Top Kundalini Yoga Tutor – Mike Shreve’s Story.

Mike Shreve has spoken on numerous TV and radio networks and is the author of various books and booklets. Please watch his powerful testimony video below.

MORE ABOUT MIKE SHREVE:

Mike Shreve is an author and has spoken on many TV interviews, including Sid Roth’s program It’s Supernatural. He was a top Yoga tutor in four American universities, before his conversion.

Mike has two websites. One features testimonies of Ex New Agers, including Mike, myself  Laura Maxwell, and others.

Mike Shreve

More Details:

Email: mikeshreve@aol.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrshreve?1st=1454990452%3A567343238%3A1535473523

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shreve-Ministries-161928343824103/?hc_ref=ARQr7M68fOtZ5rByNRjoB5F0nx5jhM7DHkgVGz36g_JFKzQnhpy674wHLiTt_f-eIvE&fref=nf&__xts__

Visit Mike’s Very Informative Websites At:

http://www.shreveministries.org/cms/

http://www.thetruelight.net

http://reachouttrust.org/new-age/what-is-meant-by-the-term/

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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Ex New Age Guru: Warren B. Smith’s Testimony.

Author, Apologist, Former New Ager, Warren wrote: ‘The Light That Was Dark, Deceived on Purpose, A “Wonderful” Deception, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?, Another Jesus Calling.’ For books and more see: http://www.warrenbsmith.com/books.htm

For his many booklets: https://www.lighthousetrails.com/2491-booklets-by-warren-b-smith

Warren B Smith

TAKEN FROM: The New Spirituality and The Light That was Darkness. CREDITS: Dean Gibson-Grainstore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQTUCbIJMV4

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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On Believers Who Tragically Return To The Occult.

My friend Ivani Greppi wrote the below article on dear believers who tragically return to the occult…

FROM CHRIST TO THE OCCULT: SCREWTAPE EXPLAINS

 

There is an alarming trend occurring in Christian circles today. Many people who have publicly forsaken the occult and testified their deliverance and salvation in Jesus Christ, are returning to their former pagan practices. And many are publicly renouncing and attacking Christianity on social media.

The brilliant book by C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters, gives the reader a unique perspective on the devil’s wiles regarding this topic.

ScrewtapeLetters

Synopsis: “The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.” 

The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel first published in 1942. Although it is fiction, it powerfully illustrates theological concepts regarding demonic oppression and control of human behavior, ultimately proclaiming Jesus Christ’s deliverance, salvation, and triumph in the lives of those who believe and trust in Him alone.

The story is written as a series of letters from Screwtape, the primary mentoring demon, to his demon-in-training and nephew Wormwood.

cs lewis quote

Here is a quote from the book’s Preface by Lewis:

“I HAVE no intention of explaining how the correspondence which I now offer to
the public fell into my hands.

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally
pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same
delight. The sort of script which is used in this book can be very easily
obtained by anyone who has once learned the knack; but disposed or excitable
people who might make a bad use of it shall not learn it from me.

Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar. Not everything that Screwtape says should be assumed to be true even from his own angle. I have made no attempt to identify any of the human beings mentioned in the letters; but I
think it very unlikely that the portraits, say, of Fr. Spike or the patient’s
mother, are wholly just.

There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth.”

The main purpose of this post is not to review The Screwtape Letters, but instead to focus on one specific chapter: How Screwtape instructs Wormwood to make the best of the situation when his “patient” becomes a Christian.

On Chapter II of The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape instructs Wormwood how to manipulate his newly converted “patient” away from God’s Truth:

“MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
I note with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not 
indulge the hope that you will escape the usual penalties; indeed, in your 
better moments, I trust you would hardly even wish to do so. In the meantime we 
must make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of 
these adult converts have been reclaimed after a I brief sojourn in the Enemy’s camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favour.

One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand 
me. I do riot mean the Church as we see her spread but through all time and 
space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, 
is a spectacle which makes I our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is 
quite invisible to these humans. All your patient sees is the half-finished, 
sham Gothic erection on the new building estate. When he goes inside, he sees 
the local grocer with rather in oily expression on his face bustling up to offer 
him one shiny little book containing a liturgy which neither of them 
understands, and one shabby little book containing corrupt texts of a number of 
religious lyrics, mostly bad, and in very small print. When he gets to his pew 
and looks round him he sees just that selection of his neighbours whom he has 
hitherto avoided.

