HELP PUTTING A CHILD TO SCHOOL IN HAITI

Please go to http://www.indiegogo.com and help putting a child in Haiti to school this year. Together we can make a difference in the lives of many, particularly the helpless and hopeless one. I will personally go to Haiti and pay the tuition fees for these kids and provide school supplies, but I can’t do anything unless you support this cause. The government won’t do it; NGOs will not do it. In fact, they are creating more private schools that parents cannot afford to pay anyways. Please support this campaign, visit the link and donate what you can. If you can’t click on it, copy and paste it to your web browser and it is simple to follow and give.

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Can God Save Haiti?

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“Haitians are not ‘boat people’ as they are often termed in the US,” noted Frantz Michel. They are warriors—heroes who survived terrible times like the Middle Passage, centuries of mistreatment, humiliation and depravation. They have excelled against all odds, always resilient and make the impossible sound futile.

Yet, the country is still in need for greater help as situations worsen every day. Can God Save Haiti? uncompromisingly challenges toughest issues that Haiti is facing now. In this chef d’oeuvre, Michel poses disturbing questions that will make Haitians and the International community look in the mirror and ask why Haiti, despite all the money said to enter the country, yet the people are in more dire need than they were before. Why poverty levels continue to escalate? Why millions continue to suffer? Michel is aware that Haiti needs a paradigm shift, a change that drove him to connect the historical dots that have brought the nation to this junction.

Can God Save Haiti? is not about scapegoating any country or anyone for the misfortunes of Haiti—even though former US President Clinton apologized for destroying the production of rice of Haiti which is the very diet of the Haitian people. Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaking of the destruction of the food production in Haiti, he admitted: “I am not pointing the finger at anybody. I did that. I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people, because of what I did. Nobody else… So we genuinely thought we were helping Haiti when we restored President Aristide, made a commitment to help rebuild the infrastructure through the Army Corps of Engineers there, and do a lot of other things. And we made this devil’s bargain on rice. And it wasn’t’ the right thing to do…”

This book is a call to action not assigning blame—an attempt to raise a global conscience for a better and sustainable Haiti. Can God Save Haiti? demands that we reverse our self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. Provocative and puissant, Can God Save Haiti? dares to expose the turpitudes of Haiti and other NATIONS so that the country can be restored.

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The 5 Ps of Idol Worship… Then and Now

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by Frantz Michel

As much as we would like to ignore the past, the sad truth is, we can’t. What was then is now in another form, under the disguise of “modern,” but in reality we are repeating the same sins of our ancestors. Idol worship is as present today as it was back then and even in a fugue state of mind, we can’t just shove this truth under a rug.

In this, I will draw a brief parallel of idols appeal then and idols appeal now using the five Ps of idol worship: Pleasure, Power, Passion, Praise and Popularity.

Pleasure, then:

People just wanted approval for their besmirched lives; in that sense as they worshiped idols, sensuality was lauded in them without responsibility or guilt.

Pleasure, now:

It is all about “hedonism” (the love of pleasure) in our society. “Do as you please as long as it makes you feel good” is a very popular belief in our modern world. People placed pleasure at the apogee—seeking it at the expense of everything else. We should not be seeking pleasure that are short-lived and have long-range disaster; instead we should seek pleasure that leads to long-lasting rewards from God. (see Matthew 6:19-21).

Power, then:

Submitting to the authority of the priests and God was a power struggle for the people back then; so therefore, they wanted freedom from such authorities. Thus, they made their religion fit their life-style and not the other way around.

Power, now:

For most people, like the New Agers, it’s all about “Relativism” meaning there is no “right” there is no “wrong.” Why, because people do not like the idea that they have to answer to a greater authority. That idea appeals to them because it makes them feel powerful. And it is a deceptive tool used to deceive many. Instead of seeking dominion over others, we should ask God for His Holy Spirit who gives true power—power to help others.

Passion, then:

Sexual, political and social exploitation were rampant at a certain period in bible time. Human beings were lowered to a little more than animal.

Passion, now:

Physical drives and passion are what rule people nowadays. Love is being replaced by sex; therefore, misunderstood by many. That is why a rapist can blatantly commit a ghastly act and claimed that it was done in the name of love. Our passions should not be geared toward exploiting others; instead, we should seek to build up others just as God intended it. (see Philippians 2:3-4).

Praise and Popularity, then:

People offered adulation to gods who were more a reflection of human nature, more culturally suitable to them. The Holy nature of God was then violated. Sacrifices were not made unto God anymore but to these idols who required just a token of appeasement.

