“Is it wise to be ‘Joy’ filled?”

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When you have desires for peace that transcend man’s condition…
consider the King of all Kings, as He is the God most high,
without His indwelling your heart, mind and spirit there is loss…
the loss of God is the separation, as we need God to be nigh,
and this emptiness cannot be filled by anything else, nothing else
will do… can restore but we can ask His forgiveness and count…
count to Him as one of His own, lost, now returned, then will true
joy be discovered, for it is a joyous thing to be seen in the amount
of people coming from the whole Earth willing to accept God’s
truth, not their own (man’s own), as this is not in God’s own plan…
for we do not need a god acting as if they are a genie here, what
God desires of us is: acceptance, worship and obedience by clan,
man and woman, Mother and Father, Brother and Sister… those
seeking God will find Him, His signature is seen throughout creation,
and what we do with acknowledging Him first is to find there are
none like Him, the living God, life comes by His loving restoration.

 

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Proverbs 14:12 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/proverbs/14-12.html
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 
Isaiah 46:9 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/46-9.html
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 
Wide is the path to destruction and there will be many on it… so unaware of the direction their feet have moved to guide them to. Allow me to share one, found here… where on the surface it appears wholesome… such is not the case. Nowhere is there one mention, not even in passing, of Jesus Christ at all. True hope for the world is found in Him, by Him and through Him- nothing else will ever come close enough to truth. I ask you… is this (then) no different than Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation, Noetic Sciences or any other faith that does not view Jesus Christ the same way?

 
Psalm 105:43 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/105-43.html
43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

 
[What is stated below, in abstract, comes from here.]

 
Connect every view you have of Christ in His other graces with this first one: “Of God He is made to you righteousness.” This will keep you in perfect peace. Thus shall you enter into, and dwell in, the rest of God. So shall your inmost being be transformed into being righteous and doing righteousness. In your heart and life it will become manifest where you dwell; abiding in Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, you will share His position, His character, and His blessedness: “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Joy and gladness above measure will be your portion.

 

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Hosea 14:9 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/hosea/14-9.html
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

 
Job 20:5 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/job/20-5.html
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

 

 

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[Below comes in the form of a very short abstract, from here, on ‘Joy.’]

 
God’s kingdom is described as “righteousness, peace and joy” ( Rom 14:17 ). Certainty of salvation is a cause for joy, as the disciples are commanded to “rejoice that your names are written in heaven” ( Luke 10:20 ). Fellowship with Jesus brings continuous joy (John 15-17).

 

2 Corinthians 1:24 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-corinthians/1-24.html
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

 
Psalm 16:11 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/16-11.html
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

Images from here.

“The hard part comes nearer to heart”

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There is a time in every Christian’s life
when realization is the measure of life…
the life we say we have found in Jesus
is to be exemplified even amid our strife,
and this very struggle is not the same as
when there is no conflict but drum and fife…
(real or imagined) we are to love our enemies!

 

It should be apparently easy to show love
when it is to a: Mother, Sister or Brother
but it quickly turns more difficult to love
someone causing you harm as another
when: a differing faith, believing something
you do not, an enemy you’d sooner smother…
(real or imagined) we are to love our enemies!

 

This is not just to be recognized but shown
in the actions we are to take… to heart,
love has come into the world to forgive
us all, to be known… and never to part
from our lives, and inorder for us to get
through, to the finish, we need to start…
(real or imagined) we are to love our enemies!

 

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Matthew 5:44 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/matthew/5-44.html
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

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[What is observed below comes from the ‘Commentary Critical’ to the scripture above, found here by clicking through the ‘compare button’ and clicking on the ‘Commentary’ near the bottom of the page.]

 

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Ye are the salt of the earth–to preserve it from corruption, to season its insipidity, to freshen and sweeten it. The remedy for this, says our Lord here, is the active presence of His disciples among their fellows. The character and principles of Christians, brought into close contact with it, are designed to arrest the festering corruption of humanity and season its insipidity.

 

Ye are the light of the world–This being the distinctive title which our Lord appropriates to Himself ( John 8:12 , 9:5 ; and see John 1:4 John 1:9 , 3:19 , John 12:35 John 12:36 )–a title expressly said to be unsuitable even to the highest of all the prophets ( John 1:8 )–it must be applied here by our Lord to His disciples only as they shine with His light upon the world, in virtue of His Spirit dwelling in them, and the same mind being in them which was also in Christ Jesus. Nor are Christians anywhere else so called.

 

Let it be observed, too, that while the two figures of salt and sunlight both express the same function of Christians–their blessed influence on their fellow men–they each set this forth under a different aspect. Salt operates internally, in the mass with which it comes in contact; the sunlight operates externally, irradiating all that it reaches. Hence Christians are warily styled “the salt of the earth”–with reference to the masses of mankind with whom they are expected to mix; but “the light of the world”–with reference to the vast and variegated surface which feels its fructifying and gladdening radiance.