You want to lean pretty heavily on those neighbours. Make his mind flit to and fro between an expression like “the body of Christ” and the actual faces in the next pew. It matters very little, of course, what kind of people that next pew really contains. You may know one of them to be a great warrior on the Enemy’s side. No matter. Your patient, thanks to Our Father below, is a fool. Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune, or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite 
easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous. At his 
present stage, you see, he has an idea of “Christians” in his mind which he 
supposes to be spiritual but which, in fact, is largely pictorial. His mind is 
full of togas and sandals and armour and bare legs and the mere fact that the 
other people in church wear modern clothes is a real—though of course an unconscious—difficulty to him. Never let it come to the surface; never let him 
ask what he expected them to look like. Keep everything hazy in his mind now, 
and you will have all eternity wherein to amuse yourself by producing in him the 
peculiar kind of clarity which Hell affords.

Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming 
to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman. The Enemy allows this 
disappointment to occur on the threshold of every human endeavour. It occurs 
when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories from the Odyssey 
buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married 
and begin the real task of learning to live together. In every department of 
life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing. The 
Enemy takes this risk because He has a curious fantasy of making all these 
disgusting little human vermin into what He calls His “free” lovers and 
servants—”sons” is the word He uses, with His inveterate love of degrading the 
whole spiritual world by unnatural liaisons with the two-legged animals. 
Desiring their freedom, He therefore refuses to carry them, by their mere 
affections and habits, to any of the goals which He sets before them: He leaves 
them to “do it on their own”. And there lies our opportunity. But also, 
remember, there lies our danger. If once they get through this initial dryness 
successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much 
harder to tempt.

I have been writing hitherto on the assumption that the people in the next pew 
afford no rational ground for disappointment. Of course if they do—if the 
patient knows that the woman with the absurd hat is a fanatical bridge-player or 
the man with squeaky boots a miser and an extortioner—then your task is so much 
the easier. All you then have to do is to keep out of his mind the question “If 
I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should 
the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is 
mere hypocrisy and convention?” You may ask whether it is possible to keep such 
an obvious thought from occurring even to a human mind. It is, Wormwood, it is! 
Handle him properly and it simply won’t come into his head. He has not been 
anything like long enough with the Enemy to have any real humility yet. What he 
says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom, 
he still believes he has run up a very favourable credit-balance in the Enemy’s 
ledger by allowing himself to be converted, and thinks that he is showing great 
humility and condescension in going to church with these “smug”, commonplace 
neighbours at all. Keep him in that state of mind as long as you can.
Your affectionate uncle,
SCREWTAPE”

quote c.s.

Concerned Christians are posting on social media about the increasing phenomenon regarding former occultists who claimed to have given their lives to Christ, only to return to serving Satan.

Bill Posey and Joe Miroddi of Answers for the Paranormal Podcast, recently did an interview with Jerry Blase, a former Satanist regarding this topic titled: As a Dog Returns to its Vomit.  Listen to this eye opening interview here

2 Timothy 3:1-9, well describes these “difficult times for Christian service”.

Perilous Times and Perilous Men

3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

My prayer is for those who once proclaimed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have turned away, to “rend their hearts”. In Joel 2:12-13, God declares, “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:7

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark word and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12.

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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Psychics for Children on The Disney Channel by Marcia Montenegro, Ex New Ager.

Ex New Ager, Spiritualist & Professional Astrologer, participated in past life regression, astral travel, spirit contact, tarot cards and had spirit guides. Marcia Montenegro is a woman who I highly admire and have loved her resources for years!!!

She’s been a guest on my radio show The Supernatural with Laura Maxwell and her articles have featured on my blog. I HIGHLY recommend you check out her blog and Facebook page. (Details follow her below post).

Psychics For Children by Marcia Montenegro.

Hope Lach and Laura Maxwell messaged me with this link showing a psychic talking to children on the Disney Channel.

Do It Duo: Let’s be Psychics Part 1! | Raven’s Home | Disney Channel. 38,354 views

  disneychannel, Published on June 13, 2018. Category: Entertainment  SUBSCRIBE 1.9M

”Issac Ryan Brown and Jason Maybaum from Raven’s Home get different readings from a real psychic!”
Watch Raven’s Home on DisneyNOW! http://www.DisneyNow.com Want more Raven’s Home? See it here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
“Raven’s Home” picks up with longtime best friends Raven and Chelsea, who are now each divorced with kids of their own, raising their children – Raven’s 11-year-old twins Booker and Nia, and Chelsea’s 9-year-old son Levi – under one roof, in a chaotic but fun household that often includes the twins’ best friend and neighbor Tess. Unbeknownst to her kids, Raven still catches glimpses of the future, and unbeknownst to her, Booker has just learned he has these same abilities. Hilarity ensues as Raven and Booker’s visions collide, but no matter the situation, they figure everything out together as one big happy family.”

