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ChristianWritersBookstore magazine July 2021

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Spirit Of The Prophets- Consider Elijah- Revive Us Again- (E3) by Michael Furlonger

In this third episode, Michael opens up with The Spirit Of The Prophets and considering the prophet, Elijah. The Spirit Of The Prophets will be a mini-series in the Revive Us Again series.

In this episode, Michael discusses the attitude of Elijah. In 1 Kings 18:16-40, he has humiliates the ‘prophets’ of Baal and Asherah. This would also bring the Israelites to proclaim, “The LORD- he is God!” (1 Kings 18:39). After this proclamation, Elijah ordered that the ‘prophets’ be taken to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered.

The focus on this video though is the sudden change of heart in Elijah. He had just turned the whole nation of Israel back to God and slaughtered the false prophets of Baal, but we find him praying for death. But in 1 Kings 19, he is running away because Queen Jezebel, who would have dinner with the false prophets of Baal and Asherah, threatened to kill him.

He (Elijah) came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (1 Kings 19:4 NIV)

Read 1 Kings 19:1-18 to see how God pulled Elijah through. But, consider, if God can still use Elijah, He can still use you.

This series alone should be well considered. Whether in a personal time of reflection and devotion, or used to reach others with the hope we have in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Spirit Of The Prophets- Depression & Anxiety- Revive Us Again- (E2) by Michael Furlonger

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In this second episode, Michael opens up with The Spirit Of The Prophets. The Spirit Of The Prophets will be a mini-series in the Revive Us Again series.

Michael is not shy about sharing his struggle with dealing with anxiety and depression over the years. While it is good and encouraging to pray for those who struggle, the condemnation that it’s a sign of spiritual weakness is unbiblical.

In “The Spirit Of The Prophet” mini-series, Michael takes a quick look at how great prophets of God struggled. Either mentally, emotionally, intellectually, or financially.

This series alone should be well considered. Whether in a personal time of reflection and devotion, or used to reach others with the hope we have in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Revive Us Again series by Michael Furlonger

Revive Us Again is a series of videos Michael Furlonger will be doing on the true topic of Revival. The series will be filmed much in mini 1-5 minute video segments with a concluding larger Bible study on the topic at hand.

As Michael has expressed in interviews and in writing, he has dealt with depression on and off for many years. In the troubling times of 2021, emotions and fears of both Christians and Non-Christians are running rampant. And both collective groups have wondered, “Is There More To Life Than This?”

Sadly, many churches view this emotional state as a sign of spiritual weakness. But Michael will be going into a deeper look in a sub-series he calls ‘The Spirit of the Prophets’ whereas he shares on a state of “weakness” (emotional, financial, medical) that would make them unqualified in modern day churches.

  • Ezekiel
  • Jeremiah
  • Elijah
  • Moses
  • Paul
  • John
  • And More

This series alone should be well considered. Whether in a personal time of reflection and devotion, or used to reach others with the hope we have in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Wedding And The Wrath by Michael Furlonger (Available On Apple and Amazon)

Before The Wrath

Before The Wrath is an interesting movie sharing the unique teachings of Jesus Christ and his return with the traditional practices of Galilean marriages.

In the clip below, you will learn about the culture, the dowry (which is drastically different than other cultures in the middle east), and the cup.

Watch the first 10 minutes below:

What Else?

What is further discussed in the full video helps to further explain how and why Jesus spoke to his disciples the way that he did:

