Has Your Faith Been Hacked?

Cybersecurity is a serious matter with our personal, financial, and medical data at risk of being comprised or stolen by hackers.
However, even more serious is the potential hacking of our faith by Satin.

A recent hack allegedly by China appears to have compromised the personal information of millions of federal employees.

Cybersecurity is a serious matter with our personal, financial, and medical data at risk of being comprised or stolen by hackers.

However, just as serious is the potential hacking of our faith by Satin.

Adam and Eve fell victim to the original hack when they fell prey to Satin as he used the serpent to hack them out of the Garden.

Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?  Genesis 3:1

Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:11 that we should “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Satin has devised many schemes for hacking our faith as he uses:

  • Popular culture and today’s music, movies and books
  • People in disguise with intentions of no good
  • The internet with easy access to pornography, unseemly materials and illegal opportunities placed in the palm of our hands with smart phones and tablets

Prayer is our ironclad defense against Satin’s hacks.

Jesus in Matthew 26:41 tells us the importance of prayer:

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

As humans we are like sheep; frail, weak and easily subjected to Satan’s hacks.

Guard against Satin’s hacks by spending time in prayer!

For as Jesus tells us in John15:7If you live in Me and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”

A Father’s Greatest Gift

On this Father’s Day when we Dads will receive all manner of gifts and tributes. Let us break with tradition and give a gift of our own.

In the agony of the cross Jesus addressed those who were crucifying him. Saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Luke 23:34

In the agony of the mass killings at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Family members of the dead addressed Dylann Roof the alleged murder saying “Father, forgive him.”

On this Father’s Day when we Dads will receive all manner of gifts and tributes.

Let us break with tradition and give a gift of our own.

Which is the same gift that our Heavenly Father has given us.

Let’s give our children the greatest gift a father can give:

And that gift is: Forgiveness.

Father on this Father’s Day please forgive all of us for we so often know not what we do.

When Bullets Fly in God’s House

Last night during bible study bullets flew at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; killing nine people including the church’s pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney.

Last night in our great nation, millions gathered for Bible Study.  This tradition knows no bounds of race or denomination.  It is God’s people simply coming together to deepen their faith by studying His Word.

Last night during bible study bullets flew at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; killing nine people including the church’s pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney.

Last night in Charleston we saw again what carnage can occur when bullets fly.  However, we have seen this before:

  • When bullets flew at a Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado killing 12 people
  • When bullets flew at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC and 12 more people were killed
  • When bullets flew at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Connecticut where 27 people were killed including 20 children, between the ages of six and seven

With these repeated heinous acts and our inaction, we as a nation have condoned and accepted the outcomes when bullets fly.

However, as people of faith we will not allow the bullets that flew in Charleston, deter us from our relationship with the Lord.

In Matthew 10:28 Jesus gives us the courage to go back into God’s house when He tells us “Don’t be afraid of those who can kill only your bodies—but can’t touch your souls! Fear only God who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Therefore, this weekend in Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and Churches all across America we will continue to worship.   As Psalm 34:1 tells us: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

And on Wednesday night we will go back to Bible Study.

However, today we will pray:

  • We will pray for the nine who were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • We will pray for those who survived.

And

  • We will pray for the one that pulled the trigger that made the bullets fly in God’s House.

 

Marben Bland is studying to become an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church

How Much Do You Believe In Your Faith?

Jesus reminds us that our faith really is not our faith unless and until we believe it.

How much do you believe in your faith?

When asked clearly a majority of us would say that we do.

Jesus in Matthew 8:5-13 gives us a perfect demonstration of what believing in your faith should look like.

The demonstration begins when Jesus arrives in the village of Capernaum where He is greeted by a distressed Roman military officer.

The officer tells Jesus that his servant is sick, can’t walk and is in terrible pain.  Jesus offers to heal the stricken man.

The Roman officer replied by saying that he did not want to put Jesus to all the trouble of going to visit the servant.  Further, He asked Jesus to simply give the order and the servant will be healed.

Jesus stood there amazed! Turning to the crowd he said, “I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!   Matthews 8:10 (The Living Bible)

In this passage Jesus reminds us that our faith really is not our faith unless and until we believe it.

Paul tells us in Hebrews 11: 1 (KJV) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Believing in our faith means that we must:

  • Trust God not only with our problems but our lives
  • Trust God and obey His word
  • Trust God with the full knowledge that what we ask for in faith will be granted in His way.

In order to believe in our faith we must:

  • Commit ourselves to The Word through study; so we will know what we should believe.
  • Commit ourselves to Worship; so we can praise God for the powerful, loving and holy God that we know He is.
  • Commit ourselves to Prayer; which is the manifestation of our faith.

