“Whence grief speaks louder”©

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Whence lingers deep sorrow and heartache…

born of pain consumed and flesh to feel,

grief speaks louder than fortune found betwixt

rising and setting sun or night too real,

sensations perchance to falter growth or lead

to troubles to fill a sea of doubt by worry,

flooded dreams to flounder be, calamity is the

rip tide which follows and drowns its fury,

scorn of waves to well within and overtake

a life of weary worn existence, to die…

unheeding clear signs of dire dread, depths

beyond outrageousness, take arms to really try.

1 Peter 2:19 KJV

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19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

Job 20:5 KJV

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5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Psalm 51:12 KJV

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12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Luke 11:20 KJV

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20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

judgment and the love of God–in Matthew 23:25 , “judgment, mercy, and faith.” The reference is to Micah 6:6-8 , whose third element of all acceptable religion, “walking humbly with God,” comprehends both “love” and “faith.” The same tendency to merge greater duties in less besets us still, but it is the characteristic of hypocrites.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Let not your camel saddle be empty... your grief to grow! Allow joy to fill your heart.

Let not your camel saddle be empty… your grief to grow! Allow joy to fill your heart.

“Has the capacity to understand God become hardened to our view?”©

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There is nothing out there… this the common view,

worse yet to assume that this is all in all so true,

to believe there is no God… but the stars above,

to presume to then think we know anything of love,

God: protected his own (and the response is his hate),

and fought to be known (not leaving man to his fate),

and now to die (this Jesus did) for all mankind to know…

to see how great love is when we’re unknown- His show,

even to the point of appearing weak, this far from true,

His Spirit created everything… everything in our view

but we would deny He was God Himself- beyond the grave…

He died to save you from yourself- offered up to save

humanity from: ideologies, erroneous convictions of will…

even opinions, and they say thoughts don’t harm or kill.

If what is assumed by the scientific community is semi-accurate, then,”Thoughts become beliefs, beliefs become actions” is way beyond the pale… to then believe we’re doing the right thing by not showing love to anyone not believing as we (ourselves) do. Is this not to our own self degradation… to make plainly clear… that the truth of God is not known- not cared for, and to be worse than that is to assume we are right? Faith… man should have faith in love- all else is what leads us to hell with demonic purpose foretold. Be careful what you keep your faith in… or where you get your faith from, death follows the destroyer (the deceiver)… the Father of lies.

Mark 11:22 KJV

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22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Have we become this shallow… that we need approval from someone else to find self worth… faith in ourselves? Take a look at what the kids are doing and gauge it for yourself!

Luke 17:5 KJV

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5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

Romans 1:8 KJV

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8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Romans 4:16 KJV

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16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

Romans 16:26 KJV

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26 But now is made manifest , and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV

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5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Galatians 3:7 KJV

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7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Galatians 3:8 KJV

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8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed .

Galatians 3:9 KJV

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9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

What if we are but a puppet... without love? Who controls who?

What if we are but a puppet… without love? Who controls who?

“Seeing things Irishly… to look at ourselves is the hardest part, Part III”©

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I chose to focus on the Irish here for a couple of sound reasons, from the perspective of : St. Patrick’s Day, being Irish myself… and the ongoing fighting amongst the people in Ireland- the fighting continues (worse yet from a christian people… and both sides consider themselves christian). I have given two perspectives to focus on; which are seeing things from Irish eyes and how the Irish are seen. There are actually three different uses for sight here: to see (what we attribute to familiarity… where we live and how we live), to be seen by others (how the world might see us), and the third is to see ourselves as we really are (to be honest with ourselves)- not as we imagine ourselves to be. In all fairness, I did not set out to offend anyone by doing this writing (least of all people that are Irish) but the story came from inspiration attributable during St. Patrick’s Day, and being Irish myself [a part of me], and lends the focus of this to also apply to all people- the world and the mosaic of humanity itself.

To fully gauge a view of ourselves we must clearly understand who and what we are… or there could be no honest evaluation. Far to many people seem to have this over-rated view of themselves- even I have been guilty of this. Hence the dire need to be honest with ourselves or the dimensions of what and who we are get blown out of proportion. If they are bigger than they might normally be… the risk of being arrogant (pompous) or appearing to be arrogant is the resulting view people may have of us. If they are smaller than they should be… the risk is being thought we are: insecure, immature, shy or bashful. Proportionality is often misunderstood due to the comparison chosen, that which either makes us feel better about ourselves or worse than we did before we chose to do so.