Praise and Popularity, now:

Sacrifice now is pain to people; they do not want to hear the idea of death to the body in order to please God. To most, it is nonsense! Success at all costs is the new buzz word. Just look at TV, Internet, Commercials, Hollywood etc. all these are venues that prepare the population to accept what is immoral for moral…I am not saying they do not have valuable use, all I am saying is that the Media is using these tools to mislead people. We ought to praise God and honor Him not some billionaires or stars.

 

*Bible believing Christians should not throw out biblical norms to embrace society’s norms. Don’t follow the crowd or you will end up lost in it. Remember, to be friend of the world is to be enemy of God. (James 4:4).

 

 

Hard Times

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Jenny is only 23 and already an orphan. Last year, she lost her mom in a tragic car accident, but 5 years earlier to that she had lost her father. She is fighting cancer that’s ravaging her precious body and her boyfriend left her in the midst of all these drama. She has two sisters to care for and has a meager paying job while managing to attend night school at the same time.

One of her sisters Anne, 17, the second oldest after her is rebellious and promiscuous; she ran away from home to live with an older married man. How come Jenny still standing? What or who gives her the strength to even want to proceed in life, hoping and believing?

Her faith is rooted in the word/promises of God. As a Christian, she does not allow her feelings to be controlled by the events or misfortunes around her. When troubles seem more than she can handle—she remembers that God gives strength.

What scripture verse/promise of God are you holding on to when you feel like the bulldozers of hell are tearing you apart? If you are a child of God, I admonish to cling on to Him, abide in Him, don’t ever let go no matter what the obstacles are. And if you are not a Christian, I am not talking religion here, I invite you to start a relationship with Christ but it starts with you receiving Him as Lord and Savior. I promise you, you’ll never regret that decision. Your name will be sealed in the book of life— for Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, to know you the only One true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). What do you have to lose after all? He took your sins away, saves you from death in exchange for eternal life. He paid a price you and I or anyone else could never pay and gave us something that no one, no other name can: life.

So if you are ready to receive Him as your Lord and Savior pray this prayer sincerely:

Lord Jesus, I know I have sinned against you and I that I deserve death, but you came and died in my place so that I can be reconciled with Father God. I believe in what you did for me at the cross and ask you to forgive ALL my SINS. I accept and receive you as my Lord and Savior today, come in to my heart and make me new. In Jesus name I ask this, amen!

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Make The Best Out Of 2013

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By Frantz Michel

2012 for many was very shaky. Some thought the end of the world would come, worry sick about it to a point of being transfixed with fear. Others were skeptical but somehow, dealt with the impending “rumor” in their own ways. Besides the end of the world tittle-tattle, the past year was—without a doubt for many, an excruciating experience; some might say the worse ever. Another group might say, “It was not bad for me, I made it to see 2013 so I am satisfied.” Yet another group, “It was the best year ever for me.”

Regardless of what group you fall under, you must reach for higher this year. Whether the past year was best, worse or in between, you can’t stay stagnant—you must continue to grow or start growing. Someone puts it this way: “Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.” And I totally agree with the aforementioned statement. There are things in life we can’t control or stop; meanwhile there are those we can and have a choice in the matter. We have the choice to grow up in 2013 or not; we can choose to complain and reminisce about the past or let go and let God. The Bible affirms in 1 Corinthians 10: 23 that, “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial.

“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is

constructive.

At the end of the day, when you can take it no more, you will have to make sacrificial decisions. Nevertheless, you must be wise in making them; under pressure or not… in any case though, always seek God first. Why is that so important? As Christians, God should be our guide. The Bible heartens us to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Abraham [Abram] implicitly had full assurance in Him who called him; he left the city in which he had hitherto lived to blindly obey to the commands of God (see Genesis 12:1, 2). When we keep the Lord out of the equation, we become our own guide and fall in deep troubles, some we have to face for as long as we live and others, temporary but painful still.

In any case, I believe 2013 is the year of the “expected promise” or “Fruitfulness” and here’s why:

  • 20 is the number of expectancy
  • And 13 is the number of rebellion but the inverse of rebellion is obedience  and the latter will unleash the promises of God;  hence 13 could also be the number of promise

The number 13 scares the life out of some people, for many in the US and some other places think that it is an evil number. Yes in some ways! The most dangerous things or spirits are associated with the number 13. Like famine for example. This is a word that is equal to weapon of mass destruction. Any famine that overtakes a land for a great period of time would decimate a whole population. That is why the Lord purposed for Joseph to be in Egypt by way of slavery so that he could save the entire human race from destruction of famine. And in the Bible, there are thirteen famines that are recorded; 11 in the Old Testament and 2 in the New Testament, which make for 13:

  1. Genesis 12:10
  2. Genesis 26:1
  3. Genesis 41:54
  4. Ruth 1:1
  5. 2 Samuel 21:1
  6. 1Kings 18:1
  7. 2Kings 4:38
  8. 2Kings 7:4
  9. 2Kings 25:3
  10. Nehemiah 5:3
  11. Jeremiah 14:1
  12. Luke 15:14
  13. Acts 11:28

Furthermore, the great adversary of God, Satan, his names in Scripture are generally multiples of 13. He is the Master of rebellion—the one who orchestrated the fall of man. In the US, some buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, they jump from 12 to 14 and some major worldwide Air Lines are the same, passengers won’t find a row 13. They do not want their passengers to feel unlucky especially those who would fly to places where gambling is prominent like Nevada.

