of God, as it was in the beginning. (Genesis 1:26-29)

Listen to what John says, (John chapter 1), “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him. Without him was not anything made that was made.”

Everyone knows that the Word is a reference to Jesus being with God and is God, a member of the Trinity, long before anything came into existence.

The God-man continues.

Verses 11-12 of John chapter one says, “He came unto his own (The Jews) and his own (The Jews) received him not…but as many as did receive him, to them, he gave power to become the sons of God…even to them that believe on his name.” Thus the entry of the Word, into human flesh was to open the door for many to become the sons of God or like Jesus, 100% God and 100% man in one place at one time. The God-man continues.

If you object to this notion, read Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he did also predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son…that he (Jesus) might be the 1st born among many brethren.”

Our predestination by God the Father is to be like or in the image of his Son, which is…God dwelling in man…the Word being made flesh in not just one Son but many. Did not Jesus tell his followers that they would do greater things than he, because he was to go to the Father?

Now let’s look at two images from the record of his birth.

• Born in a stable…a portrait of our new birth…Jesus entering into our hearts…both were dirty and un-kept.

• A Babe in swaddling clothes, helpless and dependent upon God to accomplish his destiny…a portrait of us…A babe in Christ, helpless and dependent upon God to fulfill our divine purpose…. to be Christ-like…born again into the image of God.

The Body of Christ upon the earth

I am sure you can see more images just by reading the accounts of his birth and other related scriptures. The point is…the Word became flesh in the embodiment of Jesus. He opened the windows of heaven and poured out his Spirit upon all those who would believe on him so that the Word can once again become flesh, embodied in his saints…thus the Body of Christ is born upon the earth.

To be Christ-like

To be “Born Again” then is to be the temple of the Holy Spirit who brings the Word to life in you …thus millions of believers, full of God, a mirror image…endowed with power from on high, after that the Holy Spirit has come upon them…made in his image… to do greater things than he. This is the purpose for his birth and the destiny of every believer…to be Christ-like.

We know that he first needed to be obedient unto death, even the death of the cross before he could redeem us and lead us into our Christ-like destiny. If you want to see a portrait of your Christ-like destiny, read Galatians 5:22 and see all the fruits that belong to the Spirit of God… that is also the very nature of God, who Jesus was, is and will always be.

LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE…against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22

The story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection continues in all of us who have been “Born Again”. We are the Word made flesh to dwell among mankind as a shining light, pointing the way to God the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son.

Isn’t this what life is all about? Isn’t this the purpose for which we were born? Isn’t this the reason we are alive today…here at this point in time?

It’s been said before that the only Bible others may read is you. The only Jesus they may see is in you…. so much more the need to crucify the lustful affection of the flesh and walk in the Spirit…the fruit thereof evidencing its reality.

Some may ask, “How can I be Christ-Like”? I don’t understand. Let me explain the process. As Jesus was born of a virgin, outside of the Adamic stream that was polluted with sin, (Romans 5:12), so is the Word placed in us…by supernatural overshadowing of the Holy Ghost.

As Jesus had to grow in wisdom and stature, so do we grow in grace. However, the growth is really that of the Word in us. It gets stronger as we are obedient to its call upon our life.

As Jesus had to deny himself, become as a servant, and experience death…so we are called upon to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. The more we die, the more the Word lives and grows to maturity on its way to becoming incarnate in our flesh.

Note: The Word in you is like a seed that needs to grow but you must make the choice to allow it to grow and even aid its development. How? By applying the written Word in your life. Read it, absorb it, live it, become it. Clothe yourself with
God’s Word until it rules in your life. To walk in the Spirit is to walk in the Word.

Trying is not the way

Many Christians try to be nice, thinking that this is the way to show that they are Christ-like. Trying is not the way. It will frustrate you and lead others astray because it is not real. However, when you apply the Word, it becomes alive in you and the result is that others see Jesus. Yes, they will still see you but they’ll also sense the presence of Christ in you and the written Word that you absorbed, that changed you, will touch their lives and help them in their time of need. As you move in the Word, the Word moves in you.

Here’s an example: You read in Romans chapter eight, that there is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ, who walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. It becomes a “Rhema Word” from God, setting you free from guilt, shame and despair. It changes your entire personality from a sad, heartbroken, depressed individual to a positive hopeful excited person who is full of assurance and faith.

This change in you is not a, “try to be good” effort. It is a genuine transformation caused by the Word taking root in your heart and you allowing it to grow up in you by believing it. The result is Christ dwelling in your heart richly.

Christ In You…the hope of glory

Your transformation will have a profound effect on others who know you and yet see Jesus. This is Christ in you…the hope of glory. This is to be Christ-like. This is the process of conformation into the image of God’s only Son. This is the life in abundance spoken of by Jesus in John 10:10. This is what Christianity is all about. This is the Word made manifest in human flesh.

Does the story of Christmas continue in you? Are you full of doubt, fear and worry…or the fruit of his Spirit? Let us make this Christmas a real celebration by opening our hearts to the infilling of his Spirit and allow ourselves to be conformed to his image.

Only then can we see the Word made flesh and the story of his birth continue. Here’s a poem that expresses “Christ In You”

With Earthen Vessels

Earthen vessels have never shown
such glory that once was known.
Through time and all of eternity,
came the glory of his majesty.

Full of love and full of grace,
He dwelt among the human race
to heal the sick, the blind and the lame,
to free mankind from sin and shame.

With earthen vessel he conquered all
by perfect obedience to his destined call.
For this we praise his holy name,
full of grace and full of fame.

The glory of his majesty
still shines through from eternity.
Again and again to meet life’s call,
in earthen vessels to conquer all.

Written By
John Marinelli

Until next time
John Marinelli
www.MarinelliChristianBooks.com

June 2024 Blog

June is the month we normally celebrate Father’s Day in the USA. I do not know about other countries. However, Our Father’s day is all about being thankful for all the things dad has done for us as we grew up and still are growing.

This month, I would also like to focus on our Heavenly Father. We know our earthly father and can easily recall the blessings and we know why we celebrate him on his day…so do so and be glad.

However, our Heavenly Father’s Day is not restricted to one day a year. His day is eternal and goes from everlasting to everlasting. We created the day for our earthly dads, but God created us to celebrate him and enjoy his life every day.

The Bible says, “This is the day the Lord has made, and we shall rejoice and be glad in it.” It is our heritage to rejoice and be glad every day. Do not allow anyone to steal your joy or take away your glad tidings. God is for us. He is not our enemy.