  • As seen in the clip above, after the bride drinks the cup, the bridegroom drinks and says, “I will not drink again until I drink it in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29). This wording is common among Galilean weddings as the bride and groom, after making the covenant of marriage would be separated until the day of their wedding.
  • While the bride and groom are separated, both are preparing for the upcoming wedding. The bride is purchasing fabric to make her wedding dress and the groom is building his home onto his father’s house. In John 14:2, Jesus says, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
  • In Matthew 24, the disciples ask Jesus when the temple will be destroyed. Jesus warns of things happening, but says, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). This is also common in the wedding culture as the father would overlook the preparations his son has made and decide when the bride would come to live with him. So Jesus saying that he doesn’t know the specific time and date is in keeping with the Galilean wedding culture.
  • Because only the father knew when the wedding was, Jesus warned that he would come like a thief in the night. The bride, her “bridesmaids”, the groom and his “groomsmen” would sleep in their wedding attire because the father may choose to call on his son to get his bride in the night. This is similar with the parable of the ten virgins (the bride and her “bridesmaids”) in Matthew 25, would have lanterns and oil waiting. This is a warning to us as Christians that we may be believing in Jesus Christ, but our “oil” has grown dim and we may miss the groom’s coming.
  • “Flying The Bride To The Father’s House”: In the Galilean culture, as the groom goes through the town, blowing a ram’s horn to let the people know that the wedding is coming, the groom and his family would go to the bride’s house and place her in a seat. The bride would then be carried in that seat with the groom to the father’s house. This is commonly known as “The Rapture”.
  • The Wedding Feast: As the bride and groom are married, there is a wedding feast. People following the bride and groom during the “Flying The Bride To The Father’s House”, go into the house of the father to celebrate. And the door behind them is closed. While they are celebrating on the inside of the house, people are outside shouting to enter in. But the door will not be opened.

This documentary shares on the importance of the return of Christ and why.

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I Like To Cheat On My Wife (Is It Sinful Part 2) by Michael Furlonger

Be Selfish

In Part 2 of Michael Furlonger’s Is It Sinful? series, Michael confesses that he knowingly cheats on his wife. After he says, “I like to cheat on my wife,” be sure to listen as he explains that, as Christians, we aren’t only to “believe” in Jesus Christ, but be faithful to him.

In his book, God: The Master of Sin and Satan the Beautiful, Michael shares the conclusion of his journey of faith. What is sin? Why is it sinful? What’s Satan up to during all of this God smiting the earth?

In Is It Sinful? series, Michael will open up the Bible as he discusses the important role of addressing sin. In Is It Sinful part 2, Michael carefully explains that Belief and Faith are two different things: Even though he believes he is married to his wife, doesn’t mean he can be unfaithful.

Not shying away from his own battles with sin, Michael Furlonger opens up, pouring out his own heart on sins.

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The Passover Celebration

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As we come to a time most commonly known as Easter, let’s celebrate the Passover. Thanks to Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, we don’t celebrate the Passover as we should because the two are one.

The Passover Story (in short)

“Look,” Pharaoh said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor… (Exodus 1:9-11)

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. (Exodus 3:7)

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.  (Exodus 12:1-7)

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:12-13)

Jewish Freedom

As you can tell, I skipped through a number of chapters to save time. But the fact is, this final act of God freed the Israelites from the enslavement. While we may only consider the freedom from enslavement, scripture says that this final act was to “bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt”. And the blood that the Israelites put on their door frames kept the plague from coming to them.

Every year, the Jewish people would sacrifice a lamb and mark their door frames to commemorate the salvation God provided. Even after over a thousand years and the Jews are in their own country of Israel, they would still do this.

Jesus Christ Celebrates Passover

This Easter, let’s remember the Passover. Easter, just so happens, to land on the Passover. Passover- the great celebration of salvation from the people (and the gods) of Egypt.

Jesus Christ celebrated the Passover:

Jesus said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away…”
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” (Matthew 26:2-5)

Jesus and his disciples weren’t the only ones ready to celebrate. Jesus just said it’s in two days and he had a place in mind. And the chief priests and elders just said they’re having a festival. So, it’s a big deal. People are coming from all around.

The Passover Lamb

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” ” (Matthew 26:17-18) 

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins…” (Matthew 26:26-28)

That night, Jesus would be betrayed. The following day, Jesus would be hung on a cross for all of Jerusalem to see.

Conclusion

As we consider this Easter season, let’s remember the Passover. The sacrifice the Jews made with blood on their door frame to remind God not to punish them when he brought his judgment. It was now dripping from a man on a cross.