 

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But I say unto you, Love your enemies–The word here used denotes moral love, as distinguished from the other word, which expresses personal affection. Usually, the former denotes “complacency in the character” of the person loved; but here it denotes the benignant, compassionate outgoings of desire for another’s good. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you–The best commentary on these matchless counsels is the bright example of Him who gave them. (See 1 Peter 2:21-24 ; and compare Romans 12:20 Romans 12:21 , 1 Corinthians 4:12 , 1 Peter 3:9 ). But though such precepts were never before expressed–perhaps not even conceived–with such breadth, precision, and sharpness as here, our Lord is here only the incomparable Interpreter of the law in force from the beginning; and this is the only satisfactory view of the entire strain of this discourse. When we find God’s own procedure held up for imitation in the law, and much more in the prophets, we may see that the principle of this surprising verse was nothing new: but the form of it certainly is that of One who spake as never man spake.

 

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Images from here.

“When ‘Human Rights’ do not come into play… life (itself) is assailed”

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You can thank Hillary for helping POTUS Obama (and the OIC) by assisting (aiding) them to pass UN Resolution 16/18. If you are unfamiliar with this Resolution… you need to do some quick study on it and research its intent. Although it was framed under ‘Human Rights’ it would supersede the values ‘Human Rights’ openly declares all humanity should have- in other words, it violates (blatantly) what the UN has said (openly) for many years- since Dec. 10th, 1948.

 
When did it become OK to blaspheme Christians
and Christianity but another is offered support?
This is done with the clearest of intentions but
no one will speak out and proscribe the import
of such vilification as being wrongly induced on
the people of the world over, thoughts by part…
thus rendered impartial to clear partiality and
a slippery slope, the skids greased, for a start
of radical belief imposed on us all… regardless
of our own belief being counter to such absurdity,
therein is the crux of the problem… when one
thinks there is a needed atonement is stupidity,
there has never been an idea: hurt, harmed or
bothered by what someone else thinks is right,
it is only when people take action into their own
hands and hurt, harm or kill peace to all in sight.

 
With ‘Human Rights’ no one has the right to take another life, based solely on their belief, but without ‘Human Rights’ (for the general masses) we create the environment that allows the religious fervor of ‘mob rule’ to command us all! From within the mindset of ‘mob rule’ we will see more individuals step forth… and plunge themselves into the madness of actions without concern or compassion for anyone else. See one such example in Pakistan, courtesy of Al Jazeera. Vigilantism would then be encouraged and honored.

 

Blasphemy happens every day at ‘The Dome of the Rock,’ for on their Shrine are these words,”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!” This is Blasphemy to Christianity… for we believe Jesus was: The Deliverer, Savior, Messiah, Son of God and God Himself. As a Christian… I believe the truth will stand on its own- and I do not need to attack someone if they do not believe as I do.

 

See more to this story found here, and one on what ‘Monotheism’ actually comes down to- look to the first comment on this article. People can also look here and decide for themselves how irreverent this becomes.

“Thoughts on being fruitful”©

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“Unending… unless we turn our backs”©

Can I dip my quill in eternity
and not be affected by it?
To think I would feel nothing
from such conceit…
such audacity…
to not think beyond the scope
of my own nose,
I drop to my calloused knees and
pray my words do not come from
defiance or insolence,
rather boldness and courage to
exemplify the thoughts I’m given…
the insights to unfold, the gifts
of the spirit within me…
the one that guides my pen
across the paper revealing the
mysteries found within the
great pyramids, heard from
the Oracle at Delphi or given
to Frost and Dickinson…
the thoughts of immortality,
the whispers of wind that have
sung their songs to lift the hearts
and minds of men and women,
the songs of equality…
of purpose… of mettle,
spanning the ages and settling on
chins to lower eyes to see
those needing our hands more
than we do ourselves,
can we not deserve to serve
ourselves the same charity or
the same wonder… and the same
hope we can give of the season,
it would be the gift that keeps
the circle complete… intact,
to reach back from our past
to our present… the time of today,
the day we need each other most…
the spirit shall remain as free
as the one that sees it for what it is…
for it is what we are…
and what we can do is find it in
others before we turn our backs
to this truth…
or even on ourselves.

 

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If fruit is to be understood at all it needs to be: more than an abstract in thought, found how growth happens, realized to be growing or grown, and when the nutrients it has or contains do their work for us. There is more to fruit than meets the eye… and though it is nice to look at, we will never get the full benefit to what we look at by just staring at it, will we?