So what should we praise our Heavenly Father for? Try this one for size. Howa about our eternal redemption? The story of the atonement is the story of our redemption. It shows the greatness of God’s love for us and the extent to which he went to make it happen. This is why we celebrate and are glad every day.

The Bible’s central message is atonement, that is to say, that God has provided a way for humanity to come back into harmony with him. This is apparent everywhere in Scripture. From the first stories in Genesis to the last visions of Revelation, God seeks to reconcile the world to Himself.

In the Old Testament, atonement, and related phrases, such as sacrifice of atonement, most often translate to “mercy-seat” or the place where the sacrifice of atonement happens. These occur with meanings related to atonement around 140 times.

Certainly, the most frequent mention of atonement in the Old Testament were the blood sacrifices. Atonement is clearly the action of God and not of man. The restoring of a pure relationship is an important result since the atonement is for all “uncleanness and rebellion. (Lev 16:16 ). Thus, the atoning sacrifice restores a pure relationship between man and God.

The full Biblical picture is found in Jesus, the Christ. He is the spotless Lamb of God. He is the sacrifice. The author of Hebrews emphasizes this point to make clear his doctrine of the purity of Christ as both the true and perfect sacrifice.

The Old Testament sacrifices are shadows of the real sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Those sacrifices were the blood of bulls and goats. Like the shadows, they could never truly pay for the offense of human sin or substitute for the shedding of human blood.

The Gospel of Mark (10:45; and the parallel saying at Matt 20:28), offers a bit more insight into the atonement. Speaking in the context of the apostles’ dispute over which of them is the greatest, Jesus relates his mission. Two things become apparent: (1) Serving all peoples. (2) Giving his life as a ransom for many.

Like many of the teachings of Jesus, the saying dramatically extends the answer to an immediate question (that of the selfishness and pride of the apostles) to include something that no one would have linked to that answer (the ransom nature of the cross). The saying primarily relates the death of Christ to the metaphor of service; giving his life is the greatest example of servanthood that can ever be imagined. The death of Jesus as a ransom for sin links the idea of atonement to the servant spirit of the Christ. Jesus sacrificed himself to save those who believed in him. Those who believe in him receive all the benefits that come with the plan. (John 3:16) tells us:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We can see by what Jesus said in this verse that there are two benefits of his death, burial and resurrection are a pardon from death and life eternal (will not perish and everlasting life.)

We should note that the meaning of “Everlasting” is life without end. That only happens in God. His life never ends, and he alone is life. Without him, there is no life. So having everlasting life is to be connected to the life-giver. Thus, when we, as Christians, are “In Him” we are connected by faith, which is the same as believing.

I know you may question my premise and might feel that this looks like a limited grace designed for an elect few However, that is not what I mean. The call is open to WHOSOEVER WILL, which encompasses all of humanity. The sad part about it is that there will be only a select few that accept the invitation. They refer them as a “Remnant”. That Remnant will still be millions because they have been gathered from every country, every walk of life, and every century.

Listed below are some other benefits of atonement.

1. Justification…Man’s sinful nature began in the Garden of Eden through Adam. It is through this genetic lineage we are forever cursed to be separated from God. But God had a plan to correct this sinfulness and the separation from him through the atonement of sin, and avoiding the rightful and just punishment. Romans 5:18 reveals the truth…. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. Galatians 2:16… knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

2. Reconciliation…Being reconciled to God is to return to a friendship with our Creator. By reconciliation, we return to that ability to walk with God as Adam walked with God in the Garden. We once again have a personal relationship with the Father through the Son. Rom 5:10… For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

3. Adoption… Another aspect of the Atonement is our becoming adopted heirs of the inheritance God has promised. God adopts every one of us who puts their trust in the Lord Yeshua and His sacrifice. receive the adoption as sons” Eph 1:5… Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will,

4. Sanctification…Sanctification, to be sanctified, made holy. This occurs only through the Atonement, which was made by the death of Jesus, the Messiah. It is through his death we are once again made pure in the sight of God the Father; we are then worthy of entering the righteous Kingdom of Heaven.

5. Access to God… As mentioned before, once again, we can approach God and speak to him as children to their father. Only through the shed blood of Jesus, the Christ, did this become possible. Eph 2:18… For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

6. The removal of the Fear of Death…One of the most famous Biblical quotes is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son to the end that all who believe in him shall not die but have everlasting life” This exemplifies the removal of death. We know from the fact of the Resurrection that death has no more power over us. We know that no one or anything can destroy our souls, and Jesus, the Messiah, guarantees our eternal future.

7. A Glorious Inheritance…By becoming an heir through Jesus’ sacrifice, we then also become heirs of his kingdom. God does not break his promises or covenants. That alone should be a comfort to all believers, (as well as to those who are seeking to believe).

Is there any question that we should be thankful to our Heavenly Father for our redemption? This is the gospel message and why we should believe in Jesus and follow his teachings. He was sacrificed for us. His blood was shed in place of ours. His life was lived perfectly and given to us so we can live in him.

So, this month, let us not wait for a specific day to give thanks to our Heavenly Father. Let us rather appreciate his work of redemption and his love for us. The atonement is the best blessing that ever happened. However, God has many more blessing for those who pray and seek his will.

Until next time…be safe and give thanks
Rev. John Marinelli, Author & publisher
MarinelliChristianBooks.com
[email protected]

June 2024 Newsletter

Hello again

June is the month we normally celebrate Father’s Day in the USA. I do not know about other countries. However, Our Father’s day is all about being thankful for all the things dad did for us as we grew up and even now as adults. If your father is still alive, celebrate his life and thank him for all that he sacrificed to make your life better.

This month, I would also like to focus on our Heavenly Father. We know our earthly father and can easily recall the blessings and we know why we celebrate him on his day…so do so and be glad.

However, our Heavenly Father’s Day is not restricted to one day a year. His day is eternal and goes from everlasting to everlasting. We created the day for our earthly dads, but God created us to celebrate him and enjoy his life every day.

The Bible says, “This is the day the Lord has made, and we shall rejoice and be glad in it.” It is our heritage to rejoice and be glad every day. Do not allow anyone to steal your joy or take away your glad tidings. God is for us. He is not our enemy.

Here is what’s happening with Marinelli Christian Books.

New Book Launch… Coming this month…“The Domino Effect” This is a must read. It is full of twists and turns, deception, forgiveness, and a lot more. The book is a fictional story of how the power and love of God causes sorrow and heartache to fall like dominos in the life of a 13-year-old girl caught up in gang wars, drugs, and immorality. Check out the June book of The Month. I have discounted the book.

