“Weighted stones”©

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Below is another sampling from my renaissance styled writing.

Is it naught by pomp of life… hath thine

hand forgot?

Verily, existence to sorrow dragged as

thou hath brought,

folds within thine heart wouldest burst

forth of thy burden,

frugal though thou be, hugged by hope’s

receipt is heavy laden,

unblessed to throw thy sash o’er shoulder

and to claim,

thy hope thou hast little spent, tis but

nonsense left in name,

fulness of virtue sought but to linger bare,

nigh and alone,

surely pretense known will’st but languish

and disown,

distrust doth hesitate and pause the path

thou dost walk,

to idle be thee found in blame ‘ere unmatched

in thy talk,

splitting hairs and venal quills of love to drips

of ink,

labours found but shallow breathed shall fail

us to sink,

pretense to rob thee thine own grace and

sultry way,

did’st naught steal fair manner and joy found

in thine day,

weighted stones thy parson met doth abate us

as thou dine,

ne’er to knowest loss by shame and dare find

things divine.

Pleased to let you know this was originally written for a British competition, and sadly to share I missed the time frame for its submission by hours.

“A Bible Study for Oct. 14th, 2014… Do we know or do we just think we know, and does God know you?”©

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It has been said, you never really know something or someone… unless you: know the/their name, are familiar with using it and are recognized by that something or someone- well known. As it comes to thoughts of God, we should also be in this same capacity and with this same understanding. His love is not just to be spoken of, learned or acted upon without an affinity for God Himself- this is to say we must embrace those of this Family first. How can one ascertain/discern if one is truly a Family member or not if we do not look into their beliefs privately (not secretly) before being open (and public) in the spirit of love? I might think this could be a problem for some… thinking what you are doing is in secret (to be hidden… occluded) and hints more of being from a deceiver than the open missionary work Jesus did- He did everything openly for mankind as an example of how to do things. There were times He spoke to those closest to Him privately… and this needs to be understood as well. There is a big difference between the desire to be undisturbed or the opening up for personal enlightenment than… remaining in secret, being unsociable (hermitic or hermetic), for reasons of deception or harm. Jesus did this (spoke privately… undisturbed) because they were Family to Him, more than just disciples but those He dined with and lived with as well. Love understands love when it is felt… and must be felt before it can be shared. Beyond just the feelings of love is the reason for love, and when it comes to the love mankind should share of God with one another it is better to know where we stand with the family of God first… for this is the source of God’s love (supplied by God) to an unknowing world. There should be unity in the movement of the Spirit and the efforts directed by the Spirit… pointing the way to Jesus.

Ezekiel 44:23 KJV And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Hebrews 5:14 KJV But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Matthew 16:3 KJV And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

The need for sharing God’s love, the Gospel… the good news, is not just a request but a command- for those that say they believe in Jesus Christ. What the world has rejected as being good news involves the name of Jesus… even the expectation of the title of Messiah and all that was thought to come from it. Much worse than snap decisions is building a belief in an expectation over the timing and reality of the conditions we find ourselves in- at any given moment. God’s will must be placed first as the priority over our own expectations and we must come to this realization before we will fit into the will God has for us in this life. Without being in the will of God (the stream of the spirit if you will) we will not see clearly enough to either be a benefit of another or be in a position to be fully understood or acknowledged as coming from and having love worth the time to share- the responsibility and obligation rests on the believer’s shoulders.

“The Bible continually emphasizes the fact that the greater the privilege the greater the responsibility or accountability.”

The above quote was taken from this link, and it speaks clearly about judgement coming first to the Family of God. God’s expectation of us is to share God’s love but not without sharing the consequence of disobedience… or what it means to see unbelief coming from our actions to others that might not believe the same as we do… and should. Growth comes by hearing the truth…

1 Corinthians 2:7 KJV But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

[You can listen to the audio Bible at this link… to all of 1 Cor 2 (KJV)]

The meaning to God’s very Name, in it’s many understandings coming from it, and nature (even the characteristics of God) denote the same attributes we should have and employ as we share the love God holds open for all mankind. We need to seek our own clarity of thought and do God’s will on this Earth… as His servants, as He was the servant King- we find hope… eternal hope coming directly from His suffering for us and on our behalf. This is where many people have been confused by Jesus… missing the importance of His intention while on Earth, His death and the resurrection and the ascension- why you and I must share His truth in love. This cannot be watered down… nor should it be misunderstood by resentment over expectation vs. reality and our perception of what we might believe to be true. The difference here is why Judaism still does not see Jesus as being God, and why (maybe) Moslems do not see Him in this capacity as well. See below…