 

The merest thought of fruit is enough for some people to think of what they might have instead of the reason they have it. This could be viewed as an abstraction of the fruit, where we could be drawn away from the specifics of ‘why there is fruit’ to the general view… it is enough to know you have it. It is found in this way of thinking a greater inaccuracy… then is found in abstract: love, equality, justice and freedom- left as a stated quality but not truly expressing or sharing the fullest of the innate qualities each has or is granted us to believe as coming from them.

 

As to growth for a Christian… simply stated, growth comes to those who are in contact with the source of life itself. If fruit is to grow (at all) then it must remain (being an integral part) one with the limb or branch of the tree it comes from until ripened. As in this case (for the Christian) even maturation and separation from the tree (as by such an analogy) does not mean we should think any less of there being a connection with the Lord than the Spiritual connectedness we are to maintain with Him in the first place.

 

John 15:5 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/15-5.html
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

John 15:1 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/15-1.html
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

 
As to the nutrients (the benefits coming from them) of the fruit becoming a part of our lives- first we must ingest the fruit itself. After it is eaten, the flesh of the fruit, then we can digest it… and the benefits become comprehensive. With a clear understanding of life, and life itself being the focus, light becomes the revealer to clarity of meaning (what I’m tempted to call a form of ‘photo-genesis’ or sight of how important it is to be found in light) as growth comes by living in the light of God.

 
John 8:12 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/8-12.html
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 
John 6:51 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/6-51.html
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 
So what does it mean to be ‘fruitful?’ We are told to be fruitful and multiply… in Genesis 9:7, pertaining to ’the transmission of life’ and a promise through covenant.

 
Be fruitful, &c.–The first part relates to the transmission of life, the original blessing being reannounced in the very same words in which it had been promised at first [ Genesis 1:28 ].

 

Fruit of the Spirit, found here and explained to be seen in our christian walk with God.

 

Consequently it is important not only to know what the fruit of the Spirit is but diligently to attempt to make it an integral part of one’s own Christian life. No one ever drifts into spiritual maturity or excellence. It demands a yielding of life to the Spirit’s leading by means of the Bible ( Rom 8:14 ; Gal 5:18 ) and this can involve, at times, a real battle. The Christian life for Paul is always a combination of the work of the Spirit of God in originating fruit and the cooperation of the will of the individual.

 
What is found below comes from here, by way of Psalm 18:19, and The Treasury of David.

 
He delivered me, because he delighted in me. Free grace lies at the foundation. Rest assured, if we go deep enough, sovereign grace is the truth which lies at the bottom of every well of mercy. Deep sea fisheries in the ocean of divine bounty always bring the pearls of electing, discriminating love to light. Why Jehovah should delight in us is an question without an answer, and a mystery which angels cannot solve; but that he does delight in his beloved is certain, and is the fruitful root of favours as numerous as they are precious. Believer, sit down, and inwardly digest the instructive sentence now before us, and learn to view the uncaused love of God as the cause of all the lovingkindness of which we are the partakers.

 

Jeremiah 15:16 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/jeremiah/15-16.html
16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

 
Accordingly, what is listed below is not thought to be literal (I do not think everything in the Bible is suppose to be figuratively understood either) but let’s go with it. Found here… and look below for ’The Commentary on the Whole Bible’ for the reference. There would not be a mention to what will happen in the stomach if it was figurative, would there?

 
(Revelation 10:9, Revelation 10:10 ). The idea is to possess himself fully of the message and digest it in the mind; not literal eating, but such an appropriation of its unsavory contents that they should become, as it were, part of himself, so as to impart them the more vividly to his hearers.

“There are those called to service… and those called unbelievers”

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Lo and behold… to the ears and hearts of men,
it is from the mind a man decides wrong or right
but in light of God’s calling to us throughout the
ages, know it was God that came to Earth in sight
of men and all mankind, to die to the sins we were
born to and to rise again in resurrection… in life
eternal and not an eternal death, this is where man
sees what he wants to… to see hate in such strife
but God has given you, Oh man, a choice (free will)
to believe in Him or not, He will honor your choice…
so don’t think for one brief second God hates you
unless you seek to kill His own or His holy voice.
So choose you this day, Nay, this very hour… to
What you would believe or not, for it is much better
For God to see what choice you have made, and
For your Brother to know you follow it ‘by the letter.’

 

 

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What nature do you claim… and exhibit? Let’s show the world God lives here!

 

Letter: look either here… or here.

 
In 2 Corinthians 3:6 , “the letter” means the Mosaic law as a written law.

 
Isaiah 56:8 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/56-8.html
8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

 

[Below come through this link… and click through the bottom of the page for ‘Commentary Critical’ on this scripture above.]

 

house . . . for all peopleor rather, “peoples.” No longer restricted to one favored people ( Malachi 1:11 , John 4:21, John 4:23, 1 Timothy 2:8 ). To be fully realized at the second coming ( Isaiah 2:2-4 ). No longer literal, but spiritual sacrifice, namely, “prayer” shall be offered ( Psalms 141:2 , 51:17 , Malachi 1:11 , Matthew 21:13 ).