The book will look at teen and adult suicide; abortion; loss of a loved one; deception; forgiveness; the concept of God; the reality of sin and its consequences; death and beyond; reasons to exist; the abundant life, Christian values, good house rules for teens. why we exist; how to be born again, and several other life issues. It will retail for $10.99 in paperback 5×8 size…112 Pages.

Other Recent Books…

1. “The Christian Life Digest” which is a layman’s commentary on all things Christian…over 530 pages in 45 chapters covering lots of Christian doctrine and teachings is now available on our website. The good thing is that the paperback edition is now only $26.99 It is now available on the website. 8 ½ X 11 size.

2.…” Reality Squared”, a teaching on how to attain and enjoy the reality of God. This is a 194-page paperback book full of Bible text that shows how to please the Lord and walk with him in this crazy upside-down world. We have listed the paperback 6X9 book at $14.99. It is now available on the website.

3. It’s Your Choice, or Is It? This book takes a deeper look at the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Are we robots with no free will to select our own way of life? Does God save some and damn all the rest of humanity? Can sovereignty and free will exist as equals in man’s reality?
It is now available on the website. It retails for $16.99.

4… “Being Born Again” this is one more I think everyone should have. It is a deeper look at the born-again experience. Can a person get to heaven without being “Born Again?” Why do over 30% of the Christian Community reject this doctrine? What happens to all those folks that do not get “Born Again?” It is now available on the website in paperback 5X8 at $9.99.

Check them out at www.marinellichristianbooks.com

Children’s Books… If you have small kids or grandkids that are 1-6 years old, I have three books that would be perfect. They are: “An Elephant Named Clyde”, “Mister Tugboat” and “Original Story Poems For Children of All Ages.” Check out www.marinellichristianbooks.com.

Free Bible Seminar…coming in August…see my website, home page for poster and details.

“Available Books” catalog… You can download our free 8+ page catalog so you can keep it at hand when not in front of your computer. It has a description of each book, now over 33 titles.

Audiobook…My audiobook is available on Amazon’s Audible Books. However, it is a membership thing. You cannot download it to listen unless you are a member of Audible Books. If you are, let me know and I will send you a free access link. The audio is about 3-hours. The topic is, “Believer’s Handbook of Battle Strategies.”

Poem for the Month… I selected this poem because I thought you would benefit from the message. Hope you enjoy it.

As A Man Thinks

I am as my thoughts are
No matter what you say.
If I think good or bad thoughts,
That is what rules my day.

You cannot know me
As I really am,
Unless I reveal my thoughts
And become a transparent man

You are no different from me
Underneath all the fleshy show.
We all are as we continually think
Some happy and others full of woe.

So think on the things in life
That brings out the very best.
And you will surely get better
And be able to finally rest.

Written By John Marinelli
Marinellichristianbooks.com

“Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. We make the final choices in life that either lead us astray or closer to the Lord. We chose what enters our hearts and fills our minds. May we always choose the path of righteousness and the way of peace.”

Book Publishing… I am still looking for one Christian that wants to write or has already written a Christian themed book. It can be fiction, non-fiction, romance, “How To” teachings, personal experience, poetry, recipe or some other topic. E-mail me with your ideas to [email protected].

Monday Karaoke… Mondays are usually a slow day with little or no fun stuff to do. Now, all that has changed. Bart’s Monday karaoke is super fun. It is at Mc Calls in the Villages from 1 to 4 pm. See you there.

Questions and Answers… If you have a question concerning what to do in any situation or need clarification on a Bible text, I can help. I will research it for you in the scriptures and report back in a private confidential eMail. Just drop me a line.

Well, that is all for now.

Until next time
John Marinelli, Author & Publisher
Marinellichristianbooks.com
[email protected]

May 2024 Blog

It is May already, time to celebrate Mother’s Day. I guess there is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to mothers. After all, they raised us. That includes diapering, feeding, washing clothes, making school lunches, taking us to ball games, dance, or piano lessons and so on.

Our level of thanksgiving and appreciation is directly connected with mom’s performance. Did she do a fair, good, great, or excellent job? How would you rate your mom? Be honest.

When you look at mom, what do you see? This is a multiple choice.
• Self confident
• Self absorbed
• Selfless
• Self destructive
• Dominant & Overbearing
• Loving & Kind
• Godly and blessed
• Hostile & antagonistic
• Other

Moms come in all kinds of attitudes and lifestyles. Your mom was or is, probably very different from mine. Some went through the 2nd world war. Others suffered the horrors of Vietnam, some became alcoholics, others judges, lawyers and so on. My point is, can we be happy for them and celebrate their life as our mother?

If your mother was not so good and you blame her for how you turned out, forget about it. Those days a long gone. Your life is yours now to do with what you so desire. The blame game is over. Life goes on and it is very short.

Why not look at all the good things that mom made happen and celebrate them with your mother before it is too late? Some of us have already lost our moms and some wish they could have done better at blessing mom on any day, much less the chosen Mother’s Day.

“MOM’s DERSERVE BETTER”

This Mother’s Day, remember your mom with a prayer, a kiss, a good word of encouragement, and a hug. She deserves your love and support. Above all, let her know you are thankful for all the hard work she did to raise you up to be what you are today. She was an instrument in the hands of God to mold you and shape you.

After you do all that, I have said, check out www.marinellichristianbooks.com I have over 30 books that will make a great selection from which you can buy a book for mom.

Until next time

John Marinelli,
Author & Publisher
Marinelli Christian Books
[email protected]

May 2024 Newsletter

Hello again!

Today is May 1st, commonly known as “May 1st.” However, nowadays, for a lot of folks, every day is a good day. The Bible says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, and we shall rejoice and be glad in it.” Are you glad today is today? Are you happy that God thought of you when he made the day? I am. He loves us and that is reason enough to be glad and rejoice together.

Here is what’s happening with Marinelli Christian Books.

New Books… “The Christian Life Digest” which is a layman’s commentary on all things Christian…over 530 pages in 45 chapters covering lots of Christian doctrine and teachings is now available on our website. The good thing is that the paperback edition is now only $26.99.

Next is…” Reality Squared”, a teaching on how to attain and enjoy the reality of God. This is a 194-page paperback book full of Bible text that shows how to please the Lord and walk with him in this crazy upside-down world. We have listed the book at $14.99.

