Scientology run-ins bring warnings

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Scientology run-ins bring warnings

Scientology run-ins bring warnings

Scientology With two recent public confrontations, a year-long, highly publicized drama in the world of Scientology has spilled into the streets of Clearwater.

The latest incident occurred Friday afternoon as seven members of the Church of Scientology — including five senior members of its California-based international management team — surrounded and screamed at a former church executive, then loudly carried the dispute into the office of an unsuspecting and startled doctor.

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Jars of Clay

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 07:34 PM PDT

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

~2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)

What is the treasure hidden inside the jars of clay?  Why would God use jars of clay to hide treasure?  Does God's power hold the jars together?  Is God's power holding you together?  Let's explore the answers to these questions and find out how great our God is!

Treasure ~ "thesauros" in the Greek

The treasure that Paul is speaking of in this verse is mentioned in 2 Corinthians 2:14.

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him."

The fragrance is the treasure found in the jars of clay.  Not just any fragrance.  The fragrance of Christ and the knowledge of who He is.  The knowledge of God's transforming grace and His love that gives us a choice to live in eternity with Him.  This fragrance changes us when we smell it.  God's grace cannot touch a life without making remarkable changes.  Does the aroma of your life leave a beautiful scent, so people see Jesus in your life?  What kind of fragrance do you possess when you enter a room?

Clay Jars ~ "ostrakinos" in the Greek

God did not choose fine china to hold His most precious treasure.  He chose jars of clay.  Why would God choose jars of clay to hold the most beautiful fragrance?  Well, we are the jars of clay.  We are fragile just like the jars made of clay.  The jars are common, fragile, of little value in themselves, and will break sooner or later.  It's what's inside the jars that makes them priceless.

The message of the Gospel is inside and no price tag can be put on Salvation.  The power of God is inside and no one can put value on God's Power.  We too hold the power of God inside of us and we are privileged to be called sons and daughters of God.  We may be fragile, we may break at times, but our value is priceless because of the One who lives inside of us!

Power ~ "dunamis" in the Greek

God's power exceeds our expectations.  He has more than enough power to accomplish His purpose in our lives.  God has overcome death for us by giving us His Son Jesus Christ.  There is no temptation, no circumstance, no trial, no financial strain, no sickness, no difficulty that God cannot overtake.  He has the power to transcend all of our weaknesses.  He will not be disturbed by things that disturb us.  He will not be shaken and He will not worry.

It is through God's power that we find strength to live when everything looks grim.  God's power gives us victory in the battles we face.  The power of the Gospel has conquered the grave and set us up for life in eternity.  Only One power can set us free, give us a reason to live, and something to look forward to beyond our last breath.

Make sure Jesus is the Lord of your life today, so you can experience the power of God in your life too!  Here is a link to a devotional so you can read more… Your Table is Ready

Dear Father God,

My treasure is in You.  I pray the fragrance my life leaves in a room will be sweet.  May I always remember that I am a jar of clay, constantly in my Potter's hands.  You are the Potter and I am the clay.  Mold me and make me into all that You desire me to be.  I pray that I will live according to Your power and seek to show others who You are!

Priceless because of my Father,

Sarah


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Every Step You Take, Every Breath You Make

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 10:11 AM PDT

When the fateful day arrives that you finally accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, a new order of importance is being placed on every decision you make. Sometimes, the change is not all that obvious. Remember, if it took you 25 years to develop how you think and act, it stands to reason that God [...]


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Christians in Good Company

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Christians in Good Company


Which Way Do I Go?

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 04:36 AM PDT

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Scientology Amsterdam faces legal claims for rent arrears

Scientology Amsterdam faces legal claims for rent arrears

Scientology Real Estate corporation Libra International has filed interim injunction procedures against the Church of Scientology in Amsterdam.

The organization is facing $103.000 in rent arrears.

"Sometimes it takes a while but until now they have always eventually paid up. The interim injunction is simply a 'stick behind the door'," Libra's attorney says -- referring to a Dutch idiom that suggests one has the means to compel someone into compliance.



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Israeli cult leader Goel Ratzon to be held until case ends and more...

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Israeli cult leader Goel Ratzon to be held until case ends and more...

Israeli cult leader Goel Ratzon to be held until case ends

Goel Ratzon Alleged polygamist cult leader Goel Ratzon will remain in custody until the end of all court proceedings against him, the Tel Aviv District Court decided yesterday.

Ratzon is accused of a litany of sex and assault crimes against his 17 female partners and their children, whom he allegedly subjugated to slave-like conditions.




Fellowship Church jet travels to exotic destinations

Ed Young, Fellowship Church Fellowship Church in Grapevine has thousands of members on five campuses. Pastor Ed Young says his church and travels have allowed him to minister to more than a quarter of a million people.

But Young is somewhat less eager to talk about the News 8 investigation into the leasing by Fellowship Church of an $8 million Dassault Falcon 50 private jet, which Young keeps in a hanger at Fort Worth Alliance Airport.



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French Muslim: I have mistresses; not multiple wives and more...

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French Muslim: I have mistresses; not multiple wives and more...

French Muslim: I have mistresses; not multiple wives

Lies Hebbadj and his wife A Muslim butcher who could be stripped of his French passport over allegations of polygamy hit back on Monday, insisting that he had not broken the law.

Lies Hebbadj, an Algerian-born 35-year-old, has been at the centre of a political storm since last week when his wife complained that she had been fined for driving while wearing her "niqab" full-face veil.




Order bars fundamentalist mormon dad from discussing polygamy

Joseph Compton A Utah father is fighting an order that bars him from sharing his Fundamentalist Mormon views with his children -- or even taking them to this small town he now calls home, where most residents hold a religious belief in polygamy that a judge deemed "harmful."

The constitutional and parental rights issues raised in the Compton divorce case have been the subject of similar legal proceedings in Utah and several other states.



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