 

It is by, through and from the grace of God Himself… there is nothing you can do to earn this. You can set about doing the will of the Father… and know this is what is required of us- to show our love for Him (Jesus) is sincere. We do works not to earn anything but the works we do come by our faith in Him and our love to be returned.

 

 

Know what has been done for you (sealed and marked for inheritance… a deposit made) by your belief, chosen by the will of God, and what we are called to do.

 

[This is found here and listed below… ]

 

Once a person begins to comprehend the heart of holy love, then there is no response other than an outward orientation, in worship and service (Hebrews 12:10, Hebrews 12:14 ). Both Testaments attest that nothing less than holiness will fully satisfy the nature of God. Thus, redemption is not complete in deliverance alone. The believer is set free in order to become like the One who redeems. It is his will that his own would be like him in every respect.

 

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Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

 

[Found below and from here.]

 

despise not–literally, “Do not hold of little account.” Betraying a contumacious spirit of unbelief ( Hebrews 3:12 ), as “faint” implies a broken-down, weak, and desponding spirit. “Chastening” is to be borne with “subjection” ( Hebrews 12:9 ); “rebuke” (more severe than chastening) is to be borne with endurance ( Hebrews 12:7 ). “Some in adversity kick against God’s will, others despond; neither is to be done by the Christian, who is peculiarly the child of God. To him such adverse things occur only by the decree of God, and that designed in kindness, namely, to remove the defilements adhering to the believer, and to exercise his patience”.

 

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The image here was attained through ‘Ram’s horn, Yahoo search results,’ but also shown some rather vulgar pictures… so I will not include the link here.

 

 

The call of God… seen below, and from here.

 

In the message of the gospel his call is addressed to all men, to Jews and Gentiles alike ( Matthew 28:19 ; Mark 16:15 ; Romans 9:24 , Romans 9:25 ). But this universal call is not inseparably connected with salvation, although it leaves all to whom it comes inexcusable if they reject it ( John 3:14-19 ; Matthew 22:14 ).

“Cherish God’s love and His promises”

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Making reference to the Bible and saying you are well
versed is one thing… when one’s actions don’t match
up there is undue doubt to the profoundness of its claim…
of what is then stated and shown to be against the latch
of any believer, ‘the why’ is the next obvious question to
be asked, where true discernment comes to be so vital,
if one cannot tell the purpose and need to use deception
is based on being a part of something perceived as nodal…
a connection point, again ‘the why’ comes back as if to say
there could be more… much more to be said or to be found
If there is but an active imagination to reasons people do
what they do… what they say or take offense to all around,
and then to lodge complaint about someone they don’t even
know, let alone feign they are a part of the family of God…
If this was as true as they represented themselves to be, a
Brother does not try to rip you apart, no response to applaud,
the Good Samaritan comes to mind, or the log in one’s eye
not seen but the splinter in another becomes their new focus
as due cause for them to slight inclusion of God’s love or the
reason needed for forgiveness… self seeking then a bonus
but is not the reason mankind needs Jesus, the Savior, for
we have all been born into sin and do see through the glass
this darkly, thinking we have it so right and yet would be so
wrong in our assumptions, learned more our defects we gloss
and slap the hand or face of the distressed, a widow, an orphan
when there is no love coming from what was learned, now black
and white instead of wrong or right… rendered to form without
the substance to sustain the forgiveness rendered, now a lack
and demonstrative functionality of love, real love… God’s own
Son came from heaven, chose a people to tell the whole world
of His existence… and from selfishness they were scattered…
as history would indicate, there has never been a people seen to
return to their land before, God’s deliverance is what mattered.

 
[The view shown below, on Brotherly love… in abstract (Christian to Christian or neighbor to neighbor), comes from here.]

 

As A Moral Ideal:

 

And the Christian ideal of society is that a similar relation should exist between all men without limit or distinction. Agape, “love” (see CHARITY), is the word in the New Testament that generally denotes this ideal. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” is the whole law of conduct as between man and man (Matthew 22:39,40); and neighbor includes every man within one’s reach (Luke 10:29), even enemies (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:35). Without the love of man, the love of God is impossible, but “he that abideth in love abideth in God” (1 John 4:16,20).

 

As Actual Between Christians:

 

Yet it is the Christian’s duty, like God, to maintain his disposition of love and benevolence to those that hate and curse him (Luke 6:27,28). But within the Christian community, love should respond to love, and find its fulfillment, for there all men are, or should be, God’s sons actually, “because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts, through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us” (Romans 5:5). And this mutual love within the Christian brotherhood (1 Peter 5:9) is called philadelphia.

 

Please come to find this article and this letter (article) are inextricably linked together.