Should the people of God be afraid of the number 13? No, not at all! To those who obey the Lord, this number can relate to promise. But one can mess up the promise if not careful though, because as human beings we think we know more than God and that we can help Him making His promises to us come to pass. Take Abraham again for example, he received a promise from the Almighty that he would have a child who would be his heir and would possess the land that the Lord would give to Abraham and all his posterity (see Gen 15) but Sarah, his wife was impatient with every passing year, perceiving that nothing’s happening. So she encouraged Abraham to sleep with her servant so they can produce an heir for the promise. And Abraham thought, “That sounds like the will of God to me!” (Emphasis mine)—and he went on and slept with the Hagar, their handmaid and produced a child, Ishmael at the age of 86 but thirteen (13) years later when he was 99 God made the promise come to pass and blessed him with Isaac, the child of promise, the rightful heir of Abraham’s bosom. But because Abraham tried to help God, he created trouble not only for himself, his wife, the handmaid—but also for the entire Middle East till this day, huge conflict. However, God kept His end of the bargain and did what He had promised to do.  Abraham indeed is known as the father of all the faithful, he is the father of a multitude; he has children now he can’t even count…till this day the Lord is still adding unto his bosom.

Dear reader, God is no respecter of person—the same thing He did for one He can/will do for another. Maybe He promised you that your runaway child will come back home. Maybe He told you that your lost loved one will come to Christ and receive the priceless gift of eternal life. It could be that you will be financially stable—debt free or receive divine healing for a terminal disease. Whatever His promise to you is, I admonish you to cling to the hope that He is faithful and just to make it come to pass. And know that despite the rampant immorality, fear and worries in the world today, He is still in control. You just have to trust Him.

Although this is the year of promise, we can reverse it into a curse if we are not chary. I know you don’t want to hear this but I have the unpleasant task of lighting a spiritual fire under complacent people. Here are some things you must remember:

  • Trust in Him with all your heart
  • Abide in and with Him; wait with expectancy because the problem is not in His giving but our receiving
  • Be disciplined
  • Put your house and life en règle
  • Be a compulsive forgiver (Mark 11:25)
  • Repent compulsively
  • Don’t just have faith but crown it with action (James 2: 26)
  • Don’t try to help God by making the promise come to pass your way
  • Do not pilfer His glory
  • And above all, love always, especially your enemies

In sum, we live in a society with an open rebellion to the Creator; a rebellion headed by the Master rebel—Satan. Just turn on the news and you’ll see the atrocity of man toward one another. Crime is rampant; chronic moral decay is everywhere and the perverted moral depravity that pushed God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah is growing in our current society in a shameful trend. But the Bible promised: “Where sin abound grace abounds even more.” Though the evil in this world appears to be like a recurring nightmare from which there is no waking; God is still in control. Those who abide in Him will win because the only way we would lose is if God surrenders His throne to Satan, and that’ll never happen. So let’s go ahead and slay some giants with the promises of God in front of us and not fear from the enemy. In the words of Max Lucado:

“Focus on giants, you stumble

Focus on God—your giants tumble.”

I leave you with these words:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” – Romans 8: 28, KJV.

 

Will You Go To HELL If You Don’t Get Baptized?

By Frantz Michel

Many people (mostly Christians) believe that if they’re not baptized, they’re going to hell or they feel they are not “holy” enough to proceed with that rite. In this article, I will help you understand what Baptism is and isn’t, by dispelling the many myths propagated by false teachers. So regardless of your doctrine or whether you are a believer or not, I admonish you to be wise, investigate closely the facts I will bring therein and set yourself free from any vile philosophies of man.

Let me just say right off the bat that you will not go to hell if you are a Christian who did not get a chance to be baptized. The Bible never teaches salvation through baptism but rather through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Romans 10: 9-10 clearly mentions that, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  As you can see from Scripture, one’s ticket to heaven does not depend on baptism. If that is the case though now it begs the questions why do we get baptized? Is it important?