Marcia Montenegro:

‘The psychic, Rachel True, does a psychic reading, reads palms, then reads lips (via lipstick). This is very brief and done with a lot of laughs, yet somewhat seriously. She also equates being “intuitive” with being psychic, which is false. Naturally, this could get children interested and to believe that psychics are a good thing.

There have been so many TV programs and movies for children featuring psychics, witches, contact with ‘the dead’, (“Coco”), etc. as “good” .

This is not surprising. See my links below for more information.’

Marcia Montenegro.

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Replies To Marcia Montenegro‘s Facebook Post:

Robin Armstrong Seeber
Robin Armstrong Seeber well ever since Walt died, disney has gone gay, new age, pagan, you name it
Marcia Montenegro
Marcia Montenegro Wasn’t he in charge when they did The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?
Rob Pomeroy
WAYOFLIFE.ORG
Laura Maxwell
Laura Maxwell I agree Rob. There’s evidence he was far from godly.
Dagmar Jacobsen
Dagmar Jacobsen Disney has always had occultic stuff in their movies. Almost every cartoon has some kind of witch in it. It’s because no one cared in the beginning that it is what it is now.
Marcia Montenegro
Marcia Montenegro I tend to agree; no one cared and have cared even less as time went by. It was a steady decline.
Laura Maxwell
Laura Maxwell I agree also.
Beverley Wilson
Beverley Wilson More ‘bad news’ confirming how we must protect our youth. Sad that so many of us are considered quacks and over-protective for not wanting our young ones to view or participate in this. I pray for my grandchildren as my children are on the ‘wide path’ and leading their children to be exposed to such ‘innocent’ viewing. I am considered ‘too religious’, meanwhile they dabble in Hinduism via Yoga, etc. 😦
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More Information from Marcia Montenegro’s Website:  CANA : Christian Answers for the New Age

CANA article on Psychics:
https://bit.ly/1dEKbtY

CANA post on Wonderbook: Book of Spells by J K Rowling
https://bit.ly/2Kgumxm

CANA post, “Cute Magic: How We Get Used to Evil in Friendly Forms”
https://goo.gl/BlTzNA

CANA post, “Little Charmers: Potions and Spells for Fun?”
https://goo.gl/v0HEzX

CANA critique of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
http://goo.gl/GHS2Fq

 

Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age

http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/

Marcia Montenegro, author and speaker.

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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ROB BELL AND THE WRONG JESUS By Marcia Montenegro, Ex New Ager.

False Gospel

Ex New Ager, Spiritualist & Professional Astrologer, participated in past life regression, astral travel, spirit contact, tarot cards and had spirit guides. Marcia Montenegro is a woman who I highly admire and have loved her resources for years!!!

She’s been a guest on my radio show The Supernatural with Laura Maxwell and her articles have featured on my blog. I HIGHLY recommend you check out her blog and Facebook page. (Details at foot of her below post).

ROB BELL AND THE WRONG JESUS By Marcia Montenegro

Rob Bell is interviewed by Premier Christianity (audio) here: https://bit.ly/2OkJEj1

Bell never says “God;” instead, he says “the Divine.” Bell refers to Jesus quite often, but that is a problem because Bell is not talking about the real Jesus.

Per his usual style, Bell is not really definitive about his views, but rather hints at things. He evades the issue of having to believe in Jesus for salvation and instead talks about how the Bible says that “all things” will be restored, and he emphasizes “all things.” This is part of his Christian Universalist Reconciliation View articulated in his book, “Love Wins.” (See CANA article on book at end).

Yes, God will restore creation (Romans 8: 20-21; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1) to a “new heaven” and a “new earth.” Those in Christ will be in the “city of the living God” as the author of Hebrews tells us:

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24

Yet Jesus spoken often of hell and other passages do the same:

“…then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment…” 2 Peter 2:9

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 20: 11-15

The “second death” is eternal separation from God.