When Jesus died on that cross, he cried out “It Is Finished.” Although the disciples would wonder what they would do, Jesus was not done yet. Jesus would rise from the dead and show himself to his disciples.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:17-20)

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Is It Sinful? Intro Series by Michael Furlonger

Is It Sinful

In a new Bible Study series, author Michael Furlonger brings up a question: Is It Sinful? Maybe you’re asking, “What Is ‘It’ that is sinful? It’s a big question.

Jesus preached repentance (Matt. 4:17). John the Baptist preached repentance (Matt. 3:1-2). Peter preached repentance (Acts 2:38). Apostle Paul said to the church in Corinth, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation…” (2 Cor. 7:10). And John tells us in 1 John 1:5-6, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

So in this series, we aren’t just going to talk about sin, we are going to clarify what is a sin. If we are called to repent, should we not know from what we are repenting?

While this focuses on sin, let us always remember that God’s grace covers a “Multitude of Sin” (James 5:20; 1 Peter 4:8).

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Michael Furlonger Tips For Today: Love

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Michael Furlonger’s Tip For Today is Love. People think “Love” is just this passive thing. Now-a-days, to “love” is just to accept people. I don’t want to get into a big debate, but I want to encourage people, especially Christians, to turn their passive “love” into an active one.

James 2:14-17 reads,

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

In the same way that James is saying add “deeds” to your faith. I’m saying add actions to your “love“.

As Christians, we love to cut through scripture and say, “I just want to love people.” Which is fine. I think we need this desire to love people. And we can talk about teaching and other neglected roles in the church another time.

But, if you’re going to “love” people, how are you doing it? Are you reaching out a helping hand? Calling a lonely neighbour? Connecting with that person at church? Going out for coffee with that friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time?

Or, as I mentioned before, is your idea of “love” more of a “I’m going to ignore you and let you be” kind of love?

“I’m Just Checking In”

I received a text message from an old church group leader once. It said, “I’m just checking in.” Seriously? Not “How are you?”. No “We should go out for coffee.” Not even a “Did you catch the game last night?”

Nope. “I’m just checking in.” You know… It’s as if he works at a hospital. Just doing the rounds. Making sure you’re not dead yet.

How passive is that? Forgive me, but I replied, “Noted.”

Here Are Michael Furlonger’s Tips On How To Love:

  1. Reach Out: It’s great when you’re at a drive thru and you want to pay for the person behind you. You can’t overly make a connection there. But stop treating your church family like the person at the drive thru. If you can help them financially, great. But, at the very least, connect.
    • Repeat after me: How are you? How’s the wife? How’s the kids? Did you catch the game? Have you read any good books lately? Is there anything I can pray for?
  2. Go Out: Make time and go out. Leonard Ravenhill says, “There’s 24 hours in the day. Ideally you sleep 8, you work 8, what do you do with the other 8?” Of course, he is encouraging spending that time in prayer, but I don’t know anyone who locks himself in a room to pray for 8 hours. But on topic of showing people love, you have 8 hours. Ask these people you “love” out. It doesn’t mean a romantic dinner, just a walk around the block. Or a coffee, although COVID restrictions might make that difficult.
    • One time, two of the men in my small church group went out for a run. At first, I was upset that I didn’t get invited. But then I remembered, “I don’t run.” I laughed it off thinking of the scripture that says, “Only the wicked run when no one is chasing them.” But, truth, I was saddened that I’ve been locked up for months due to COVID lockdown and I didn’t get invited to spend time with friends.
  3. Connect: Let’s be real for a minute. The world is online. People are on social media, they’re working from home, we don’t go to the movies anymore, we watch Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime (Try Amazon Prime Free For 30 Days through the links at ChristianWritersBookstore).
    • My point is that we are in a completely different world today. Let’s try to connect. Due to Facebook’s silly algorithm, I randomly lose touch with friends, so I can’t just scroll through and click “Like”, I have to make an active decision to connect with people. So, try tagging a person in a post, maybe an old picture, just to let them know you’re thinking about them. Comment on their posts, as opposed to the passive “Like”.
    • If, like me, they have an online business or even a blog, share it. Let them know that even though we are separated, you still add value to my life.