There is nothing wrong with ‘a little pride’, as with a hand cooked meal… (seen here) on a holiday.

A good Irish meal... (for St. Patrick's Day) corned beef, cabbage and potato!

A good Irish meal… (for St. Patrick’s Day) corned beef, cabbage and potato!

but the world sees the pride the Irish have, and all to often where it leads to… see below.

My Irish Yoga t-shirt... for the day!

My Irish Yoga t-shirt… for the day!

It is pride that gets in our own way, a sense of: National ‘PRIDE’ (in this case), personal ‘PRIDE’ (thinking we are more than we are due to accomplishments) or even false ‘PRIDE’ (just putting on airs to what we want to seen as… something we’re not). Pride can also tell us we can do it on our own, or listen to someone else tell us we’re not that bad, or to read a self-help-book… which would empower us to be so nonchalant, indifferent… less anxious, about who we are and what we’ve become. So much for effective understanding of what and who we really are- what we see ourselves to be. What we think of ourselves is not always what we are… then we are only fooling ourselves.

The ‘WOW’ factor of me… is what I’d call it, when the desire to be seen supersedes the desire to help a fellow human being from the woe they might feel. When selfishness cares little for the next person is when it really is,”Woe on us” instead of ‘Wow’ on us. To gain an insight to how we really are… we must stand in front of God to see who and what we are- the reality many do not want to face (as being possible). This is the comparison one will dread or love… and where honesty to ourselves is in sight of how God sees us- when one can understand the meaning of ‘being humble’.

Job 40:12 KJV

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12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

Numbers 11:15 KJV

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15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

Psalm 14:3 KJV

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3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Revelation 3:17 KJV

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17 Because thou sayest , I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Isaiah 64:6 KJV

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6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Sin is that which God does not tolerate and condemns. If we have not accepted His Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior… it will be just as it was during ‘the Passover’ in Egypt- death to follow upon those without having the covering of blood [belief in Jesus Christ dying for our sins]. Passover, 2015, draws ever closer… it should also draw you closer to God Himself.

Psalm 11:4 KJV

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4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Psalm 93:2 KJV

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2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

Revelation1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Ephesians 3:4-6 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:1-8 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer  under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

According to John Gill’s exposition of the Bible, specifically this passageGalatians 3:29, a believer is an heir (a son) and counted as equals with Jews that believe [in one body]. An abstract below…

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then are ye Abraham’s seed;
not his natural but his spiritual seed, the seed that should come, and to whom the promises were made, ( Galatians 3:16 Galatians 3:19 ) and so were upon an equal foot even with the Jews that believed [that have faith]:

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Isaiah 45:19 KJV

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19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

So then, I’d ask this same question to you… do you know who and what you are? In light of God’s word to all mankind, do you know God for yourself, and are you one of His own (the children of God), they are heirs of God; and being the spiritual children of Abraham, the children of the promise God would ask us all to be? I pray your eyes will be opened… by seeking God for yourself, and not just taking what another has told you as being truth. God’s truth will forever reign supreme- none will compare to all He has done throughout man’s brief history. Will you welcome His return or follow the man which comes to claim himself god? Which God do you choose, the living God or the one that comes to declare himself god in the temple? Know they are not the same!

Hebrews 9:14 KJV

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14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Or is an opposer, an adversary of Christ… when Christ requires that the Lord God only should be worshipped and served.

Mark 13:14 KJV

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14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Daniel 7:25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.

Revelation 13:18 KJV

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18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

 The time has come to open your eyes to the truth of who you are… without the illusions  and imagination of the image we desire, see or have. If you can still have the same image of yourself (as you do… after reading this article) then it is my hope and prayer you have been honest with yourself- in light of how you are known by God individually.

Temple plans from 2011

Temple plans from 2011

Did you know work began on building the Temple Altar… the one for sacrificial offerings (prophecy coming to pass), as reported in an article July 30th, 2009, in Arutz Sheva (israelnationalnews.com0. Also, the High Priest’s Crown was reported complete December 2nd, 2007 (same source… at this link here). Here is ‘The Temple Institute‘ in Jerusalem… to keep you updated… if you wish to be. I’d think the count down clock should already be started- the beginning to man’s end is here. Time to choose… which God will you serve, the one having already been here or the one to claim the Temple as his own? I pray you will make the right choice here… for eternal life is at stake. (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. I wish you the best Passover for 2015 you can have… one where wisdom rules over pride… over traditional thought, and most of all… over secular notions. Plan your eternity now… even if your Irish or not!