New Age Guru

Ram Dass influenced the New Age and helped to inject Eastern beliefs into the culture. Here’s what Rob Bell says about him:

At one point (close to 24 minutes), Bell favorably quotes Ram Dass about “grasping energy” which is “fear, anger,” or failure to “confront a shadow side” that causes one to “desperately cling to systems, patterns, addictions, habits.” Bell says salvation is being released from all the things you were clinging to.

That Bell gets insight from Ram Dass is very revealing. I am quite familiar with Ram Dass from my New Age days; his book “Be Here Now” played a huge role in my worldview and I personally met him onstage after one of his lectures at Emory University.

Ram Dass is also known as Richard Alpert, who as a psychologist at Harvard in the 1960s, participated in some LSD experiments with Timothy Leary, which led to the famed mantra of psychedelic drugs, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.”

False Doctrines

I think Bell had already slipped from the Christian faith when he wrote “Velvet Elvis,” which was promoted by many Christians.

In that book, Bell recommended that his readers set aside 3 months to read Ken Wilber’s book, “A Theory of Everything.” Wilber is best described as a prolific author and post New Age-Buddhist-Perennialist who designed a paradigm he calls Integral Spirituality.

Bell shows contempt for anyone who holds to sound doctrine by saying those who preach sound orthodoxy are being “dogmatic” and holding to “a system.”

Instead, Bell tells us, Jesus came so that would live: “food, drink, a good walk, surfing, music, architecture, law…” The podcast host refers to the “abundant life” of John 10:10 and Bell agrees that is what he is talking about. However, “abundant life” is about life in Christ, which means living by the Spirit and having eternal life. But one can only live by the Spirit when one trusts in Christ, something Bell seems to reject.

That one must believe in him to have this abundant life is made clear by Jesus in several places:

“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.’” John 6:35

“I am the bread of life.” John 6:48

Without Jesus, there is no such water or bread. But one who believes in Jesus (see Jesus’ words above in John 7:38) never thirsts or hungers again and is continually and eternally satisfied. This is abundant life, not enjoying life more or making the most of life. Certainly abundant life in Christ does not preclude enjoying life, and it should actually enrich it, but let’s get the definition of “abundant life” biblically correct.

That such abundant life is not always a pleasurable enjoyment of life is revealed by many passages about suffering for the sake of Christ and being willing to do so. This means suffering in defense of the faith, not just suffering. There are too many passages on this, but a good one is:

“If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” 1 Peter 4:14-19

Hubbard: self confessed Luciferian Medium

Here is audio of Rob Bell and Deepak Chopra talking together at the week-long Meditation and Yoga retreat in 2016 sponsored by New Ager Deepak Chopra. Bell uses the term “Spirit” the same way New Agers do.
goo.gl/YrzvNM

New Age Associates:

Rob Bell, still viewed as a Christian, says none of these things about having faith in Christ, eternal life, suffering for the gospel, or Jesus as the water and bread of life. But Bell is out there, influencing many. He is someone Christians can draw a line with because Bell no longer stands for the true Jesus. His associations with and approvals of New Ager Deepak Chopra, New Thought follower Oprah, and heretical Richard Rohr speak volumes.

Rob Bell extols doubt, uncertainty, and is anti-propositional.

My impression of Bell’s Jesus is that he was a postmodern hip rabbi who told stories, liked to break rules, and eschewed propositional truth. Yet aside from his parables, questions, and rebukes, Jesus’ statements recorded in the gospels are all propositional truths.
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CANA Related Sources

CANA post, Rob Bell and His Descent into New Age
https://bit.ly/2nlFfRy

CANA post, Rob Bell participating at Deepak Chopra’s Retreat, “Rob Bell Continues Slide Away From Truth”
goo.gl/Cv6Iwm

CANA article on “Love Wins” by Rob Bell
goo.gl/7fZw8J

Here is audio of Rob Bell and Deepak Chopra talking together at the week-long Meditation and Yoga retreat in 2016 sponsored by New Ager Deepak Chopra. Bell uses the term “Spirit” the same way New Agers do.
goo.gl/YrzvNM

Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age

http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/

Marcia Montenegro, author and speaker.

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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A Look At Radical Feminism with Camilla Rosa Eriksen.

Camilla Rosa Eriksen wrote on Radical Feminism recently in Exposing The Darkness. and kindly gave me permission to share here. The book “The Illuminati in Hollywood” is referred toA founder of the Illuminati, Adam Weishaupt’s famous quote on feminism is included.

The Witchcraft Spell Of The Feminist Movement by Camilla Rosa Eriksen.

Have you noticed how our culture is trying to make feminine strength about being aggressive, angry, loud and even to dominate men?