It’s Your Call, or Is It? This book takes a deeper look at the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Are we robots with no free will to select our own way in life? Does God save some and damn all the rest of humanity? Can sovereignty and free will exist as equals in man’s reality? Check it out at www.marinellichristianbooks.com

Then there is one more I think everyone should have. It is “Being Born Again” a deeper look at the born-again experience. Can a person get to heaven without being “Born Again?” Why do over 30% of the Christian Community reject this doctrine? What happens to all those folks that do not get “Born Again?” It is now available on the website as “Book of The Month.”

Children’s Books… If you have small kids or grandkids that are 1-6 years old, I have three books that would be perfect. They are: “An Elephant Named Clyde”, “Mister Tugboat” and “Original Story Poems For Children of All Ages.” Check out www.marinellichristianbooks.com.

“Available Books” catalog… You can download our free 8+ page catalog so you can keep it at hand when not in front of your computer. It has a description of each book, now over 33 titles.

Audiobook…My audiobook is available on Amazon’s Audible Books. However, it is a membership thing. You cannot download it to listen unless you are a member of Audible Books. If you are, let me know and I will send you a free access link. The audio is about 3-hours. The topic is, “Believer’s Handbook of Battle Strategies.”

Poem for the Month… I selected this poem because I thought you would benefit from the message. Hope you enjoy it.

Wise Men
Still Seek Him

Wise men still seek Him
Who appeared so long ago.
They come now by grace
Through faithful hearts aglow

Wise men still seek Him,
For He is their “Bread of Life”
A sustaining inner strength
Through times of sorrow or strife.

Wise men still seek Him
The Christ of Calvary
God’s only begotten Son
Crucified as sin’s penalty.

Wise men still seek Him,
Jesus, God in human array.
King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
Born to Earth on Christmas Day.

Written By
John Marinelli
Marinellichristianbooks.com

“Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. We make the final choices in life that either lead us astray or closer to the Lord. We chose what enters our hearts and fills our minds. May we always choose the path of righteousness and the way of peace.

Book Publishing… I am still looking for one Christian that wants to write or has already written a Christian themed book. It can be fiction, non-fiction, romance, “How To” teachings, personal experience, poetry, recipe or some other topic. E-mail me with your ideas to [email protected].

Monday Karaoke… Mondays are usually a slow day with little or no fun stuff to do. Now, all that has changed. Bart’s Monday karaoke is super fun. It is at Mc Calls in the Villages from 1 to 4 pm…. Next opportunity is13th, 2024. See you there.

Questions and Answers… If you have a question concerning what to do in any situation or need clarification on a Bible text, I can help. I will research it for you in the scriptures and report back in a private confidential eMail. Just drop me a line.

Well, that’s it for this month.

Until next time
John Marinelli, Author & Publisher
Marinellichristianbooks.com
[email protected]

April Blog…Giving Thanks

Tomorrow is April 1st, commonly known as “April Fool’s Day.” However, nowadays, for a lot of folks, every day is “Fool’s Day.” The Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” Those that deny Christ and reject the God of all creation are fools and they live out their lives as foolish people. Let us not align our hearts with their thinking. We are better than that.

This month my blog will look at being thankful. Here is what the Bible says: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Being thankful has not been what it used to be back in the day. Commercialism and the almighty dollar hijacked its true meaning long ago. Most of us are all caught up in the things of this world and do not realize the significance of being thankful.

I know you will say, “Speak for yourself, John”, and so I will. I look around and see no actual difference between Christians and non-Christians. The divorce rates are still a problem even though they have dropped a bit from the 50% mark.

The governing laws of our society protect gays, abortion, and immorality. The governing laws of our society push us into a state of death where faith is considered inappropriate and prayer is seen as foolish.

If you think I am wrong, and sometimes I just might be, but there is a way to find out. Try taking your own unscientific poll among your family, friends, and coworkers. Survey your church members to see. Ask them one of these simple questions; “Is there anything to be thankful for in this world?” or “Why should we be thankful?”

Most answers will fall into a “Worldly” category. The origin being from something or someone other than God. The giving of thanks centers on the cares of this life and the focus of any thanks centers on family, friends, or things that make us happy.

Here are some examples:

• I am thankful to be from work.
• I am thankful for my family supporting me.
• I am thankful for my good health.
• I am thankful for my job.
• And so on…

Most people do not honor or even acknowledge God as the source of blessing for which we are thankful. They instead, shower their thankfulness on people, places, and things that they feel are important to their daily living.

The scriptures: “Be Thankful Unto Him”, meaning Jesus admonishes us. However, that cannot happen unless we really understand why. What has he done that we should say thank you?

If you do not know the character of God, how then can you appreciate or even recognize the move of his Spirit. The pay raise or promotion you got at work will be seen as because of your efforts alone and not from the hand of God. So will most other things in life. You will miss seeing the hand of God in your life and end up having no reason to praise his name.

The Blame Game

Some Christians even blame God for things that happen. Have you ever heard someone say, “Why did God allow this or that to happen? I have said it myself. If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t he do something?

I got over my “Stinking Thinking” years ago when I realized God is all-powerful and intervenes into the affairs of man but he gave us the right and privilege to think, make intelligent choices and have “Free Will” to govern our own affairs. If we make bad choices, we should not blame God for the outcome.

If we get drunk and run over a kid playing in the street, it is our fault, not God’s. We have the “Free Will” to do foolish things and we will one day stand alone before the judicial system of man and/or the judgment seat of God to give an account.

We must get to know Jesus to be thankful. What is he like? Why does he do what he does? Who is he, anyway? How can we be thankful to someone we do not know?

Some Christians that I have met are shallow and not grateful to God for anything. Others even boast of their own accomplishments and give no praise or thanksgiving to the Lord for their good health, ability to earn a living and all his heavenly blessing.

Their hearts are not full of grace but fear of life and continual confusion because they have only an intellectual faith that cannot carry them in times of trouble.

Let us look at why we should praise God and be thankful to him.

• Easter: Salvation And Eternal Life.

Easter just passed and with it the sales of candy, flowers, cards, and such things. However, people mostly overlooked Jesus dying for the sins of humanity, which includes you and me. It should have been the 1st thing we praise God for and be thankful to God for providing.

• His mercy endures forever.

He is merciful, slow to anger. He has not dealt with us according to our sins. His loving kindness is better than life. His mercy is new every morning. Who is He? He is merciful, recognizing that we were formed from the dust of the earth.

His character is that of mercy. If you feel inadequate, sinful, or downtrodden, knowing that God is merciful or full of mercy will draw you closer to him and build a trust and appreciation for who he is in relationship to you. Will he be merciful to you? You Bet He Will. Hear is what he says to his children…

• “I will never leave you or forsake you. I will be with you always.”