Colossians 2:8 KJV

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8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Shouting to the darkness

“Seeing things Irishly… How the Irish are seen, Part II”©

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Seeing things Irishly!

Seeing things Irishly!

In Ireland we see… the world sees… a land where, if God was understood, beauty does exist but the strife of man is apparent. Unrest of man, as it comes to God, comes from concern for man or against (another believing differently than one does) mankind… not from practicing the love God tells us to have for one another. I’m very sure there are good people on both sides of the aisle (in this case… the Emerald Isle) and the problems come from something internal- made manifest in the external world we see. The world does not focus on the good… the beauty of the people themselves (sadly) but it is the confusion of the strife which is then fixated on. Such is the way of the world… to focus on the minute and lose sight of the mountain, unless it is a mountain of their own creation. Hence, Ireland is the same as the world is, in this regard, and rendered but a microcosm to the greater problems we see in the world today. If peace is the goal… the answer, then peacefulness should also be seen coming from those claiming to be ‘peaceful’ or espousing peace as a goal. There will continue to be strife in Ireland as long as there is envy or difference seen as better than those doing the violent acts against another- both were created in the image of God… are they not? If God is to be understood at all… love for our fellow man should be the resultant expectation- the results of the fruit of love to be seen and then known throughout the land.

As with the world, it is then forbearance and kindness toward one another that shall be infused with the knowledge we then share, and what we share we should do so in love. It has been said,”Love makes the world go ’round’, and what better way for the world to know we do understand love by not doing what we say we’re against but what we (honestly) believe to be true. Truth of our beliefs is seen in the actions we take, and when they reach out to harm someone… to injure or maim it will inure the children to episodes of such violence and they will do no better themselves. If amelioration is the goal… to improve upon what was done in the past, let’s get to it and do what we should- love one another as we would do for our own. Yes… we are our Brother’s keeper- this will never change. Plan nothing to hurt another! This does not mean we have to like what our Brother does… it just means we should not take action against them- for they know not what they do! There is to be no judgement to another’s actions, for judgement belongs to the Lord God Himself. Hate the sin but love the sinner, just as God sees us all, for Jesus loved us all enough to die for us when we (ourselves) were yet sinners.

Maybe, just maybe… this St. Patrick’s Day we can do as legend proclaims of the efforts of St. Patrick himself. Let us drive the serpents  (in this case the wrongs) from our view we have for those in front of us- so there can be a peaceful means to an end. This would be glorious for all humanity, and then we could all see the truth of being without a serpent around to bother us… to suggest that which is an untruth about humanity as a whole. The world waits to see conflict end but if the nature of man leads us then our fate is secured by what we see. If the nature of God is what we hope in… love will be apparent in all we do. Jesus embellished upon the nature of the ten commandments, by saying,”Love God with tour whole heart and love your Brother as yourself“. If we can grasp anything from the red letters, when Jesus spoke (in the Bible) then we might be better served to pay particular attention to those times He did teach- even what was taught. The Irish teach their young about ‘the Trinity’ of God by pointing to ‘the shamrock’, where we see all three leaves being part of the whole- all equal in nature and a part of one another. The leaves are separate but all part of the same shamrock- no difference to the nature of them being the same [equal]. This is my Irish wish this St. Patrick’s Day… that the Emerald Isle would be a good place to start to see peace and wholeness restored to a people of my own heart. No blarney!

I can find nothing better to share with you: on God’s love, ‘the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)’, and soundness of teaching thought than what is shared by David L. Turner (at this link), and through Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology Online. The following is found in abstract (two paragraphs from this link provided) and seen below the scripture. Jesus’s authority came from the Father (first part of the trinity), as the Son of God (Jesus is the second part of the trinity), and the Holy Spirit [the paraclete, as told us by Jesus He would send Him], in the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God is seen (the third part of the trinity). The trinity is also spoken of in single passages and I offer you this one below as proof- containing in it the descriptions of God in three parts.