“In the century before Christ, moreover, both the Psalms of Solomon and the Qumran literature look to the same “Son” or “shoot” of David either as an ideal Hasmonean¹ king or a ruler for the expectant Dead Sea community (Ps. Sol. 17-18;4 Qpatr 1-4). These last references would be of concern to New Testament authors since at least two (most probably opposing) Jewish groups had expectations for the Davidic line that were at odds with the historical Jesus. The former author, who portrays a triumphant and politically successful king, would never be satisfied with Jesus, who neither purged Jerusalem nor placed the Gentiles “under his yoke” (Ps. Sol. 17:30-32), but instead came “to seek and save that which was lost” and “to give his life as a ransom for many” ( Mark 10:45 ).”

The quote above was taken from this link, a link with the many references to the Name and Titles (though not exhaustive) of Jesus Christ.

Can this also be the consideration of grief, having been let down from their belief Jesus was to fulfill their expectation of Kingdom and Kingship (as Messiah), and was found to be the reason for their rejection of Him as: God, man or apostle of God (Messenger of God)? The chasm between expectation and reality can be striking… especially regarding the life of Jesus, where the sheer severity of letdown (of expectation) is but a juxtapositional difference… whereby a coming reality. The expected end was not to be realized before Jesus had made atonement possible for all humanity… and, indeed, provided for the deliverance to avail man to God throughout all nations, people and tongues. The only thing that prevents man from this is three-fold: repenting ( to turn away from practicing things God dislikes), asking  for forgiveness (to declare openly and to acknowledge their sins) and to accept Jesus as God almighty (the Messiah and the Christ… as personal Savior for us all).

I suspect this is why the Moslem faith and Judaism rejected Jesus or His truth… He did not (seemingly) follow through and become what was: declared, prophesied and believed the Messiah/Christ would become. This will happen (it was spoken of in the future tense)… just not at the time and place of man’s will but is reliant on God’s timing and will. For those in the Moslem faith, I believe this strengthened the opinion against Jesus being ‘the Messiah’ and I would also hasten to believe the divide between these two religions deepened (historically) at and around this point in time.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (KJV)

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

As it comes to the hand of God in your life… do not assume God is not active when you seem to get no response- this is when and where God is working things out for you (as long as you are found to be within His will for you). This is the time to be patient… diligent and steadfast, stay strong in your belief- God does not change. Man needs to change to conform to God’s will… not man needing to conform to man’s view and acting as on God’s behalf. I pray you will ponder this… pebbles of His truth. You will won’t you? (D.V.)

Your Brother in Jesus Christ,

Russ

P.S. More important than sharing God’s love is sharing God’s love and the knowledge we can be known by the living God… and must be to gain entrance of heaven itself.

Psalm 139:19 KJV Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Matthew 7:23 KJV And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

1… Of or relating to the Jewish dynasty established by the Maccabees.

“When Roman Legions wrote ‘a what about a who’ in human history”©

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To disregard the resurrection is to deny: Jesus was God Himself, what this means to the believer, what hope is offered mankind from this knowledge or leads to diminish the importance of it to christianity itself. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is, in fact, the hinge and cornerstone of our belief. Without it… christianity sounds like every other religion known throughout the world. Another characteristic that separates christianity from other religions is… christianity leads to a personal relationship with the Creator- not seen or talked about with the religions of the world. Without this ‘eternal hope’ of and for life… there is nothing but the grave. The living God is not some distant capricious being we need to yell at to attract His attention. This is not the case with christianity, and eternal life starts with the acceptance of Jesus as being the Savior (The Messiah) He claimed He was.