In fact, women are becoming more and more masculine in our culture and media – even those with a full face of make up and dancing in skimpy clothes.

It’s a strong demonic influence that is happening to twist and pervert God’s original plan.
“Radical Feminism” is on the rise and it’s even more aggressive than the feminism of the 60’s and 70’s.

Spiritually this one is a giant. Jezebel spirit, Isis spirit, Ashera spirit, “Queen of Heaven”…this snake wears many coats and various Goddess names (demonic entities).

Adam Weishaupt, the founder of the Illuminati, wrote the following words about how to target women. What we are seeing now is clearly a strategically planned possession of womanhood:

“It will be an immense relief to their enslaved minds to be freed from any one bond or restraint, and it will fire them the more, and cause them to work for us with zeal, without knowing that they do so; for they will only be indulging their own desire of personal admiration”

Women are enslaved while thinking that they are freeing themselves. The elite cabal puppet masters are laughing, as they see women being fooled by their well planned agenda and prompting them to act like mind controlled angry freaks.

(Take a brief look at contemporary pop culture videos with female artists or movies, most tv shows and the so-called “Women’s Rights” protests to notice what is happening).

It is a trend now that movies that were originally cast with strong men as leads have been cast by women instead – Mad Max: Fury Road, Ghostbusters, Superwoman, Ocean’s 8, and countless others examples. The common denominator in this trend is not just the women playing lead but that there is always a male part which looks weak, pathetic or less wise than the woman. This week Netflix offered me a list of 75 different shows or movies under the banner “strong female lead” and this is not something I have ever looked for in the search mechanism (another indication that Netflix is used for propaganda).

The Ban Bossy campaign in 2014 was created to criticize the use of the word “bossy” to describe assertive girls and women, proposing that the word is stigmatizing and would discourage girls and women from seeking positions of leadership.

Mark Dice in his book “The Illuminati in Hollywood” makes a correct observation here:

“Beyonce was the face of the feminist campaign called “Ban Bossy” in 2014 which aimed to equate the use of the word “bossy” the same as racial slur. This of course, while her husband rapper Jay-Z, repeatedly calls women bitches and hoes in his music, which is obviously demeaning to women….The “Ban Bossy” campaign even got the public support of First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, Girls Scouts CEO Maria Chavez and others who apparently didn’t see the hypocrisy in bringing Beyonce aboard the campaign”.

Part 2:

We have to wake up. Because this “revolution” is going on in our schools, institutions and all forms of entertainment and media and it is here to stay.

Apart from it being extremely destructive, what our culture and schools are now teaching girls, to be feminine power and strength – is a LIE!

Real strength is the opposite of being aggressive and violent and vulgar – real strength is rooted in love, kindness and a gracious and generous spirit.

It is being able to be kind, despite what we have endured. It is to choose not to be verbally abusive towards the people who have abused us, despite the temptation to lash out.

It’s about forgiveness and learning better boundaries instead of hate. It’s about having a voice – YES – but speaking with clarity, wisdom, empathy and understanding.

It is about helping other women and children.

It’s about building others up without breaking down those we disagree with.

It is about respecting men and learning to avoid those men who don’t reciprocate love and respect back. Not hating on them with weapons of destruction. We do not heal from abuse by becoming abusers ourselves.

Real power is finding answers in the Bible and having the knowledge that we are loved in the Beloved – in Yeshua/Jesus – by our Heavenly Father. On that foundation we can have peace and find new strength despite our circumstances.

Strength without that inner peace (the shalom that we need in our heart) is actually not strength at all.

Aggression, rage, violence, hate, malice and abuse (verbal or otherwise) and being masculine as a woman is NOT strength. It is an expression of pain directed at others or against ourselves by our actions or words.

It springs from wounds and the unhealed places in our soul.

Many of those wounds are inflicted on women because of this so-called “freedom” that the feminist movement promotes – such as sex with different partners and abortion. So ironically women are hurting themselves by becoming part of the revolution and this ignites more anger and frustration within themselves to fuel even more “female power”.

PRAY PROTECTION daily over yourself and your daughters because – trust me – this propoganda looks like the whole world is coming deeper under a hypnotic witchcraft spell!

I don’t believe this means that you have to be a specific physical type, or that you have to not care about your outer appearance. And also some women have more natural leadership skills than others, and some are more extrovert than introvert and with a higher movement. Nothing wrong with that! 🙂

My point is – Satan is skillfully changing the female virtues that God has created into something very different just like Satan is creating a culture that cuts off true and healthy masculinity in men.

