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Jan 21, 2020golden calvesOur goal in this se­ries of ar­ti­cles is to pro­vide gen­er­al pat­terns fol­lowed by false prophe­cies so that you can more eas­i­ly iden­ti­fy them. In the process, we will learn how to pro­tect our souls, our chil­dren and the church from their dead­ly in­flu­ence. The Bible Right­ly Calls false prophets wa­ter­less clouds Jude 1:12, 2 Pe­ter 2:17. The Voice of God Is Deep Thun­der John 12:29, Ex­o­dus 20:18-19 and His Elo­quence Is Glo­ri­ous Rain Isa­iah 55:1, 10-11. But from the mouths of false prophets and an­tichrists come only loud noise and dry rain and their evil words pool in emp­ty wells called ide­olo­gies.De­ceived by the il­lu­sion of wa­tery depths, we lis­ten dili­gent­ly to these shal­low fa­bles only to be filled with even greater thirst. For here is the great se­cret of ide­olo­gies: they are more prop­er­ly called idolIfeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe
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Sep 17, 2018overcoming godGenesis 32:24-31 is the day Jacob died and Israel took his first breath. There are many, many things to say about this passage. We could for example ask ourselves as we read, “Have I wrestled with God and won?” Or we could talk about how Israel is an altar, a wrestling and pleading with The Holy God. Are you an altar? We could talk about the jarring suddenness of verse 24. How does Jacob, across the bridge of a mild semicolon, go from being alone to wrestling with God into death and resurrection? How does Jacob know to ask for a blessing in verse 26? Could it be that we can only know God’s Nature through striving with Him? Could it be that in some struggles, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood or even powers and principalities but against The Holy Lord of Hosts? What kind of a man is Jacob who, after suspecting that he is wrestling against God, keeps going! and in fact fightsIfeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe
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Jul 30, 2018names that fadeSmall hand in big hand, Joel walks down the street wearing his father’s left palm like an oversized mitten. Already a master at dodging the large dangerous chasms in the side walk, Joel’s eyes begin to wander in search for something interesting. “Daddy, who is that?” And his dad, following the path of his finger, replies, “Oh, that’s Mr. Smith.” Uninterested in this uninteresting answer, Joel asks, “Who’s Mr. Smith?” His dad pauses, remembering the day his friend, James Smith, walked down the aisle and gave his life to Jesus. He remembers Mr. Smith’s subsequent battle to be free from alcohol, the many awards he won for his teaching and the long nights spent at his house weeping with him after his wife passed away. Then Joel’s father looks down at his son and says, “Mr. Smith is a Christian.” “Oh,” says Joel in momentary satisfaction. Five chasms later he aIfeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe
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Apr 25, 2018the vinedresserIn John 15 Jesus instructs us on how to be His disciples. He begins by saying, “I Am The True Vine and My Father Is The Vinedresser.” So far we have shown that the roots of discipleship are anchored high far beyond the heavens in The Holy Trinity. Not only this. Through The True Vine, by the Power of The Holy Spirit, we become sons of God The Father. Let us highlight a few things Jesus is saying about Himself by Naming God Father.Begotten. Jesus says He Is The Son of God. Jesus is not a product of us. He Is Begotten of God and therefore He Possesses His Father’s Nature. Like His Father God, Jesus Is without beginning or end. Jesus Is The Son of God Who Is God.Disciple. As Elijah ascended, Elisha, his disciple, called out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen” 2 Kings 2:12. Why did Elisha call Elijah father? Simple. Because the rabbi is the father of hiIfeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe
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Apr 12, 2018rules for sanding woodAfter I graduated college, I moved from my childhood home to a place where I could count how many people I knew on one hand. I was Miss Independent. I moved into an apartment and starting scavenging the internet for deals on furniture. I ended up with a antique dresser set that was sturdy, but it had a very ugly color. I decided to take it upon myself to sand it down and restain it. I mean how hard could that really be? I got the sandpaper and went crazy on the dresser. After, I applied the stain and let the piece dry. I remember looking at it and thinking how much uglier it looked. The front of the drawers looked scratched and a totally different shade than what the sides of the dresser were. I sent my mom multiple “HELP ME!” texts.Looking back, I had picked up the sandpaper with no knowledge of what I was doing. This past year I taught classes on making wood signs. The importance oKearsten EleyinafeKearsten Eleyinafe
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Apr 12, 2018hide and seekWhen I was younger, I remember one time specifically that I got in trouble while I was being babysat. I was a product of 1990’s cartoons and wanted to see if slipping on a banana peel actually worked. I put one by my sister when she was practicing her ballet and she stepped on it and fell. I quickly ran to my room and hid under my covers. I promise I was not laughing. My babysitter at the time came into my room and started saying loudly, “Where is Kearsten?”. I thought I was so clever to avoid her wrath and punishment by hiding. Looking back on it now, she was calling me out and but she knew where I was the whole time (the child-size lump under the sheets really gave it away).There is no hiding from God. He is the Supreme Seeker. The One who filled our lungs with breath knows the good, the bad, and the ugly. We can’t hide from His knowledge of us, His Love, His Power, and His PreKearsten EleyinafeKearsten Eleyinafe
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Apr 12, 2018holy loveIn The Widow’s Oil, our last article about discipleship, I said that Jesus revealed The Holy Trinity when He said, “I Am The True Vine and My Father Is The Vinedresser.” I only hinted at the explanation which will be completed in this article. Now as I write, I will often say sons which means sons and daughters. But I remain with sons because Jesus Is The Son of God. Now this article is little long. But if God Gives you insight into Himself, then you will perceive how short it is.“I Am The True Vine and My Father is the Vinedresser.” So many Names Eternally robed in that single Name, “My Father”. It is tempting to think that “father” is a role and not a name. But this is not true. Father is a name. Many cultures properly capture this. As an adult, I still call my father daddy. Even in my dreams, I only call him daddy. Daddy is the name he received from me when he and myIfeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe
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Apr 2, 2018the widow's oilI do not know how Jesus did it. Hundreds, He performed hundreds, maybe thousands of miracles while He walked the earth. Yet His Word in John 15:1 is the most Miraculous. “I Am The True Vine and My Father Is The Vine Dresser.” A short sentence. An Eternity of meaning. Thousands of years earlier in Exodus 3:14 God told Moses His Name. “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Thousands of years later, stirring up dust as He walked with His disciples, Jesus Christ, our Burning Bush, not only reveals Himself but also Names The Holy Trinity.And“I Am The True Vine and My Father Is The Vinedresser.” In the same breath, in the same sentence, immediately after declaring Himself to be The True Vine, He declares His Father. Not only this. Jesus says "and" My Father Is The Vinedresser. This “and” couples and interrelates the Ifeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe
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Mar 27, 2018the true vineRays of light carefully crafted to pierce the darkness of any sorrow, the words of Jesus in John 15:1-3 are Brilliant and Strong. With the Almighty Patience of The Eternal God and the passionate brevity of a Man about to die, Jesus Christ encompasses the entirety of the disciple’s walk. Jesus speaks here only to believers. For them, these words are open doors. In the midst of the valley of the shadow of death, these verses are the rod and staff; they are a house where the disciple calmly rests as she walks with Jesus Christ. Those who go further without abiding here will only find themselves by coming back. Those who refuse to enter cannot go further. Only those who remain in these three verses can go forward with our Lord Jesus Christ.These words are pillars. More sure than birth or death or taxes, these three verses stand. They are not a suggestion or a command. Yet like spiritual grIfeoluwapo EleyinafeIfeoluwapo Eleyinafe

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