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John 14:26 KJV

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26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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In the New Testament Jesus is the Servant of God who inaugurates the new covenant ( Matt 12:17-21 ; 26:28 ). His ministry of word and deed and his redemptive sacrifice fulfill the Old Testament prototypes: kings, priests, and prophets. Jesus teaches with divine authority ( Matt 4:23 ; 5:2 ; 7:29 ). His approach to the Old Testament differs from that of Israel’s leaders in that his teaching stresses love, justice, and mercy over external matters. After his resurrection and exaltation Jesus sends his apostles forth with the mandate to perpetuate his teachings ( Matt 28:19 ; John 21:15-17 ) in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the Bible, then, God as Creator and Redeemer teaches his creatures through the agency of two institutions, the family and the covenant community in which families worship God and grow in his grace. This teaching was carried out through the kings, priests, and prophets of the Old Testament theocratic community. These three Old Testament motifs coalesce in Jesus the Messiah, who enables the new covenant community to be taught by spiritually gifted teachers who lead the church.

Let’s pray for peace in Ireland… and the world over! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 2015!

This image is from a picture of the cover of the book,"Just for you', a book by Helen Steiner Rice.

This image is from a picture of the cover of the book,”Just for you’, a book by Helen Steiner Rice.

You can read Part I at this link here.

“Let us reflect on truth… and peace”©

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We need to stop the charade, the smoke and mirrors…

the ‘political correctness’, the new house of cards,

we need to be able to see what we openly see and

call it what it is… turning it into our noose of cords,

to what peaceful venue can a bomb give us but a

facefull of peace blasting its way to our memory, now,

or when will we lose our heads to make a point…

domination is the point of terror, you show us how

not to act if you are peaceful, and you’d tell us it

is just the extremists, and there is no relationship…

no relationship with the bow of the ship to the aft

end, and the vessel headed by those you’d worship.

A warship is a warship, it is not Greenpeace here, and the words at “The Dome of the Rock” tell the full story. There are two entrances, above one it says,”The unity of God and the prophecy of Muhammad are true”. On the other… it says,”The Sonship of Jesus and the Trinity are false”. In a bare naked act of speaking sacrilegiously about Jesus, to speak of blasphemy (offensive and profane talk against the Hebrew God), and declare people speaking of Jesus as blasphemers… seeking to put those to death for committing this offense against Islam. Look at the case of: Asia Bibi (in Pakistan), Saeed Abedini (in Iran) or Meriam Ibrahim (in Sudan, held in Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum… people being held for their FAITH. Odd, where one religion tries to steal the importance of another… tolerance is so peaceful… isn’t it? If the light of God is found in the daytime (growth and life sustaining)… then what does the light of the moon offer us but a reflection of the light of the sun and nothing more- a mirror.

This exhortation can be found within ‘The Dome of the Rock’, to depart from the error of ‘The Trinity’ and to recognize the truth of Islam. See it below.

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O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and say not ‘Three’ – Cease! (it is) better for you! – God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son. … Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of God (will find that) lo! God is swift at reckoning! 

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You can read for yourself, through a free e-book (just provide your information and sign-in)… offered by BAS [Biblical Archaeological Society], found here. You can also read about ‘the Dome of the Rock’ at a site [here] maintained by the US Islam org., to aid in your conclusions.

John 8:54 KJV

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54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

1 Corinthians 8:6 KJV

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6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-corinthians/12-3.html/

3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Revelation 20:4 KJV

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4 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.

What will look to man like a victory… is actually his defeat- foretold in the Bible. Which side are you on… God’s [The God of Israel… the Hebrew God… The living God] or would you oppose Him- there is no in-between!

This picture of 'the Dome of the Rock' found at meatgroup.wordpress.com ... and a leftover from the days of conquest, where the push we see today is to regain an even wider grasp of the world. Speak truth to power... and do not fear, God is with you!

This picture of ‘the Dome of the Rock’ found at meatgroup.wordpress.com … and a leftover from the days of conquest, where the push we see today is to regain an even wider grasp of the world. Speak truth to power… and do not fear, God is with you!

“What do you mean we didn’t pay the water bill (so common HERE)?”©

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Can you imagine NOT HAVING CLEAN WATER?

There are many in our world without it…

for you you buy a bottle or two and think

nothing about it… without it you have a fit

but there are many people, and it is the

children most affected here, to loss of life,

can you even begin to imagine NOT HAVING

this simple basic need, where without such strife,

by your kind support to enable a group as

Samaritan’s Purse, you offer a hand up not out,

to raise your hands to help another in this life…

this is our truest goal, what love is all about.