Albeit baptism does not guarantee you heaven—it is, crucial however, in the life of a believer, for we must show obeisance to the Almighty. To be baptized is to get right with God. The Bible instructs us that obedience is better than sacrifice and wherever God sees obedience, He commands the blessings. Furthermore, as we are here on earth, we need to be equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the work of the Lord; and baptism allows the Holy Spirit to descend on us so that we might know God in a more profound way—help us to understand to things of the Kingdom and causes us to do great exploit for God.

A long time ago in Corinth, religious leaders used to baptize a living person in the stead of a dead one who did not get a chance to do so while alive. The idea was that the departed will then benefit from the rite of baptism. Unfortunately that practice was erroneous. Paul set the record straight by teaching the right doctrine to believers who were being hoodwinked by false teachers. That is why Paul had to send the letter to the Corinthian Church (hence, the book of Corinthians) to fight errors in the Church.

Today we have doctrines like the Roman Catholic Church teaching people unbiblical dogmas. Here are a few heresies that the RCC teaches:

  • “Baptism is the seal of eternal life.” Wrong! The Holy Scriptures say, “…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” (Ephesians 1:13).
  • As a child, in the Catholic Church I learned in Catechism that Baptism atones for all sins, even the original one and furthermore it erases all punishment for sin (see Pg. 353, #1263). Wrong again! Here’s what the Bible imparts: “…the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
  • Baptism of babies, again this is a deception. Babies should be dedicated, not baptized. Jesus our Lord, Savior and model set the example; he got baptized when he was thirty but His parents earlier though presented Him, while He was an infant—in the temple to be dedicated to God, not to be baptized.

The Roman Church instills fear in the hearts of parents to keep them in bondage convincing them that an infant who is not baptized and died will not go to heaven; that the soul of such baby will remain in “Limbo” which is nothing but fallacious teaching. According to the Catholic Church, the Limbo is a waiting area, neither in hell nor in heaven; but hear this, all of it is all bunkum.

Salvation precedes water baptism not the other way around. Let’s flip some pages in the book of Acts to confirm this:

  • “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him” (Acts 8:36-38).
  • “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done” (8: 12-13).
  • “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (2:41).

As you can see, the requirement to be saved as nothing to do with work, you simply have to believe in the sacrificial death and the divine resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ through confession to be saved. If you also notice, the thief on the cross did not get baptized, yet his confession in the lordship of Jesus through repentance got him saved. The equation was, is and will always be Jesus plus none equals salvation. But Jesus plus you or anything else, equals no salvation. His blood is enough, and it was a one-time sacrifice. NO WORKS of man can save you. Salvation is a free gift from God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The part that you play is the choice that you have to make: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (3:36; see also John 3:18).

Water baptism symbolizes the believers death, burial and resurrection with Christ (see Colossians 2:12). It is an issue of substance over symbolism. For example, wearing a crucifix does not put Christ in your heart; it is just symbolic. The substance is Christ in your heart by believing and receiving Him as Savior. Another thing water baptism symbolizes is the washing away of sins (Acts 22:16). Again, it is not the substance of “sins washed away” for only the blood of Jesus has done that once and for all to those who believe and receive and those who will, later on, come to Him. If you never accepted Christ and try to get a shortcut through baptism, it’s not going to happen: you will simply go in the water as dry sinner and come back out as a wet sinner.

I’ve heard people say in baptism class that the reason they want to be baptized is to avoid hell. Again, wrong concept, and as shown before, baptism is not a shortcut to heaven, mind you there is no other ways but One Way (Jesus)! You might feel like one way can’t be enough to have eternal life; but let me assure you that He is the sure way! And to those of you who are afraid to proceed in the rite fearing that you are not clean (too many sins), wrong again! You can’t cleanse yourself only Jesus can purify you. If you already accept Him as your Lord and personal Savior then you can and must get baptized. Remember, “…a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified”( Galatians 2:16).

So there you have it. Don’t be deceived by any false teacher. You can ask God to give you wisdom and understanding as you read the Bible. He is not a respecter of person…Your pastor, deacon, friend – and the pope can ask God to help them understand the Bible, so can you. He gives freely to whoever asks. You don’t need anyone to interpret the Word of God for you; the Spirit of the Lord Who is in you will help you understand things that are hidden—things you couldn’t comprehend with your carnal mind…you just have to humble yourself and pray. Remember, once you become a Christian, the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the grave is now living inside of you. Why do you need another authority to dictate to you what to do? Stay away from any sect or doctrine that sets up an oligarchy. Any instruction contrary to the word of God is a deception; run away from such teaching.

Thank you for entrusting me with your time and heart. I hope the truth will set you free. I leave you with this question:

“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” – Galatians 6:14

 

 

*All Scriptures are quoted from the authorized King James Version, KJV.

Frantz Michel,

Author/motivational speaker

frantz1804@yahoo.com