When we believe our faith – we are eligible to receive the same praise that Jesus gave to the Roman captain which was: “Go” because what you believed could happen has happened.”   For at that moment his servant became well.

Therefore again the question is:

How much do you believe in your faith?

Writing these posts are a labor of love and I hope are a blessings as you read them. I would be honored to get your thoughts about these writings.  Please drop me a line at www.marbenbland.com

Class of 2015 : If You Love God – You Must Embrace Change

In loving, studying and following God you will discover an important truth: If you love God you must embrace change. While it is true that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. However, when we are saved by the blood of Jesus and give our lives to Christ…..God will demand change from us.

Last weekend I was honored to deliver the commencement Address to graduating class of The Wilson Christian Academy.  On this blog space I am pleased to share a portion of my remarks.

Giving graduation speeches is a joy and a honor, if you are looking for a commencement or other keynote speech please consider me.  Email me marben@marbenbland.com or call 608 358 1309 to kick off the discussion

Click here to read the full text of my speech.

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My brief remarks today are about the challenges that we face in life and the changes that God makes in us to help us meet those challenges.

The title of this teaching sums up the one piece of advice.

That I want to give to you, the class of 2015

And that advice is:

If you love God – You Must Embrace Change 

Change is evident all over the Bible:

In Genesis – God changed the nothing into everything by creating the earth, creating man and creating woman.

—Then man changes everything by messing it up.

In Exodus – God changed the reprobate mind of the Pharaoh.

— And then demonstrates His mighty power by parting the sea as He releases His people from slavery in Egypt.

In the Gospels: Matthew, Luke, Mark and John:  God changes the very nature of His relationship with us by sending His only son Jesus to give us salvation.

Then, God changes death itself as Jesus arose from the grave with all power.

Making it possible for all of us to have everlasting life.

Therefore Class of 2015

Change is intrusive

Change is inevitable

Change is inescapable

In fact you the Class of 2015 are… the change.

This entire ceremony is designed to celebrate the change that is happing in you.

The completion of one phase of your lives and the dawn of another.

–Class of 2015 if you did not like the change that happened to you this year; like I did not like the change that happened to me 40 years ago when I was in high school…

You haven’t seen anything yet. —

Or Bruno Mars says it the song Uptown Funk – “Don’t believe me just watch.”

Class of 2015 Just Watch the changes as some of you go off to college.

Class of 2015 – Just Watch the changes as you find a job, get married, and have children of your own.

Class of 2015 – Just Watch the changes as some of you join our armed forces and go marching off to war.

Don’t Believe — Say it with me Just Watch!!!

However, no matter the challenge, no matter the change, God will be with you.

As Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Class of 2015 Let me stop at this point and suggest 3 things form scripture about Loving God and Embracing the change that He has before us.

Click here to read the full text of my speech.

Unlocking The Power Of Email Marketing

Unlike your webpage or even the most popular social media sites like Facebook, email marketing reaches customers where they spend a lot of time each day — their inbox.

Many businesses, churches and civic groups who use social media often overlook the capability and power of email marketing.

Unlike your webpage or even the most popular social media sites like Facebook, email marketing reaches customers where they spend a lot of time each day — their inbox.

E-mail marketing tools like Constant Contact provides a direct cost effective communication pipeline to your customers.

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The advantages of email marketing over more traditional social media sites include:

  • Complete Brand Control Email marketing tools gives you complete brand control; with a choice of mobile friendly templates and customized communication solutions.
  • Automated Personalized Emails Wish your customers, clients, and worshipers a happy birthday. Greet them with a warm welcome when they join an email list; or deliver valuable information in the form of newsletters that can include videos, pictures or blogs to interested leads with a customized, automated email.  The time to be delivered is at your command.
  • Administration and Real Time Reporting Email marketing allows management and tracking of your messages from one easy-to-use dashboard.

 Become a social media marketing superstar!

Email marketing has been a successful part of my social media strategy.  Driving more views to my website, while enhancing the activities I do on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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SocialMediaMarketingImageSocial Media Marketing: An Hour a Day helps readers create a comprehensive strategy and teaches social media marketing best practices as readers launch, measure, and tweak the strategy. It covers everything from how to pitch the initiative internally to how to best use the available distribution and measurement tools.

 

TwitterMarketingTwitter Marketing: An Hour a Day features practical advice and step-by-step instruction for crafting a plan, attracting and engaging followers, leveraging contests and other promotional vehicles, and monitoring and measuring efforts.

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© 2015 Marben Bland