It is an estimated 1.58 million people die each year from diseases by unclean water, inadequate sanitation and/or poor hygiene habits. I believe clean water with learning about keeping it clean is a good place to start. Can you offer someone that needs it the money you might fritter away on 1 specialty coffee for a weeks time- the change for them immeasurable and for you insignificant. Please consider this as a challenge here- a child’s life could be a stake. Find out more from this link here… or to make a general donation here, and Thanks for you kind support.

Russell D. Holder

Author of “From A Greater Hand than mine”

Won't you please help someone get the basics of life... water. We take it for granted but it could make all the difference here between life and death. Your hands can make a difference.

Won’t you please help someone get the basics of life… water. We take it for granted but it could make all the difference here between life and death. Your hands can make a difference.

“The relationship of the Thistle and the Lily”©

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The thistle and the lily share a very common scene…

to understand this writing one must know what they mean,

Royals have taken the lily and call it ‘the fleur de lis’,

man’s history… to incorporate meaning to their reality,

and this brings us to the thistle… that which causes pain,

ever known to mankind and comes to all in sun or rain,

this the rub of wonders when a King is given a crown…

one to suffer from placement of His crown mocked brown,

when man forced a crown of thorns on Jesus’s head

it was meant in mockery, to suffer, before He was dead,

and forever will the thistle from Jerusalem, a nasty weed,

be looked on with such dismay and disgust, an irony indeed,

for the King of heaven, Immanuel, the God-man wept…

to see Jerusalem on ‘good Friday’, His spirit leapt

within Him… knowing the Father’s will, to follow through…

He would be raised upon a cross, to die for me and YOU.

The Jerusalem Thistle [also called Holy Thistle] is what the crown of thorns was possibly fabricated from, and there is a list of these ‘Thorns and Thistles in the Bible’ found at this link… along with Biblical references and listings to scripture. There are many varied meanings to them all, as well as varieties of them, but it will be ‘the crown of thorns‘ remembered as the mockery of man to the claims of Jesus being God Himself. Little wonder Jesus suffered so… being the propitiation for all of man’s sins and exposes the nature and reason for His death. Jesus died to save us from ourselves [with all our collective thoughts being wrong about all things divine] and what the inner man can do to others if left on their own to do them. Man has yet to learn there is often a greater distance between ‘expectation and reality’ than was first assumed or thought to be- especially when it comes to what man thinks he knows about God and what God would have us know about Himself.

As with all great mysteries, there are many more questions [to those unsettled about the claims (and activities which clear this writer’s mind) made by Jesus] which might come to mind. The shroud of Turin is one of the many sources to this puzzling parallel. Here is proof of one type of thistle pollen found on the cloth itself, found by botany professor Avinoam Danin, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Unfortunately for those that doubt, there are negative images found on the cloth… even 3d images that cannot be more impressionable than when they are throughly looked into or seen from an evidentiary level. The sight of where the thorns could have been placed is alarming for those that believe the story [one I don’t believe to be fictions at all] of the death of Jesus Himself.

The historic use of the lily, this mentioned as ‘the fleur de lis‘ was used by the Royals to  elevate the meaning to the flower itself- throughout history. Here is a link to more images here. Even though the ‘Lily’ has come to represent death more than life… it bears forth the worthiest question mankind can ask himself. The question… who is Jesus to YOU?

Isaiah 10:17 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/10-17.html/

17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

Matthew 27:29 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/matthew/27-29.html/

29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

The thistle and the lily!

The thistle and the lily!

“The ‘why’ behind the when”©

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The ‘when’ of Jesus’s birth still raises

controversy with scholars today…

being thought non-specific in the

texts they’ve read, despite what they say,

and the truth be told… more important to

mankind… as it came to pass is ‘why’,

the gifts… the gifts of gold, frankincense

and myrrh tell us all He was to die,

unlike other men, He was ‘The Word’ of

God made flesh… to live with us that day,

and sooner than some would admit… He’ll

come again, to reach heaven He is ‘The way’,

He proclaimed,”I am the way, the life and

the truth”, the life everlasting, eternal,

and He showed us this by the resurrection…

the grave could not stop Him, a lie infernal,

Jesus… God made flesh, this foreordained as

propitiation for man’s sins, given His glory…

for by the grace of love itself, though

undeserving, we find His truth in the story.