 

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“A letter to a man (possibly Jewish)… that thinks he knows me”

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What we do or do not do in this life should come from our alliance with God, and with the reliance His word is true.”
Russell D. Holder

 

I had what some might call a disturbing incident happen yesterday. It happened to be on a website called LinkedIn… a website for and with professional people. This is but one of the most disturbing things, in our culture (today) we have many professionals (so called) that do not seem to understand the profound difference between protagonist and antagonist. Allow me to share with you (the reader) the difference, seen below…

 
Protagonist: advocate, supporter, proponent, apologist… with the antonym being an opponent

 

Antagonist: adversary, enemy, foe, rival, in opposition to… with the antonym being an ally

 
As it turns out, I posted a comment on an article, one speaking of Jesus Christ, and there was a reference to the image of Jesus. My comment said,”The image of Jesus we recognize today comes from the Renaissance period.” I’m making a historical point about the image. The comment came in, I do believe the man to be Jewish (hence the need or desire to emphasize that fact), being,”… he was Jewish too.” I did notice a pattern in the posts, and I did not think it to be ‘pushy’ at the time. There were three central points brought out during his comments: the Bible, Jesus was Jewish and a mention of the word Brother.

 

Of these three points of interest: the Bible, Jesus being Jewish and Brother, there was also mention the man was well versed in the Bible. From all the things coming into play, yesterday, Jan. 18th, 2017, there was a series of misunderstandings… one after another- leading to a complete and total shut-down. By shut-down… I’m implying: blocking any attempt to communicate, a removal of identity (to tell the person from anyone else… now a generic image of a person but remaining anonymous) and decisions about who or what I am being set in stone or concrete. His mind was made up… and this is how it is. I would call it ‘disturbing’ on a couple of different levels. Let me explain.

 

The man, before shutting me out and cutting me off, sent me a message.

 

1:39 PM
Your writing is very condescending… I know the Bible well brother… Be blessed.

 

So I send one back…

 

2:13 PM
You imply your view of me is belittling, have I insulted you?

 

Just 5 mins. Later comes this from him…

 

2:19 PM
NO I imply your view of me belittling…as if I have no knowledge of scripture… I by no means know all… always learning… my favorite pass time… but I am well versed… no worries… Be blessed.

 

In other posts, on the original article I posted, I mention one of my favorite passages (which is and reads thusly), Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male or female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. I also spoke of Jesus this way, Jesus is Spirit first, then Jewish… now back to the eternality He began with- Spirit. Galatians 3:23 sums this up for me, how about you? Within 30 mins. Comes this (the last) comment…

 

2:58 PM
And by the way trying to show me you write a blog sympathetic to Jews does not show you are not condescending to your fellow brother in Christ… it just demonstrates your further arrogance… you are full of yourself…

 

This is where and when everything went sideways! This is also one of the most disturbing things and yet asked at the same time. Here again… I will explain.

 

There were posts I made, using generalities, that were taken personally. Things I posted were perceived to be either argumentative or in opposition to what was said by another. If one cannot confirm what they are looking at is not an attack on themselves or to what they believe; which holds the opposite to be true as well… when an individual thinks that everything being said is an attack against themselves or against what they believe- we find there is an issue with their IFF system being used [Identification: Friend or Foe]. I do not fault the man for what he perceived or seek to attack anyone of the faith in Jesus Christ- we are in the beginnings of the end times prophecy affecting the day we live in. It comes down to how important the message of love for our fellow believers has (truly) become.

 

After I placed a few comments on the original article, it was assumed to be written to belittle anyone, and I was arrogant. Unfortunately, I see arrogance and ignorance being the two sides on the coin called pride. Pride cares only for the self… seeks to have its own way… and does not want to be anything less than what it thinks it is, or has something coming it desires. If the truth be told… I would rather be thought wrong for doing things right than be right and found to be doing it wrong, wouldn’t you? I have nothing in mind but to give the glory of my failings to Jesus Christ. I would gladly tell you of my successes and attribute them to the glory Jesus has bestowed upon me.

 

After being an incest survivor, struggling with drug addiction in my childhood (to deny what happened to me the sting)… I went to school on the G.I. Bill and faced my own demons. I forgave my Father… to get past any trauma you must go through the stages and steps of recovery. Shock… what just happened, Denial… that didn’t just happen,
Anger… damn it, that happened to me!, Acceptance… Yes it happened- now how can God use this. Is this arrogance… I ask?

 

[Arrogance is to pride what boldness is to the faithful]

 

1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in the world.

 

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

 

I would not wish what has happened to me, in my life, on another. I would pray for all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus… that they would have patience to forbearance found from love, and not cling to false notions of faith. To have the knowledge of scripture, from the Bible, means to begin learning we are to build one another up- not seek to tear ourselves apart. There comes the day (very soon) we will need the strength and support only a Brother or Sister in Christ Jesus can provide- compassionate love and long suffering patience. You will consider it, won’t you? I hope you will! (D.V.)