What does that say about Jesus? Is he the type that will stand and fight for you in a clinch? Or run away at the first sign of trouble? If we believe that he is there and never leaves, then why are you so fearful of every little trial and circumstance that pops up in life?

Shouldn’t we be praising his name and thanking him for taking the time out of all eternity to stay right by our side during good and bad times? Genuine faith comes from the belief that he is, in fact, by your side and ready to act on your behalf. The problem with most of us is that we forget to call upon him as our counselor. Instead, we make foolish decisions and end up in a mess.

• While we were lost and dead in our sins, Christ died for us.

What manner of man is this that would be a sacrifice for my sins? Who asked him to do that? He alone opened the door for me to approach God and to be accepted. He alone shed his own blood so that I might live and experience life more abundantly on this earth and in heaven. What manner of man is this? He is my Savior, my friend and the one in whom I trust. He is the one to whom I am eternally thankful.

• God is Love

Can a God that is described as “LOVE”, be responsible for all the sorrow, hate and sin in this world? What is Love anyway? Now the fruit (or character) of the Spirit is LOVE, PEACE, JOY, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE, against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22).

Love and hate do not exist in the same place. Joy and sorrow do not either. The same can be said of long-suffering and short-tempered and gentleness opposed to anger, peace opposed to confusion, and so on.

Get the point. God has a definite character that distinguishes him from all others and what makes him who he is. Knowing him fuels our appreciation and desire to be like him. It also keeps us from false doctrines, misunderstandings, and the snares of the devil.

If God is for us, who or what can defeat us? He is greater than man, evil spirits, sickness, disease, unemployment, or anything else. That does not mean we will not experience trials, suffering, and hard times.

These things are common to humanity. However, we are still more than conquerors through Christ, Jesus, our lord.

Thank you, Jesus, for who you are. Knowing you helps me to face tomorrow, with all its trials and difficulties. Knowing you gives me the courage to stand up against the enemies of my soul who so desperately seek my demise.

Let us be thankful unto him, Jesus, our Lord, and Savior, and let us praise his name for being who he is.

Until Next Time
Rev. John Marinelli
([email protected])

April 2024 Newsletter

Hello again.

My 79th birthday came into reality. It all happened on March 29th. I am thankful to God that he has given me this time to write books and minister to those who follow me. I am amazed that I am still above the grass and not below. You never know what life will bring your way. I guess we all hope whatever comes will be a blessing and not another disappointment. One of my books deals with being happy. It is called, “How To Be Happy.” It is worth the read.

Easter is today, March 31st and I am glad to have been alive to celebrate the event. After all, it was when Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose again to conquer death, hell, and the grave. That means I am free to serve the Lord and live life to his glory. I hope you also celebrated Jesus this Easter.

Today is April 1st, commonly known as “April Fool’s Day.” However, nowadays, for a lot of folks, every day is “Fool’s Day.” The Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” Those that deny Christ and reject the God of all creation are fools and they live out their lives as foolish people. Let us not align our hearts with their thinking. We are better than that.

Here is what’s happening with Marinelli Christian Books.

New Books… “The Christian Life Digest” which is a layman’s commentary on all things Christian…over 570 pages in 45 chapters covering lots of Christian doctrine and teachings is now available on our website. The good thing is that the paperback edition is now only $26.99

Next is…” Reality Squared”, a teaching on how to attain and enjoy the reality of God. This is a 194-page paperback book full of Bible text that shows how to please the Lord and walk with him in this crazy upside-down world. We have listed the book at $14.99.

It’s Your Call, or Is It? This book takes a deeper look at the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Are we robots with no free will to select our own way in life? Does God save some and damn all the rest of humanity? Can sovereignty and free will exist as equals in man’s reality? Check it out at www.marinellichristianbooks.com

Then there is one more I think everyone should have. It is “Being Born Again” a deeper look at the born-again experience. Can a person get to heaven without being “Born Again?” Why do over 30% of the Christian Community reject this doctrine? What happens to all those folks that do not get “Born Again?” It is now available on the website.

Children’s Books… If you have small kids or grandkids that are 1-6 years old, I have three books that would be perfect. They are: “An Elephant Named Clyde”, “Mister Tugboat” and “Original Story Poems For Children of All Ages.” Check out www.marinellichristianbooks.com.

“Available Books” catalog… You can download our free 8+ page catalog so you can keep it at hand when not in front of your computer. It has a description of each book, now over 33 titles.

Audiobook…My audiobook is available on Amazon’s Audible Books. However, it is a membership thing. You cannot download it to listen unless you are a member of Audible Books. If you are, let me know and I will send you a free access link. The audio is about 3-hours. The topic is, “Believer’s Handbook of Battle Strategies.”

Word for the day… (A reprint from the March newsletter) … Are you dealing with a lot of stuff? Is your mind cluttered with needless mind chatter that blocks your peace? God wants us to settle down and be at peace in our daily actions. The best way to do that is to trust in the Lord and rely on him to direct your actions and thoughts. This will get rid of the clutter and calm our restless souls. Here is a poem I wrote many years ago that talks to this matter.

Clutter

Clutter keeps the mind confused,
As images dance through the night.
Lost among those unimportant thoughts,
Are the dreams that once shined bright.

An endless parade of fear and doubt,
Crowds the mind to destroy our day.
Ever soaring on the wings of the soul,
Until it has formed an evil array.

But clutter is by one’s choice,
Of those who dance to its beat.
Better to face imaginations’ due
Then to fall into utter defeat.

Be Quiet!!! Is our spirit’s desperate cry,
As we call upon the name of the Lord.
Silence is our heart’s desired prayer,
Until our minds are again restored.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. We make the final choices in life that either lead us astray or closer to the Lord. We chose what enters our hearts and fills our minds. May we always choose the path of righteousness and the way of peace.

Book Publishing… I am still looking for one Christian that wants to write or has already written a Christian themed book. It can be fiction, non-fiction, romance, “How To” teachings, personal experience, poetry, recipe or some other topic. E-mail me with your ideas to [email protected].

Monday Karaoke… Mondays are usually a slow day with little or no fun stuff to do. Now, all that has changed. Bart’s Monday karaoke is super fun. It is at Mc Calls in the Villages from 1 to 4 pm…. . See you there.

Uncle Pepe’s Dance Party…If you live in the Villages, you qualify to attend this quarterly dance party. It will be on the 4th Sunday of April from 5 to 8 PM in the Captiva recreation center.

Questions and Answers… If you have a question concerning what to do in any situation or need clarification on a Bible text, I can help. I will research it for you in the scriptures and report back in a private confidential eMail. Just drop me a line.