The story… not some fictitious thing, a real life occurrence, and a foretelling of the plan(s) of God for all mankind to benefit from. We must lose: the blinders of hate for one another (past effects our present reality), accept Him as God (there are no limitations to what God can do) and understand God is come for the purpose of being the Savior for the whole world (not some of it but all of it). I believe the most poignant thing Jesus said on the cross, as He paid the ultimate price for us all, was,”Forgive them for they know not what they do“.

Luke 23:34 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/23-34.html/

34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Gold… a gift of Kings.

Frankincense… used by a priest.

Myrhh… salve to embalm, a sacrifice for all of us.

Jesus is a: King, Priest (High Priest) and our Redeemer (we have been bought with a price).Which Jesus [The Nazarene] do you see, the golden one or the one intended as an insult?

Is this the golden image of 'the Nazarene' seen today?

Is this the golden image of ‘the Nazarene’ seen today?

Which bread do your hands knead, life or death?

Do you see Jesus as but an insult… something used to denigrate another- created in the image of God like yourself?

To remember we also had a nail in one hand and a hammer in the other, at one time in our lives (the life without Jesus), and forgiveness is a trait of strength- not weakness. When we are weak our strength comes from God… that it is for the world to marvel at the glory of God being alive! We need to pray for three things being predominate in our lives today: a better understanding of what and who Jesus is to each of us, an end to racial bigotry and for the cessation of hostilities to gain a global supremacy of or for religion. The second theocracy of God, the first being of the Jews… after being delivered from Egypt, will be seen when God returns to claim His rightful place- and for those He calls by name (His own).

This image is from a picture of the cover of the book,"Just for you', a book by Helen Steiner Rice.

This image is from a picture of the cover of the book,”Just for you’, a book by Helen Steiner Rice.

“The event would pass-us-over… left behind”©

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Why is it that when God says something man

is to do, if it offends someone’s sensibilities,

they would turn away from thoughts of God?

Then, the same people, when confronted by

actions taken by people [today], in the same

vein, they’d not differentiate but do applaud?

It is the very same people calling christians

hypocrites… narrow minded, and it is a lame

double standard mankind has maintained,

this is the viewpoint of this human being…

but I see it as much more than it simply is…

it goes way beyond how we are trained,

these days are geared more to satisfying a

sense of one’s own desires… the fires are

stoked, fanned and ready to burn, to yearn,

and the yearning is directed to a personal

choice, to hell with any other voice, and we’d

call this a right… an expectation to learn,

sad… where this is what it comes down to,

to applaud against God, maintain the training

of man, to yearn for his learning his own way,

yet we have forgotten the God of Israel, the

deliverer of the Jews from Egypt… as we’d

soon be passed over ourselves, as we’d say.

 Isaiah 32:6 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/32-6.html/

6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

This in no way is to suggest I hate those that are doing what God says they are doing against Him but to openly declare what God says here… knowing all mankind is created in the image and likeness of God- I am to love my fellow human beings (all). I may not like their behavior but judgement is not mine to make… and that is to be left up to God. Love all mankind (peacefully)… but not everything they’d do!

Russ

Is this the golden image of 'the Nazarene' seen today?

Is this the golden image of ‘the Nazarene’ seen today?

“A Bible study for Friday the 6th of March, 2015… Salvation come”©

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The most amazing and important aspect to Easter (and I will refer to it as ‘Passover’ from this point on) is the offering which was made was for the salvation of mankind- all mankind. Up until this point in human history, the things done by God were: to protect His people, for knowing their enemy or for standing by His covenant and promise- as all to God’s glory and presence to be known. Yes… God wants to be known, not just for protecting His people but wants all humanity (every tribe, nation and people) to know of His own Son’s sacrifice (when God became man to give a blood sacrifice) and its purpose for it. The purpose for Jesus to die on the cross was always the salvation of humanity itself- taken to the individual level… for God to be personally known. Do you not know your neighbor? This is the same thing here, as Jesus called Himself ‘the son of man’ and God The Father, at the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, declared openly,”This is my Son in whom I’m well pleased”. The ‘Paschal lamb’, The Messiah, had come.

The world has many images and myths to point to… similarities to the same event (to which I’d call them small mirrors to look or sound like the actual events of the death of Jesus) but the Gospels all tell from eyewitness accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ- God Himself. The large mirror to the life of Jesus will come when the anti-christ makes his presence known throughout the world. The opposite of love [rebellion to God’s word] and his cry to kill all Jews will be heard.