 

I remain, your Brother in Christ Jesus,

 

Russ

“There are Bibles… older than the KJV”

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It is the Geneva Bible that accompanied the Pilgrims to America…
and it predates the King James Version of the Bible by 51 years,
one of the most significant translations into English and historic
In its own right, and be it known there has never been any fears
of import to what is contained in the various translations to bring
one to wonder if man has been the cause of its resilient source…
for God has always been in control… sitting over the mundane
affairs of man and ever so able to affect man by His outsource
and omnipotence, for though man has (indeed) written the holy
scriptures it was by God’s doing and direction it remains intact,
never a chance of happenstance or blind faith, as the world might
sooner suppose or assume, by a method for man to know: contact,
insight of God’s character, His will and desires for man and the
true nature of His existence is proclaimed throughout the writing,
for it is in fact… the very words of God that pierce man’s soul, and
the divide is one to cause belief or relief of purpose- hell is waiting.

 

When we compare side-to-side older versions of scripture with more current versions there are only modest changes (alterations) in the text; which signifies the majority of thought is still prevalent, strong and clear by meaning. Let’s compare the KJV and some of the other Bibles to see this truth plainly, look below…

 

Numbers 23:19 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/numbers/23-19.html
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good

 

(This is from The Great Bible (1540) and seen below)

 

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You can compare the verse listed above with other versions here. Please understand what is listed through them meant this, found by way of abstract [from Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible] below…

 

Men change their minds, and break their words; but God never changes his mind, and therefore never recalls his promise. And when in Scripture he is said to repent, it does not mean any change of his mind; but only a change of his way. If the Lord sees that we trust in his mercy, and accept of his salvation; that we indulge no secret lust, and continue not in rebellion, but endeavour to serve and glorify him; we may be sure that he looks upon us as accepted in Christ, that our sins are all pardoned. Oh the wonders of providence and grace, the wonders of redeeming love, of pardoning mercy, of the new-creating Spirit!

 

As to God being the son of man, that being Jesus Christ Himself, please know one thing… there is much more to the phrase ‘the son of man’ than most would presume or claim- especially if they are basing what would be expressed as truth is coming from a: supposition, assumption, speculation, thought or personal belief attributed as their own.

 

If one relies solely on one version (of the Bible) as the basis for their arguments of discord, or to dispel what one might consider truth, then they have failed miserably in their efforts- for the varied versions contain more similitude than not.

 
When it comes to physical proof Jesus existed, look at your watch and think why time is so precious to us all… without trying to squeeze what little time we find, in our busy schedules today, to be with the ones we love. Then look to the calendars we might use and think, why is there a time called ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ in human history? The answer as obvious as it might be… seems to be overlooked, wouldn’t you agree? It matters not when this actually started (or by who) for the fulcrum of time is divided by Jesus Himself- an eternity without time or an eternity thinking about the time he gave us to change… and didn’t is the most important aspect here.

 
Knowing something about a little history, and learning just how important it should be to each of us, is to discover how strictly Roman law was enforced. To defy the Emperor or the orders given a soldier in the Roman Army was to expect a sudden death would come quickly. To be placed in a position of power, having people under your command, is a position of authority… and where the centurion, named Gaianus, was after the crucifixion (most likely to be one and the same in charge of the execution as well), The Chapel of the Centurion of Armageddon.

 

[When people write things like this, seen below… and is written by a person named Negan [Negans Bat… on Facebook}, don’t attack them personally… but do challenge the ideas they would foster from the claims they present. If they can’t take the heat in ‘the kitchen of thought’ then they shouldn’t cook near the flames of truth… ones they express as being absolute. I’d like to offer an apology to Negan for not placing his name here (as the words below were written by him, and this was changed to reflect his concerns on Thursday, Jan. 12th, 2017) as he would like it to be openly declared. As to his claim I stole [slander is spoken information to damage one’s character, and libel is publishing false information damaging to a person’s reputation] from his post… No, it is still there. The words I used, Yes, but now you get into: Public Domain and Copyright infringement issues. Funny thing is… you need to have your words under Copyright protection for them to apply. See two links to this truth being covered before you see the words he posted at Facebook.]

 

Public Domain: as is thought for and of Social Media.

Ideas: here it is speaking about ideas (thoughts) being protected if they are covered by Copyright.

 

Jesus is NOT GOD
Jesus is NOT the son of GOD
Jesus is NOT in any historical documents
There is no physical item connected to Jesus
There is NO family of Mary or Joseph
There is 0 proof of Jesus
Jesus was created by the mind of man
Jesus is NOT real
You can not show physical proof he existed

 

 

How does one explain this then?