Jesus was much more than ‘a good man,’ He was (and still is) the selflessly giving God, the God that sacrificed Himself for you and I. This sacrifice was made to prevent mankind from going to an eternal separation… away from God- a place God would die to keep you from having to go there yourself. It must be a terrible place to cause God to come in the form of a man (a disguise), to hide His God suit, and to offer Himself for our sins. The atonement of blood was made by Jesus as a one time event, to pay the price for our sins, and will be realized by those accepting Him as ‘Paid In Full’ on our account. The debt of sin had to be paid… and you can attempt to pay it and fail or accept Jesus as God, knowing He already paid the price, and receive eternal life. This life starts at the time we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior (not at the time of death), for we should show His life in our place and live for Him, from love. Nothing about this is outmoded when you think of time, in the sense of eternity, and not just in the here and now. Have we become so callous in thought to disregard the sense of eternal things being more important than the material view most humans have today? Has immortality [living forever] lost its appeal… to be thought as being immaterial or even transient? We are indeed setting our sights on true poverty… true nakedness… and true godlessness in our approach if we strive to gain from this viewpoint- an emptiness from which we really have no concept of at all. The word ‘unbelief’ in Greek, apistia (ἀπιστία) also holds the definition for ‘disobedience.’

If we are to become “children of disobedience’ we would find ourselves: devaluing life, reluctant to believe Jesus was the Son of God… information confirming the resurrection of Jesus really happened, and love would become of little consequence. This is the position the enemy of God Himself, the one who would attempt to steal God’s glory, honor and authority away wants us in- whereby God’s wrath shall be soon directed by our own choices we’ve made. God will not and does not desire to send you (or any part of humanity) to hell- this will happen from our own choices we make in relation to: God’s existence, authority and will. His will be done or ours… and if it is ours then we strive to gain our own heaven here on Earth- and will get no more. This is why ‘Carpe Diem’ is the slogan and motto for those who would choose to do it their way… seize the moment and they will remember it throughout all eternity.

I give you something to think about… find it here below, and I hope you will think about it if you still do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus- proclaiming His life continues on and was manifest by the Spirit of the living God Himself. There were inscriptions recovered from Archaeological finds where the Sixth Legion Ferrata was stationed, just South of Tel Megiddo. The following abstract is historical proof of a centurion’s belief…

[… Tepper also uncovered the famous 3rd-century Christian prayer

hall at Megiddo Prison, the mosaics of which bore dedicatory in-

scripting to "God Jesus Christ," including one sponsored by a centurion

named Gaianus.]

A centurion was in charge of one hundred (100) soldiers… and in a place of command and recorded as in a position of great authority and respect.

Read this at the link offered below…

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/legio/

Also, aside from the information already… is this note worthy find, listed as from “The Chapel of the Centurion of Armageddon.” See the link below…

http://orderofcenturions.org/chapel_megiddo.html

With proof uncovered, and recovered, it is truly food for thought… enough to chew on before you swallow what you thought you knew as truth. Do you still disbelieve in the possibility of resurrection? I do hope you will ponder this… you will, won’t you? (D.V.)

I remain your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

“Taunt to Thy light”©

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Below is a sampling from my renaissance styled writing.

With Thee thine own aspire to closeness secure;

argal, doth thou raise thine arms, thou art glad,

for thine hands Thou hast appointed and anointed

Thee servants of old, Thine heart for man laden sad,

Hearest naught and careth naught for thee lost…

hearth of Thine own desire produced Thy furnace,

the furnace of fire quenched by trial’s sorrow…

the morrow finds Thee Thy servant’s circumstance,

with Thee found great joy, patience endureth to

benighted plight thine enemy wouldest foist…

Thou art God, Thine servants sought Thee out,

Thy grace and mercy, in love, beseeched gains hoist,

for Thee thy bosom labours, taunt to Thy light,

triumph cometh thrust through virtue sought right.

This inspired by another’s endeavor… to create a sonnet in Olde English stylized writing, one Khalique Rahman.

Findest thou inspiration?

“It is when assumption wanders as the mind of man itself”©

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I say ‘Middle East’…

and it is assumed to be

directed at the Moslem people

but Israel is a part of this world

also.

I say ‘Islam’…

the world assumes it is

a peaceful religion, and I’m

speaking politically by bringing

it up but Iran is a theocracy, an

all-in-one state, much more than

simply a belief.

If I speak from ‘my own belief’…

as a christian, and ask questions…

this is assumed to be hatred or hate

based- when it is not…

though many would call it that.