1 Peter 1:20 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-peter/1-20.html/

20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Hebrews 9:26 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/hebrews/9-26.html/

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Ephesians 1:4 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ephesians/1-4.html/

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Luke 11:50 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/11-50.html/

50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

This cannot be emphasized upon more than the thoughts of Matthew Henry [found also below but at this link… and but this one abstract (to be read first) comes by way of Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology] and his commentary.

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In Jesus’ teaching salvation is linked to the advance of God’s kingdom, which is in turn linked to Jesus’ own person. By using God’s kingdom as a circumlocution for salvation, Jesus deepens the Old Testament conviction that salvation belongs to God, for the kingdom signifies a sphere of reality in which God reigns sovereign. The disciples themselves responded to Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom with the question “Who then can be saved?” ( Mark 10:23-26 ). That Jesus understood himself to be that bringer of God’s kingdom is evident in the claim following his synagogue reading, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” ( Luke 4:21 ). Salvation belongs to those who follow Jesus, bringer and embodiment of God’s kingdom.

Luke 4:16-21

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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The commentary (in abstract) of Matthew Henry…

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The Holy Spirit is not the author of a timid or cowardly disposition, or of slavish fears. As is usual with Paul, when he mentions Christ and his redemption, he enlarges upon them; so full was he of that which is all our salvation, and ought to be all our desire. The call of the gospel is a holy call, making holy. Salvation is of free grace. This is said to be given us before the world began, that is, in the purpose of God from all eternity; in Christ Jesus, for all the gifts that come from God to sinful man, come in and through Christ Jesus alone. Those who cleave to the gospel, need not be ashamed, the cause will bear them out; but those who oppose it, shall be ashamed. Thou hadst a soul committed to thee; how was it employed? in the service of sin, or in the service of Christ? A good man will seek to do good. The day of death and judgment is an awful day. And if we would have mercy then, we must seek for it now of the Lord. [This found here (at the bottom of the page… listed under commentary) and is an abstract from Matthew Henry’s commentary for 2 Timothy 1:7]

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The bigger view of Jesus Christ was He was who He claimed to be… and the prophecy, miracles and teachings reveal the truth of this statement. Prophecy made by Daniel, in Daniel 9:24-26, referred to the coming Messiah and exactly when He’d come. The link is provided through http://www.matthewmcgee.org… and once you get there go down to #1., Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks, read A and B and the two (2) paragraphs below it. The miracles of Jesus were also widely known… here is a list of them by ‘life of christ’ and for easy viewing. The teachings of Jesus were indeed counter cultural in their manner of what was: understood of God, by God and coming from God… and was not received well with those in power. Here are some of the varied reasons found here (also from ‘life of christ’)… and strongly advised to do more than ponder these teachings.

Friday, March 06

Proverbs 14:27

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
Read Proverbs 14

Titus 2:11

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

1 Peter 1:21

21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

It is my heart felt prayer this ‘Passover’ you will not let the very thought of God get in your way to the truth of His plans for your own salvation. There are so many people today… thinking I have no time for God, I’m to busy for God or even worse- there is no God. Yes… there is a God, and His name is Everlasting Counselor, Prince of Peace and God Almighty- Jesus is His name. Do you know God as your own (personal) Savior yet? I pray you will consider the words placed carefully for your benefit- life eternal (salvation has come). You will consider these words, won’t you? (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. I wish the world over, all mankind, to know the difference between love and hate… and to make their own choice- with love or not. Know the choice you make to come with the consequences from your choosing- so choose wisely!

It is the mind that needs to understand the freedom God gives... and the knowledge of who He is to us personally is where our faith begins. By God's grace we are to share this faith [not a blind faith] but one sharing the light of this world and the Kingdom to come- the second theocratic system of God... the first was when the Jews were released  (delivered) from Egypt.

It is the mind that needs to understand the freedom God gives… and the knowledge of who He is to us personally is where our faith begins. By God’s grace we are to share this faith [not a blind faith] but one sharing the light of this world and the Kingdom to come- the second theocratic system of God… the first was when the Jews were released (delivered) from Egypt.

A representative of the (possible) type of spike that held Jesus to the cross... and we should know what really held Him to the cross was His love for 'YOU and I'.

A representative of the (possible) type of spike that held Jesus to the cross… and we should know what really held Him to the cross was His love for ‘YOU and I’.

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