 

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The ossuary has this inscription (picture from BAR… Biblical Archaeology Review),”James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.”

 

Since there is a little saying in Latin, that reads,”Semper necessitas probandi incumbit ei qui agit (the necessity of proof always lies with the person who lays charges),” one should be quicker to show reasons for their own claims than to blindly rely on a false notion without providing proof to substantiate personal thought. I will offer two other readings for a couple of thought provoking forms of proof. The first being called,”Linger not on conjecture.” The second comes from a book written by a former homicide detective, an atheist turned christian, a book entitled,”Cold-case Christianity,” by J. Warner Wallace. See the book cover below…

 

 

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From a Christian idiot… me!

“From the bricks of ‘ought’ to ‘thoughts’ of ought not”

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Yes, there is a Nation of people that was subjected to
the hardships of slavery, God’s own were once caught
and told when and where to work… how they made it
through was depending on their God of love and light,
His burdens will not be denied… and His own chosen
turned away to desire their way over doing it as sought…
this turned into the desires of another Ruler, Pharaoh,
forced labor… making bricks, to waste away their might,
consequences come from either man’s greed or God’s
need… it will be according to God’s will we have fought
if we are not doing things as He instructed us, who is
man to think they set in stone (with ink) what man ought?

 

Fear V

 

The Nation of Israel, and her people, have been subject to burdens of another’s desire for what she should or should not do at many times in their history. Forgotten is what our purpose or appointed chore becomes, in light of what someone else would have us do or even believe. Are we not all like this, in truth, when we would seek to set about our own desires over the desires God has for us? There are many paralells throughout the word of God, some symbolic or allegorical… and others considered quite literal, as the richness of God’s word is revealed to our minds and hearts.

 

The children of Israel were given the Ten Commandments, considered to be the Law of God, and something important enough to God to tell them how they should or should not live. This came by way of Moses, after the deliverance provided by God for His people from the bondage and suffering they endured in Egypt. Even when they knew what God had openly declared, having the manifestation of God’s directives in front of them (plainly stated) they still failed to find in their hearts a love for the heart of God themselves. When we seek other gods instead of the living God… distraction and deception of what God hopes to accomplish either through you or for you is blocked- often by our own doing or choosing to listen to what another has said and their false representation of truth… being in opposition to God.

 

As it is believed, and rightly so, we should break the bread of love often… and the word of the Lord is where nourishment for the soul and spirit come from- so let’s break open the word of God (the bread of life) to what He would have us understand about Himself and the purpose for our own lives that may yet be revealed to you directly.

 

Exodus 5:19 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/exodus/5-19.html
19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.

 

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[Coming from Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, for the passage of scripture above, is found this view or viewpoint.]

 

Pharaoh estimated the character and power of this God by the abject and miserable condition of the worshippers and concluded that He held as low a rank among the gods as His people did in the nation. [Is this your view also?]

 

Exodus 6:5 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/exodus/6-5.html
5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

 
Exodus 6:6 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/exodus/6-6.html
6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

 
When we seek God first is when we find we gain by being in alliance with Him, and we will begin to open ourselves up to listen for His direction over anyone else… even over our own. What we ought not believe is any belief devoid of God Himself, any religiosity which will Harden your heart to love of and for your fellow man (humanity itself).This means God’s way ought to be most important to us: knowing He has chosen us before we chose Him… an understanding to His power of omniscience, showing His love is even offered to a critic… His is the power to forgive and change the strongest mind being omnipotent, and able to do as He will to direct followers and use enemies (those against God) for His own purposes… nothing being done is not seen as God is omnipresent.

 

Dry bones

Can you think of a better sentiment to have or desire to share with those around you… than life itself? This image from pinterest.com

 
Psalm 105:6 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/105-6.html
6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

 

 

Isaiah 43:10 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/43-10.html
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

 
John 8:36 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/8-36.html
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

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Free to choose God safely! This image comes from http://www.christianwallpapersfree.com

“Find the Savior in Christmas again”

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Christmas is not about the presents under the tree
but how much of Christ’s presence is in you and me,
here is where ‘you and I’ are the same, born into sin,
there is no goodness found in us for us to even grin,
there are none good but God alone, for He is ideal
in: model, perfection of goodness… example so real
to reach down and become as man man’s sacrifice,
now the paschal lamb… born was He to die for peace
between God and man, restored the connection, link,
death itself rendered null and void, for what we think
has never been above the thoughts of God by call…
yet to realize it when we see ourselves to be so small,
Jesus’s birth was heralded by angels, more than a man
was He, and lowly shepherds were told first, God’s plan
to show parallels throughout His words to us in grace…
to know, unmerited, His love would lead us to His face,
to know us, each one, personally as we’re to do the same…
Jesus showed us God’s attributes, the Savior is His name.`

 

[The words below, if not for some of the peculiarities of time and historic accuracy, might even be thought of as coming from within this time, the modern day, and seen as if we quickly approach ‘the end of days’ or time of mankind’s reign.]