Well, that’s it for this month.

Until next time
John Marinelli, Author & Publisher
Marinellichristianbooks.com
[email protected]

March 2024 Newsletter

Hello my friends.

My 79th birthday is this month, on the 29th. I am thankful to God that he has given me this time to write books and minister to those who follow me.

Here is what’s happening with Marinelli Christian Books.

New Books… “The Christian Life Digest” which is a layman’s commentary on all things Christian…over 400 pages in 45 chapters covering lots of Christian doctrine and teachings is now available on our website.

Next is…” Reality Squared”, a teaching on how to attain and enjoy the reality of God. This is a 194-page paperback book full of Bible text that shows how to please the Lord and walk with him in this crazy upside-down world. I am offering it as the “Book of the Month” at a discounted rate. The book is listed at $14.99, however, you can purchase it this month only for $10. Here is the discounted link. Just click on it and it will take you to where you can buy it online. https://shop.ingramspark.com/b/084?3cL5XiHUQp5u1syeB6DcCVCr9rlEturdKEw0ovBK2jx or go to “Book of the Month” and click on the cover image for a special discount.

I am also publishing, “It’s Your Call, or Is It? That takes a deeper look at the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Then there is one more I think everyone should have. It is “Being Born Again” a deeper look at the born-again experience.

Children’s Books… If you have small kids or grandkids that are 1-6 years old, I have three books that would be perfect. They are: “An Elephant Named Clyde”, “Mister Tugboat” and “Original Story Poems For Children of All Ages.” Check out www.marinellichristianbooks.com.

“Available Books” catalog… You can download our free 8-page catalog so you can keep it at hand when not in front of your computer. It has a description of each book, now over 33 titles.

Please drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know if you are interested in coming to a free seminar on the end of the world. That will help me plan for seating and pick a suitable location.

Audiobook…My audiobook is available on Amazon’s Audible Books. However, it is a membership thing. You cannot download it to listen unless you are a member of Audible Books. If you are, let me know and I will send you a free access link. The audio is about 3-hours. The topic is, “Believer’s Handbook of Battle Strategies.”

Word for the day…Are you dealing with a lot of stuff? Is your mind cluttered with needless mind chatter that blocks your peace? God wants us to settle down and be at peace in our daily actions. The best way to do that is to trust in the Lord and rely on him to direct your actions and thoughts. This will get rid of the clutter and calm our restless souls. Here is a poem I wrote many years ago that talks to this matter.
Clutter

Clutter keeps the mind confused,
As images dance through the night.
Lost among those unimportant thoughts,
Are the dreams that once shined bright.

An endless parade of fear and doubt,
Crowds the mind to destroy our day.
Ever soaring on the wings of the soul,
Until it has formed an evil array.

But clutter is by one’s choice,
Of those who dance to its beat.
Better to face imaginations’ due
Then to fall into utter defeat.

Be Quiet!!! Is our spirit’s desperate cry,
As we call upon the name of the Lord.
Silence is our heart’s desired prayer,
Until our minds are again restored.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. We make the final choices in life that either lead us astray or closer to the Lord. We chose what enters our hearts and fills our minds. May we always choose the path of righteousness and the way of peace.

Book Publishing… I am still looking for one Christian that wants to write a Christian themed book. It can be fiction, non-fiction, romance, “How To” teachings, personal experience, poetry, recipe or some other topic. E-mail me with your ideas to [email protected].

Monday Karaoke… Mondays are usually a slow day with little or no fun stuff to do. Now, all that has changed. Bart’s Monday karaoke is super fun. It is at Mc Calls in the Villages from 1 to 4 pm…. . See you there.

Questions and Answers… If you have a question concerning what to do in any situation or need clarification on a Bible text, I can help. I will research it for you in the scriptures and report back in a private confidential eMail. Just drop me a line.

Well, that’s it for this month.

Until next time
John Marinelli, Author & Publisher
Marinellichristianbooks.com
[email protected]

March 2024 Blog

Hello again,

This month I’d like to share my new book with you. It is called “Reality Squared.”

“Reality Squared” is a Biblical teaching on “How To” attain and enjoy the reality of God. It is a search for the Biblical pathway into the presence of God. It begins with an in-depth Bible study to discover all there is to know.

The reader of this book will learn how to be transformed from a life of carnality, where sadness, depression, and immorality reign into the “Will of God” in real-time. If done seriously, the study will transform the mind into an abundance of life where love, joy, peace, and other attributes of God flow freely.

I titled this book: “Reality Squared” because I felt there is more than just man’s reality. God is far above man’s existence, and he has his own separate reality. It is this reality that my teaching is all about. Thus, the title, “Reality Squared.”

I wrote this teaching because of my quest to be more like Jesus and less like my liberal society. I knew there must be more to living than what I was experiencing. I also believed that the answer was in the scriptures. The study of the scriptures offered a pathway to personal freedom from an inward sin nature, the outward evil attacks of Satan, and the expectations of non-Christian individuals around me. This is my quest that began over 60 years ago.

The Biblical definition of reality…That reality is the way things really are. Reality is what it is because God declared it to be so and made it so. God is the author, source, determiner, governor, arbiter, ultimate standard, and final judge of all truth. The Bible assumes a fundamental duality in reality, with an irreducible ontological interval between God and everything else.(Ontological = relating to the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being)

Reality can be defined in a way that links it to worldviews or parts of them. (conceptual frameworks): Reality is the totality of all things, structures (actual and conceptual), events (past and present) and phenomena, whether observable or not.

Reality is the independent nature and existence of everything knowable, whether it is knowable by logical inference, empirical observation, or some other form of experience. The common misconception is that reality and truth convey the same meaning, but that is not accurate.

Reality is the sum or aggregate of all that is real or existent within the universe, as opposed to that which is only imaginary, nonexistent or nonactual. In physical terms, reality is the totality of a system known and unknown.

In today’s world, people have reduced reality to a point of view. It is a perspective or way of thinking. It drives us to be a certain way and do things that shape our destiny. My reality can be very different from yours because you may think along different lines than I do. That’s why there are liberal thinkers and conservative thinkers that clash constantly in the political arena and on social platforms. That’s why there are gays and straights. That’s why women think differently than men. Everyone has his or her own reality or view of life that they live out in different lifestyles. However, beyond all of this is the “Reality of God.”

I asked a few friends to explain reality to me from their viewpoint.

