Nov 022017
 
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“And if thine eye doth cause thee to stumble (sin), pluck it out and cast from thee; it is good for thee one-eyed to enter into the life, rather than having two eyes to be cast to the gehenna of the fire.”–Matt. 18:9 Young’s Literal Translation

When Jesus stated these words he was not ordering people to literally gouge out an eye because they were tempted to sin by what they see. What jesus was doing was urging people to stop doing the sin as it ultimately ends in destruction. Remember that Romans 6:28 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Jesus warned people about the awful garbage heap of destruction where the corpses of criminals often would end up. It was a place of stench and maggots were crawling around continuously. Here and there was a a slow smoking fire where wind would push some of the smells around about. Some view it as a prototype of the final lake of fire where all the bad things are consumed. Sin eventually leads to such an end.

There are some sins we often get caught up in but generally do not think of these as such. One of these is the sin of compromising with wrong. We may find ourselves watching a dirty movie because everyone else is. We think to ourselves that I do not womanize or gamble and drink but then we turn around and enjoy a movie that celebrates these things…when we should shun it. Christian maturity needs to be developed to the point of avoiding these things. And this is something to think on.

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Sep 302017
 
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We are all very aware of the fact that malcontents are going around and pulling down war memorials along with historical monuments. This is even being encouraged by so-called civil rights organizations. These activities are evil and mostly senseless. Some do not like some aspects of history but it is important to remember the past and to learn from it. History and heritage are good teachers. Lets not hide it!

Spanish American philosopher George Santayana said, “Those that can not remember mistakes from the past are forced to relive them”. That is my paraphrase and many other thinkers have stated similar statements. Some might wonder if the word of God promotes the teaching of history and heritage. Yes, the scriptures do indeed tell us to not forget the past, and that it is to be promoted! Just look at the wonderful Book of Deuteronomy, at chapter 4 (verse 4)…

“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”

Actually Deuteronomy is a book full of logic and promotes heritage. It influenced the prophet Jeremiah as he tried to reform Judah, and it was quoted in the New Testament.

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Sep 062017
 
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It seems that depression for me is something that is always there but just swells up and down like the tide along a lake. Loneliness is also its companion. I just could not stop thinking of many of the laments of David in the Psalms and elsewhere. He was let down by so many and felt abandon even by God…Psalm 13. The fact that you feel this way tells me that you long for what is right but are stuck in the mud of this fallen world. I feel for you and pray. In this life, as believers we have one foot in this world and one in the next. We go through many dark valleys but eventually all this will end…

All we can do is give it to God (Philippians 4:6-13)..

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Aug 172017
 
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“And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” -1 peter 5:4

I like this verse, penned under inspiration, by Simon Peter. The “Great Shepherd” is Jesus, our God (EL). The basic word for God in Hebrew is EL and is an Aleph and Lamda, an Ox head and a Staff, both pointing at strength and authority, which is what Christ Jesus has. We receive a crown which is not a kingly crown but rather a crown (Stephanos) of victory, because we overcome this world and its woes. In the Koine Greek is found the word “Amaranthinon” and is translated “unfading” or “never-ending” depending on the translation. There is a beautiful flowering plant with a form of that name, and perhaps it was used for wreaths in ancient times. We can see that the “crown of never ending glory” is more of a garland wreath akin to the winner of a footrace, in this case the race of life. We run the race with a focus on Christ Jesus.

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Jul 282017
 
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So often we don’t take advantage of the Grace that gives us access to the Throne room of God as it is stated, “Come boldly into the Throne Room” – Heb. 4:16. We can have an audience with God not only as Sovereign but as our Father. A special dispensation for all who clamor for more than serving a higher authority for which God has given us an open door anytime we desire to.

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Jul 242017
 
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Put on, Christ! Again; I say, “Put on Christ”! For without Him there is no peace. By insidiousness does the dark one works for a false peace of control. But by Christ is there peace of love. For love conquers all, only when done in peace and by the Word of Truth. For is not all things made for Him, including peace? Who then can deny in Him is peace.

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Jul 222017
 
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As our Father, compassion reveals His deep love for us. But as our God, mercy reveals His everlasting sovereignty for His creation that has failed Him time and time again. Without God’s undying mercy we would be subjected to His wrath and suffer the pain of disobedience from one generation to another. God’s mercy is without a doubt one of His most desired characteristics.

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Jul 192017
 
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There is nothing more important than for the Body of Christ to be involved in the Kingdom’s business. The business of Salvation! Now. I am not only talking about saving the sinner but also in the business of everyday life. My life, yours and that of the worlds. For as stated, “To be imitator’s of God” – Esp. 5:1-2. God is not a loner, having all the ability to be one and yet He chooses to have not only Angelic but mankind armies at His will, and for the separation and destruction of all things contrary to His sovereignty. God is at the head and we are to follow and mimic His ways and that of the Kingdom.

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Jul 172017
 
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Salute Him who is the leader of us all! He who gave without consideration of price did not deter His Blood for us who by fear chained ourselves to the law of no effect. For He is the Messiah, who has saved us from all deceptions of darkness and the grave. He is to be honored and revered with all humility for which one of us would have without resistance accepted that cross of shame.

 

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