 

Lament for us; that the Only-begotten is blasphemed, and there is no one to protest; the Holy Spirit is set at nought, and he who could refute, is an exile. Polytheism has got possession. They have among them a great God and a lesser; ‘Son’ is considered not to denote nature hut to be a title of honour. The Holy Spirit does not complete the Trinity, nor partake in the divine and Blessed Nature, but, as if one among creatures, is carelessly and idly added to Father and Son. The ears of the simple are led astray, and have become accustomed to heretical profaneness. The infants of the Church are fed in the words of impiety. For what can they do? Baptisms are in Arian hands; the care of travellers; visitation of the sick; consolation of mourners; succour of the distressed; helps of all sorts; administrations of the mysteries; which all, being performed by them, became a bond to the people to be on a good understanding with them; so that, in a little while, even though liberty be granted us, no hope will remain that they, who are encompassed by so lasting a deceit, should be brought back again to the acknowledgment of the truth.”

 

(Please know the words above, except the poem, come from here. Thus he, the Exarch of Csesarea, made himself the servant of all. “My brother Dorotheus,” he writes to Peter of Alexandria in 377 a.d., ” distressed me by failing, as you report, in gentleness and mildness in his conversations with your excellency. I attribute this to the unkindness of the times.)

 
[The words below come from here, either found in the Syriac or ancient Syriac Documents, dated 154 a.d. and between 224 and 230 a.d. (believed to be Bardesan(es) by origination, and decry the notion of anything being directed at or fanning the flames of hatred (today). This section, found here, contains this reference,”Again we find this language in the days of the Roman emperors not only in Palmyra1️⃣, but spread also in the whole country of the Nabatheans, and down to almost Medina; here again beyond its native limits, as the official written language.”]

 
1… Please note: Palmyra was recently destroyed, reported June 24th, 2015.

 

zenobia

 

“You must distinctly understand(68) that, in all cases in which Nature is disturbed from its direct course, its disturbance comes by reason of Fate; and this happens because the Chiefs(69) and Governors, with whom rests that agency of change(70) which is called Nativity, are opposed to one another. Some of them, which are called Dexter, are those which help Nature, and add to its predominance,(71) whenever the procession is favourable to them, and they stand in those regions of the zodiac which are in the ascendant, in their own portions.(72) Those, on the contrary, which are called Sinister are evil, and whenever they in their turn are in possession of the ascendant they act in opposition to Nature; and not on men only do they inflict harm, but at times on animals also, and trees, and fruits, and the produce of the year, and fountains of water, and, in short, on everything that is comprised within Nature, which is under their government.

 

praying-santa

Yes… even Santa prays. Santa was based on someone real, not just a commercialized tool, and his name was St. Nicholas (www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ )

 

“But, when God wills them, all things are possible, and they may take place without hindrance: for there is nothing that can stay that Great and Holy Will. And at the establishment of that new world all evil commotions shall cease, and all rebellions terminate, and the foolish shall be convinced, and all deficiencies shall be filled up, and there shall be quietness and peace, through the gift of the Lord of all existing beings.”

 

the adoption–It is true that, compared with the new economy, the old was a state of minority and pupilage, and so far that of a bond-servant ( Galatians 4:1-3 ); yet, compared with the state of the surrounding heathen, the choice of Abraham and his seed was a real separation of them to be a Family of God ( Exodus 4:22 , Deuteronomy 32:6 , Isaiah 1:2 , Jeremiah 31:9 , Hosea 11:1 , Malachi 1:6 ).

 

To become adopted, all you have to do is believe in Him, Jesus Christ, for He is the Savior of the world, Emmanuel.

 

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Romans 10:9 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/10-9.html
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[The two abstracts found below are found here, under #33.]

 

(5) What manner of persons ought “God’s elect” to be–in humility, when they remember that He hath saved them and called them, not according to their works, but according to His own purpose and grace, given them in Christ Jesus before the world began ( 2 Timothy 1:9 ); in thankfulness, for “Who maketh thee to differ, and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (7) Sincerity in religion, or a general desire to be saved, with assiduous efforts to do right, will prove fatal as a ground of confidence before God, if unaccompanied by implicit submission to His revealed method of salvation ( Romans 9:31-33 ).

 

Lazarus III

It is only God that could become man… giving His own life as a man, raise and live beyond this event- to die for our sins. Do “You” believe in His love for your own… for your own message to all mankind? Believe!

 

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The ‘Gospel (Good News)’ of Jesus can only be realized when it is: heard, told, believed and acted upon. You will act upon it, won’t you? I pray you will. (D.V.) A Merry Christmas to all of you, 2016!

 

Russ