One friend said that reality was determined by how much money you have which would shape the lifestyle in which you would live. Money equals a lavish lifestyle and ease. Poverty would create a lifestyle of suffering and struggle. The “Haves” and the “Have-nots.” This was his point of view concerning reality. (Remember, the actual definition of reality is: “The totality of all things”, so, my 1st friend is not correct because money and lifestyle does not make up true reality.

Another friend believed that childhood experiences shape one’s reality, determining whether they become a positive or negative adult. This was the foundation of his lifestyle. (Again, this answer, that everybody has different experiences, and that is their reality, would negate an absolute. “The totality of all things” is an absolute,)

Yet another friend said that their reality was the sum total of their education, which made them what they are today. (This too is incorrect because reality is the total of everything that exists, not everything that is learned.)

Then I talked to one more friend that said reality to him was an ever-changing flow of thoughts that took him into depression and/or other negative feelings from which he could not escape. This was his reality. (This too is incorrect because all thoughts are not the same for every individual. They may shape one’s destiny, but they are not the total of everything that exists.)

Finally, I spoke with a phycologist friend that defined reality as “Now.” He said the past was gone, and the future has yet to be determined. All that exists is this very moment, and that is reality. (We are indeed living in the moment, but our moment does not cover all that is actual and existing everywhere else. We may not see the billions of people on earth, but they are actual, real, and existing just the same. Plus, a building that was real in the past may still be today, even though it is not in our current moment. Thus, he too is mistaken.)

So, I then planned my theory of reality. Based upon my past education and Biblical knowledge, plus my personal Christianity, I reasoned that true reality had to be realized on a spiritual level, not physical. I also reasoned that there were many realities in life that shape the lifestyles of folks in our society. There could be 7-billion realities on earth, one for every person. They are clashing with each other every day for supremacy. However, they all deal with reality from a personal perspective. They are, in fact, just a little piece of a bigger world view and not universal.

I investigated many different realities and found that, for the most part, they were not based on any Biblical truth. Instead, they were rooted in humanism, feel-good theories, and had a carnal nature. Even the world religions were Anti-Christ in their thinking with a reality that supported false gods and doctrines. Reality should be that which is true, but often it is not. Instead, people present it as truth, but it is actually a false assumption. (Jesus said, “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”) Luke 11:35.

As I studied the scriptures, I discovered that there was a reality where God exists and is Lord over his creation. I also discovered that there was a pathway that would lead me into that reality which is different from what most other folks experience. I discovered I could see, feel, and know the presence of God in real time, day- by-day. I could actually live, and have my being in the “Reality of God.

My search revealed that man’s reality was very different from God’s reality. His reality is unseen, but nevertheless there. It is just as real, if not more real, than what man experiences. Everything in God’s reality is true and purpose driven. In contrast, man’s reality is filled with lies, deception, and fear, which influence his thoughts and shape his reality and subsequent lifestyle. Truth is not the basis for man’s reality. Man has lost truth in his quest for self-identity. What is real is not a prerequisite. If it were, we would all be living in God’s reality.

I am pleased to share my 60+ year journey with you, hoping you too can find yourself and live in a world that is ordered by God and blessed with his grace and love.

There is a pathway that leads to the reality of God. This path is not clear, so as folks could readily see it and know where it goes. The pathway hides itself in plain sight, and only those who seek God can find it.

As we study, we will look at Romans, chapter twelve, with a look back at the end of chapter eleven. I will also add other supporting scriptures as relevant to my discussion.

Based on the material from Acts and the Corinthian epistles, we can clearly see that Paul wrote the Book of Romans from Corinth on his third missionary journey. Paul had never visited Rome; but after fulfilling his mission of mercy to Jerusalem, he hoped to go to Rome in route to Spain (Rom. 15:23-25). At any rate, the date of the book is probably 60 A.D.

At the end of chapter eleven, Paul said this, “For of him, and through him and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.” (He speaks of Jesus)

The beginning of chapter twelve, Paul continued with a, “Therefore” said this, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

The reason or need for us to be transformed is so we can prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Thus, knowing the perfect will of God is discernable, but not by worldly methods. It takes the Spirit of God to see into spiritual things. That’s why Paul begs us to be transformed.

Paul is pleading with or (Beseeching) the Christians at Rome, based on 11:36, (Because all things are of him, through him and to him). 12:1 “Therefore, we, by the mercies of God, ought to present our bodies as a living sacrifice which is holy and acceptable unto God.”

This action, although noteworthy, is difficult. Paul knew this and thus tells his believers that it will require a transformation from worldly to spiritual; from walking in darkness to walking in the light of God’s love; from immorality to morality. Life as they knew it would have to change radically. Their thinking will have to become brand new.

The mind will have to be renewed.. So…to be transformed, we need to exchange our corrupt minds with the mind of Christ. We need to restore our minds to a condition of holiness. The problem is, we have never been in that holy mindset, so restoration is seemingly impossible because we do not know what that looks like…or do we?

The unsaved man is like Adam after he fell from God’s grace. He is without God’s indwelling Spirit (Breath of Life). He was separated from God and left to walk in spiritual darkness.

The saved man is like Jesus. He possesses the indwelling Spirit of the living God. (His Breadth of Life) He is privileged to hear God’s voice, understand his logic, and be blessed by his wisdom. All of this came to man when he was “Born Again.” John 3:16.

The invisible nature of God now shines in and through his children, who have been “Born Anew” by his Spirit. It’s like a butterfly that once was a crawling, worm-like creature that experiences transformation and becomes a beautiful butterfly. This is a vivid picture of a, “New Creature”. The old passed away, rather…was transformed into something entirely new.

We are buried into baptism with Christ and raised with him in newness of life. Colossians 2:12. Anyone who says they are alive in God and does not believe in the burial by baptism and a personal resurrection with Christ is deceived and probably not really saved.

Here is what Paul said to the Galatians: (Chapter Three) “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:1-35.

This is a prime example of a need to be renewed. They drifted away from spiritual things, returning to the things of the flesh. If you read on, you will discover that they had abandoned the concept of God’s saving grace to trust in the Law of Moses as a spiritual guide for salvation. Paul said they were foolish. So…we now know that we are to be transformed and the way to accomplish that transformation is to renew our minds…to go back to the simplicity of the gospel and follow in the footsteps of Christ. Let me explain.

The world system of things… like Liberalism, Secularism, Gay Rights, Gender Reclassification, and other immoral posturing, has worn off on us.

The world’s influence has led to a general lack of faith and a general falling away from the gospel of grace. They were once dedicated to God’s will, not their own. He was the center of their lives and they found themselves in him, not in the things of this world. His mindset was what they sought and found in his lordship. They could see life from his perspective.

