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Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
    

​​​Like it or not, we are in a spiritual battle. We need the Lord to cover us and be a refuge for us; we need Him to be our 'shield and buckler'. “When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you." (Deuteronomy 20:1)
We are fighting for the very souls of men and women. This puts us in contention with the world system,
our society and culture, and the very hearts and minds of humanity. 
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)
"Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:12) 



























These verses makes it clear that we are in a battle, or we wouldn't need to fight; we wouldn't need a refuge and we wouldn't need that shield and buckler. Other verses emphasize this as well: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ..."
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
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As Christians we must always remember that our enemy is not other people! Not even those who are actively seeking our downfall. Jesus died to save ALL OF MANKIND; his precious blood was spilled for those who hate us, abuse us, slander us and revile us—as they have in the past and continue to do to Him—and we are not greater than Him.
(Matthew 10:24-25)

 As in any battle, there will be casualties; both sides will make sacrifices. Our God, the Lord of heaven and earth, the King of Kings, has already decided the outcome of this spirtual warfare. Our hope is that 


we will stay strong and bring glory to His name to the end.
 

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life...
(2 Corinthians 2:14-16)

So there will be some who will happen across this page who will find it pleasant and refreshing,
and some who will be furious about it; it will be like a stench to them.
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My name is Cathie Ochoa, and this page is very personal and very important to me.
My hope is that you will be encouraged and blessed. If what you have read so far makes you uncomfortable
or even enraged, please be kind to us both and move on. But if it blesses you, tickles your fancy or makes you curious, I hope you will find some benefit here. ​


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The Gospel: Good News!

Do You Believe You are A Christian?

Here are two very good, short videos to help you know for sure.
Everything else you will read on this page is dependent on knowing and believing the truth in these two videos. My hope is that you will come to understand what is good and right and true, and that you will embrace it. But that is your decision, not mine. Perhaps there are things here that will inspire and encourage you regardless of your reaction to these messages. 
 
I am a born-again, Bible-believing Christian. I am not perfect, but I am determined to 'fight the good fight of faith', as Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:12. I was saved on November 17, 1970, at a David Wilkerson Youth Crusade (somewhat of a miracle in itself). I was 15 years old; it's been a long journey, and it's not over yet. It's been a great journey, and I'd like to share some of it.
A Changed Life: Mine
I was raised in a Christian home. As far as I knew growing up, everyone in the United States was a Christian. I knew I didn't measure up to God's standards, but I didn't know anyone else who did either. This understanding was challenged when I was 15; I was confronted with the personal nature of God the Father, and the sacrificial death of his Son Jesus Christ. I was suddenly faced with my personal rebellion: wanting to do things my way and not God's way, wanting to be in control, and falling far short of the standard. I needed to change my mind about being in charge of myself, since I wasn't doing very well at it. My circumstances were just that: circumstantial, and therefore temporary. I needed a permanent solution to a permanent problem, that would last no matter where I was or who I was with—a solution that would make me a new person. I learned that's what Jesus offers. Not just a chance to start over, but the creation of a new heart and a new mind. I prayed, admitting that I needed His forgiveness and the redeeming payment He offered for my sin, realizing nothing else was needed or wanted. I looked forward to walking with Him as my guide.

At age 20 I got baptized, when I realized it was a matter of my personal choice to obey the Scriptures. I had been baptized as a young girl, but that was before I had even been saved. I wanted to make a stand as an adult to be identified with Christ publicly. I found a wonderful church and started learning the Bible with other believers. My life didn't change immediately, because my circumstances didn't change immediately. However, over time, the trappings of this life have been falling away and are being replaced with more and more evidence of that new heart and new mind. And I am grateful.
What I Believe: The Apostles' Creed
1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
2. And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord;
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary;
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell;
5. The third day He rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
7. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit.
9. I believe a holy catholic Church, the communion of saints;
10. The forgiveness of sins;
11. The resurrection of the body;
12. And the life everlasting. AMEN.

Although this is a simplified creed, I do absolutely agree with everything in it! In searching for a creed/confession/catechism/statement of faith with which I could completely comply, I was surprised at what I found. I decided simpler, in this case, is better. While this is not all that I believe, I don't need to attach any caveats to it. 
   
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Our God is an Awesome God

“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,


"Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?
Job 38:2-11

“Where is the way that the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
“Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
To bring rain on a land without people,
On a desert without a man in it,
To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
“Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
“From whose womb has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
“Water becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.

“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,
Stretching his wings toward the south?
“Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
And makes his nest on high?
“On the cliff he dwells and lodges,
Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
“From there he spies out food;
His eyes see it from afar.

Job 38:24-30, Job 39:26-29

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The Seven Cs​​ of History​​​​​​​​
​Taken from the website AnswersInGenesis.Org
The above verses speak of God's power, wisdom and might. They reveal the glory of an all-powerful Creator who does not answer to those he has created. 