Persecution is when hatred rears

its ugly head to truth…

and comes by

even a claimed Sister or Brother!

When the world asks for ‘tolerance’…

it is assumed to be speaking peacefully

but it comes with a mask called pluralism,

denying the truth of the resurrection…

the reaction (from emotion) is where hate

comes from… hatred is then manifest

against christians and Jews first…

the family of love- the people of the Book.

Can a christian ‘not ask a question’…

especially about the actions of another’s faith

without the existence of hatred found,

assumed or perceived so falsely…

when emotion exhibits no reasoning at all,

just a feeling based response without

a logical reason to base itself on?

If it is found to be ‘an assumption’…

we would make an ass of ourselves

attempting to defend the feelings we have,

and slight the greater good that could come

from understanding why peace will come

from a lie…

and we lose our heads!

When to assume one is prejudice is to ‘make a leap of faithin the wrong direction… is when mankind will rush to defend: actions of people within a religion, turn their own head to the killing (openly on the daily news), and exert anger over reason for their own hate… against the truth of what is obvious and painful to watch each day. Choose you this day which you will serve… God (love) or Man (hate)?

Revelation 20:4 KJV And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Isaiah 9:6 KJV For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

“Into thine own hands, dear Lord, I commit/deliver my soul”©

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Whence camest thou to thy place secured by thine own mind?

Did thee naught but rest thine own thoughts, comforts did thee find?

Thou mightest see spirits to tell thee what mankind shouldest know…

but to avail thyself to good or bad is naught learned thou shouldest show,

pretense to claim thee toward thyself as gained from angel’s hand…

didest thou not realize lucifer was angelic too, told he’d make a stand?

The Father of lies… the deceiver of souls… the one to take the claim,

he would have humanity bow to him throughout a day to make a name…

the end of which it will be him to stand and claim himself our god,

this mirror image of something holy, it is unholy and death to sod,

the grave is where all believest lies do seek for themselves a taste…

to think something so bitter sweet could lead man to be laid waste,

there is but one God, the Hebrew God, Elah… El Shaddai is true,

He came to save man from himself, knowest thou naught will subdue.

Man, that thou art, conquer the body but thine own mind cannot defeat,

shouldest muzzle, club or death come on me… His will cannot retreat

nor forsake me, thy spirit rests in His hands this day and forevermore…

uproot my life, naught tortured, to know I’m His, I stand at heaven’s door,

thine will makest thou a way, Dear God, I rest thy mind from man’s fate…

though laidest a trap from which I’m bound, love’s promises ne’er be late.

if an angel would lie to man and it is believed… this is when death bears no significance to life itself, and when mankind (hardened to thoughts of ‘free will’) will seek to control the world. Come to know the Earth is the fulness of God made manifest for mankind to live in… and is His to do as He will. There has never come a time when something belonging to God should be used by man for man’s end- and will become the end of man to desire that which is God’s own and from pride to make this declaration. Give to God His glory… and to humanity their own choice- right or wrong… something we must live with as coming from our own mind and hand by the choices we’ve made. Beloved, there has only been one of God’s strong angels, along with his followers, kicked out of heaven… the angel full of pride- arrogant enough to want what was God’s… glory and praise. He would even lie to get it and say he was someone else!

2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

[Below is an abstract taken from this page and link, corresponding to verses 1-11]

[These blessings are given by him, as the Father of his redeemed family. It is our Saviour who says, Let not your heart be troubled. All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. He speaks peace to souls by granting the free remission of sins; and he comforts them by the enlivening influences of the Holy Spirit, and by the rich mercies of his grace. He is able to bind up the broken-hearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and also to give hope and joy under the heaviest sorrows. The favours God bestows on us, are not only to make us cheerful, but also that we may be useful to others. He sends comforts enough to support such as simply trust in and serve him. If we should be brought so low as to despair even of life, yet we may then trust God, who can bring back even from death. Their hope and trust were not in vain; nor shall any be ashamed who trust in the Lord. Past experiences encourage faith and hope, and lay us under obligation to trust in God for time to come. And it is our duty, not only to help one another with prayer, but in praise and thanksgiving, and thereby to make suitable returns for benefits received. Thus both trials and mercies will end in good to ourselves and others.]