And if you are not very much aware of what is going on, even as a Christian woman, you will start to change in that direction, (unless you live on an desert island with no social media, media and technology- in which case you are not reading this)

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,3 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. “
(Galatians 5,19-25)

Camilla Rosa Eriksen

Camilla Rosa Eriksen

Camilla’s Two Ministry Pages:

www.facebook.com/purepearlsministry

and www.facebook.com/exposingthedarkness

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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Ex New Age Guru, Warren B. Smith on The New Age Impact and Last Days Deceptions.

What are the characteristics of The New Spirituality, or The New Age Movement? Learn how this deception has even infiltrated the Church, with guest Warren Smith, on the show Christ in Prophecy.

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Author, Apologist, Former New Ager, Warren B. Smith wrote: ‘ A “Wonderful” Deception, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?, Another Jesus Calling.’ For these books and more see: http://www.warrenbsmith.com/books.htm

For his many booklets: https://www.lighthousetrails.com/2491-booklets-by-warren-b-smith

TAKEN FROM ORIGINAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD_NoAuIunw By Christ In Prophecy, Published on Mar 15, 2013

The New Age Impact With Warren B. Smith

Last Days Deceptions With Warren B. Smith

Filmed At: Calvary Chapel Elk Grove, a non-denominational fellowship located in Elk Grove Village, a northwest suburb of Chicago in Illinois. Our primary mission is to teach God’s Word in its’ entirety, verse-by-verse, precept upon precept. We believe that the Word of God is living and powerful, and because of Jesus’ work on the Cross, He can and does move in the lives of His people.

TAKEN FROM ORIGINAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAXBfTqSsGQ By Calvary CCElkGrove, Published on Aug 3, 2015.

Warren B. Smith is linked with Lighthouse Trails. https://www.lighthousetrails.com

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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Luciferians Think They’ll Alter Bible’s Ending And Win The War – Knowing The Enemy – The PZ Insider Report by Ray Gano.

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Ray Gano, deliverance minister and author has been a frequent TV and radio guest on The Jim Bakker Show, Skywatch TV with Derek and Sharon Gilbert, Into the Multiverse TV show with Josh Peck, and many others. Laura Maxwell was honoured Ray featured an interview with her in his DVD. (Details Follow Below Article).

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PZ Insider Report – Luciferian War – Knowing The Enemy by Ray Gano.


PZ Insider Report – Luciferian War – Knowing The Enemy

The PZ Insider Report

June 25, 2018

Luciferians know the bible, probably better that many Christians. They know that prophecies foretold their ultimate demise.

But what they believe is that they can change the outcome and they are working with all their being to try and change those prophecies.

When you start digging into what these people believe, you see that they are basically in denial of scripture.

They honestly believe that history can be changed, and that John’s prophetic revelation is only one interpretation of the future. They know, read, study the bible and Revelation. But it is the rebellion in them that causes to minimalize it and not take seriously.

They think that bringing back the “gods” putting Lucifer on the throne to rule the world and being beside him is a good thing.

They are Luciferians, and they DO believe the Bible, but what you find out when you start going down the rabbit hole is that they believe the bible is a bunch of misguided assertions, cute stories and made their god , Lucifer the bad guy, where in reality they see Lucifer as the good guy and Jehovah is the bad guy with all the bad rules.

With that, I am honored to present the following articles in this issue of The PZ Insider Report.

Luciferian War – Knowing The Enemy – Answering The Call – By Ray Gano

The hypocrisy of the coup-makers – By Bill Wilson

California Bill Will Outlaw Churches Helping People Out Of LGBT Lifestyle – By Kade Hawkins

The Church Becoming a Circus, Part 2 – By Fred DeRuvo 

To read this editon of The PZ Insider Report, by email, please contact Ray below.


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Ray Gano‘s DVD featuring  Laura Maxwell and Others.

‘I was interviewed by Ray Gano, deliverance minister, TV guest and radio show host and was very honoured when he later said extracts from the show would be included in his DVD! I look forward to watching it.’  Laura Maxwell.

Please See Link:

New DVD by Deliverance Minister Ray Gano features Laura Maxwell.

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Also, please see articles or tv/radio shows featuring Laura Maxwell on The Luciferian Agenda from her inside experience, whilst still immersed in the new age and occult, e.g.,

My Journey Out New Age Spiritualism – Laura Maxwell’s Story.