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Elect Michael Furlonger For President

Michael Furlonger For President

Elect Michael Furlonger For President

You heard that correct people. I, Michael Furlonger, am running for the presidency of….

Ok. All seriousness now. We all know that I photoshopped (a big word for copy & paste) my face over top of Donald Trump’s face. We know this by the hair and hand gestures.

I Could Be King

(I actually have a whole video topic on sin and redemption found in Jesus Christ under this title, but I’ll save it for later.)

“When (Israel elders) said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.'” (1 Samuel 8:6-7)

A little bit of a back story of what’s going on in the verses above:

God has rescued the Israel people out of the land of slavery in Egypt. Bringing the false gods of Egypt and the other nations to shame. God leads the people into a new land and He overthrows these people who live in the land and calls it the Land of Israel.

Israel, at this time, has no king or formal government. You read about this in the book of Judges: After Israel takes land, they serve pagan gods and end up enslaved to these people. They cry out to Yahweh, the God who rescued them and brought them to the land, and God sends a “judge”. Again and again this is happening. You can almost set your watches to it.

So they go through all of these judges who ruled over them for a time. Once the judge died, they’d serve the gods of the Canaanites, then “Spit hits the fan”, they call to God, God lifts up another judge to overtake the Canaanites, and then rules for a time. Again and again.

“In Those Days Israel Had No King” (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25)

“Everyone Did As They Saw Fit” (Judges 17:6; 21:25)

There’s a lot of reading that you, especially as Christians, should be reading in this text. Conservative, Republican, Liberal, Democrat- I don’t care.

The only reason I picked Donald Trump was because his hair and hand gesture is recognized. Joe Biden’s head doesn’t have as much of a recognizable characteristics.

Anyway… Let’s continue.

At this time of the Judges, they didn’t have a formal ruler, a king. Everyone did as they saw fit. In Judges 17, you’re reading about Micah and his idols. In Judges 19, you’re reading about a woman who was raped to death and this led to a war which is the conclusion of Judges 21.

Next to Judges in the Bible is Ruth, which happened during the time of Judges, and then 1 Samuel. This brings us full circle back to the beginning of this blog: The people are calling out, “Give us a king” and God saying, “I’m the one they’ve rejected.”

And The Lord Said…

“Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” (1 Samuel 8:9)

Samuel gives the people a long list of things that will happen to them under another’s leadership. Read 1 Samuel 8:11-17 for further details regarding the taxation, enslavement and taking of good from the people.

“When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” (1 Samuel 8:18-20)

The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” (1 Samuel 8:22)

I encourage you all to read your Bibles. We are going through a very similar state as the Israelites even though it’s 2021. We are doing “as we see fit” then calling out for new leadership. And that will be great until the novelty wears off and we go to the election polls in four years. Just like in the book of Judges, we keep getting “rescued” but then we turn away from that to serve our own ways.

So God answers the Israelites call for leadership and gives them King Saul. Saul is good for a while until he turns away (just like the people in Judges), then God lifts up David. Then, because of David’s sin, and the actions of his son, Solomon, Israel is split.

And we see this again. Whether 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, we are splitting at the seams. I start the count in 2008 because of social media and everyone having a thought on everything.

And don’t think this is an attack from either side of the political aisle.

“The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart”

“The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (1 Samuel 13:14)

Regardless of who our “king” (democratically appointed leader) is, God is looking for a man or woman after his own heart.

Please, don’t be deceived in thinking, “Because I go to church, I am after God’s heart.” The devil doesn’t waste time at strip clubs and bars, he’s coming for the church.

Don’t seek after the popularity of the church. The popularity of men (and women). Seek after the popularity of God. With His popularity in view, let’s stop filling our social media with hate. Let’s love our neighbour’s, let’s read the Bible to hear what God calls on us to do even when it hurts.

Let us call on the Holy Spirit, truly, and weep over our sins.

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