"God created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them in six normal-length days around 6,000 years ago. His completed creation was “very good” (Genesis 1:31), and all the original animals (including dinosaurs) and the first two humans (Adam and Eve) ate only plants (Genesis 1:29–30). Life was perfect and not yet affected by the Curse—death, violence, disease, sickness, thorns, and fear had no part in the original creation." (1) 

Creation, then, is the first of the seven 'Cs', the major events of the past, present and future on earth. Unfortunately, the second 'C' followed soon after: corruption. When Adam rebelled against God's clear instructions and warning, he ushered in death, sickness, violence and sorrow, and corrupted a perfect world. "We see the results of this corruption all around us in the form of carnivorous animals, mutations, sickness, disease, and death." (1) [God did not leave his handiwork without hope, but promised a redeemer to buy his people back from the curse of sin (rebellion); and we know that God's promises are true and reliable: (1 Kings 8:56) Blessed be the Lord...not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.]

Due to sin and the resulting curse, the earth was soon filled with rebellious descendents, and God judged the wickedness of mankind with a catastrophe, the third 'C'—a worldwide flood. "God judged their sin by sending a global Flood to destroy all men, animals, creatures that moved along the ground, and birds of the air. Those God chose to enter the Ark—Noah, his family, and land-dwelling representatives of the animal kingdom (including dinosaurs)—were saved from the watery catastrophe." (1) [The flood is a reminder that a righteous God cannot—and will not—tolerate sin, and the ark shows that He provides a way of salvation from sin’s punishment.] 

Following the receding of the waters, Noah, his family, and all the animals disembarked. God wanted them to spread throughout the earth, and 'fill it'. However the descendents of Noah decided to build a 'tower to heaven', hoping it would keep them together. Within a hundred years of the flood, God brought the fourth 'C', confusion, a multiciplicity of languages; without a common language, groups broke off and were finally spread throughout the earth. "The several different languages created suddenly at Babel (Genesis 10–11) could each subsequently give rise to many more. Languages gradually change; so when a group of people breaks up into several groups that no longer interact, after a few centuries they may each speak a different (but related) language. Today, we have thousands of languages but fewer than 20 language 'families.'" (1) [Every tribe and nation in existance today have descended from these language family groups.]

"As mentioned before, God did not leave His precious—but corrupted—creation without hope. He promised to one day send Someone who would take away the penalty for sin, which is death (Genesis 3:15; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23). In line with God’s purpose and plan for everything, He sent His promised Savior at just the right time (Galatians 4:4)." However, all humans are descended from Adam and therefore, all humans are born with sin. The Redeemer had to be perfect, as well as infinite, to take away the infinite penalty for sin. God sent "His Son, Jesus Christ—completely human and completely God. Think of it: the Creator of the universe (John 1:1–3, 14) became part of His creation so that He might save His people from their sins!" (1) The fifth 'C' is Christ. Jesus fulfilled more than 50 prophecies made about him in Scripture, showing he was the One promised over 4,000 years before  (Genesis 3:15). While Jesus spent over 30 years on earth, he did nothing wrong, whether in thought, attitude, word or action. 

"Because God is perfectly holy, He must punish sin—either the sinner himself or a substitute to bear His wrath. Jesus bore God’s wrath for our sin by dying in our place on the Cross (Isaiah 53:6). The Lamb of God (John 1:29; Revelation 5:12) was sacrificed once for all (Hebrews 7:27)" (1), at the cross, the sixth 'C'. "Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things (John 1:1–3; Colossians 1:15–16), was not defeated by death. He rose three days after He was crucified, showing that He has power over all things, including death, the “last enemy” (1 Corinthians 15:26)." (1) He made it possible for each one of us to be free from the crushing debt of sin, free to be a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), free to live in a way that is pleasing to him (2 Corinthians 5:9). 

"Those who have repented and believed in what Jesus did for them on the Cross can look forward to the consummation of God’s kingdom" (1) the seventh 'C'—"knowing they will enjoy God forever in a wonderful place." God will do away with the corruption that is in the world because of sin (rebellion); he will make a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13), where there will be no death, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). We will again live in a perfect creation. 

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.'
"And He who sits on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' And He *said, 'Write, for these words are faithful and true.' Then He said to me, 'It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'
"...And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I saw no temple in [the New Jerusalem], for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life." Revelation 21:1-8, 22-27


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Lessons I'm Learning
Nothing is Endless;
Nothing is Pointless
At the very least, all trials and suffering will end when Jesus returns. At the very least, we will understand the reasons why when He comes back and tells us.
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Thinking Right
You control what you think about, and how you think about it.
The Holy Spirit works in you to transform your life and renew your mind when you cooperate with Him in your thoughts.
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Being Thankful
The giving of thanks is a matter of understanding who our God is, recognizing His character, and being grateful
that He is who He is.
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Always Forgiving
'...bearing with one another, and forgiving each other...just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.' Colossians 3:13
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God Always Gets His Way
The grass withers,
the flower fades,
but the word of our God
stands forever.
​Isaiah 40:8
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Scripture quotes are from the New American Standard Bible and the English Standard Version Bible.

1. https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/what-is-a-biblical-worldview/
2. http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/apocreed.htm