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

 

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

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Is Forsaking Sin and Walking in Holiness That Important? What About Grace And Mercy?

My good friend, Ex Ghost Hunter, Dana Emanuel, speaks on following holiness and sanctification wholeheartedly, while also carrying your cross, resisting and overcoming sin to continually abide and walk in the freedom that Christ died on the cross to offer to us.

‎Hebrews 12:14, Philippians 2:12, Ephes. 2, Deut. 11, Romans 5, Matt. 5.

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Dana Emanuel, asks ”Forsaking Sin…Is it still important?”

In a day where the grace of God is the only message heard in most churches, does God still call for a holy people? Should “hell” still be preached? Did Jesus warn and preach about Hell, and tell us to fear God? YES… BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Sermon from 7/1/18 at Cocoa Evangelistic Center

FOR ARTICLES BY DANA ON MY BLOG: https://ourspiritualquest.com/?s=Dana+Emanuel 

FOR DANA’S BLOG: http://www.xposingtheenemy.com

http://www.facebook.com/exposingtheenemy

http://www.youtube.com/exposingtheenemy

Dana Emanuel’s Blog

TAKEN FROM DANA’S VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HlYkuJLXrM&t=560s

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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What To Do When You (Still) Don’t Desire God by John Piper.

FIGHTING FOR JOY AFTER TRYING EVERYTHING.

Solid Joys, Daily Devotional with John Piper.

Article by John Piper, Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org

It’s been fifteen years since I wrote When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy. I wrote it because hundreds of people who hear the message of Christian Hedonism with hope drift into discouragement because they don’t have the joy in God that they know they should. Christian Hedonism says that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Which makes matters worse if that satisfaction is missing. That’s why I wrote the book.

I have been asked, What would I say now, with the accumulated wisdom of 72 years, to those still struggling to “delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4)? This is not theoretical for me. Not only do I share the struggle, but I have conversations with real people struggling like this. I followed up one such conversation recently with an email. I’m going to share that with you below. But first a caution.

Wisdom for the Darkness

Whether we can help someone struggling with joylessness in the Christian life depends not primarily on the quantity of wisdom we have accumulated over the years, but on how we apply the truth we have, and whether the Spirit of God turns that truth into life and freedom and joy.

“When the darkness of uncertainty and fear hangs over you, don’t let go of the One you knew in the light.”

I am not minimizing the value of accumulated wisdom. The Old Testament sage commands, “Get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:7). Jesus “increased in wisdom” (Luke 2:52). Paul prays that we would be “filled with spiritual wisdom” (Colossians 1:9). We know that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom” (Colossians 2:3). Paul calls us to admonish each other “in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16). James tells us that if we “lack wisdom,” we should ask for it from God (James 1:5). For there is a “wisdom that comes down from above” (James 3:17). We can never get too much wisdom.

But my point is that if you are 30 instead of 70, you should not be intimidated or paralyzed by the fact that you still have 40 years of wisdom accumulation in front of you. As you read your Bible tomorrow morning, praying for supernatural insight, God may grant you a glimpse of some precious truth that later in the day will be exactly the truth that your struggling friend needs.

Am I Beyond Hope?

After the conversation that I had recently with my friend, he followed up with an email. He was still in distress. What do you say when you feel you have said all you know to say — in the book and in conversation?

One answer is this: Don’t think that you need the tailor-made answer to the presenting problem. Instead, realize that any precious biblical truth that has ministered deeply to you, though it may seem irrelevant to your friend’s situation, may be more helpful than you realize. Just go ahead and overflow from your morning devotions. They will know the truth (which may seem random to us), and the truth may set them free.

You also can give the sober counsel that struggling has hope of success, but forsaking the struggle does not. I think it is a mistake to give unqualified assurance to a struggler when you do not know if they are born again. You hope they are. They hope they are. But you are not God. And they are in a season of darkness. What you do know beyond doubt is: if they finally abandon Christ and hope, there is no hope.

“Struggling has hope of success, but forsaking the struggle does not.”

So I thought it might be helpful to share with you how I responded to my friend’s email. Keep in mind that his struggle has to do with patterns of repeated sin which make him feel hopeless about ever getting victory. These failures leave him feeling distant from God and, at times, wondering if he is a Christian, or perhaps whether he may even be an Esau who has spurned grace so often that true repentance is no longer possible (Hebrews 12:16–17).