Daniel 4:34-37 KJV And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

There should be no doubt… NO DOUBT… in the believer’s mind as to where mercy is coming from or how. God the Father… and God the Son (The Savior) is where we’re to look for mercy- grace is finding His love covers us (when we accept Him as our Savior) and knowing we don’t deserve what we’ve been given. God’s love is overcoming in it’s scope… as long as we desire to seek Him and His will for us in our lives. It is my prayer you will seek out the living God, the same one Nebuchadnezzar accepted as being the one true God- worthy of the praise of man. Did you know a pagan King will meet us in heaven… and he might not be the only one. You can choose to find out for yourself and I pray you’ll choose wisely. You will won’t you? (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

Are you really free... to speak openly of the beliefs you have without fear of the persecution to come? Stay strong... let go and let God!

Are you really free… to speak openly of the beliefs you have without fear of the persecution to come? Stay strong… let go and let God!

“What the Dead Sea scrolls did… to those that would dismiss validity of the Bible itself”©

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The year, 1947, and also the year before Israel would see the promise of God unfold before their eyes. It was in 1948 Israel became a nation again… as promised by God and prophecy was fulfilled. The promise was Israel would be restored, and this promise would be foretold in scripture itself.

Reason for the Jewish people to know jubilee... once again a Nation!

Reason for the Jewish people to know jubilee… once again a Nation!

Jeremiah 27:22 KJV They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD; then will I bring them up, and restore them to this place.

Jeremiah 46:27 KJV But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.

There has never been in human history a land and people restored in this manner or fashion, done by the hands of man… from the guidance of God to fit His will and time schedule. Meanwhile, back to the scrolls found in the Dead Sea.

When the Dead Sea scrolls were found, scoffers of the day said the authenticity of the Bible could not be accurate due to: time elapsed, repeat interpretations and translations made, doubt and any number of so called excuses. Though the scrolls themselves were found in pieces… and there had to be time to piece them together. Once they were… a complete book of Isaiah was found intact. Much to the nay-sayers of the day’s dismay… the information was ninety five percent (95%) accurate… and fully in line with the documents of the time. Imagine that! Then came DNA… and the Dead Sea scrolls were tested- only to come back as being of the same animal skin used throughout ancient times.

Is there still found substantiated denial of God's existence?

Is there still found substantiated denial of God’s existence?

Still, to this day, scoffers are unwilling to say this is indeed the word of God. Odd that in the book of Isaiah is the proven confessions of Jesus… and what will happen to Him on His return. His words to the future event spoken as if it had already been known and told after it had happened. There is no other book foretelling our future as this one does or willing to make the same claims this one has.

Isaiah 50:6 KJV I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Hebrews 10:38 KJV Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Still doubt beyond belief… I can only pray God will not harden your heart more than it has… a heart of stone to the truth He has shared with us all. You will consider these words before you make up your mind, won’t you? I pray you will! (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

From out of antiquity... and before a Nation was restored, a reminder to the past! Photo:Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna/AP

From out of antiquity… and before a Nation was restored, a reminder to the past!
Photo:Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna/AP

“A Bible study for Sept. 11th, 2014… The merciful”©

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If there is any one thing mankind should remember about God… it is His great love for mankind (all of us… all nationalities) and this is tolerance. From difference we find our need for God… from our frailty comes His strength… from our faith comes the trust He knows and desires the best for us. Harm not… love all that love Him. Love all that hate you… for we were once like them ourselves but have found mercy comes from God Himself. There is no other God that has said this… and those that come fully to this knowledge will have come closer to empty themselves of selfish concerns- to find His Will for your life.

Isaiah 46:8 “Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

Psalm 41:4 KJV I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

Exodus 34:6 KJV And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

2 Chronicles 30:9 KJV For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

Proverbs 11:17 KJV The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Luke 6:36 KJV Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Matthew 5:7 KJV Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Isaiah 57:1 KJV The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

Below an abstract, taken from this link here… at biblestudytools.com- a great resource.