The pathway to the reality of God was through a renewal of their minds. It was the only way they could escape the sinful nature inside of them and attain and enjoy God’s grace in real time.

So, we will embark on the same journey that the 1st century saints took to be transformed from “death unto life”; “darkness into light”; “lost to being saved” and from “sorrow into an abundance of joy.” Our journey will take us into a renewal process that will deliver us into the reality of God.

I hope I was able to wet your appetite with this introduction. Now, I would also hope that you will buy the book. You can get it on my website, www.marinellichristianbooks.com. Look for the “Book of The Month” and click on the link to get a special discount.

God never said life would be easy. Nevertheless, God wants us to have his “Mindset”. The fall of man into sin has caused multiple realities, one for every person on earth. Most of these realities are not the mindset of God. They are centered in carnality. (Man’s natural thinking) Only our “Free Will” and God’s grace can produce a shift from our darkness into the light of God’s love.

If you want his will, apply what you have learned on this journey until it becomes your way of thinking and your mindset. The question is, “Are you in touch with reality?” If you think you are, whose reality are you touching? God’s reality or man’s reality? Most of us will have to be transformed so we can touch God’s reality.

So, Let’s review. How can we be transformed by the renewing of our minds?

1.) Become A Living Sacrifice …by not conforming to this world.

2.) Change Your Thought Life…by casting down imaginations and evil thoughts that seek refuge in your mind.

3.) Stay In a Continual Attitude of Prayer…by talking to God about the small things as well as the major ones.

4.) Always Be Thankful…in all things, not for all things.

5.) Believe That Every Day Is A New Day…because God has created it just for you.

6.) Guard Your Spirit…because fiery darts are being tossed your way from evil spirits.

7.) Listen For the Whistle…because God’s Peace will referee, letting you know if you are offsides.

I see this journey as steppingstones to your personal freedom in Christ. It can become the foundation upon which you stand. My goal is to help you to fully realize the potential of actually becoming a, “New Creature,” in Christ and thereby fully equipped and ready to do the will of God.

This is “Reality Squared” attaining and enjoying the reality of God, which is far above this world’s reality. You can attain this reality. God wants you to seek him so he can bless you with his presence.

Note: God is the only true reality. We seek him that we may find ourselves for we are his creation and his children. If you were to ask me what God’s reality looks like, I would tell you that it is the epidemy of Love, the fullness of Joy, the ultimate peace, and full of the rest of the fruit of his Spirit.

How will you know when you have arrived at the reality of God? That is easy… you will be in the experience of God, your heavenly Father. It is there, in his presence, that you will realize your divine destiny and enjoy the blessings of the holy Spirit.

As you walk through your day-by-days, you will know that you are fellowshipping with your creator. He will welcome you with open arms.

May our Lord bless you and enrich you and fill you with his good grace as you apply these truths.

Check out other new books just published: “The Christian Life Digest”, “Being Born Again”, “It’s Your Choice, or Is It” coming at the end of March, and of course, “Reality Squared.”

Click on the cover of the book of the month and get a special discount.

Until Next Time
John Marinelli, Author & Publisher
Marinellichristianbooks.com

February 2024 Newsletter

Hello again

Soon we will celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s on the 14th. Then comes my 42nd wedding anniversary to my lovely wife, Marilyn. That happens on the 22nd.

Now for the rest of the news. Here’s what’s happening with Marinelli Christian Books.

New Books…I now have two new books. I expect one to be published this month and one next month. They are: “The Christian Life Digest” which is a layman’s commentary on all things Christian…over 500 pages in 45 chapters covering lots of Christian doctrine and teachings.

Next is…” Reality Squared”, a teaching on how to attain and enjoy the reality of God. This is a 172-page book full of Bible text that shows how to please the Lord and walk with him in this crazy upside-down world.

I am also working on a book called, “It’s Your Call, or Is It? That takes a deeper look at the sovereignty of God and the free will of man.

Children’s Books… If you have small kids or grandkids that are 1-6 years old, I have three books that would be perfect. They are: “An Elephant Named Clyde”, “Mister Tugboat” and “Original Story Poems For Children of All Ages.” Check out marinellichristianbooks.com.

New… “Available Books” catalog… You can download our free 8-page catalog so you can keep it at hand when not in front of your computer. It has a description of each book, now over 30 titles.

Bible Seminar… I am considering hosting a “Bible Seminar” at one of the Marion County libraries in March. I have not yet set the date, but I would like to know if any of my email and Facebook friends are interested in the Bible Seminar. The topic will be “The End of The World.” It will be a 90-minute session with questions and answers at the end. We will cover why planet earth is going to be destroyed; how it will happen; who can escape the coming destruction? What happens next? What signs can we look for of the end? who is the Antichrist; and several other related topics.

Please drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know if you are interested in coming to this free seminar. That will help me plan for seating and pick a suitable location.

Audiobook… I just finished an audiobook. The audiobook is available on Amazon’s Audible Books. However, it is a membership thing. You cannot download it to listen unless you are a member of Audible Books. If you are, let me know and I will send you a free access link. The audio is about 3-hours. The topic is, “Believer’s Handbook of Battle Strategies.”

Word for the day…This is a word from Jesus, spoken when he was on earth over 2000 years ago. It was recorded by the apostle John, found in his gospel letter, chapter 3 verse 16.

“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.”

If we believe in him, as the only begotten Son of God, we will escape end time judgment of the damned and realize the love of almighty God all the days of our life here on earth. Now, that’s a good word for our every day. (The Biblical meaning of “Believing” is to rely upon, adhere to, and to trust in. It is not just a passing acknowledgment that he exists. It is a life commitment that changes your destiny.)

February Blog… Watch for my 2/24 Blog. It is a brief study of how the Bible came to be. It is really interesting. Lots of history.

Book Publishing… I am looking for one Christian that wants to write a Christian themed book. It can be fiction, non-fiction, romance, “How To” teachings, personal experience, poetry, recipe or some other topic. E-mail me with your ideas to [email protected].

Monday Karaoke… Mondays are usually a slow day with little or no fun stuff to do. Now, all that has changed. Bart’s Monday karaoke is super fun. It’s at Mc Calls in the Villages from 1 to 4 pm…. .See you there.

Questions and Answers… If you have a question concerning what to do in any given situation or need clarification on a Bible text, I can help. I will research it for you in the scriptures and report back in a private confidential eMail. Just drop me a line.

Well, that’s it for this month.

Until next time
John Marinelli, Author & Publisher
Marinellichristianbooks.com
[email protected]