This is a terrifying position to be in. I don’t think my friend is unusual. I think thousands of Christians, if they will pause to be painfully honest, will admit to the same struggles. It is hard to admit this, because it is so scary.

Parts of the following letter are exact quotes. Other parts are altered enough so as not to betray any confidences.

Letter to a Distressed Friend

Dear brother,

I totally empathize with the frustration and fears of possibly being an Esau because of sinning so deeply against God’s mercy and light and patience. There is no comfortable answer to how one conquers such fears and escapes such a condition. From my own experience, what I would say is this: If you have the grace to hold on to God’s mercy and not throw it away in apostasy, there is hope.

This is not a comfortable answer. It doesn’t speak in terms of simple certainties — namely, that you will definitely prove not to be an Esau. But it is the only way forward into light and hope and relief. I can’t promise that you are a child of God, but I can promise that if you throw away hope, you will prove not to be a child of God.

God’s word speaks often about “waiting” for the Lord, as in Psalm 40:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:1–2)

How long was David in the miry bog? It doesn’t say. But what is clear from all the psalms is that the psalmists never forsake God when they feel like he has forsaken them. Something holds them.

“I can’t promise that you’re a child of God, but I can promise that if you abandon hope, you will prove not to be.”

Not only does the Bible speak of waiting for God in the miry bog, but it also speaks of true believers walking in a kind of darkness. Perhaps you have considered this word from Isaiah:

Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
who equip yourselves with burning torches!
Walk by the light of your fire,
and by the torches that you have kindled!
This you have from my hand:
you shall lie down in torment. (Isaiah 50:10–11)

We may not be able to describe adequately what it means both to walk in darkness and to trust the Lord. They seem contradictory. And yet there it is. I’m suggesting that it would mean this: When the darkness of uncertainty and fear hangs over you, inasmuch as by grace it remains in you, don’t let go of the One you knew in the light. Keep holding on, if only, it may seem, by your fingernails. Know this: his hands are on his children’s fingernails — day and night. Pray for dawn and deliverance. From where I stand at age 72, I believe I can encourage you that it will come.

Paul speaks in a way that captures some of the mystery of the ongoing battle with sin:

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:24–25)

Paul is ashamed of his inconsistency in these times of defeat. But he does not despair. He looks away from himself, confesses his divided self, and presses on in the battle.

But he also tells us that the way he fights as an imperfect saint is by the hope that Christ has a firmer grip on him than he does on Christ. He may feel like only his fingernails grip the cliff. But he believes that Christ grips his fingernails:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Philippians 3:12)

Or, to paraphrase, “I grasp for the hope for future perfection, because Christ has already grasped me and will not let me go.” Sometimes we feel his grasp more sweetly than at other times. It is a fearful thing when we are going through a season where we don’t feel it at all.

I’m not going to give you a list of ways to fight for your joy. Those are all in the book that you already read. What I am doing in this letter is simply reminding you (1) that God is present in the darkness, (2) that he is holding on to his people when they feel barely able to hold on to him, and (3) that though you may feel unsure of your salvation in this struggle, you may be totally sure you will not have salvation if you give up the struggle and walk away.

“If you have the grace to hold on to God’s mercy and not throw it away in apostasy or suicide, there is hope.”

May I recommend a song about God’s precious keeping power? In the last several years, the song “He Will Hold Me Fast” has gone deep with me and become very sweet. I love the robust congregational affirmation of this recording of Capitol Hill Baptist Church singing it.

I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path.
For my love is often cold,
He must hold me fast.

May God give you the grace to sing it anew.

Pastor John Piper.

TAKEN FROM: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/when-i-still-dont-desire-god

Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship

Expository Exultation, Christian Preaching as Worship

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John Piper

Christian preaching is a God-appointed means of transforming its hearers in both head and heart — not only in intellect, but also in affections.
 (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, and most recently Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship.

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About Laura Maxwell: 

Former New Age Spiritualist, Laura graduated from Strathclyde University, Scotland, earning a BA Honours degree in Psychology.

Many thanks for taking time to read and share the above post. For similar posts and more about Laura, please visit her blog Our Spiritual Quest.

DISCLAIMER:

Laura Maxwell does not necessarily agree with all the information and conclusions presented by friends, guest articles on her blog, TV or radio interviews or her own radio show.

Laura is not paid for writing in books, magazines or appearing on TV, radio or at events. All of her work is of a voluntary nature.

Click on this LINK to see some of her TV interviews.

During a LIVE show on Revelation TV – satellite across Europe, USA and beyond. Plus online.

 

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