Christ never designed to be the Saviour of the fallen angels, therefore he did not take their nature; and the nature of angels could not be an atoning sacrifice for the sin of man. Here is a price paid, enough for all, and suitable to all, for it was in our nature. Here the wonderful love of God appeared, that, when Christ knew what he must suffer in our nature, and how he must die in it, yet he readily took it upon him. And this atonement made way for his people’s deliverance from Satan’s bondage, and for the pardon of their sins through faith. Let those who dread death, and strive to get the better of their terrors, no longer attempt to outbrave or to stifle them, no longer grow careless or wicked through despair. Let them not expect help from the world, or human devices; but let them seek pardon, peace, grace, and a lively hope of heaven, by faith in Him who died and rose again, that thus they may rise above the fear of death.

Do we know God from our feelings or should our feelings come from knowing God?

Come to know God and His ways… for His ways are not the ways of men or the world. If we say we lean more to feelings of God for man… are they not seen in our actions- loving or NOT?

It is my heartfelt desire for you to know the truth… the truth of God is He sent His Son to become the sacrificial lamb for the sins of men. Jesus was more than just a man… just a teacher… just a Holy man- Jesus was the Merciful God redeeming you from your sins… as only God can do for His own. Are you one of His children… or are you one of the children of disobedience?

John 3:16 KJV 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 3:18 KJV He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:36 KJV 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.

If we show love is when we are shown to understand love- the type of person that knows love comes from God Himself. If we say we are taught by God… and want to become closer to God, we must then show mercy to all and the same love God has for us is the same we should also share. I pray you will thoughtfully consider these word of love- to prevent you from any unbelief or being stubborn and against God’s truth. I pray you will. (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

“I have great news for those who don’t like to read… and would like to listen”©

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By now I’m sure you all know I’m a poet, a christian poet (first and foremost), and it is my extreme pleasure to share with you… by the grace of God… my first book will also be (very soon) an ‘Audio book.’ I’d like to share with you two versions of a newly enhanced cover for my first Audio book, see below version one…

God is first... those that have helped me second... and I am last.

God is first… those that have helped me second… and I am last.

and what I’m going to actually use, version two, below…

This one is highlighting the Narrator, my good friend, Darice Strickland... very nicely, don't you think so?

This one is highlighting the Narrator, my good friend, Darice Strickland… very nicely, don’t you think so?

Just click the image to get a clearer view of it. I could not go forward with this project without saying: God is great… the original cover was done by Belinda J. Borradaile (borradaile@yahoo.co.uk), the additional was done by Vivian Gordon ( http://viviangordon.wix.com/justforyou ) and the book will be Narrated by Darice Strickland (of Ada, Oklahoma) (dare_strickland@yahoo.com). I do hope to iron out a few little bugs before I can offer it up as a digital download, still an Audio book, in my eStore. My eStore is… http://www.inkedvocabulary.com… and this is ‘COMING SOON.’

Beyond the eWorld is to go to Hastings once more, as I spoke directly to their purchaser a few years ago, and was told they’d try me out in Arizona first… and go National with any success at all. I could also approach the ALA (American Library Association)… and so much more. This gives me hope to share the faith I have in the living God with people on an outreach basis. If you are a believer… say a little prayer for me, and if you’re not… watch and see that the Lord is in control.

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. My next cover, for my second Audio book, will be done by Valerie Kelly (if she’ll be so kind). Find her at the listings below… http://about.me/v.a.kelly … or  http://valzart.me and may you come to know them as well I have. Blessings to all of you.

“Granted peace by grace”©

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Where does one find true peace?

Plant your roots by the river…

the river of living waters come

to set His people free, the deliverer,

 

a joy will be known… to find

the peace you are meant to know,

go to His river, find complete

the view we shall know and show,

 

have you felt grief or even pain…

go back to the river, find His peace…

He is the source, the supplier of 

joy… it is this to grant you release,

 

set your roots deep… drink deeply,

joy of His love is for us to learn,

to learn of His unending supply of

that which we need and never earn,

 

He has paid the debt for our sin…

gave up His Earthly life as the price,

the living God of the universe saves

us by grace (not works) kind and nice,

 

know Him by the river… living from

this true knowledge comes forth life,

there is to be no struggle in the

storms of life we’ll face, calm not strife,

 

submit to the living God, not man, or

the fear of life is then yours to know,

grown from the living waters of God’s

river… wherein love shows you to grow.

 

Song of Solomon 4:15 KJV A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

 

Jeremiah 2:13 KJV For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

 

Jeremiah 17:13 KJV O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed , and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

 

Revelation 7:17 KJV For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

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